May 13, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Local Hepatitis C rates rise with drug use

The number of Hepatitis C cases has jumped in West Virginia in the last 10 years, mainly due to the rise of intravenous opiate drug use, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  More...

Parents urged to get smarter, safer about kids’ digital activities  Free Access 

Parents aren’t educated enough about what their kids are doing online and on their cell phones, and Sheriff’s Deputy Cliff Cobern advises parents that they need to learn, and quick. More...

Opinions

Real solutions won’t be comfortable

A resurgence of HIV in rural areas has public health officials scrambling to dust off their playbook, particularly in Indiana. More...

Hard at work

Here’s another one of our news files – an interior photo of what appears to be a local bank office, with female staff hard at work. The women are unidentified. Recognize any of them? More...

Letters

Rudeness & disrespect

Dear Editor:  I had to laugh when I read the letter in last week’s Messenger about contempt being shown to people by the town of Bath’s elected officials during town meetings. More...

Don’t tear it down

Dear Editor:  More...

Library needed in summer

Dear Editor:  I’m very concerned that Energy Express will not operate this summer. When school ends June 15, children will need places to go. The Morgan County Library plans to be open Thursdays starting June 1. More...

Obituaries

Lauren N. McCarty

1994-2015

Lauren N. McCarty, 21, of Needmore, Pa., died Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Washington County, Md. She was born in Hagerstown, Md. on February 21, 1994, daughter of Diane McCarty, Warfordsburg, Pa. and the late Daniel Lambert. More...

Ruth N. Deatherage

1925-2015

Ruth N. Deatherage, 90, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at her home. Born January 21, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Harold Kenneth Palmer and Helen Markle Palmer. More...

Betty I. Payne

1929-2015

 Betty I. Payne, 86, of Hedgesville, died Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the Berkeley Springs Center. Born April 1, 1929 in Martinsburg, she was the daughter of the late Friendie Youngblood and Ruth Dawson Youngblood. More...

Sports

IN THE WILD

Hunting the Wary Turkey Gobbler

My Dad was famous for telling tall tales. These days I wonder if maybe he was not exaggerating the truth as often or as much as I thought. He was, among other things, a socalled water witch. Some would prefer to say water dowser. More...

Lady Indians capture softball sectional

Last season at this time, the Petersburg Lady Vikings swept the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Softball Team in the best two of three Class AA Section II Championships en route to a state tournament appearance. More...

Webster qualifies for state tournament

by Jamie Harris  Berkeley Springs High School senior Logan Webster qualified for the Class A/AA State Tennis championships this last weekend.  Webster finished in second place in the Class A/AA Region II Championships dropping the finals ma More...

Vote for the People's Choice photo winner  Free Access 

Voting is underway for the People's Choice photo in the Morgan County Photo Contest, sponsored by The Morgan Messenger. Visit our Facebook page and search through the People's Choice 2015 album. Like the photo or photos that strike your fancy. More...

911 house signs now required in county

In an effort to get Morgan County first responders to the scene of an emergency quicker, the Morgan County Commission enacted the 911 Mapping & Addressing Ordinance last Thursday, May 7 by a unanimous vote.  More...

Downtown water project gaining steam

As the first few rounds of the Berkeley Springs Water Works project reached completion, Project Manager Randy Watson of Thrasher Engineering updated town council on progress at a Tuesday, May 5 meeting.  Watson said that the town’s treatme More...

News

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   May 13, 1962 - Editorial cartoonist Henry Payne was born in Charleston. More...

For 47 years, passengers rolled in and out of the B&O Depot

Jackie Hovermale submitted this narrative with the application for the B&O Railroad Station to be placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings.  Part 2  People & goods go by rail  More...

Water Works Plant open house

There will be an open house at the newly renovated Berkeley Springs water plant on Monday, May 18 at 99 Wilkes Street, in the Town of Bath. More...

What's Happening

Farmers Market will honor Master Gardeners

The Berkeley Springs Farmers Market will honor the Morgan County Master Gardeners on Sunday, May 17 at 11 a.m.  Mayor Susan Webster will present a Citizen Citation to Dee Fournier, President of the Master Gardeners in a short ceremony at the mar More...

Poppy Day

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60 will be distributing the familiar red poppy May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Food Lion. More...

Volunteers needed for tree planting

Sleepy Creek Watershed Association needs volunteers to help with one of its largest tree plantings on Saturday, May 16. More...

Police & Safety

Chase on 522 leads to arrest

A Pittsburgh man was arrested last Thursday for leading area law enforcement officers on a chase from the Virginia line north toward Berkeley Springs.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  April 26  More...

Safety Day planned to kick off summer vacation season

Plans are underway by Morgan County first responders to host the first-ever Safety Day for kids and families on Saturday, June 13 in Berkeley Springs State Park.  The free event, planned for 1 to 5 p.m. More...

School News

School budget for 2016 Fiscal Year is approved

The Morgan County School Board approved their proposed total budget of $26,612,307 for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year for publication at their April 21 meeting. More...

Rowland dissents on school budget, citing safety concerns

by Kate Evans  The Morgan County School Board approved their proposed total budget of $26,612,307 for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year with a 4-1 vote at their May 5 meeting.  More...

Dollar General donates $40,000 to Widmyer for reading programs

Company representatives from Dollar General carried a yellow and black box with a very special gift into Widmyer Elementary on the morning of Tuesday, May 5. More...

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