Tractor Trailer Accident on I-79 near Quiet Dell Has Traffic Backed Up

A 9:11 a.m. tractor trailer accident on I-79 northbound at the 114 mile marker near Quiet Dell still has traffic backed up. The incident happened when a tractor trailer went into the guard rail. Responding were Nutter Fort Fire Department Stonewood Fire Department, Anmoore EMS and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the accident. The accident was reported to 911 as one with injury. 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 30, 2014 EST

Harrison County Residents Warned of Phone Scam

If you receive a phone call from an individual posing to represent the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, be on alert. Learn more at the WDTV news report HERE

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 29, 2014 EST

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Warns WV Residents of Federal Grant Scam

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia residents of a phony federal grant scam where consumers are receiving cold calls from individuals posing as employees of the “Federal Grant Department.”
Several consumers, especially in the Northern and Eastern panhandles, have filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office about cold calls they received from a person who says the consumers have been selected for a tax-free grant from an entity the caller identifies as the “Federal Grant Department.” The caller says he is a “senior account official” for the Department and assures the caller that the grant is free money that will not have to be paid back.
“Consumers should see a red flag when they receive an unsolicited phone call with a too-good-to-be-true deal offering them large sums of money,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Our Office wants to educate consumers on the ways scammers will try to get their personal information. As our Office has seen in this scam, scammers will offer consumers fake grants and promises of money in order to gain access to their accounts.”
In the scam, consumers are told they are eligible for a sizable grant, but must provide bank routing numbers in order for the transaction to be completed.
“We always encourage consumers to simply take down information and do some research before agreeing to anything over the phone,” Morrisey said. “It is natural to feel excited if you hear you have won something, but before taking those next steps, take a moment to stop and review whether this is a real prize or just a scam.”
If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808. Complaints also may be filed online at

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 26, 2014 EST

PSC Announces Public Comment Hearings on Mon Power and Potomac Edison Rate Case

The Public Service Commission has scheduled six public comment hearings in the pending Mon Power and Potomac Edison (together FirstEnergy) Rate Case.  Those hearings will be held:
•             October 1, 2014, 1:00 pm, at the Days Inn Convention Center, Flatwoods
•             October 1, 2014, 6:00 pm, at the Days Inn Convention Center, Flatwoods
•             October 2, 2014, 1:00 pm, at the Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown
•             October 2, 2014, 6:00 pm, at the Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown
•             October 6, 2014, 1:00 pm, at the Frank Arts Center, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown
•             October 6, 2014, 6:00 pm, at the Frank Arts Center, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown
FirstEnergy has requested a $95.7 million or 9.3 percent, increase of rates and charges for their West Virginia customers.  It has also requested a revision of its depreciation rates.  The Commission has set an evidentiary hearing in these matters for October 28 through November 3, 2014, in Charleston.
FirstEnergy serves approximately 523,000 customers in 37 West Virginia counties.  More information may be obtained from the PSC website: by referencing Case Nos. 14-0701-E-D and 14-0702-E-42T.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 25, 2014 EST

Smoke Testing Starting in October

During the month of October, representatives of the City of Bridgeport will be performing smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system within the areas above the Bridgeport High School.  This testing allows the City to determine the location of problem areas.  Testing hours will be from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Residents can expect to see some smoke coming out of their sewer roof vents during the test.  Do not be alarmed if smoke enters the home, it does not create a fire hazard.  If someone in your residence (building) has Asthma, Emphysema, or any other respiratory condition, please notify the City of Bridgeport, Engineering Department Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM at (304) 842-8231. A notice will be distributed to the affected areas prior to testing.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 24, 2014 EST

Several Organizations Come Together to Collect Food for Shepherd’s Corner

To give back to the local community and raise awareness for Shepherd’s Corner, the City of Bridgeport Fire Department, GFWC Women’s Club and Bridgeport Lions Club will conduct a food drive on October 25th from 10am-1pm. The Bridgeport Fire Department will be driving the city’s neighborhood streets collecting non-perishable items. Leave your contribution by your mailbox or beside your door by 10am on that day.
The food drive is being held to alleviate burdens on Shepherd’s Corner, which has had to meet the continuously rising demand for food over the past few years. “Shepherd’s Corner has seen a significant increase in the amount of food being distributed from last year to this year,” said MaryEllen Depue, Chairperson of Shepherd’s Corner. “We are not only in desperate need of food, but personal care items as well. These are things that can’t be purchased with food stamps.” Shepherd’s Corner serves between 5,000-6,000 people a year with food and personal care items. Some of the items that they are in need of that they have to regularly purchase include: peanut butter and jelly, canned milk, baked beans and granulated sugar.
The food drive is the perfect way for individuals to help others in their community. However, if you are unable to leave items on your porch or live outside the city limits, you can drop off your nonperishable food or personal care items at the Bridgeport Fire Departments (on Main Street or the Sub-Station by UHC), Civic Center or City Hall (515 W. Main Street) the week of October 20-25, and they will be taken to Shepherd’s Corner.
You can also call Shepherd’s Corner at 304-842-6352 or stop by their Bridgeport location on

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 24, 2014 EST

Bridgeport High School '14 Homecoming Parade Featured in Time-Lapsed Video

Last Wednesday, Sept. 17, the start of the BHS Homecoming Festivities started with the crowd favorite, the Homecoming Parade. Adults and kids lined the street ready for their first peek at the Homecoming Princesses and to snatch up some delicious treats. The Connect-Bridgeport team was on hand to give you a special look into the parade with this time-lapsed video. 

by Hannah Cantrell on September 23, 2014 EST

FSU Athletics and NCWV Airport Having Social Media Contest, Winner Goes to Orlando

Fairmont State University Athletics is teaming with the North Central West Virginia (CKB) Airport to give one lucky fan the opportunity to win one free round-trip flight to Orlando, courtesy of Allegiant Air.
To enter the sweepstakes, post a photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram wearing your best Fairmont State spirit gear using the following hashtag #CKBAllegiant. All fans must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
Submissions received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) the day before a Fairmont State home game will be eligible to win the prize for that week. Submissions after 5 p.m. will be entered into the next drawing.
To view the contest rules, visit or
How to Enter: Contestants may enter the Contest by posting photos of themselves or their family dressed in their best Fairmont State University Spirit Wear to the Fairmont State University Athletics Facebook page (, to Twitter or to Instagram using the hashtag #CKBAllegiant. Only one entry, per person is permitted. In order to correctly post the photo via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, please follow these instructions:
a.) Instagram: The user must post a photo which contains the specified hashtag with a preceding number sign (#CKBAllegiant) in the photo caption.
b.) Twitter: The user must post their photo in a Tweet which contains the specified hashtag with a preceding number sign (#CKBAllegiant).
c.) Facebook: The user must post their photo directly to the Fairmont State University Athletics Facebook page timeline with the specified hashtag in the message (#CKBAllegiant).

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 16, 2014 EST