March 16, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

First public hearing tomorrow on ambulance fee hike

The first of three public hearings being held by the Morgan County Commission and the Morgan County Ambulance Authority on a proposal to increase the county’s Ambulance Fee will take place tomorrow night, Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. More...

Residents can sign up for local 911 alerts

The Morgan County, WV Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with the Morgan County Office of Emergency Communications have announced the activation of the Morgan County Mass Alerting Program.  More...

Paw Paw residents say county must put paid crew in their station

Close to 75 Paw Paw residents filled their fire hall last Thursday, March 10 to get answers about the future of fire and ambulance service to the community, and whether a proposed ambulance fee hike will get an ambulance to them faster in an emergenc More...

Opinions

Breach of trust will cost charity doubly

Editorial

News last week that the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project had fired its Chief Executive Steven Nardizzi and Al Giordano for excessive spending on travel, conferences and other services for the charity’s staff has hit the group&r More...

The final week

At The Capitol

Legislators wrapped up the 2016 regular session with a comparatively low-key 60th day of the session – but with prospects of a serious state budget impasse looming.  More...

Schoolhouse Rock, circa 1909

Marjorie Ambrose Ours brought us this picture of the (mostly) smiling students of North Berkeley School in 1909, and included the names, too. More...

Columns

IN THE WILD

Sure Signs of Spring

The first red winged blackbirds arrived in our back yard on March 10. The first tree swallows arrived on March 11. Spring peepers now are as noisy as they ever get, and hundreds of geese, way up there, are headed northward, all day and all night. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

March 16, 1906 - Country musician Buddy Starcher was born Oby Edgar Starcher near Ripley. More...

County Agent’s Corner

WVU Extension’s new program helps farmers and producers grow food businesses

304-258-8400 129 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 www.wvu.edu/~exten/   More...

Obituaries

Phyllis J. Tracy

1939-2016

Phyllis Jean Tracy, 76, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016, after an extended illness.  Born March 28, 1939, in Berkeley Springs, WV, she was a daughter of the late John Earl “Bub” Roach and Estella D. More...

Lester R. Garland, Jr.

1967-2016

Lester Ross Garland, Jr., age 48, of Berkeley Springs, died on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the University of Maryland Medical Center, in Baltimore, Md.  More...

Michael L. Kyne, Sr.

1958-2016

Michael Lynn Kyne, Sr,. 58, Berkeley Springs, died Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Berkeley Springs Center, LLC, Berkeley Springs.  Born March 8, 1958 in Berkeley Springs, WV, he was the son of the late Frederick M. More...

Sports

Compton named to PVC All Conference team

Berkeley Springs High School senior Brady Compton has been named to the Potomac Valley Conference Boys Basketball All Conference Team.  With 269 total points, an average of 11 points a game, 24 assists, and 84 rebounds, Compton was certainly a l More...

Chip Shots

Madness has arrived

March Madness is officially here as 68 teams were picked and bracketed on Sunday. There will be two games on Tuesday and two on Wednesday (I call them play in games) with the winners filling out the 64-team bracket. More...

Warm Springs Middle School Wolves Varsity Basketball

WSMS Wolves Varsity Basketball team 2015-2016, left to right: Coach Shawn Barkley, Eric Unger, Trevor Albanese, Ethan Whipple, Dominic Rider, Cedric Henry, Luke Spielman, Zac Spillman, Hunter DuVall, More...

Local man reported missing by mother is found

Police have said a local man reported missing yesterday by his mother has been located.A Morgan County woman, concerned about the whereabouts of her son. More...

Paw Paw gets $1.5 million grant to upgrade aging water lines

Town of Paw Paw and regional officials were excited to receive word last week the town has received a $1.5 million Small Cities Block Grant for the town’s municipal water system upgrade.  More...

Firefighter pulls man from house fire

What began as a grass fire call quickly escalated into an active fire rescue last Wednesday, March 9 as first responders from multiple agencies arrived to find that a field fire had reached a single family home.  More...

News

Chamber of Commerce updates

The March General membership meeting of the Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 16 at Warm Springs Middle School.  The program will focus on support systems that are in place for students.  Donation More...

Wonderful People of Berkeley Springs adds ambassadors

In February, the Wonderful People month’s habit was “YOU COUNT.” The volunteer team has supported this positive monthly theme project and added Ambassadors to spread the message, including Rite-Aid Drug Store, and their Pharmacy, Th More...

On the public docket

All local government meetings are open to the public.

Morgan County Government   Wednesday, March 16. Parks and Recreation board meets, 7 p.m.  More...

Letters

Siren outdated, disruptive

Dear Editor: More...

Modernize fire siren uses

Dear Editor:  More...

Inspired & puzzled

Due to our error, John Webster’s letter “Inspired & puzzled” last week was missing a paragraph from his original submission. Here is his letter, containing that missing paragraph, reprinted in its entirety. More...

What's Happening

Potomac Patriots meet March 17

Morgan County West Virginians For Life chapter leader and founder of Berkeley Springs radio station WDTF will speak Thursday, March 17 at the Potomac Patriots meeting. His topic will be Freedom of Speech.  More...

Grants awarded by Stream Partners

The Stream Partners Program (SPP), 21 organizations across West Virginia received more than $104,000 in grant funding this year to preserve and protect watersheds.  More...

Weber Brothers film premieres here March 17

The rock documentary, “Before We Arrive: The Story of the Weber Brothers,” makes its U.S. debut at the Star Theatre in Berkeley Springs on Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. The hour-long movie is showing for one night only.  More...

Police & Safety

Two local men sentenced for federal drug crimes

Eight individuals were sentenced early this week in federal court in Martinsburg for heroin and cocaine trafficking, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Amy D. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  March 6  Child custody dispute and keep the peace, Truman Street.  Domestic dispute, Valley Road, verbal.  Assisted with EPO appl More...

School News

West Virginia Young Writers Contest

Since 1984, students in West Virginia have participated in the WV Young Writers contest which celebrates the creative writing skills encouraged in their classes. More...

School board sets June 7 as last day for students, grad dates set

During recent school board meetings, the Morgan County Board of Education has taken a variety of actions relating to school upgrades, the school calendar and future projects. More...

First responders read at Widmyer Dr. Seuss Day

Morgan County and regional first responders volunteered their own time to read to Widmyer Elementary students for Dr. Seuss Day on March 2. More...

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