July 5, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Bath survey to ID troubled properties

The Landmark Commission Building Survey Team, an ad-hoc group of local volunteers, elected officials and business and property owners, are conducting a town-wide survey to identify potentially abandoned, dilapidated, or vacant properties.  More...

Higher DMV fees now in effect

Due to the passage of Senate Bill 1006, the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has implemented changes to its fees for vehicle and driver services, including registrations and driver’s licenses. More...

Medical cannabis law goes into effect July 5; patient access two years away

On April 6, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 386, allowing for the use of some forms of medical cannabis in the state for residents with specific medical conditions.  More...

Opinions

State road bonds key to West Virginia’s future

Guest editorial:

reprinted from The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg  More...

Somewhere under the rainbow

Steven Dickey shared this panoramic photo of a rainbow across the sky last week. The picture was taken off Johnsons Mill Road. More...

Wish I’d said that

Americans have always been eager for travel, that being how they go to the New World in the first place.  --Otto Friedrich (1929-1995)  American journalist, historian  If you find a “Wish I’d Said That,” send it in. More...

What's Happening

Youth artists sought

Young people, aged 18 and under, can register to be a youth art vendor at the Youth Art Market on Friday, July 21 in Berkeley Springs State Park.  Youth artists who make crafts or artworks can set up to sell their items on July 21, 6-8 p.m. More...

Indivisible meeting July 9 about health care reform

Morgan County Indivisible will offer a hot and timely topic on Sunday, July 9, 5-7 p.m., when Dr. More...

Free Concerts in the Park opens with Carsie Blanton

Carsie Blanton takes the stage to open Morgan Arts Council’s Summer Concerts in the Park, Saturday, July 8. More...

Police & Safety

Berkeley Springs man charged with DUI

A Berkeley Springs man was charged in Fulton County with DUI.  According to Pennsylvania State Police, Cody Austin McCoy, 22, was found to be under the influence after police had pulled him over Saturday, June 10 at 2:30 a.m., for a traffic stop More...

Governor calls October 7 special election on road bond amendment

Secretary of State Mac Warner issued a legal notice to state newspapers on Thursday, June 29, announcing the details and date of a road bond election.  The West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, the Roads to Prosperity Amend More...

Two injured in Fulton County accident

Two people were injured in an accident at the intersection of Thompson Road and Johnsons Mill Road in Warfordsburg on Monday morning, June 26.  More...

School News

NCTC butterfly count July 22

The First Annual Butterfly Count at Shepherdstown's National Conservation Training Center will be held on Saturday, July 22.  The count will be held from 10 a.m. More...

School personnel changes

The Morgan County School Board approved the following personnel actions at their June 19 meeting:  Hannah Stewart, .6 West Virginia Licensed Social Worker for the county, transferred to a fulltime position as county social worker beginning with More...

Clan Adrenelin Highland Games

The Kernstown Battlefield Association will be hosting the Clan Adrenelin Highland Games on Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. The games and a “Strong Man” competition will last all day. More...

Judge gives gas company access to farmland over owners’ objections

A Morgan County Circuit Court judge granted access to private farmland to a natural gas company despite arguments by property owners that they have not finalized an agreement to let a new pipeline run across their land.  More...

Public can comment on qualifications for school superintendent July 5

Community members are welcome to attend the July 5 Morgan County School Board meeting at 7 p.m. and offer public comment on the qualities and qualifications that they would like to see in a new school superintendent.  More...

Fireworks error

Last week’s Morgan Messenger contained a factual error that we know inconvenienced people. We told our readers that fireworks in Berkeley Springs were scheduled for Sunday night, when in fact they were set for Monday night. More...

Sheetz lot being cleared

The old Sheetz parking lot on the corner of Martinsburg Road and U.S. 522 is free from debris after its fuel tanks and gas canopy were removed last week. More...

News

West Virginia officials say proposed healthcare bill in U.S. Senate would hit state too hard

West Virginia’s senators and governor have said a proposed Senator healthcare bill, which would change the Affordable Care Act in effect now, would have heavy negative effects on West Virginia residents and should be rejected.  All three More...

A Lasting Hunting Memory

IN THE WILD

For the most part, I’ve forgotten a lot of things that happened during my six years in college, the time spent during my hitch in the army, and my 38 years employed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More...

Bill seeks forest heritage area designation for 18-county region

Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) has introduced H.R. 3142 - the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2017 - in the U.S. More...

Letters

Cuts affect caregivers

Dear Editor:  Men, with a little bit of luck you’ll grow old and remain healthy, but you could be a terrible burden to your family if you’re sick.  Congress is planning to make major cuts in Medicaid funding. More...

Real beauty of America

Dear Editor:  Last week’s letters to the editor by Patricia Mudgett and Jane Davis celebrated Independence Day far better than any fireworks I have ever seen.  More...

Obituaries

Raymond Henry

Raymond “Poe” Henry, 93, of Townsend, Del., died Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at home.  Born in Berkeley Springs, he was the son of the late Edgar L. Henry and Lelia Mae Fritzman.  More...

William R. Michael

1930-2017

William Robert “Dub” Michael, 86, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at his home.  Born October 2, 1930 in Morgan County, he was the son of the late Harold and Jeffrey Ambrose Michael.  He was a Christian.  He More...

Sports

Lady Indians head softball coach hanging up the cleats after 20 seasons and 305 wins

Spring 2018 will have a different appearance in the softball dugout for the Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Softball program. More...

Chip Shots

We’ve talked about football players transferring to the West Virginia University football program lately, but this week there is news on a pair of high school receivers who committed to play football at WVU last week beginning with 2018 season. More...

School clothing voucher applications accepted through July 31

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Division of Family Assistance started accepting applications for school clothing vouchers on Monday, July 3 for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.  More...