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Community Engagement
11:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around

People packed into the Church of the Good Shepherd for Monday night's Turn This Town Around meeting in Grafton
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Learn about Monday night's Turn This Town Around public workshop in Grafton.

We continue our coverage of the Turn this Town Around Project. This series follows two towns, Grafton in north central West Virginia and Matewan in southern West Virginia, as they undergo projects to help the towns look better and revitalize community development. Monday night, Grafton held its third public training workshop to help teams continue to focus their efforts and get ready to apply for funding.

The welcome surprise at Monday’s meeting was an overwhelming turnout. More than 135 people showed up, excited and ready to talk about how to “turn their town around.” For many of them, it was their first “Turn this Town Around” meeting. 

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Community Engagement
6:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

“Fairmont 101”: Learning Basics of Local Government

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Operating a city is a complicated business. Cities provide a variety of services from public safety and road repair to clean water and public parks. There are multiple departments, a mish-mash of funding streams, and oodles of state and federal regulations to observe. The City of Fairmont, West Virginia has launched an interactive program to make sure its citizens understand the city’s role and responsibilities and its processes for serving the public: “Fairmont 101”.

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Panel Discussion
4:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Say West Virginia Can Survive the New EPA Regulations

The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church hosted the EPA Carbon Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead? panel discussion.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia can actually thrive under new U.S. Environmental Protection Regulations that aim to reduce greenhouse gasses, according to three panelists participating in a public forum last week in Shepherdstown.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

West Virginia Democrats Want GOP Candidates Off Ballot

Del. Suzette Raines
Credit West Virginia Legislature

  West Virginia Democrats say Republican state Del. Suzette Raines doesn't live where she claims and shouldn't be on the November ballot.

They also want GOP House of Delegates hopeful Melissa Lewis off the ballot.

The state Democratic Executive Committee filed complaints Monday in Kanawha and Preston circuit courts.

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Public Health
2:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

DHHR Warns of Possible HIV Exposure at Northern Panhandle Pain Clinic

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Health officials are advising patients of a clinic in in the northern panhandle to be tested for some infectious diseases after an investigation discovered questionable practices.

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Classic Regatta
11:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta

Dan Bunting's Flex Seal Boat.
Credit Clark Davis

The city of Huntington is bringing back the classic regatta this weekend in hopes to spur more economic activity downtown.

On the heels of a three-year successful run with powerboat races, city officials decided to bring back the old tradition of a Classic Regatta to Harris Riverfront Park. The event will run three days starting this Friday through Sunday.

Attendance will be free, with events like a carnival, car show and two days of Powerboat Nationals racing. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is excited about the differences between past events and this weekend’s event.

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Government
11:26 am
Mon July 21, 2014

W.Va. Veterans Clinic with Air Concerns Tentatively Set to Reopen

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  A Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic closed because of air concerns is expected to reopen next month.

The Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Maxwelton was closed June 6 after several employees became ill.

Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center spokeswoman Debbie Voloski tells The Register-Herald that the clinic is tentatively scheduled to reopen Aug. 1.

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Government Billing
9:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

W.Va. Treasurer Helps Localities Manage Finances

Treasurer John Perdue
Credit West Virginia State Treasurer's Office

  An online billing program offered by the West Virginia Treasurer's Office is making it easier for local governments to manage their finances.

Treasurer John Perdue says the LGov program helps local governments process their bills. He tells the Charleston Gazette that the program reduces paperwork and gets money into the system faster.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Concerns About Road Construction, Beckley Annexation, Teaching Teachers, Charleston's Barbeque

Beckley could become the third largest city in the state if plans to annex some communities go through. State roads are in poor condition and contractors who work on these roads worry about the federal funding shortfall.  And Adrian Wright began his barbeque business in Charleston on a street corner.  Now he owns his own restaurant.

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Train Race
1:28 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Steam Engine Wins Train Race at the Ghost Town of Spruce

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park - Shay Heisler 6 and Shay 11 are both pictured here pulling logs
Credit Shayfan via Wikimedia Commons

It's been called the NASCAR of train races, and it takes place at an altitude of 3,853 feet in Pocahontas County.

Yesterday a crowd of 250 people gathered to watch as two massive trains, one departing from Cass and the other from Elkins, converged at the wilderness ghost town of Spruce. The two trains raced side by side for nearly a mile.

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News
5:39 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Lizan Mitchell (left) as the wealthy and crotchety Carolyn and N.L. Graham as Veronika, her nurse, in the play Dead and Breathing.
Seth Freeman

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 8:40 pm

The play Dead and Breathing begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.

The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.

It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. 3.

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Lawsuit
1:52 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

$2.9 Million Settlement Proposed for Chemical Spill Cases

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply.

The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court.

The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom. Many businesses sued to recoup profits they lost while shuttered for days. A January tap-water ban affected 300,000 people.

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Inside Appalachia
9:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mountaintop Removal Concerns, "Food Tourism," Nostalgic Rebirth and more

A young yoga skeptic finds interest in the exercises.

Kentucky farmers are testing the nutritional value of hay.

And a music camp carries on the tradition of ole time Appalachian music.

Residents concerned about environmental impact. After approval for a mountain top removal site near Kanawha State Forest, the safety of people living in the area are not the only red flag being raised. As Ashton Marra of West Virginia Public Radio reports, the possible effects on plant and animal life are drawing criticism.

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Athletics
5:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Grafton Welcomes Swimmers for Summer Championship

Photo by Kevin Stead

  

For more than half a century, swim teams in north central West Virginia have gathered in Clarksburg for an annual summer competition. But the pool that served as the invitational’s home has closed. Organizers have decided to continue the tradition, but rotate its location from year to year. 

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Rural Infrastructure
5:14 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

W.Va. Rural Roads Continue to Crumble, Highway Workers Face Possible Lay-Offs

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More research has surfaced indicating the abysmal state of rural infrastructure these days, especially in West Virginia, and shortfalls in federal funding for highway maintenance could make the problem worse as well as leave many road workers filing for unemployment.

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Wildlife
10:57 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Board to Revise List of W.Va. Dangerous Animals

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  A board asked to produce a list of animals that are illegal to keep as pets in West Virginia plans to amend an earlier list after receiving public comments.

The original list developed by the Wild and Dangerous Animal Board includes chimpanzees, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, piranha, and several types of pythons. But it also includes some types of birds, turtles, tetra fish and geckos.

The Charleston Gazette reports the board Thursday decided to have a subcommittee work on a compromise.

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News
9:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

W.Va. Environmental Regulators Order Surface Mine to Stop Work

Blast warning signs are posted throughout the forest on sites near Middle Lick Mountain.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 West Virginia environmental officials have ordered a new surface coal mining operation near Kanawha State Forest to halt mining.

The stop-work order is from the Department of Environmental Protection. Inspectors issued an "imminent harm cessation order" when they found cracks in a barrier intended to contain runoff in a sediment-control ditch.

It's also meant to prevent dirt and mud from the site from entering a nearby creek.

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West Virginia Morning
8:20 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Restoring Rural Coca-Cola Murals, Learning to Ride a Bike and The Pines Peform

Jessica Lilly reports how the Coca Cola company is restoring old murals in southern towns and why. Children with disabilities will wrap up a week-long day camp in Huntington, aimed at teaching them how to ride bicycles and The Pines perform the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

NASA Teacher's Workshop Brings Robotics and the Universe into W.Va. Classrooms

Two teachers show off their robot during the "WeDo Robotics!" lesson.
Credit Chris Fleming / STARBASE Martinsburg

Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Iconic Company Restores Ghost Murals in Appalachia

The advertisement was considered a "ghost mural" because it was faded and chipping.
Credit Jack Fralin / CCBCC

Long before website banners, T.V. or radio commercials, and electronic billboards there were murals. Coca-Cola Consolidated is working to restore its faded advertisements, or ghost signs, across Appalachia. Ghost signs are the murals painted on buildings at the turn of the century that are now faded disappearing.  One of the largest murals, so far was unveiled last week in Hinton in  Summers County. Along with the strong sentimental value to the rural residents, the signs still have a strong marketing value for the global company.

                                               Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. before ...

                                    Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. during restoration ...

                                          Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. after restoration ...

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