April 9, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

$4 million school special levy on May 13 ballot

County voters will decide whether to approve a $4,067,075 local school tax during the Tuesday, May 13 primary election. More...

Opinions

Cutting the big one

It takes a mighty big saw to cut the mammoth tree that once stood in Berkeley Springs State Park next to the run. A closer look at the photo shows a bridge in the background that no longer exists. More...

Are we still reading?

Reading, reading everywhere. But who is reading and what? Two local readers contacted us this week about the nature of reading these days and it’s worth thinking about.  More...

Letters

Haunting & thoughtful play

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Set up school account

Dear Editor:  As the date for levy vote draws near, I’ve noticed that there is some anger that is showing up around the county. More...

Energy red herrings

Dear Editor:  Robert Robb has found, and passed on to us, an astonishing cache of misinformation.  More...

What's Happening

Pinwheel garden planted

In recognition of April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, a pinwheel garden was planted on the front lawn of the Community Services Building on Green Street where Morgan County Starting Po More...

NARFE April meeting

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Morgan County Chapter 2263 will hold their monthly meeting at Cacapon State Park dining room Tuesday, April 15. More...

Local Weber Brothers kickoff tour at the Troubadour

The Weber Brothers have released their ninth album, WE.  “WE is who we are as a band right now,” says Sam Weber, half the brother duo originally from Baltimore. More...

Police & Safety

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Gregory John Glaser, 31, of Chloe Lane, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to seven months and 26 days in jail and $535 in costs and fees for driving suspended and driving under the influence. More...

Great Cacapon man arrested for Friday night burglary

The Berkeley Springs Police Department arrested a Great Cacapon man on Friday, April 4 on charges of burglary after he allegedly forced his way into an apartment on Wilkes Street, demanded money and struck several people at the residence.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  March 30  Tree in roadway, U.S. 522 North at Broshers Hill, removed.  Tree in roadway, U.S. More...

School News

Pleasant View students dive into One Class, One Book

Students and teachers at Pleasant View Elementary picked their own books to read together as a class. Every student was supplied with their own copy of the book that they were able to take home to share with their families.  More...

Widmyer Elementary’s big focus on reading has success

According to school officials and parents on the Local School Improvement Council for Widmyer Elementary, student reading proficiency has soared through implementation of the school’s new leveled reading library, Running Records reading assessm More...

Grand Jury indicts 16 during April term

During hearings on Tuesday, April 1 before Circuit Court Judge Michael Lorensen, the Morgan County Grand Jury indicted 16 people on a variety of offenses, from burglary to operating a clandestine meth lab.  More...

Propane leak closes U.S. 522

A potentially dangerous propane leak at Blue Flame in Berkeley Springs shut down U.S. 522 on Friday, April 4, and forced people in nearby Dairy Queen to evacuate. More...

Fitzgerald is finalist for Pre-K Teacher of the Year

Tonya Fitzgerald, Head Start/Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Great Cacapon, was selected to represent the region as a finalist for WV Pre-K Teacher of the year. She was one of 14 teachers selected from throughout the state.  More...

News

Amended leash law criticized

The last public hearing on an amended dog leash law has come to pass, with the citizenry being more harsh than favorable on the new legislation at an April 3 meeting of the Morgan County Commission.  More...

County government meetings are recorded

A local Great Cacapon resident’s questions to the Morgan County Commission about the recording of public meetings raised questions about open government and just what county proceedings are kept.  More...

School special levy tax for owner-occupied homes

Home valued at $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 Assessed Value $120,000 $90,000 $60,000 2013-14 Excess Levy Bill $528.72 $396.54 $264.36 Proposed 2014-15 Levy Bill $385.92 More...

Columns

Under the dome

Ongoing testing on chemical spill in Kanawha Valley

It’s now been three months since the Freedom Industries chemical spill in Kanawha County caused thousands of residents to be advised by state officials and the U.S. More...

Wish I’d said that

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.  Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) American writer. More...

IN THE WILD

Finally it’s spring!   It’s a great time of the year, especially for outdoor enthusiasts, and there are lots of interesting things we all can do right now to help wild birds.  More...

Calendar

April

Thursday, April 10 – 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

Evelyn S. Weller

1942-2014

Evelyn Sylvia Weller, age 71, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Winchester Medical Center.  Ms. Weller was born in 1942 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Deneen. More...

Thomas R. Moss

1973-2014

Thomas Roy “Petey” Moss, 41, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at INOVA Fairfax in Falls Church, Va.  Born February 22, 1973 in Winchester, Va., he was the son of Phyllis Eileen Nelson Moss, Berkeley Springs and the l More...

Darlene M. Miley

1950-2014

Darlene Marie Miley, 63, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, April 7, 2014 at home.  Born April 10, 1950 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late John Williams, Sr. More...

Sports

Tough week for the Tribe

What started as a promising week for the Berkeley Springs High School Baseball Team, last Monday and Tuesday, ended on a sour note over the weekend.  The Indians avenged an early season loss to Spring Mills by edging the Cardinals 4-3 on Monday, More...

Lady Indians embrace the softball grind

“What a week,” exclaimed long time Berkeley Springs High School head softball Coach Greg Brown. Brown was referring to the eight games and two practices that his Lady Indians endured this past week. More...

Test drive fundraiser for high school April 22

Berkeley Springs High School will host a Dodge Test Drive Fundraiser as part of the school’s sign fund drive being held at the Berkeley Springs High School main parking area on Tuesday, April 22, 4-7 p.m.  More...