Morgantown

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The city of Morgantown will host a lumberjack competition this spring.

The Dominion Post reports more than 40 professional lumberjacks will participate in the Stihl Timbersports Pro Lumberjack Competition and Festival at the Hazel and J.W. Ruby Community Center on May 21-22. The newspaper reports it is the first time the competition has been held in Morgantown.

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It's hard "making it" in the music biz, especially if you're a great band out of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Morgantown Fires
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The city of Morgantown last year saw its lowest number of malicious fires since 2001.

City Manager Jeff Mikorski says 67 fires were set in trash bins and in the street in 2015, down from 122 such fires in 2014.

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After 5 years of being away from the Mountain State, Portland alt rock band Blitzen Trapper return to Mountain Stage in Morgantown this weekend with a new record in town.

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A Morgantown man who pleaded guilty to killing a roommate has received the maximum sentence.

Multiple media outlets report that 56-year-old Charles Shaffer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Shaffer will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

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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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 Morgantown police who responded to reports of a kidnapping say the incident was actually a prank by a West Virginia University fraternity.

Now seven members of Phi Gamma Delta are facing charges of disorderly conduct.

October 9, 1954: Architect Elmer F. Jacobs Dies at 79

Oct 9, 2015
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  Architect Elmer Forrest Jacobs died in Morgantown on October 9, 1945, at age 79. The Preston County native attended West Virginia University and the Carnegie Institute of Technology before he began designing fire-resistant factories in Pittsburgh. In 1894, Jacobs set up his architectural practice in Morgantown.

WVU Celebrates Opening of Art Museum

Aug 26, 2015
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After waiting for over six years, Morgantown art lovers flooded the halls of the WVU Art Museum Tuesday to see the university’s diverse collection of modernist and contemporary art.

Police arrested a dozen people and issued more than 200 citations during West Virginia University students' first weekend in Morgantown for the fall semester.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the arrests involved a variety of offenses.

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The family of a West Virginia woman killed in a police shooting wants the U.S. Justice Department to step in.

The Dominion Post reports that Christie Cathers' family members say they have had few questions answered since the June 5 killing. They have made their appeal to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Soul'n'roll rocker Booker T. Jones, indie pop darlings Lake Street Dive and folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen walk onto a stage... If that story doesn't ring a bell, you're in for a treat on this week's Mountain Stage After Midnight.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with a media business analyst about Charleston losing its status as a two newspaper town.  Also, Jesse Wright takes to Chestnut Ridge Park in Morgantown to listen to its annual summer concert series. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


July 21, 1924: Actor Don Knotts Born in Morgantown

Jul 21, 2015
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  On July 21, 1924, actor Don Knotts was born in Morgantown, where his mother ran a boarding house. During World War II, he honed his comedic skills entertaining troops in the Army.

After the war, Knotts returned to Morgantown and earned a drama degree from West Virginia University. He first came to national attention with a role on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow and then got his big break in the Broadway play No Time for Sergeants, stealing scenes opposite Andy Griffith. At the same time, Knotts was becoming a household name for his comedic turns on Steve Allen’s TV variety show.

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  A 22-year-old woman faces a prison term and a large fine after her federal conviction on a charge related to a Philadelphia-to-Morgantown drug distribution ring.

The government says Jessie Marie Fox of Mill Creek was convicted in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg on Monday of trafficking in a powerful prescription painkiller.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Charleston is hanging on as the only city in West Virginia with a population over 50,000, while Morgantown is now the state's third-largest city.

Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston had 50,404 residents in 2014. That's down about 1,000 from the 2010 Census.

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a Morgantown resident has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Williams was sentenced Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. He had pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a young man who found himself in the state’s juvenile justice system talks about what can be done to transition juvenile offenders to a productive life.  And we’ll take a tour inside of a Morgantown landmark that has rarely been seen. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Statehood leader Francis Pierpont died on March 24, 1899, at age 85. He was born near Morgantown in 1814 and raised for part of his childhood in Marion County. As a young adult, he was as an attorney for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and a pioneer coal operator.

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 The Morgantown fire marshal has cited four residences, including a fraternity, for overcrowding.

The Dominion Post reports that Capt. Ken Tennant with the fire marshal's office outlined the violations in an email to West Virginia University officials and the president of the InterFraternity Council.

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