October 29, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Election Day is next Tuesday

West Virginia voters can continue to cast their ballots in early voting at the Morgan County Courthouse until 5 p.m. this Saturday, November 1. As of yesterday morning, 696 people had voted early, according to the Morgan County Clerk’s office. More...

Opinions

Treat, please!

Kathy Meyers of Berkeley Springs entered this Halloween picture in our Photo Contest. Her costumed little neighbor appears to be eagerly awaiting the treats promised by the holiday. More...

Smokey Bear was right

Last weekend’s fires across the county put local responders to the test as they fought multiple brush fires, tackled a structure fire that reignited several times and resulted in yet another fuel spill and hazmat response. More...

Correction

In last week’s article “Hundreds of gallons of fuel oil leak into sewer & run,” the last name of the sewer plant operator was incorrectly reported as Krauss. The gentleman’s name is Terry Cross. More...

Columns

IN THE WILD

Ebola

Tom Clancy was a tremendously respected author of technically detailed, lengthy books, mostly about worldwide espionage. He died last year. His first and probably most famous book was entitled The Hunt for Red October. 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/ Halloween safety tips More...

Calendar

November

Thursday, October 30– 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.– AA, St. More...

Police & Safety

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller: Jennifer Wood, 34, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to one year in jail and $190 in costs for domestic battery 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: October 19 Domestic dispute, Oriental Circle, verbal. Alarm, Bank of Romney, secure. More...

On the public docket

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

School News

Wind Dance Farm & Earth helps with wetlands

Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education students have been lending a hand for the earth this fall. Student, Emily Brooks, collected monarch butterfly chrysalises from milkweed plants to protect and observe them. More...

School board receives grant to develop finance strategy for recreational complex

The Morgan County Board of Education received a $3,000 FAST Track technical assistance grant from the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative (WVRC), a program of the Northern Brownfields Assistance Center (NBAC) at West Virginia University. More...

Schools combat bullying with online reporting system & programs

An online reporting system for bullying and unsafe school conditions has allowed students, staff and the public to report 92 incidents in Morgan County schools since 2012, when the system was put in place. More...

Great Cacapon crash sends five to hospital

A single-vehicle accident on the 7700 block of Cacapon Road near Detour Road in western Morgan County sent five people to the hospital on Sunday, October 26. More...

Meal Time Community Kitchen has served up free dinners for 10 years

The Morgan County Starting Points Meal Time Community Kitchen has been serving hungry county residents with free meals since November, 2004 and the need has skyrocketed tenfold since it opened. More...

News

Owl trips planned

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two nighttime field trips in early November to watch experts catch, band and release migrating owls. The first trip will be held Monday, November 3, 5-10 p.m. More...

Officials won’t name source of oil leak, cleanup continues

Though county officials will not confirm the exact source of the leak which caused 200- plus gallons of heating oil to spill into the public sewer system and into Warm Springs Run on Thursday, October 16, cleaning and sampling is ongoing, along with More...

Cacapon Institute relocates to Morgan County

The Cacapon Institute has guarded streams and watersheds near the Cacapon River for 30 years. In an effort to protect even more water supplies, the institute will be relocating from High View in Hampshire County to Great Cacapon. More...

Letters

A civil contract

Dear Editor: Anticipating additional letters on the subject of samesex unions, I would like to point out a few items from the first two, in order to put them into historic context. More...

Love & marriage

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A Pharaoh’s curse?

Dear Editor: Egyptian history is amazing and full of incredible stories. Egyptians say that King Tutankhamun is not important at all in Egyptian history, except that his grave is the most beautiful in all of Egyptian history. More...

What's Happening

Appreciation dinner in Paw Paw

An appreciation dinner for the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department was given at the Paw Paw Church of Christ on October 1. Front center is Officer Michelle Dove. More...

Upcoming blood donation

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the holiday season arrives. More...

Open mic for poets

There will be a free Open Mic for poets and writers at The New Earth Granary, 143 North Mercer Street on Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m. Take own poems, short stories or songs or those of favorite writers and read for five to 10 minutes. More...

Obituaries

Bonnie S. Burke

1942-2014

Bonnie Sue Burke, 72, of Martinsburg, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg. Born February 24, 1942 in Great Cacapon, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Renan Cross, Sr. More...

Marilyn L. Phillips

1938-2014

Marilyn Lee Phillips, 76, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, October 23, 2014 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. More...

Margory A. Smith

1962-2014

Margory Anne Smith, 52, of Hagerstown, died Friday, October 17, 2014 at her home. Born April 15, 1962 in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Galen Luther Eugene and Elaine Ann Robair Weller. More...

Sports

Lady Indians dominate Region II Championships Haynes captures first

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Cross Country Team crossed another mission off their 2014 list on Thursday, October 23 at Warm Springs Middle School. Their mission was to capture the Class A/AA Region II Championship. More...

Tribe’s rally falls short in loss to Grafton in sectionals

Berkeley Springs High School Boys Soccer Team started the game well with a slightly different formation that saw Chance Beahm move from forward to midfield. More...

Hall of Fame induction

Members of the second Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame class will be presented to the crowd Friday night, October 31 at halftime of the Indians varsity football game against Northern Garrett. More...

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