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August 27, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

ATV ban on railroad property causes friction on Low Line Road

A weekend ride on a fourwheeler used to be the norm for property owners along Low Line Road in western Morgan County. ATVs there are used to checking in with neighbors, gather at fishing spots along the Potomac River and haul firewood. More...

Opinions

Keystone Mine, protests raise questions for all

On Friday, activists opposed to the mountain top removal mine near Kanawha State Forest delivered a petition of more than 4,000 signatures to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. More...

Fire took them both

The top postcard of the Washington Hotel sports a 1914 postmark. It shows the early days of the hotel and a street scene of a group of boys. Sixty years later, the hotel would burn to the ground on August 25.  More...

Columns

Under the dome

Election board denies GOP request for new candidate

It has been more than 20 years since the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered the State Election Commission to allow the Republican party to replace a candidate on the ballot after the original nominee withdrew. More...

IN THE WILD

Tree Stories

It seems to me that everybody likes trees of one sort or another for one reason or another. Foresters admire tall, fast growing trees with straight stems that offer future value as lumber. More...

Library Goddess

Morgan County Public Library

304-258-3350 The Summer Reading Program has ended and school is once again on the horizon...That can only mean one thing: fall is on its way! Visit the library for help with your school projects, or for your fall cleanup projects. More...

Calendar

August

Thursday, August 28– Alanon, 7:30, First U.M.Church– Rotary Club, noon, EarthDogCafé– Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,Grace U.M. Church– Starting Points Play Group, 1p.m.– Past Matrons, Past Patrons– AA, St. More...

Police & Safety

Missing family found safe after Sunday river search

A concerned woman’s call to 911 about family members that hadn’t returned home yet from a float trip sparked a search along the Cacapon River in Largent by police and river and rescue officials on Sunday night. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose: Kristoffer Michael Rink, 29, of Susan Terrace, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and $486 in fines and costs for driving under the influence and a driving suspension. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week: August 17 Domestic dispute, Highland Ridge, verbal. Domestic dispute, Cacapon Road, verbal. More...

Washington House Hotel fire shocked town 40 years ago

It was around 3 a.m. on Sunday, August 25, 1974, when town policeman Lee Fox was making his last patrol of the night. More...

Local parvovirus outbreak in dogs sparks concerns

The canine parvovirus has surfaced locally over the last few weeks with at least seven known cases and three deaths in local dogs that were believed to be unvaccinated for the disease. More...

Early Deadline For Sept. 3 Issue

The Morgan Messenger will be closed Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. In order to meet the deadline, we must ask that news items and advertisements for the September 3 issue be in by Friday, August 29. More...

News

WV Attorney General: Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has to follow West Virginia meeting laws

The State Attorney General’s office has sent an opinion letter to Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney James W. Courrier Jr. More...

Plea offer proposed in Parks & Rec embezzlement

Investigations into the theft of $30,000 from Morgan County’s Parks and Recreation board by former treasurer Mike Burks are wrapping up, board members announced at a meeting on Wednesday, August 20. More...

Bucket drive ban passes

With no opposition, the Town of Bath council passed a new law banning fundraising drives in town roadways last Tuesday, August 19. Councilman Rick Weber gave a second and final reading of the town law that bans bucket drives. More...

Letters

Ferguson & Lincoln

Dear Editor: I looked at the images of Ferguson, Missouri last night with some trepidation. Still, I, also, saw people fighting for their rights against a police force that no longer functioned to keep the peace. More...

What's Happening

Homecoming 2014 Cacapon State Park

The Cacapon State Park Foundation Annual Homecoming will be held Sunday, August 31, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Gazebo and playground area. More...

Rabies clinic

The Humane Society of Morgan County is holding a rabies clinic on Saturday, September 13, 9-11 a.m. at the shelter, located at 5366 Valley Road, Route 522 south. Cats must be in carriers and dogs must be leashed. Rain or shine. More...

Magnolia Day September 6

The 22nd annual Magnolia Day reunion will be held at the old Magnolia school house in Magnolia, on Saturday, September 6. The Silver Bells will perform at noon with lunch being eaten afterward around 1 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Debora S. Mason

1962-2014

Debora Sue Mason, 52, of Hedgesville, died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. Born August 21, 1962 in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of Friendie R. Youngblood and Sharon Huffman Youngblood of Hedgesville. More...

Mary A. Campolattaro

1930-2014

Mary Ann “Anna” Campolattaro, age 84, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., formerly of Columbia, Md., died on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Leesburg, Va. More...

Cletus E. Kerns

1932-2014

Cletus E. Kerns, 82, of Hancock, died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at his home. Born February 6, 1932 in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Mary Peck Kerns. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. More...

Sports

Golf continues early season success

Last week the Berkeley Springs golf team kept up their early season success with a first place and second place finish. The Indians have been consistent this season on the greens and the youth of the program has kept improving each week. More...

Cross Country dominates early season Tri Meet

In an early season tune up, both the Berkeley Springs High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams dusted the competition Saturday, August 23 in a home meet at the Warm Springs Middle School cross country course. More...

Indians football partners up with the Morgan County Backpack Program

The Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Football Team hosted Mountain Ridge High School, Frostburg, Md., last Friday night in a pre-season scrimmage. More...

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