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Star City man, father drowns in Monongahela River, police say

STAR CITY, W.Va (WDTV) - A father of six died Friday, May 13 by drowning in the Monongahela River, police say. The Star City Chief of Police, Tom Varndell, confirms to 5 News that Rusty Shane Adams of Star City drowned while swimming in the river. A GoFundMe page is...
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Police investigate damage to grave site in Westmoreland County

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police said they’re investigating an incident of criminal mischief at Westmoreland Memorial Cemetery in Hempfield Township. Investigators were alerted to the incident a little before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. State police said a woman reported several items at a family member’s grave site were...
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It's Official: Emmitt Matthews Back with Mountaineers

West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced the signing of Emmitt Matthews Jr. to a grant-in-aid for the 2022-23 academic year. Matthews, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Tacoma, Washington, will return to West Virginia after spending last season at Washington. He spent the first three years of his collegiate career at WVU.

Former West Virginia Coach Suffers Major Heart Attack

Morgantown, West Virginia – Former West Virginia offensive coordinator Calvin Magee suffered a major heart attack earlier today. Magee, 59, worked at West Virginia University from 2001 to 2007 under Rich Rodriguez and is now the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/tight ends coach under Rodriguez at Jacksonville State University. Prayers...

Kuzma defeats incumbent in 39th District primary

Former Elizabeth Township commissioner Andrew Kuzma has defeated incumbent state Rep. Mike Puskaric for the Republican nomination in the 39th Legislative District. To read the rest of the story, please see a copy of Wednesday’s Mon Valley Independent, call 724-314-0035 to subscribe or subscribe to our online edition at

THE SHOTGUN THROWDOWN: Bob Huggins continues 2022 transfer portal domination

Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor, and daily distractions. After struggling to adjust to the college basketball transfer portal last year, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has shown that he can adapt this spring. Huggins has added multiple power-five transfers to his roster, including the return of Emmitt Matthews and the newest edition of Tre Mitchell from Texas. While some want to criticize Huggy Bear and his staff, they have shown that they can attract some of the biggest names in the transfer portal. Hopefully the new additions on the roster help the Mountaineers return to their winning ways next season.

Star City welcomes its first female police chief

STAR CITY, W.Va (WDTV) - The town of Star City welcomed its first female police chief, Jessica Colebank. Colebank was sworn in to replace former Chief Tom Varndell. Colebank worked in Star City for seven years before she went to Granville, where she spent four years. Colebank hoped to create...
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H.S. Baseball regional matchups

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — 24 sectional champions have qualified for the WVSSAC Regional Baseball tournaments. Best-of-three series play can begin Monday, May 23. Regional champions advance to the state tournament at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. The single-elimination state tournament will begin Thursday, June 2. (Team records updated after the...

Stevenson Brings Experience, Leadership To WVU

In four seasons playing college basketball, Erik Stevenson has had plenty of individual success, scoring a total of 1,187 points. The one thing he hasn’t experienced, though, is the NCAA Tournament. He hopes that changes this coming year at West Virginia, which has advanced to the Big Dance in...

Duquesne WBB Announces Incoming Recruiting Class

Duquesne women’s basketball head coach Dan Burt has announced his recruiting class for the upcoming 2022-23 season. This year’s class features two incoming freshmen, three Division I transfers and one junior college transfer. Guards Reilly Sunday (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area HS), Dea Pushkolli (Prishtina, Kosovo/Arizona Compass Prep) and...
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Morgantown accepts police review board agreement

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — City council has signed off on an agreement that would limit the power of the Morgantown Civilian Police and Advisory Board. The board was created by city council last year to accept complaints, audit policies and procedures and review findings of internal investigations and make recommendations to the chief of police. The ordinance also gave the board authority to review evidence and interview witnesses or the complainant.

Novacek’s single finishes off Yough rally to beat Vikings

Yough baseball coach Craig Spisak isn’t a fan of seeing his team try to play from behind. But this season, it’s happened so often, that he knows the Cougars aren’t phased when facing an early deficit. That was the case on Tuesday as Yough spotted Mt. Pleasant a big lead in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs at Hempfield Area High School. But like they have done several times this season, the Cougars battled back and eventually pulled out a hard-fought victory.