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What the special levy pays for:

Special levy funding ensures critical school facilities maintenance

Editor’s note: This is the third in a five-part series of articles by Kate Evans outlining what the proposed school excess levy would pay for. Local voters will decide on the school tax during the May primary election.  More...

Opinions

When thoughts turn to farming

Bridgette Daugherty sent us this barnyard portrait as part of last year’s Morgan County Photo Contest. Just goes to show there’s something interesting in everyone’s backyard. More...

Landscape about to change

Morgan County’s natural landscape is in the midst of a big change as local ash trees continue to fall victim to the emerald ash borer blight that has wiped out that species of tree in other states. More...

Columns

Under the dome

Reform law could make state purchasing more ethical

Two legislative audits last year— described as scathing by one reporter—that criticized the state’s use of $126.3 million in federal stimulus funds to provide high-speed internet across the state prompted Gov. More...

Wish I’d said that

To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   April 3, 1755: Frontier scout and ‘‘long hunter’’ Simon Kenton was born in Fauquier County, Virginia. More...

Calendar

April

Thursday, April 3 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Pleasant View Com. More...

Obituaries

Audrey M. Sciales

1922-2014

Audrey Marie Sciales, 91, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.  Born September 23, 1922 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late William Merc More...

Edna E. Griffiths

1931-2014

Edna Ellen Kesecker Aulabaugh Griffiths, 82, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, while under the care of Hospice at home in Sun Lakes, Ariz.  Born on July 28, 1931, she was raised in Berkeley Springs, daughter of the late Boyd and Mary Boyd Kesecke More...

Carlee S. Rollison

1936-2014

Carlee Small Rollison, 77, of Great Cacapon, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at her residence while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born September 16, 1936 in La Mesa, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Carl Samuel and Ellen Mae N More...

School News

Junior Mentoring Program JUMPs into Eastern Panhandle

There are approximately 5,400 at-risk children in the Eastern Panhandle and Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving those children since 1974. The staff and Board of Directors announce their new name, Junior Mentoring Programs (JUMP).  More...

Students have medieval reader

Lisa Shingleton’s third graders at Pleasant View Elementary School had a visit from Nathan Quarantillo, who gave a presentation about medieval chain mail and armor. More...

Honor Roll

Greenwood Elementary Third nine weeks

“A” honor roll  Third grade — Cassie Baker, Lydia Fincham, Hunter Hovermale, Tess Shepherd, Elise Taylor and Makenna Wink.  Fourth grade — Haden Fincham and Sara Veara.  “A/B” honor roll  Third More...

County approves $5.6 million budget

Dugan opposes selective raises

“This is the tightest budget year since we couldn’t pay our bills in the mid-1980’s,” said Commissioner Brad Close while reviewing county office budgets during one of the March finance meetings.  More...

Uniquely West Virgina

The discussion about farm to table dining takes on a whole new meaning when it includes six state wineries with vintages to taste at the 21st Uniquely West Virginia wine and food festival.  More...

Commission votes against $2.4 million emergency radio system

The request for a new radio emergency system to provide Morgan County fire and ambulance services with better communications coverage was silenced at a March 20 meeting of the Morgan County Commission.  More...

News

Was she or wasn’t she?

A reader called in to set us straight on last week’s Photo of the Week. In the caption, we printed the names of those pictured, as the owner of the photograph had identified them on the back of the picture. More...

The paper copy of the West Virginia State Register:

June 10, 1983 – March 28, 2014

In 1983 we found out that Darth Vader really was Luke Skywalker’s father, the TV show M*A*S*H went off the air, and the State of West Virginia celebrated its 120th birthday.  That was also the year of the first paper copy of the State Regi More...

Town of Bath passes $636K budget with 3% pay raises

The Town of Bath approved their budget on Tuesday, March 18, at a regular meeting at town council. There was no one opposed to approving the $636,788 budget and submitting the document to the West Virginia Auditor’s Office.  More...

Letters

New law protects wildlife

Dear Editor:  We just achieved a milestone in animal welfare and public safety legislation. More...

Wrong about Obamacare

Dear Editor:  You published an editorial in October about the merits of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) stating it would help millions of Americans without insurance. More...

Fresh Air Fund

Dear Editor:  More...

What's Happening

Tourists still visiting despite cool weather

Even though the temperatures were well below average last Tuesday a Morgan Messenger staff photographer happened onto tourists at George Washington’s Bath Tub in the town park. More...

Farmers Market opens

The Berkeley Springs Farmers Market opens for the 2014 season on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More...

Cacapon State Park Foundation 13th Annual Gala

The Cacapon State Park Foundation Annual Gala will be held Saturday, April 12, 6 p.m. in the Park Lodge. The gala will feature an evening of food, fellowship and music.  More...

Police & Safety

Smith sentenced in explosives case

A Great Cacapon man found guilty of several explosives violations by a Morgan County jury was sentenced to community service by Circuit Court Judge Michael Lorensen last week.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  March 23  Arrest of Curtis R. Catlett II, 25, possession less than 15 grams (cited).  Arrest of Harold R. More...

On the public docket

All local government  More...

Sports

Depth propels Indians to Invitational championship

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians relied on its depth to capture the Berkeley Springs Track & Field Invitational this past Saturday, March 29. More...

Both tennis teams defeat Moorefield

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Boys Tennis Team won their first match of the season against Moorefield, 7-6.  Number one seed Logan Webster and second seed Landon Orndorff both won their singles matches.  Webster and Orndorff then More...

Lady Indians split twinbill with Hedgesville

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians traveled to Hedgesville last Thursday, March 27 for a doubleheader against the AAA Lady Eagles. Berkeley Springs came in to the contest 1-0 after an impressive outing against Spring Mills.  More...