December 21, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Work approved to prep Pines for P&G lab

Morgan County Commissioners approved spending $24,000 for asbestos remediation in the second floor of The Pines building, the former War Memorial Hospital, on Fairfax Street.  More...

Man charged with malicious assault from Sunday fight

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Berkeley Springs man who they say severely beat a local resident, sending his victim to the hospital with multiple facial fractures.  Clarence G. More...

Local artist, vet joined protest against Dakota Access Pipeline

Berkeley Springs artist and former Marine, ragtime, who fought in Vietnam in the 60s said too many people do not know what is happening at Standing Rock where a Sioux tribe is protesting the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe on More...

Opinions

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

This, our annual Christmas issue, is filled with all sorts of special things for our readers. At the heart of it are writings from local school students, who have a particular interest in the magic involved in this time of year. More...

A bit of magic all around

Even the smallest parts of Christmas cheer promise some magic this time of year, like sparkling ornaments on the tree. More...

At The Capitol Legislators December at the Capitol

Legislators in Charleston for December legislative interim meetings received disturbing news from the state Revenue secretary: Next session, they will be dealing with a 2017-18 state budget shortfall expected to exceed $400 million.  More...

Columns

Deer Hunting, Round Two

IN THE WILD

No deer this year. It was the first time in many years, but that’s all right. I had made up my mind that I would not shoot a doe, and that I would concentrate on waiting for a nicely antlered buck to pass by.  More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   December 21, 1798 - Wood County was established by the Virginia General Assembly. More...

Mountain Musings

Spread Christmas joy   More...

Obituaries

Mary L. Beeler

1934-2016

Mary Louise Beeler, 82, of Berkeley Springs, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Berkeley Springs Center.  Born March 25, 1934 in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of the late Paul Gladstone and Thelma Pauline Daniels Beeler.  She was More...

Wilbur R. Kelley

1931-2016

Wilbur Reed Kelley, 85, of Grantville, Ga., died Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.  He was born October 30, 1931, in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Conrad and Cora B. More...

Leroy W. Householder

1929-2016

Leroy William Householder, 87, of Locust Grove, Va., passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va.  Born August 3, 1929 in Cherry Run, W.Va., he was the son of the late Paul William and Della Muriel More...

Sports

Morgan Messenger and Hancock News All Area Football Team

Tobin Whittington selected as offensive player of the year Tanner Clark and Ethan Souders selected as co-defensive Players of the Year

In the fall The Morgan Messenger and The Hancock News sports writers partnered with the athletic directors and head coaches from the Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All Area Team for the fall var More...

Davison’s 16 points led Lady Indians

It’s been a long time since the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians had a winning record early into a basketball season in recent memory. More...

Potomac Valley Conference Volleyball Team

2016 Potomac Valley Conference Division 1A Volleyball Team includes:  Maxine Cassell, Jr., East Hardy  Shannon Hahn, Sr., East Hardy  Haven Irwin, Jr., Paw Paw   Brooke Miller, Jr., East Hardy  Caylie Simmons, Sr. More...

New York truck driver charged in Tuesday accident with pickup, school bus

Three in pickup transported by EMS, no students injured

The driver of a U.S. More...

Insurance could cover higher costs of new Great Cacapon fire hall

Five months after a fire destroyed the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company, Morgan County Commissioners sought assurances that the cost of building a new fire hall would be covered under the county’s insurance policy.  More...

Kesecker retires after 43 years of working in the courthouse(s)

When she retires as County Clerk at the end of December, Debra Kesecker will have spent 43 years working in Morgan County government. That puts her ahead of Anna Allen, whose photo sits in the County Clerk’s lobby. More...

Health officials urge flu vaccines with rising influenza activity

The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging that everyone six months of age and older get their annual seasonal flu vaccine now if they have not already had their flu shot.  Pneumonia vaccines are also recommended for children More...

News

CDC says overdose deaths rose again in 2015; Congress approves $1 billion for states to fight opiod addiction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on Thursday, December 8, that show that overdose deaths in the United States associated with prescription and illicit opioids increased to 33,091 in 2015, according to a statement More...

County on solid standing, says Close as he leaves office

In a County Commission room full of his family members, Morgan County Commission President Brad Close presided over his last meeting of a six-year term that ends December 31. More...

Worship Directory

Unity of Berkeley Springs, New Earth Granary, 143 N. Mercer St., Berkeley Springs, 304-268-4222 or 304-258-2954. Celebration service, 10 a.m. Rev. Anne Murphy-Oswald.   More...

What's Happening

Morning fog banks

Warmer temperatures that made it to the upper 50s before plummeting and ice-covered ground brought plenty of fog to the area on Sunday morning. photo by Kate Evans More...

December

Thursday, December 22 – Rotary Club, noon, EarthDog  Café – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,  Grace U.M. Church – Starting Points Play Group, 1 p.m. – Past Matrons, Past Patrons – AA, St. More...

Group collects mittens for local children

Local youth gathered at the Gazebo in the Berkeley Springs State Park with Tonya Stotler and Valerie Andrews, coaches for Berkeley Springs Run for God, who coordinated a Christmas Light 5K run/walk w More...

Police & Safety

State Police seeking driver of crashed car

Police are investigating who was driving a vehicle that was found resting on its roof on Unger Store Road in southern Morgan County last Thursday, December 15.  Trooper Jeremy McDonald, the lead investigator in the case, said a passerby called p More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  David L. Edwards, 51, of Berkeley Springs was sentenced to jail for 30 days after pleading guilty to driving while his license was revoked for a DUI. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067

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