Starting this fall, Berkeley Springs High School students will have another person to call on for help with issues both inside the classroom and out on the street.
Sheriff's Department deputy Kevin Barney was hired last month to become the high school's first Prevention Resource Officer. Berkeley Springs High School will join the ranks of more than 40 West Virginia schools with a prevention officer walking their halls.
I was five months pregnant when the Morgan County Courthouse burned. I will tell my son the story of that morning when he is older, when the only county courthouse he knows is the one we'll call "the new courthouse."
Last week, a dozen young wrestlers got to do something that few athletes ever will – practice their sport with an Olympic silver medalist. Kids in the Shepherd University wrestling camp at Rankin's Fitness Center got a visit from Lloyd "Butch" Keaser on Thursday, July 19. Keaser was the silver Medalist in wrestling at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, in addition to being a world champion wrestler, and winner of the Pan-American Games.
Dr. Lynn Hiles has been around preachers and churches for a large portion of his life. The Morgan County native is the son of Jack and Shirley Hiles, who have led the local Word of Deliverance church on Winchester Grade Road since 1977. His sister is the Associate Pastor of that church. His wife's father was an evangelist, as is Hiles' brother. His two sons are already following in that same path.
But even though the life of an evangelist is one he knows well, Hiles himself was surprised when his ministry led him to a dinner with President Bush last month.
County high schools may implement new graduation requirements ahead of the rest of the state if school officials get their way. According to Director of Secondary and Career Education Laura Hovermale, the county has applied for a state waiver that would allow Berkeley Springs and Paw Paw High Schools to jump ahead with state graduation rules slated to start in the 2008-2009 school year.
Hovermale told school board members about the waiver at their July 2 meeting. The new graduation requirements could easily be implemented for incoming ninth graders this year, Hovermale said. That would give school officials extra time to meet state requirements the following year.