April 20, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Don’t forget those photos!

Photographs are now being accepted for the 2016 Morgan County Photo Contest, sponsored by The Morgan Messenger. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 29.  More...

Quilt project has raised almost $50K for community

After auctioning 453 quilts in 11 years and raising $49,600 for local charities, the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild will be holding their 12th annual Yard Square Quilt Auction this May, with proceeds benefiting the South Morgan Volunteer Fire Depar More...

Opinions

Looking for progress, not blame, for state

West Virginia’s budget woes don’t seem to be getting any better. But if blame and accusations were money, the Mountain State would be flush and have cash to burn.  More...

Breaker, breaker 1-9

Way back in the early days of mobile communication, CB (Citizen Band) radios were the channel of choice. This archive photo, undated, shows just how popular the radios and their operators were. More...

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

Free April music night

BlackCat Music Shop's monthly Free All-Ages Music Night will be held Saturday, April 23, 6:30-10 p.m. More...

Hancock Arts Council sponsoring an “Evening In Hancock”

The Hancock Arts Council is sponsoring a variety show fundraiser on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Hancock Performing Arts Center, Town Hall, 126 W. High Street. More...

Drug Take Back Day

by Megan Hauser, Director for the Morgan County  Partnership  Mark your calendars for the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back event, which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m -2 p.m.  More...

Police & Safety

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  April 10  Larceny complaint, Chester Lane.  Suspicious person, Valley Road, secure.  More...

How to contact Morgan County officials

Morgan County  Commission  77 Fairfax Street, Room 101, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, phone: 304-258-8540.  Commissioner Brad Close, phone: 304-867-3140. Email: bclose@morgancountywv.gov .  More...

On the public docket

All local government meetings are open to the public.  Morgan County Government   More...

School officials prepare 2017 budget in midst of state funding uncertainties

The Morgan County Schools $27.9 million budget for Fiscal Year 2017 has funding uncertainties with no state budget in place yet, but the budget process is proceeding, school officials said.  Budget hearing  More...

Vote on Ambulance Fee hike moved to April 27

A vote by county officials about whether to double the annual Ambulance Fee on living units in Morgan County has been moved from April 21 until April 27.  More...

Car crash injures one, shuts down Route 13

A single-vehicle accident in the wee hours of Saturday morning injured a passenger and shut down Winchester Grade Road near the South Morgan Volunteer Fire Company fire hall for a little over an hour.  The male driver told police he fell asleep More...

News

Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup

Thousands of v olunteers will be roadside across West Virginia on April 30 during the annual Adopt- A- Highway spring litter cleanup.  The Adopt- A- Highway program is a partnership between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protecti More...

Paw Paw Senior Citizens April meeting

The Paw Paw Senior Citizens met at the center on April 7 with 54 attendees. President Brown Norton called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  The minutes from the March meeting were read and approved.  More...

Nominate a local hero

West Virginians are encouraged to pay-it-forward this National Volunteer week by nominating a local hero for a Governor’s Service Award. More...

Letters

Unnatural gas pipeline

Dear Editor:  I have family who live in Doddridge County, outside Clarksburg. It’s a heavily impacted/damaged area due to gas extraction and fracking. More...

A call for love

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My library experience

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Obituaries

Philip H. Ambrose

1942-2016

Philip Hudson Ambrose, age 73, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Berkeley Springs Center in Berkeley Springs.  Born June 21, 1942 in Hagerstown, Md. More...

Julian W. Hovermale

1918-2016

Julian Wilson Hovermale, 97, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.  Born April 24, 1918 in Morgan County, he was the son of the late George C. More...

James D. Clark, Sr.

James Daniel “JD” Clark, Sr., 84, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at Western Maryland Medical Center, Cumberland, Md.  A complete obituary will be in next week’s newspaper.  Arrangements are by Hunter- A More...

Sports

Lady Indians continue to roll

The rich keep getting richer.  The Berkeley Springs High School Softball Team took sixout of-eight games, including three-out-of-five in the Bub Riggleman Tournament in Moorefield over the weekend.  More...

Berkeley Springs track team place first in tri-match

The taste of victory is always sweet.  The Berkeley Springs High School boys and girls track teams took first place over visiting Hancock and Clear Spring in BSHS’s first home meet of the year on Monday, April 11.  Boys  More...

Indians win four-in-a-row

It was a big week at home for the Berkeley Springs High School Baseball Team.  The Indians defeated Keyser 12-2 on Monday, April 11, Petersburg 5-3 and 2-1 in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 12 and Hancock 11-8 on Wednesday, April 13.  More...