November 18, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

High winds stoke multiple brush fires

It was a busy night for the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department last Thursday, November 12 due to high winds that damaged power lines and caused several fires in Morgan County.  The first call, at 7:25 p.m., was for a brush fire in a wood More...

Husband gives Mt. Nebo Cemetery upgrades in wife’s memory

Families that have loved ones buried at Mt. More...

Opinions

Mourning with Paris

Last Friday’s attacks around Paris by ISIS operatives has brought a new wave of mourning and anger to world citizens.  Americans, especially those who lived through September 2001, have heavy hearts for the French people hit by the sudden More...

A gathering of ladies

Tom Miller found this group photo in his collection, and wondered, like us, where it was taken and why the group of ladies was meeting. Mr. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   November 18, 2007 - Country singer Chickie Williams died. More...

Columns

M 41 Walker Bulldog Light Tanks

IN THE WILD

There have always been terrible, dreadful wars. More...

Obituaries

David E. Place

1950-2015

David Eugene Place, 65, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., entered in his heavenly home on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  More...

Jon L. Struble

1960-2015

Jon Lawrence Struble, 55, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Hospice of the Panhandle Inpatient Facility, Kearneysville.  Born September 7, 1960 in Pontiac, Mich.; he was the son of Stanley Earl Struble, Martinsburg and the More...

Ruth E. Newton

1930-2015

Ruth Emma Newton, 85, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Berkeley Springs Center in Berkeley Springs.  Born April 7, 1930 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Thomas E. More...

Sports

Vernie Arnold, Sr. passes along hunting tradition to younger generations

Berkeley Springs resident Vernie R. Arnold, Sr. has been hunting since he was a young boy and has enjoyed passing down the tradition through four generations of his family. More...

School News

Student’s letter wins $25K grant

Last month, a letter from Berkeley Springs High School Senior Kaitlyn Hashem was announced as a finalist in the Letters to Lowes Competition - a national campaign celebrating 10 years of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program.  More...

Local teachers receive mini-grants from charitable foundation

Eleven Morgan County teachers were awarded minigrants at the Partners in Philanthropy Community Celebration at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg on Thursday, November 12.  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...

Breaking News - 11/19/2015 9:09 AM

School board to consider multiple school closings at Nov. 23 meeting

Officials will weigh future of Greenwood, Pleasant View and Paw Paw High School

At a special meeting next Monday, the Morgan County School Board will begin the process of evaluating whether to shut down Greenwood Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary and Paw Paw High School. Board members will meet at 6 p.m. More...

Driver hospitalized, students uninjured in Wednesday crash involving bus

A November 18 early morning commute turned scary on U.S. More...

Hedgesville man charged with dealing drugs near Pleasant View School

Police arrested a Hedgesville man Monday night and charged him with conducting drug deals in the parking lot of the Pleasant View Community Center and out of a nearby trailer in eastern Morgan County.  More...

News

Veterans Day commemorated at American Legion

Shelly Champion Blankenship (right) sang “God Bless America” and “God Bless the USA” at the Veterans Day program at the Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 on November 11. More...

From hand-shocked wheat to four-wheelers – a life on the farm

Phil Harmison never was one to keep a notebook for jotting down facts and figures.  More...

Worship Directory

Mahne’s Chapel, off Pious Ridge Road on Culp Road - Sunday school 10 a.m., worship service 11 a.m. Guest speakers.   More...

Letters

Fear of restrictions

Dear Editor:  Reading Here we go again (Letter to the Editor October 28), I reflected on the stated police (Letters to the Editor over 400 words will not be published), and wondered if repetition was not counted. More...

Open and free

Dear Editor:  Mr. Wurster’s letter in the November 4 Morgan Messenger mentioned the right to fly any flag we want. I, myself, am not much of a flag waver. If I was, I think I would choose the United Nation’s flag. More...

What's Happening

Community concert

The Morgan Arts Council will present community music with a friends-and-family concert at the Ice House, Friday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. More...

Food Drive

The annual food drive sponsored by the Great Cacapon Methodist Church and the Great Cacapon Post Office will be held November 20 to December 23.  Drop off non-perishable food items at the Post Office or the church.  Any donations no matter More...

Free All-Ages Music Night

Free All-Ages Music Night will be held at BlackCat Music Shop, 155 Independence Street on Saturday, November 21, 6:30-10 p.m.  Opening for the evening will be singer-songwriter Terry Tucker, playing folk ballads and old-time Appalachian songs on More...

Police & Safety

Local man convicted of federal drug charges

Among three individuals convicted in federal court recently for their role in a multi-state heroin trafficking operation was a Great Cacapon man who was arrested in June with four other Morgan County residents.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  November 8  Alarm, Packing House Road, secure.  Animal complaint, report of live stock out, nothing located.  Assisted BSPD with More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Clarence G. Nester, Jr., 24, of Berkeley Springs was sentenced to 122 hours of community service and one year of unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to petit larceny. More...