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October 15, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Fire guts Didawick Lane home

Fire officials in Morgan County responded to a structure fire call shortly after 10:30 a.m. last Friday, October 10 at a single-family home on Didawick Lane off Johnson’s Mill Road. More...

Trailer fire ends in arson arrest, firefighter injury

Police have arrested a Morgan County man for the burning of his mobile home at 700 Fox Hollow Lane last Wednesday morning, October 8. More...

Opinions

Artifacts from another festival

Janet Busey Kave recently brought in a program from the 1940 Tomato Festival – forerunner of the Apple Butter Festival. More...

Equality means everyone

West Virginia moved quickly to accept the legal reality of marriage equality last week. More...

Other apple butter maker id’ed

Tommy Swaim said the third person pictured in last week’s “Photo of the Week” – a snapshot of apple-butter making on Highland Ridge in the 1960s – was Grace Lyntz. More...

Columns

Under the dome

Study predicts gay marriage in state could bring in $5.8 million

Last Monday’s decision by the U. S. Supreme Court that cleared the way for a major expansion of marriage by gay couples seems to be indicating that it’s only a matter of time until same-sex couples can legally marry in all 50 states. More...

IN THE WILD

Ethical hunting

Now and again I watch a television show about people who look and act like they are sport hunting. They really aren’t. In my opinion, most of these shows are terrible for lots of reasons. More...

Reading the Messenger

In some other mountains

Ron and Sharon Tebben took The Morgan M essenger to the banks of the Kicking Horse River in the Canadian Rockies. More...

Obituaries

Roberta M. Iden

1934-2014

Roberta Marie “Bertie” Iden, 80, of Hancock, died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at War Memorial Hospital Extended Care. Born June 30, 1934 in Magnolia, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Margaret Elizabeth Sibold Vanorsdale. More...

Chauncey L. Whitacre

1920-2014

Chauncey Lee Whitacre, 94, of Paw Paw, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at his home. He was born February 12, 1920 in Coldstream and was the son of the late Arch “Bush” Whitacre and Alice Whitacre. More...

Anna M. Dickerhoff

1927-2014

Anna Marie Stotler Dickerhoff, 87, of Hancock, died Sunday, October 5, 2014 at War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs. More...

Sports

Indians crush Petersburg 40-8

It has been quite a while since the Berkeley Springs High School Indians Varsity Football Team had two wins heading into the October portion of their schedule. More...

Sarge’s state champs make it into the Hall of Fame

I never had the opportunity to meet Coach Don Davisson, his passing came only months into my administration job here at Berkeley Springs High School. However the stories about the Coach or Sarge as some call him were always around. More...

Beddow finishes in Top 25 of State Golf Tournament

Berkeley Springs High School junior golfer, Rhett Beddow, finished in 25th position last week at the 2014 Class AAWest Virginia State Championships. On day one of competition, Beddow shot an 88 which had him in 21st place. More...

County Clerk can issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Morgan County Clerk Debra Kesecker said she came into work last Friday morning to find a fax from the state instructing her to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples who might request one. More...

Rainy start, (mostly) sunny finish

When the apple butter cooking was done and the jars were filled, a few lucky festival goers got a chance to taste what was left in the pot. More...

Widmyer school “bears up” after wildlife visit

Science is part of the school curriculum at Widmyer Elementary, but the whole school got a surprise lesson in wildlife biology last Tuesday, October 7 when a 250-lb. More...

News

Festival parade busts through the rain

A parade member drives their Super Beetle classic car. More...

Apple butter festival event & baking winners

Quilt Michael Roche of Baltimore, Md Hog Calling Youth - first-Vala Brown, Hancock; second -Nicholas Wilmot, Martinsburg; third- Nat Hylton, Martinsburg. More...

Parks & Rec needs new board members from community

Morgan County Parks and Recreation is in need of two new board members and is inviting local residents to fill those seats in the volunteer organization. More...

What's Happening

Local group featured at Shepherd Fall Festival

Local music and dance group, TarabRaqs, will be featured performers at the Eastern Panhandle Fall Festival of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association on Saturday, October 18 at Shepherd Universi More...

Mark Twain visits Berkeley Springs

American author and humorist Mark Twain will be portrayed by Doug Riley of Tunnelton. This performance will take place at the Ice House on Friday, October 24 at 7 p.m. More...

October

Thursday, October 16– Alanon, 7:30, First U.M.Church– Rotary Club, noon, EarthDogCafé– Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,Grace U.M. Church– S.S. More...

Police & Safety

Box truck flips on 522

Traffic on U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs slowed to a crawl for several hours on Thursday, October 9, after a box truck which read “Fleming” flipped over. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller: Holly Nicole Fishel, 22, of Magnolia Road, Paw Paw, was sentenced to six months and 30 days in jail plus $595 in fines and costs for trespassing, assault, and battery. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week: October 5 EMS assisted, Wilkes Street. Attempted breaking and entering, Memory Lane. Two vehicle crash, Martinsburg Road, no injuries. More...

School News

Wear orange on October 22 to unite against bullying

Morgan County Schools and towns will be colorful next Wednesday, October 22 as students, staff and residents have pledged to wear orange on Unity Day to unite against bullying. More...

A Word A Day

All readers are welcome to submit their favorite words, along with a dictionary definition, on a rotating basis. Watch the line at the bottom of the column – the one that says “Next words start with…” More...

School personnel changes

Laura Hovermale, former Morgan County Schools Secondary Education and Career Technical Education Director, was employed as long-term substitute Director of Secondary Education and Career Technical Education, effective beginning September 17, as neede More...

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