February 17, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Health officials mobilize to face possible 25% cut in state funding

The Morgan County Health Department and state health departments face a potential 25% funding cut under Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed budget reductions in the 2017 fiscal year budget, according to public health officials.  Bill Kea More...

Stepfather charged with locking boy in shed

Police have charged a Berkeley Springs man with one felony count of child neglect resulting in injury or creating the risk of injury after the man allegedly locked an 11-year-old boy in an outdoor shed for more than 12 hours over the course of two da More...

Before the melt began…

Freezing rain on Tuesday morning, February 16, created delays for many area residents as it encased branches and many other surfaces in ice. More...

Opinions

Constitutional process works

The death Saturday of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has sent partisans into a predictable tornado of accusations and assertions on both sides of the aisle.  More...

We call this meeting to order...

Tom Miller had this photo of a gathering of professional men from the 1960s, it appears. He didn’t know who the gentlemen were, or what the reason was for the meeting. More...

Lawmakers reach half-way point of session amid debate

Legislators marked the halfway point of the 60-day regular session with an impassioned debate in the House of Delegates over a bill dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB4012).  More...

Letters

What’s next?

Dear Editor:  So. More...

Exceptional citizens

Dear Editor:  Recently I was notified of the deaths of David and Nina Schwartz. These were good people, they were exceptional citizens. Highly intelligent and well-educated, they were still active in the community well into their 80s.  More...

Obituaries

Betty Ditto

Betty Ditto completed her journey in this world peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the age of 78. More...

Robert F. Dobler

1928-2016

Robert Franklin Dobler, 87, of Winchester died Friday, February 12, 2016 in The Willows at Meadow Branch.  He was born March 18, 1928 in Buffalo, NY the son of Robert and Lillian Grupp Dobler.  He was married to Elizabeth “Betty&rdquo More...

Mary E. Kyne

1921-2016

Mary Ellen Kyne, age 94, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at The Berkeley Springs Center in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.  Born May 13, 1921 at Johnson’s Mill, Morgan County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late C More...

Sports

Vikings sneak by Berkeley Springs 70-68

For the second week in a row the Berkeley Springs High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team hosted a Friday night nail-biter that turned into a heartbreaking loss at the final buzzer.  The Indians were defeated by Keyser 63-60 on Friday, February More...

High school athletes sign to play at next level

Despite the 70-68 loss to Petersburg last Friday, the latest in a six game losing streak, Berkeley Springs Coach Ben Kase believes that the Indians are playing much harder and competing with much mor More...

Chip Shots

by Jim Buzzerd

Golf   Any of you golf enthusiasts have cabin fever?  More...

Breaking News - 2/18/2016 5:06 PM

Morgan County officials to hold hearings on doubling ambulance fee to $150

Paw Paw Fire & Rescue Service won't provide ambulance service past June 30

On the heels of an announcement this morning that  Paw Paw Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company will not provide ambulance service in the western part of Morgan County after June 30, county officials voted to consider raising the county’s ambulan More...

Buzz about Berkeley Springs mounts with recent articles

Nowadays people get a lot of their news online – between online publications, articles posted on Facebook, and links forwarded through email, it’s amazing how quickly- and how far – information can spread.Recently, Berkeley Springs has gotten some at More...

House fire displaces Paw Paw family

A house fire early Tuesday morning, February 16, displaced a family of four on Amelia Street in Paw Paw. The call came in to Morgan County 911 Dispatch at 12:39 a.m. for a fire that was working through the roof, said a dispatcher. More...

Groups can seek hotel/motel funds from town until Feb. 29

The Town of Bath Finance Committee is currently accepting applications requesting Hotel/Motel funds from the town for the 2016- 2017 fiscal year.  The funds are collected from the four percent hotel/ motel tax imposed on all lodging bills paid i More...

News

Watching for coltsfoot, spring

Alyce Faye Bragg of the Clay County Free Press wrote in her “Echo from the Hills” column on February 3 that it doesn’t matter if the groundhog who predicted an early spring was right, because West Virginia residents will soon start More...

IN THE WILD

Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Trees

There is a great ongoing, deeply emotional disagreement between those who dislike anything to do with genetic engineering and those who are enthused about the whole business. For the record, I am very enthused.  More...

Kump to run for State Senate

Former West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump has announced he will run for the West Virginia State Senate seat for District 15, currently held by Craig Blair (R-Berkeley). More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

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

February 17, 1735 - Morgan Morgan was commissioned a captain of militia in the 201st Field Artillery, which is considered the oldest military unit in the United States.  February 18, 1843 - Ritchie County was created from portions of Wood, Lewis More...

What's Happening

Ukulele Club meeting

BlackCat Music's monthly Ukulele Club will meet Friday, February 19, 5:30 p.m.  Local musician, Mike Kligerman, will host free workshop and is open to all levels. More...

Knights of Columbus donate to special education programs

Each year, Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the world participate in a fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities. Usually, in gratitude for a donation, the Knights will hand out a Tootsie Roll or some other treat. More...

February

Thursday, February 18 – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog  Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,  Grace U.M. Church – S.S. Representative, Senior  More...

Police & Safety

Sex Offender Registry

Seven Morgan County residents have been added in recent months to the Sex Offender Registry maintained by the West Virginia State Police. More...

Sheriff’s Report

Morgan County 304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  February 7  Well being check, Doe Lane, secure.  Physical altercation, Fairfax Street, one party gone on arrival, other party refused More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  More...

School News

Dean’s List

JOHNS HOPKINS  Zachary White was documented as a member of the Dean’s List for the 2015 fall semester at Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.  To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a 3 More...

Director’s List

PITTSBURGH INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS Christopher Kees, has been awarded with the Director’s List Certificate. This honors students who achieve a 3.75 GPA or higher for each semester.   More...

Shenandoah Area Council Boy Scouts of America 2015 Eagle Scouts

The Shenandoah Area Council Boy Scouts of America serving, Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson counties in West Virginia and Frederick, Warren, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah counties in Virginia, had 103 bo More...

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