June 22, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Coolfont properties sell to multiple buyers for $2.7 million

The long-awaited sale of the former Coolfont resort property east of Berkeley Springs ended with multiple new owners emerging for the 988-acre stretch of land that used to be home to a thriving conference center. More...

Opinions

Take the medicine, no matter how bitter

Compromise in governing has a bad name these days. Not only does it cause us suffering, but we’re all to blame for it. Somehow our sense of citizenship and patriotism has been boiled down to gestures and bluster. More...

Late night snacking

Among the People’s Choice finalists in this year’s Morgan County Photo Contest was this picture by Donna Pierce, titled “Table for Five.” If you have a “Photo of the Wee More...

THE CAPITOL REPORT

  On June 14, 2016, the West Virginia Legislature passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 and adjourned, ending the 17-day extraordinary session called by Governor Tomblin. More...

What's Happening

Warming Hands & Hearts 2016 Campaign success

The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle (UWEP) once again asked the community’s help to provide much needed utility assistance through their Warming Hands and Hearts (WH&H) Initiative with More...

Life or Drugs awareness event

Life or Drugs, Tri-State Support and the Morgan County Partnership will sponsor the Third Annual Community Drug Outreach and Awareness event Sunday, June 26, 2-5 p.m. in the Berkeley Springs State Park. More...

Free concert July 9 with fiddler Bobby Taylor

Hancock Arts Council will sponsor a free concert on Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Town Hall. Bobby Taylor, master fiddler with back-up by Critton Hollow String Band, Sam and Joe Herrmann and Pete Gordon.  More...

Police & Safety

State Police seize big pot crop

An investigation into allegations of rape led troopers with the West Virginia State Police to discover a large indoor marijuana growing operations in northeastern Morgan County late last week.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  June 12  Domestic dispute, Valley Road, verbal.  Assisted CSX Police, Cherry Run.  Neighbor dispute, Harrison Avenue, verbal.&nbs More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  Kacey J. Studley, 39, of Berkeley Springs must pay a $500 fine and $165.25 in court costs and fees after pleading guilty to having no proof of an operator’s license.  More...

School News

WV to get $2.4 million from Apple e-book settlement

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced West Virginia consumers soon will receive their portion of a $400 million, E-Book settlement between Apple Inc. More...

Pleasant View Elementary tree planting heralds future community walking trail

An April 22 Earth Day shade tree planting project at Pleasant View Elementary is the beginning of a future community walking trail at the school.  More...

DuBrueler joins national mountain climbing event to support charities for kids

Steve DuBrueler, Founder and CEO of Coldwell Banker Premier Properties, will be a participant in the APIVEO Climb IV Kids, a one-of-akind event that raises funds and awareness for children’s charities.  More...

Damaging storm that toppled trees was a microburst

Severe thunderstorms turned into a tornado warning last Thursday, June 16, that lasted for 45 minutes as black clouds blew into Morgan County from the west. The county fire sirens were set off to warn residents of an impending tornado at 3:45 p.m. More...

Early morning fire guts Valley Road house

Firefighters arrived at a house on Valley Road on Tuesday morning to find the structure fully ablaze. See story on page 20. photo courtesy of Robert Hoopengardner More...

News

State agencies launch PSA campaign against opiate abuse

A series of public service announcements to promote better understanding of the opioid epidemic and encourage West Virginia consumers to explore non-opioid alternatives to pain therapy has been created under a multi-agency partnership, according to t More...

Charity clarity

How to recognize fraudulent charities:  — Evasive, vague or unresponsive answers to specific questions about the charity and how the money is used.  — Words making up a charity’s name closely resemble a more well-known cha More...

Worship Directory

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 180 South Washington Street, Berkeley Springs, 304-258- 2440 - Sunday service 9 a.m. Rev. Brian Shoda.   More...

Letters

Voice in Charleston

Dear Editor:  A few months ago a group of us from Widmyer Elementary School wrote a petition regarding catastrophic increases that were proposed for our state PEIA health insurance. This was due to a huge deficit in funding. More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

June 22, 1926 - Earl Olgebay died in Cleveland. He was one of West Virginia’s most successful industrialists and a generous benefactor. More...

Whip-Poor-Wills

IN THE WILD

Like every other wild creature out there, Whip-Poor-Wills are amazing. They used to be quite common, but not anymore. Their numbers since the 1960s have been declining precipitously, and no one is really sure why. More...

Obituaries

Richard A. Ponn

1944-2016

Richard Allen Ponn, age 71, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Monday, June 13, 2016 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born October 25, 1944 in Winchester, Va., he was the son of the late Russell and Leona Smith Pon More...

Linda L. Feeney

1950-2016

Linda Louise Feeney, 66, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, June 18, 2016 at her home.  Born January 18, 1950 in Washington, D.C., daughter of the late Frank T. More...

Richard K. Katona

1942-2016

Richard Kenneth Katona, 73, of Berkeley Springs, died at his home on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.  Born August 14, 1942 in Homestead, Pa., he was the son of the late Gaza Andrew and Helen Medve Katona.  He was a Christian.  He was a g More...

Sports

2016 Softball All-State selections

Shyann Farris, Junior, outfield led team in average (571), runs scored (37), tied for lead in hits (48), second on team in pitching wins (eight) and second in strikeouts (84). More...

Hott and Lorenzo receive Rotary Leadership Award

Berkeley Springs High School students Violet Hott and Joe Lorenzo, Jr were each awarded a scholarship to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA).  More...

Chip Shots

Dustin and the USGA

Anyone who has played competitive golf under the rules of golf knows that the rules sometimes seem unfair and illogical, but the rules are in place to keep the playing field level for all competitors. More...

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