January 31, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Former commissioner seeks county seat, Hahn challenges Cowles in delegate race

A wave of candidates for local and state-level office materialized in the days leading up to last Saturday’s deadline to file to run for elected office. More...

Chamber-hosted Job Fair connects local employers, workers

The Berkeley Springs - Morgan County Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Job Fair last Thursday, January 25 at Cacapon State Park. More...

Opinions

A test of our time

While news cycles are short and turn over quickly, events in real life leave an indelible mark that lasts a lifetime.  More...

On the steps of the old school

Dan Hiles shared this photo of folks standing on the steps of the old Bath District school. No dates on the pictures, or names. Do any of our readers recognize the faces? More...

Opinion: Plan to timber parks is bad forestry, bad for visitors

I retired after 42 years with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and worked both for our state park system and the Division of Forestry. More...

Columns

Cold Weather

IN THE WILD

I have to be careful about exaggerating how cold this last month (January 2018) has been, but most people would agree the temperature has been uncommon. More...

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia  West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   January 31, 1878 - Educator William Woodson Trent was born in rural Nicholas County. More...

Obituaries

David F. Abner

1948-2018

David Frederick Abner, 69, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at War Memorial Hospital, Berkeley Springs.  Born November 24, 1948 in Alexandria, Va., he was the son of the late Frederick George, Jr. More...

Elderess Iris J. Fox

1932-2018

Elderess Iris Jane (King) Fox, age 85, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., departed this life on January 23, 2018, at the Berkeley Springs Center, surrounded by her family.  More...

Doris L. Allen

1930-2018

Doris Lorraine Nichols Allen, 87, of Berkeley Springs, died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at her home.  Born December 25, 1930 in West Grove, Pa., she is the daughter of the late Clarence Edwin and Florence Mae Allison Nichols and the widow of Esto More...

Sports

Indians wrestling captures Viking Smash Team Championship

Davis picks up career win 181 and Mundey ties Bennett’s career record

The Berkeley Springs Indians Wrestling Team ventured to Grant County in search of a Viking Smash team championship last weekend, January 26 and 27. More...

Keyser blows by Lady Indians

The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Basketball Team hosted the Keyser Golden Tornado in hoops action last Wednesday, January 24.  The Lady Indians have been searching for a signature win the last several seasons and was hoping to catch More...

Lady Pirates fall to Hancock and Meadow Bridge

The Paw Paw High School Lady Pirates Varsity Basketball Team was hoping to pick up a couple wins this past week on the hardwood. More...

U.S. Silica must monitor springs during new mining

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved a major modification to U.S. Silica's mining permit that would allow the sand mining company to blast and mine sandstone closer to downtown Berkeley Springs.  More...

School board keeps special levy rate steady for May 8 levy election

The Morgan County School Board unanimously approved an order for continuing the special levy for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2019 through July 1, 2022. More...

Confirmed flu cases rise in area, nation

There has been a large increase in confirmed flu cases locally as seasonal influenza becomes widespread in 49 states and Puerto Rico. Influenza-like illness activity is still high.  More...

Mother must serve prison time for child abuse in OD case

A Levels woman must serve out a 1-3 year prison sentence for felony child neglect causing injury after failing to meet the conditions of her probation in Morgan County Circuit Court.  More...

News

W.Va. Governor, legislators to improve one percent pay raise for teachers, state employees

With representatives of teacher and state employee groups fuming that a proposed one percent pay raise is more of an insult than a reward, legislators worked to sweeten the deal on the pay raise package.  Senate Finance Committee members amended More...

Groundhog Day at the Wildlife Center

French Creek Freddie, West Virginia’s weather-predicting groundhog, will leave his den on February 2 to celebrate Groundhog Day and welcomes visitors to join him at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in Upshur County.  More...

Emergency warning signs of flu

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency warning signs and symptoms of flu sickness that should get you or your child to medical treatment right away include:  In children  • Fast breathing or trouble More...

Letters

Where’s the action?

Dear Editor:  Once again, I’m writing about substance use disorder (SUD) or as most folks call it, addiction. Last week’s Morgan Messenger has two seemingly unrelated articles on the topic.  More...

Oppose pipeline

Dear Editor:  I strongly oppose the building of the pipeline through our county. There are many reasons: It is devastating to local farmers and farmland. More...

Praise for mail carrier

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What's Happening

Morgan County Indivisible meets February 4

The February meeting of Morgan County Indivisible will be held Sunday, February 4, 5-7 p.m. at the Ice House. More...

Garden design program

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a morning program in Berkeley Springs on Wednesday, February 7.  The program will be held at 10 a.m. More...

HCC Robotics Club to host skills challenge

The Hagerstown Community College Robotics Club will host a Vex Robotics Competition (skills only) for area high school students, on Saturday, February 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., in HCC’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.  More...

Police & Safety

School board suspends employee facing felony charges

The Morgan County School Board followed Superintendent Erich May’s recommendation to suspend Warm Springs Middle School secretary Diane M. Clark without pay retroactive to January 2. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   Sheriff KC Bohrer reports the following calls, investigations and reports for January 21-27:  January 21  More...

Smith pleads to federal firearms charge

Matthew Dean Smith, 39, of Great Cacapon, has admitted to a firearms charge in federal court, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.  Smith pled guilty on January 26 to one count of “Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.” Sm More...

School News

Students can submit art work to competition

Submissions are being accepted from now until February 9 for the Congressional Art Competition. High School students may submit art work for a chance to have their work displayed at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. More...

Eighth graders present American flag projects

Warm Springs Middle School students in eighth grade Language Arts teacher Kathleen Boyce’s fifth-sixth period class learned a lot about the history of the American flag and patriotism during their American flag PowerPoint projects.  More...

Stotler wins third place

The Chambersburg Elks Lodge #600 held their annual Hoop Shoot on Saturday, January 13 in the Alumni Community Gym in McConnellsburg, Pa. More...