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A court for military veterans and active service members is set to debut in West Virginia.

State Supreme Court justices are scheduled to be on hand for the launching of the program Wednesday at the Brooke County Courthouse in Wellsburg.

July 26, 1917: West Virginia Flying Corps Commissioned

Jul 26, 2019
Louis Bennett Jr
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On July 26, 1917, Governor John Cornwell commissioned and provided funding for the West Virginia Flying Corps, headquartered at Beech Bottom in Brooke County.

The corps was the brainchild of 22-year-old Weston native Louis Bennett Jr., who’d become a pilot while attending Yale University. Bennett believed that airplanes—a relatively new invention at the time—could support the U.S. military effort in World War I. The U.S. Army, though, refused to accept the West Virginia Flying Corps as a unit, so Bennett entered flight school with the British Royal Air Force in Canada. 

July 17, 1922: Sheriff and Four Miners Killed at Cliftonville

Jul 17, 2019
Clifton mine tipple, burning after strikers set fire to it
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On July 17, 1922, a deadly battle took place between striking miners and mine guards at the Richland Coal Company mine at Cliftonville, just east of Wellsburg. While the Mine Wars are typically associated with southern West Virginia, this shootout in the Northern Panhandle was among the bloodiest of the entire period.  

The events began the night before, when some 300 to 500 striking miners—all heavily armed—gathered in nearby Avella, Pennsylvania. To keep nonunion strikebreakers out of the mine, the union men took up positions around the mine at Cliftonville.

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A West Virginia county has planned to combine seven primary schools into four next year to avoid deficit spending.

The Intelligencer reports the Brooke County Board of Education unanimously approved the consolidation on Monday.

Trump Perry, Trump Perry Sign
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A West Virginia superintendent has received criticism and support for apologizing to a largely black high school for a football game banner that read "Trump Perry."

The U.S. Department of Education has named three schools in West Virginia as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The department announced the awards Thursday for 342 schools nationwide.

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A West Virginia school superintendent has issued an apology after some said they were offended by a banner at a football game that read "Trump Perry."

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A world championship prize fight was held in the Brooke County town of Colliers on June 1, 1880.

At the time, boxing was illegal in every state. To avoid big-city police, promoters often held matches in rural railroad villages. Colliers was a perfect location, being close to Pittsburgh and several Ohio towns.

Brooke County officials say debris in a creek is blocking the flow of water, causing it to back up and flow into the streets of Follansbee.

Brooke County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi says the creek that flooded on Saturday sent water onto the streets and contained debris that shouldn't have been there.

Arthur Quattrocchi stands in front of his son's house Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Follansbee, W.Va., joking about having a yard sale. The town was flooded during severe storms that hit West Virginia's Northern Panhandle on Saturday, July 30.
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The city of Follansbee in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle experienced heavy rains that left the town flooded this weekend. Water has receded and cleanup is underway.

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The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission has admonished a Brooke County magistrate who posted her granddaughter's bond.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that vice chairwoman of the judicial commission Gail C. Boober wrote in a public admonishment last week that Linda J.R. Viderman disregarded state law which states that a magistrate cannot post bond for any other individual, including a family member.

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A West Virginia prosecutor says the fatal police shooting of a man in Brooke County was a justified use of force.

Brooke County prosecutor Joe Barki told news outlets that Clifton Daniel Reintzel charged at an officer with two knives. He says officers had ordered Reintzel to stop and drop the knives.

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Police have shut down an area in northern Brooke County following a gas line explosion.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson says that no injuries or structural damage has been reported.

He says the explosion occurred Monday morning near old riding stables and the gas is still burning.

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Beginning next summer, smoking will be prohibited in all public places in Brooke County.

Media outlets report that the Brooke County Board of Health unanimously voted Monday night to ban smoking in all enclosed public places. The ban also will apply to outdoor places like fairs, festivals and playgrounds.

 The board previously had allowed bars and restaurants to designate 25 percent of their seating as smoking sections. The new ban will go into effect July 1, 2015.  

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  Natural gas production in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has soared as drilling has increased in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that state data show natural gas production in Ohio County jumped from 84,000 cubic feet in 2011 to 22.6 billion cubic feet in 2013.

Wetzel County's production jumped from 9.6 billion cubic feet in 2009 to 114.7 billion cubic feet in 2013.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson said one person is dead after an early morning house explosion in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.