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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Officials say a West Virginia Veterans Affairs medical center intentionally skewed patient data to reduce both the reported wait times and the volume of patients.

Sept. 8, 1841: Clarksburg Convention Highlights Education Inequalities

Sep 8, 2017
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

On September 8, 1841, one of the most important education conventions ever held in present West Virginia convened in Clarksburg. At the time, a formal education was virtually unheard for families without money.

In 1829, the Virginia General Assembly had authorized counties to establish school systems but provided little funding. Monroe County opened a free school under this plan but soon discontinued it.

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On August 16, 1890, Salem Academy in Harrison County changed its name to Salem College. The academy had opened its doors a year earlier with the help of the Seventh-Day Baptist denomination. One of the school’s founders was Jesse Randolph, the grandfather of future U.S. Senator and Salem alumnus Jennings Randolph.

It started with a single building on Main Street in Salem, which was in the heart of an oil boom at the time. Around 1900, a drunken mob with torches tried to burn down the college, but the school’s president backed down the rioters with a pistol and a shotgun.

Weirton Steel
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On August 1, 1918, industrialist Ernest Weir renamed his company Weirton Steel. He’d founded the company with J. A. Phillips in Clarksburg in 1905 as Phillips Sheet & Tin Plate. After Phillips’ death, Weir moved his company from Clarksburg to a southern Hancock County farm that would become the city of Weirton.

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Author Meredith Sue Willis was born in Clarksburg on May 31, 1946. She was raised in Shinnston, where both her parents were educators. After graduating from Shinnston High School, she attended Bucknell University for two years before dropping out to become a VISTA volunteer. She later earned undergraduate and graduate degrees and became an artist-in-residence in New York public schools and in New Jersey. She was also adjunct assistant professor of creative writing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

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The National Weather Service says last month was the warmest April on record in several West Virginia cities.

The weather service says Beckley, Clarksburg, Elkins and Parkersburg all set records for the average temperature during the month, while Charleston and Huntington each had their second-warmest Aprils on record.

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Attorney and presidential candidate John W. Davis was born in Clarksburg on April 13, 1873. The Democrat launched his political career in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1899, and was elected to Congress in 1911. He resigned shortly into his second term to become U.S. solicitor general and later served as President Woodrow Wilson’s ambassador to England.

John George Jackson
E-WV / WV Humanities Council

Early Western Virginia leader John George Jackson died on March 28, 1825, at age 47. He was born near Buckhannon in 1777. He represented Harrison County in the Virginia House of Delegates and promoted the 1816 Staunton Convention—which led to some of the first political reforms benefiting Western Virginia.

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An airline is adding flights from North Central West Virginia Airport to Baltimore and Charlotte. 

The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg reports that Via Air will add the service starting Oct 1. Airport Director Rick Rock announced Thursday that the Alternative Essential Air Service contract was approved by the federal Department of Transportation.

West Fork River
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The removal of a dam along the West Fork River near Clarksburg has been delayed.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the project has been delayed until late September or early October.

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The Clarksburg City Council has passed a "brunch bill" ordinance allowing businesses with an Alcohol Beverage Control Administration Class A license to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings.

Clarksburg City Manager Martin Howe tells local media that under the new ordinance, any establishment within the city limits can begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. this Sunday. The ordinance was passed Thursday during the City Council meeting.

C. Donald Robertson
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Politician C. Donald Robertson was born in Clarksburg on June 9, 1926.

He served Harrison County in the West Virginia House of Delegates for four years beginning in the late 1950s.

He was elected attorney general in 1960 and again in 1964. In 1968, he ran for governor but lost in the Democratic primary to James Sprouse, who would go on to lose to Arch Moore in the general election.

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The partial demolition of the Highland Dam has caused new problems in the West Fork River, including dropping water levels and exposed sewer lines.

Bill Hoover, general manager of Greater Harrison Public Services, tells the Exponent Telegram that the department has been monitoring water levels since April. He says he's never seen the water level this low.

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The Clarksburg Police Department will soon roll out a new bicycle patrol system that officials hope will cut down on crime in the city.

The Exponent Telegram reports Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard says he believes the system will be up and running by the beginning of June.

May 25, 1903: Philanthropist Bernard McDonough Jr. Born in Texas

May 25, 2016
Marietta College

Industrialist and philanthropist Bernard McDonough Jr. was born in Texas on May 25, 1903. His Irish immigrant grandfather had previously settled the family in Clarksburg and later in Belpre, Ohio, near Parkersburg. Young Bernard and his sisters returned to their grandmother in Belpre after the death of their mother.

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U.S. Department of State

Thousands of voters across North Central West Virginia have already cast their ballots during the first five days of the state's early voting period for next week's primary.

Harrison County clerk Susan Thomas tells The Exponent-Telegram of Clarksburg that an average of more than 265 residents have cast their ballots each day in the county ahead of the May 10 primary.

Clarksburg Superfund Site
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting for a hazardous waste site in Clarksburg that could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list.

The Exponent Telegram reports city manager Martin Howe says the May 24 meeting will be at the North View Fire Station.

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A judge has ruled that the state fire commission doesn't have authority over Clarksburg's code enforcement office.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the Clarksburg city council learned of Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey's decision Thursday night.

Clarksburg Superfund Site
WDTV

A hazardous waste site in Clarksburg could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding the former North 25th Street Glass and Zinc property to its priority list. The EPA says the site poses public health and environmental threats.

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Removal of the first of three Clarksburg Water Board dams continues despite a last-minute legal move to try to halt the project.

The Exponent Telegram reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently overseeing the removal of the West Milford, Two-Lick and Highland Dams on West Fork River.

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