GFWC Woman's Club and Lions Club to Host Annual Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

GFWC Woman's Club of Bridgeport and The Lions Club are having their annual benefit spaghetti dinner on Thursday September 18th at the Benedum Civic Center. $8 adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Buy tickets at door. Carry-outs are available. Proceeds will be used to purchase eye glasses for needy and for other community projects.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 16, 2014 EST

Golf Tournament that Raised Nearly $2 million Coming to Pete Dye Next Week

For nearly a decade Dominion Resources has sponsored the Dominion Charity Golf Tournament and to-date has raised nearly $2-million for local charities. On Monday, September 22, 2014, Dominion will once again host the annual event at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport.
Last year the event raised more than $125,000, which benefited several charitable and educational organizations in North Central West Virginia, including, Kelly Miller Foundation, Health Access, Clarksburg Mission, Our Neighbor, Special Olympics, Camp-Catch-Your-Breath, WVU School of Medicine, Fairmont State University and others.
“We are very appreciative of the support Dominion has received over the past 18 years.” stated Bob Orndorff, Dominion’s managing director of state & local affairs in W.Va. “Seventeen organizations and charities will benefit through the money the event raises. Every dollar goes to charity and the minimum donation to any one group is $2,000 and our goal this year is $130,000.”
Orndorff added “Over 100 golfers from as far away as Texas and Louisiana will be participating in the charity event. They support and invest in the natural gas industry in West Virginia and look forward to returning to the Mountain State to enjoy our hospitality and participate in this charitable event.”
What: Dominion Invitational Charity Golf Tournament
When: Monday Sept. 22 @ 11:30 a.m.
Where: Pete Dye Golf Club, Bridgeport, W.Va.
*If your schedule permits, join us for brunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. A reception, check presentation to the various charities and a golf awards ceremony will be held in the club dining room beginning at 5 p.m.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 16, 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

City Water Department Starts 4-Week Hydrant Flushing, Maintenance Program

Bridgeport Water Department workers will continue the city’s fire hydrant flushing and maintenance program today in various areas throughout the city.
The program will continue for about four weeks, according to a press release from city officials.
Residents may experience some discoloration and low pressure of water during this period. Call (304) 842-8231 for information on what areas flushing is taking place or if you have other questions..

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 15, 2014 EST

Sobriety Checkpoints Scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 18

The Bridgeport Police Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. The checkpoints may be conducted on either or both US Route 50 (Main Street) and/or Johnson Avenue within the city limits of Bridgeport.  The following are alternate routes that may be taken to avoid the sobriety checks; Lodgeville Road & Route 58 to avoid Route 50 and I-79 north & south to avoid Johnson Avenue.
Editor's Note: Photo courtesy of WDTV.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 14, 2014 EST

Local Building Makes National List of "Absolute Creepiest Places to Visit"

The air is getting chilly and Halloween is right around the corner. In preparation of the creepy fun that's coming up, check out’s list “The 14 Absolute Creepiest Places to Visit in the United States.”  You’ll be delightfully freaked out to know that one of them is close to home.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 14, 2014 EST

Be Heard and Help Develop a Plan for Harrison County

Do you have ideas on what projects you want your tax dollars spent on? Are there changes you would like to see in your Harrison County?  If so, this is your opportunity to help create a Harrison County Comprehensive Plan. There will be Four Public Open Houses this month so citizens have a chance to be heard and provide input on how the plan should be made. Each open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Don’t have time to stay all evening? That’s no problem stay as long as you can. Your opinion matters.
The meetings are as follows:
September 16– Harrison County Recreation Complex
September 24– Shinnston City Hall
September 25– Salem City Hall
September 29– Lost Creek Town Hall
For more information:
Charlotte Shaffer
Harrison County Planning Director

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 12, 2014 EST

WVU Still One of Top 100 Public Universities in U.S News Rankings

West Virginia University remains one of the top 100 public universities in the nation in the latest rankings published by U.S. News and World Report.
WVU is 94th among public universities and 168th among all national universities, which includes private schools. Both rankings, released Tuesday (Sept. 9), hold steady from last year when WVU was 94th among public universities and 170th overall among national universities.
The publication also names WVU as 55th among best colleges for veterans, 133rd for best undergraduate business programs, 109th for best undergraduate engineering programs at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, and 228th for high school counselor rankings.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 11, 2014 EST

Braves Kicked Off Season with Defeat; Ready for Redemption Tonight

By Haden Miller
The Braves kicked off their 2014 season with a new opponent on last Wednesday, September 3, Morgantown’s Suncrest  Middle spoiled the Braves opener with a disappointing loss 28-22.
The Braves hit the ground running on their first possession with hefty carries provided by running back Jake Bowen. As Suncrest was back on their heels being pushed all the way down to the 19- yard line, a Suncrest defender stripped Bowen of the ball and returned it a 81 yards for the first touchdown scored in the game to make it a 6-0 contest.
Next possession for the Braves mirrored the first. Bowen led the Braves down the field with more long runs and also supplied the Braves with their first touchdown, putting the Braves up 8-6.
Suncrest’s offense would still be held off to the side as the Braves kick-off coverage was broken which led to a special teams touchdown, and Suncrest quickly took back the lead 14-8.
The Braves next drive ended abruptly with a second turn over after Suncrest recovered a fumble from Connor Robe.
“The fumbles were disheartening to the team especially because of the emphasis we had put on it during August,” said head coach Rob Buffington.
This would be the first time the Seals offense would be on the field. The Braves defense held their own and forced a bad punt that went out on Suncrest’s own eight-yard line.
Once again, the scoring came from Bowen and would make it his second running score of the half. Bridgeport regained the lead 16-14.
The Seals’ next drive was more successful. Suncrest established the spread run attack and took advantage of the outside of the Braves’ defense. The drive was capped off with a 38-yard touchdown to take back the lead 22-16.
“Traditionally Bridgeport takes a lot of pride on their defense and physicality, and that is something I think this team needs to work on and will,” said Buffington.
Before the half could come to an end however, Bowen continued to have himself a day with his third touchdown and helped Bridgeport tie the game 22-22.
The second half was the polar-opposite of the first. Both Bridgeport and Suncrest’s offenses seemed to have slightly stalled out, although Suncrest did manage a third quarter touchdown to make  the final score 28-22.
“We could have played better in the second half. We need to get better at staying strong through the entire game,” said Bowen.
In the fourth quarter, Bridgeport had their final drive as time was running off the clock. The Braves’ offense was stopped on fourth down, and Suncrest regained possession and assured them the victory.
The Braves will try to bounce back after the opening loss when they travel to Lewis County to face Robert L. Bland this evening.
Editor's Note: This middle school football game was covered by Haden Miller, a student in the Bridgeport High School Journalism Department under the direction of Mrs. Alice Rowe. Coverage of this contest was not assigned by 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 11, 2014 EST

WVU Community Theatre Registering Ages 6-10 for 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'

It’s a tale as old as time, and it’s time for your child to take the stage. West Virginia University’s Community Theatre Program is currently registering kids ages 6-14 for classes and rehearsals for its annual production—”Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”
The show is based on the award-winning Broadway version of the classic Disney animated film, with music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.
Registration will be held in the main lobby of the Creative Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m. and classes and rehearsals will be held Sept. 14 through Feb. 21 at the Creative Arts Center.
No prior experience is necessary to participate, and kids will meet once a week on Sundays, through February, culminating in a full week of rehearsals for two public performances to be held on Feb. 20 and 21 in the Creative Arts Center’s Antoinette Falbo Theatre.
From fun supporting roles such as Lumiere and Cogsworth, to expanded roles such as villagers, dancing flatware and narrators, every participant will have a truly rewarding time bringing this delightful classic to the stage.
Joann Siegrist, professor of Puppetry and Creative Drama, oversees the WVU Community Theatre program, and with the success of last year’s Disney’s “The Aristocats” she is ready to continue with another exciting Disney show.
The director of this year’s show is Amber Wright, who is currently seeking her Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. Wright has been involved in theater for more than 10 years. Her credits include assistant director for “The Wizard of Oz” and director for Disney’s “The Aristocats.”
Along with her experience with children and theater, she has more than seven years of dance training.
“I am excited to end my senior year working with such an awesome and talented group of kids on this year’s production,” said Wright. “It’s such an amazing thing to see our students come together, meet new friends, and grow as performers during the months we spend working on the shows.”
The final dress rehearsal for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, and the two performances will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21.
Tuition is $350 per child, and $300 per child for two or more children from the same family.
For more information on the WVU Community Theatre production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,” please visit, call 304-293-2020, or email

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 11, 2014 EST

Giving Our Military A DAY OF FREE Thursday, September 11, 2014

What would it be like to miss your child’s first birthday, their first steps or their high school graduation?  What if you could not talk with your spouse or family for weeks at a time?  What if you didn’t know if a family member was safe?   For most of us these situations are rare, however, for those in our military and their family members they are part of their daily life. 
“Our men and women of our Armed Forces make great personal sacrifices in order to secure and protect our freedoms,” said Wendy Boyce, WV Freedom Day USA State Director.  “Freedom Day USA was founded by Dr. Robert Martino in West Virginia, we are proud of our Veterans, Our Military and their family members.  Let’s join together to say ‘Thank You’ for their sacrifices and for our freedom, Freedom Day USA is this Nation’s Largest Thank You Movement for Our Military!”
On September 11, 2014 businesses across the United States will join in Freedom Day USA, a national Thank You Movement for the members of our military and their immediate families, along with Veterans.  Each business participant is providing a thank you gift, in the form of free services, goods, discounts, and various other offers.   Locally, over 160 businesses have partnered with Freedom Day USA to present Thank You Offers to those who serve our country.    The offers are valid for Active Military and their Immediate Family Members, along with our Veterans.   To claim a free offer, simply show some type of Military I.D. when you visit each business during their hours on 9/11/14!
 The list of participating businesses is growing daily, you can see the services they are providing on the official event website: To learn more about this National Thank You Movement or to sign your business up as a participant for future events, you can visit  or the event’s Facebook page at   The services provided to our country by these ladies and gentlemen are very much appreciated.         

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 10, 2014 EST

Owners Sought for Dog Found Recently on Route 50 Near Oliverio's Restaurant readers are being asked to unite this dog that was recently found in Bridgeport. According to Derek Evans, the dog was found in the middle of U.S.  Route 50 - Main Street - just past Oliverio's Ristorante. The Evans' family is currently keeping the dog, but would like to return the dog to its rightful owner.
If you have any information or could help, call 304-672-2471.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 09, 2014 EST

Evangel Baptist Church Rummage Sale to Benefit Appalachian Teen Challenge

Evangel Baptist Church on Airport Road in Bridgeport will be hosting a church wide rummage sale, Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 8 AM until 2 PM. 
But this is no average rummage sale.  All the proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Appalachian Teen Challenge, Inc.  Based in Princeton, W.Va., ATC is a residential facility that provides effective Christian discipleship training for persons experiencing life-controlling problems, such as drug and alcohol abuse and anger management.  They have a crisis intervention and referral office in Bridgeport, and are hoping to expand the services they offer in the Harrison County area.  
In addition to the regular rummage sale items, the church will also be having a hot dog and bake sale.  Hot dogs will be available for takeout or eat in.  “We have some special chili for our hot dogs,” said church member Ginny Knight.  “If anyone remembers the old Virginian Restaurant on Main Street, we have their secret hot dog chili recipe and we will be making it for the rummage sale.”  Restaurant owner Virginia Bernard was a lifelong member of Evangel Baptist Church. Before she passed away, she passed on her recipe to the church youth group to use for fundraisers such as this.
The sale will run from 8 AM to noon rain or shine on September 13.  “If it looks like rain, we will just set up inside,” commented Knight.  There are a good variety of items and things are well priced. For more information, contact Ginny Knight at (304) 632-3268. You can find out more about Appalachian Teen Challenge at www.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 09, 2014 EST

Today is Final Day for Fast Break Basketball Sign-Ups

Today is the final day to register for Bridgeport Parks and Recreation's Fast Break Basketball, a recreational league for all high school and middle school students. Registered players will be drafted onto teams. The season runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 23 and consists of 10 officiated games. Middle school plays on Tuesday/Thursday evenings and high school on Monday/Wednesday evenings. All practices and games are held at the Heritage Christian School gym. The league fee is $85 per player. 
Register at the Benedum Civic Center or call 304-842-8240 for more information.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 08, 2014 EST

BHS Participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

After being deluged with videos in news feeds on their social media accounts, several BHS students wanted their entire school to join forces and have an ALS Ice Bucket challenge of their own on Friday, August 29, at Wayne Jamison Field.
There are various reports of when the challenge actually began, some claiming it started as far back as last winter for various other projects. The challenge involving ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) really took off, however, when Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball star, saw a video of one of his friends on Facebook participating in an ice bucket challenge. Frates was diagnosed two years ago with ALS and lost the ability to talk and move his arms and legs, so he filmed himself bobbing his head to Vanilla Ices’s “Ice Ice Baby” and then nominated his friends. Since then, the challenge has been accepted all over the world to raise awareness for ALS. 
For the student body officers who wanted to create a large scale challenge, they had to get enough faculty members who were willing to accept the proposal. The call was answered when about 30 teachers and administrators agreed to participate.
Starting on Monday, August 25, Student Council began collecting money from students during their lunches in hopes of reaching a goal of at least $500. In addition to the collection of spare change throughout the week, a raffle was held during both lunches on Thursday, August 28 to determine which students would pour the buckets of water on the teachers involved. Tickets, sold for $1 each, were drawn to assign a person to each teacher.
Student Council co-advisor Mrs. Renee Mathews said, “I’m glad we gave the kids an additional opportunity to donate by taking part in the raffle.”
To conclude the project the whole school went to Wayne Jamison Field during fourth block to see their faculty accept the challenge. An announcement was made at the beginning of the presentation that over $500 had been raised to donate to research for ALS and that Bridgeport High School challenged the faculties at all other Harrison County Schools. Then, on the count of three, students soaked their teachers for the school to see.
Many students, such as Ashley Roop and Imoni Saab said they enjoyed seeing all of the support their teachers displayed.
Mrs. Cheryl McCarthy, also a Student Council co-advisor, said, “The faculty was glad to do this for a good cause, and I was very pleased with the amount of money that the student body raised.”
This was a similar feeling among the participants. “I think it’s great. We’re like one big team, freshmen to seniors and the faculty. The teachers worked with the student body and the administration worked with the teachers,” said Mr. Ron Romeo. “I was glad to be a part of it.”
“I think it was a nice, unified event,” said Mathews.
The project was also very personal for some at the school. “My dad passed away last year from ALS, so my challenge was for him,” said teacher Mrs. Marsha Coakley. “I am very excited about the school taking the challenge and hopefully this will help someone down the road.”
The challenge also emphasized the power and impact of social media in our society. “After seeing videos all over social media, it was interesting for those few students to share their idea and see it spread through the whole school,” said junior Mateah Kittle.
Assistant principal Matt DeMotto echoed this sentiment. “I think that it demonstrates the power of social media and how it can be positive. I often have to deal with issues involving social media that relates to the school, whether an adult is criticizing another adult or student criticizing another student. But there is no denying the possibilities that social media can have for positivity and this [ice bucket challenge] is one of them.”    
EDITOR'S NOTE: This was cover by Maggie Lohmann in the Bridgeport High School Journalism Department under the direction of Mrs. Alice Rowe. Coverage of this event was not assigned by The photos are courtesy of BHS PHOTOGRAPHY who was also not assigned by

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 06, 2014 EST

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