December 23, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

State board repeals academic standards

The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) unanimously voted at its December 17 meeting to repeal and replace the current K-12 academic standards known as the “Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives.” They are West Virginia&rsq More...

I Love Christmas Because...

Christmas is fun. You get presents. I love Santa. Sabrina Johnson 1st grade, Pleasant More...

Opinions

Cheer, traditions and gratitude

Our annual Christmas issue, crinkling in your hands (or scrolling on your screen), continues a long tradition we hope you enjoy. First, the traditional front page has been replaced with a holiday greeting that captures the spirit of the season. More...

A special thanks

There are folks in our community who will spend part of their Christmas Day watching over us. More...

Correction

Last week, we incorrectly identified Kimberly Nickles as the Chief Deputy of the County Clerk’s office. That position is held by Heather Tyler. We apologize for the error.   More...

What's Happening

The Great Gray Matter Challenge

The seventh Great Gray Matter Challenge encourages all players and teams to plan now for the Sunday, January 10 event held at 4 p.m. in the Berkeley Springs High School cafeteria. There is no admission fee and all ages can participate.  More...

Fourth annual book drive

The Ye Towne of Bath Chapter of DAR concluded its fourth annual book drive in December. More...

Auditions set for The “Fantasticks”

The Ice House Theater Project of the Morgan Arts Council will be holding auditions for the musical “The Fantasticks” on Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m. and Monday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ice House.  More...

Police & Safety

Great Cacapon Emergency Calls

Chief Matt Grimley reported the following calls for the month of November: November 2 - Assisted Co. 1, propane leak at Blue Flame, Rescue-Engine 2, seven responded, cancelled en route. November 3 - Assisted Co. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  December 13  Recovery of stolen property from a burglary.  EMS assisted, N. Washington Street.  More...

Local couple injured in crash

Welden Ryan, 27, of Berkeley Springs was severely injured last Wednesday, December 16 when the 2006 Humvee he was driving struck a tree in the 1000 block of Detour Road in Great Cacapon.  More...

School News

Benchmark assessments show local students starting school below grade level

Beginning of the year benchmark assessments show Morgan County first and second graders are losing reading proficiency over the summer and that less than half of students grade 3-8 began the school year on or above grade level in reading. More...

November students of the month

Berkeley Springs High School Senior Breauna Farris was named student of the month by her teachers. More...

Paw Paw Schools Science Fair

The Paw Paw Schools’ Science Fair was held on Friday, December 11. The judges were impressed by all the effort the students put into their presentations. More...

Breaking News - 12/31/2015 9:07 PM

School board votes 4-1 to close Greenwood school next year

At a public hearing last night that attracted more than 100 residents, the Morgan County school board voted 4-1 to close Greenwood Elementary at the end of this school year. More...

Teen struck by vehicle during caroling event

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a Friday-night accident that has hospitalized a local teenager who was struck by an SUV in the Greenwood area of southern Morgan County. More...

Residents plead with school board to keep Greenwood Elementary open

The December 15 Morgan County School Board meeting was an emotional night with South Morgan community residents gathered to support keeping Greenwood Elementary open. Some 75 people went to the board meeting.  More...

News

The Messenger in the war years

Following the war and return of husband William from occupied Japan in 1946 we lived in the old 1800s Buzzerd house neighboring Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Strother Buzzerd’s home behind St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Warren Street.  More...

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…

It’s totally cool if you’re plastic, we’re into that apparently

It’s an age-old debate: which is better? More...

Have a holly jolly, crazy, chaotic & wonderful Christmas

Unless you’re a two dimensional cartoon snowman living on the cover of a greeting card, your holiday season is not going to be perfect.  Christmastime is a very human experience. More...

Letters

America’s loss

Dear Editor:  On behalf of Cacapon Institute and the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association members who have organized two tree plantings at Greenwood Elementary school, I’d like to say we’re grateful to you for a piece of Americana.&nbs More...

Obituaries

Richard L. Hott

1927-2015   Richard Lee “Dick” Hott, 88, of Heritage Harbour, Annapolis, Md., died December 12, 2015 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.  Born May 10, 1927, son of the late Atlee and Marie Hott, he was raised in Paw Paw.  More...

Nancy L. Bishop

1949-2015   Nancy Lee Bishop, 66, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born November 19, 1949 at Orleans Crossroads, she was the daughter of the late Gladson Vern More...

Patricia A. Franklin

1940-2015   Patricia Ann Franklin, 75, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  Born March 20, 1940 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Francis M. More...

Sports

Indians undefeated

Indians basketball had another winning week, with both JV and Varsity defeating local rivals Hancock and Paw Paw. Both teams remain undefeated at 5-0.  The week kicked off on Monday, December 14 when the Indians hosted the Hancock Panthers. More...

Lady Indians basketball 3-4

This week the Lady Indians freshman, JV, and Varsity basketball teams continued their win streak, until Monday, December 21 when Varsity was defeated by Keyser.  The freshman team defeated Musselman 25-13 at their game on Tuesday, December 15 an More...

Warm Springs Middle School basketball results

The Warm Springs Wolves Boys Basketball teams hosted Capon Bridge Middle School on Wednesday, December 16.  The JV team captured their third win of the season with a 49-45 victory over Capon Bridge JV. More...