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March 17, 1912: NFL, WVU Hall Of Fame Athlete Joe Stydahar Born

Mar 17, 2020
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Athlete Joe Stydahar was born in Pennsylvania on March 17, 1912. He and his family moved to Harrison County, West Virginia, where he graduated from Shinnston High School. He went on to become a basketball and football star at West Virginia University.

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On February 11, 1923, eight gangsters were arrested in Harrison County for their involvement in Black Hand activities. Black Hand was a name given to underworld extortion techniques, such as threatening lives in exchange for money. During the early 20th century, it was most commonly associated with Italian and Sicilian mobsters who extorted money from their fellow countrymen who had emigrated to the United States.

June 23, 1944: 103 People Die in State's Deadliest Tornado Outbreak

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On June 23, 1944, the deadliest tornado outbreak in West Virginia history nearly destroyed the Harrison County community of Shinnston. Sixty-six people died in and around the town, with victims ranging in age from 85 years to only 6 days. Overall, the outbreak killed 103 West Virginians and seriously injured another 430.

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On April 22, 1861, some 1,200 protesters gathered at the Harrison County Courthouse in Clarksburg to vent their anger about Virginia seceding from the Union. Five days earlier, Virginia delegates had adopted an Ordinance of Secession, just days after the start of the Civil War.

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A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student is appealing a decision to remove him from his job after this school year.

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Updated on Mar. 20, 2019 at 11:53 a.m.

A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year.

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A West Virginia high school's assistant principal should be disciplined after questioning a transgender male student over his choice of bathrooms and saying, "you freak me out," the American Civil Liberties Union said.

October 15, 1850: Virginia Constitutional Convention

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Joseph Johnson, represented Harrison County in the 1980 Virginia Convention.
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On October 15, 1850, Joseph Johnson of Harrison County called the Virginia Constitutional Convention to order. The convention had been a long time in the making. For years, residents of western Virginia had felt neglected by the state government in Richmond. This was due in large part to the region’s underrepresentation in the state legislature. This underrepresentation occurred because the eastern part of the state could use its large slave population to inflate its number of delegates despite the fact that slaves had no legal rights.

School officials in north-central West Virginia are working to make school buildings safer before classes begin this fall.

Officials said the moves are meant to keep out intruders and come on the heels of school shootings around the nation.

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West Virginia regulators are monitoring a damaged dam in the northern part of the state that could potentially fail.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says in a news release a worker with the town of Lumberport notified authorities Wednesday about a collapsed section of the dam.

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State officials are expressing hope that a trade dispute over Canadian aircraft won't affect hundreds of people working at the company's service center in West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that about 400 people work at Bombardier's commercial aircraft service center in Bridgeport. The facility at North Central West Virginia Airport in October picked up 89 jobs from Bombardier's shuttered maintained operations in Georgia.

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Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a federal disaster declaration for a dozen counties in northern West Virginia hit by flooding in late July.

Justice sent a letter to the White House on August 10 requesting the disaster declaration, according to a news release from the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

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Last weekend’s flash flooding in northern and north-central West Virginia has caused over $10 million dollars in damages.

Eleven counties are facing damage costs totaling $10,604,778, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

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Writer Melville Davisson Post was born in Harrison County on April 19, 1869. He became a popular writer, starting with his 1896 short story collection, The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason.

With a law degree from West Virginia University and a successful writing career underway, Post married Ann Bloomfield Gamble Schoolfield. Together, they traveled the world and the East Coast before settling down at their home, known as the “Chalet,” in Harrison County.

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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.

A few weeks ago, the students of the Appalachian Children's Chorus and their founding director, Selina Midkiff, stopped by our studios at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. They graced us with their youthful energy and a true dedication to music-making. 

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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.

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A Harrison County judge has asked attorneys on both sides to turn over evidence before he sentences a woman who has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in connection to her running of a Salem boarding school for troubled youths.

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Harrison County voters are due to decide whether to extend a levy for five more years that has helped provide much of the budget for the Central West Virginia Transit Authority over the past three decades.

The Exponent Telegram reports that residents on May 10 will go to the polls to vote on whether to continue the levy, beginning on July 1, 2017.

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A Harrison County commissioner faces charges of fraudulently obtaining money.

Multiple media outlets report that a grand jury indicted Commissioner Bernie Fazz

  ini on four felony counts. The charges include obtaining more than $1,000 under false pretenses and falsifying accounts.

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Free drug testing kits will soon be distributed to Harrison County residents.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld and Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker announced the program on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The drug tests produce results in less than 20 minutes. The test screens for a variety of commonly abused substances including marijuana, opioid painkillers, stimulants, tranquilizers, cocaine, methadone and PCP.

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Eighty-seven people face charges stemming from a drug investigation in North Central West Virginia.

Ten police agencies began arresting the suspects Tuesday morning. Bridgeport police chief John Walker tells media outlets that 40 people were in custody as of 11 a.m.

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A state audit has raised questions about the Central West Virginia Transit Authority's costs and controls.

The Exponent Telegram says the West Virginia Auditor's Office found that the agency paid expenses without evidence of proper authorization by its board or the general manager.

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A Murray Energy company wants to expand a coal slurry impoundment in Harrison County to increase its capacity.

The former Consolidation Coal Co., now called Murray American Energy Inc., is seeking state approval to broaden the impoundment by 103 acres and increase its height by 70 feet.

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As the legislature begins its session, the Republicans now holding the majority tout job creation as their main focus for the next eight weeks. On the House floor today, Delegate Miley of Harrison County noted that there are plenty of jobs in the north region of the state.

A newly elected state senator wants to keep his job on the Harrison County Commission while serving in the Legislature.

A former Salem official has lost a bid to serve his embezzlement sentence under house arrest.

David Wayne Mayle is serving one to 10 years in prison. His attorney, Rocco Mazzei, had filed a motion in November asking a judge to consider house arrest.

The Exponent Telegram reports that Harrison County Circuit Judge John Lewis Marks Jr. denied the motion on Monday. Marks says in his order that the sentence is appropriate.

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Harrison County officials are attributing a 911 dispatch mix-up to a computer error and miscommunication.

Firefighters responding to a house fire last week were sent to the wrong address about 20 miles away.

County administrator Willie Parker tells The Exponent Telegram that an investigation found the house's location hadn't been converted to a new address in the Harrison-Taylor 911 computer system. When a caller reported the fire, the computer system showed an old address.

Joseph Johnson, represented Harrison County in the 1980 Virginia Convention.
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The federal government will provide additional help to two West Virginia counties to reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking.

Berkeley and Harrison counties are among 26 counties and cities in 11 states designated as high intensity drug trafficking areas.

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