October 25, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Manchin to talk tax reform in Berkeley Springs this Friday

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will hold a Town Hall meeting in Berkeley Springs on Friday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Inn to talk about federal tax reform and take questions about proposed legislation on tax reform. More...

Local farm, faces to appear in new Western film

Western television star Johnny Crawford visited with Retha Miller of Berkeley Springs on Saturday, October 21 during filming of a Western movie in the county. More...

Opinions

A chance to boost libraries

West Virginia’s Attorney General has told Pocahontas County in a legal opinion that it can use Hotel/Motel tax revenue to fund their local library.  More...

Farewell to a master storyteller

John Douglas, who spent the better part of four decades shaping this newspaper, was one of a kind. His death leaves a big hole in the lives of his family, friends and the community. More...

Rest easy, John

This photo of John Douglas from 2009 caught him in a classic pose in his office. The Messenger replaced more than a few office chairs that he wore out with all that leaning. More...

What's Happening

Lyme disease documentary

A free documentary, “Under Our Skin” will be presented Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m. at the American Legion in Berkeley Springs.  More...

“Eat Out For Hunger” November 7

This year “Eat Out For Hunger” will be held on Tuesday, November 7 with a portion proceeds being donated to support the Meal Time Community Kitchen at Starting Points. More...

October

Thursday, October 26 – Rotary Club, noon, Country  Inn – Cub Scout Pack 27, 6 p.m.,  Grace U.M. Church – Starting Points Play Group, 1 p.m. – Past Matrons, Past Patrons – AA, St. More...

Police & Safety

County passes policy on tow truck rotation for 911 calls

In an effort to evenly divide emergency towing business between local companies, the Morgan County Commission has adopted a written policy on tow truck rotation for 911 calls.  County officials passed the policy unanimously on Wednesday, October More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report 304-258-1067

Sheriff KC Bohrer reports the following calls, investigations and reports for October 8-14:  October 8  Chief Walter assisted with traffic at fatal crash on Winchester Grade Road.  Sgt. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Terence L. Frederick, 53, of Berkeley Springs was sentenced to jail for 60 days after pleading guilty to intoxication or drinking in public places, third offense. More...

School News

School board okays resolution in support of shared services with other counties

The Morgan County School Board approved drafting a resolution supporting the development of an arrangement of shared resources and services with neighboring counties at their October 17 meeting. More...

Belice wins The Bible Story

Jessica Belice of Paw Paw won a 10-volume set of The Bible Story during the recent Apple Butter Festival. More...

Brokering tomatoes

Berkeley Springs resident Sonny Miller shared a picture of his father, Carl R. Miller and his uncle, Charles E. Miller, Jr. (known as “Junior”), who was a tomato broker for fields in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for many years. More...

Commissioners visit White House

Morgan County Commission President Joel Tuttle, Commissioner Bob Ford and County Administrator Jody McClintock joined more than three dozen West Virginia county leaders at the White House for a day of meetings with key administration officials, inclu More...

John Douglas, longtime news editor, dies at 70

John T. Douglas, the former editor of The Morgan Messenger and Hancock News, died at his Berkeley Springs home surrounded by family on Thursday, October 19 at the age of 70. More...

County lodging tax will rise to six percent on January 1

Despite objections from lodging business owners and local tourism officials, Morgan County Commissioners voted last Wednesday to hike a lodging tax on overnight guests at local hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rental homes and resorts.  On O More...

News

“Gunsmoke” in Paw Paw, Part II: Price not guilty in 1905 shoot-out

On October 14, 1905 in Paw Paw, local John Price came up against a band of tough Italian immigrant railroad workers in a gun battle that ended in the death of three workers -- Frank Ficco, G. Dalessandro and Clemento Ronollee. More...

Planning commission reports goals to town officials

Town of Bath Planning Commission president Rebecca MacLeod and vice president Larry Lower presented recommendations to the town council on October 17 on how to best reach goals for the town’s comprehensive plan.  The 10-year comprehensive More...

Tourism up in town and county; town could raise lodging tax

Jeanne Mozier of Travel Berkeley Springs (TBS) reported to the Bath town council on October 17 that visitor spending in the town and county in hotel/motel tax revenue for fiscal year 2017 amounted to more than $188,000 between July 2016 and June 2017 More...

Letters

Hands across the Potomac

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Blasting will affect homes

Dear Editor:  I read about the Silica meeting. Not much on the blasting getting so close to town. No help offered to people on the west side of 522 about blasting damaging our houses.  More...

Obituaries

John T. Douglas

1947-2017

John Thomas Douglas, 70, died at his home on Thursday October 19, 2017 surrounded by family.  He was born in Cumberland, Maryland on September 15, 1947 to the late Thomas Reese Douglas and Margaret “Midge” Clarissa Campbell Douglas.& More...

Melinda S. Smith

1971-2017

Melinda Sue Smith, 46, of Berkeley Springs, died Saturday, October 14 2017 at her home.  Born July 8, 1971, she was the daughter of Timothy Smith and Patricia Ivalee Duncan Michael.  She was a Christian.  She graduated from Berkeley Sp More...

Malcolm I.

Sporer, Sr.

Malcolm Ireneaus Sporer, Sr. 86 of Smithfield passed away on Monday October 23, 2017 with his family by his side.  He was born in Bradford, Pa., to the late Ireneaus Henry Sporer and Viola Martina Lauer Sporer.  More...

Sports

Morgan County runners Logan Heironimus and Dominic Tanouye qualify for state championships

Despite no team title for either Berkeley Springs High School or Paw Paw High School on Thursday, October 19 at the Region 1 A/AA Cross Country Championship both teams will be sending an individual to represent them at the Class A/AA State Cross Coun More...

Lady Indians Cross Country Team captures Region I Championship

Twenty teams from the WV Class A/AA Region I ventured into Morgan County to the Warm Springs Middle and Warm Springs Intermediate campus on Thursday, October 19 to try to punch their ticket for the WV State Cross Country Championships. More...

Varsity Wolves advance to TCYFL Super Bowl

The Varsity Wolves hosted Martinsburg Black in a semifinal match up of the Tri- County Youth Football League on Saturday, October 21.  The Varsity Wolves clinched a second place seed in the playoffs with their 6-2 regular season record and earne More...