March 19, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Fairview water tower still leaking

The 200,000-gallon water tower on Fairview Drive which sprang a leak for unknown reasons in January has still not gotten a repair after several months, thanks to icy winter conditions.  More...

Opinions

More sunshine equals better government

This week is National Sunshine Week – something we can all get behind, no matter what party or color we are. Goodness knows we could all celebrate more sunshine this week, but that’s not the theme in question. More...

In search of spring & summer

A closeup shot of a dandelion seedhead looks the promise of warmer days. Stan Oaks took the picture, which was one of many entries into last year’s Photo Contest. More...

Letters

Looking for vet’s brother

Dear Editor:  More...

A special place

Dear Editor:  My family experienced a life event in Berkeley Springs two weeks ago when our father, a local resident, passed away. More...

On water editorial

Dear Editor:  The editorial in the February 19 Morgan Messenger titled “New chances to protect the state” was wellresearched and written.  More...

What's Happening

Local radio learning to rock

After 56 years of downhome country, the WDHC radio station in Berkeley Springs is switching up formats to play classic rock hits at 92.9 FM on your radio dial.  Country music will keep playing as before, however, at frequency 1010 on the a.m. More...

Spring Into Running

The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg is offering a group running program.  The Spring Into Running program is free and open to all levels and ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  More...

Paw Paw Friends of the Library met

The Paw Paw Chapter of the Friends of West Virginia Libraries met Tuesday, March 11. It was decided that the group will meet quarterly on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Paw Paw Library. The next meeting will be on June 10. More...

Police & Safety

Circuit Court moving toward electronic records

An upcoming system for digitizing court documents will free up room now taken up by decades of dusty paper records, said Kim Hanback, Morgan County’s Circuit Clerk.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  March 9  Complaint of neighbor shooting, Wild Rose Drive, no violation.  Child custody complaint taken in office.  Alarm, Bear Lo More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Rodney Dale Hobday, 56, of Winchester Grade Road, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to one year and two days in jail plus $410 in fees for driving under the influence and domestic battery.  More...

School News

State Step 7 monies fund many school improvements to instruction

The amount of funding that public school systems receive annually from the state of West Virginia is computed through what is known as the state aid formula. More...

Regional Math Field Day participants

The 28 top place winners in the Morgan County Math Field Day, grades four-12, attended the Regional Math Field Day event at Shepherd University on Monday, March 10. More...

One Book, One School event challenges Intermediate students

The snow days made this year’s month-long One Book, One School event at Warm Springs Intermediate School challenging, but students and staff enjoyed reading Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. More...

Town to tackle potholes

After searching for materials to patch the holes appearing in area streets, the Town of Bath is currently working on temporary measures for pothole repairs.  Pitted streets include Green, Wilkes and Mercer, among others. More...

Cacapon State Park project funding back in place

During an extended legislative session that began on Friday, March 14, state lawmakers passed HB 106, which sets aside money from the state’s Excess Lottery Fund to pay for improvements and a much-anticipated expansion at Cacapon State Park.&nb More...

Last day of school moved, public hearings set on next year’s school calendar

The last day of school for students for the 2013-2014 school year has been changed to Friday, June 6. More...

News

David Ambrose: School Board candidate

I have filed for candidacy for another term on the Morgan County Board of Education. For over 40 years, I have worked in public education. More...

Brenda Hutchinson: School Board candidate

Thirty-five years ago, I moved to Morgan County in search of a better life for myself and my three young sons. More...

Danise Edmisten: School Board candidate

I am in the running for a position on the Morgan County school board and I would like to summarize some of my past work experience.  I have worked as an Administrative Assistant for construction/ developers, bookkeeper for finance companies, leg More...

Columns

Under the dome

Extended session settles some unfinished business

The regular session of the 2014 West Virginia Legislature officially ended at midnight on March 8, but it took lawmakers another six days — March 14 — to finish work on the 2014-2015 state budget in an extended session called by Gov. More...

Wish I’d said that

We can either live in a democracy or we can have a huge amount of wealth concentrated in few hands, but we can’t have both.  Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) Laywer, Associate Justice on Supreme Court. More...

IN THE WILD

Woodcock

They are arriving now. Last evening I heard one “peenting.” Most people don’t know what they are hearing, nor would they recognize a woodcock if they saw one. So, I’m here to fix that.  More...

Obituaries

Mary H. Langer

1924-2014

Mary Helen Langer, 89, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Charles Town, died at home Sunday, March 16, 2014 while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born December 28, 1924 in Mandan, N.D., she was the daughter of the late Aloisius and He More...

Lucille U. Hottenstein

1920-2014

Lucille Ullom Hottenstein, 93, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Berkeley Springs Rehab & Nursing.  Born October 8, 1920 in Pickens County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late W.T. More...

Virginia L. Davis

1941-2014

Virginia Lee “Peanut” (Smith) Davis, 72, of Hagerstown, Md., went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 10, 2014, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, surrounded by her loving family.  Born Thursday, August 28, 1941, in Hagersto More...

Sports

Morris takes over as skipper for Tribe

For the third time in four years, the Berkeley Springs High School Indians Varsity Baseball Team finds itself with a new head coach. More...

Diehl captures NWCA Wrestling National Championship

Berkeley Springs native Ryan Diehl a freshman at Liberty University put his mark on the wrestling world this past weekend.  More...

Petapalooza March 22

The Humane Society of Morgan County and BlackCat Music will hold PETAPALOOZA 2014 on Saturday, March 22 at the American Legion Hall in Berkeley Springs.  Live music by BlackCat School of Rock, Electric Factory, Stereo Spacecraft, The Flashbacks More...

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