April 29, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

School board okays $26.6 million budget; state aid drops $754K

The Morgan County School Board approved a proposed total budget of $26,612,307 for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year for publication at their April 21 meeting. The school budget is published in today’s edition of The Morgan Messenger.  More...

Opinions

Relief among the devastation

Monday’s early morning fire in downtown Berkeley Springs affected a large number of people. More...

Fair fax Street has fiery history

Historians around town quickly noted that Monday’s fire on Fairfax Street echoed the 1901 burning of the Fairfax Hotel or Inn on that same spot. Clippings and photos from Betty Harmison included news reports of the blaze on July 17, 1901. More...

Letters

Find common ground

Dear Editor:  There is still time for Dollar General to reconsider its decision to locate its store at Oakland Road and move to the county business park just down the road. More...

Wish I’d said that

All men dream: but not equally. More...

Proud of firemen

Dear Editor:  As I was struggling to get through town Monday morning to go to Martinsburg to spend the day visiting a friend at the VA hospital, I realized the reason for the slow traffic. More...

What's Happening

Library boosters kick off effort to reopen doors on Thursdays

A library fundraiser on May 16 is one of the ways that supporters of the Morgan County Public Library are working to restore service to patrons on Thursdays.  More...

Eidolon Nature Preserve bird walk May 3

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor an early morning bird walk at its Eidolon Nature Preserve in Morgan County on Sunday, May 3.  There is no fee for the event. Anyone with an interest is welcome. More...

Community band concert

The Morgan Community Concert Band will hold a concert on Thursday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. More...

Sports

Baseball Tribe rolling toward post season

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Baseball Team turned in an impressive performance on Tuesday, April 21 as they rallied to defeat the visiting Keyser Golden Tornado 8-5. More...

Track teams strong at Spring Mills Invitational

Shetler takes high point award

by Jamie Harris  The Berkeley Springs High School Indians boy and girls Track & Field teams boarded the bus and headed to Spring Mills for the first ever Cardinal Invitational last Friday, April 24.  More...

Webster wins title

High school tennis round up

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Tennis Teams have been traveling all over the state having matches against quality competition this season.  On April 11 they competed in the PVC Championships. More...

Breaking News - 4/29/2015 6:16 PM

Fire Marshal says "no evidence of foul play" in Monday fire  Free Access 

Cause of blaze still undetermined

West Virginia Assistant State Fire Marshal George Harms told The Morgan Messenger today that his investigation of Monday’s early morning fire, which gutted a three-story building at 31 Fairfax Street, has turned up “no evidence of foul play.”  & More...

Resident recounts escape from Fairfax fire

Russell Grizzel didn’t know what was happening when his girlfriend woke him shortly before 4 a.m. on Monday, April 27. He thought she was having a bad dream, or had gotten up because he was disturbing her sleep.  More...

Paw Paw ballot will be short by three

Ballots for Paw Paw’s municipal election on June 2 will offer slim choices to voters there. More...

News

Correction

In last week’s article “Grand Jury indicts 11 in April term,” we reported that one of those indicted, Roger Hawkins, is accused of shoving his wife. It should have read that the alleged victim was his live-in girlfriend.   More...

“Power to the Parents” takes aim at dangerous online secrecy

Parents who struggle to keep pace with their child’s activities have more to worry about than juggling soccer practice and piano lessons.  Parents need to focus just as much energy on watching how their child uses and shares information on More...

Manchin, Capito back new laws on human trafficking

Senator Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) recently announced their support of legislation that would add resources to the prevention of human trafficking and victim recovery services.  More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

April 29, 1863 - Confederate General William E. ‘‘Grumble’’ Jones waged a battle at Fairmont that involved a force of 500 regulars, home guards, and volunteers. More...

IN THE WILD

Lending a Hand to Nest Building Wild Birds

Our neighbor’s son and daughter-in-law gave me an unusual Christmas present last year. They are very much interested in the welfare of wild birds and animals, and they know I am too. More...

Obituaries

Memorial service

There will be a memorial service for Charles William Hovermale at Calvary Bible Church, 2065 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.   More...

Elizabeth L. Knepper

Elizabeth Louise Knepper, 85, of Hedgesville, died Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Hagerstown, Md. More...

Adrian G. Van Leen

1923-2015  Adrian Gerard Van Leen, 91, of Berkeley Springs, died Friday, April 17, 2015 at his home.  He was born December 23, 1923 in Bergen, Holland.  He was a jeweler.  He liked woodworking and traveling.  More...

Police & Safety

Circuit Court sentences three, accepts pleas, revokes probation

Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Wilkes handed down sentences, accepted pleas and revoked probation and pretrial bonds for numerous individuals during recent felony court hearings.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  April 19  Wildlife complaint, bear in yard, Wilkes Street.  Road rage complaint, Jim West Road.  Report of drunk driver, Winchest More...

On the public docket

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

School News

School officials clear coach

Morgan County school officials have said Berkeley Springs High School softball coach Greg Brown has been cleared of any wrongdoing following their investigation into a claim by a member of the public that Brown had mishandled team funds.  More...

Paw Paw Schools explore new strategies to improve learning

Paw Paw Schools has implemented new English and math curriculum and additional strategies to increase student achievement. More...

Edward Jones celebrates "Save for Education Day"

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Joe Bourgeois is celebrating Save for Education Day on May 29 in a variety of ways, including wearing his favorite collegiate attire to his branch office in Berkeley Springs.  Branch offices across the quad state a More...