November 27, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Power outage, emergency calls plague county over the weekend

The power went out in Western Morgan County near the areas of Great Cacapon and Little Orleans, leaving 1,800 customers without power over the weekend, said Charlene Gilliam of Potomac Edison.  The outage occurred at 11:24 p.m. More...

Firearm hunting season is underway

West Virginia’s white-tailed buck firearm hunting season began this Monday, November 25 and runs through December 7. More...

Opinions

Come sit down

Diners were welcomed by a finely-set table in the restaurant of the Park View Inn. Betty Lou Harmison shared this photo from decades ago, among others, for this week’s Thanksgiving paper. More...

Still a great story

Skeptics and curmudgeons like to make fun of Thanksgiving and the sugar-coated version of it that we tell schoolchildren. More...

Under the dome

Lawmakers told that higher car insurance requirements could backfire

Passage of legislation to increase mandatory minimum auto insurance premiums for bodily injury and property damage that West Virginia drivers must pay would probably cause many of them to drive without any coverage at all. More...

Columns

Round The Town

—CLASSIFIED AD: “We can oil your sewing machine and adjust tension in your home. Cheap prices.”  —Thanksgiving, a countystate federal holiday, is Thursday, November 28. More...

This Week in W.Va. History

November 28, 1864 - In a local skirmish north of Moorefield, Rosser’s Confederate cavalry and McNeill’s Rangers rebuffed a raid by Union Col. R. E. Fleming and spared the South Branch Valley from destruction. More...

Wish I’d said that

Life has been sweet to me … sweet in the loved ones that have been mind, sweet in the friends who have surrounded me & rewarding in the opportunities that have come my way. More...

Calendar

December

Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Day – Morgan Messenger office closed – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Gra More...

Obituaries

Ica V. Blake

1915-2013

Ica Virginia Yost Blake of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died at Vancouver, Wash., Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  More...

Kathleen J. Zimmerman

1922-2013

Kathleen J. More...

Richard E. Adkins

1959-2013

Richard Eric “Rick” Adkins, 54, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at his residence.  Born June 27, 1959 in Spokane, Wash., he is the son of the late UR and Marcia Jean Cable Adkins.  He was a Christian.  More...

School News

Textbooks are hefty cost, especially for upper grades

Morgan County Schools has provided free textbooks for county students for many years. The school system has provided one-on-one textbooks for students so kids had a textbook they could take home. More...

Adding up the cost of adult life

Two high school juniors check in at one of the tables at the School of Hard Knocks, staffed by community volunteer Rachel Hendershot. More...

College workshops dates for parents & students

The Berkeley Springs High School college application workshop is being held on Tuesday, December 3 from 5 to 6 pm. More...

Greenwood Elementary to remain open

School board projects minor savings, major impact

The Morgan County School Board voted 4-1 against scheduling a public hearing regarding the proposed closure of Greenwood Elementary, effectively ending the board’s exploration of closing the small school in southern Morgan County.  More...

School board proposes reduced levy at 70% rate

The Morgan County School Board tentatively approved reducing their proposed levy from 96% to 70% for the May 2014 election, in hopes of passing the local tax measure.  At that rate, the special school tax would bring in $4,065,281 per year &nda More...

First day deer kill

This year’s first day deer kill for Morgan County was reported as 453 total, up a whopping 210 deer from last year’s 243 checked in on the opening day of rifle hunting season last year.  Local deer kill  First day check-ins at l 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...

West Virginia and Virginia Wildlife Agencies make six wildlife law violations arrests following undercover investigation

Six Eastern Panhandle residents have been arrested and charged with various violations of wildlife laws in both West Virginia and Virginia, following a joint undercover investigation by wildlife law enforcement officers of both states.  More...

Discussion on safety and ordinances at Town Council

Mayor Susan Webster and the six members of Town Council met Tuesday, November 19 to discuss parking lots, ordinances, and general safety.  The small building on the North Berkeley parking lot property, set to serve as a small visitor’s cen More...

Letters

Teach children to tell

Dear Editor:  Child sexual abuse is a community problem. Abused children may suffer not only from the abuse, but also from long term effects such as mental disorders, drug or alcohol abuse, trouble with the law. More...

Saying no to fracking

Dear Editor:  Along with Charles Sullivan, who wrote a recent letter to the editor on capitalism vs. More...

New levy is status quo

Dear Editor:  More...

What's Happening

Morgan County Master Gardeners 2013 Graduating Class

The Morgan County Master Gardeners 2013 graduating class, left to right, back row: Dee Fournier (MCMG president), Ellen Lachewitz, Gray Jones, Nick Hopkin, Rob Hopkin and Lance Strait. More...

Railway employees meeting

The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Hancock Unit #022 will hold their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. More...

Blood drive

An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 1-7 p.m. 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:  November 17  Destruction of property complaint, Sawmill Lane.  Trespass complaint, South Washington Street.  Two vehicle crash, V More...

On the public docket

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

Court Report

Town Judge Tom Panebianco handed down a few non-traffic convictions in the last two months.  In November, Joel G. Patton, 28, of Little Creek Trail, Berkeley Springs, was fined $100 plus $50 in restitutions for shoplifting.  More...

Sports

Chip Shots

Basketball thoughts   More...

Berkeley Springs High School Winter sports schedules

GIRLS BASKETBALL VARSITY Dec. 3 Moorefield A 7:00 Dec. 6 Tip Off Classic-N. MarionH 7:30 More...

Shepherd's Music Department to present student composers recital December 2

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a concert featuring student composers' work Monday, December 2 at 3:15 at theFrank Center.  The concert will highlight a variety of completed works and works in progress by the young composer More...

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