July 17, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Hovermale retiring as sewer manager

Rodney Hovermale, Sewer Manager for the Warm Springs Public Service District the last 36 years, announced his retirement at a July 12 meeting of the district’s board.  Hovermale will be leaving the sewer department on August 1, but will be More...

Firemen’s carnivals not coming this year

For the first time in many years, the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival will not set up at the U.S. Silica grounds on U.S. More...

Opinions

Getting our message straight

Members of Congress didn’t put a stop to the doubling of the interest rate for subsidized Stafford student loans late last month, so new loans – many being taken out as we speak – will cost college students more in the long run.&nbs More...

Taking the prize at the fair

It’s a little unclear who won what, but the back of this photo from our archives seems to say that Ronnie Sue Ruppenthal, right, won first place for her New Hampshire red pullet at that year&rs More...

Mrs. Gordon’s ration book

Gordon Gregory of Berkeley Springs shared this piece of World War II history with us recently. The war ration book was issued to his grandmother, Blanche Gordon, of Needmore, Pa. More...

Columns

Under the dome

State blaming feds for delays in health care expansion

Currently, the only people in West Virginia that are eligible for federal Medicaid coverage are those who make 38 percent or less of the federal poverty level—about $8,200 for a family of four.  Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced back in More...

From the Hill to the Mountains

I still remember the snipe hunts at Camp Mountaineer when I was a Boy Scout. I never caught one, but I still believe in them.  More...

IN THE WILD

Traffic   Prior to moving to rural West Virginia a couple years ago, we lived in Fairfax Virginia, so we know a lot about traffic. We had 45 years of experience there!  More...

Calendar

July

Thursday, July 18 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Grace U.M. Church – S.S. 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:  July 7  Larceny complaint, Oare Lane, theft of tools.  Alarm, Cherry Run Road, secure.  Vehicle fire, Cacapon Road, no foul play. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  James Leroy Householder, 36, of Posey Hollow Road, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to pay $291 in fines and costs for possession of a controlled substance. More...

On the public docket

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

School News

Paw Paw tech club competes at state, national level

The Paw Paw High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Pirates had a great first year of competitions.  To recap 2012-2013, students competed in First Lego League (FLL) with our robot Scalawag at Fairmont State University and More...

Local turtles face daily hurdles, carry ancient appeal

Turtles have fascinated people over the ages with their slow, lumbering gait and armored shells where they retreat when danger is near.  Local residents see turtles often lurking in backyards, woods, streams, ponds, fields or along roadsides.&nb More...

Town police chief resigns

Craig Pearrell, Police Chief for the Town of Bath, handed in his resignation on Monday, July 15. More...

Morgan County Fair returns

Celebrating community spirit for 13 years, the Morgan County Fair will return on July 27-28 with a cornucopia of activities for all ages at Berkeley Springs High School.  More...

Tax bills on their way

Morgan County property owners should be seeing tax bills arriving in their mailboxes this week.  The Sheriff’s Tax Office anticipated sending them out Monday or Tuesday of this week.  Bills are for property owned on July 1, 2012.  More...

News

Capito’s office to visit county

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito announced the dates and times of her mobile office for the months of July and August.  A staff member from her office will be present to help West Virginians with any assistance they need with the federal gover More...

Humanities Council seeking major grant proposals

The West Virginia Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities.  A variety of matching grants are offered by the Humanities Counci More...

Alliance between Valley Health and Inova could create care benefits here

Valley Health Systems and Inova officials have announced plans for a strategic alliance between the two health care systems to provide improved patient care to West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland residents.  More...

Letters

Tremors in Berkeley Springs

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Concert strives for unity

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Lot runoff a concern

Dear Editor:  The release of CSX land to the town is certainly good news for the realization of plans for the historic train depot, but I have concerns about converting it to a parking lot if that would add another impermeable surface to the acr More...

What's Happening

Cherry Run Road to be closed

The West Virginia Division of Highways announces the pending closure of Cherry Run Road due to bridge repairs near the Morgan/Berkeley County line.  This road closure will be implemented sometime during the week of July 15 and will be in place f More...

Twila Andrews is Morgan County Belle

Twila M. Andrews of Berkeley Springs has been named Morgan County Belle.  She graduated from Berkeley Springs High School in 1952, and later worked as a telephone operator and in the A & P Grocery Store.  More...

Great Cacapon parade winners

Best Appearing Engine, 1250 G.P.M. More...

Obituaries

Herbert Yost

1917-2013

Herbert Yost, 95, of Bunker Hill, died July 11, 2013 in the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  He was born in 1917, in Morgan County, the son of George C. Yost and Mary J. More...

Leon D. Herring

1933-2013

Leon Douglas “Doc” Herring, 80, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at his home.  Born January 31, 1933 in Nokesville, Va., he was the son of the late George Wesley and Ella Bernett Bowman Herring.  He was of the Eva More...

Richard Brooks

Richard “Dale” Brooks, 80, Orange City, Fla., died Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Fish Memorial in Orange City. He formerly lived in Berkeley Springs.  He was born in Frenchton, to the late Elmer Samuel and Maye Laura Brooks.  More...

Sports

Chip Shots

Another one bites the dust

On Monday West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins announced that senior center Aaric Murray was leaving the program. That raises the number of defections from last year’s team to five. More...

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