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January 17, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

School board proposes $4.15 million special levy at same rates, with library support added back

The Morgan County School Board will consider a proposed four-year special levy order at their January 23 meeting that would bring in $4.147 million annually and keep the same tax rates that voters approved in the May, 2014 special levy election. More...

Ford makes re-election bid, James seeks prosecutor post in 2018 election filings

Morgan County Commissioner Bob Ford has filed to run for another six-year term in office. Ford is running as Republican. More...

Opinions

Keep timbering out of state parks

There are two really bad ideas about the use of West Virginia’s public lands being kicked around right now. Our readers should be on alert about them, and any progress they might make in this current session of the West Virginia Legislature. More...

Mr. Buzzerd & Hancock’s early paper

In the days when there was no West Virginia and Hancock’s newspaper was called The Journal, S.S. More...

At The Capitol

W.Va. State of State features Gov. Justice’s unique style, rhetoric

As it did in 2017, the 2018 regular session of the Legislature got underway Wednesday, January 10 with an unscripted, unconventional State of the State address from Gov. Jim Justice.  More...

What's Happening

Country Inn receives award from Foxglove Garden Club

The Foxglove Garden Club at their December celebration presented an Appreciation Award to the Country Inn owners and staff for their service to their group. More...

Tree ID at Eidolon

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a winter tree-identification field trip at its Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County on Thursday, February 1. Rodney Dever, a member of the West Virginia Native Plant Society, will lead the trip. More...

Indivisible group to host ACLU talk

As part of its nationwide “Let People Vote” campaign, the nonpartisan American Civil Liberties Union — whose membership has increased fourfold during 2017 — is sending a representative to Berkeley Springs on Wednesday, January More...

Police & Safety

3,160 black bears harvested in 2017

Hunters in West Virginia harvested 3,160 black bears during the combined 2017 archery and firearms seasons, which is the second highest recorded bear kill in state history.  More...

State police cadet program

The West Virginia State Police will be testing for State Troopers for the 66th Cadet Class on - Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m.; Monday, January 22, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, January 24, 9 a.m. and Friday, January 26, 9 a.m.  More...

On the public docket

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

School News

School calendar changed; contractor hired for high school renovations

The Morgan County School Board approved their draft 2017-2018 school calendar at their January 9 meeting with the following changes:  Monday, April 9 will be changed to a full day of school for students. More...

County schools hoping to attract substitute teachers

Morgan County Schools has an ongoing need for substitute teachers and has posted a request for substitute teacher applicants.  More...

State agencies award nearly $100,000 in 2018 Stream Partners Grants

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have awarded $98,360 in grant funding for 21 gro More...

Paw Paw house fire ruled incendiary

Assistant West Virginia State Fire Marshal George Harms has said the cause of an early morning house fire in Paw Paw last Wednesday has been ruled “incendiary” and that investigators from his office are requesting information in an ongoin More...

Woman charged for concealing body in suspected overdose

Crystal Greene, 34, of Berkeley Springs was arrested on Sunday, January 14 and jailed on charges of concealing a dead body.  Greene is accused of not reporting to authorities that a Maryland man had died at her Westridge Drive apartment sometime More...

Stonerise to pay back wages in labor case

The Charleston-based nursing home company that operates the Berkeley Springs Center has reached an agreement with federal labor officials over alleged overtime pay violations.  According to the U.S. More...

News

Worship Schedule

Berkeley Baptist Church, Route 522 and 13, 304-258-4101 - Breakfast 9 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship service and children’s church 10:45 a.m. Food pantry distribution site call for more infor. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m. More...

BIRTHS

FLEECE Annalise M. Faircloth and Brendon S. Fleece, Falling Waters, announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Paige Fleece at Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg on December 25, 2017, weighing 8 lbs. 11 ozs. More...

County Agent’s Corner

Extension Service  West Virginia University  Cindy Smalley Extension Agent  304-258-8400 129 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 www.wvu.edu/~exten/   More...

Letters

Oppose pipeline permits

Dear Editor:  I am writing to express my opposition to the DEP permit WVR310880, the stormwater permit for the pipeline proposed to go through Morgan County.  More...

Karst & pipeline

Dear Editor:  Mountaineer Gas Company and TransCanada are proposing to build a pipeline under the Potomac River at Hancock and under 67 streams in Morgan and Berkeley counties. More...

Erosion, chemicals a concern

Dear Editor:  More...

Obituaries

Betty R. Wilkins

Betty Ruth (Zimmerman) Wilkins, 91, of Mercersburg, Pa., died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at her home surrounded by family while under the care of Heartland Hospice. More...

Mary O. Morrison

1925-2018

Mary Olive Morrison, 92, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, January 12, 2018 at her residence while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born December 10, 1925 in Omps, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert Brenton and Lena Ziler Hove More...

Robert W. Misdom, Jr.

1946-2018

Robert W. Misdom, Jr., 71, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, January 12, 2018.  Born January 22, 1946 in Savannah, Ga., he was the son of the late Robert W. Sr. More...

Sports

Zimmerman, Davis & Mundey capture Braxton Invitational Titles

Tribe finishes in third place

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Wrestling Team capped off a busy week with an impressive performance on the wrestling mats.  The Indians traveled to Frostburg, Md. More...

Indians roll by Frankfort, fall to Keyser

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team had an eventful week on the hardwood. More...

Chip Shots

Ugh!  More...