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Blacksville Community Renames Bridges for Fallen Servicemen

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“He was taken from us far too soon.” Taken too soon, but not forgotten, Army Specialist John Randy Tennant and Marine Sergeant David Paul McCord will now forever be remembered with bridges bearing their names in Blacksville and Pentress. “It’s a tremendous honor for our family,” said Todd Moore, nephew of John Randy Tennant. “It’s sad that it’s been 50 years and most of the immediate family has passed. I’m sure they’re in h...

Blacksville Gathers for Memorial Day Parade Video included

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The Blacksville community lined the streets this morning for the annual Memorial Day Parade. Leading the parade and groups down the streets was the American flag, followed by the Clay-Battelle Middle/ High School Band. The band is traveling to Washington D.C. next week to represent West Virginia in a concert at the World War II Memorial, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of D-Day. 12 News spoke to the band’s director who said both she and the students are very excited. ...

Local Cemetery Hosts Flag Pole Re-Dedication Video included

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The American Flag is the most recognizable US symbol and the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morgantown is making sure its flag flies high.

DOH: Easton Hill Project on Schedule Video included

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Construction is well underway on what the West Virginia Division of Highways is calling the Easton Hill Project, affecting heavily-traveled Cheat Road (WV Route 857) and Point Marion Road (US Route 119).   “It’s the type of project that’s being accelerated because we want that work done while the students are out of town,” said DOH District 4 Manager and Engineer Donald Williams. The Division of Highways says the work on the Easton Hill intersection is o...

River City Festival of the Arts Celebrates 10th Anniversary Video included

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The River City Festival of the Arts is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Rowlesburg this Memorial Day weekend.  “We have a very varied program,” said Festival Director Anna Nassif. “We do a little bit of literature, history. We have music, classical music. We have jazz. We have a choral group, so we have a variety of the arts.” Festivities began on Friday with a historical portrayal of Sacajawea, American Indian interpreter for Louis and Clark, by Mary...

Property and Mineral Owners Voice Concerns with Recent Legislation Video included

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A group  met Thursday evening in Morgantown to discuss Property and Mineral owners concerns about recent legislation that may take away certain property rights. 

Work Underway on Morgantown's Expanded Paving Project Video included

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Earlier this year, Morgantown’s roads were ranked some of the worst in the state by the TRIP report and the city is taking action. 

FIRST Lego League Comes to Mountaineer Middle School Video included

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FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournaments continued at Mountaineer Middle School on Thursday. Sixth grade students spent the last several months building their robots and completing a research project in their science classes before being able to put them to the test. A total of 45 teams participated. This program is being tested at Monongalia County schools in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education and funded through grants. A similar tournament was held Monday at ...

Mobile Food Pantry Returns to Monongalia County Video included

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The Mobile Food Pantry has returned to help residents of Monongalia County.   The Mountaineer Food Bank with help from The Pantry Plus More program gave away 13,000 pounds of food on Thursday at Mason-Dixon Historical Park. “It’s shocking actually just to see how many people show up to even volunteer, how many people have showed up utilize the resources provided,” said Nicole Ware, who works with BB&T Investment Services and volunteered to help with the di...

WVU Publisher Hosts Book Sale

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Attending a higher learning institution often requires a lot of reading.

Monongalia County Commission Adds Additional Security to Park Video included

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Monongalia County Commission is taking action after break-ins at a local park. According to Commission President Ed Hawkins, there have been two break-ins at Mason-Dixon Historical Park. Commission voted at Wednesday’s meeting to fund additional security measures  to install additional security measures. “If there’s no attention paid by the County Commission to its parks and we allow this to happen, then it only further increases the likelihood that in the fu...

Mon Health Family Birth Center Achieves Baby-Friendly Designation Video included

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Mon Health Medical Center is being recognized for the care they give their youngest patients. "Our whole goal is to really, truly be a family birth center that supports the family and the family's values and gets them through one of the scariest things they do in their life, but also one of the happiest things they do in their life,” said Dr. William Hamilton, Chief of Obstetrics for Mon Health Medical Center. The Mon Health Family Birth Center announced on Wednesday that...

Preston County Sheriff's Office Searches for Wanted Man

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The Preston County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Bruceton Mills man.  Donald C. Stout, 68, is wanted for a reported attempted larceny, according to officials.  Anyone with information on Stouts' whereabouts is asked to contact Sergeant G.A. Sinclair or DFC J.C. Farling at the Preston County Sheriff's Office at 304-329-1611.   

West Virginia Innocence Project Awaiting DNA Results for Client Video included

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“His family believes his claim of innocence. We believe that he has a meritorious claim of innocence. We’re hoping that the DNA test shows that as well,” said Eric Haught with the West Virginia Innocence Project. Haught is talking about a DNA test that could come any day for Charles “Manny” Kilmer and lead to his re-sentencing or release. Kilmer has been serving a life sentence without mercy for first-degree murder at the Mount Oliver Correctional Compl...

Monongalia County Sheriff's Office Warns Residents of Phone Scam

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The Monongalia County Sheriff's Office warns residents of a reported scam. Officials have received several reports of people identifying themselves as Monongalia County Sheriff's Office employees, according to a press release.  The scammers are calling individuals to tell them that they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine for missing federal grand jury. The scammers are identifying themselves as Lieutenant Mesick, Captain Williams or Deputy Giles.  T...

WVU Student Reported Missing Out of Morgantown Found

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A West Virginia University student that was reported missing has been found. 

Morgantown Road Repair Project Nearing Completion Video included

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The West Virginia Division of Highways says work on Interstate 68 Exit 1 leading to 119 in Morgantown is nearing the first phase of completion. Crews are working to repair old concrete paving, by removing and replacing damaged sections. DOH District 4 Manager and Engineer Donald Williams said that road ha shad temporary fixes over the years that haven’t held up as traffic has increased, so this will be a more permanent solution.   “Across I-68 there’s a ...

Bob Huggins Participates in Cancer Fundraiser Video included

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The WVU Cancer Institute's Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund partnered with Bob Huggins and Primanti Brothers for a meet and greet fundraiser.

Masontown VFD Seeks Commission Approval to Start Ambulance Service Video included

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The Masontown Volunteer Fire Department made an appearance at Preston County Commission Monday morning to propose this idea of starting their own first responders ambulance service in the Valley District Area. 

Local Health Department Partners with Milan Puskar Health Right for Needle Exchange Program Video included

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The Preston County Health Department is partnering with Milan Puskar Health Right of Morgantown to establish a  local needle exchange program.  This is a harm reduction program for people that are injecting drugs.

WV Innocence Project Working to Free Wrongfully Incarcerated Video included

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Since its establishment at the West Virginia University College of Law in 2012, the West Virginia Innocence Project has been working with the national Innocence Project network to exonerate people who are wrongfully incarcerated. According to their statistics, 10 percent of prisoners on death row have been wrongfully convicted, and the organizations want to know why? “Most of the time, the criminal justice system gets it right.  I think that’s important to realize a...

Westwood Middle School Students Build FIRST Lego League Robots Video included

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Students at Westwood Middle School in Morgantown have been building robots as part of their science classes. On Monday they put them to the test at a FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament. “We were asked by the Department of Education, could we engage all the kids in an entire school? And the answer was I think so,” said Tournament Director Todd Ensign. “So here we are at the culmination of our first season.” Teams of sixth graders completed a research ...

Morgantown Learning Academy Collects Food for Fellow Students Video included

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Students at the Morgantown Learning Academy set a lofty goal to accomplish last week. Students in third and fourth grades were learning about food insecurity, and decided to collect 1,000 food items for The Pantry Plus More program. Each student at the school was tasked to bring in two items, and ask five friends to do the same. With the help of those friends, students surpassed their goal with 1,570 items. “I remember being that age and I wasn’t thinking about...

Pop Shop Summer Concert Doubles as Food Drive Video included

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Music can serve many purposes, entertainment, therapy and this weekend it was used to raise food donations.

Skyview Elementary Principal Recognized as National Distinguished Principal For West Virginia Video included

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The West Virginia Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals is known for recognizing principals for their work all across the state of West Virginia. 

Skyview Gives Back Event Raises Funds for Camp Caring Video included

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On Friday afternoon at Skyview Elementary, the 'Skyview Gives Back' event was held to raise funds for an organization that focuses on helping children.

Lung Cancer Program Studying High Rates of the Disease in West Virginia Video included

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Researchers at  the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center’s Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Lung Cancer Program at the WVU Cancer Institute are taking a look at the high rates of lung cancer in the state. Researchers and doctors inside the WVU Cancer Institute Lung Cancer Program are trying to determine why. According to the program’s co-leader Dr. Patrick Ma, there could be many reasons. “It’s not just one pr...

Morgantown Celebrates Bike to Work Day with Group Ride Video included

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Bicyclists strapped on their helmets for Bike to Work day in Morgantown on Friday morning. The Morgantown Bicycle Board, also known as Bike Morgantown” set up coffee and snacks for commuters along the Caperton Trail at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, before setting off on a morning ride. “We work on behalf of the city and its residents and city staff in order to promote more active transportation and equitable investment in transportation infrastructure for everybody from...

Relay for Life to Paint Morgantown Purple Video included

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Relay for Life of Monongalia County will be attempting to paint Morgantown purple on Saturday. Starting around 11:00 a.m., committee members and volunteers will be visiting area groups, businesses and restaurants sharing information about the event as part of “Paint the Town Purple”. They hope more groups will form teams, hang posters, decorate their store windows, hand out flyers and do whatever they can to spread the word about relay. “A lot the time I’m t...

Morgantown Observes 6th Annual Gene Vance Jr. Day Video included

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The Morgantown community gathered on Thursday afternoon to observe the sixth annual Gene Vance Jr. Day, honoring all soldiers who have fought since 9/11. "The cost of our freedom, things that we take for granted here in the United States come at a very high cost. It comes at the cost of human life,” said Michael Minc, Founder and Chairman of the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation. The lives of all those soldiers, whether they have returned home, been injured or given the...

Morgantown Community to Observe Gene Vance Jr. Day Video included

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Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means many of us will take time to remember fallen soldiers.

Flags For Heroes Program Recognizes Community Leaders Video included

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Dozens of American flags now line Morgantown streets thanks to a new initiative.

Wreaths Across America Fundraiser in Morgantown Video included

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Thursday a Wreaths Across America Fundraiser will take place in Morgantown.

Mon Power Warns Customers of Green Dot Scam Video included

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Mon Power is warning customers about a phone scam.

The Waterfront Place Hotel Takes New Name Video included

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A familiar hotel in Morgantown now has a new name. The Waterfront Place Hotel is now the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place. The hotel officially opened Wednesday under the new name. Crews were out Wednesday putting the finishing touches on the new signage.

Local Veterans Travel to Pirates Game Video included

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Being America's favorite pastime, baseball, is a game loved by all different types of people. Including our nation's veterans.

HealthNet and EMS Take Special Precautions for Bariatric Patients Video included

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“No matter the size, the age, anything from birth until geriatrics, we can care for in the same fashion,” said Flight Nurse Chris Schrader with HealthNet Aeromedical Services Base 1 in Morgantown. 

1 Pedestrian Taken to Hospital After Being Struck by Vehicle in Morgantown

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West Virginia State Police said a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Morgantown Monday, May 15. The accident happened at approximately 11:47 a.m. along Blue Horizon Drive near the intersection with Guston Run Road, police reported.  The pedestrian was struck in the roadway and taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to police. The pedestrian's name or cause of accident has not been released at this time. Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing s...

WVU Tech Working Towards Advancements in Artificial Intelligence Video included

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Artificial intelligence is not just something from our favorite movies. At the West Virginia University Institute of Technology researchers and students are working to advance it. AI can be broken down into four categories, thinking and acting rationally and thinking and acting humanly.  For Dr. Stephany Coffman-Wolph, it’s all about the thinking using what’s called fuzzy logic. “You have normal binary tube logic where you have yes or no or on and off, w...

Bariatric Equipment Becoming a Necessity at West Virginia Hospitals Video included

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When we talk about health in West Virginia, obesity is a problem that’s often mentioned.   

Christian Help Hosts Financial Education Class Video included

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Financial literacy can be tough to master. Monday evening Christian Help hosted the first of a four-week financial education class.

Walk-n-Roll Fundraiser Hopes to Bring Community Together for SMA Awareness Video included

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On Saturday, May 20th a special event is raising awareness for spinal muscular atrophy. 

Preston County Animal Shelter Director Resigns Video included

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Preston County Commission announced the resignation of the animal shelter director, Brittany Shearer Monday morning. This is following her suspension by the county for being arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Commission held an executive session to discuss the issue.  The commission said that they now search for a new director, a process which could take several months.  The commission is asking the public for patience when dealing with the shelter d...

The Shack Neighborhood House Celebrates Mothers With Community Baby Shower Video included

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Even though Mother’s Day was Sunday, moms were still being celebrated in Morgantown. The Shack Neighborhood House in held a community baby shower for expectant and new mothers on Monday morning. “We want them to feel really welcome and appreciated,” said Program Coordinator for Family Resource Center at The Shack Neighborhood House Jenna Mosely-Lohnes. “Here with the Family Resource Center and The Shack we work with families. That’s our mission...

Visitors Flock to Coopers Rock for Morgantown Migratory Bird Day

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Now that the weather is warming up, birds that migrate to the winter are returning to the area. 

National Women Build Week Creates Homes With Habitat for Humanity

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Mon County Habitat for Humanity spent this week empowering women as part of National Women Build Week. 

West Virginia University Celebrates 2017 Spring Commencement

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West Virginia University welcomed more than 4,500 students into the alumni family this weekend. 

13th Annual Blue & Gold Mine Sale to Benefit United Way Video included

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The East Concourse at Milan Puskar Stadium is packed with donations for Saturday’s Blue & Gold Mine Sale. 

Monongalia County Officials Talk Airbnb Usage Video included

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Monongalia County is taking a look at the use of Airbnb in the area.

Sesame Street's Julia Helping WVU iASD Teach Children with Autism Video included

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The popular children’s television show Sesame Street introduced Julia, a character with autism in April and Intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic at the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities said it has made a difference with the children they see each day. “Julia is a wonderful asset for those of us who work in autism and those of us who have children with autism,” said Dr. Susannah Poe, Director of the iASD Clinic and Professor of ...

Polymer Composites Could Provide Alternative to Traditional Infrastructure Repair Video included

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The orange cones come out, and the traffic delays begin as crews repair roads that cost drivers more than $500 per year. In a few years, the same roads and bridges being worked on now, will need further fixing as traditional materials deteriorate. A researcher and professor at West Virginia University has another solution, polymer composites made of resin and fibers that are longer lasting and are already being tested on roads in West Virginia.   “We were ...

WVU ROTC Holds Commissioning Ceremony Video included

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West Virginia University Army ROTC held its annual commissioning ceremony on Thursday morning. 16 cadets from the Mountaineer Battalion were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants after being pinned by their friends and family, taking an oath and receiving their first salute. Brigadeer General Bruce Hackett, Commanding (Expeditionary) General of the 451st Sustainment Command in Wichita, Kansas served as the keynote speaker. 10 of the second lieutenants will serve on active duty after comp...

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