December 9, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Great Cacapon man to be extradited to Virginia after breaking parole

A Morgan County man who served 17 years in prison for being an accessory to murder for hire will be extradited back to Virginia to serve out the remainder of his prison term.  Morgan County deputies arrested Ralph “JR” Shambaugh, Jr. More...

2015 season deer harvest numbers

The fall hunting season came to a close on Saturday, December 5. More...

Opinions

Lesson remains after 74 years

Just days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, American author and columnist E.B. White penned an essay that could shed light on where America stands today – 74 years later.  More...

Town all a-glitter

Shop windows and homes are sporting cheerful decorations for all to enjoy, like this one in downtown Berkeley Springs. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   December 9, 1829 - West Virginia’s fourth governor, John Jeremiah Jacob was born in Hampshire County. More...

What's Happening

Visit with Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the American Legion Post 60 on Saturday, December 12, 1-3 p.m. Take your camera to get a picture with old Saint Nick. Refreshments will be provided. More...

Kids can read their way to library reward over holiday

The Morgan County Public Library is hosting its second winter reading program to keep local youngsters reading during the school holiday break.  “We’re just trying to encourage kids to read, especially during that gap,” said pr More...

Stargazing party

Morgan County Observatory will host a public stargazing party Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. at the observatory.  More...

Police & Safety

Hansen sentenced for federal drug charges

A Berkeley Springs man was sentenced on December 4 in a Martinsburg federal court for his part in a multi-state heroin trafficking operation between Baltimore and the Eastern Panhandle.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  November 29  Harassment complaint, Waterfront Drive.  Arrest of William D. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  More...

School News

New GED option includes career technical education pathway

Morgan County high school students that have fallen behind in their coursework and that are at risk of dropping out will now have new GED options for staying in school that have a Career Technical Education pathway.  More...

October students of the month

Berkeley Springs High School Senior Rhett Beddow was named student of the month by his teachers. They said: He is generous and willing to assist any of his classmates during the day. More...

Harpers Ferry bird walk

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor an early winter bird walk in Harpers Ferry on Monday, December 21.  There is no fee and anyone with an interest is welcome to go along, regardless of their birding skills. More...

Exploding ammo slows fire response at house in Great Cacapon

A Great Cacapon area homeowner was mildly injured in an early Sunday morning fire that claimed his home. More...

EDA considers “rebrand” to attract businesses

A newly-expanded Morgan County Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently put its verbal support behind a proposal to “rebrand” and aggressively market the county’s business parks and the former hospital campus known as The Pines More...

Cacapon holds first controlled hunt

Today is the final day of a three-day controlled deer hunt held for the first time at Cacapon State Park south of Berkeley Springs. State officials said the hunt was a way to lower the deer population in the park.  More...

News

The Messenger in the War Years 1943-44

Part II Competition from the Newsy—News   More...

Musical talent on display at TreeFest Saturday

The Warm Springs Middle School seventh and eighth grade combined choir will perform the sounds of the season on Saturday, December 12, at the TreeFest at the Ice House, part of A Dickens of a Christmas.  More...

Christmas bird counts

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society has set Saturday, December 19 and Saturday, January 2 as the dates for this winter's annual Christmas Bird Counts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  More...

Letters

Looks like money

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Inspiring message

Dear Editor:  I am the County Coordinator of the PASS Program (Providing Academic and Self-Esteem Support), a mentor program sponsored by Morgan County Schools. I was blessed to recently receive this message from one of our former volunteers. More...

More on tree cutting

Dear Editor:  This letter follows those of Gary Stewart and Garnet Marsh about current logging at Carl Freeman Company’s Coolfont properties.  More...

Calendar

Holiday event calendar

Friday, December 11  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – “Warm and Wonderful” holiday gift art show at the Ice House Gallery, Independence & Mercer Streets, Berkeley Springs. Free admission.  Saturday, December 12   More...

Obituaries

Michael J. Powell

1952-2015

Michael J. More...

Nancy J. Banks

1937-2015

Nancy Jo Banks, 78, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Mount Union, Pa., died Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Hilltop House Assisted Living, Winchester, Va.  Born February 16, 1937 in Huntingdon, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Robert Newton a More...

John F. Forney

(April 10, 1920-  December 2, 2015)   John Frederick Forney (Fred), 95, long-time resident of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, died Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Asbury Methodist Village.  More...

Sports

Berkeley Springs High School Wrestling 6-4 at Hedgesville Duals

Berkeley Springs High School wrestling went 6-4 on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at the Hedgesville Duals, giving the team a good starting off point for the season.  More...

Lady Indians start off 0-3

The Berkeley Springs Girl’s Varsity Basketball team is off to a rough start, losing to Moorefield 48-62 at their season opener on Tuesday, December 1 and taking two more hard losses at the Reeds’ Pharmacy Tip Off Classic this past weekend More...

Lady Pirates fall to Mountain View & Union

Paw Paw High School’s Girls Varsity Basketball season opened with a 56-19 loss to Mountain View Christian Academy on Tuesday, December 1.  The Lady Pirates were led by senior Lauren King who had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks and More...

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