March 26, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Public survey asks about next year’s school calendar

Morgan County Schools are using a community survey to get more public input about their proposed school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.  The survey will be available through Wednesday, April 2, said Superintendent David Banks. More...

Local man faces child pornography charges

A local man recently turned himself in to Morgan County court officials ahead of a hearing in Magistrate Court on charges of possessing child pornography.  Timothy Scott Seims, 69, of Snakes Eyes Lane, Berkeley Springs, was facing a March 6 felo More...

Opinions

Getting the key to the city

A gathering of dignitaries behind the public water pump in Berkeley Springs State Park was caught on film around 1953. The photo belonged to Lewis Heiner.  More...

Uncertainty (and worse) clouds healthcare reform

Next Monday’s deadline for Americans to sign up for some kind of health insurance or face a potential fine of under the Affordable Care Act is raising anxiety for many folks who still don’t know which way they should turn for insurance.&n More...

Let’s try that again

One of our readers pointed out that we misspelled Bogotá – the name of the city in Colombia – in last week’s “Reading the Messenger” feature.  More...

Columns

Under the dome

Charleston council fights bill that allows guns into rec centers

One of the several bills that Gov. More...

Wish I’d said that

You can’t measure time in days the way you can money in dollars because every day is different.  If you find a “Wish I’d Said That,” send it in.   More...

Manchin's Message

Our great state of West Virginia is being devastated by prescription drug abuse. The mortality rate in West Virginia from drug overdoses is the highest in the country, and we’ve had a 605 percent increase in deaths since 1999.  More...

Calendar

March

Thursday, March 27 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Grace U.M. More...

Police & Safety

Bond revoked for man facing 23-count indictment

A Morgan County man indicted in January on two dozen counts of making and distributing sexually explicit materials depicting minors has been returned to jail after breaking the conditions of his bond.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  March 16  Alarm, Moose Lodge, 522 North, secure.  Destruction of property complaint, Panorama Restaurant.  Child custody complain More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  Ricky Gordon Eubank, Sr., 55, of Terrys Road, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to six months in jail and $535 in fees for a felon in possession of a firearm charge and for failure to check a deer, as More...

School News

Local landmarks inspire students

A sightseeing tour of some historic and familiar Berkeley Springs landmarks was done recently just by visiting third grade teacher Samantha Marton’s classroom at Warm Springs Intermediate School. More...

Teachers value extra duty jobs for more than added pay

Teachers Anne Helmick and husband Ian Helmick shared the love of their extracurricular academic and coaching positions and the hopes that those jobs and programs will continue as they have.  More...

Regional Junior Science Fair

RESA 8’s academic fair season continued with students participating in the Junior Regional Science Fair on Tuesday, March 11. More...

Vicious dog rules get mixed reaction at hearing

Reactions were mixed between support and outrage by citizens in attendance while reviewing an amended dog leash ordinance, at a March 20 evening meeting by the Morgan County Commission.  A crowd of more than 20 citizens attended the hearing, tho More...

Affordable Care signups coming to a close

On March 31, early enrollment for the open health insurance marketplace will be closed off, meaning people won’t be able to sign up for new insurance through the health marketplace.  More...

Fairview water tower fixed

On Tuesday night, water was gushing and flooding the area around Fairview water tower, but by the morning of Wednesday, March 19, Specialty Groups Inc. (SGI) of Bridgeport, had patched the public water storage tank.  More...

News

SCWA looking for volunteers for stream cleanup April 5

The Sleepy Creek Watershed Association (SCWA) is looking for volunteers to assist in cleaning up a stream along Highland Ridge Road on Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m., rain or shine.  More...

Art contest and exhibition to showcase West Virginia artists with disabilities

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) West Virginia artists with disabilities to enter the 2014 West Virginia Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition. More...

Candidates for Morgan County Commission

Stacy Dugan

I am Stacy Dugan, County Commissioner since 2009. I love my job. I’m running for re-election.  I knew nothing about being a Commissioner in 2008. I ran because I wanted regular people – like me - to have a say. More...

Letters

Students have excelled

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Had it with taxes

Dear Editor:  We’ve had it with the levy. Last fall after the levy was voted down, I was at a meeting where they said it was not about the taxes. Can someone tell me where they got the money? More...

What's Happening

Special guest at Cacapon State Park

Cacapon State Park will host Doug Wood on Friday, March 28 of Nitro as he performs the role of Ostenaco, a Cherokee military leader who battled against the French soldiers and northern American Indian warriors within the borders of present-day West V More...

Vietnam Veterans recognized

The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) announced the third annual Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day observance will take place at the State Capitol on Sunday, March 30.  Vietnam Veterans of America will host the event and WVD More...

Diabetes Support Group meet April 3

The Morgan County Diabetes Education and Support Group will meet Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Douglas A. Melchor

1948-2014

Douglas Arnold Melchor, 65, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  He was born March 26, 1948 in Baltimore, Md., son of the late James T. and Evie N. More...

George Jarmolenko

1944-2014

George Jarmolenko, age 69, of Berkeley Springs, WV, formerly of Reading, PA, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at his home.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Chrystyna Jarmolenko in 1991.  Born August 8, 1944, he was of Ukrainian desc More...

Kathleen F. Hobday

1932-2014

Kathleen Florence “Kass” Hobday, age 81, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Winchester Medical Center.  Born October 19, 1932 in Morgan County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Ward Lester and Myrtle Symar More...

Sports

Lady Indians roll by Spring Mills

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Softball Team opened the 2014 campaign with an impressive 8-3 win over the Spring Mills Lady Cardinals.  More...

Lady Indians second at the Quinn Hoover Invitational

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Track Team kicked off the 2014 campaign with a strong outing at the Quinn Hoover Invitational held at Clear Spring High School last Friday, March 21. More...

Tribe falls in opener to Cardinals, 7-3

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Varsity Baseball Team dropped a 7-3 decision to the home standing Spring Mills Cardinals last Saturday, March 22. More...

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