County adopts ordinance to regulate unsafe structures

by Kate Shunney County officials approved a new law on Wednesday that created the Morgan County Building Enforcement Agency and set the rules under which the agency can force the repair or demolition of unsafe structures in the county. In a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Bob Ford voting no, the Morgan County Commission adopted the […]

Tennis association asks school board to approve location for four new courts

by Kate Evans Morgan County Tennis Association Chairman Ryan Fincham asked the Morgan County School Board last month to approve a location for four regulation-sized courts. That will allow the group to seek additional funding for court construction. Fincham updated school board members on the effort at the school board’s July 31 meeting with a […]

Indian golfers named to All-Tournament Team

by Jamie Harris The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Golf Team hosted the Berkeley Springs Invitational on Thursday, August 9 at the Cacapon State Park Golf Resort.  The Tribe and the six other teams could not ask for any better weather as the sun was shining and the student golfers were looking for  season low […]

Chip Shots

by Jim Buzzerd Gary Jennings When Gary Jennings signed with West Virginia University to play football following his senior year at Stafford, Virginia’s Colonial Forge High School in 2014 he was considered a very good signee. And he hasn’t been a disappointment as a wide receiver in his first three seasons as a Mountaineer. As […]

Messenger staff win state newspaper awards

Three members of The Morgan Messenger news staff brought home editorial awards from this year’s West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The annual press award ceremony was held in Charleston on Saturday, August 11. Articles published in 2017 were eligible for the awards. The Morgan Messenger competed in the largest newspaper category – weekly […]

Man charged with burglary in Fairview Drive area

A Berkeley Springs man was charged with burglary and illegal possession of a firearm last Thursday, August 9 after residents reported seeing him peeking into house windows. Deputy Luke Shambaugh of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested Stephen A. Kuykendall, 33, of Golden Lane late Thursday afternoon. Kuykendall was charged with burglary and being a […]

High school gym renovations will impact fall sports, PE

by Kate Evans Berkeley Springs High School Building C (gymnasium building) and Building D (vocational building) renovations are still moving along, but key closeout dates for some of the work have been revised and pushed back. Completion of the gym and storage is still targeted for the end of October, said Morgan County   Schools Maintenance […]

DNR secretary, mayor talk about opportunities for students

DNR Secretary Mark Belton (left) met with Del. Mike McKay, Sen. George Edwards, Town Manager David Smith, and Mayor Ralph Salvagno (not pictured) to discuss state programs. by Geoff Fox Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton was in Hancock last Thursday to meet with officials from the town and state to discuss programs to […]

Gaming Commission distributes $1.9 million to county organizations, $168,600 for Hancock interests

by Geoff Fox The Washington County Gaming Commission awarded over $1.9 million to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and 82 local charitable organizations. Of that $1,976,373.76 total, $168,600 went to organizations that are of interest to Hancock residents. Friends of Safe Place, Child Advocacy Center were the highest of those interests, receiving […]

Drag racing events pick up speed at airport, raise public safety issues

by Kate Shunney & Geoff Fox An upcoming drag racing event to be held at the Hancock airport is drawing the attention of public safety officials on both sides of the Potomac as organizers estimate that up to 15,000 could roll into the area to attend. Late Model Performance, a Manchester, Md. auto shop, will […]