March 25, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Commissioners hold back EDA funding, ask for resignations

In a meeting slated to discuss funding for a new director for Morgan County’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), Commissioner Bob Ford said he “wouldn’t approve ten cents” for the board until certain members resign. More...

County adopts $5.7 million budget

The Morgan County Commissioners adopted the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget on Monday, March 23. A full budget will appear in next week’s Morgan Messenger. More...

Opinions

Fill ‘er up, bub

Our old news files turn up this step back in time. It shows an ARCO gas station, which operated along U.S. 522 across from the current Valley Road branch of CNB Bank. More...

Ditch the witch hunt

Commissioner Bob Ford is on the war path again – this time seeking to remove at least one member of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) because he wrote a protest song against the Dollar General store being proposed along Oakland Road. More...

Wish I’d said that

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! —Mark Twain (1835-1910)American writer. More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

West Virginia Humanities Council1310 Kanawha Blvd., E.Charleston, WV 25301 March 26, 1851 - Upshur County was created from parts of Randolph, Lewis, and Barbour counties, with Buckhannon as the county seat. More...

IN THE WILD

Beekeeping 101

First off, I am a terrible beekeeper, obviously. All five of my hives failed to make it through this past winter. I really don’t know why, but by February they were all clustered together in the middle of their hives, dead as doornails. More...

County Agent’s Corner

Pizza Garden

304-258-8400129 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411www.wvu.edu/~exten/ More...

Obituaries

Robert C. Carr

1939-2015

Robert Curtis “Bob” Carr, 75, of Paw Paw, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. He was born September 10, 1939 in Paw Paw, son of the late Charlotte Mae Kline-Carr and Melvin Curtis Carr. More...

Linda A. Miller

1950-2015

Linda Ann Stotler Miller, 64, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. Born August 9, 1950 in Berkeley Springs, daughter of the late Lacy Morgan Stotler and Gladys Juanita Clingerman Stotler. More...

Rita J. Bradfield

1936-2015

Rita Jane Bradfield, 78, of Paw Paw, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Winchester Medical Center. Mrs. Bradfield was born on July 16, 1936, in Bloomery, W.Va., the daughter of the late Raymond Clyde and Clarice I. More...

Sports

Levi Haines signs to play football for West Virginia State

Berkeley Springs High School senior football player Levi Haines, front center, signed a letter of intent to play college football at West Virginia State. More...

Keith Young signs to play football for Gettysburg College

Berkeley Springs High School senior football player Keith Young, Jr., front center, signed a letter of intent to play football at Gettysburg College. More...

High school tennis 2015

Berkeley Springs High School Tennis will return this year under the strong leadership of seniors Logan Webster and Kalee Sherrard at the first seed positions. Both have played at this position since their sophomore year. More...

Correction  Free Access 

This week's story "Commissioners hold back EDA funding, ask for resignations" incorrectly identified several members of the Morgan County Economic Development Authority, based on the EDA's online listing of its members. More...

County planners sued over dollar store waivers

A civil lawsuit against the Morgan County Planning Commission was filed in Morgan County Circuit Court last Thursday, March 19 by property owners who object to waivers granted to Cross Development, LLC for a proposed Dollar General store on Oakland R More...

School sets proposed tax rates

The Morgan County School Board adopted the same proposed regular state school levy and special levy rates for Fiscal Year 2016 as they approved last year for Fiscal Year 2015. More...

State police: speed wasn’t cause of crash

An accident reconstruction by West Virginia State Police shed new light on the events of March 12, where a Town of Bath police cruiser crashed into Sleepy Creek, leading to the drowning death of police dog K-9 Fritzi and hypothermia for Officer Lance More...

News

Town streetscape hits roadblock, ballot draw questioned

Larry Lower reported to the Bath Council on March 17, that the slated improvements to the section of Washington Street from Mountain Laurel to the Star Theatre may happen later than expected. More...

Paw Paw man charged for hostage-taking

All of the county’s police agencies responded to a domestic dispute that turned into a hostage situation on Monday, March 23 shortly after 10 p.m. More...

Bohrer files as early candidate for Sheriff

Kim “KC” Bohrer filed precandidacy papers with the Morgan County Clerk last week, announcing his intention to run as a Republican candidate for Morgan County Sheriff in November 2016. More...

Letters

Dollar store needed

Dear Editor: Here’s my two cents on a new Dollar Store. I’m all for a Dollar Store on this end of Morgan County. I hate to run to town and fight traffic to shop. The roads always busy. More...

Outsiders not welcome?

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What's Happening

Caldwell guest speaker at March DAR meeting

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ye Towne of Bath chapter had Zach Caldwell from the Morgan County 911 Center speak at their March meeting. More...

Comfort food fund-taster

The first-ever Morgan Arts Council MAC’n Cheese Tasting is scheduled as a three-course event on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12 at the Ice House. More...

Hunter Education Course

There will be a Hunter Education Course April 6, 7 and 8 at the Cacapon State Park on Rt. 522, Berkeley Springs, 6-9:30 each night. More...

Calendar

March

Thursday, March 26– 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

CHIEF’S BRIEF

MORGAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Watch for IRS scams As the deadline to file our tax returns approaches, I would like to address the subject of scams. More specifically, what has become known as the IRS scam. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week: March 15 Single vehicle crash, Valley Road, no injuries. Shoplifting complaint, Dollar General. Arrest of Sherry M. Kirby, 40, distribution of heroin. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose: Daniel Gilley, 34, of Ginny’s Way Circle, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to six months in jail and $965 in costs and fees for battery. More...

School News

Greenwood students participated in the WV Young Writers Contest

Makenna Wink from Lori Edward’s class at Greenwood Elementary School was a fourth grade county first place winner for the West Virginia Young Writers Contest. More...

Paw Paw students witness live launch at Cape Canaveral

Some 12 Paw Paw High School students and graduate Savona O’Brien had the “awesome” experience of watching the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) satellite launch live at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, March 12. More...

Running clinics

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella will hold a free running clinic on Friday, April 3, 5-6 p.m. at the Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center to promote proper form, injury prevention and improve performance. The clinics are geared to runners of all levels. More...

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