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The year ends, but life remains interesting

Gary Farris, the director of the Veterans Museum of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Parkersburg, says the people who robbed the museum "are probably the most hated people in town right now."

Farris says the culprits broke open the back door and stole, among other things, a World War II German pistol found at Omaha Beach and a bayonet from a Japanese rifle that was recovered in the South Pacific.

Farris says he's heartsick over the robbery because the items cannot be replaced.

  • Americans are generous people. The Wall Street Journal reports that a survey by the Britain-based Charities Aid Foundation shows that Americans give more money to charity than people in any of the other 153 countries surveyed.
  • Adam Meyerson of the Philanthropy Roundtable told the Journal:

    "This study is consistent with many other studies showing that America is by far the most charitable country on earth. We give about 2 percent of our national income to charity; most other countries give 1 percent or much less."

  • West Virginia has lost one of its legendary radio broadcasters.
  • Garry Bowers died Saturday. Bowers spent his career at WCLG AM and FM in Morgantown. He began as an announcer in 1958 and rose to become the station owner and operator.

    Bowers was a member of the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association Broadcaster of the Year Award. Bowers was also active in the local community and a founding member of the Cheat Lake Rotary Club.  

  • WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins says he will not have to win a national championship for his career to be complete.
  • Huggins reached a milestone with his 700th career victory last week.

    Appearing on Metronews Talkline, Huggins said he would, however, like to win the trophy one day just so he could take it around the state and let everybody touch it.  

  • Bloomberg has done a study of the highest and lowest states for taxes.
  • The five highest are: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

    The five lowest are: Alaska, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Mississippi.  

  • Australian Tommy Watts loves golf. Since he retired, he plays just about every day.
  • Watts knocked in a hole-in-one the other day . . . his 12th!

    Watts, who is 92, says the key to playing well is never losing your cool.

  • WVU is going to take a serious bath on ticket sales for the Discover Orange Bowl. WVU Sports Marketing Director Matt Wells says WVU will lose as much as $1 million.
  • The bowl forces WVU and Clemson to buy 17,000 tickets each at full price (ranging from $75 to $225), but neither school will be able to sell its full allotment.

    The schools are also hurt by the fact that fans can buy tickets through other sources at much cheaper prices.

  • Metronews will originate more than 20 hours of live radio programming from the Discover Orange Bowl. The coverage includes Talkline and Sportsline starting today and running through Wednesday.
  • The shows will originate from the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami. Metronews also has daily bowl reports and updates on our website, wvmetronews.com.

    Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.


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