March 11, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Winter storm Thor hammers area

In a winter storm dubbed “Thor” by The Weather Channel, our region received 8-12 inches of snow on March 5, with flooding a risk as the sizable snowfall melted. Some portions of West Virginia received over a foot of snow.  More...

Stonerise to buy Berkeley Springs Rehab & Nursing

A West Virginia nursing home company has received state approval to purchase Berkeley Springs Rehabilitation and Nursing later this month for a price tag of roughly $4.5 million. More...

School calendar hearings set at Paw Paw, Widmyer

The Morgan County School Board will seek public comments about their proposed 2015-2016 school calendar at two public hearings this month and next.  The first public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 5:45 p.m. More...

Opinions

Riding for a cause?

This undated photo surfaced in the news files recently. More...

A flood of new studies

Scientific studies have been flooding out of universities lately, it seems. Some reveal troubling trends, while others hold out hope for solutions to various kinds of suffering. Take three recent studies as an example.  More...

Columns

At The Capitol

Lawmakers override Tomblin’s veto of abortion bill

As the 2015 regular session of the Legislature moved toward its final week, the eighth week of the session marked the first time the Legislature has voted to override a gubernatorial veto in nearly 28 years.  More...

IN THE WILD

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) are amazing, handsome, native game birds. The “ruffed” part of their name comes from the ruff of feathers on their necks that males like to puff up to impress females. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

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March 11, 1847 - Boone County was formed from parts of Logan, Kanawha, and Cabell counties and named for Daniel Boone.  March 11, 1848 - Putnam County was formed from portions of Kanawha, Mason, and Cabell. More...

Obituaries

Rebecca D. Shade

1925-2015

Rebecca Dwyer Shade, 89, of Culpeper died Monday, March 2, 2015 at Amerisist Assisted Living where she has resided for the last 6 years. Rebecca was born in Rappahannock County, Va., on May 22, 1925. More...

Michael L. Spinoe

1943-2015

Michael L. Spinoe age 71 of Warfordsburg, died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his home.  Born November 19, 1943 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Pearl Brubaker Spinoe Russakoff of Warfordsburg, Pa., and the late Michael M. More...

William B. Spitzer

1926-2015

William Bell Spitzer, age 88, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center.  Born August 10, 1926 at Crabb Bottom, Va., he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin, Sr. More...

Sports

WV Junior State Wrestling Champion Cole Morris

Warm Springs Middle School seventh grader Cole Morris captured the WV Junior State 11 and 12 year old 81 lb. More...

Indians end season

In a game that would send the winning team to the Class AA WV Sectional Championships it was the Frankfort Falcons pulling out a stunning and thrilling win over the Berkeley Springs Indians last Tuesday, March 3. More...

Biddy Buddy Basketball

Mountaineers

Biddy Buddy Basketball - Mountaineers - fourth-fifth grade - front row, left to right: Parker Glaser, Hayden Plank, Levi Souders and Jacob Bowers. More...

Follow that guy to Ireland -- he knows the way  Free Access 

What could be more festive than celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland? Turns out that spending March 17 in the Czech Republic, Boston or Baltimore is more likely to land you a big parade and party. More...

Officials plan second hearing on sign ordinance

Despite snow emergency conditions throughout the region last Thursday, March 5, county officials held their scheduled public hearing on a proposed 911 Mapping and Addressing Ordinance at the Morgan County Courthouse.  The courthouse closed an ho More...

There’s fish down there

Fisherman dotted the frozen Cacapon State Park lake on Saturday, March 7, watching fishing holes cut into the ice. More...

Solar company fears bill could damage industry

The solar power industry of West Virginia is small, but has a significant presence in Morgan County.  Mountain View Solar, a local company responsible for a large number of solar installations state-wide, recently said it has laid off seven of t More...

News

Fire siren pattern alerts

Morgan County 9-1-1 and Emergency Communications utilizes specific siren patterns to alert responders, and the public, to specific emergency situations. More...

Fifth Neighbors Helping Neighbors event

The fifth in a series of events: Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Food as Medicine- - will be held Sunday, March 29, 1 p.m. More...

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area designation bill introduced

A bill to designate the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 3. More...

Letters

Protect elders’ assets

Dear Editor:  The article written by Kate Evans, “Drug use fuels property crimes” shows the devastating affect of this issue on the rest of the family members, especially if it is the parent or grandparent being the victim.  More...

Letter was propaganda

Dear Editor:  When I read the letter “Meat-free Lent,” supposedly written by Baba Mustor in the February 25 edition of The Morgan Messenger I was struck by how it parroted the vegan and animal rights industry agenda which I have seen More...

Show your smarts

Dear Editor:  More...

What's Happening

John Devine and Steve Hickman in concert at the Ice House

John Devine and Steve Hickman perform their traditional sounds at the Ice House on Friday, March 13. More...

6th annual Petapalooza

The 6th annual Petapalooza dance to benefit the animals, sponsored by Humane Society of Morgan County and BlackCat Music will be held Saturday, March 28, 7-11 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Berkeley Springs.  More...

Youth Art Show opening

The Youth Art Show Gallery Opening at the Ice House has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m.  The opening extravaganza includes a variety of musical presentations as well as hundreds of pieces of art made by students in Morgan Count More...

Police & Safety

CHIEF’S BRIEF

Today, I’d like to address the use of the internet by children, and what we can do to help protect them from various internet related crimes.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  March 1  Assisted Mental Hygiene Commission.  Transport to Fairmont Hospital.  Well-being check, Ewing Street, secure.  EMS More...

On the public docket

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

School News

High school staff spruces up gym

Berkeley Springs High School staff has been busy spiffying up the high school gymnasium with new athletic championship banners and a new paint job on the west and north walls.  The new championship banners list individual champions and team cham More...

More than 30 students on waiting list for PASS program

Morgan County’s PASS program is once again facing a shortfall of adult volunteers to work with local children. PASS coordinator Karen Whisner said the local mentor program is in dire need of more volunteers to work oneon one with students. More...

Volunteers sought for mentor effort

How to become a PASS mentor

Potential PASS volunteers are required to undergo a fingerprint background check, the cost of which is paid for by the school system. More...