November 11, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

County officials kick off hotel/motel tax investigation

More than a month after county officials were asked to take a second look at their enforcement of the county’s Hotel/Motel tax ordinance, commissioners approved overtime pay for the Assessor’s office to track down non-payers of the tax, a More...

Opinions

Another way to show support

This Veterans Day, it’s time for America to come up with better ways to help heal those who have been damaged by war, and support those returning to civilian life. More...

Honoring those who served, and gave

We don’t know the story behind it, but this old news photo from our files shows local American Legion officials bestowing a gift in downtown Berkeley Springs (note the clock tower of the old courthouse in the background). More...

Include your event in “A Hometown Holiday”

If your church, organization or club is putting on a free program or holiday event, send that information to The Morgan Messenger now and we’ll include it in this year’s “A Hometown Holiday” — our local shopping and even More...

What's Happening

Christmas Cash for Kids Christmas parade

The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Department of Health and Human Resources is teaming up with City National Bank and WV Radio’s Today’s 97.5 and 1340 WEPM to raise funds for the Christmas Cash for Kids program.  The 201 More...

Art students make bowls for Empty Bowls

Fifth graders at Warm Springs Intermediate School show off the colorful ceramic bowls they made in art class for the upcoming Empty Bowls event on Fridy, November 20, 5-7 p.m. More...

Potomac Patriots meet

Potomac Patriots will meet Thursday, November 19 and guest speaker Steve Redding, candidate for Circuit Court Judge, will discuss what Circuit Court Judges do.  Among other questions local residents are expected to raise are how the local court More...

Police & Safety

Brown sentenced for buying gun here for teen

A man indicted by the Morgan County Grand Jury for buying a gun under false pretenses at a Berkeley Springs pawn shop was sentenced by a federal court last Tuesday, November 2 for federal charges associated with the crime.  More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Justin L. Pack, 32, of Martinsburg must pay a fine of $100 and $165.25 in court costs after pleading guilty to driving on a suspended license. Recent sentences from Magistrate Greg Miller:  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  November 1  Arrest of Jonathan W. More...

School News

School enrollment drops to 2,404; officials prepare for more state aid cuts

Morgan County Schools will be facing an additional loss of at least $471,906 for Fiscal Year 2017 due to a headcount enrollment loss of 101 students from last year, estimated School Treasurer Ann Bell at the November 3 school board meeting. More...

Friday show to benefit school choir accompanist

Warm Springs Middle School and Berkeley Springs High School choir members will stage a special benefit performance at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, November 13 at New Earth Granary at 143 N. Mercer Street in Berkeley Springs.  More...

Henry wins pizza party for students

Amanda Henry, Warm Springs Middle School computer applications teacher, won a teacher appreciation pizza party for her students from the Arbour Family Chiropractor Center in Martinsburg recently. More...

Court of Appeals backs county in ambulance fee case

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that Morgan County’s EMS Board can legally collect overdue Ambulance Fees from property owners, even when properties are unoccupied at the start of an assessment period.  More...

County okays $17K for tower cameras

In a unanimous vote last Thursday, the Morgan County Commission approved spending $17,487 on security cameras for the new Purslane Mountain 911 tower and the county’s main 911 tower along Fairfax Street.  More...

Hearings on cleanup grant for rail-trail set for next week

Two public meetings will give the public a chance to make comments about a planned North Berkeley Rail Trail north of Berkeley Springs, and seek information about an environmental cleanup grant being sought to prepare a potential trail head.  More...

News

Veteran and first responder photos welcomed for Governor’s tree

From the governor’s desk

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin welcome all West Virginians to honor the state’s military men and women and first responders by submitting photos to be showcased on the two recognition trees located in the Governo More...

Aging workforce, slow growth keep Morgan at fringes of panhandle’s growth forecast

West Virginia has two economic “stand-out regions,” according to Dr. John Deskins of WVU’s College of Business and Economics and the Eastern Panhandle is one of them.  More...

Town stands by holiday parking decision

Council members decided to offer free parking on every Friday and Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas at their meeting on October 20, but since then some citizens have expressed concerns to Mayor Scott Merki that the plan wasn’t entirel More...

Letters

Second chances

Dear Editor:  It was distressed to read Judge Wilkes’ words quoted in the October 14 Messenger article regarding Angel McCoy, a mother charged with child neglect due to a DUI that put her daughter in the hospital.  More...

A Veterans Day message

For decades, residents of this great state and nation have recognized November 11 as Veterans Day, a time to commemorate, honor and thank those who have protected our freedom serving in the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.  More...

Obituaries

William Sparks, Sr.

William “Sparky” Sparks, Sr., 60 of Keyser and formerly of Berkeley Springs and Hampstead, Md., died Friday, November 6, 2015 at his home.  He was the son of the late Kenneth Leslie Sparks and Sarah Elnora Larrimore Sparks.  He More...

John E. Barker, Sr.

1928-2015

John Everett Barker, Sr., 87, of Berkeley Springs, died on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at his home.  Born September 4, 1928 in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late John Bernard and Agnes Everett Barker.  He was a member of Duckwall Chu More...

Debra K. Fultz

1956-2015

Debra Kay Fultz, 59, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  Born July 28, 1956 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Peggy Joann Miller Didawick.  She was More...

Sports

Indians thrash the Hancock Panthers 48-14

The Berkeley Springs Varsity Football team ended their season with a bang on Friday, November 6, defeating Hancock 48-14.  The game-dubbed the Battle of the Potomac - started off in the Indians favor.  Running back Brady Tritapoe was able t More...

Chip Shots

Two seasons at once

Well, it’s that time of year West Virginia University’s two main revenue producing athletic programs will be competing at the same time. More...

Google & Capito visit Warm Springs Middle

Google’s Online Safety Roadshow traveled to Berkeley Springs on Monday, November 9, to educate students at Warm Springs Middle School about staying safe and secure online. More...