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Past articles by Abigail:

Student speaks out on the Fairmont State BOG’s decision to cut music and theatre programs

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – As announced on May 22, Fairmont State University Board of Governors voted to discontinue music and theater degree programs at the end of the next academic year. According to the Fairmont State BOG, neither academic program met governing standards and both programs were accompanied by large budget shortfalls. Despite the fact that many students and faculty members expressed […] → Read More

WVU to be one of the first universities in the nation to offer a music and health degree

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University announced that it will be offering a new degree program for music and health. This program was made for students who have a passion for music but also want a career in healthcare. The Bachelor of Science in Music and Health will provide students with an opportunity to be […] → Read More

Study shows that West Virginia is one of the worst states for teaching

Source: WalletHub CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – According to a WalletHub study, West Virginia was ranked as one of the worst states for teaching. Teaching can be a profoundly rewarding career, considering the critical role educators play in shaping young minds. But many teachers find themselves overworked and underpaid. This combination of job pressures, low pay and […] → Read More

West Virginia University is West Virginia’s most Instagrammed college campus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University is West Virginia’s most Instagrammed college campus. It’s no surprise that WVU received this recognition because of the iconic buildings on campus. Whether it’s game day, Welcome Week or just strolling through campus, there’s always an opportunity for taking pictures. WVU’s social media team works hard to tell the […] → Read More

The Cooking Goth makes Good Boys cereal bars

SHINNSTON, W.Va – Jack Smith, known as The Cooking Goth, is someone who enjoys cooking and reviewing food on YouTube. Jack was inspired by his best friend, who told him that he should start a YouTube channel. He will make anything from homemade cheesecake to pepperoni rolls to grilling steak. He will also review new […] → Read More

12 News Zip Trip: Morgantown, WV 26501

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Zip Trip is a series where we pick a zipcode out of a hat and search for hidden gems in that area. For this episode, the random zip code is 26501, which is in Morgantown, WV. Terra Café sits along the rail-trail, so many customers stop in after morning runs or walks […] → Read More

Monongahela River gets recognition through promotional videos

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – InterAction Media partnered with the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University to showcase the surrounding areas along the Monongahela River through promotional videos. The Monongahela River is 130 miles long and runs from North Central West Virginia to southwestern Pennsylvania. The promotional videos will bring attention to the […] → Read More

Top adventure towns contest: vote for your favorite outdoor West Virginia town

There are six West Virginia towns that are finalists for the Top Adventure Towns Contest → Read More

Crews respond to structure fire at Fairmont Restaurant

UPDATE (8/30/19 6:29 am): According to the Fairmont Fire Department, crews have extinguished the flames at the ‘Poky Dot’. Officials also said the building is still standing and they do not believe the fire to be suspicious. ORIGINAL: Crews are currently on scene battling a structure fire at the ‘Poky Dot’ on Fairmont Avenue in […] → Read More

A 92-year-old manages to play golf several times a month with “the boys”

PARSONS, W.Va. – At 92 years old, George Hubbard said that the secret to a long and happy life is golf. George has been playing golf for 57 years, and despite a bad knee, he still manages to play several times a month with his golfing buddies. When it’s time to go golfing, George gets […] → Read More

West Virginia ranked 6th for best early education system in America

According to a WalletHub report, West Virginia has the 6th best early education system in the United States. → Read More

West Virginia ranks 7th for biggest increase in diabetes

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – According to QuoteWizard, the number of Americans with diabetes increased 29 percent from 2007 to 2017. The study found that West Virginia had one of the highest increase in diabetes over a 10-year period. Genetic predisposition, poor diet and lack of exercise are the leading causes of diabetes in America. More than […] → Read More

Teachers turn to social media for help with school supplies

COALTON, W.Va. – Ashley Kimble is about to start her sixth year of teaching at Coalton Elementary School, however she is still spending money out of her own pocket for school supplies. According to a survey done by the National Center for Education Statistics, 94 percent of teachers spent their own money on school supplies. […] → Read More

West Virginia was ranked 8th for the least amount of summer thefts

West Virginia is ranked 8th for the least amount of summer break ins. → Read More

Morgantown awarded most educated city in West Virginia

Morgantown has won the 2019 Most Educated City Award in West Virginia from Insurify. → Read More

Help fix the restrooms in the Homestead Community Center

The Tygart Valley Homestead Association is seeking donations for the Homestead Community Center restrooms. → Read More

Kennywood opens the new Steel Curtain rollercoaster

The Steel Curtain roller coaster at Kennywood carried its first riders at the Kickoff event Friday. → Read More

West Virginia is #pet-obsessed

West Virginia is ranked 27th for residents tweeting the most about their pets. → Read More

American Red Cross urges the public to donate blood with new campaign

A new campaign launched by the American Red Cross is raising awareness for lifesaving blood donations. → Read More

West Virginia ranked the most-dangerous state for Memorial Day travel

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, people should keep in mind that Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays for traveling. → Read More