July 15, 2015 RSS feed / News

DEP reminds public of changes related to reporting water use

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection wants to remind the public about new requirements related to large water withdrawals from surface or groundwater sources. More...

New tree assets discovered

A 2015 study performed by the Cacapon Institute has revealed new information; the Town of Bath has previously unknown assets worth almost $20,000 in annual benefits.  This information was determined as the result of a volunteer led tree survey i More...

Tractor Supply coming here?

A company spokesperson for Tractor Supply Company told The Morgan Messenger late last week that they have no information to release about a potential new store location in Berkeley Springs, though rumors of a store might not be too far off.  More...

Town council sets new committee members

With a new Town of Bath Mayor and new members, different people are now serving on different committees as follows:  Finance Committee: Chair Andrew Swaim. More...

Eastern Panhandle gets $150K grant for community corrections

West Virginia Community Corrections (CC) Grant program funds have been promised to 27 projects across the state, including $150,000 for a tri-county program that covers Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties. More...

County Agent’s Corner

304-258-8400 129 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 www.wvu.edu/~exten/   More...

Police Chief warns about Fairfax Street trespassing

Town of Bath Police Chief T.J. More...

On the public docket

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

26th Quad-State Legislative conference planned for Martinsburg on August 21

Delegate John Overington announced that the 26th Annual Quad-State Legislative Conference, will be held on August 21 at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn. 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...

Claymont protects grassland birds

The Claymont Society for Continuous Education, located outside of Charles Town, WV, recently designated all of its grasslands as a Grassland Bird Preserve under the Potomac Valley Audubon Society Grassland Birds Initiative. More...

K-9 Search & Rescue team offers free help to local police

A dog’s nose is a powerful tool in the search for a person missing in the woods or in an unfamiliar area. Local law enforcement officers saw proof last week of how quickly a well-trained search dog can locate any person in a wooded area.  More...

Gypsy Moth suppression program

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is urging West Virginia landowners to help the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) fight gypsy moths, the state's number one forest pest, through the Cooperative State- County-Landowner (CSCL) Gypsy Mo More...

Powell to run for 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge

Martinsburg attorney Bill Powell recently announced his candidacy for Circuit Judge position in the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit. More...

Data breach scope has widened

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has urged West Virginia residents to monitor their personal accounts and credit reports after the federal Office of Personnel Management admitted a data breach of its systems was much larger than originally reported. More...

Trump, Blair on Cole election team

Senators Charles Trump (RMorgan) and Craig Blair (RBerkeley), both representatives of the 15th district in the West Virginia Senate, have been named as regional cochairs for the Cole for Governor campaign.  Bill Cole (R-Mercer) served as the Pre More...

Organic farm tour in Berkeley County

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a tour of the Redbud Organic Farm in Berkeley County W.Va. the afternoon of Tuesday, July 28.  The tour will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. More...

Girl raises money for St. Jude’s at snowcone stand

Ava Slovinsky, seven, Berkeley Springs, decided a few months ago that she wanted to run a snowcone stand at her mother’s annual yard sale in order to raise money for a good cause. She settled on St. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  July 5  Domestic dispute, Longview Drive, verbal.  Unattended death, Fairfax Street, no foul play.  Animal control assisted, Wash More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Rurik Phillip Evans, 22, of Stafford, Va., was sentenced to six months in jail and $690 in fines and costs for possession of controlled substance. More...

How to contact Morgan County officials

Morgan County  Commission  77 Fairfax Street, Room 101, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, phone: 304-258-8540.  Commissioner Brad Close, phone: 304-867-3140. Email: bclose@morgancountywv.gov.  More...

DEP collecting water quality data for report

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management is compiling water quality data on the state's streams and lakes and is asking anyone who has such data to submit it. More...

Oil & Gas safety commission formed to review workplace laws

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered the state to form the West Virginia Commission on Oil and Natural Gas Industry Safety, first announced during his 2015 State of the State address. The Commission was formed through Executive Order No. 7-15.  More...