Ryanne Michael of Petersburg, W.Va., meets Justin Bieber at his recent concert in Pittsburgh. Michael took a cardboard cutout of Bieber to her senior prom five months ago when her date backed out. Then friends surprised her with the concert ticket as a graduation gift. Later she learned she would have the chance to meet him and with the help of her mom, Andrea Michael, and grandmother, Virginia Hedrick, put together a Justin Bieber skirt using duct tape, fabric and Velcro. Michael gave Bieber a photo album that had all the pictures from the prom and a West Virginia hat.
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Massive Oklahoma twister kills 51
A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.
Piedmont town foreman Shingler enters guilty plea
Piedmont Town Foreman John Shingler is facing a prison term of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 after pleading guilty to a charge of conversion of government property Thursday in U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, Martinsburg, according to court documents.
Final dress rehearsal for Rocky Gap Casino
As required by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, the Rocky Gap Casino went through final live testing of its operations Monday, with officials hoping to open casino doors for business on Wednesday.
Airport commuter service not feasible, FSU student concludes
A Frostburg State University student who undertook a survey about the feasibility of commuter service at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport said he does not believe the findings are favorable for the service at this time.
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Oakland house fire said deliberately set
Fire that damaged a Sanders Lane residence Sunday was arson, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.
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West Virginia gets reprieve from No Child Left Behind law
West Virginia won limited freedom Monday from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, gaining approval of its own method for identifying struggling schools and then devoting resources to improve them.
Group plans black Civil War veterans’ memorial
Soldiers in Hagerstown were among the first black men in Maryland to join the ranks of the Union during the Civil War, and were involved in the siege of Petersburg, Va., during the conflict.
Burning cases, student sanctions down at WVU
West Virginia University is seeing a decline in malicious burning cases involving students.
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