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February 11, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Town okays further water office upgrades

At a Tuesday, February 3 Town of Bath council meeting, Project Manager Randy Watson of Thrasher Engineering gave a status update on improvements to the aging Berkeley Springs Water Works building on Fairfax Street and requested additional funds.  More...

News

Anthem data breach could affect WV patients

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning consumers to be on guard following a massive Anthem Inc. data breach affecting 80 million customers.  More...

Charity clarity

How to recognize fraudulent charities:  — Evasive, vague or unresponsive answers to specific questions about the charity and how the money is used.  — Words making up a charity’s name closely resemble a more well-known cha More...

Hotel/motel funds available

The deadline for organizations to apply for funding from the Town of Bath’s hotel/motel fund will end on February 27.  Hotel/motel funds come from a special tax on town lodgings. More...

Letters

Backward is the new forward

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Protect the vision

Dear Editor:  Many property owners in the Cacapon South subdivision (including those in Cacapon South at Oakland Rd. More...

What's Happening

“The Trial of Dr. Mudd” written by Ed Steers

The courtroom drama of The United States versus Samuel Alexander Mudd comes to life in a staged reading of “The Trial of Dr. Mudd.” Written by local author and historian Ed Steers, the play reenacts the 150 year old trial of Dr. More...

Free seminar

Carol Ambrose, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor will be offering a free seminar on improving communication, Saturday, February 14. More...

Water seminar talks threats & solutions

To celebrate a quarter of a century of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, event producers are making both the Friday seminar and Saturday’s tastings an online media event. More...

Obituaries

Brittany L. McCumbee

1986-2015

Brittany Lynn McCumbee, 28, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, February 1, 2015 at her home.  Born July 1, 1986 in McConnellsburg, Pa., she was the daughter of Timothy Nelson, Jr. More...

Robert W. Bottomley

1926-2015

Robert Wade “Bob” Bottomley, 88, of Berkeley Springs, formerly of Montgomery County, Md., died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born August 17, 1926 in Holmes County, Ohio, he More...

Dolores J. Richards

1947-2015

Dolores Jean Richards, 67, of Great Cacapon, died Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.  Born April 14, 1947 in Cass, she was the daughter of the late Huffman and Madaline Cassell Summerfield.  She was a Chri More...

School News

Pleasant View marks 100th day of school

Pleasant View Elementary students celebrated being 100 days smarter on the 100th day of school, which was Wednesday, February 4. More...

Whitney Chapman finalist for WV homecoming queen

Whitney Bryan-Chapman, daughter of Christopher and Amy Chapman of Berkeley Springs, has been selected a finalist for West Virginia’s 35th Annual Homecoming Queen selection to be held Saturday, March 14 at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, Va. More...

School Extra Milers

The Morgan County School Board recognized Greenwood Elementary secretary Vickie Phillips, parent volunteer Brenda Somers, Greenwood PASS program coordinator and volunteer Gerald Chaskes, library volunteers Dianne Hale and her children Briar and Ivy H More...

Big Oops!  Free Access 

Correction for this week

The Messenger incorrectly reported in its "On the Public Docket" and "Round the Town" that Morgan County Schools will be closed on Monday, February 16 because of President's Day. Local schools are all in session on Monday. More...

Police make arrest in ATM theft

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has charged a Cumberland man for grand larceny in connection with the theft of an entire ATM machine from the Bank of Romney branch in Paw Paw on January 9. More...

Morgan County man tackles maple syrup making

Sitting in his woods one February morning, Jack Veara rubbed his hands together and waited. More...

Crossroads Weekend  Free Access 

Maple syrup: from trees to waffles  Free Access 

by Jazz Clark Sitting in his woods one February morning, Jack Veara rubbed his hands together and waited. His neighbors had recently come back from Vermont with a gift: five spigots for harvesting maple syrup. More...

Opinions

Ahh, Love

The romance of St. Valentine’s Day doesn’t always lead to lifelong happiness. But this old photo from our newspaper files captures the sweet moment of a wedding cake cutting. More...

Do the bidding of the people

The thing about West Virginia is, it’s like nowhere else. No other state has the combination of geography, history, people or resources quite like ours. More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

West Virginia Humanities Council1310 Kanawha Blvd., E.Charleston, WV 25301 February 11, 1903 - Artist Grace Martin Taylor was born in Morgantown. More...

On Valentine’s Day…

Think roses & chocolates

Ahhh, Love! Our romantic holiday. But, how did Valentine’s Day come about? Well, it appears that a third century Roman priest named Valentine went against the ruler Claudius’ decision to ban marriage between young people. More...

IN THE WILD

Bluetooth

Until recently, Bluetooth sounded to me like a serious dental problem. But, my daughter gave me her older Iphone, so now I have Bluetooth in my truck. More...

Calendar

February

Thursday, February 12 – Mt. State Cruisers, 7 p.m., Wesley Chapel – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog Café – Apache 4-H Club, Pl. More...

Police & Safety

Martinsburg man accused of sexually assaulting local teen

A 22-year-old Martinsburg man has been arrested and is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on charges that he sexually assaulted a 14- year-old Morgan County girl on multiple occasions between August and November 2014.  Robert Allan Teates i More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  February 1  Arrest of Christopher D. Krzywanski, 29, D.U.I., 3rd offense (felony).  Single vehicle crash, Rt. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  William Lucas Chadick, 27, of Kesecker Knoll Lane, Berkeley Springs, was sentenced to six months in jail and $245 in costs for driving under the influence, second offense.  More...

Sports

Indian wrestlers dominate the competition

The Berkeley Springs High School Indian wrestling team hosted St. James, Thomas Johnson and Martinsburg in a quad meet on Thursday, February 5. More...

Indians defeat Frankfort fall to Keyser at home

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Varsity Boys Basketball Team ran its win streak to five straight with a victory at Frankfort on February 3, then saw it come to an abrupt end at the hands of the Keyser Golden Tornado on February 6.  More...

Lady Indians basketball

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians ended their 12 game losing streak last Monday when they dropped Morgan County neighbor Paw Paw 55-50. The game saw the Lady Indians jump out to a quick 15-4 first quarter lead. More...