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  • Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:06:20 GMT
    Mercer street in Princeton is home to many festivals throughout the year, but this time, they have a pretty unique festival hitting the streets.In honor of the 75th year anniversary of Batman, the town will celebrate.Organizers say it's not just about the super hero, but what the super hero has done for families."Some people use them as bedtimes stories for their kids. The movies, we've all grown up to see a cartoon movie or show so we all have a memory of the character," Bryan Austin said.Au...
    Mercer street in Princeton is home to many festivals throughout the year, but this time, they have a pretty unique festival hitting the streets.In honor of the 75th year anniversary of Batman, the town will celebrate.Organizers say it's not just about the super hero, but what the super hero has done for families."Some people use them as bedtimes stories for their kids. The movies, we've all grown up to see a cartoon movie or show so we all have a memory of the character," Bryan Austin said.Au...
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:04:01 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
  • Chafin Wins, Elected 21st Republican Senator

    Chafin Wins, Elected 21st Republican Senator

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:03:34 GMT
    Delegate A. Benton "Ben" Chafin was elected to the Senate of Virginia, Tuesday. Chafin secured a Republican majority in the General Assembly upper chamber. Chafin will serve and represent the 38th District, succeeding former Senator Phil Puckett who resigned in June. Chafin defeated Democrat Mike Hymes and Independent Rick Mullins. Polls closed at 7 PM on Tuesday night.
    Delegate A. Benton "Ben" Chafin was elected to the Senate of Virginia, Tuesday. Chafin secured a Republican majority in the General Assembly upper chamber. Chafin will serve and represent the 38th District, succeeding former Senator Phil Puckett who resigned in June. Chafin defeated Democrat Mike Hymes and Independent Rick Mullins. Polls closed at 7 PM on Tuesday night.
CHARLESTON -

Fall semester enrollment in West Virginia's state-supported colleges and universities decreased by 775, or about 1.1 percent, from 2011 to 2012, according to numbers released by the Higher Education Policy Commission on Nov. 13.

Half of the 12 state schools reported increased enrollment, while the other half reported decreases. Marshall University reported the largest decrease at 333, while West Virginia University had the highest increase, at 90. In percentages, Glenville State had the greatest growth at 2.2 percent, while the WVU Institute of Technology had the largest decrease at 15.9 percent. On Nov. 12, WVU officials attributed most of the decrease at Tech to the termination of the school's football program.

Schools gaining enrollment from last fall to this fall were Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College, West Liberty University, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and WVU.

Overall enrollment at state schools was 68,364 last year and 67,589 this year.

Going back to 2008, the greatest growth was at Glenville, which saw its enrollment increase by 31.5 percent, while the greatest decline was at West Virginia State, where enrollment fell by 12 percent. The other two schools showing enrollment declines from 2008 to 2012 were Fairmont State and WVU Tech.

Although enrollment at most schools peaked in 2010, enrollment at WVU has increased each year since 2008.

In fall 2008, enrollment at the four schools totaled 65,976.