August 21, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Proposed rules could require drug testing for Rumsey students

A pilot workplace simulation program that’s being implemented at James Rumsey Technical Institute and career centers statewide will include mandatory drug testing for safety and equipment usage.  More...

Opinions

You keep us interested, Morgan County

Part of what we like about putting a newspaper together every week is the chance to record and share our local history. Marlyn Butts Brandfass shared a great piece of that with us recently – a book of recipes with a unique twist. More...

Music from around the county

The Morgan County Band of 1946-47 was a true county enterprise, including these young musicians and majorettes from both Berkeley Springs and Paw Paw. More...

Wish I’d said that

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.  — Steward Udall (1920-2010).  Former Secretary of the Interior.  If you have a “Wish I’d said that,” send it in.   More...

Columns

Flood insurance rates at issue, will hit owners who want to sell

The rates for flood insurance are going up in West Virginia as well as throughout the nation after Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act last year, attaching it to the federal transportation bill.  This legislation is des More...

This Week in West Virginia History

West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   August 21, 1861 - Confederate troops under Gen. John B. More...

IN THE WILD

Sharing Two Annoyances   More...

Obituaries

Frances L. Everett

1924-2013

Frances Leoda Everett, age 89, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 19, 2013 at War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.  Born February 24, 1924 at Brosius, W.Va., she was the daughter of the More...

John J. Gue

John Joseph Gue, 48, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, August 19, 2013 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.  Arrangements will be announced by Helsley- Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.   More...

Darrell R. Snyder

1957-2013

Darrell Robert “Bobbybear” Snyder, 55, of Largent, died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at his home.  He was born November 16, 1957 at Cumberland, Md., the son of the late Robert Eugene Snyder and Doris “Jean” Arnica Snyder.  More...

Sports

Football team gears up with new head coach

With less than two weeks to go to opening night the Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Football Team is quickly adapting to the changes that new head coach, Matt Puffenberger and his revamped coaching staff have been throwing at them.  More...

Chip Shots

Camp is over

Fall camp for the West Virginia University football team ended last Friday. Many of us are now waiting the new depth chart so we can see who won the position battles. More...

Bid process begins for Senior Life Services apartment project

Plans to build two transitional senior housing unit apartments at the Morgan County Senior Life Services location at 106 Sand Mine Road in Berkeley Springs are proceeding.  More...

Another school year begins

School is serious business, but the bus stop offers a little more wiggle room. More...

Company wants timber money back from local man

Ronald Zerr, local land owner, is under legal tension from NewPage Corporation to return money he made from selling trees off his property.  More...

News

Charity clarity

How to recognize fraudulent charities:  — Evasive, vague or unresponsive answers to specific questions about the charity and how the money is used.  — Words making up a charity’s name closely resemble a more well-known cha More...

Book records one man’s fascination with brewing along Sleepy Creek

Marlyn (Butts) Brandfass was kind enough to share an unusual piece of Morgan County history with The Morgan Messenger recently, urged on by the curiosity of former editor Warren Buzzerd.  She sent along a mysterious dark brown book whose title, More...

Caperton Furnitureworks to get federal grant for energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for 631 projects across the nation that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs, use renewable energy technologies in their operations a More...

Letters

Did Senator Manchin sell his vote?

Dear Editor:  More...

Give a child a home

Dear Editor:  A child in desperation, a child’s haunted eyes, telling a story of a past gone wrong. Would you reach out and give a child a home? I would.  More...

Obama wrong on Egypt

Dear Editor:  Two months ago when the Prime Minister of Turkey ordered the break-up of a sit-in of protestors against industrialization at Taksim Park in Istanbul by the use of violence and killed many of the protestors, no comment was made by P More...

What's Happening

Statehood exhibit kicks off at Museum of the Berkeley Springs

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the opening weekend of the West Virginia Statehood exhibit at the Museum of the Berkeley Springs.  The award-winning, multipanel display was provided by the West Virginia Humanities Council.  More...

Memory Arts Café meets

The Memory Arts Café will be open at the Senior Center on Sand Mine Road from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.  More...

United Way Day of Caring set for September 10

Planning is underway for the 19th annual Day of Caring which will bring hundreds of volunteers together throughout the Eastern Panhandle to serve others for the day.  Scheduled for September 10, the Day of Caring begins in Morgan County with a k 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:  August 11  EMS assisted, Buzzard Acres.  Domestic dispute, Harrison Avenue, verbal.  Single vehicle crash, Valley Road, no injuri More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  Mary Ellen Breeden, 44, of Laurel Avenue, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to five days in jail and $166 in fines for petit larceny. Jail time was suspended for 40 hours of community service.  More...

On the public docket

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

School News

Training will pave way for new high school violence prevention

A program focused on preventing and interrupting gender abuse and violence, especially among young people, will get underway in Morgan County next week.  More...

Back to school with new cell phone policy

Berkeley Springs High School will be implementing a revised cell phone policy this week after they’ve had a chance to talk to students about the changes, said Assistant Principal Jamie Harris.  Harris said 25% of discipline referrals last More...

First of school budget meetings draws small crowd, large concerns

Some 17 people attended the first of three public meetings about the school budget and suggested cuts due to the failed special levy.  More...

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