Us & Them: Can We Bridge the Cultural Divide?

This article was originally published in the Sunday Gazette-Mail. One night in the mid 90s, my wife and I were watching a PBS documentary series called “With God On Our Side: The Rise of The Religious Right In America.”
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet.

The Logan County Democrat told The Associated Press he has been approached about vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins.

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US Senator Shelley Moore Capito hosted a Drug Prevention Summit Monday in Martinsburg. Dozens of community members and lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle came together to discuss drug trafficking in Berkeley County. Heroin addiction is a major problem in the area, and the community is concerned about where to send those who need help.

  Private nonprofits in three West Virginia are now eligible to apply for federal disaster loans for damages caused by a March storm.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has added Fayette, Mercer and Tucker counties to the list of more than 20 counties where disaster loans are available for private nonprofits.

April 27, 1978: Willow Island Disaster Leaves 51 Men Dead

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WV Division of Tourism, David Fattaleh

On April 27, 1978, a disaster at Willow Island in Pleasants County left 51 men dead. The workers were building a cooling tower at the Monongahela Power Company’s Pleasants Power Station. They were working on scaffolding 168 feet above the ground when it plunged to the ground. Most of the 51 victims were local construction workers. One unfortunate family lost four of five sons, a brother, two brothers-in-law, and three nephews.

Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

A trade delegation led by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is going to Japan in mid-May to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's development office in Nagoya.

The 15-member delegation includes former Gov. Gaston Caperton. The Nagoya office opened during Caperton's administration.

West Virginia Department of Education

The superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is stepping down.

Lynn Boyer notified the West Virginia Board of Education last week that she will retire on June 30.

The board appointed Boyer in 2011 to lead the Romney schools following a 2010 audit that found deficiencies in leadership, curriculum, safety and technology.

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West Virginia's spring turkey season begins Monday and location could be a factor in a hunter's success.

The Division of Natural Resources says 2013 brood reports indicate that the statewide number of turkeys killed could drop. But hunters in the western and central mountains could have a better season.

  Standard Oil Co. has bought the assets of oil and gas company Mountain Country Partners.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson approved the sale earlier this month. Pearson's order shows the sale includes oil and gas leases for about 12,750 acres in Roane County, along with interests in about 395 oil and gas wells in Roane and Gilmer counties.

On West Virginia Morning, as the nation recognizes autism awareness month, Clark Davis talks to a student who is benefiting from the services of the autism training center at Marshall University.  And Roxy Todd reports on the VISTA program in West Virginia. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Robert Sharpe Productions, Before the Mountain was Moved

In December of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson welcomed the first group of 20 VISTA volunteers:

“Your pay will be low; the conditions of your labor often will be difficult. But you will have the satisfaction of leading a great national effort and you will have the ultimate reward which comes to those who serve their nation and who serve their fellow man.”

Many of those early VISTAs came to Appalachia. They served as afterschool tutors and helped build community centers. But some of the early VISTA volunteers in West Virginia also worked to encourage community members to engage in local and state politics to lobby for better strip mining legislation, local campaign reform, and black lung legislation. 


 

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