August 2, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Snake Fungal Disease detected in West Virginia’s snakes

A juvenile Eastern milk snake in Kanawha County with crusty scales and abrasions on its head has tested positive for the causative agent of Snake Fungal Disease. More...

Memorial tree program introduced

Bath councilman Andy Swaim, who heads up the Bath Tree Board, said a memorial tree program is being instituted by the tree board and wanted approval by the council at the July 18 meeting.  More...

Opinions

Capito missed her chance

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s vote last week to back a repeal of Obamacare may have won back her reputation as a Republican party faithful in the Senate, but will cost her support in West Virginia.  More...

Those Great Cacapon kids

Karen Whisner shared this photo with The Messenger last spring. It was taken during the 1986- 87 school year at the former Great Cacapon Elementary School. Whisner identified the students. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia  West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. More...

Columns

Emerald Ash Borer Happenings

IN THE WILD

We had many hundreds of white ash trees on our property in Morgan County. A few of them were monster trees, and two men, maybe three, with long arms could not possibly get their arms all the way around their trunks. More...

Obituaries

Catherine M. Reeves

1935-2017

Catherine Maureen Reeves, 81, of Hedgesville, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at her residence while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born August 9, 1935 in St. More...

Paul F. Unger

1927-2017

Paul Franklin Unger, 90, of Alexandria, Virginia, died July 21, 2017.  He was born in Oakland, West Virginia, on May 24, 1927, son of the late Boyd F. Unger and Ervie R. Unger.  More...

James W. Horn, Sr.

James Westley Horn, Sr., 82, of Fredericksburg, Va., passed away, Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Mary Washington Hospital.  Mr. Horn was a master gardener, avid bowler and little league baseball coach.  More...

Police & Safety

SHERIFF’S BRIEF

MORGAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Recently learned several businesses in the area were not in compliance of this code and were failing to report purchases to us or Berkeley Springs PD within 24 hours as required. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report 304-258-1067

Sheriff KC Bohrer reports the following calls, investigations and reports for March 23-29:  July 23  Cpl. Lemon arrested Walter F. More...

Great Cacapon Emergency Calls

Chief Matt Grimley reported the following calls for the month of June:  June 1 - Assisted Hancock Co. 5, machinery fire, 12000 block of Seavolt Road, Truck 2 responded, cancelled en route.  June 2 - Assisted Co. More...

Three arrested in connection with recent thefts

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has charged three individuals in connection with multiple burglaries committed in southern Morgan County last month.  More...

Sunflower fields a summer hit

Terry Hovermale jokes that he’d like to have a dollar for every person who’s stopped to take a picture of the sunflowers he planted.  This past week, the flowers on three acres of field along Martinsburg Road were at peak bloom &ndas More...

Local timber rattlers are unpopular but vital to forest

State wildlife officials won’t say exactly where timber rattlers are being spotted in West Virginia, but said they have gotten “quite a few reports” from people encountering the snakes at Cacapon State Park since early spring. More...

News

State office of minority affairs to hold listening tour

The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) will hold a Northern Region Listening Tour on Thursday, August 17 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3442 Main Street at 6:30 p.m. in Weirton.  More...

PSC gets federal funding for pipeline safety efforts

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is awarding a total of $561,279 to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. More...

Bath briefs

Lower, vice president of the Bath planning commission moved the comprehensive plan report to the town council to a September meeting date instead of August 15.  A report to the council is to be given twice a year, according to comprehensive plan More...

Letters

Still serving with honor

Dear Editor:  More...

Bus service much needed

Dear Editor:  I was delighted to learn that Morgan County had started up a public transit service. It is long overdue and much needed. More...

Capito caved

Dear Editor:  In the health care debate Senator Capito made some early comments about how many West Virginians needed health services and rural hospital services funded by Medicaid. More...

What's Happening

RUNA brings celtic music to Berkeley Springs State Park

Traditional music is redefined as RUNA, an internationally acclaimed five-piece band, brings its own brand of Celtic sounds to Berkeley Springs State Park in Morgan Arts Council’s Summer Concer More...

August

Thursday, August 3 – Pleasant View Com. Center meet, 7 p.m. – Rotary Club, noon, Country  Inn – Kaw Kaw Peyon 4-H, 7:30, homes – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,  More...

SHA to resurface I-70 in Hancock

Starting early this month, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will be resurfacing Interstate 70 between the Tonoloway Creek Bridge and east of Heavenly Acres Ridge Road/Millstone Road.  The $5 milli More...

Sports

Volleyball tryouts

Berkeley Springs High School Volleyball tryouts will begin for current ninth-12th grade students on Monday, August 7 from 8-11 a.m. at the high school gym. Eighth graders will begin their tryouts on Monday, August 14. More...

Cross country practice

Any students in grades six-eight that are interested in running cross country for Warm Springs Middle School the first practice will be on Monday, August 7 at 6 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Coach Amber Emery will lead the practice at the school. More...

Chip Shots

Update on Kevin White   More...

School News

Jordin DeMarinis attends Kentucky State program

Jordin DeMarinis, an upcoming sophmore at Berkeley Springs High School, was recently selected to represent West Virginia at a summer program at Kentucky State University in their Animal and Veterinary Science program, sponsored by the U.S. More...

BSHS 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Josh Waugh

In the past four years since the inception of the Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame each year wrestling seems to find individuals who have earned their fame on the mat. More...

Local teens attend Girls State

Berkeley Springs High School upcoming seniors Hannah High, Morgan Golden and Grace Watson represented Morgan County as delegates to the 2017 American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State this summer at Wheeling Jesuit University.  More...