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Local Briefs – June 30

History of Mountaineer on Zoom Wednesday

The Committee of Retired Faculty and OLLI,  Morgantown, are co-sponsoring a Zoom presentation at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.  

Rosemary Hathaway, associate professor of English at WVU, will present  “The Trickster and the Culture Hero: A Brief History of the West Virginia Mountaineer.”  

Since its first appearance in print in 1803, the term “Mountaineer” as a synonym for West Virginians has been a term that’s associated with a wide range of values and images. 

This talk explores the twin roots of the Mountaineer’s family tree and looks at moments in history — of West Virginia University and of Appalachia more broadly — when the figure of the Mountaineer has been redefined and reimagined. 

To register, call the OLLI office at 304-293-1793 or email Those interested must register by 5 p.m. today.

Info: Contact  Allyson McKee, or Jascenna Haislet,

Fireworks are prohibited within city limits

Fourth of July celebrations are just days away and it’s important to remember  the laws the City of Morgantown has in place to keep those around you safe.

In 2016, West Virginia state law changed to allow the sale of fireworks, the type of devices that leave the ground and are designed to produce visible or audible effects by combustion.

Previously, only sparklers, toy caps, model rockets and novelties were permitted to be purchased. Morgantown City Code, however, still prohibits people from using consumer fireworks in city limits.

Any person who violates the provision of the City Code dealing with fireworks can face a fine from $100-$500.

COVID-19 cancellations

  •  The Cascade reunion, set for July 18, has been canceled for this year. There are plans for a 2021 reunion.
  • The Bolyard reunion set to be held July 19 at Flag Church  is canceled Info: Bob Pratt at 304-329-2269.
  • The Tunnelton historical Society is closed  in 2020. Info: Bob Shaffer at 304-568-2579
  • The annual McWhorter Reunion, set  for July 24-26, in McWhorter,  will not be held this year.  Family members will receive a newsletter soon with more details.   Make plans to attend next year’s gathering on July 23-25, 2021.
  • The 36th Bruceton High School Alumni Association reunion set for July 19 in Bruceton Mills has been canceled.  Make plans to meet in July 2021.

Medical cannabis applications accepted

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health  announced its Office of Medical Cannabis will resume accepting permit applications for medical cannabis laboratories.  Laboratory permits are not limited in number and the application process will remain open indefinitely.

A link to the web-based application is available at  No paper option will be available.  

“This is a key step in the process to make medical cannabis available to West Virginians with serious medical conditions,” said Jason Frame, director of the Office of Medical Cannabis. “We and many others continue to work toward a goal of providing eligible West Virginia residents the ability to procure quality-tested medical cannabis.”

Golf FORE Life set for July 11 in Preston

The 8th Annual Golf FORE Life Tournament is set for July 11 at Preston Country Club. 

 Registration and lunch will be from noon-1 p.m. A putting contest follows at 1 p.m. and tee time is 1:30 p.m. The informal awards ceremony takes place at about  6 p.m.

Mountain State Barbecue will cater the boxed dinner. Lunch will be boxed as well. Win prizes and awards, while practicing social distancing. 

Cost is $95 per golfer or $380 per foursome. Proceeds benefit the West Virginians for Life Educational Trust Fund. To register online visit, or call 304-594-9845 for more info.

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