August 9, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Sheriff appoints former D.C. officer as Chief Deputy

Morgan County Sheriff KC Bohrer informed Morgan County Commissioners last Wednesday he would appoint former Washington, D.C. police officer John Walter as his Chief Deputy. Walter will assume the post on Tuesday, August 15.  More...

Messenger staff wins awards in state editorial contest

Several Morgan Messenger articles from 2016 won awards in this year’s West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. More...

Opinions

Op-Ed: Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project critical for region

If you’ve flipped through one of our local newspapers, or scrolled through your social media feeds, over the last 10 months there’s a good chance you’re seeing a debate taking place on whether expanding the Easte More...

Awful hard work

It’s never too early to work on your wood pile. This photo, “Little Woodcutter” by Elizabeth Hines was a People’s Choice finalist during the 2017 Morgan County Photo Contest. More...

Wish I’d said that

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.  --Charles Scribner Jr. (1921-1995)  American publisher.  If you find a “Wish I’d Said That,” send it in.   More...

Columns

My Terrific American Chestnut Tree!

IN THE WILD

The truth is, my five-yearold American restoration chestnut tree is not exactly a “pure” American chestnut. More...

Obituaries

Iva Lou Beddow

1936-2017

Iva Lou Neely Beddow, age 81, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born March 27, 1936 in the Rock Gap area of Morgan County, W.Va., she was the daughter of t More...

Joseph T. Anderson

1992-2017

Joseph Turner Anderson, 24, of Berkeley Springs, died August 2, 2017 at his home  Born September 29, 1992 in Winchester, Va. he was the son of Eric Dewayne Anderson and Kristal Dawn Dodson Layton of Berkeley Springs.  More...

Herbert W. Rankin Sr.

1948-2017

Herbert Wayne Rankin, Sr., age 69, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center.  Born January 5, 1948 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., he was the son of the late Vernon Garrison, Sr. More...

Police & Safety

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   Sheriff KC Bohrer reports the following calls, investigations and reports for July 30-August 5:  July 30  Deputy Lebo investigated a manufacturing marijuana case on John St.  More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Jonas D. Fultz, 37, of Berkeley Springs was sentenced to jail for six months after pleading guilty to battery on a government employee or medical personnel. More...

Crime Solver’s Most Wanted August 2017

Case Agent: Deputy Luke Shambaugh  Date of birth: 4/22/1990  Physical description: White male, 5’9,” 160 lbs. More...

Pipeline opponents take case to county officials

For half an hour during the August 2 Morgan County Commission meeting, residents and environmental activists stated their case against a plan by Mountaineer Gas to bury a 23-mile natural gas line through properties in northeastern Morgan County. More...

Mr. Wilson turns 100

Family and friends of Benton Wilson celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday, August 5 at Mount Olivet Methodist Church in southern Morgan County. Wilson was born on August 4, 1917 and has lived in Berkeley Springs all of his life. More...

Majority leader Cowles ‘surprised’ by governor’s party switch, hopes Justice will embrace GOP values

West Virginia governor Jim Justice’s sudden announcement last Thursday, August 3, that he would switch political party affiliations from Democrat to Republican has given state elected officials plenty to talk about.  More...

News

Mondo Mushroom Mystery

This pale, floppy mushroom was growing out of the upper trunk of a local maple tree. John Webster brought it to the news office in hopes that our readers might know what sort of fungus it is. More...

May contract okayed; Willard steps in as super for two weeks

The Morgan County School Board approved the finalized contract for new Interim School Superintendent Erich May at their August 1 meeting. His term begins on August 15 and ends June 30, 2018. More...

Worship Schedule

Berkeley Baptist Church, Route 522 and 13, 304-258-4101 - Breakfast 9 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m., worship service and children’s church 10:45 a.m. Food pantry distribution site call for more infor. Wednesday Bible study 7 p.m. More...

Letters

Fed decisions affect WV outdoors

Dear Editor: There has been much news about the proposed Mountaineer Gas line through Morgan County and the damage it would bring to our environment and farmlands. More...

Voting & apathy

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What's Happening

School supply giveaway Friday

The third annual Back to School Bash will be held at Berkeley Springs State Park on Friday, August 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Coordinated by Morgan County Parks & Recreation, the Morgan County Partnership, Starting Points, and CNB Bank, this event More...

Critton Hollow Band to play in Berkeley Springs State Park

The Critton Hollow String Band will fiddle tunes, harmonized ballads and traditional and contemporary folk songs to Morgan Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park, Saturday, August 12, in Berkeley More...

August

Thursday, August 10 – Mt. State Cruisers, 7 p.m.,  Wesley Chapel – Rotary Club, noon, Country  Inn – Apache 4-H Club, Pl. More...

Sports

Wolves youth football ready to start season

Wolves Youth Football League of Morgan County will be in action this weekend at Poor House Farm in Martinsburg with the Freshmen taking on the Panthers of Martinsburg at 10 a.m.   The J.V. will also play the J.V. Panthers at 11:30 a.m. More...

Chip Shots

While attending the West Virginia Press Association convention last weekend I happened to pick up a complimentary copy of Saturday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail. More...

School News

Marte and Williams offer free concert titled Bach and Beyond August 13

Bach and Beyond is a free concert of classical music on Sunday, August 13 at 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.  This program of Chamber Music features Alexander Marte on violin, Walker Williams on oboe and Dr. Daniel Lau on piano.  More...

Shaun Spielman runs his way into the Berkeley Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame

In the fall of 1999 the members of the Berkeley Springs High School Boys Cross Country Team did not have enough members to be considered a full team. More...

Experts share what kids and parents should know about apps & online safety

With the potential dangers that could await children and teens on the internet, parents are being urged to monitor their children’s devices, apps and online activity.  More...