October 9, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Animal investigation sparks email battle

An email battle between citizens and government has escalated over allegations that Animal Control officers have ignored a neglect case, leading to the deaths of six animals at a local home.  Heated messages between Amy Lane and Commissioner Bob More...

Little League All Stars are Apple Butter Grand Marshalls

Morgan County Little League 50-70 All Stars will start off the Apple Butter Festival parade at 9 a.m. More...

Opinions

A fond farewell

Pauline Waugh, office manager of The Morgan Messenger, makes up a page of the newspaper in this 1993 photo. She continued to do that same job until late last week. More...

Dedicated decades

Being employed in a small business for over six decades may not establish a Guinness record but it does ring of loyalty and dedication. This weekly newspaper was honored with such an employee for over 60 years.  More...

At the heart of the paper

by John Douglas

Pauline was the face of The Morgan Messenger to so many people. She worked for the paper for 60+ years. Most of that time her desk was out front, so people saw her when they came in the door and she was often the one they dealt with.  More...

Columns

Under the dome

Interim session for Legislature includes push to cut abortion funding

The minority leader of the House of Delegates promised during September’s monthly legislative interim committee meetings here that he plans to continue his efforts to get legislation approved that would restrict abortion coverage in this state& More...

Wish I’d said that

A job on a newspaper is a special thing. Every day you take something that you found out about, and you put it down and in a matter of hours it becomes a product. Not just a product like a can or something. More...

When it was the Park View Inn...

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles about the former Park View Inn, its guests, traditions and local history. More...

Calendar

October

Thursday, October 10 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Mt. State Cruisers, 7 p.m., Wesley Chapel – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Apache 4-H Club, Pl. More...

Obituaries

Leona J. Griffith

1933-2013

Leona Juanita Gates Griffith, 98, of Dille, formerly of Berkeley Springs, passed away September 30, 2013 at home in Dille.  She was born in Filbert, WV, to Darwin R. and Della J. Hess Gates.  More...

Pauline Waugh

1932-2013

Pauline Waugh, age 81, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.  Born July 9, 1932 in Gore, VA, she was the daughter of the late Boyd Raymond “Jack” and Edna Mae Crouse More...

Flora “Babe” Ward Willard Hawvermale

Babe Hawvermale passed away on Saturday, October 5th 2013 at her beach home in Bethany Beach, DE, surrounded by her family.  Babe was born in Catawba, WV and grew up in Morgantown. More...

School News

County school test scores show mixed success

Morgan County Schools saw mixed results with the two tests used by the state to measures student proficiency over time. Test scores for the 2013 WESTEST 2/APTA student assessment exams were presented to the school board during a recent meeting. More...

Morgan County Schools reading and math proficiency rates

SCHOOL MATH 2012 MATH 2013 READING 2012 2013 Greenwood 60.00% 42.31% 60.00% 30.76% Pleasant View 50.90% 58.33% 63.64% 61.67% Warm Springs Intermediate 4 More...

Former board member, former teacher point to school spending as concern

Former school board member Phil Harmison and former Greenwood Elementary teacher Amy Rowland addressed the Morgan County School Board at their October 1 meeting with their concerns about spending.  More...

Omps close on Country Inn sale

The sale of The Country Inn to the Omps family became official last Monday, September 30 when they made good on their winning auction bid of $800,000 for the hotel and its contents. More...

It’s Apple Butter time again!

Full Story

For 64 years, Waugh kept our pages filled with your stories

Pauline Waugh, who worked for The Morgan Messenger for more than 60 years, most of them as the newspaper’s Office Manager, passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 5.  Waugh, who was 81, began working for the Buzzerd family doing a variet More...

News

New cemetery grant application approved at town council

Matt Pennington of Region 9 visited the Town of Bath council last Tuesday, October 1, to approve a new cemetery grant, from a fund to help fix impaired watersheds.  More...

Apple Butter Festival Hall of Fame Town wants to annex street for access to CSX lot

Since the small parcel of land at the CSX railroad yard in North Berkeley Springs was donated to the Town of Bath several months ago, the decision was made to use the property as a parking lot. More...

Senior Life Services

Menu   Thursday, October 10 - Chili, cornbread, kale and dessert.  Friday, October 11 - Cook’s choice.  Monday, October 14 - All centers closed.  Tuesday, October 15 - Sausage gravy over biscuit, cucumber and onion salad and More...

Letters

Fairview is a country road

Dear Editor:  Big new hospital! Now we have a lot more traffic and along with traffic comes a lot more speeding. More...

An empty feeling

Dear Editor:  More...

Leaders should put pay on the line

Dear Editor:  Nearly 20 United States House members, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, have refused to take their pay during the current government “shutdown.” A simple gesture, one might say, from those who have it More...

What's Happening

Quilt salutes 40 years

The official quilt for 2013’s Apple Butter Festival held October 12 and 13 in Berkeley Springs is the 22nd one stitched by Berkeley Springs fabric artist, Rika Bennett. More...

Stargazing parties

Morgan County Observatory Foundation is hosting a public star parties this Saturday evening October 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. More...

Free hearing screening

War Memorial Hospital and Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Services will offer hearing screenings on Friday, October 11, in Education Room B at War Memorial Hospital.  Kelly Walker, a health educator, will conduct a free basic hearing screen More...

Police & Safety

Town of Bath Police Report

304-258-1198

Town of Bath reported these recent calls:  October 4  Responded to a child custody complaint at 271 Wilkes Street. Parties advised of options.  Responded to a report of a reckless driver on Harrision Avenue. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Michaela Lynn Gelwicks, 24, of Hagerstown, Md., was sentenced to six months of probation and $190 costs for possession of a controlled substance.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  September 29  Two vehicle crash, Martinsburg Road, no injuries.  Neighbor dispute, Berryville Circle, verbal.  Arrest of Marty Wa More...

Sports

Cacapon golf pro to retire after 39 years of greens and tee times

Charlie Fields jokes that he’s in his 39th season as Cacapon State Park’s golf pro and he hasn’t had a single promotion in all that time. More...

Varsity volleyball team falls to 0-15

This past week the Berkeley Springs Lady Indians volleyball program saw their winless streak continue with a busy week.  On Monday, September 30 the Lady Indians hosted Mountain View Christian Academy (MVCA) from Winchester, Va. More...

Golf falls short

Last Monday, September 30, the Berkeley Springs High School Indian Golf Team participated in the WV Class AA/A Regional Championships at Bridgeport.  With a sixth place finish in the team standings the Indians failed to qualify as a team for the More...

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