June 4, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Local units fought two-day Zero-Pak fire in Winchester, Va.

Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company was among the dozens of firefighting units who responded to a four-alarm fire at the Zero- Pak warehouse in north Winchester over last weekend.  More...

Opinions

The arrival of summer

One of the finalists in this year’s Morgan County Photo Contest was Alleson Borden’s summertime photo of Aiden Glascock chasing Lil’ Frankie across an orchard field. More...

Resignation doesn’t equal real change

Last Friday’s resignation by Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Shinseki may satisfy some of Washington’s politicians who found it easy to pin the massive agency’s long-standing problems on a single man at the top. More...

Letters

Redskins should change name

Dear Editor:  More...

Get facts straight

Dear Editor:  Jim Dupont is wrong about the vicious dog ordinance.  More...

A pothole competition?

Dear Editor:  People with whom I have recently discussed the subject, each believe they know the worst pothole in the county. We are all hoping that work on filling them will begin shortly.  More...

What's Happening

WV Young Writers Contest celebration

Morgan County had six county winners in the WV Young Writers Contest and five of the winners attended the WVYoung Writers Contest State Celebration held May 9 at the University of Charleston Campus, Charleston, along with their families.  More...

Summer Food Service Program

Morgan County Schools is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program. More...

Cacapon State Park celebrates National Trails Day, June 7

West Virginia’s state parks welcomes everyone to take a hike to help celebrate The American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day event. This year the national promotion is set for Saturday, June 7.  More...

Police & Safety

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  May 25  Vehicle hazard, Martinsburg Road, tree fell in roadway.  Right of way dispute, Over the Hill Lane.  Noise complaint, Duck More...

Morgan County Circuit Court offenders in Mid-May

Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Michael Lorensen dealt with theft, drug offenses and more during open hearings in recent weeks.  Rodney J. More...

On the public docket

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

School News

Banks renews Superintendent contract for four years

Morgan County Schools Superintendent David Banks will continue leading the direction of the county’s school system for the next four years. More...

School levy rates adopted

The Morgan County School Board voted 3-0 to adopt the regular school levy and special levy rates for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 at their reconvened May 20 meeting on May 28.  School board members Aaron Close and John Rowland were pre More...

New school treasurer & Widmyer principal

Morgan County Schools will see two familiar faces taking on new roles starting July 1.  The school system’s payroll manager Ann Bell begins her new role as school treasurer and chief school business official on July 1.  Warm Springs More...

Reed named Centennial Hall of Famer at WVU

Local pharmacist and Reed’s Pharmacy owner Ken Reed was recently named to the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy’s Centennial Hall of Fame. Reed received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the university in 1992.  More...

Black bear sightings on the rise in Morgan County

“A fed bear is a dead bear!” exclaims a brochure produced by the Division of Natural Resources (DNR), reminding citizens not to feed bears or leave food out, for everyone’s safety.  More...

Snake Eyes renewal denied

At a Tuesday, May 27 meeting of the Morgan County Planning Commission, members of the 11-person board voted to deny renewing approval for the proposed Snake Eyes Subdivision Phased Preliminary Plat. It was first submitted in 2009. More...

News

Blood drive at Legion on June 5

The next American Red Cross blood drive will be held at the American Legion in Berkeley Springs on Thursday, June 5, from 1-7 p.m. Potential donors must be healthy, at least 17 years of age, and weigh 110 pounds or more. More...

Justus Loughry big winner in Justice’s family

His dad might have four law degrees, get to wear a special robe, sit at a big bench, and have people stand up when he enters a courtroom, but Justus Loughry has more trophies. And he’s only seven years old.  More...

Birding trip June 21

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a birding trip to the National Conservation Training Center outside Shepherdstown on Saturday, June 21.  The free trip will begin at 7:30 a.m. and last about three and one half hours. More...

Columns

Under the dome

Some legislators want special session on abortion ban bill

The latest chapter in the soap opera saga surrounding the fate of House Bill 4588—the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—features a stalemate between Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall.  More...

Wish I’d said that

Lawgivers or revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either utopian dreamers or charlatans.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1834-1913) German writer, statesman. More...

IN THE WILD

Cuckoos in the West Virginia Mountains

It’s hard to imagine that more than sixty years ago I was an infantryman stationed here and there in Europe. The Second World War had been won thank goodness, and I was one of many so-called occupiers of Germany. More...

Calendar

June

Thursday, June 5 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Pleasant View Com. More...

Obituaries

Cordelia L. Risinger

1924-2014

Cordelia Lee Risinger, 90, of Martinsburg, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at Heartland of Martinsburg.  Born February 9, 1924 in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of the late Lafayette and Bonnie Elizabeth Lynch Files.  She attended Wayside More...

Philip B. Eppinger

1937-2014

Philip Beeler Eppinger, 76, of Winchester, Va., died Monday, May 19, 2014, at his home.  He was born in 1937 in Berkeley Springs, the son of the late William and Gladdie Eppinger.  More...

Alice G. Lease

1925-2014

Alice Grace Lease, 88, of Paw Paw, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at her residence under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born September 25, 1925 in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late George Sipes and Mary Beatty Sipes.  She More...

Sports

Soccer league meeting

The annual meeting for Morgan County Soccer League will be held Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect officers to serve the league for the upcoming 2014-2015 soccer season. More...

Four Beast place first at Open

The Beast Wrestling Club traveled to Front Royal, Va. this past weekend to wrestle in the Wildcat Open at Warren County High School.  Four Beast wrestlers were able to take individual championships in their respective weight classes. More...

Chip Shots

WVU adds golf  More...