October 21, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Paper mill didn’t follow spill prevention steps, say inspectors

State could impose fines on Verso

Maryland environmental inspectors have found that the Verso paper mill plant in Luke, Md. More...

Hashem is National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist

It was exciting news for Berkeley Springs High School that senior Kaitlyn Hashem was recently recognized as a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist due to her exemplary Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores More...

Opinions

State court ruling curbs misuse of privacy law

West Virginia Supreme Court made a serious step toward protecting people with mental illness and carving out limits to HIPAA when they ruled late last week that the federal law that protects patient information couldn’t be used to block investi More...

It’s fall — snuggle up

Two squirrel buddies fit just fine in the hole of an old maple tree, and Douglas Michael of Berkeley Springs snapped their picture just in time. More...

Columns

IN THE WILD

A Superb Predator

My good neighbor, Ron, drove over to our cabin last Saturday morning to report he had found a dead fawn that had been killed the night before. You can bet I was interested in seeing it and figuring out what had happened!  More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   October 21, 1865 - Bishop Matthew Wesley Clair Sr. was born in Union. More...

Obituaries

Betty S. Thomas

1957-2015

Betty Sue Thomas, 57, Paw Paw, died Monday, October 12, 2015 at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland, Md.  She was born October 21, 1957 in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Louie Schoppert and Norma June Bray Schopper More...

James E. Youngblood

1934-2015

James Edward Reece Youngblood, 81, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, October 17, 2015 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born March 31, 1934 in Great Cacapon, he was the son of the late Lawrence William and Eleanor More...

Harry J. Didawick

1943-2015

Harry Joseph Didawick, age 72, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Friday, October 16, 2015 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born May 31, 1943 in Morgan County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Anthony Jefferson and B More...

Sports

Cowles recognized as AARP/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week

Abby Cowles of Berkeley Springs High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of October 18.  More...

Boys Cross Country Team wins PVC

The Berkeley Springs High School and Paw Paw High School cross country teams traveled to Frankfort to compete in the 56th annual Potomac Valley Conference meet on Tuesday, October 13.  Berkeley Springs’ Boys Varsity team took first place, More...

Lady Indians Soccer Team advanced

The Berkeley Springs High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team traveled to Frankfort for the first round of sectional play off games on Monday, October 19.  There, the Lady Indians defeated the Falcons 2-1.  More...

McLaughlin to leave local hospital post

Valley Health Systems officials are looking for a new president for War Memorial Hospital in the wake of the announcement that current hospital president Neil McLaughlin will leave his post at the end of October.  More...

Woman tied up in home invasion

Police are investigating a home invasion case in southern Morgan County this past weekend in which a female resident was tied up to a weight bench and her mouth duct taped by two intruders.  More...

County weighs Comcast request to take back public access channel

At the Thursday, October 15 meeting of the Morgan County Commission, Comcast representative Paul Combs and resident Jerry Berman proposed an amendment to the Morgan County-West Virginia Comcast franchise agreement that would return Morgan County&rsqu More...

News

Seeking area authors

The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) is holding its Fourth annual Berkeley Springs Book Festival on Saturday, November 28 at the Ice House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event includes several new books from local authors as well as a series of readings. More...

Domestic Violence affects LGBTQ community, too

Domestic Violence Awareness month is an opportunity for the Shenandoah Women’s Center (SWC) and other organizations advocating the end of domestic violence to remind the community that domestic violence is not limited to heterosexual relationsh More...

Free films on wildlife refuges and more

The American Conservation Film Festival will have a free sneak preview night with two films and their filmmakers on Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m. More...

What's Happening

Studio tour

The autumn Berkeley Springs Studio Tour takes place Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. More...

Relay for Life Pumpkin Palooza

Participants of the Relay for Life of Morgan County are currently making plans for the 2016 Relay. The 2016 relay will be held on June 11, 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. Now is the time to register your team and start planning the event.  More...

100 books donated

Women Educators of Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International donated over 100 new children's books to various agencies in the three counties. More...

Police & Safety

Miller charged with heroin delivery

Police arrested a Berkeley Springs man and seized a small quantity of heroin after receiving a 911 tip last Wednesday of a possible drug transaction near the American Legion north of Berkeley Springs.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  October 11  Arrest of James Joyce, 26, D.U.I.  Apple Butter Festival, no problems.  Injured deer, Fulton Road, put down.  De More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Elizabeth C. Kursey, 24, of Martinsburg must pay a $20 fine and $165.25 in court costs after pleading guilty to failure to change name and address on license within 20 days.  More...

School News

New staff, new programs settle in at Paw Paw Schools

Paw Paw Schools began the school year with many new faces that include new Assistant Principal Amber Guthrie.  Guthrie transferred to the .75 assistant principal/.25 special education teacher (multicategorical with autism) position at Paw Paw Sc More...

Fitness expert & author to visit Morgan County Schools

National children’s fitness expert and author Steve Ettinger will visit Morgan County schools, today, Wednesday, October 21 for an assembly designed to help motivate kids for healthier, happier living through exercise. More...

Retired school employees visit WSIS greenhouse

The Morgan County Association of Retired School Employees September 15 meeting was held at Warm Springs Intermediate School. More...