Fire marshal offering reward for information about Berkeley Springs house fire

by Kate Evans An early morning house fire in Berkeley Springs on Wednesday, June 12 is being investigated by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office as a suspicious fire. Fire officials said Monday they are looking at the fire as being incendiary in nature, meaning they believe the fire was set. Berkeley Springs Volunteer…

Messenger outdoor column places in national newspaper contest

A 2018 outdoor column by Morgan Messenger contributor Wade Shambaugh has placed second in the National Newspaper Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest. Judging results were announced on Tuesday, June 11. Shambaugh’s outdoor column “Everyday Outdoors” about West Virginia’s buck season won second place for Best Sports Column for daily and weekly papers with a regular…

Town oks water towers to hold communications equipment

by Trish Rudder A request to place communications equipment on a water tower in Berkeley Springs was made by a local internet provider a few years ago. Before allowing the water towers to hold the provider’s equipment, the town-owned water department – Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSSW) – developed a policy setting up rules to…

Public libraries launch summer reading programs for all ages

by Kate Evans Morgan County’s public libraries are both the home of a six-week summer reading program with the theme of “A Universe of Stories.” Readers from the youngest ages to the oldest can participate in tracking their reading, attending special library events and get in the running to win prizes. The program begins at…

Magistrate finds probable cause to move McCauley murder case to Grand Jury

by Kate Shunney Berkeley County Magistrate Richard Stephens on Wednesday found probable cause to shift a murder case against Andy J. McCauley into the Circuit Court. The case will likely be presented to the next Morgan County Grand Jury, which meets in September. Magistrate Stephens was appointed to preside over the June 12 preliminary hearing…

Paw Paw voters pick Abe as new mayor

Voters in the Town of Paw Paw have selected a new mayor and council to take office on July 1. Darlene Abe beat out appointed mayor Tina Meyers by a landslide in a three-way mayoral race, pulling in 82 votes over Meyers’ 12. A third candidate, William Hayes, brought in 11 votes during early voting…