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December 6, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Driver pleads guilty in crash that killed local man

A Virginia man has pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the January 2017 deaths of two men who were passengers in his car that crashed in Loudoun County, Va.  David G. More...

Opinions

Wow – what spirit!

Downtown Berkeley Springs was a picture of holiday cheer this past weekend – complete with sidewalks bustling with visitors and locals. More...

Taking the paper in 1903

Karen Shoemaker brought in this paper receipt, which showed that her great grandfather, George Washington Culp Henry, had paid up his year’s subscription to The Morgan Messenger on Valentine&rs More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia  West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   December 6, 1814 - Tyler County was formed. More...

Obituaries

Ronald W. Wills

1967-2017   Ronald Wayne Wills, aged 50 of Hancock, known to many as "Flash," passed peacefully with family at his side, Sunday, December 3, 2017 after long struggles with illnesses.  More...

Ercel V. Cain

1935-2017 Ercel Vernon Cain, age 81, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Carvel Beach, Md. More...

Mary A. Rankin

1946-2017   Mary Ann Mason Rankin, 71, of Winchester, Va., died Sunday, December 3, 2017 at home.  Born October 14, 1946 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Clarence “Bud” and Ethelyn Anna Lopp Mason.  She More...

Police & Safety

Maryland man arrested on drug charges

A citizen tip about drug use in the parking lot of the Berkeley Springs Sheetz store led police to arrest a Maryland man on drug charges on Saturday, December 2.  According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, David E More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report 304-258-1067

Sheriff KC Bohrer reports the following calls, investigations and reports for November 26-December 2:  November 26  Deputy Roper investigated a crash in the 1000 block of River Road.  Deputy Roper responded to a domestic on Hungaria Ro More...

On the public docket

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

School News

County teachers get over $7,000 in mini-grants from foundation

A total of $7,182 in minigrants was given to Morgan County teachers by The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. More...

High school writers read to Widmyer students

Students from Berkeley Springs High School English teacher Meghan Smith Powell’s creative writing classes recently enjoyed reading original children’s books and stories they created this year to Widmyer Elementary kindergarten teachers Re More...

Positive pictures of youth

The Morgan County Partnership is looking for positive pictures of youth doing good things in their schools, communities, and homes for their fourth annual “What GOOD are you doing?” positive youth media campaign.  More...

Brooks’ letters shed new light on investigation

Police have recovered a 40-page document written by the woman found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at the scene of a house fire on New Hope Road on November 25.  More...

Power company won’t pay for damages from November 24 power surge

A spokesman from First Energy/Potomac Edison has said the power company won’t pay homeowners’ and resident claims for damages associated with a November 24 power surge in the Great Cacapon area.  More...

First week buck harvest up in Morgan, down in WV

Hunters in Morgan County took more bucks in the first week of this year’s firearm season than last.  Chris Ryan, wildlife manager for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, released the numbers late last week.  More...

Schools, businesses don crazy socks to support student with brain cancer

A December 1 Warm Springs Intermediate School fundraiser to support intermediate school third grader Rylee Jude Bradds’ fight against brain cancer spiraled into a community-wide undertaking through the efforts of some Berkeley Springs High Scho More...

News

Great Gray Matter Challenge

Players and teams are welcome to the Great Gray Matter Challenge on Sunday, January 7, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Berkeley Springs High School cafeteria.  There is no admission fee and all ages can participate.  More...

Trends for 2018 lecture

Jeanne Mozier will deliver a lecture exploring trends in the year to come on Thursday, December 14 at 7 p.m. More...

Open mic for poets and writers

There will be a free Open Mic for poets and writers at the New Earth Granary, 143 North Mercer Street on Wednesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Read five to 10 minutes on original poem or short story or one from your favorite writer. More...

What's Happening

Holiday radio drama features goblins at the Ice House

Morgan Arts Council’s Ice House Theater Project celebrates the holiday season with an original play, “Hanukkah Goblins,” written by Brice Williams and directed by Margi Griffiths. The show opens on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. More...

December

Thursday, December 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance  Day – Pleasant View Com. Center meet, 7 p.m. – Rotary Club, noon, Country  Inn – Kaw Kaw Peyon 4-H, 7:30, homes – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,  More...

BSHS Winter Choral Concert

The annual Winter Choral Concert at Berkeley Springs High School is being held on Friday, December 8 at 6 p.m. More...

Sports

Morgan Messenger & Hancock News 2017 All Area Football Team

Tobin Whittington named offensive Player of the Year Evan Wachter named defensive Player of the Year

The sports writers from The Morgan Messenger and The Hancock News partnered with the athletic directors and head coaches from Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All Area team for the fall varsity sp More...

Chip Shots

Around the horn   More...

Basketball 2017 preview Paw Paw Lady Pirates

Coach Holly Palmer enters the 2017-18 varsity girls basketball season with seven players suiting up in the red and black Lady Pirate uniforms. More...