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South Charleston marketing firm giving free services to charitable organization

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia community charitable organization will start 2020 by receiving free digital marketing services.

A program created five years ago, the Frank Brown Community Partnership operated by South Charleston-based internet marketing firm Bricks Without Straw will select the organization after applications are reviewed at the end of December.

Frank Brown Community Partnership

Frank Brown Community Partnership

The services include website design and social media marketing.

“Many of these groups do not have the funds to invest even minimally and to their marketing and web efforts. We feel this is something we can give back to the community,” Jamie Summers-Brown, President of Bricks Without Straw said.

Summers-Brown said Bricks Without Straw will receive anywhere between 50 to 150 applications from organizations all over the state. Last year’s organization was the Secret Santa Foundation and officials said the success showed.

“This has allowed them to open the doors for people to donate,” Summers-Brown said. “They have all these different levels to sponsor kids and this has made the process to easy for them to tell people how to contribute and get involved with the organization.”

The program will accept applications for assistance until December 31. Applications can be found on the firm’s website. From that point, Summers-Brown said it usually takes 10 to 15 days for review after they are all submitted.

To date, the Frank Brown Partnership Program has given back over $250,000 in free services, according to a release.

Summers-Brown said the giving goes full circle in communities.

“West Virginians are very giving and want to give back. It’s always easy to get people that want to give back and contribute.”

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Game broadcast: 2019 WVSSAC Class AA football championship

WHEELING, W.Va. — Game broadcast from Bridgeport’s 21-14 win over Bluefield in the 2019 WVSSAC Class AA state football championship game.

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Game broadcast: 2019 WVSSAC Class AAA football championship

WHEELING, W.Va. — Game broadcast from Martinsburg’s 49-21 win over Cabell Midland in the 2019 WVSSAC Class AAA state football championship game.

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Photo gallery: Wheeling Central gets by Doddridge County in Class A final

WHEELING, W.Va. — No. 10 Wheeling Central finished with 461 total yards in a 38-21 win over No. 1 Doddridge County in Saturday’s Class A title game. With the win, the Maroon Knights secured their third straight state championship.

(Photos by William Wotring)

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Three-peat: Wheeling Central downs Doddridge County to stay on top in Class A

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Wheeling Central’s Jacob Rine (7) rushes against Doddridge County during Saturday’s Class A final.

 

WHEELING, W.Va. — When Jacob Rine took over at quarterback in October as a result of Curtis McGhee’s season-ending injury, there was thought that Wheeling Central’s run as Class A champion would come to an end.

Instead, Rine turned in one of the more memorable performances in program history Saturday to lead the Maroon Knights to a 38-21 win over Doddridge County in the Class A title game at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Rine completed 13-of-18 throws for 214 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 83 yards and even made a 25-yard field goal to key the Maroon Knights (10-4) to their third consecutive Class A championship.

“I’m always going to have different guys around me that are able to make plays,” Rine said. “Every game it’s been a different guy making those plays. Tonight it hapepned to be me, but it wasn’t just me.”

Wheeling Central, the No. 10 seed, got off to the start it desired by forcing the top seed Bulldogs (13-1) to go three-and-out.

The Maroon Knights then marched 52 yards in 10 plays and took a 7-0 lead when Jordan Waterhouse scored on a 5-yard run at the 6:26 mark of the opening quarter.

Michael Horan’s recovery of a Noah Bumgardner fumble later in the opening quarter gave Central the ball back at the Bulldogs’ 46, and Rine found Payton Marling for a 17-yard TD on the third play of the ensuing drive.

“A big part of the game was them having field position the entire first half,” Doddridge County head coach Bobby Burnside said.

The Bulldogs answered with a 65-yard drive and cut its deficit in half at 14-7 when Dylan Knight reached the end zone on a 3-yard run with 8 minutes to go in the opening half.

Although the Bulldogs regained possession by forcing a turnover on downs when Central was in the red zone, they punted it back to the Maroon Knights after failing to pick up a first down.

That allowed Central to have one final first-half possession, and the Maroon Knights made the most of it when Rine tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Adam Murray 25 seconds before the intermission for a 21-7 lead.

“It was huge for them to get the score before the end of the half,” Burnside said. “That made the climb for us harder.”

Rine’s 25-yard field goal 4:02 into the second half upped the Maroon Knights’ lead to 17 points.

Doddridge, however, answered in the form of a 20-yard touchdown pass from Bumgardner to Austin Kelley to draw to within 10 with 4:04 remaining in the third.

Central then delivered a game-sealing blow when Rine found Creighton for a 62-yard touchdown pass on third-and-19 with 1:52 to play in the third.

“Jacob stepped up. Every week we added a little bit more to the package and he just produced,” Maroon Knights’ head coach Mike Young said. “He played his heart out tonight.”

Creighton hauled in his second touchdown — this one from 2 yards — to make it 38-14, before Hunter America threw a 30-yard touchdown to Griffin Devericks to cap the scoring.

“It’s hard to put into words this feeling I have right now,” Rine said. “I really don’t know how I was able to go out there and do what I did.”

Creighton finished with four catches for 77 yards and a pair of TDs, while Marling had 58 receiving yards and 40 rushing yards. 

Waterhouse led the Maroon Knights’ rushing attack with 90 yards on 24 carries.

“The journey was long, but the rewards were great,” Young said. “That’s what happens when you only win six out of ten, but it ended up being great because of the competition we played. We lost to some good teams, but we got better. We beat some good teams and continued to get better and that’s the reason we’re here tonight.”

America rushed for 126 yards on 19 carries, but was kept out of the end zone.

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Instant Analysis of Wheeling Central’s 38-21 win over Doddridge in the Class A final

WHEELING, W.Va. — Instant analysis of Wheeling Central Catholic’s 38-21 win over Doddridge County in the Class A state championship game.

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Highlights: Wheeling Central claims Class A title, 38-21 over Doddridge

WHEELING, W.Va. — Highlights from Wheeling Central Catholic’s 38-21 win over Doddridge County in the Class A state championship game.

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WVU professor set to be inducted into National Academy of Inventors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The National Academy of Inventors is recognizing a West Virginia University professor for his academic work.

Greg Thompson is an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. He is the recipient of multiple awards and holds nine patents that have been licensed to three companies.

Thompson’s work has involved emissions as well as a patent for a rotary engine.

“Our initial research provided a building block for commercial systems to measure emissions from mobile systems and ultimately led to the systems utilized to discover the high emitting Volkswagen diesel vehicles,” he said.

Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors hold more than 41,500 patents which have generated more than 11,000 licensed technologies and created more than six million jobs.

Thompson will be formally inducted in April.

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Photo gallery: Martinsburg tops Cabell Midland in Class AAA final

WHEELING, W.Va. — Top seed Martinsburg won its fourth consecutive Class AAA title Saturday, defeating No. 2 Cabell Midland, 49-21. The Bulldogs have now won 56 straight games and eight of the last 10 state championships.

(Photos by William Wotring)

 

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MetroNews Class A ‘Top Plays’ of 2019

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Take a look at the ‘Top Plays’ from the 2019 season in Class A football.

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