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October 18, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Judge grants second delay in Shute trial

The trial of a man accused of killing three men in Great Cacapon last June has been delayed for a second time.  Erick Shute, 34, of Great Cacapon was set to go on trial on October 30 to face multiple felony charges stemming from the shooting dea More...

Public Service Commission promotes budget plans for manageable utility bills

This winter is predicted to be colder than last year, so the Public Service Commission of West Virginia urges consumers to consider the benefits of budget billing and average monthly payment plans offered by utility companies.  More...

Opinions

Drug dealers in suits

While West Virginia families were fighting to stay free of a growing wave of pill addiction, elected officials in Washington, D.C. were making it easier for drug companies to ship enormous quantities of pain pills into the state. More...

Grab some kindling!

From the Messenger files, this photo is unidentified but from the 50s or 60s. Anyone know who the young women at the brick barbecue might be? More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301 October 18, 1941 - William “Billy” Cox was born in Wheeling. More...

What's Happening

Breast Cancer Awareness month

Barbara Bailey, Cancer Awareness Representative for Morgan County and a member of Morningside CEOS, took the certificate to the Commissioners on October 4 to be designated October as Cancer Awareness More...

Auditions for Hanukkah Goblins

The Morgan Arts Council’s Ice House Theater Project will hold auditions for its winter radio drama Hanukkah Goblins on Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday October 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ice House.  More...

Farmers market free seminar

West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition with the WV Farmers Market Association are hosting a free, informational sessions for farmers market vendors, managers and board members.  The first in the series will be held in Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, More...

Police & Safety

Great Cacapon Emergency Calls

Chief Matt Grimley reported the following calls for the month of September:  September 7 - Automatic alarm, Paw Paw Schools, Engine 21, Tanker 2 responded, cancelled en route.  September 10 - Auto accident, Central Avenue at post office, Re More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Brandon L. Osborne, 27, of Whitacre, Va. was fined $100 after pleading guilty to driving while his license was suspended or revoked. He must also pay $165.25 in court costs and fees.  More...

On the public docket

All local government meetings are open to the public.  Morgan County Government   More...

School News

West Virginia juniors to take SAT as assessment test this spring

All West Virginia high school juniors will begin taking the SAT as the statewide summative assessment in spring 2018. More...

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Erich May, Morgan County Schools

Being there is important  Here’s something to celebrate: for the second year in a row, Morgan County Schools had the best attendance rate in the state.  According to the West Virginia Department of Education, our attendance last year More...

The Morgan County Partnership and the Morgan County Teen Court Program

In 2011 Morgan County held its first teen court case. To date, Teen Court has had 156 hearings. During the 2016-2017 school year, 13 teens were trained as attorneys. More...

Planners asked to approve Cacapon State Park expansion

The Morgan County Planning Commission will consider a commercial building permit for renovation and expansion of Cacapon State Park’s lodge and other facilities at their meeting next Tuesday, October 24.  Planners will review the West Virg More...

Moore is county’s new Assistant Prosecutor

Attorney Courtney Moore has been hired as the county’s new assistant prosecutor, working alongside Prosecuting Attorney Dan James.  Moore started in the office on October 2 after shadowing Ray Boyce, the outgoing assistant prosecutor.  More...

Berkeley Springs High School King and Queen

Berkeley Springs High School 2017 Homecoming King and Queen Patrick Raymond and Rikki Mann at last Friday’s Berkeley Springs High School Football Homecoming game. photo by Anita Kesner More...

News

Self-guided studio tour

Some of the artists of Berkeley Springs welcome visitors to their studios to view their latest creations. The self-guided tour takes place on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22.  More...

DOT secretary outlines WV road construction plans

Following the “wonderful success” of passage of the state road bond referendum October 7, state Transportation Secretary Tom Smith told legislators Sunday the state will be moving deliberately on what ultimately could be the issuance of a total of $2 More...

Outdoor fires can be avoided with simple steps

The risk of wildfires has been high recently due to the extremely dry conditions until beneficial rains came to the area on Sunday and Monday.  Residents are advised to follow these home safety tips and outdoor fire prevention measures to prote More...

Letters

Support vets, not tree

Dear Editor:  I respect Mrs. More...

Senior center problems

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Boot drives against fed law

Dear Editor:  Memories around here seem to be very short-term. When Pete Moss (husband of former mayor Susan Webster) called the WV State Police on me in 2012 for standing with a sign on U.S. More...

Obituaries

Walter E. Marshall

1938-2017

Walter Earl Marshall, age 79, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Berkeley Medical Center. Born June 12, 1938 in Prince George’s County, MD, he was the son of the late Walter and Lily Babb Marshall. More...

Bernie J. Kuykendall, Jr.

1952-2017

Bernie “Junior” Kuykendall, Jr., 65 of Romney died on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  Born on March 18, 1952 in Keyser he was the son of the late Bernie Lee Kuykendall and Lillian Baldwin Kuykendall.  He worked as a tree trimmer More...

Fairy E. J. Oyerly

1931-2017

Fairy Emma Jean Van- Gosen Oyerly, 86, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia died Saturday, October 14, 2017 at her home from complications due to failing kidneys and congestive heart failure.  More...

Sports

Offense, defense and special teams lead Indians past Clear Spring 53-6

The staff and students of Berkeley Springs High School kicked off homecoming last week with daily spirit activities that capped off with a pep rally late Friday afternoon. Then prior to the football game at 6:30 p.m. More...

Harvey and Heironimus capture 2017 PVC Cross Country Championship

Aberegg named PVC Girls Coach of the Year

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Cross Country team as expected dominated the 2017 Class A/AA Potomac Valley Conference Championships last Tuesday, October 10 at the Cacapon State Park Cross Country Course. More...

Kasekamp leads Paw Paw at PVC Championships

Ian Helmick named PVC Boys Coach of the Year

The Paw Paw Pirates Boys Cross Country Team finished in fifth place with a team score of 98 in the Potomac Valley Conference A/AA last Tuesday, October 10 at the challenging Cacapon State Park Cross Country Course. More...