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Planners put off decision on Dollar General lot

A crowd of nearly 50 people navigated through snowy conditions to the Morgan County Courthouse last Tuesday, January 27, for a Planning Commission meeting on a proposed Dollar General in southern Morgan County.  After 90 minutes of audience comm More...

Men sentenced for Moose robbery, railroad thefts

Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Wilkes handed down sentences, accepted pleas and revoked probation in several felony criminal cases in open court proceedings last week.  More...

Opinions

A winter study

Snow doesn’t cover everything. This 2007 winter photo, entered in last year’s Morgan County Photo Contest by Jim Hoyt, shows the textures and patterns on a large rock along Mt. More...

More bills to watch

Lawmakers have slightly slowed their pace of introducing new bills in the West Virginia Legislature this week. More...

How to contact Morgan County officials

Morgan County Commission   77 Fairfax Street, Room 101, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, phone: 304-258-8540.  Commissioner Brad Close, phone: 304-867-3140. Email: bclose@morgancountywv.gov.  More...

Columns

At The Capitol

Legislative session highlights

Week three of the 2015 legislative session was highlighted by the release of a study commissioned by the House and Senate Finance Committees that found that the state’s greyhound racing industry is almost entirely subsidized by the state.  More...

HOW TO REACH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE   General State Issues and Legislative Bills Legislative session runs for 60 days, from January to March.  Room MB-27, Building 1, State Capitol Complex,  Charleston, WV 25305  Telephone: (304) 347-4836 F More...

THE CAPITOL REPORT

Without question, the themes of the 2015 Session so far have been freedom and the improvement of West Virginia’s business climate. More...

Obituaries

Terry L. Wilson, Sr.

1955-2015

Terry Lee Wilson, Sr., 59, of Paw Paw, died Monday, February 2, 2015 at his home. He was born July 13, 1955 in Edinburg, Va. and he was the son of the late Charles Wilson and Gayetta Putnam Barb. He had worked at National Fruit in Winchester, Va. More...

James A. Heath, Jr.

1922-2015

James Albert Heath, Jr., 92, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at Autumn Acres Personal Care Center, Berkeley Springs. Born January 31, 1922 in Mt. Union, Pa., he was the son of the late James Albert, Sr. and Mildred Corson Heath. More...

Brittany L. McCumbee

Brittany Lynn McCumbee, 28, of Berkeley Springs, died on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at her home. Arrangements are being handled by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs. More...

Sports

Warm Springs Middle School Wolves Athlete Recognition Night

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Indians finish third at Viking Smash

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians wrestling team had a strong showing at the Petersburg Viking Smash this past weekend. As a team, the Indians went 7-2 with their only losses to Keyser and Braxton County.  More...

Chip Shots

Darn!   More...

Double lung transplant offers “second chance”

Family, friends and community members are rejoicing that Morgan County 911 dispatcher Marcie McDonald is finally home from the hospital and recovering after undergoing double lung transplant surgery on January 13.  McDonald, a Hancock resident, More...

Intermediate school using grants to grow vegetables, better readers

Warm Springs Intermediate School continues to target student achievement with student programs and initiatives. More...

One Bath council seat still missing a candidate

At the end of the official candidate filing period, most of the Town of Bath council posts up for election on June 9 had attracted interested candidates.  Two people – sitting mayor Susan Webster and councilman Scott Merki – are vyin More...

News

Ash borer can damage other plants

In the January 21 issue of The Morgan Messenger, Dan Stiles’ “In the wild” column questioned the link between the emerald ash borer and damage to fringe trees. Reader John Webster wrote in with this explanation.   More...

Financial assistance available for septic pumping

Is it time for your septic tank to be pumped? Do you live in the Sleepy Creek Watershed? If you answer yes to both of these questions, you are eligible for financial assistance to help with part of the cost.  More...

Grants to fund work at cemetery

The Warm Springs Run Watershed Association was selected as one of 22 watershed groups across the state to receive a $5,000 grant to reconstruct areas of Greenway Cemetery in Berkeley Springs.  The grant, provided by the West Virginia Stream Part More...

Letters

Keep Energy Express

Dear Editor:  It was with great sadness that I read in The Morgan Messenger about Energy Express being discontinued this year.  More...

What's Happening

Auxiliary donates $30,000 for ambulance

The Morgan County Rescue Auxiliary donated revenues from the Thrift Shop to the Rescue Squad for purchase of a new ambulance. More...

Free Open Mic Night

BlackCat Music Shop is sponsoring their Free Open Mic Night Friday, February 6 from 6:30-10 p.m. More...

Valentine’s Day Dance

The Hancock Performing Arts Center is having a free Valentine's Day Dance with music by The Flashbacks on Saturday, February 14, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall on 126 W. More...

Calendar

February

Thursday, February 5 – Pleasant View Com. Center meet, 7 p.m. – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Kaw Kaw Peyon 4-H, 7:30, homes – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Grace U.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:  January 25  Landlord/tenant dispute, Briarwood Lane.  Well being check, Independence Street, elderly lady, secure.  911 hang-up, More...

Great Cacapon Emergency Calls

Chief Matt Grimley reported the following calls for the month of January:  January 1 - House fire, Tolley Lane, Rescue-Engine 2, Engine-Tanker 22, six responded, cancelled en route.  Medical assist, Power House Road, Rescue-Engine 2, BLS 2, More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  Clarence Garson Nester, Jr., 23, of Roundhill Drive, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to one year and 30 days in jail plus $971 in fines and costs for driving under the influence, a second DUI and a More...

School News

Dean’s List

ALLEGANY COLLEGE   Allegany College of Maryland has named 315 students to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester.  To be eligible for the Dean’s List a student must earn a 3.8 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale and More...

Honor Roll

Pleasant View Second nine weeks

A-B Honor Roll  Third grade: Amelia Riggleman, Dakota Hamrick, Colten Hess, Layla Morris, Grace Risinger, Christopher Robinson and Hunter Robinson.  Fourth grade: Aubrey Lackey, Matthew Leasure, Madison Mullen, Justice Beers, Haven Golliday More...

W.Va. higher education office provides financial aid assistance to students

With key state financial aid deadlines approaching, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) is offering students and their families free assistance with application forms. More...

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