January 8, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Courthouse faced power outages Tuesday

Tuesday morning, January 7, with temperatures in the negatives, power began failing to sections of the Morgan County Courthouse.  As of 9:30 a.m. More...

Opinions

In a different season

Both sides of the Potomac River in our area were captured in this historic photo, lent to us by Betty Harmison. More...

Part one of our wish list

As the West Virginia Legislature kicks into session today in Charleston, we have tempered expectations about another 60- day lawmaking marathon at the State Capitol. More...

Columns

Under the dome

State’s declining population might mean a loss of seat in Congress

West Virginia achieved a somewhat dubious distinction last summer of being the state with the biggest loss in population during the annual tabulation. According to estimates released by the U. S. More...

Wish I’d said that

The attitude you have as a parent is what your children will learn from you more than what you tell them. They don’t remember what you try to teach them, they remember what you are. More...

IN THE WILD

A Bird Quiz   A few days ago, a huge bird, some kind of hawk, flew directly toward me and landed twenty yards away on a fence post in our back yard. Fortunately my camera was close by, and I was able to take a number of good photos of him/her. More...

Calendar

January

Thursday, January 9 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Mt. State Cruisers, 7 p.m., Wesley Chapel – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Apache 4-H Club, Pl. More...

Obituaries

Betty J. Young

1926-2014

Betty Jane Young, 87, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, January 4, 2014 at War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.  Born March 21, 1926 in Hancock, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. More...

Charles E. Woods

1963-2014

Charles Eugene Woods, 50, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at War Memorial Hospital.  Born October 5, 1963 in Olney, Md., he was the son of Barbara Marie Day Gray and the late Robert Charles Woods.  He was a member of the M More...

John L. Prifogle

1947-2014

John Leslie Prifogle, 66, of Paw Paw and formerly of Cumberland, Md., died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at the Veterans Medical Center in Martinsburg.  He was born April 27, 1947 at Batesville, Ind., and was the son of Helen Eckerle Prifogle, Broo More...

Sports

First BSHS Hall of Fame

The Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Department and the Hall of Fame Committee announces the first Athletic Hall of Fame Class in the school’s history.  The inaugural class of 2014 contains four coaches, seven individual athletes and More...

Lady Indians fall to Petersburg

Berkeley Springs High School trip to Petersburg for a varsity girls basketball match up did not pan out the way the Lady Indians had hoped.  The Lady Vikings received balanced scoring from its roster en route to a 56-12 blowout victory over the More...

Keyser knocks off Tribe at buzzer

In boys basketball game played on Saturday afternoon, January 4 due to Friday’s postponement. Keyser used a last second shot to rally for a 64-63 victory over the visiting Berkeley Springs High School Indians. More...

County making new effort to collect $210,000 of overdue ambulance & fire fees

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and Magistrate Court ended 2013 with extra duties, tasked with preparing and delivering civil complaints to property owners who are several years behind paying their annual ambulance and fire fees. More...

County gains new Highway Supervisor

Rodney Crowell, new Supervisor for Morgan County’s Division of Highways office, came into the county during the treacherous winter months.  Crowell worked as Supervisor for Jefferson County, managing the snow situation until December 15. More...

Grand Jury postponed

The January term of the Morgan County Grand Jury was scheduled to meet yesterday, January 7, at the Morgan County Courthouse, but the court proceedings have been rescheduled until Thursday, January 16 because of forecasted winter weather. More...

News

Cold weather tips

Common-sense cold weather tips from First Energy include:  • Make sure your home is properly insulated to preserve heat. Inspect doors and windows and apply caulk or weather-stripping where necessary to keep cold air out. More...

How to reach elected officials

State  Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Office of the Governor, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305. Phone toll free: 1-888-438-2731. E-mail: governor@wvgov.org  More...

Winter weather poses dismissal & closure decisions for school officials

Last Thursday’s snowstorm got rolling after the cutoff time for an early dismissal decision, but Morgan County school bus drivers got students safely home without any accidents. More...

Letters

More on school finance

Dear Editor:  Mr. Pritchard did enough research to report “no levy” counties Pendleton, Pocahontas and Tucker do receive “substantial funding” and spend more per pupil than Morgan. More...

See for yourself

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Prefers local hospital

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What's Happening

Shelter offered to veterans

The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) has taken action to prepare for the anticipated record breaking cold weather. The acting medical center director, Timothy J. More...

Gloves distributed

Rick Weber, principal at Widmyer Elementary, Felicity Wilson, a student at Widmyer and Dianne Yost of the Foxglove Garden Club distributed over 50 pairs of gloves that were used to decorate the garde More...

January is cervical health awareness month

The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP), a program dedicated to helping low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women receive free or low-cost Pap tests, encourages women to schedule their Pap test during January or to More...

Police & Safety

Death of county woman in August ruled accidental

The cause of death for 29- year-old Teresa VanGosen of Berkeley Springs has been determined as accidental, according to Inspector W.E. Pifer, Death Investigator for the Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff’s Department.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  December 29  Vehicle on CSX tracks, Maryland Lane.  Arrest of Frank James Mordeswitch, 68, D.U.I.  Car vs. More...

On the public docket

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

School News

School strategic plan strives to raise achievement, meet needs

Morgan County school officials are working toward the goal of raising student proficiency levels in reading and math to 52% on the spring WESTEST 2/APTA exams as part of their revised strategic plan.  More...

Icy touch of winter

Frigid temperatures on New Year’s Day lent an icy air to Cacapon State Park, creating icicles along park streams. More...

Schools must notify staff of possible job cuts as planning for next year begins

Morgan County Schools is proceeding with their personnel planning timeline for the 2014-2015 school year on the assumption that they will not have special levy funding.  Around $3 million of the failed special levy funding was designated for emp More...