October 30, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Berkeley Springs High School King and Queen

Berkeley Springs High School seniors Aly Whipple and CJ Capps were crowned homecoming queen and king at last Friday night’s football game, where Berkeley Springs put an end to their team’ More...

Paw Paw woman fights town over late fee

Town of Paw Paw resident Mary Woods is refusing to pay a late fee lodged by the town’s water department, and was told last week that her water would be shut off over the $13.63 charge.  More...

Opinions

Back in ’74

Some recently-discovered photos show The Morgan Messenger’s booth at that first Apple Butter Festival in 1974. Looks like the business display included some historical photos (like the lynching of Dr. Crawford) and examples of printing jobs. More...

The Irish season of spirits

We have a lot to thank the Irish for – preserving the scholarship of the western world during the Dark Ages, great wool sweaters, the roots of bluegrass music and much of modern literature. More...

Wish I’d said that

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.  —Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), American author.   More...

Columns

Under the dome

More options considered for state’s highway operations

There are a growing number of West Virginia legislators who would like to see the West Virginia Parkways Authority, which is responsible for the 88-mile West Virginia Turnpike between Charleston and Princeton, dissolved and control of the road turned More...

This Week in West Virginia History

West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   October 30, 1825 - Randolph McCoy was born in Logan County. More...

IN THE WILD

Sassafras Trees   We have a huge sassafras tree in our back yard. I’m embarrassed to admit that for the longest time I did not know what kind of tree it was, and I asked others who should know, but they couldn’t identify it either. More...

Calendar

November

Thursday, October 31 – Halloween – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Grace U.M. More...

Police & Safety

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  October 20  Assisted animal control with a rabid fox.  Neighbor dispute, Valley Road, verbal.  Child custody dispute, Wilkes Stre More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Shawn Edward Whittington, 41, of Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to three months in jail and $265 in fines and costs, and had driving privileges revoked, for driving under the influence. More...

On the public docket

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

Trick or Treat Thursday October 3 1

Costumed kids and adults looking for goodies and a chance to show off their ghoulish garb have a few options around Morgan County on Halloween night — Thursday, October 31.  Town of Bath (around downtown Berkeley Springs) trick or treating More...

Partnership receives federal Drug-free grant

The Morgan County Partnership is among six community groups across West Virginia that will receive $733,068 in federal funding to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth in the state.  The funding comes from the Office of National Drug Co More...

Weekend call ends in multiple charges

James Robert Bissett III, 23, of Berkeley Springs, was taken into custody on Saturday for domestic abuse and attempting to steal a police officer’s TASER in the course of a scuffle.  More...

News

When Mr. Cowell took them out to the ball game

Morgan County Little League players and coaches got a glimpse of the big diamond at the end of their 1959 season.  More...

Bing Brothers bring traditional mountain music to Hancock on November 2

West Virginia traditional music is going strong. The Bing Brothers Band, featuring Jack Krack, fiddler, is one of the premier group carrying on this tradition. The band was honored last year at the 36th annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston. More...

Church hayride

The Paw Paw U.M. More...

Letters

Violence tolerated too often

Dear Editor:  In response to the article “West Virginia ranks 8th in homicides of women” on page 9 of The Morgan Messenger last week, I would like to call attention to the following phone numbers for women’s shelters and resour More...

End the CEO mentality

Dear Editor:  I strongly support Bert Lustig’s call for Commission President Brad Close to step down. He’s just the latest of “good ol’ boys” who have pushed for any and every business that comes down the pike. More...

Teacher pay & the levy

Dear Editor:  More...

What's Happening

Berkeley Springs High School to present Little Women

The Berkeley Springs High School Theater department will present a stage adaption of Little Women this weekend.  The story of Little Women, Louisa M. More...

Dinner to benefit Hospice

Take the family out for a fried chicken and baked ham dinner provided by the Morgan County Clergy Dinner and Hospice Liaisons.  Entertainment provided by the violinist Alexander Marte and a dessert auction will follow the dinner.  Tickets a More...

Diabetes Support Group meet

The Morgan County Diabetes Education and Support Group will meet Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Mary A. Smith

1943-2013

Mary Ann Smith, 70, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Hancock, died Monday, October 21, 2013 in Hedgesville, W.Va.  Born May 10, 1943 in Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Howard Lee and Lauressa Mae Pie More...

Robert A. Michael

1954-2013

Robert “Robbie” Austin Michael, 59, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born June 20, 1954 in Winchester, Va., he was the son of the late Robert Place Mic More...

Betty L. Weber

1921-2013

Betty Lee Weber, 92, of Vienna, Va., died Saturday, October 26, 2013 at her home.  Born May 25, 1921 in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late William Preston Lopp and Eva Jeanetter Hovermale Lopp.  She was a bookkeeper at Weber Ti More...

Sports

Losing streak over

Homecoming 2013 will go down in the history books for several reasons. First being the crowning of seniors CJ Capps and Aly Whipple as the Berkeley Springs High School Homecoming King and Queen before the football game started. More...

Lady Indians second in Regional Cross Country Championships

Powered by a second place finish by Danielle Haynes (20:15) and a third place finish by Kinsey Reed (20:20) the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Cross Country Team finished in second place last Thursday, October 24 at the Class A/AA Region I More...

Lady Indians soccer falls in Sectional semi-final

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Soccer Team opened sectional play last Monday, October 21 with an impressive 2-0 victory over Petersburg.  The scoring machine, Sarah Allman, scored both goals for the Lady Indians which marked her 2 More...