January 28, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Local Sheetz robbed at gunpoint, police searching for suspect

An armed robbery at the Berkeley Springs Sheetz convenience store in the early hours of Thursday, January 22 is still being investigated as local police continue to search for the suspect and a possible accomplice. More...

Enrollment drops 75, schools could lose $682,000 in

Morgan County Schools could see the loss of $682,910 in state aid for the next school year due to a 75-student drop in enrollment. Some $609,479 of that amount is unrestricted state aid. The rest is linked to bus replacement. More...

Opinions

Mrs. Hunter’s class

Carol Sue Light lent us this look at grades 6 & 7 from Great Cacapon Elementary school. The photo was taken on October 27, 1960. More...

Is hope out of fashion?

Hope and optimism get a bad rap, especially these days. More...

Bill to ban party chairs as lobbyists

As it currently stands, West Virginia is one of only three states in the nation where party chairpersons also work as registered lobbyists. More...

Columns

IN THE WILD

Slippery Elm

American elm (Elmus americana) is a familiar tree to most people. When I was a kid living in a small town in New England, two of the principal streets were named Maple Avenue and Elm Street. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

West Virginia Humanities Council1310 Kanawha Blvd., E.Charleston, WV 25301 More...

County Agent’s Corner

304-258-8400129 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411www.wvu.edu/~exten/ Heart Truth for West Virginians More...

Calendar

February

Thursday, January 29– Rotary Club, noon, EarthDogCafé– Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,Grace U.M. Church– Starting Points Play Group, 1p.m.– AA, St. Mark’s, 7:30– Boy Scout Troop 27, GraceU.M. More...

Police & Safety

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week: January 18 Arrest of John Matthew Stull, 35, driving revoked D.U.I. Well being check, S. Laurel Avenue, secure. Larceny complaint, Hammond Street. More...

On the public docket

All local government meetings are open to the More...

New officers elected for Great Cacapon VFC

Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company officers for 2015 are: Administrative Officers — Tucker Stinebaugh, president; Daniel McJilton, vice president; Lisa Reed, secretary; Dawn Gloyd, treasurer and Sythia Gloyd and Austin Reed, board members. More...

Sports

Soccer field cleanup work could begin next month

Recreational complex session planned

Remediation work at the Alex Rickli Memorial Soccer Complex should be starting within a few weeks, said Aaron Close, Morgan County School Board vice-president. More...

Wolves wrestling successful at WSAZ’s

Members of the Warm Springs Middle School wrestling team ventured to Huntington and the Big Sandy Super Store Arena this past weekend for the WSAZ middle school tournament. More...

Lady Wolves fall to Moorefield

The Warm Springs Lady Wolves JV and Varsity middle school girls’ basketball teams fell at home this past Wednesday, January 21. More...

North Berkeley Rail Trail back on track, at least for 90 days

In a prepared speech read to a roomful of people gathered to hear the fate of the North Berkeley Rail Trail on Thursday, January 22, Commissioner Bob Ford made the case that his position on the trail project had been misrepresented. More...

Dollar General proposal stirs neighborhood opposition

Oakland, a small rural area 10 miles south of Berkeley Springs, is being considered for a new commercial retail store - and many neighbors aren’t pleased. More...

Merki running for Bath mayor

Bath councilman Scott Merki will oppose longtime mayor Susan Webster in her re-election bid this year. Merki was elected to the council in 2007. Webster has served as mayor since 1996. More...

News

County weighs road sign law

“You’re going to get one of us hurt.” That’s what a local State Trooper is heard telling a 911 dispatcher in the recording of an emergency call for a verbal domestic dispute. More...

Hunters Harvest 2,385 Black Bears in 2014

West Virginia hunters harvested 2,385 black bears during the combined 2014 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. More...

Learn how to identify trees in the winter

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a winter tree-identification field trip at Cacapon State Park in Morgan County on Saturday, February 14. West Virginia state forester Ben Kunze will lead the trip. More...

Letters

Loss of Energy Express

Dear Editor: I am sad to hear that the Energy Express program has been canceled for all of Morgan County. A program to help children who are stuggling with reading and math is a vital part of a good education. More...

Trail could “up” exercise

Dear Editor: What’s UP? Rates for obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and many other diseases are up all over the country,....not to mention associated health care costs. So many people are feeling more rushed or stressed. More...

Don’t need “cookie cutter”

Dear Editor: I am a capitalist, and I agree with the architects of our nation that free enterprise is one of the foundations of democracy in America. More...

What's Happening

“Warm Hearts - Helping Hands”

KnitWits of Berkeley Springs is a local knitting and crocheting group meeting weekly since February 2005 to work on charity projects, along with personal items. More...

Relay For Life

Plans are underway for the 2015 Relay For Life of Morgan County. The relay will be held June 13-14, from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. at Widmyer Track. The relay theme for this year is “Rock Out Cancer.” More...

Vote Berkeley Springs coolest small town in America

It's down to the finals of Budget Travel Magazine's annual Coolest Small Town in America contest and Berkeley Springs is West Virginia's only competitor among the top 15 locations that spread from Maine to Hawaii. More...

Obituaries

Judith L. Hahn

1940-2015

Judith Layne Warrenfeltz Hahn, 74, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. Born June 3, 1940 in Sleepy Creek, she was the daughter of the late Luther C. and Ethelene Fearnow Warrenfeltz. More...

Burley J. Epperson

1938-2015

Burley J. “Zeke” Epperson, 76, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hospice of the Panhandle Inpatient Facility, Kearneysville. More...

James E. McKinley, Jr.

1945-2015

James Edward McKinley, Jr., 69, of Conowingo, Md. passed away after a lengthy illness on January 3, 2015. Born in Baltimore, Md. More...

School News

School officials name priorities for lawmakers in 2015 session

Money to meet state mandates, provide for special student needs and increase teacher pay are among the top items local school officials hope lawmakers will address during the current West Virginia State Legislature session. More...

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