December 4, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

First week’s deer kill

Morgan County hunters checked in 1,143 deer during the first week of firearms hunting season.  Last year, hunters checked in 825 during the first week.  First week’s tally from local checking stations is:  -Cacapon Market, 170 to More...

Opinions

The switchboard ladies

Before the days of cell phones that fit in your pocket, telephone calls required the help of switchboard operators. More...

Please hold

Often, in the course of trying to dig up information or get comments from people in state or federal government, our phone calls are directed to a dreaded place known as the Communications Division. More...

Columns

Under the dome

State still struggling to pay for public retirement benefits

The good news about West Virginia’s plan to reduce current projected costs of retiree benefits for state government employees is that the unfunded liabilities for “other postemployment benefits” — commonly referred to as OPEB More...

Wish I’d said that

The mind travels faster than the pen; consequently, writing becomes a question of learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as it flashes by.  — E. B. White ( 1899-1985). American writer. More...

IN THE WILD

Deer Hunting Opening Day 2013

I guess I made an amateurish mistake on the opening day this year. To lessen the embarrassment I could blame it on plain old bad luck, but at any rate, it was an experience I’ll not soon forget.  More...

Calendar

December

Thursday, December 5 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Pleasant View Com. More...

Obituaries

Irene A. Gray

1917-2013

Irene Altha Gray, age 96, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Heartland of Martinsburg. Born August 7, 1917 in Berkeley Springs, WV, she was the daughter of the late Dustin Stanley and Clara Ethel Everett Graham. More...

David A. Weller

1943-2013

David Alan Weller, 69, of Berkeley Springs died Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. Born December 16, 1943 in Morgan County, he was the son of the late Luther Eugene and Winifred Grace McGowan Weller. More...

James W. Ladd

1933-2013

James Walter Ladd, 80, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg. Born May 20, 1933 in Metuchen, N.J., he was the son of the late Frank and Cora Simpson Ladd. He was a Methodist. More...

Sports

Winter sports ready for action

When the fall sports season ended a few weeks ago at Berkeley Springs High School, it signaled the end to cross country, football, golf, soccer and volleyball season.  More...

Chip Shots

Picking up the pieces

Back on September 28 the West Virginia University football team beat Oklahoma State 30-21, a win that infused a significant boost of optimism into a season that appeared to be on the brink of disaster. More...

Mellott’s seeks permit to build new crushing plant for U.S. Silica

The Maryland Department of the Environment is seeking comments from members of the public about an application by the Mellott Company to build a stone crushing and screening plant at 13866 Woodmont Road in Hancock.  The plant would support sand More...

Hunting accident in Great Cacapon

Two Maryland men went hunting together in Magnolia Drive of Great Cacapon for deer and had a firearms accident, resulting in serious injury on Saturday, November 30.  More...

Berkeley Springs hits international list of mountain towns to visit

On Thanksgiving Day, USA Today published a list of “10 Picture-Perfect Mountain Towns” – a global list that includes Berkeley Springs as an “off the beaten path” mountain town to visit in winter.  More...

News

Delegate Kump to seek law change on blood samples

Delegate Larry Kump (District #59— Berkeley/Morgan) announced recently that he will introduce an amendment to House Bill 2513, requiring that the State Police obtain a warrant, through due process, before they can remove a citizen from their ca More...

Tomblin tours Macy’s center as it ramps up for holiday

Earlier this week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visited the Macy’s fulfillment center in Martinsburg. The visit included a private briefing with national executives and a facility tour where the governor met hundreds of workers.  More...

Another section of Corridor H complete

Federal, state and local leaders announced the completion of the Bismarck to the West Virginia 93 connector at Scherr in Grant County, part of the Appalachian Corridor H highway project.  “The completion of this phase of the Corridor H pro More...

Letters

Numbers tell different story

Dear Editor:  More...

Those other counties

Dear Editor:  Eric Pritchard and others from the anti-school lobby have regularly pointed out that Pendleton and Pocahontas counties have good test scores without having an excess school levy.  More...

Poor can’t afford levy

Dear Editor:  More...

What's Happening

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. brings Christmas cheer to Berkeley Springs

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., the dreadlocked classic crooner vocalist who won season six of NBC Television’s “America’s Got Talent,” continues his holiday Classic Christmas Crooners Tour in his home state of West Virginia.  More...

Christmas Jam Saturday

The New Earth Granary will host a Christmas music show at their location on Mercer Street in downtown Berkeley Springs this Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. More...

Pet photos with Santa

The Humane Society of Morgan County is sponsoring Pet Photos with Santa home for the holidays.  The first of what they hope will be an annual event will be held on Saturday, December 7, noon to 3 p.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:  November 24  Battery complaint, Amelia Street in Paw Paw, charges pending.  Stalking complaint taken in office.  Alarm, Mauzy Roa More...

On the public docket

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

Two sentenced, two revoked in Circuit Court

Judge Michael Lorenson handed down two sentences and revoked two probations in recent weeks, in cases ranging from drugs to forgery.  Betsy Colwell, 25, of Paw Paw, was sentenced to one-10 years in jail for forgery. More...

School News

Middle school puts focus on achievement gap

Warm Springs Middle School was designated a FOCUS School this summer by the state’s Department of Education due to the wide gap in achievement levels between regular students and special education students. The school has 510 students.  More...

Students learn classic dance moves, stage history in show choir

The Berkeley Springs High School show choir has been bopping to some classic choreographed song and dance moves during eight weeks of workshops with dance instructor and choreographer Happy Rone. More...

Students learn all about quilts

Warm Springs Intermediate School fourth graders learned about the importance of quilts throughout history and also designed and created their own paper quilt squares. More...