January 13, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Judge won’t stop work on new Dollar General store

A Morgan County judge has said he won’t stop construction activities related to a new Dollar General store in southern Morgan County, even though opponents have appealed the Planning Commission’s approval of the project to the state&rsquo More...

Neighbors, officials eager to see final removal of burned storefront

Demolition work on a gutted commercial building on Fairfax Street in downtown Berkeley Springs has been stalled since November, causing concern among business owners and town officials.  More...

Opinions

Legislature can’t fumble this year

A new session of the West Virginia Legislature, which begins today, promises renewed fights over old issues, but under the cloud of a poor budget outlook for the state.  More...

One of those big winter storms

Tucked down in our archives was this photo of a whopper of a snow, way back in 1947. More...

Workforce, transportation, budget issues to dominate 2016 session

Workforce, transportation and budget issues will likely dominate the legislative session according to panelists participating at the Associated Press’ annual West Virginia Legislative Lookahead held Friday at Marshall University’s South Charleston ca More...

What's Happening

Warming Hands & Hearts Campaign gears up for another year

The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle (UWEP) once again is asking the community to help provide much needed assistance through their Warming Hands and Hearts (WHH) Initiative with Roach Energy, ROCS Convenience Stores, and the Department of Health More...

Food pantry opens

Berkeley Baptist Church, located at 172 Winchester Grade Road is operating a food pantry once a month on the Tuesday following the third Thursday of the month.  The pantry will be open Tuesday, January 26 at 11 a.m. More...

Peaceable Paws Owner’s Choice free classes

Peaceable Paws will hold free Owner’s Choice classes on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting January 20.  In this class, the owner gets to tell us what you want to teach your dog. Prerequistie: PPaws Real Life Skills or instructor approval. More...

Police & Safety

Seven sentenced in Md. to W.Va. heroin trafficking network

A Morgan County man was among seven people sentenced in federal court on Monday, January 11, for heroin trafficking, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.  More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Jennifer A. Korrell, 44, was sentenced to 30 days in the Eastern Regional Jail and must pay $165.25 in court costs and fees after being found guilty of obstructing an officer. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  January 3  Report of physical altercation with shots fired, Amelia Street, Paw Paw.  Arrest of Anthony Thomas Baker, 25, wanton endang More...

School News

School personnel changes

The Morgan County School Board approved the following personnel changes at their recent meetings:  Professional retirements  Berkeley Springs High School science teacher Nancy Leigh Jenkins is retiring at the end of June 30.  Berkeley More...

School board reviews instructional monitoring and strategies at workshop

The Morgan County School Board learned about instructional monitoring, assessment exams and instructional strategies at a January 5 instructional workshop.  School board president David Ambrose said the West Virginia School Board Association is More...

Student writing competition

West Virginia Writers, Inc., is now accepting submissions for its annual contest for grades one-12, the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest. Submissions are accepted through March 15. More...

Man who stole police cruiser convicted of federal charges

A federal jury convicted Dustin Wade Hinckle, 30, of Berkeley Springs yesterday of unlawful possession of stolen firearms in connection with his theft, in May 2015, of a West Virginia State Police cruiser in southern Morgan County. More...

Grand Jury indicts 17 in January term

The Morgan County Grand Jury indicted 17 people when they met for their January term on Tuesday, January 5.  Arraignments in the cases were held Monday, January 11 before Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Wilkes at the Morgan County More...

Who’s running for office, and who isn’t

The official filing period to become a political candidate for the 2016 election year began on Monday, January 11 and runs through the end of the month.  As of press time, 11 local residents had signed up to run for county offices.  Who won More...

News

State officials project $353 million deficit

The West Virginia Department of Revenue released revenue numbers for the month of December recently and projected a $353 million deficit for the current fiscal year.  More...

New security in effect at State Capitol

The Division of Protective Services recently announced that all visitors to the West Virginia State Capitol building must enter through a screening checkpoint.  More...

Paw Paw water leak causes holiday water outage for several families

Three Paw Paw families were without water for several days over the Christmas holidays when a large leak occurred in the town’s water system that couldn’t be located.  The leak was finally found at the old CSX depot, said Paw Paw Ma More...

Letters

Practice free speech

Dear Editor:  As a small demonstration began to disperse at the Berkeley Springs State Park on Wednesday evening, December 16, Park Superintendent Chris Hansroth showed up to tell us that what we were doing was illegal.  More...

False common sense

Dear Editor:  Our President, stymied by Congress and our divinely inspired Constitution, now is in pursuit of independent executive action to further regulate gun ownership in America.  In support of this, one not so wise wag asked me. More...

Obituaries

Carroll Smith

1931-2016

Carroll “Dennis” Smith, 84, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., formerly of Winchester, Va., passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in War Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 17, 1931 in Front Royal, Va.; son of Gilbert D. and Josie Rutherford Smith. More...

Mary T. Brueggeman

1924-2016

Mary Theodora “Teddy” Brueggeman, age 91, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born November 19, 1924 in Rockville, Md., she was the daughter of t More...

Joan E. Sears

1954-2016

Joan Elizabeth Sears, age 61, of Imlay City, Mich., died unexpectedly on Friday, January 8, 2016 while vacationing in Savannah, Georgia.  Born November 7, 1954 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of Rosie Mae Gloyd Twigg Spielman of More...

Sports

Lady Indians fall to Petersburg, East Hardy

It was a tough week on the road for the Berkeley Springs Girls Varsity basketball team, who took two losses to Petersburg and East Hardy, bringing their record to 4-7 on the season.  Petersburg  On Tuesday, January 5 the Lady Indians took o More...

Indians finish the week 1-2

This week the Berkeley Springs Varsity Basketball team started on a good note defeating East Hardy 62-54, before taking two losses to Frankfort and Lincoln. More...

Indians give strong performance at National Guard Duals

Berkeley Springs High School wrestling traveled to Beckley this past weekend- January 8 and 9 to compete in the 36 team National Guard Duals tournament.  Competing against teams from West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina - More...