January 20, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Morgan County Day marked at Capitol Monday

County officials, community volunteers and business leaders from Morgan County came together in Charleston on Monday, January 18 to proclaim what makes the county special and show off local attractions and specialties to Capitol visitors. More...

Soup labels, box tops still help local schools get supplies

Morgan County students have parents, grandparents and community members on the lookout for food and product labels that their schools can trade in for cash and supplies.  More...

Opinions

An opportunity to shine

Those who organized the first Morgan County Day at the West Virginia Legislature this Monday deserve credit for the idea and the organizational effort they made to bring it to life.  More...

History of all sorts

This old West Virginia history book turned up at the local recycling center and Jeff Jurick plucked it out for a closer look. More...

Start of 2016 regular session

At The Capitol

Wednesday marked the start of the 2016 regular session of the state Legislature, a session that began under the cloud of a major state funding crisis, and debate over who can fill the Senate seat vacated when Sen. More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   More...

What's Happening

Morningside CEOS make bears for children

Seventeen Morningside CEOS ladies made stuffed nine inch bears for children in the local hospital on Thursday, January 14. The ladies made 55 Boo Boo Bears. More...

January

Thursday, January 21 – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog  Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,  Grace U.M. Church – S.S. Representative, Senior  More...

James Rumsey alumni forming

The James Rumsey Technical Institute will hold its first Alumni Association meeting on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the school. More...

Police & Safety

Berkeley Springs woman arrested in Hagerstown drug bust

A Berkeley Springs woman was among six people arrested by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force last week while serving a search warrant at a motel in Hagerstown.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  January 10  Alarm, Luther Michael Road, secure.  Noise complaint, Independence Street.  Alarm, Cacapon Road, More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Clarence G. More...

School News

Berkeley Springs Annex

Berkeley Springs Annex fifth grade class, school year 1949, future class 1956. More...

Superintendent says new school district ranking system flawed

Morgan County Schools Superintendent David Banks raised concerns at the January 5 school board meeting about West Virginia’s new school grading system of A-F that will be in place this spring.  He said results of one assessment — the More...

Fourth annual student film festival accepting submissions

West Virginia State University (WVSU) is now accepting submissions for the fourth annual Tower Awards for Student Film and Media Arts to be held April 28.  More...

First snow of ’16 comes, goes in a flash

People heading home from work on Tuesday were taken aback by the ferocious arrival of the first snow of 2016. More...

Man who stole police cruiser convicted of federal charges

A federal jury convicted Dustin Wade Hinckle, 30, of Berkeley Springs recently 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...

Former Cass park super to head Cacapon

West Virginia State Park officials confirmed Monday that a new Superintendent has been named for Cacapon State Park.  Scott Fortney, former head of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, will replace Tom Ambrose, longtime Superintendent of Cacapon. More...

Area braces for major snow

Overnight temperatures and wind chill factors that threatened to drop below zero between Monday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 19 led Morgan County school officials to delay the start of the school day on Tuesday. More...

News

Prepaid cards cause delays, problems for local woman

A Berkeley Springs woman who picketed the local Dollar General store last month, claiming they owed her $1,000, says the store refused to help her resolve an issue with prepaid debit cards she bought there.  Store officials say the problem was a More...

Big snow at the Spriggs’ place

Dale Truax and Tommy Swaim, both of Berkeley Springs, recognized the location of last week’s Photo of the Week – on the Spriggs Farm on Spriggs Road east of Berkeley Springs. More...

County Agent’s Corner

Extension Service West Virginia University

304-258-8400 129 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 www.wvu.edu/~exten/   Staying Safe during a Snowstorm  More...

Letters

Fight school closure

Dear Editor:  I am deeply saddened by the decision to close our Greenwood Elementary School. From the first time I visited the school and every time after, I could sense the warm and caring atmosphere that existed there.  More...

Show compassion, donate

Dear Editor:  Tucked away on page 20 of last week’s (January 13) Messenger was the picture of an unselfish, caring child. More...

Details give meaning

Dear Editor:  More...

Obituaries

Elwood Whitacre

1926-2016

Elwood Whitacre, 89, of Clear Spring, Md., passed away peacefully Friday, January 15, 2016, at home with his wife by his side.  Born December 9, 1926, in Paw Paw, W.Va., he was the son of the late Arch Vanburn Whitacre and Alice (Slonaker) Whita More...

Irma D. Huey

Irma Davidson Huey, 89, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.  She was a native of Onley, Maryland and also was a former resident of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.  She was the daughter of the late Norman and Marcella Davidson and the widow of More...

Alice M. Chamblee

1924-2016

Alice Marie Chamblee, 91, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at her home.  Born October 19, 1924 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Peter J. Hasenbulher and Alice V. More...

Sports

Lady Indians struggling

It’s just past the mid-point in their season, and the Berkeley Springs High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team is struggling.  Last week the Lady Indians competed against two tough teams, Frankfort and St. More...

BSHS boys basketball 8-6

The Berkeley Springs High School Varsity Basketball Team is now 8-6 after a week of tough games, including a defeat of Hyndman Charter and losses to Keyser and Grafton.  Hyndman Charter  At their first meeting in December, the Indians defea More...

Chip Shots

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