September 23, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

County policy on cell tower leases tabled over fees

A move by county officials to adopt a policy for leasing out space on county-owned cell towers slowed last week over the issue of fees.  County Commissioners hoped to vote on the policy during their September 17 meeting, as their two-month morat More...

Morgan County EMS adds new ambulance to fleet

Morgan County EMS has added a new unit to its fleet of ambulances — a 2015 Ford F-450 Chassis, with the patient care box built by the Horton Ambulance Manufacturing Company, out of Grove City, OH.  More...

Opinions

A fix, or a fresh approach

Last week’s revelation that the West Virginia Department of Education has miscalculated the state aid formula for more than half of the county school systems for several years running is a setback to public schools, right when they need it leas More...

September at the State Capitol

At The Capitol

Returning to the Capitol after a three-month summer hiatus, legislators took their first public look at the recommendations of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways last week.  While members of the Joint Committee on Finance ag More...

Columns

Avian Pox

IN THE WILD

This is very serious business. There is no humor in the following words. Nature is cruel. We all know this. Simply stated, Avian Pox is awful.  More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. More...

Obituaries

William R. Shaw

1953-2015

William Roy Shaw, 62, died Monday, September 14, 2015 at his home.  Born April 30, 1953 in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of Violet A. Hull Shaw, Needmore, Pa. and the late Bernard W. More...

Jacob W. Bernhard

1935-2015

Jacob W. More...

Gladstone E. Spring

1929-2015

Gladstone Eugene Spring, 85, of Martinsburg, formerly of Great Cacapon, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at his home.  Born November 4, 1929 in Great Cacapon, he was the son of the late Raymond Blaine and Nellie Unger Spring.  He was a Chr More...

School News

New principal, assistant principal come on board at high school

Berkeley Springs High School began the school year with new Principal Mitchell Nida at the reins and former Paw Paw Schools Assistant Principal Jeromy Duelley as a new Assistant Principal.  More...

High school renovations project application nixed

The Morgan County School Board unanimously decided to not proceed with applying to the School Building Authority for the $4.2 million Berkeley Springs High School Building C (gymnasium) renovations project as a NEEDS project for the October 1 deadlin More...

Morgan County Schools net financial position down from

A substantial decline in revenue for Morgan County Schools in Fiscal Year 2015 resulted in a decrease of $113,987 in their total net position (assets minus liabilities) from the previous year. More...

Breaking News - 9/29/2015 2:35 PM

McCoy sentenced to 40 years for 2014 murder

In a courtroom crowded with family members, Wesley McCoy, 26, of Berkeley Springs was sentenced today, Tuesday, September 29, to 40 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Justin Buell in August 2014.McCoy’s family reacted with audible crying More...

State underfunded Morgan schools, audit shows

A legislative audit of the West Virginia Department of Education says 36 counties, including Morgan County, have been underfunded by the state since 2009 due to errors in calculating the state aid formula.  That formula determines how much money More...

School testing results delayed by state errors

School Superintendent Banks said at the September 15 school board meeting that they were still unable to release the 2014-2015 West Virginia General Summative Assessment exam scores due to errors at the state level.  More...

News

Manchin to host state residents coming for Papal visit

Senator Manchin welcomes all West Virginians who are visiting Washington, D.C. for the Pope’s visit to stop by his office for coffee and refreshments.  More...

WV senators call for “rigorous security” before taking Syrian refugees into U.S.

As the United States considers increasing the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the country, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and U.S.  More...

Department of education initiating community evaluation of next generation standards

Members of the West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia University announced the launch of the Next Generation Standards evaluation website. More...

Letters

On school lunches

Dear Editor:  As I read the September 9 issue of The Morgan Messenger, I felt the need to share my opinion about the school lunch debt, $116,238, wow. How did they let it get so out of hand?  More...

What's Happening

Volunteers needed to plant trees

The Sleepy Creek Watershed Association and Cacapon State Park Foundation need help on Friday, September 25 to plant 250 trees at the park.  In partnership with the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District and the West Virginia Department of Fores More...

Free music night

BlackCat Music Shop’s monthly free all ages music night will be held Saturday, September 26, 6:30-10 p.m.  All Grassed Up will be playing traditional bluegrass, old-time tunes and contemporary music with a bluegrass twist.  Opening gr More...

Paw Paw Lions Club dedicates flag pole

The officers and members of the Paw Paw Lions Club recently installed and dedicated a 20 foot flag pole, equipped with solar light at Camp Hill Cemetery in Paw Paw. More...

Police & Safety

IRS phone scam active in area

Residents should be on guard against scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service representatives, according to state officials. The phone scam has resurfaced recently here and across the state.  More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  September 13  Alarm, Good Times Drive, all secure.  Alarm, Dollar General, Paw Paw, all secure.  Single vehicle accident, Martins More...

Sports

Indians win streak thwarted by St. James

After defeating Keyser and Petersburg earlier in the week, the Berkeley Springs Boys and Girls Varsity soccer teams fell to Saint James on Saturday, September 19. More...

Indians suffer overtime loss in Frankfort

On Friday, September 18 the Berkeley Springs Varsity Football team traveled to Frankfort to take on the Falcons. They were defeated in overtime 32-34.  More...

Great week for BSHS Cross Country

The Berkeley Springs Cross Country team participated in two meets this past week. More...