February 7, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Fire destroys Berkeley Springs home

A Berkeley Springs family escaped a Thursday, February 1 house fire that began in a clothes dryer and destroyed their one-story home. More...

Proposed Columbia gas pipeline won’t “significantly” affect environment, say feds

An Environmental Assessment released late last month by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says a proposed 3.4-mile natural gas pipeline from Fulton County, Pa. to Morgan County, W.Va. won’t pose serious environmental risks.  More...

Opinions

Sick leave policies good for public health

Maryland’s General Assembly is on the verge of implementing a new paid sick leave law that has particular importance during this year’s extreme flu season.  More...

Election ground rules from 1904

This small clip from a 1904 issue of The Morgan Messenger is proof that good policies never go out of style. More...

Showdown on WV teachers, employees pay raises inevitable?

At The Capitol

As the 2018 legislative session approaches the midway point of the 60-day regular session, a showdown over pay raises for teachers and state employees looks increasingly inevitable.  More...

Columns

This Week in West Virginia History

from The West Virginia Encyclopedia  West Virginia Humanities Council 1310 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25301   February 7, 1867 - West Virginia University was established by an act of the West Virginia Legislature. More...

What's Happening

Team River Runner to offer free kayaking clinic at health fair

Shepherd University's Team River Runner (TRR) chapter is recruiting members for the upcoming kayak season and will offer a free clinic to the general public on Saturday, February 24, at the annual Wellness Center Health Fair at Shepherd.  During More...

Donkey Basketball

Morgan County Parks & Recreation will sponsor a Donkey Basketball game on Friday, February 16 in the Berkeley Springs High School gym.  Berkeley Springs High School Girl’s Soccer Team will play against Morgan County teachers. More...

February

Thursday, February 8 – Mt. State Cruisers, 7 p.m.,  Wesley Chapel – Rotary Club, noon, Country  Inn – Apache 4-H Club, Pl. More...

Police & Safety

County volunteer fire companies elect 2018 officers

Berkeley Springs Co. 1  Chief Jami Clark  Deputy Chief Marshall Younker  Assistant Chief D.J. More...

Magistrates Report

Recent sentences from Magistrate Kermit Ambrose:  Joseph P. Murphy, 51, of Great Cacapon was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to domestic battery. His sentence was suspended for three months probation. More...

Morgan County Sheriff’s Report

304-258-1067   Sheriff KC Bohrer reports the following calls, investigations and reports for January 28-February 3:  January 28  Deputy Jenkins and Sgt. Shambaugh arrested Michael N. Sullivan, 38, for a capias.  More...

School News

Behavioral Ecology of Birds program

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's monthly program for February will feature a presentation entitled "The Behavioral Ecology of Birds; Implications for Conservation."  The program will be held Wednesday, February 14 at 7 p.m. More...

Grants supply intermediate school with new instruments

Students at Warm Springs Intermediate School are making music on new instruments including ukuleles, xylophones and drums that were funded through several different grants.  More...

Honor Roll

Warm Springs Intermediate School  Second Nine Weeks   “A” honor roll  More...

Breaking News - 2/7/2018 12:51 PM

West Virginia DEP approves stormwater permit for Mountaineer Gas pipeline

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced today, Wednesday, February 7, that the agency has approved a stormwater discharge permit for work associated with the construction of a 23-mile natural gas pipeline in Morgan and Berk More...

Three polling places moved, 2,916 county residents to vote somewhere new

Due to uncertainty about the availability of three polling places in the future, the Morgan County Clerk’s office got approval last week to move voting locations for three county precincts.  More...

Voter ID law now in effect for West Virginia

West Virginia voters must comply with a new voter ID law that went into effect on January 1.  Voters must now show a form of identification to vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day in any election. More...

Winter’s sticking around

Sunday’s weather was ripe for making a snowman such as this one. A mix of snow, sleet and rain covered the area and closed local schools on Monday. More...

News

Teachers identified (mostly)

Last week’s Photo of the Week was a picture of unidentified teachers gathered on the steps of the old Bath District School on Green Street in Berkeley Springs. More...

Headline error

The headline on last week’s front-page story, "Former commissioner to face off against Ford" is in error. More...

Labor Dept. opens program for employers who hire vets

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Letters

Once gone, it’s gone forever

Dear Editor:  More...

Dead trees pose risks

Dear Editor:  Last week, Robert Beanblossom shared his opinion on harvesting timber in our state park system. I certainly appreciate his concern and wanting to protect the forests in our state parks. More...

The devil in disguise

Dear Editor:  I think it is safe to say that the majority of Americans are disgusted and fed up with the political scene in this country no matter what side of the aisle. More...

Obituaries

William B. Knepper

1929-2018

William Buford “Buke” Knepper, 88, of Hedgesville, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at his home.  Born March 2, 1929 in Cherry Run, he was the son of the late Charles Faber and Vietta May Poole Knepper.  He was of the Protestant More...

Charles J. Fulton, Sr.

1939-2018

Charles John Fulton, Sr., 78, of Berkeley Springs, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at his home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.  Born August 27, 1939 in McGregor, Minn, he was the son of the late Willard Charles and Christine Ma More...

Georgia R. Brown

1934-2018

Georgia Regina Kasecamp Brown, 83, of Paw Paw, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Lion’s Center in Cumberland, Md.  She was born November 29, 1934 in Greenridge, Md. More...

Sports

Clark signs with Garrett College

Garrett College and Head Coach John Chambers picked up their second Berkeley Springs Indians wrestler last week as senior Tanner Clark signed his letter of intent to wrestle for the Lakers. More...

Mundey sets WV All wins mark

Indians roll by Smithsburg on Senior Night

The Berkeley Springs High School gym was packed with family members, youth wrestlers and community members as the Indians took on Smithsburg in a varsity wrestling match on Thursday, February 1. The meet was supposed to be a tri meet, but St. More...

Zimmerman captures championship Morris, Shaw and Clark finish second

Several members of the Berkeley Springs High School Indians Wrestling Team traveled to Winfield for the Bill Hughes Snap Fitness Wrestling Invitational Championships last weekend February 3 and 4. More...