August 14, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Parks & Rec embezzlement case in the hands of Prosecutor

An investigation into alleged embezzlement from the Morgan County Parks & Recreation by former volunteer treasurer Mike Burks is complete, but what charges he will face, if any, are still unknown.  More...

Opinions

The first of many pills

The Morgan County school board’s decision last week to go ahead and officially consider closure of Greenwood Elementary school is a tough pill to swallow, though it’s the first of many pills to come.  More...

Welcoming the new teachers

Morgan County’s new teachers were a friendly bunch when this picture, from our archives, was taken.  More...

Columns

Under the dome

Group pushed hard for better treatment of youth in state homes

Mountain State Justice, a Charleston-based public interest law firm, deserves a lot of the credit for its role in a decision made by West Virginia’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety to implement a new multi-million dollar plan t More...

Wish I’d said that

The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed.  — William J. Bennett (b. 1943) Former U.S. More...

IN THE WILD

Wrens   I really like wrens. Lots of people don’t, and I can see why. But, I’ve admired these feisty, inquisitive, aggressive little birds long before I knew they sometimes got in serious trouble.  More...

Calendar

August

Thursday, August 15 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Grace U.M. Church – S.S. More...

Obituaries

Mary J. Nelson

1939-2013

Mary Jo Nelson, age 73, of Argyle, passed away suddenly at home Saturday, August 3, 2013. She was born August 12, 1939 in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia to Winton Lafayette Dawson and Lola Mae Phillips Dawson. Mary Jo married Harry A. More...

Scott P. MacCumbee

1966-2013

Scott Patrick MacCumbee, 47, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, August 9, 2013 at his home. Born in Morgan County March 30, 1966, he was the son of Carol Ann Hoover MacCumbee, Berkeley Springs and the late Richard Thomas MacCumbee, Sr. More...

Lois N. Kesner

1931-2013

Lois “Peg” (Neilson) Kesner, 82, of Berkeley Springs, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. Lois was born March 20, 1931 in Frostburg Md., to the late James Gordon Neilson and Ruth Lillian Bean. More...

School News

Berkeley Springs High School begins year with new Assistant Principal

Berkeley Springs High School’s administrative team is busy getting ready for the new school year while welcoming a new member. More...

School board members pick committee assignments

The Morgan County School Board designated two members to serve on each of their advisory committees for the 2013- 2014 school year. More...

Back to School Calendar

Back-to-school nights Thursday, August 15 Berkeley Springs High, 5-7 p.m., New Student/Freshman Orientation. Warm Springs Intermediate, 3:30-5 p.m. Paw Paw Schools, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Warm Springs Middle School, 5:30-7:30 p. More...

Town drug dog undergoes surgery

The town police dog, Ouzo, began having health problems last week, but is starting to recover after emergency surgery.  With the resignation of former Police Chief Craig Pearrell last month, Ouzo came under the custody of Officer Lance Marshall More...

Burglar nabbed after forgetting bag of stolen goods at Sheetz

A burglary suspect was arrested without incident last week after mistakenly leaving a bag of stolen goods at Sheetz when he went there to buy cigarettes.  Nick James Kidwell, 20, of Milo School Road in Great Cacapon has been charged with burglar More...

Messenger reporters, Douglas earn news & editorial awards

The West Virginia Press Association announced the winners of their annual Better Newspapers Contest during the group’s convention at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling last weekend.  More...

News

Chamber of Commerce luncheon welcomes new school staff

The Berkeley Springs- Morgan County Chamber of Commerce welcomed 13 new Morgan County Schools teachers and professional staff at a luncheon at Tari’s Café on Thursday, August 8.  More...

Free programs offered at James Rumsey

The Jill S. More...

Gov. Tomblin talks about higher school standards during Spring Mills dedication

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined Berkeley County Schools’ superintendent, board of education, teachers, students and community members for the dedication ceremony of the county’s first newly constructed high school since 1955.  More...

Letters

Real money is in water

Dear Editor:  More...

When taxes weigh heavy

Dear Editor:  When the tax burden of a nation outweighs the ability of its citizens to pay, and they lose their homes and their dignity, they will either rise up to change the government or the government will consume itself and fail.  Jay More...

What's Happening

Boogie Woogie Band coming this Saturday

Smokin’ hot boogie woogie comes to Berkeley Springs Saturday, August 17, as the Daryl Davis Band arrives in town. This is the last concert in the series of the Morgan Arts Council’s 27th season of Summer Concerts in the Park.  More...

Morgan Co. tire collection August 16, 17

West Virginia Department Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan Section will be sponsoring a free tire collection in Morgan County on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17 at the Department of Highways county garage on Rt. 522 from 8 a.m. More...

Tim Rowland to speak at Museum of Berkeley Springs

“Why We Bombed Hancock” is the subject of Berkeley Springs native Tim Rowland’s talk at the Museum of the Berkeley Springs Sunday, August 18 at 2 p.m.  This is the final talk in the Museum’s statehood lecture series. More...

Police & Safety

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  August 4  Arrest of Kevin Wayne Fultz, 24, petit larceny (Morgan County warrant, grand larceny (Hampshire County warrant).  Arrest of More...

On the public docket

All local government meetings are open to the More...

Sports

Wrestling event benefits Muscular Dystrophy

Covey Promotions Pro Wrestling will be holding their second annual “Dave Duncan Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament” this Saturday, August 17 at the Covey Pro: “Sportatorium” Wrestling Academy, located just off of U.S. More...

New leaders to begin 2013 fall varsity sports programs

Once again the fall high school athletic season is upon us. More...

Chip Shots

Johnnie Football   More...