January 15, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Jury acquits Smith of felony explosives charge, finds him guilty of lesser offenses

Last Thursday, January 9, a Morgan County jury returned a mixed verdict at the conclusion of a one-day trial of Matthew Dean Smith, 34, who was arrested in September 2011 for possessing and using high explosives without the proper permits from the We More...

Opinions

Smile for the birdie

Pulled from the Messenger’s photo files, these appear to be school photos, or family portraits. More...

Pushing our luck

Apparently there’s some debate about how toxic 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol – the chemical that spilled from a Freedom Industries plant in Charleston into the Elk River last week – really is to humans.  More...

Columns

Under the dome

Tomblin’s State of the State speech kicks off new session of Legislature

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s fourth State of the State speech to a joint session of the Legislature in the House of Delegates chamber last Wednesday night was correctly described by the Charleston Gazette the following morning as emphasizing &ld More...

Wish I’d said that

Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive.  George Knight (1941-). Religious historian and educator. If you run across a “Wish I’d Said That,” send it in.   More...

IN THE WILD

Castor Canadensis

The North American beaver is the largest rodent in our country. A few old timers may live to be 20 years old and weigh 100 pounds, but of course they are few and far between. Most adults are half that weight, more or less. More...

Obituaries

Earl T. Rudolph

1935-2013

Earl “Rudy” Thomas Rudolph went to be with his Heavenly Father on December 23, 2013. Born April 17, 1935, in Ringgold, Md., he was the son of the late O.T. and Naomi Rudolph. Earl attended Paw Paw High School. More...

Oliver J. Steiner

1928-2014

Oliver J. Steiner, 85, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at War Memorial Hospital. Born in Morgan County March 11, 1928, son of the late Raymond McKinley Steiner and Mamie Peck Steiner. He was a retired selfemployed plumber. More...

Skyla L. Wagner

2013-2014

Skyla Lynn Wagner, age 3 months, of Berkeley Springs, died on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at her home. Born September 20, 2013 in Missoula, Mont., she was the daughter of Brittany Rose Reuille and Thomas Matthew Wagner, Berkeley Springs. More...

Sports

Tribe runs away from sectional rival Falcons

In a contest played this past Friday night, January 10 the Berkeley Springs Indians used 25 points from senior guard Bailey Mills and a relentless defensive effort to run away from Frankfort for a 65-50 win. More...

Berkeley Springs High School Hall of Fame

Paul “Moose” Hodges and Don Healy

The first two members of the Berkeley Springs High School Hall of Fame are the men who were responsible for bringing the first state championship home to Berkeley Springs High School.   More...

CJ Capps places 8th at Hub Cup

The Berkeley Springs High School Wrestling Team traveled to North Hagerstown to participate in the 27th annual Hub Cup Invitational. More...

Breaking News - 1/10/2014 5:03 PM

Three residents file case against school board to stop May levy election  Free Access 

Court case aims to stop May levy election, claims timing is illegal by Kate Shunney More...

Court case aims to stop May levy election

A civil case filed against the Morgan County Board of Education by three local residents in Morgan County Circuit Court last Tuesday, January 7 claims the special levy ballot question planned for the May 13 primary election is illegal and shouldn&rsq More...

Running for office in 2014?

Now is the time to file as a candidate

The opening of candidate filing on Monday, January 13 officially began the 2014 election season, which will include the selection of a new United State Senator for West Virginia, three members of the U.S. More...

Local officials, lawmakers affected by Elk River spill

Commissioner Bob Ford, Morgan County’s temporary Director of the Office of Emergency Services, told The Morgan Messenger on Monday that local responders really can’t do much to serve the people of the nine counties affected by the January More...

News

Attorney General: Target gift card offer is scam

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia consumers of a Target gift card scam that has been occurring across the country on social media in the wake of the breach of the company’s credit card information, which could hav More...

Charity clarity

How to recognize fraudulent charities:  — Evasive, vague or unresponsive answers to specific questions about the charity and how the money is used.  — Words making up a charity’s name closely resemble a more well-known cha More...

Valley Health personnel cuts extend to War Memorial staff

Valley Health announced last Wednesday, January 8, that 33 employees in the health system’s multiple hospitals lost their jobs and four others had their hours reduced in an effort to realign operating expenses to declining patient volumes.  More...

Letters

Pet owners — be responsible

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Lessons from the spill?

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Antibacterial products

Dear Editor:  It has taken more than 10 years but in recent weeks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) brought to light the fact that antibacterial hand cleaning products do not do what they are meant to do and can be dangerous. More...

What's Happening

Cacapon State Park events

Saturday, January 11  10-11:15 a.m. – Back through time. CCC Camp Morgan helped construct many of the structures at Cacapon. Meet Renee Fincham, Cacapon naturalist, at the Nature Center. More...

Donates to Backpack

Charlotte Williams, a third grader at WSIS, raised money by knitting neckwarmers to buy supplies to donate to the Backpack Program. She raised over $200. More...

2014 homeless count

The Housing Work Group of the Health and Human Services collaborative and the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness are preparing for the annual Point-in-Time Count of the homeless in the Eastern Panhandle. More...

Police & Safety

Fire claims home on Pious Ridge

A colossal house fire on the 6200 block of Pious Ridge Road completely destroyed a home on Wednesday, January 8, according to Berkeley Springs Fire Company Chief Todd Ruppenthal.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  January 5  Battery complaint, Stellar Way, charges pending.  Battery/sexual assault complaint, Autumn Acres Road.  Child custody More...

Great Cacapon Emergency Calls

Chief Matt Grimley reported the following calls for the month of December:  December 3 - Auto accident 4500 block of Cacapon Road, Engine 21, Rescue-Engine 2, six responded.  December 5 - Medical assist, Keefe Lane, BLS 2, two responded.&nb More...

School News

Over 4,000 books donated to local schools by Pennsylvania community

Morgan County Schools is receiving an unanticipated donation of more than 4,000 books from the Downingtown Area School District in southern Pennsylvania. The public school system is located in Chester County, which is west of Philadelphia.  More...

Health Career Scholarships applications now available

University Healthcare Foundation officials recently announced that applications for the 2014 Judge Gray Silver, Jr. Health Professions Scholarship Program are now available.  More...

Junior Order Scholarship

Berkeley Springs Council #117 of the Junior Order United American Mechanics is now accepting applications for the 2014 Scholarship Award. More...