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    Brush Fire Burns on Herndon Mountain

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:09:30 GMT
    Brush Fire on Herndon Mountain taken by Larry MarrsBrush Fire on Herndon Mountain taken by Larry Marrs
    A large brush fire is burning in Wyoming County Thursday night (4/24). The fire is covering around 160 acres on Herndon Mountain near Garwood and Alpoca.
    A large brush fire is burning in Wyoming County Thursday night (4/24). The fire is covering around 160 acres on Herndon Mountain near Garwood and Alpoca.
  • Gala to be Held for the Restoration of the John Henry Museum and Gift Shop

    Gala to be Held for the Restoration of the John Henry Museum and Gift Shop

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:53:29 GMT
    HINTON -- The Hinton Hope Foundation, along with the John Henry Historical Society, are hosting a fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The proceeds of the event will go towards the renovation of the new John Henry Museum and Gift Shop in Talcott. The gala will be held at the 19th century building, which is the future site of the museum. John Henry memorabilia, historic paintings, and antiques will be up for auction and local bands will provide entertainment.The renovation...
    HINTON -- The Hinton Hope Foundation, along with the John Henry Historical Society, are hosting a fundraiser gala on Saturday, May 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The proceeds of the event will go towards the renovation of the new John Henry Museum and Gift Shop in Talcott. The gala will be held at the 19th century building, which is the future site of the museum. John Henry memorabilia, historic paintings, and antiques will be up for auction and local bands will provide entertainment.The renovation...
  • Bud/Alpoca dirty water runs clear, for now?

    Bud/Alpoca dirty water runs clear, for now?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:52:23 GMT
    In Wyoming County, people in Bud and Alpoca have been living without clean water for almost a year.
    In Wyoming County, people in Bud and Alpoca have been living without clean water for almost a year.
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    West Virginia Farm Service Agency

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:19:55 GMT
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed Richard Snuffer II as the new state executive director for the USDA's West Virginia Farm Service Agency.
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed Richard Snuffer II as the new state executive director for the USDA's West Virginia Farm Service Agency.
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    Future Business Leaders of America

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:19:55 GMT
    State Auditor Glen Gainer has been honored by the Future Business Leaders of America — Phi Beta Lambda with the honorary life member award at its State Leadership Conference in Charleston.
    State Auditor Glen Gainer has been honored by the Future Business Leaders of America — Phi Beta Lambda with the honorary life member award at its State Leadership Conference in Charleston.
  • Bethany College

    Bethany College

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:19:55 GMT
    Elizabeth Sweeney Athol, a 1982 Bethany College graduate and Pittsburgh attorney, has been selected Alumna of the Year.
    Elizabeth Sweeney Athol, a 1982 Bethany College graduate and Pittsburgh attorney, has been selected Alumna of the Year.
MORGANTOWN, WV -

Researchers from West Virginia University and Ohio State University have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant through the Division of Environmental Biology to study the microbial biodiversity found in deep underground shale formations.

Shikha Sharma, an assistant professor in geology, is the principal investigator for WVU's side of the research project. 

Sharma will receive $351,000 to probe the chemical and isotopic biomarkers that microorganisms leave behind during their growth and respiration process. 

The Marcellus and Utica-Point Pleasant shale within the Appalachian basin of Ohio and West Virginia is one of the largest unconventional reserves in the United States.

 The four-year project is slated to begin in January. This research award is the first activity to occur under the Ohio State-WVU partnership for shale energy research that was put in place earlier this year.

In other news at WVU, Drew Chelosky has joined the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences as assistant dean for development. He will oversee donor relations and stewardship activities, and generate gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. He began his duties this month.

Chelosky previously served as the director of development and alumni affairs for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he supervised all development operations from annual giving to major gifts and planned giving.

Chelosky, a native of Pittsburgh, earned his bachelor's degree from Washington and Jefferson College and his master's degree in public policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh, completing a comprehensive research project on social entrepreneurship and non-profit management at the university's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

WVU's largest-ever private fundraising campaign continues through 2015. "A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia's University" is a $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the university.