August 28, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Burglary arrest tied to multiple break-ins

A man suspected of multiple burglaries across Morgan County was brought into police custody last week along with a stash of goods that police hope to return to burglary victims around the county.  Jonathan Lee Day, 31, of Great Cacapon, was caug More...

Homecoming 2013

Sunday, September 1  All Events at Cacapon State Park   More...

Opinions

Another look at the recipe book

Ellis Steiner’s brewing log was the subject of a story in last week’s Messenger. Here’s another page from the hand-written recipe book, which d  More...

No time to pretend

Citizens around the world are now being joined by high-level officials wondering what’s taking Obama’s administration so long to decide what to do about Syria’s growing humanitarian crisis and train wreck of a civil war.  More...

Clarification

In the August 21 article “Book reveals one man’s fascination with brewing,” we failed to note that Marlyn Butts Brandfass has two sisters living in Berkeley Springs – Janie Swaim and Betty Lewis. More...

Columns

Under the dome

Aging parks need attention, millions to upgrade buildings

West Virginia has more than three dozen state parks ranging in size from 8,292 acres at Holly River State Park in Webster County to a modest four acres at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Mason County, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rive More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia

West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   August 29, 1952 - A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Mercer County to mark the beginning of construction of the West Virginia Turnpike. More...

Wish I’d said that

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.  — Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). Writer, editor, abolitionist.  If you have a “Wish I’d said that,” send it in.   More...

Obituaries

Glenn E. Flowers

1926-2013

Glenn Edward Flowers, 87, of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Meritus Medical Center. Born January 4, 1926 in Hancock, Maryland, he was the son of the late Loney and Anna Marie Powell Flowers. More...

Raymond F. Nowak

1924-2013

Raymond Frank Nowak, age 88, of Berkeley Springs, WV, formerly of Lodi, CA, died on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. More...

Ramarro J. Ratnavale

1965-2013

Ramarro Johan Ratnavale, 48, Berkeley Springs and Potomac, Md., died Friday, August 23, 2013 at his mountain retreat in Berkeley Springs. Born April 20, 1965 in Holmstad, Sweden, he was the son of Dr. More...

Sports

New leader in charge of girls varsity soccer

As the news spread that Jamie Chenoweth was returning to the pitch to guide the Berkeley Springs High School Boys Varsity Soccer program those in the Morgan County soccer community were ecstatic. More...

Chenoweth returns to lead boys soccer

The Berkeley Springs High School Boys Soccer Team has a new leader at the helm this season. Luckily for the boys program it is a familiar face as Jamie Chenoweth returns after a one year hiatus.  More...

Mellott receives national sportsmanship award

Mikayla Mellott, 16, was chosen as the National Sportsmanship Award Winner at the National Jr. Gold Bowling Championships July 13-19 in Detroit, Michigan. More...

Parks & Rec seeks audit, approves budget

As the Morgan County Parks and Recreation Board evaluates finances in the wake of alleged embezzlement, they approved the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year on Wednesday, August 21.  The new budget was accepted unanimously by the board after a More...

Cacapon expansion stalled until lawmakers fix bond rules

Contractors and park officials must wait to begin a planned $24 million expansion at Cacapon State Park until West Virginia lawmakers clarify some parts of the legislation that will fund the project.  More...

Counterfeiters caught red-handed

Two counterfeiters who recently circulated fake $10 bills around Morgan County were taken in last Wednesday by West Virginia State Police.  Over $500 in forged bills had been leaked to multiple stores county-wide.  More...

News

When it was the Park View Inn...

Living a stone’s throw away and witnessing the comings and goings of the old Park View Inn and its inhabitants all these 70 years, up to its closing of doors, I have a keen interest in its survival.  More...

Health advocacy workshop attracts diverse group

The article is part of the West Virginia Press Association’s series on the “Our Children, Our Future” Coalition.   More...

WVU will help keep Green Bank Telescope operating

West Virginia University has signed an agreement with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory – which currently manages the Robert C. More...

Letters

The last best hope of earth

Dear Editor:  When faced with the dissolution of the Union, Abraham Lincoln referred to the United States as “The last best hope of earth.”  More...

Why go after Greenwood?

Dear Editor:  The decision, maybe by Morgan County’s School superintendent, to think about closing Greenwood Elementary seems to show that some one isn’t getting the message. More...

What's Happening

Homecoming 2013 Cacapon State Park

The Cacapon State Park Foundation Annual Homecoming will be held Sunday, September 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m. More...

Show of Women artists mark Ice House re-opening

After months of major renovations, the Ice House re-opens its special exhibit series with a meet-the-artist reception on Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Envision is a multi-media exhibit of women artists curated by Beverly Kipphan with work rang More...

South Morgan Festival and Auction

South Morgan Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual festival this Saturday, August 31 at the fire hall, Winchester Grade Road, Berkeley Springs.  The day and evening will be filled with activities.  Water games begin at noon, dinn More...

Police & Safety

Three sentenced and two revoked in Circuit Court

Judge Michael Lorenson sentenced a few and revoked several probations in Circuit Court the last few weeks.  Kirk E. Danfelt, 45, currently in jail, was sentenced to one-10 years for grand larceny. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week: August 18 Arrest of John Joseph Devine, 55, D.U.I. Keep the peace stand-by, Noble Lane.  More...

On the public docket

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

School News

School officials try to make budget understandable to public

Morgan County Schools Superintendent David Banks and School Treasurer Nancy White gave background information at the first and second school budget public meetings to try and make the budget understandable to citizens.  Fewer students, less mone More...

Katie Close, winner of Retired School Employees Scholarship

Sixty-four members, spouses, and guests attended the annual picnic of the Morgan County Association of Retired School Employees on Tuesday, August 20, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church’s Carroll and Isabella Young Social Hall.  More...

Dollar General awards grant to Widmyer Elementary School

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded grants to support youth literacy programs to Widmyer Elementary School in Berkeley Springs in the amount of $3,789.  More...