August 12, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Careful where you step — rattlesnakes & copperheads active in hot weather

Summer brings on the heat and the warmer temperatures gets snakes moving about.  While the region has many harmless and non-poisonous snakes, outdoor experts say hikers and anyone working or playing outside should be on the lookout for copperhea More...

Opinions

Watch for the big yellow bus

Local students are heading back to class on Monday, so it’s time for drivers to get back in the habit of watching for kids standing at bus stops, and keeping an eye out for school busses.  More...

Good times at North Berkeley School

Kids will be heading back to school all across the county on Monday. More...

Back to school already!

From the Superintendent desk

Back to school already!  More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

August 12, 1937 - Author Walter Dean Myers was born in Martinsburg. In January 2012, Myers was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.  More...

IN THE WILD

Brown Recluse Spiders  More...

Obituaries

Julia S. Hovermale

Julia Spring Hovermale, 84, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, August 10, 2015 at the Extended Care of War Memorial Hospital.  Friends will be received at Hunter-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 36 S. More...

Lewis H. Weller

1939-2015

Lewis Henry “Buck” Weller, 76, of Warfordsburg, Pa., died Monday, August 3, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  Born July 24, 1939 in Washington County, Md., he was the son of the late Leo and Marie Shaw Weller.  More...

Sports

Anglers asked to help track snakehead fish in Potomac, C&O Canal

Credible reports of snakehead sightings and results from a Maryland Department of Natural Resources and U.S. More...

Wrestling dominates the third Athletic Hall of Fame Class

When people often speak about Berkeley Springs High School athletics one thing always comes up in the conversation. The school has a tremendous wrestling history and loads of state champions.  More...

Beddow & Golf Team off to a solid start

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Golf Team opened their 2015 season with a solid showing in two tournaments this past week. More...

County officials take closer look at tower leases

County officials spent much of their August 6 meeting working out details about the use of space on communication towers in Morgan County.  Commissioners have been sorting out lease agreements they have with tower companies, wireless carriers an More...

Feds convict man of illegal gun purchase

A man indicted by the Morgan County Grand Jury in April of selling a firearm to a minor and providing false information to police has been convicted of federal weapons charges in the same case.  More...

Resident: county noise rules provide “no relief” for neighbors

A county resident told Morgan County Commissioners last week that the local noise ordinance does nothing to relieve the “private nuisance” of excessive noise coming from a business near her home.  More...

News

State’s attorney wants court to let public officials lead meeting prayers

West Virginia’s Attorney General is leading a 13-state coalition to urge federal courts to uphold public officials’ right to lead prayers at public meetings, Patrick Morrisey said recently.  More...

Child advocacy group gets state grants

Twenty child advocacy projects across West Virginia have been awarded $1,557,503 in Child Advocacy Center (CAC) grant funds to 20 projects, including one that serves Morgan County. 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...

What's Happening

Helping Hands event Saturday kicks off school year

Hancock’s Helping Hands will be in Widmeyer Park this Saturday, August 15, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., to assist families in need for the upcoming school year in Hancock, Warfordsburg, Berkeley Springs, and beyond.  More...

Energy assistance program payment for August

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced a supplemental Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) payment for West Virginia’s elderly residents, disabled residents and low income families who received a reg More...

Violin with attitude: Deni Bonet in concert

The Morgan Arts Council presents singer/songwriter Deni Bonet in its next summer concert at Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturday, August 15.  More...

Police & Safety

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Jason A. Davis, 32, of Hedgesville was sentenced to six days in the Eastern Regional Jail and must pay a $200 fine and court costs of $285.25 for DUI, first offense in June 2015. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  August 2  Arrest of Michael Adam Smith, 37, D.U.I. More...

On the public docket

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

School News

Hancock High School Class of 1980

The Hancock High School Class of 1980 held their 35th reunion on Saturday, July 11, at BuddyLou's Restaurant. The class decided to donate class funds to the Herbert A. More...

Free presentation on Religious Freedom

Interested citizens are welcome to attend a presentation, "Where Has Religious Freedom Gone... Away?" on Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m. at the Angus and Ale Restaurant in Berkeley Springs.  More...

School board approves hires, resignations as 2015-2016 school year approaches

The Morgan County School Board approved the following personnel actions at their August 4 meeting:  Professional personnel  More...