November 12, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

County finalizes contracts to build Purslane tower

In a move that Commissioner Bob Ford said would “complete the fourtower solution for Morgan County,” county officials on Monday approved a $99,483 contract with Allstate Tower, Inc. More...

Work begins on crowd-funded, earth-friendly learning center

Construction began on a 1,440 square foot timberframe Earth Education Center at Wind Dance Farm in Morgan County late last month.  The project – constructing a new education building at the private farm and environmental school – has More...

Opinions

Another look at those early schools

The two-story building on the far right of this photo by the big arrow is where the Berkeley Springs Colored School was held prior to 1887, according to the Morgan County Historical and Genealogical More...

Almost there

With recent steps taken by the County Commission to finalize plans and funding for a new tower and radio equipment for 911 responders across Morgan County, it appears that volunteer and paid responders may soon get something they’ve wanted for More...

Community resources that can help people

Senior Life Services of Morgan County  304-258-3096 or 304-947-7922 • Meals for seniors age 60 and older Monday-Friday at Berkeley Springs and Paw Paw centers.  More...

Columns

Under the dome

Election & party switch flip Legislature to GOP control

It’s a historic time at the State Capitol in Charleston now that the Republican Party has managed to take control of both the 34-member State Senate and 100-member House of Delegates. The final move was the decision by Sen. More...

Wish I’d said that

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  –Anne Frank (1929-1945) Diarist, victim of the Holocaust  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   November 12, 1844 - Henry Schmulbach was born in Germany. More...

Calendar

November

Thursday, November 13 – 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...

Police & Safety

Burks court hearing set for today

James Michael Burks, of Berkeley Springs, will be appearing in Morgan County Circuit Court today, November 12, to face a felony charge for embezzling money from Morgan County Parks and Recreation over two years.  More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Morgan Levi Yost, 19, of Martinsburg Road, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to six months and 72 hours in jail and $330 in costs and fees for battery. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  November 2  Arrest of Bruce Alan McCullough, 23, receiving and transferring stolen property, three counts and conspiracy.  Arrest of More...

School News

From the Superintendent desk

Be seen. Be safe.

With the recent time change, the Morgan County Schools Transportation Department is reminding motorists, parents and students of the importance of being seen and being safe in, around and on school buses in Morgan County.  More...

Students learn of stringed instruments of the past and improvisation

Morgan County students got a chance to learn about stringed musical instruments from the medieval and Renaissance times and music improvisation recently with musician Dr. Tina Chancey. More...

Recent school personnel changes

The Morgan County School Board approved the following personnel changes at their October meetings:  County pre-school special needs teacher William McLaughlan was approved for an unpaid leave of absence from October 22 until January 2.  We More...

Breaking News - 11/12/2014 4:15 PM

Former Parks & Rec treasurer gets two-year probation in embezzlement case

During a hearing in Morgan County Circuit Court before Judge Christopher Wilkes today, November 12, James Michael Burks entered into a two-year pre-trial diversion for the felony embezzlement case against him. More...

Town signs $1 million bond for water system upgrades

The Town of Bath will now have over $3 million in funding and grants to begin water line replacement projects after a $1 million bond agreement was signed at a November 5 council meeting. More...

High- speed car chase leads to arrest Saturday

A police officer’s highspeed pursuit of a Pennsylvania driver on Friday, November 7, led to the arrest of Kyle Eugene Pepple, 23, of Greencastle on Saturday. Pepple fled police in Morgan County and Frederick County, Va. More...

News

Military Family Appreciation Month: A time of gratitude and admiration

As the holiday season quickly approaches, many of us across the country and throughout the Mountain State shift our thoughts to the traditions we will share in the coming weeks - cherished moments with family, friends and those we love most.  More...

That’s a fairy ring, Mr. Spriggs

We ran a photo on page 3 by Phil Spriggs last week of an unusual ring of mushrooms growing on his property. The ring, which has returned for at least three years, is more than 12 feet across. More...

State voter turnout was 37.3 percent in last week’s election

Hundreds of thousands of West Virginia voters cast their ballot in the 2014 Midterm Election to choose federal representatives, half the State Senate, the entire House of Delegates, and to decide on a proposed amendment to the state constitution.&nbs More...

Letters

More on marriage

Dear Editor:  I’ll address two more letters to the editor while agreeing to disagree with those who wrote them. More...

Promise of prosperity

Dear Editor:  Now that the Republicans will provide leadership in West Virginia and Washington, we should expect them to provide leadership to ensure prosperity is shared by ordinary people, because ordinary people put them in office.  Rex More...

What's Happening

Empty Bowls benefit

Sharon Abdelaal, left, and Jennifer Hobday with Morgan County Starting Points display some of the artisan bowls which will be available at the eighth annual Empty Bowls Benefit - Leave No Child Hungr More...

Arts listening tour

Morgan Arts Council will serve as host to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s (WVDCH) Arts staff as they bring the statewide listening tour to Berkeley Springs on Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m., in Room 201, Community Room, More...

Supper Club

Mark Waugh, who has demonstrated healthy holiday cooking on WHAG-TV, will prepare a holiday menu for the free supper offered on Tuesday, November 18, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3606 Valley Road, starting at 5 p.m.  Recipes for the plan More...

Obituaries

Herman C. Goede

1921-2014

Herman C. Goede, 93, was called home by the Lord on November 3, 2014. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Herman J. and Emma Goede on June 12, 1921. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Navy in 1941. More...

Margaret B. McKinney

1923-2014

Margaret Barbara Heggie McKinney, 91, of Broadmore Assisted Living, Hagerstown, died Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  She was born September 29, 1923 in Lansing, Mich., daughter of the late William and Hortense Heggie.  More...

Ruth Comp

1923-2014

Ruth Comp, 91, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at home.  Born June 13, 1923 in Vindex, Md., she was the daughter of the late Blair and Sarah Sprouse Stephens.  She attended Alpine United Methodist Church, Berkeley Sprin More...

Sports

Indians finish season with Panther rivalry

On a very cold and blustery evening last Friday, November 7 across the Potomac River in Hancock, Md., the Hancock Panthers picked up their second straight win against the Berkeley Springs Indians 41- 29. More...

Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Volleyball Team

Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Volleyball Team - front row, left to right: Kara Brady, Sierra Price, Aleigha Cox, Rikki Jenkins and Kelsey Painter. More...

Junior Varsity Volleyball Team

Berkeley Springs High School Junior Varsity Volleyball Team - front row, left to right: Alexis Crosen, Brittany Capps, Kelsey Stevens, Megan Schaffer, Grace Caldwell and Hannah Slusher. More...