October 16, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Wet road causes Saturday collision

About 200 yards from Johnson’s Mill Road on Waugh Road, a male driver lost control of his vehicle in the rain, leading to a head-on collision with an elderly male at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, October 12.  More...

Opinions

Stirring apple butter

During 40 years of the Apple Butter Festival, we’ve captured many people stirring the kettles in town. This picture of W. Ralph Widmyer at work is among the many in our archives. More...

Festival still inspires people after 40 years

Parade and festival organizers, police and volunteers of all sorts worked their magic over the weekend, transforming Berkeley Springs into a festival town and back again with few hitches and no permanent damage.  More...

Letters

A disease ignored

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Time for term limits

Dear Editor:  After viewing the picture on the front page of The Morgan Messenger on October 2 which depicted a National Park Service employee locking the gate which provides access to the Potomac River boat ramp at the C&O Canal, I am convi More...

On volunteer boards

Dear Editor:  “It takes a village” is often stated when referring to raising a child. The same could be said for overseeing volunteer county boards in Morgan County. More...

What's Happening

Moonlight walk

A Moonlight “Walk in the Park” co-sponsored by Starting Points of Morgan County, will be held on Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.  The walk will begin at the Golf Course Starter Building and will use paved cart paths. More...

Farmers to be honored at market

The Berkeley Springs Farmers Market celebrates the farmers who produce the food on Sunday, October 20 during regular market hours 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.  More...

Ice House benefit

The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) will host cabaret artist Marilyn Hausfeld along with her accompanist Alex Rybeck, Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. in a fundraiser to benefit the Ice House Building Fund.  More...

Police & Safety

Big game harvest to be checked at an Official Game Checking Station

With the opening of a variety of hunting seasons quickly approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds big game hunters that they must field tag and transport their deer, bear, turkey or boar to a Natural Resources Police More...

Town of Bath Police Report

304-258-1198

Town of Bath reported these recent calls:  October 7  Responded to a report of a two vehicle accident at U.S. 522 at the U.S. Post Office. Two subjects transported to War Memorial Hospital by Morgan County EMS. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  James George Corsa, 42, of Hedgesville, was sentenced to $290 in costs and fees for a second offense driving suspension.  Brian Scott Young, 47, of Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to $100 i More...

Sports

Cheer Team competes

The Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Cheer Team will enter the competitive season on Saturday, October 19 at Keyser High School. More...

Call of the wild … hog style

The Apple Butter Festival’s hog-calling contest has become a staple event that draws crowds to the gazebo in the center of the park, rain or shine. More...

Lady Pirates will host Pink Game

The Lady Pirates began their busy week at home on Monday, October 7 by sweeping Salisbury, Penn. 25-21, 25- 23 and 25-18. Alivia Snyder led the Pirates with eight points off serve and three aces. More...

School board considers first draft of $5.8 million in proposed budget cuts

The Morgan County School Board received a draft of $5.8 million in proposed school budget cuts at a special budget work session on Monday evening. More...

An illegal meeting or not?

Commissioners battle over closed session request

A clash between Commissioners Stacy Dugan and Bob Ford over Open Meetings rules was sparked last week after owners of a local technology company sought out a meeting with county officials off the record.  More...

News

Festival fans celebrate 40 years, despite soggy weather

Festival booths offered crafts of all kinds, including wooden hats (not recommended for rainy days). More...

Family donates hundreds of books for PASS program

Gerald Chaskes is a veteran, a grandfather, a father, and a lifelong volunteer. So when his children wanted to give him the best 75th birthday gift, they chose to donate 580 books in his name for kids in local reading programs.  More...

A “baking dynasty” is born

The week of Apple Butter Festival is accompanied by strange happenings at our house. More...

Columns

Under the dome

State economy faces shrinking labor force, loss of workers to other states

The good news is that West Virginia’s economy is expected to grow steadily over the next few years, according to a recent forecast from West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics. More...

Wish I’d said that

If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes. More...

Round The Town

—CORRECTION IN A NEWSPAPER: “A story last week reported that Hiram Smythe was a defective on the local police force. It should have read that Mr. More...

Calendar

October

Thursday, October 17 – 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

Barbara E. Reeves

1942-2013

Barbara Elizabeth Reeves, age 71, of Hedgesville, WV, formerly of Berkeley Springs, WV, died at her home on Monday, October 14, 2013.  Born August 10, 1942 in the Old Factory section of Morgan County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Robert More...

Herbert C. Lynch

1941-2013

Herbert Clyde Lynch, 72, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of the Washington, D.C. More...

Harold L. Keefer

1942-2013

Harold L. Keefer, 71, of Dover, Pa., formerly of Warfordsburg, Pa., died Friday, October 4, 2013 at his home.  Born July 6, 1942, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of Mary M. Graham Keefer of Berkeley Springs and the late Edward L. More...

School News

Delaying, closing or early dismissal of school because of inclement weather

With the approach of the winter season, Morgan County Superintendent of Schools David Banks announces the following information concerning the delaying, closing or early dismissal of school because of inclement weather.  More...

Local high schools will join in state effort to promote college

Berkeley Springs and Paw Paw High Schools will be among 150 schools in West Virginia participating in “College Application and Exploration Week” October 14-18.  The event is a statewide effort to help students of all ages explore the More...