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By TRISH RUDDER | trishr@herald-mail.com | February 4, 2013
More choices for higher learning are available at the Morgan County Center of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, and more students are taking advantage of the easy commute. About 50 Morgan County residents have taken courses since the center opened for the fall semester last August, said Blue Ridge CTC President Peter Checkovich, and he hopes to see it grow to at least 100 students this year. The Morgan County Blue Ridge campus is in the Pines Opportunity Center, 109 War Memorial Drive, the site of the old War Memorial Hospital, on Fairfax Street in Berkeley Springs.  About 80 percent of the classes are of an “occupational nature,” Checkovich said, to help students receive training for jobs that are in demand, but the center also offers credited courses that are transferable toward a four-year baccalaureate degree.
NEWS
May 24, 2012
Authorities are assessing the health of 29 animals seized last week from a southern Morgan County property near the Virginia line, Morgan County Animal Control Officer Jason Pearce said Thursday. The 21 dogs, two goats, three rats, a pot-bellied pig, cat and miniature horse were seized after authorities investigated a complaint about the welfare of the animals, Pearce said. No charges have been filed, Pearce said. The animals, whose conditions vary, are being kept at the county's facility along W.Va.
NEWS
November 5, 2008
Assessor JEFFERSON COUNTY Republican Gary Dungan - 8,835 Democrat Angie Banks - 11,886 o Complete, unofficial returns MORGAN COUNTY Republican Ronnie McIntire - 3,741 Democrat John Allen Swaim - 3,343 o Complete, unofficial returns
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2012
A Morgan County man charged in the death of his pregnant girlfriend in December was arraigned Monday in Morgan County Magistrate Court, police said Tuesday. James T. Zell Jr., 23, of Tri Lake Park in southern Morgan County, was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night, according to police and jail records. Sheriff's Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh said Tuesday that Zell had fought extradition from Franklin County, Pa., where he was incarcerated in December after being arrested in Chambersburg, Pa., on a charge of driving under the influence.
NEWS
February 5, 2009
Morgan County (W.Va.) public schools are operating on a two-hour delay today because of the extreme cold. Employees are to follow reporting code D.
NEWS
by | December 2, 2003
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - "Finding Common Ground in Morgan County," a panel/community forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Berkeley Springs High School. The forum will focus on the future of development in Morgan County. The discussion will focus on two questions: n What will Morgan County be like in the future? n Can we shape our shared future together? All members of the community are invited to this free event. Call 1-304-258-3350 or send e-mail to 2076bath@earthlink.
NEWS
November 5, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The West Virginia State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 7 p.m. on Friday to 1 a.m., on Saturday along sections of U.S. 522 in Morgan County, 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett announced. The checkpoint locations are in front of the State Police Berkeley Springs detachment near Best Western Drive, about 1.4 miles south of W.Va. 9 and at U.S. 522 intersections with Market and Liberty streets in front of Citizens National Bank just north of W.Va. 9.
NEWS
February 19, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan Arts Council marks March Youth Art Month with the 11th annual special gallery exhibit of the art of local youth. The gala opening event on Feb. 29 at the Ice House on Independence and Mercer streets features musical performances as well as hundreds of pieces of visual art. The Youth Art exhibit displays art produced by students in every Morgan County school. The exhibit and reception begin at 7 p.m. and the performance at 7:30. The show runs to March 30.
NEWS
January 14, 2007
A cardinal perches on a branch along Sticky Kline Road in Morgan County, W.Va., Saturday afternoon.
OBITUARIES
June 14, 2011
Paul V. “Elmo” “P.J.” Avella III, 35, of Cherry Run, Morgan County, W.Va., died Monday, June 13, 2011, at  Inova Fairfax Hospital. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, W.Va. The service is Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Morgan County.  
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NEWS
September 6, 2013
Tri-State area authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man who has been charged in warrants with theft, distribution of heroin and other counts, according to the Hancock Police Department. Michael John Burton, 37, whose last known address was Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is wanted in Maryland for theft under $10,000 and numerous traffic warrants, a Hancock police news release said. Burton also is charged with distribution of heroin in Pennsylvania, and a parole violation in West Virginia for cutting off his monitoring bracelet and fleeing the state, police said.
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OBITUARIES
July 27, 2013
Amber Putman, 27, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died Tuesday, July 23, 2013. The family will receive friends Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. The service will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Morgan County, W.Va.
OBITUARIES
July 24, 2013
Norma Catherine "Nooks" Clark, 90, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va. Born Sept. 2, 1922, in Morgan County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William E. and Mary Amanda Bowers Risinger. She was a member of Victory Tabernacle. She was a seasonal worker at Musselman Fruit Co. in Inwood, W.Va., National Fruit Company in Winchester and Spohrs Crossroads Cannery in Morgan County. Norma also worked at Perfection Outlets in Martinsburg, W.Va., and was a homemaker in recent years.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Cherry Run Road is expected be closed in the coming days due to bridge repairs near the Morgan/Berkeley county line, the West Virginia Division of Highways said Monday. This road closure will happen sometime this week and will be in place for at least a month, the state said in a news release. The affected bridge is three miles north of W.Va. 9 and is less than a half mile east of the Morgan County community of Cherry Run. Motorists who normally use this road as a shortcut between Hedgesville, W.Va., and Hancock should detour over Morgan County 5 to access Cherry Run before proceeding through Sleepy Creek to U.S. 522.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
Police in Morgan County were searching Thursday evening for a Berkeley Springs man wanted in a bank robbery, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said. An arrest warrant has been issued for Justin Andrew Shives, 26, for the robbery of City National Bank, 149 N. Washington St., according to Morgan County Sheriff Vincent E. Shambaugh. As of about 6 p.m., police were searching for Shives in the area of Pious Ridge Road, he said. Shambaugh said he and Lt. Timothy P. Stapleton went to the bank, where they learned that a man entered at about 3 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding cash.
OBITUARIES
June 16, 2013
Mildred I. "Bobbie" Swope, 81, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Berkeley Medical Center. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. The service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Brent Markee officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Morgan County, W.Va.
OPINION
May 23, 2013
“Starting 2006 to 2012, Morgan County took 10 steps forward. In the last four months, Morgan County has taken 30 steps backward.” - Berkeley Springs, W.Va. “This is another quote I decided to call in. Yes, indeed, children do learn what to live and what we the parents teach them. 'If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight, if a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
Morgan County (W.Va.) Schools officials will be forced to make budget cuts after taxpayers voted against renewing a levy that would have raised $5.86 million from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2019, Morgan County Board of Education President David Ambrose said Tuesday.   With all 13 precincts reporting, the levy failed during a Saturday election by a vote of 1,672 to 1,323, or 56 percent opposed and 44 percent in favor, according to Morgan County election officials.   In order for the existing levy to be renewed, at least 50 percent of voters had to cast favorable ballots.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | trishr@herald-mail.com | May 7, 2013
The Morgan County Board of Education will learn through a special election on May 11 whether it will continue to receive excess or special levy funding to help supplement the county schools. The special levy began 55 years ago and has been approved by voters continually since 1958. The levy funds are used for instructional materials; textbooks; curricular and extracurricular activities, programs and field trips; to provide technology hardware and software; for maintenance of facilities; for facility security and improvements; as a supplement for employee salaries and benefits; and to help financially support community organizations and agencies such as the Morgan County Public Library.
BREAKINGNEWS
March 26, 2013
Morgan County Public Schools will be operating on two-hour delay Tuesday, school officials announced. Employees will follow reporting code D.
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