August 10, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Jury finds Funt guilty of two charges; prosecutor to seek life sentence under repeat offender law

Following a two-day trial in Morgan County Circuit Court, a local jury found a Berkeley Springs man guilty of breaking and entering and petit larceny in the theft of tools from a locked garage near his home.  More...

Messenger wins breaking news, sports and feature awards

Judges for the 2016 West Virginia Press Association’s (WVPA) Better Newspapers Contest selected several Morgan Messenger news articles and columns from 2015 as winners in the annual editorial contest.  More...

Opinions

More Olympic inspiration

The Rio Olympics have their troubles – from mosquito diseases and athlete doping to the city’s deep poverty problem – but we admit none of that came to mind as we watched the first few days of this year’s summer games.  I More...

Sounds of summer

Marshall Bailey of Berkeley Springs brought by a cicada he ran across at his neighbor’s yard. This year marked the emergence of some 17-year periodic cicadas in parts of West Virginia. 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

Concert in park features jazz quartet

Master guitarist Rick Whitehead brings his jazz quartet, Eastern Standard Time, to Berkeley Springs State Park for Morgan Arts Council’s Summer Concerts in the Park, Saturday, August 13, 5:30 p More...

August

Thursday, August 11 – Mt. State Cruisers, 7 p.m.,  Wesley Chapel – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog  Café – Apache 4-H Club, Pl. More...

Magpie and Ukuleles in Hancock

A concert for Big Cove Creek Alliance will be held Sunday, August 21, 6:30 p.m. at Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High Street.  More...

Police & Safety

Streetscape this week: Fairfax Street closed for excavation

Fairfax Street has been closed to all vehicular traffic (except for emergency vehicles) from Washington to Wilkes Street for excavation of the existing street in preparation for regrading and replacement with a new paver surface.  More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Joshua S. Kuykendall, 29, of Keyser was fined $100 after pleading guilty to a cell phone violation.  More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report 304-258-1067

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh reports the following calls, investigations and reports this past week:  July 31  Arrest of Dawn M. More...

School News

Events for Morgan County

Back-to-School Nights Wednesday, August 17 Berkeley Springs High School 5-7 p.m. – New Student/Freshman Thursday, August 18 Paw Paw Schools orientation 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18  More...

Alternative high school coordinator advises Florida schools on program

Berkeley Springs High School alternative school coordinator Dr. Mike Wilder traveled to Volusia County Schools in Florida this spring to provide input on how to set up and run an alternative school there and provide comprehensive student support. More...

School personnel changes

The Morgan County School Board approved the following personnel changes at their August 2 meeting:  Charles Walker was hired as a Paw Paw High School English/language arts teacher for grades 7-12.  Alex Arthur was employed as a Paw Paw High More...

Sales finalized on several Coolfont tracts

Deeds for four of the nine tracts of the former Coolfont Resort sold at auction in June have now been filed in the Morgan County Clerk’s office, finalizing the transfer of ownership of those parcels from the Carl Freeman Companies to new owners More...

Public water line project gets further funding

With the help of the Small Cities Block Grant of $1.5 million, the unfinished water line replacement project was approved by the Town of Bath’s water committee at the Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW) August 2 meeting.  Work will be a co More...

Road surfacing closes lower Fairfax for rest of the month

Fairfax Street is closed to vehicles (except emergency vehicles) for a few weeks while work is being done to the streets and sidewalks between Washington and Wilkes Streets, Streetscapes co- chair Larry Lower said at the August 2 Bath town council me More...

News

Day of Caring Planning gearing up in Morgan County

With projects ranging from weeding and mulching, painting and small building projects, hundreds of volunteers throughout the Eastern Panhandle will be at work on this year’s 22nd annual Day of Caring.  More...

Two weeks of summer camp ends – MC After 3 had double the number of kids enrolled

Each day for the last two weeks more than 40 Morgan County kids participated in Morgan County’s After 3 Summer Camp program, which ended on August 5.  Morgan County After 3 Program Director, Summer Walsh said this was the second year for t More...

Former optician opens health therapy practice

A new way of looking at learning and medicine has come to Berkeley Springs in the form of a new business: Andree’s Essence of Health. More...

Letters

Getting to Dans Mtn.

Dear Editor:  In your article, “Summer Fun Ideas for the Whole Family,” you mention Dan Mountain State Park and Dans Rock Overlook. They are actually accessed separately. More...

The hero

Dear Editor:  I write this not to change your mind about how you will vote. Nor do I write this to defend the Islamic religion. I write this to let you know how much some people love this country and can give their life to protect it.  More...

Who’s to blame?

Dear Editor:  I have a question for The Morgan Messenger and its readers.  More...

Obituaries

Winona M. Hoover

1931-2016   Winona Marie Spielman Hoover, 85, Terra Alta, formerly of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Preston County Memorial Hospital, Kingwood.  Born February 2, 1931 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late More...

Leslie P. Maull

Leslie P. Maull, 69, of Parkersburg, died July 29, 2016 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.  She is survived by her husband, Roy Maull,  There will be a gathering of friends on Saturday, August 13, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the St. More...

James E. Miller

James E. “Jim” Miller, 79, of Monroeville, Pa., formerly of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at his home.  More...

Sports

Ambrose & Albanese win fourth place in Junior Bassmaster Championship

Incoming Berkeley Springs High School ninth graders Sam Ambrose and Trevor Albanese won fourth place in the Costa Bassmaster Junior Championship that took place at Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake in Huntingdon, Tennessee on August 2 and 3 More...

BSHS Athletic Hall of Fame Jamie Moore

The Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame is entering its fourth year of existence and a common theme is emerging.  The Indian wrestling program has had at least two representatives inducted into the Hall of Fame for the last three More...

New head coach has Lady Indians Cheer looking for Regional top five finish

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Cheerleading program enters the 2016 fall season with a new head coach. More...