April 5, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

U.S. Silica to seek state’s okay on new mining plans

A spokesman for the U.S. Silica company has said the sand mine will file an application this week with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to change their mining permit to allow blasting closer to Berkeley Springs.  More...

Entries invited for this year’s Morgan County Photo Contest; Youth category added!

Photographs are now being accepted for the 2017 Morgan County Photo Contest, sponsored by The Morgan Messenger. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 28.  More...

Opinions

A lively session coming to a close

At least this year’s state budget discussion is lively, if nothing else. More...

Get on board with the 2017 Photo Contest

Bobbie Jo DeHaven’s photo of an oncoming CSX train in Magnolia was a winner in the 2016 Morgan County Photo Contest. More...

House continues consideration of medical marijuana

At The Capitol

Going into the final week of the 2017 regular session, as legislators and the Justice administration continued to struggle to come up with a state budget plan, the buzz (pun intended) at the Capitol was over legislation to legalize medical marijuana. More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   April 5, 1856 - Booker T. Washington was born a slave in Virginia. More...

What's Happening

Open mic for poets and writers

There will be a free Open Mic for poets and writers at The New Earth Granary, 143 North Mercer Street on Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m.  Read five to 10 minutes with an original poem or short story or one from your favorite writer.  Held the fi More...

Tuscarorian 4-H Club paint night

Tuscarorian 4-H Club of Great Cacapon hosted a paint night on Friday, March 17. Left to right front row: Izabella Wakelin, Clara Steiner, Serenity McGowan, Abbey Day, McKayla Romo and Tori Wakelin. More...

Arbor Day observation

The Town of Bath Tree Board will observe Arbor Day on Tuesday, April 11, starting at 10 a.m.  More...

Police & Safety

Attorney General mobile office

Kanette Petry, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist with the Attorney General’s office will meet one-on-one with Eastern Panhandle residents in April to discuss consumer-related issues and answer any potential questions.  Date and More...

SHERIFF’S BRIEF

MORGAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Two individuals believed to be in the Morgan County area are being sought for parole violations. The public is asked to share any information about their whereabouts. More...

Great Cacapon Emergency Calls

Chief Matt Grimley reported the following calls for the month of March: March 5 - Chimney fire, 200 block of Hammond Street, Engine-Tanker 22, Truck 2 responded. Assisted Co. More...

School News

Knights donate funds for students with disabilities

Each year, Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the country conduct, what has become known as “The Tootsie Roll Campaign” to raise awareness and collect donations to assist people with intellectual disabilities.  More...

WVU Extension Master Gardeners offers scholarships

Again this year the WVU Extension Master Gardeners are offering their annual scholarship to both Morgan County high schools.  More...

4-H Explorers Club report

The 4-H Explorers held their monthly meeting on Sunday, March 26. More...

Crone sentenced to 16-40 years for sexual abuse of adopted child

Despite pleas for mercy and something other than a prison sentence, Morgan County Circuit Judge Laura Faircloth sentenced a Berkeley Springs man to 16-40 years in prison for systematically sexually assaulting and abusing a boy he and his wife had ado More...

April 5 edition to be delayed

Due to equipment failures at the printer where The Morgan Messenger is printed each week, tomorrow's editon of the paper will be delayed in getting to news stands and home subscribers. More...

One sentenced in child neglect case

During recent open court hearings in Morgan County Circuit Court, Judge Laura Faircloth accepted pleas and handed down sentences in several felony criminal cases.  Kelvin H. More...

A life helping people in need

“It helps me to live better by helping people…” Vernon Franklin   Vernon Franklin has spent most of his life helping others and he’s still making a difference in many lives today.  Franklin, 91, has lived in Morgan More...

News

Health Care Decisions Week April 16-22

National Healthcare Decisions Day is expanding to a full week, April 16-22.  The West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care, the state liaison for this national effort, encourages people to talk to their family, friends and healthcare providers a More...

Webster runs for Town Recorder

My name is Susan Webster and I’m running for the position of Town of Bath Recorder.  More...

Jackson seeks council seat

Rose Jackson has announced her bid for a seat on the Bath town council.  Having lived in Morgan County for 39 years she has been an actual town resident since 2013 and would like to give back to the community that she likes living and working in More...

Letters

Punish “litter pigs”

Dear Editor:  Definition: a sub-human, low on the gene pool, careless being with no respect for the environment. More...

On soda tax

Dear Editor:  Considering the health and obesity problem sugary soft drinks pose, I agree with increasing the tax on them.  But, if politicians are really concerned with our health — they should remove the tax on sugar-free sodas.&nbs More...

Practice yields results

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Obituaries

Bruce F. Heiner

1928-2017

Bruce Franklin Heiner, 88, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Hart Heritage Estate in Forest Hill, Md.  Born May 11, 1928 in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Lewis Franklin and Ruth Elizabeth Butts Heiner.  He was More...

Walter D. McBee

1943-2017

Walter D. McBee, 73, formerly of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Born May 14, 1943, he was the son of the late Charles Alvin and Ella Isabel Young McBee.  More...

Mary V. Cordero

1935-2017

Mary Virginia Cordero, 82, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday, April 3, 2017 at The Berkeley Springs Center LLC.  Born March 31, 1935 in Hancock, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Hazel Delwood Werdebaugh Hensley.  She attended publ More...

Sports

Swartz strikes out 14 in no hitter

The Paw Paw Pirates Baseball Team picked up a big win Monday, April 3 as they cruised by Union 10-0. Senior standout Ernie Swartz pitched a complete game no hitter with 14 strikeouts.  More...

Keenan pitches Tribe past Keyser

Indians rally comes up short against Spring Mills   Behind a pitching gem senior Brandon Keenan the Berkeley Springs Indians beat Keyser 7-1 last Thursday, March 30. More...

Lady Indians softball blanks Smithsburg 11-0

Behind the pitching of senior standout Shyann Farris and a nine hit attack the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians made short work of the Smithsburg Leopards last Thursday, March 30 with an 11-0 shutout. More...