May 14, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

County votes to upgrade 911 radios

With emergency radio coverage in Morgan County hovering around 60%, a vote on May 8 by the Morgan County Commission may result in 95% portable coverage and improved emergency response.  More...

North Berkeley Rail Trail taking shape

A group of intrepid volunteers gathered last Thursday, May 8, in North Berkeley near Sand Mine Road to clear overgrowth and trees from the potential site of a walking and biking trail. The trail follows the path of the CSX railroad.  More...

Bath seeking home rule

“Flexibility” is the word Josh Garrell of the Home Rule Board in Charleston would use in describing a new pilot program which gives municipalities like the Town of Bath more control over their policymaking.  More...

Opinions

Prayer & a civil society

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on prayer at public meetings is an important reminder that America’s promise and peace rests on it being a civil society. The court said that government bodies aren’t running afoul of the U.S. More...

Local scenes from 1951

Teresa Veara lent us two photos from the picture collection of her late aunt, Gracie Hill.  More...

Columns

Under the dome

Extreme climate forecasts for state don’t sway coal backers

New battle lines are now being drawn in the United States between organizations concerned about the prospects for major climate change in West Virginia that some groups believe will cause “damaging impacts including increased flooding and extre More...

Wish I’d said that

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who didn’t vote.  William E. Simon (1927-2000) Former U.S. Treasury Secretary.  If you find a “Wish I’d Said That,” send it in.   More...

This Week in West Virginia History

West Virginia Humanities Council  1310 Kanawha Blvd., E.  Charleston, WV 25301   May 14, 1943 - Alan Mollohan was born in Fairmont. Mollohan served in the U.S. More...

Calendar

May

Thursday, May 15 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m., Grace U.M. Church – S.S. More...

Obituaries

Robert H. Martin

1948-2014

Robert Harry “Bob” Martin, 65, of Great Cacapon, died Friday, May 9, 2014 at home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born October 15, 1948 in Troy, NY., he was the son of the late Harry Vernon and Arlene Reatha Robins More...

Brandi McCoy

Brandi McCoy, 32, formerly of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.  Arrangements are still pending by Giffin Funeral Home, Capon Bridge.   More...

Glen A. Golden

1925-2014

Glen A. Golden, 89, of Berkeley Springs, died May 8, 2014.  Born April 3, 1925, in Warfordsburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Roy Golden and Anna Bowers Golden.  He was a graduate of Bethel Township High School, Warfordsburg, Pa. More...

Sports

Lady Indians softball season comes to an end

Heading into last week’s Class AA Sectional match up with Petersburg, the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians knew they drew a tough best two of three series with the senior loaded Lady Vikings.  More...

#2 doubles qualify for state tournament

At the 2014 PVC Championships that started on April 26 and finally ended on April 28 due to the inconsistent weather that has plagued the spring sports season. More...

Track finishes second at PVC’s

The track & field programs at Berkeley Springs High School participated in the Potomac Valley Conference Championships on Tuesday, May 6. More...

Monday Matinee at Star

The Star Theatre's matinee showing of HEAVEN IS FOR REAL is Monday, May 19 at 2 p.m., not Sunday as indicated in this week's print ad. More...

School levy passes

Smith, Close & Ambrose keep school board seats

A fiercely-contested local school tax that was defeated by voters in May 2013 was the lightening rod for heavy turnouts in early voting and Election Day action yesterday as the tax narrowly passed by 397 votes.  A total of 5,141 votes were cast More...

Plant Fair full of garden bounty

A rainbow of plant choices faced visitors to last weekend’s Plant Fair, sponsored by the Morgan County Master Gardeners in Berkeley Springs State Park. More...

Early Deadline For May 28 Issue

The Morgan Messenger will be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.  In order to meet the deadline, we must ask that news items and advertisements for the May 28 issue be in by Friday, May 23.   More...

News

Mother’s Day Coin would honor 100th anniversary of holiday

To honor West Virginia’s historic role in creating Mother’s Day a century ago, Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin on May 8 introduced legislation to mint commemorative coins in honor of the 100th Mother’s Day. More...

From the governor’s desk

Governor taps Stadelman as communications director

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced recently that Chris Stadelman will serve as the Director of Communications for the Governor’s Office, effective May 16.  More...

Shenandoah Medical Systems awarded $3.1 million to fund community health services

More than $6.2 million in federal funding will be awarded to five medical centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve preventive care, announced Senators Jay Rockefeller, Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall recently.  More...

Letters

More on dirty fuels

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Drug test school workers

Dear Editor:  We send our children to school hoping they are safe until they come home at the end of the day.  We just recently had our school janitor shoot someone because he wanted drugs. More...

National Hospital Week

Dear Editor:  War Memorial Hospital joins hospitals across the United States this week in celebrating National Hospital Week, May 11-17. More...

What's Happening

Boy Scout dinner

Attorney Charles Trump addresses a 200-strong crowd honoring his contributions to the community at an annual Boy Scout fundraising dinner on Thursday, May 8. More...

Knights of Columbus hold convention here

The St. Vincent de Paul Council Knights of Columbus Council will host the Order’s West Virginia State Convention in Berkeley Springs this weekend May 16- 18. Delegates from throughout the state will be staying in Berkeley Springs. More...

Morgan Arts Council annual meeting

The Morgan Arts Council is holding its 37th annual meeting on Saturday, May 17 from 2-4 p.m. More...

Police & Safety

Three vehicles involved in accident that shut down bridge

A three-vehicle accident temporarily shut down U.S. 522 for a couple hours on Tuesday, May 6, around 4:30 p.m. in the 6000 block of Hancock Road.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  May 4  Single vehicle crash, Burnt Mill Road, no injuries.  Arrest of Susan B. More...

On the public docket

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

School News

Students learn about history

AWarm Springs Middle School visit found sixth grade teacher Josh Rider and students talking about the rise of Adolph Hitler in Germany and the role of women during World War II. More...

Senator Manchin talks with local high school students in online Q&A

Nearly 50 Berkeley Springs High School students in Kate Stotler’s Advanced Placement (AP) Government and civics classes talked with Senator Joe Manchin last Wednesday, May 7 about national and state issues via Skype, a videoconferencing website More...

Nichols new member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Deborah Ann Nichols of Hedgesville, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).  More...