City of Morgantown

March 15, 1988: Reformer Mary Behner Christopher Dies at 81

Mar 15, 2016
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Reformer Mary Behner Christopher died in Morgantown on March 15, 1988, at age 81. The Ohio native came to West Virginia in the 1920s as a missionary for the Presbyterian church. From 1928 to 1937, she worked in the impoverished coal communities along Scotts Run, outside of Morgantown. This once-prosperous region had fallen on hard times after the coal market plummeted in the ‘20s. Thousands of families, including numerous immigrants and African-Americans, were stranded by the economic depression.

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West Virginia University and officials for the city of Morgantown have reached an agreement over policing the school's fraternity and sorority houses.

West Virginia Public Theater
West Virginia Public Theater

A Morgantown theater organization has released its paid staff and canceled its holiday show to stay afloat.

West Virginia Public Theatre outgoing board president Ray Prendergast told The Dominion Post that the organization is having financial difficulties and is taking steps necessary to move forward.

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Jefferson County held its 23rd annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival over the weekend with parades, live music and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown's raid. Organized by the NAACP of the county, the weekend was meant to bring people together to remember the history of the area that helped shape the country.

The City of Morgantown has teamed up with environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies to create an innovative way to cut carbon emissions while making a profit. 

Mosaic Power

Traditionally, electricity is turned on and off on a demand-only basis, with physical power plants only generating electricity when it’s needed for use. However, a Maryland-based power brokerage company, Mosaic Power, has come up with a way to make our energy consumption more efficient without changing our lifestyle.

West Virginia National Guard

The wraps are coming off a new readiness center for the West Virginia National Guard.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to be among the dignitaries Wednesday in Morgantown for the opening ceremony. The 58,000-square-foot center will be a hub for Guard training activities and provide rental spaces for professional and community activities.

The $20.5 million center contains a concert auditorium, a commercial-sized kitchen and other features.

The city of Morgantown will own and maintain the access road to the center.

At the legislature today, infrastructure development around Morgantown will be helped by a bill passing the House of Delegates.  The bill makes adjustments for a tax increment financing district in Monongalia County. The Senate approves a bill that will add judges to four of the busiest circuits in the state court system.  And tonight, we’ll find out more about an effort to strengthen small communities to keep them economically viable on The Legislature Today.

City of Morgantown

  Police officers in Morgantown now have video cameras attached to their uniforms to document daily activities.

The Dominion Post reports the department bought about 30 body cameras at a cost of $5,750 and two new in-car cameras for an additional $2,900, along with software for the cameras.

Officers manually activate the cameras upon leaving their vehicles. Each camera can store more than 18 hours of video for downloading at the police station. The cameras also record audio.

Chuck Kleine

A group called the Morgantown Municipal Green Team will host a Community Dialogue on Urban Agriculture next week.


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A delay in completing a new housing complex has forced about 600 West Virginia University students to find a new place to live before classes begin later this month.

Officials sent an email last month to students, saying the University Place apartment complex in Sunnyside wouldn't be ready for the fall semester. University Place is a partnership between WVU and a private owner.

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   On Monday, August 11, 1924, Clarksburg native John W. Davis returned to his hometown to accept the Democratic nomination for president. Rod Rogers, former aide and speechwriter for Gov. Arch Moore and unofficial expert on Davis, talks about the importance of that nomination.

Morgantown is speaking out against truck traffic in its downtown area, but is finding there may be little they can do about it and a non-profit in Huntington is hoping they can take a vacant building and make it a hub for artists and entrepreneurs.