January 6, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Local therapy dog and owners bring comfort, smiles to patients

As a new year begins, one of the most common resolutions is to be more charitable — to spend more time giving back to the community and helping those in need.  Local therapy dog Winston, and his owners Jim and Lynette Kell, are already ahe More...

Opinions

Plan for the next cut

School officials’ decision to close Greenwood Elementary next year is a bitter pill to swallow, and families served by that school are well within their rights to be angry, disappointed and sad. More...

More schools, not less

Dear Editor:  My letter in the last edition (December 23, 2015), was orginially addressed to “Dear Principal Miller and Greenwood,” while the Messenger is indeed a piece of Americana, I was recognizing Greenwood for the tree planting More...

Still famous after all these years

Donnie Jane Cardwell found this photo, all framed up nicely, and shared it with us last month. It’s one of many we’ve seen over the years related to our local water industry. More...

Obituaries

George L. Harman, Sr.

1945-2016

George Lester Harman, Sr., 70, of Cumberland, Md., died Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Devlin Manor Health Care Center, Cumberland.  He was born March 15, 1945 in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Raymond Harman and Mabel Piefer Harman.  More...

Paul S. Miller

1953-2015

Paul Stephen Miller, 62, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.  Born September 20, 1953 in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Victor Audley and Frances Lee Mulledy Miller.&nbs More...

Stephen J. Miller

Stephen Jerome Miller, 87, of Hedgesville, died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his home.  Arrangements will be announced by Helsley- Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs.   More...

Sports

Lady Indians fight hard at Hancock Mixer

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Varsity Basketball Team played their last games of 2015 on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 29 and 30 at the Hancock Mixer, where they suffered a heartbreaking 42-40 loss to Bishop Walsh, but rebounded to More...

Little League meeting

Morgan County Little League will meet Sunday, January 10, 6:30 p.m. More...

Wrestling team finishes busy holiday season

It was a busy holiday season for the Berkeley Springs High School Wrestling Team.  The Tribe traveled to Winchester to compete in the Willie Walters Wrestling Tournament at James Woods High School on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 22 and 23, wh More...

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

The Morgan County School Board voted 4-1 at a December 30 public hearing to close Greenwood Elementary at the end of this school year. More...

Longtime business leader, philanthropist dies at 94

Harleigh “Tom” Seely of Berkeley Springs died on December 27 at his home while under Hospice care. He was 94.  More...

Police release name of driver that hit teen

While charges are still pending in the case, police have released the name of the driver who struck a local teen as he volunteered with a Christmas caroling group in southern Morgan County.  More...

Looking back on headlines of 2015

January   Newly-elected County Commissioner Joel Tuttle is sworn in. Tuttle, a Republican, beat Democrat Stacy Dugan in the November 2014 election.  More...

News

Farmland Protection Program seeks landowners, board member

Morgan County’s Farmland Protection Program is seeking more involvement from property owners who are interested in securing a permanent conservation protection for their land.  Despite a wave of activity between 2008 and 2012, this past ye More...

Morris takes second stab at retirement

Helen Morris was already retired from one career when former Morgan County Circuit Clerk Betty Moss called and asked her to take on a special project at the county courthouse.  Morris had spent 20 years as a junior industrial engineer for Londo More...

State launches Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) database

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) database is now available for use by public entities. More...

What's Happening

Open mic for writers

There will be a free Open Mic for poets and writers at The New Earth Granary, 143 North Mercer Street on Wednesday, January 6, 7 p.m.  Read poems, short stories or songs or those of favorite writers and read for five to 10 minutes to an audience More...

Hiking challenge set for 2016

Are you up to the “Chief’s Challenge?” West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England says 2016 is the year for hiking in West Virginia state parks and state forests.  “It’s simple. More...

Free Open Mic Night

BlackCat Music Shop is sponsoring their Free Open Mic Night Friday, January 8, 6:30-10 p.m.  This monthly event is hosted by local musician, Jim Fredo, and is open to all musicians, singers and songwriters. More...

Police & Safety

County Agent’s Corner

304-258-8400 129 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 www.wvu.edu/~exten/   New Year is a great time for Education  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   More...

Grand Jury meets

The Morgan County Grand Jury met yesterday, Tuesday, January 5 to consider felony criminal cases in the Morgan County Circuit Court. More...