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.
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.
March 26, 2013
Morgan County Public Schools will be operating on two-hour delay Tuesday, school officials announced. Employees will follow reporting code D.
March 19, 2013
Ronald Lee Huffman, 64, of Romney, W.Va., died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Western Maryland Health Systems in Cumberland, Md. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. The service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Spohrs Crossroads Cemetery, Morgan County, W.Va.
March 19, 2013
Mary J. Everhart, 57, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died Monday, March 18, 2013. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. The service will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Morgan County. W.Va.
March 15, 2013
Morgan Co. road to be closed for bridge replacement BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Virginia Line Road in Morgan County will be closed to through traffic beginning as early as March 25, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Thursday. The closure, which is four miles north of Unger, W.Va., and three miles east of U.S. 522, is needed for the state to construct a new bridge over the Middle Fork of Sleepy Creek at Oakland, according to a news release. Motorists are advised to use Morton Grove Road, Sticky Kline Road or Winchester Grade Road to detour around this site.
February 16, 2013
For at least the fourth consecutive year, legislation to increase the number of West Virginia State Police troopers to a minimum of 800 statewide has been introduced in the state Legislature. State Sen. John R. Unger II, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, who again is the lead sponsor of the legislation this year, said Friday the agency is budgeted to have 698 troopers, but currently has 33 vacancies. “We are anticipating approximately 10 to 15 more retirements by the end of 2013,” Unger said.
February 13, 2013
Jewelry, coins, cash, electronics and guns have been stolen in a series of daytime burglaries that have occurred since December, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the burglaries with the Morgan County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department. Morgan County officials have obtained a warrant for a Hagerstown man in connection with a burglary that occurred in Morgan County on Jan. 18, according to a news release. The man is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center on unrelated charges, the release said.
February 8, 2013
Virginia L. Seely, 90, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Born March 26, 1922, in Great Cacapon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lace Smith "Pete" Holliday and Elmer Florence Dawson Holliday. She was the owner and operator of Jenny's Beauty Salon from 1959 to 1970. Tom and Virginia owned and operated the original Tom Seely Pine Furniture. Virginia and Tom together created the Tom & Virginia Seely Foundation to serve the children and their families of Morgan County.