Arts & Culture http://wvpublic.org en Art Project to Aid Huntington Children's Hospital http://wvpublic.org/post/art-project-aid-huntington-childrens-hospital <p>A partnership will boost Huntington's train collection substantially next year.</p><p>The city is launching an art initiative with the Hoops Family Children's Hospital and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary.<br />&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://bit.ly/1khIapK">The Herald-Dispatch reports</a> artists will use their skills on 40 fiberglass train engine statues that will go on display in Huntington next year.<br />&nbsp;<br />Mayor Steve Williams says after the display, the trains then will be sold at auction to benefit the children's hospital.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:01 +0000 Associated Press 16120 at http://wvpublic.org Art Project to Aid Huntington Children's Hospital Appalachian Pride Inspires Web Site and Podcast http://wvpublic.org/post/appalachian-pride-inspires-web-site-and-podcast <p>The Appalachian region has long been the focus of fascination and study going back to the early 1900’s when historians and musicologists traveled through the region collecting stories and songs.</p><p>But folks from outside the region have not always promoted a flattering image. And that, along with a curiosity about his own family, inspired Dave Tabler to start his web site <a href="http://www.appalachianhistory.net/">Appalachia History</a>.</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Cecelia Mason 16034 at http://wvpublic.org Appalachian Pride Inspires Web Site and Podcast Catching Up With West Virginia's Teacher of the Year http://wvpublic.org/post/catching-west-virginias-teacher-year <p>It’s been a busy year for Berkeley County’s Erin Sponaugle, <a href="http://wvtoy2014.blogspot.com/">West Virginia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year</a>. Aside from teaching fifth grade at Tomahawk Intermediate School near Hedgesville, West Virginia, Sponaugle has traveled across the state and country representing her profession.</p><blockquote><p><strong>“It’s been life changing and life defining," Sponaugle said.</strong></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:19:28 +0000 Cecelia Mason 16029 at http://wvpublic.org Catching Up With West Virginia's Teacher of the Year Korean War Veteran Honored at Concord University http://wvpublic.org/post/korean-war-veteran-honored-concord-university <p>Friday marks Korean War Veteran Recognition Day in West Virginia. Concord University held a ceremony to honor those who fought in the conflict. James Kahle, a local veteran, was the guest speaker. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:28:08 +0000 Jared Kline 16010 at http://wvpublic.org Korean War Veteran Honored at Concord University W.Va. State Water Festival Celebrates 50 Years http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-state-water-festival-celebrates-50-years <p>This year marks the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary for the West Virginia State Water Festival. The festival kicks off this weekend.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:24:55 +0000 Jessica Lilly 16000 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. State Water Festival Celebrates 50 Years Marshall Football Receiving High Praise http://wvpublic.org/post/marshall-football-receiving-high-praise <p>Marshall University Football is coming off a 10-4 season that has expectations through the roof for the upcoming season.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before fall even starts Marshall’s football team is receiving more hype than it has in quite a while. Last season saw the Herd challenge for its first Conference USA championship after winning the east division. Marshall traveled to Rice for the conference championship, but fell to the Owls 41-24. The loss was just the second all year against a conference team, the other a loss to Middle Tennessee State.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:01:07 +0000 Clark Davis 16008 at http://wvpublic.org Marshall Football Receiving High Praise Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton http://wvpublic.org/post/cruisers-reunion-brings-nostalgia-princeton <p><em><strong>Cruise</strong>&nbsp;(v)&nbsp;: </em>Driving with an emphasis on socializing.</p><p>It used to be unstoppable in towns in Southern West Virginia. Drivers would crowd the streets on weekends for a chance at meeting up with their friends and families.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:47 +0000 Jared Kline 15892 at http://wvpublic.org Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students http://wvpublic.org/post/wheeling-italian-festival-celebration-all-ethnicities-and-students <p></p><p>Folks in Wheeling are ramping up for the annual <a href="http://www.italyfest.com/">Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival</a>. It’s one of the largest Italian Festivals in the country, but it’s not all cannoli and spaghetti. Organizers have worked to make ethnicities from across the region feel welcome in their celebration of heritage.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:59:05 +0000 Glynis Board 15849 at http://wvpublic.org Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year http://wvpublic.org/post/national-park-visitors-spent-51-million-southern-wva-last-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new National Park Service report shows that visitors to national park areas in southern West Virginia spent $51 million in nearby communities in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5;">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a little more than 1,243,000 people from around the world visited the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, and the </span>Gauley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River National Recreation Area in 2013.</span></p><p>In a release today NPS Superintendent Trish Kicklighter said that in addition to providing visitors remarkable experiences in America's outdoors, National Park&nbsp; Tourism is a significant driver in the national economy.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:47:24 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 15803 at http://wvpublic.org National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year Shepherdstown Bakery Makes Treats For U.S. Capitol Event http://wvpublic.org/post/shepherdstown-bakery-makes-treats-us-capitol-event <p>Those attending the screening at the United States Capitol Tuesday evening will not only learn more about West Virginia, but will be able to sample some of its culinary treats. On Monday the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery was assembling this edible mosaic of the West Virginia state seal for the event. Owner Pam Berry said each square in the design was attached to the top of a chocolate brownie piece, making about 370 petit fours, or bite size treats.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:43:19 +0000 Cecelia Mason 15777 at http://wvpublic.org Shepherdstown Bakery Makes Treats For U.S. Capitol Event Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around http://wvpublic.org/post/grafton-turns-out-turn-town-around <p></p><p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We continue our coverage of the Turn this Town Around&nbsp;Project. This series follows two towns, Grafton in north central&nbsp;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.</span></strong></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The welcome surprise at Monday’s meeting was an overwhelming turnout. More than 135&nbsp;people&nbsp;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.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:19:49 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 15776 at http://wvpublic.org Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta http://wvpublic.org/post/city-huntington-readies-classic-regatta <p></p><p>The city of Huntington is bringing back the classic regatta this weekend in hopes to spur more economic activity downtown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the heels of a three-year successful run with powerboat races, city officials decided to bring back the old tradition of a <a href="http://huntingtonclassic.com/">Classic Regatta</a> to Harris Riverfront Park. The event will run three days starting this Friday through Sunday. </span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:52:32 +0000 Clark Davis 15741 at http://wvpublic.org City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta Grafton Welcomes Swimmers for Summer Championship http://wvpublic.org/post/grafton-welcomes-swimmers-summer-championship <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:17:15 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 15635 at http://wvpublic.org Grafton Welcomes Swimmers for Summer Championship Iconic Company Restores Ghost Murals in Appalachia http://wvpublic.org/post/iconic-company-restores-ghost-murals-appalachia <p>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.&nbsp; One of the largest murals, so far was unveiled last week in Hinton in &nbsp;Summers County. Along with the strong sentimental value to the rural residents, the signs still have a strong marketing value for the global company.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. before ... </strong></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. during restoration ... </strong></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advertisement in Hinton, W.Va. after restoration ... </strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:45:10 +0000 Jessica Lilly 15577 at http://wvpublic.org Iconic Company Restores Ghost Murals in Appalachia Matewan Striving for Revitalization http://wvpublic.org/post/matewan-striving-revitalization <p></p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is part of our continuing series on how the towns of Grafton and Matewan are turning themselves around through a special collaborative project between West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia Focus magazine and the West Virginia Community Development Hub.&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:15:00 +0000 Clark Davis 15527 at http://wvpublic.org Matewan Striving for Revitalization Marshall Football Coach's Contract Extended http://wvpublic.org/post/marshall-football-coachs-contract-extended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Marshall University has extended the contract of coach Doc Holliday two years and raised the payouts for the incentives in the deal.</p><p>Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced Monday that Holliday's contract now runs through the 2017 season.</p><p>Holliday is 27-24 at Marshall and coming off a 10-4 season. His base salary of $600,000 will stay the same but his new deal increases his incentives to a total of $145,000 if they are reached.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:40:33 +0000 Associated Press 15432 at http://wvpublic.org Marshall Football Coach's Contract Extended Attorney, Teacher & Student Say Reconnecting McDowell is Working http://wvpublic.org/post/attorney-teacher-student-say-reconnecting-mcdowell-working <p>A West Virginia corporate attorney, a McDowell County teacher and a high school student traveled across the country to share the good they see coming from the Reconnecting McDowell project.</p><p>The three traveled to Los Angeles to speak at the American Federation of Teachers convention about the program they say has changed lives and given the community a new sense of optimism.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:10:40 +0000 Jessica Lilly 15373 at http://wvpublic.org Attorney, Teacher & Student Say Reconnecting McDowell is Working Something New is Sprouting on Charleston's West Side http://wvpublic.org/post/something-new-sprouting-charlestons-west-side <p></p><p>The first of Tom Toliver’s gardens is in what looks like an unlikely place—there’s a lumber mill across the street, a busy road without sidewalks, and the garden itself is nudged in between a pawn shop and a DeWalt tool center. Along 6<sup>th</sup> street, a mom and her two kids walk by carrying groceries from the nearby Family Dollar. Toliver also lives down the street. He believes that putting gardens in urban areas, like Charleston’s West Side, helps reduce crime and revitalize the neighborhood. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:03:06 +0000 Roxy Todd 15339 at http://wvpublic.org Something New is Sprouting on Charleston's West Side Contemporary Plays Take the Stage in Shepherdstown, W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/contemporary-plays-take-stage-shepherdstown-wva <p>Starting this weekend in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, theater lovers will be able to explore such topics of the day as: how the country treats its veterans, artificial intelligence and the ethics of assisted suicide.</p><p>The line up for the 24<sup>th</sup> season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at<br />Shepherd University features a play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Fuller that focuses on sexual assault in the U.S. military.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:41:56 +0000 Cecelia Mason 15193 at http://wvpublic.org Contemporary Plays Take the Stage in Shepherdstown, W.Va. New Talcott Museum Honors John Henry http://wvpublic.org/post/new-talcott-museum-honors-john-henry <p></p><p>Talcott, West Virginia, is the home place of folklore hero John Henry. A project is underway to restore one of the town’s oldest buildings to serve as an information hub about the legend.</p><p></p><p>Dillion’s Superette, a convenience store, was housed in what was a 1890s general store before it closed its doors two years ago. The owners were very active in the community and donated the old building to the John Henry Historical Society for a promise:&nbsp; to restore the building back to its 20<sup>th</sup> century look.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:21:49 +0000 Jared Kline 15114 at http://wvpublic.org New Talcott Museum Honors John Henry