February 12, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Clearing the bridge

Steve Van Order of Great Cacapon sent in this photo of county road crews clearing the bridge on Rockford Road in Great Cacapon on Thursday, February 6. More...

County still working on leash law

Saying he was not given enough direction from the Morgan County Commission, Attorney Richard Gay did not prepare a draft of an amended leash law ordinance before the February 6 meeting.  Commissioners have been at odds over how to resolve the vi More...

Opinions

Citizens need an answer

County residents are fed up with the finger-pointing and legal wordplay that has held up a real response to their concerns about dog bites and how Animal Control and local officials respond to vicious animals.  More...

In their Sunday best

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley Springs boasted a sizable group of youngsters in the days when this photo was taken. More...

Columns

Under the dome

Halfway mark in Legislative session & slow progress on bills

Leaders of both houses in the West Virginia Legislature expressed confidence last Thursday morning that the state will “overcome the water problem” that has dominated the first half of the 60-day 2014 regular session.  More...

Wish I’d said that

To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.  Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). French philosopher.   More...

IN THE WILD

Tracks in the Snow   Confession is good for the soul, I’m told, and I want to say here and now that I made a serious mistake in judgment a long time ago. More...

Obituaries

James E. Roy

1948-2014

James Edward “Jim” Roy, age 66, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home.  Born January 31, 1948 in Concord, Mass., he was the son of the late Harold Ovid and Marilyn Mae Gilman Roy.  More...

William R. Adams

William Rhea Adams, of Annapolis, Md., died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the age of 51.  More...

Benjamin J. Helsley

1982-2014

Benjamin James Helsley, age 31, of Morgantown, W.Va., died on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at his home.  Born August 7, 1982 in Winchester, Va., he was the son of James Doyle and Vickie Lynette Marrara Helsley, of Great Cacapon, W.Va.  He wa More...

Sports

Welcome to the BSHS Hall of Fame

Last week was a special week at Berkeley Springs High School. With an athletic program in place for over the last 100 years the first inductions to the Berkeley Springs Athletic Hall of Fame took place Saturday, February 8. More...

Lady Indians fall to Clear Spring & Keyser

Last Thursday evening, February 6, the Berkeley Springs Lady Indians ventured up I-70 to Clear Spring, Md. to face the Clear Spring Lady Blazers.  More...

Tribe falls to Lincoln & Keyser

Back on February 1, the Berkeley Springs Indians basketball team hit the road for a contest at Lincoln High.  The last time these two programs met was in the 2011-2012 campaign and the Indians rolled by Lincoln to claim the Class A/AA Regional C More...

Judge says May levy election can go forward

Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Sanders ruled last Friday, February 7, that the Morgan County Board of Education can go ahead with its May 13 special levy election under state law.  More...

Search still underway for Emergency Services Director

The Morgan County Commission went into executive session on Thursday, February 6 to discuss their ongoing search for a Director for the county’s Office of Emergency Services.  Commissioner Brad Close said that applicants are currently bein More...

Driver uninjured in milk tanker accident that clogged up U.S. 522

A Pennsylvania tanker truck loaded with 48,000 pounds of milk toppled onto its side just south of the Hancock bridge early on Friday, February 7, causing closure of U.S. 522 for nearly an hour following the 5:30 a.m. More...

News

County searching for full-time Economic Development Director

The Economic Development Authority is prepared to hire a new Director, with a job description approved at a January 30 meeting of the Morgan County Commission. More...

3 County will get new Assistant Prosecutor

Prosecuting Attorney Debra McLaughlin came before the Morgan County Commission with budget requests for additional Assistant Prosecutor’s salary and new computers for her office on Thursday, February 6.  More...

Harsh winter straining salt supply for highway crews, patience for local drivers

Morgan County’s highway crews are responsible for keeping most of the county’s 396 miles of roadways passable in all sorts of weather — even during a winter of overlapping storm systems and record cold temperatures.  Local driv More...

Letters

Praise for Hall of Fame

Dear Editor:  On Saturday evening, February 8, the inaugural induction ceremony for the Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame was held. Everyone who attended this grand event was treated to a very special time.  More...

Unfair tax

Dear Editor:  More...

Poor schools, fewer buyers

Dear Editor:  This letter is in reference to the upcoming Morgan County Schools excess levy election.  More...

What's Happening

War Memorial receives diabetes certification

War Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Management Program has received a two-year certification from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting the national standards for diabetes self-manag More...

C&O Canal cautions visitors on winter hazards

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) urges park visitors recreating on the towpath to use caution following recent storm events. More...

Book swap for kids

Morgan County Starting Points is hosting a Community Book Swap for kids on Monday, February 17 in the Meal Time Community Kitchen from 3-5:30 p.m.  Shake off the winter blues and get some new reading material for the children. 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:  February 2  Arrest of Claude D. Baker, Jr., 38, D.U.I., traffic offenses and destruction of property.  Arrest of Joyce A. More...

Johnsons Mill bridge closed for repairs

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced the temporary closure of Johnsons Mill Bridge on Johnsons Mill Road (Morgan County Route 26).  It will remain closed until repairs can be completed by WVDOH bridge forces and it’s de More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Christopher Alan Shreve, 21, of Randolph Spencer Lane, Paw Paw, was sentenced to one year and two days in jail, plus $330 in fees, for battery of a police officer and obstructing an officer. More...

School News

A guide to the new accountability system for schools

Local school officials are having to use new terminology when they talk about Morgan County schools and their levels of student achievement or growth.  More...

Intermediate school changing teaching strategies to raise student mastery

Warm Springs Intermediate School was designated as a Support School this year under the new West Virginia school accountability system.  Intermediate school staff is working with regional education officials and county central office staff as th More...

Social Studies Fair judges needed

The RESA 8 Regional Social Studies Fair will be held on March 29 at Musselman High School in Inwood.  Community members are needed to volunteer to be judges for the student projects.  More...

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