January 22, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

More candidates join races

West Virginia residents who are interested in running for public office still have until this Saturday, January 25, to register as candidates for the 2014 election season.  More...

Special levy order is official, election on reduced rate still set for May 13

The Morgan County School Board voted unanimously at their meeting on January 14, to adopt the special levy election order for the May 2014 primary election. More...

Opinions

Hands off some holidays

Sitting on the couch one evening last week, we were surprised to see a car commercial promoting a Martin Luther King Day sale. It struck us as pretty crass, even for TV advertising, which is famously shameless. More...

Hamming it up

More from the Messenger’s photo files – a group of thespians getting themselves in character for a school play. More...

Correction

There was an error in last week’s story “Local sewer board asks residents to keep wipes out of pipes.” The story said residents who experienced a blockage of their sewer system after business hours should call the local 911 non-emer More...

Columns

Under the dome

State farms have growth opportunities in food production

West Virginia farmers have an opportunity to double food production within the next few years, Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick told members of the Senate Finance Committee recently after he and others in his department visited North Carolina More...

Wish I’d said that

There is something about a lamb you don’t get over in a hurry. E.B. White (1899-1985).  American writer   More...

IN THE WILD

Black bears

Beekeepers don’t like to have bears anywhere around. Even little city kids know that bears really love honey. I have had firsthand experience with the damage bears can do in a single night. More...

Calendar

January

Thursday, January 23 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Grace U.M. More...

Obituaries

Betty J. Mitchell

1947-2014

Betty Jane Mitchell, 66, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  Born February 4, 1947 in Hampton, Va., daughter of the late William Wilton Hogge and Ester Louise Hicks Hogge.  She More...

A. Sonia Wilson

1936-2014

A. Sonia Wilson, 77, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Browns Mills, N.J., died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Berkeley Springs Rehabilitation and Nursing.  Born May 2, 1936 in Fieldsboro, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. More...

Mary M. Henry

1922-2014

Mary Magdaline Chavis Henry, age 91 of Berkeley Springs, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014.  Born October 7, 1922 in Scottland, N.C.  She was the oldest daughter of 18 children to the late parents of Rowlen Alex and Lillian Goins Chavis. More...

Sports

Haynes leads Lady Indians to victories

All season long, the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians have been searching for consistency in their play. This week Coach Dale McCumbee’s squad showed they have some grit left in the program.  More...

Berkeley Springs High School Hall of Fame

Donald Davisson and Rachel Buser

The man known as “Sarge” was one of the most iconic figures in Berkeley Springs High School history.  Don Davisson attended Salem College and played football, basketball and baseball during his years at the school.  More...

Indians go 2-1 at home quad

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians varsity wrestling program hosted a home quad last Wednesday, January 15. With the exception of the Max Horz Invitational, home meets are very rare for the Indians. More...

Grand Jury indicts 23 for burglaries, sexual crimes, various other offenses

The January term of the Morgan County Grand Jury indicted 23 individuals during their session on Thursday, January 16 for offenses ranging from burglary to sexual assault, including several cases involving the exploitation of minors.  Originally More...

Commission debates vicious dog ordinance

Three individuals recently mauled by domestic dogs asked the Morgan County Commission at a January 16 meeting to create a vicious dog ordinance to protect citizens.  Commissioner Stacy Dugan presented the need for a Morgan County vicious dog or More...

Greenwood safety lights installed

Traffic safety lights were installed last week at Greenwood Elementary to alert motorists of their approach to the school zone from both directions. More...

News

CAMP JOY

Celebrating 25 years of JOY!

CAMP JOY is a two-week work camp that provides youth an opportunity to improve the living conditions of those in need within the Tri- State area. More...

How to contact Morgan County officials

Morgan County Commission  77 Fairfax Street, Room 101, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, phone: 304-258-8540.  Commissioner Brad Close, phone: 304-867-3140. Email: bclose@morgancountywv.gov.  More...

Cacapon State Park Foundation activities

The Cacapon State Park Foundation has completed a successful year of project activities. More...

Letters

On Stoney Creek

Dear Editor:  Here in Largent, we are saddened by the imminent closing of Stoney Creek Store, the hub of our little community.  More...

Waste of school money

Dear Editor:  The lawsuit filed against the Morgan County Board of Education by “Jeannie” Ford, Frieda Ickes and “Brooks” McCumbee will simply divert public funding intended for classrooms to defending citizens’ rig More...

Piggy-back tax

Dear Editor:  More...

What's Happening

Great Gray Matter Challenge benefits Library

The winning team answered 100 questions on mixed topics in arts, sciences, technologies and social studies with high success in 60 minutes.  They were surprised when each of them won their own personal trophy.  Several teams promised to bri More...

Relay For Life

The monthly meeting of the Relay For Life of Morgan County was held Monday, January 13 at Mountainside Restaurant.  Four teams participated in the kickoff held at the Country Inn on November 16.  The date for the spaghetti dinner and auctio More...

Morgan Co. Asso. for Food and Farms Annual meeting

David Sours, President of Page County Grown in Page Co., VA will be the special guest speaker at the Morgan Co. Asso. for Food and Farms (MCAFF) annual meeting on Thursday, January 23 in the School Board meeting room on Harrison Avenue. More...

Police & Safety

Child abuse, assault in Circuit Court sentencings

Judge Michael Lorensen ruled on three sentences and made one revocation in recent weeks at the Morgan County Circuit Court.  Gary W. More...

Burnt Mill Road to be closed for bridge repairs

The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists that Burnt Mill Road, Morgan County Route 1/3 will be closed to through traffic beginning Wednesday, January 22 to allow for bridge repairs to the existing Burnt Mill Truss Bridge.  The cl More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  Danny Charles Shoemaker, 50, of Hancock, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and $190 in fees for obstructing an officer. 60 days in jail were suspended for one year unsupervised probation.  More...

School News

Dean’s List

FAIRMONT STATE   A total of 1,124 students have been named to the Dean’s List at Fairmont State University after completing the fall 2013 semester.  Morgan County students recognized: Andrew Brock, Joseph Holt, Timothy Pracht and Sara More...

New programs drive Paw Paw High School as SUCCESS school

Paw Paw High School is offering new programs and opportunities and is continuing its efforts for student proficiency in reading, math and core subjects.  More...