November 20, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Pennington pleads to federal sex crimes, awaits sentencing

AWarfordsburg, Pa. man, formerly of Berkeley Springs, has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to transporting a minor from Berkeley Springs across state lines in order to have sexual contact with her.   More...

Opinions

Conversation has come a long way

Over the last few weeks, The Morgan Messenger has run an extensive number of articles about our school system, its budget, their meetings and negotiations over what a new special levy might look like. More...

Eating in the treetops

This corner of the Treetop restaurant was featured in a widely-distributed brochure about Coolfont Resort on Cold Run Valley Road. Many local people worked and ate at the restaurant over the years. More...

Columns

Under the dome

Lawmakers urged to use unbiased cost estimates for their bills

It has been a long-standing joke between older members of the West Virginia Legislature and legislative staffers who are also veterans of the system that fiscal notes attached to proposed bills indicating the potential costs of that particular piece More...

Wish I’d said that

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.  — Mark Twain (1835-1910). American writer, humorist.  If you run across a “Wish I’d Said That,” send it in. More...

IN THE WILD

Bald Eagles   Just about everyone I know has seen a bald eagle this year. Some find it a very emotional experience, because they are still quite rare, and they are indeed a beautiful sight. More...

Calendar

November

Thursday, November 21 – 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

Patricia M. Morris

1945-2013

Patricia “Pat” May Morris, 68, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  Born January 25, 1945 in Frederick County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Carl Miller and More...

Shannon K. Smith

1968-2013

Shannon Keith “Tater” Smith, 45, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, November 7, 2013 at his home.  Born October 26, 1968 in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Timothy Nelson and Alice Christine Fields Smith Brooks.  H More...

W. Clyde Golden

1924-2013

Walter Clyde Golden, 89, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, November 16, 2013 at his home.  Born July 28, 1924 in Warfordsburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Curtis and Iva Fern Crist Golden.  He attended Union Chapel United Methodist Ch More...

School News

Teachers attend RESA 8 math workshop

For many students, practicing math often means memorizing basic facts. The next generation content standards and objectives shift the focus from basic fact recall to understanding how numbers are combined together.  More...

Free programs offered at James Rumsey

The Jill S. Weekley Learning Center at the James Rumsey Technical Institute offers a variety of free programs to students 16 years of age and older who are out of the public school system.  More...

Paw Paw High School band under new leadership

The Paw Paw High School band continues to flourish under the leadership of new director Sarah Shoremount.  Shoremount came on board as the new music instructor and band director for Paw Paw Schools grades K-12 in August. More...

Commission accepts extra $500,000 for rail trail despite Ford’s objections

A special meeting of the Morgan County Commission was called on Wednesday, November 13, to accept a sum of $500,000 from the West Virginia Division of Highways for construction of the North Berkeley Rail Trail.  “It’s in our best int More...

Clark to lead Region 9

On November 18, Economic Development Director Bill Clark was selected as the new Executive Director of the Region 9 Planning and Development council, which works with Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.  More...

Local navigators help sift through Affordable Care Act options

Word is getting out as more people sign up for health care through the National Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, though many have wondered how to get assistance with the confusing sign-up process.  More...

News

Berkeley Springs Book Festival will feature five new local books

The 2nd Berkeley Springs Book Festival will showcase more than 20 regional authors with nearly 100 titles for sale at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs. The free one day event on Saturday, November 30, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More...

Taxpayers want to know more about levy

Citizens gathered at community meetings at three outlying schools recently to tell Morgan County Schools officials what they think about a revised special levy that will be voted on in May.  The Morgan County School Board was set to decide the a More...

Fall for Fitness 5K pulled runners from entire region

According to organizers, more than 250 runners, walkers, and spectators of all ages participated in the first Fall for Fitness 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, November 16 near Warm Springs Intermediate School in Berkeley Springs.  More...

Letters

In defense of free enterprise

Dear Editor:  In the November 6 Morgan Messenger, Charles Sullivan takes an unwarranted swipe at Commissioner Brad Close over a disputed meeting with a local business, and then attempts to eviscerate the entire free enterprise system.  More...

Stop assuming

Dear Editor:  I just finished reading the front page story in last week’s Morgan Messenger titled “School board considers trimmed levy rates, priorities.” Interesting to me, and I feel closer to the truth was the first paragrap More...

Levy & school waste

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What's Happening

Local Roots music in concert

The Morgan Arts Council continues the tradition in its fourth annual roots music concert at the Ice House on Friday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. Music on the playlist ranges from 19th century tunes to blues, bluegrass and originals.  More...

Paw Paw Holiday parade

There will be a Paw Paw Parade Saturday, December 7 at 5 p.m. More...

Police & Safety

Five sentenced, two revoked in Circuit Court

Judge Michael Lorensen had his hands full in recent weeks, handing down sentences and revoking probations on charges ranging from grand larceny to child neglect in Morgan County Circuit Court.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  November 10  Report of purse stolen from vehicle, Snyder’s Church.  Motorist assisted, Valley Road, vehicle jump started.  More...

On the public docket

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

Sports

Berkeley Springs High School 2013 Varsity Football Team

Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Football Team - Garrett Stone 2, Dalton Redick 3, Garrett Lord 4, Jake Truax 6, Mackenzie Duclos 7, Michael Kearney 10, Logan Rothstein 11, Preston Hovermale 12, More...

2013 Varsity Volleyball Team

Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Volleyball Team - front, left to right: Kelsey Painter, Becky Ack, Sydney Perry and Carmen Hebreo. More...

Chip Shots

Another low   More...