September 3, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Pa. man killed in 522 motorcycle accident

A collision between a motorcycle and a minivan on U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs claimed the life of a Pennsylvania man on Friday, August 29.  The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department responded to the vehicle accident along U.S. More...

Paving delays expected on U.S. 522

The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists of upcoming delays on US 522 in Morgan County, beginning September 8.  More...

Opinions

Always watchful

A doe crossing a summer field at Cacapon State Park caught the eye of Stanley Oaks of Berkeley Springs, who took this photo. More...

Time to get serious about road safety

Driving is serious business. Two fatal accidents on this county’s main road in two weeks are reason enough for local drivers and law enforcement to pay extra attention. More...

Governor proclaims September ‘Infant Safe Sleep Month’

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin to proclaim September as “Infant Safe Sleep Month,” part of West Virginia’s Our Babies: Safe and Sound campaign. More...

Letters

Anxious for solution

Dear Editor:  I’m sure that many good people including local landowners, their visitors, tourists, fishermen, local law enforcement personnel and CSX representatives are anxious to find a reasonable solution to the controversy regarding th More...

Man’s best friend

Dear Editor:  I am an animal lover. Deer, rabbits, turtles, horses, almost anything, even cats (we have three). More...

What's Happening

Historic evening in Berkeley Springs brings characters of past to life

The Museum of the Berkeley Springs promises a one-of-a-kind evening on Monday, September 8 by bringing a handful of characters from Berkeley Springs' past back to life. More...

September is National Preparedness Month

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare,” The National Preparedness Month is broken down into weekly themes.  Week 1 - How to reconnect with family after a disaster  Week 2 - Kno More...

MAC receives $15K grant for arts staff

Last week, $1,441,760 in grant funds to support arts and historic preservation programs and individuals were awarded statewide. More...

Police & Safety

More spoof calls plague county

Last week The Morgan Messenger outlined how telemarketers and scammers use phone numbers, such as those for government agencies, to illegally gain personal information from unsuspecting phone customers. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  August 24  ATV complaint, Ridersville Road.  Car vs. More...

On the public docket

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

Sports

Eagles soar by Indians 41-7

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians were hoping to kick off their 2014 fall football campaign with a win against the Clarke County Eagles.  Clarke County made a Virginia Class AA state quarter finals appearance last fall and looks primed fo More...

Lady Indians Cross Country Team captures St. Mary’s Championship

Behind a dominating 1-2 punch the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians demolished the field this past weekend at the St. Mary’s Medical Center Cross Country Festival. More...

Shetler places sixth

Sophomore Steven Shetler finished in sixth place on Saturday, August 30 at the St. Mary’s Medical Center Cross Country Festival. Shetler ran a time of 17:39.23 to finish in the top 10. More...

Breaking News - 9/3/2014 2:51 PM

Three arrested Tuesday on felony drug charges

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested two Berkeley Springs residents and a Hedgesville man on felony drug charges on Tuesday night, September 2. More...

State Park Homecoming: a sweet end to summer

The band All Grassed Up revved up the Homecoming crowd with some hot bluegrass tunes. More photos on page 10. More...

Decorated Navy warship had local name

Residents of Morgan County are familiar with the place named Cacapon, a Native American word meaning “medicine waters,” appropriate for the area given the county’s warm springs and historic spa facilities.  More...

News

Couple sets up trust fund for Cacapon

After 30 years of regularly visiting the area and enjoying Cacapon State Park, residents Dale Kirchner and wife Susan Kirchner wanted to give something back to the park.  The couple established a $200,000 charitable trust fund with the Cacapon S More...

Concealed weapons permits quadrupled in West Virginia

from The West Virginia Press Association  The number of concealed weapons permits issued annually in the state has more than quadrupled in the past five years.  In 2009, county sheriffs’ departments issued 11,160 permits allowing resi More...

WV for Life annual dinner

The Morgan County Chapter of West Virginians for Life, Inc. (WVFL) held their 14th annual Respect Life Dinner on August 16.  Approximately 70 people from various denominations attended the event. More...

Columns

Under the dome

Lawmakers seek delay on storage tank inspection deadline

Legislative leaders made it clear last week that they would like Gov. More...

Wish I’d said that

God created war so Americans could learn geography.  –Mark Twain (1835-1910 ) American writer, satirist.  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   September 3, 1890 - West Virginia Wesleyan College opened as the West Virginia Conference Seminary. More...

Calendar

September

Thursday, September 4 – Alanon, 7:30, First U.M. Church – Pleasant View Com. More...

Obituaries

Anna Lou McCumbee

1936-2014

Anna Lou McCumbee, age 78, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at War Memorial Extended Care in Berkeley Springs.  Born June 15, 1936 at home in Stotler’s Crossroads, W.Va., she was the da More...

Agnes F. McCusker

1921-2014

Agnes Fay McCusker, age 92, of Little Orleans, Md., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Berkeley Springs Rehabilitation & Nursing.  Born September 20, 1921 in Big Pool, Md., she was the daughter of the late Elmer “El More...

Janet E. Mellott

1952-2014

Janet Elaine Mellott, age 61, of Hancock, died on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at her home.  Born September 8, 1952, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Arnold F. More...

School News

Art show by Shepherd faculty

The Shepherd University Department of Contemporary Art and Theater will present the Contemporary Art Faculty Exhibit at two locations on campus.  The show opens September 8 and there will be receptions in the reading room of the Scarborough Libr More...

Mayor visits civics classes

Town of Bath Mayor Susan Webster visited the Berkeley Springs High School Civics classes of teacher Kate Stotler on Wednesday, August 27 to help students understand how town government works. More...

RESA 8 hosts English Language Arts Teachers

English Language Arts teachers from across RESA 8 gathered recently to examine the role of writing within the classroom.  More...