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Special election this Saturday

A special statewide election this Saturday, October 7 will have West Virginia residents deciding if the state can sell up to $1.6 billion in road bonds to pay for statewide road improvements. More...

Welcome to the 44th Annual Apple Butter Festival

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Welcome back, friends

We welcome old and new friends back to Berkeley Springs for this weekend’s Apple Butter Festival. Some 44 years ago, a group of young folks had the great idea to revive a downtown harvest festival and show off local arts and crafts. More...

It’s almost here!

One of the most unique and well-watched contests during the annual Apple Butter Festival is the turtle race. Kids are particularly dedicated to the event, which can be surprisingly fast-paced. More...

Keep reading those papers

This week also happens to be National Newspaper Week. When S.S. Buzzerd founded The Morgan Messenger in 1893, there wasn’t such a thing as National Newspaper Week. More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia  West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   October 4, 1934 - Sam Huff was born near Morgantown. More...

What's Happening

Self-guided studio tour

A free, self-guided studio tour is open to the public on October 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour the scenic area in and around Berkeley Springs and see nationally and regionally known artists in their studios.  More...

Appalachian Showdown winners

The 26th Annual Appalachian Showdown and West Virginia State Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting was held September 22- 24 near Largent. More...

October

Thursday, October 5 – 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...

Sports

BSHS Golf finishes 7th in Region I Championships

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Golf Team saw their season come to an end at the Class AA Region I Championships last Monday, September 25 at the Green Hills Country Club in Fairmont.  More...

Tanouye leads Paw Paw Boys Cross Country Team at Progressive Invitational

Harvey leads Lady Indians with 2nd place finish

What a week it was for the Paw Paw Pirates Cross Country Team at the Progressive Invitational last Tuesday, September 26. The Pirates finished in 14th place out of 22 teams in the team standing. More...

Freshman Wolves run their record to 6-2

“This is one of the best games we played as a team offense and defense,” stated Mark Rockwell.  The Freshman Wolves defeated Hedgesville Blue 54 to 25, Jackson Rockwell ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns on runs of one, 14 and 15 More...

Breaking News - 10/7/2017 9:38 PM

Morgan County voters back Roads to Prosperity bond issue

Local turnout was 10.2% in special election

Morgan County voters who turned out for today’s special election on a statewide road bond amendment solidly backed the ballot initiative, which appeared to have strong support across West Virginia at press time. News outlets at 10 p.m. More...

No rain in weeks means local fire hazards are high

Just days ahead of the start of the fall Fire Season, the National Weather Service issued warnings that dry conditions have elevated fire risks in the region.  The special weather statement, issued Thursday, September 28, covered the Baltimore/W More...

Students gather supplies for hurricane-hit areas

Students at Warm Springs Intermediate School donated and packed dozens of boxes of school supplies for students in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. More...

News

Flavor of festivals past

This was the schedule of events for the fourth annual Apple Butter Festival, printed in The Morgan Messenger in October 1977. More...

Apple Butter Festival street information

Boy Scout Troop 12 will manage a parking lot to the north of town on U.S. Silica grounds. The festival will provide a free trolley shuttle into the festival. More...

The taste of fall

One young apple bobber needed a helping hand to sink his teeth into a fresh apple on Sunday, October 1 at Hancock United Methodist Church’s Third Annual Fall Fest. More...

Letters

Road bond boondoggle

Dear Editor:  More...

Don’t cut trees

Dear Editor:  Regarding the Vietnam Memorial on Fairfax Green, it is a wonderful idea and all the hard work that has been done to bring it about is appreciated. That said, do not cut any of the trees. They are so lovely. More...

Symbols?

Dear Editor:  More...

Obituaries

John E. Ritz

1935-2017

John Elmer “Jack” Ritz, 82, of Murrysville, Pa., formerly of Buck Valley, Pa., died Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at his home.  Born February 28, 1935 in Buck Valley, he was the son of the late William Raymond and Mina Minerva Hull R More...

Donald C. Souder

Donald Carson Souder, 62, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at his home.  Born September 15, 1955 in Chevy Chase, Md., he was the son of the late Lymen Lewis and Emma Souder.  He was a Christian.  He attended publ More...

Police & Safety

August’s Crime Solver’s Case

Grand Larceny  Case Agent: Cpl. More...

James sworn in as new Prosecutor

Dan James took the oath of office as Morgan County’s new Prosecuting Attorney on Friday, September 29. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   Sheriff KC Bohrer reports the following calls, investigations and reports for September 24-30:  September 24  Deputy Jenkins responded to a property dispute on Oriental Circle.  More...

School News

40th Annual Homecoming of Bath District and Berkeley Springs High School

The 40th annual homecoming of Bath District and Berkeley Springs High School was held on Saturday, September 30, at Cacapon Lodge with 225 in attendance. More...

Emotions Anonymous starts new chapter

Emotions Anonymous (EA) will start a new chapter on October 9 and meet each Monday thereafter, noon to 1 p.m. More...

Women's health presentation

The Women for Shepherd University, in conjunction with the Shepherd University Foundation, will host a women's health presentation on Sunday, October 15, from 2-4 p.m. at Erma Ora Byrd Hall. More...