Glynis Board


Glynis Board hails from the northern panhandle of West Virginia. She’s now based in Morgantown where she’s been reporting for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2012. She covers a broad range of topics including arts and culture, women’s issues, and developments in the oil and gas industry. She’s also especially interested in covering news from the northern panhandle where she grew up.

Before reporting the news, Glynis worked in the production department at WV PBS since 2004, contributing with video editing and film making skills to such documentaries as Frank Kearns: American Correspondent, The Last Mission: Establishing the Rule of Law in Iraq, and Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice.


1:46 am
Thu June 26, 2014

New Book Discovers Where Wheeling (Place of the Skull) Got Its Name

Painter Cecy Rose looks onto her painting that serves as the cover art for the newly published book, PLACE OF THE SKULL.
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The name Wheeling is a very old word. While there’s some dispute, it’s most commonly translated from the indigenous Delaware language to mean “Place of the Skull.” That’s the name and subject of a recently published book written by Ohio Valley resident Alan Fitzpatrick.

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Education Reform
7:09 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

National Education Association Meets to Discuss Common Core, Standardized Tests

Dale Lee
Credit WVEA

Educators from across the country are meeting over the next two weeks for the National Education Association’s 152nd annual meeting. West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee will be one of the Educators at the meeting discussing issues facing such as Common Core State Standards, and standardized testing.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New Children's Theater Work Premiers at WVU

Director Jim Knipple (center) speaks with Adam Messenger (the puppet) as Hannah Redmond (The Unlucky Princess) looks on.
Credit Michelle Kidd

An original children’s theater show debuts this weekend in Morgantown. The production comes from the Mountain State Rep, the professional summer theater company out of West Virginia University’s School of Theatre and Dance.

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Lochghelly Injection Well
12:36 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Environmental Quality Board Hears Complaints Against DEP Revocation Order in Fayette County

“These open pits were discovered by the DEP in 2004,” Rist said. “They were not part of any permit that had been issued. The DEP has done nothing about it. Until about two months ago, after this appeal was filed. Low and behold, all of sudden Danny Webb cleans up those pits.”
Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is reviewing an order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that revokes a waste disposal permit. Attorney Tom Rist is representing groups concerned about Danny Webb Construction's waste disposal operation in Fayette County.

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2:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Reclaiming the Abandoned: Ohio Valley Grows Local Food Economy

Danny Swan walks along the street of a neighborhood in the middle of Wheeling that's long been forgotten.
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**Music by Sugar Short Wave.

Like many towns across much of the state, Wheeling is home to a lot of abandoned, depressed, impoverished areas susceptible to crime and drug epidemics. The region has depended largely on the coal and steel industries, which are declining. The population is decreasing along with the economy and the vitality of the communities.

A small group is tackling several major projects with the hope of changing all of that. The projects all center around infusing the town with locally grown foods, and educational opportunities to teach residents how these foods are grown. There are eight initiatives already in motion and the fledgling non-profit, Grow Ohio Valley, has raised more than $200,000 so far to support their efforts. They hope that instead of being known as a dying town, Wheeling can become a regional food production hub.

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11:22 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Was This Fayette County Waste Pit Leaking?

Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Danny Webb Construction began shutting down above ground pits last month in Fayette County that held oil and gas waste. The waste likely came from horizontal drilling operations.

In a more recent development, the DEP says a tank that was holding some of that waste, leaked during the process, but was cleaned up.

Concerned citizens have been expressing concerns with this particular operation for years.

Environmental groups ran some tests last year and while results have turned up inconclusive, it still raised red flags.

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Air Quality
12:26 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Harvard/Syracuse Study: West Virginia Among Those to Benefit Most from Proposed Carbon Regulations

The Harvard School of Public Health together with Syracuse University released a study of potential air quality benefits based on the first-of-their-kind carbon dioxide emissions reduction proposal the Environmental Protection Agency revealed this month. According to researchers, West Virginia is among the state's to benefit most from the proposed rules.

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Forest Management
1:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Monongahela National Forest Gets New Federal Designation

Monongahela National Forest: View from the slopes of Back Allegheny Mountain looking east. Visible are Allegheny Mountain (middle distance) and Shenandoah Mountain (far distance). The latter is in the George Washington National Forest of Virginia
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The West Virginia Division of Forestry just got a major tool to help combat forest disease and invasive species. Through an act of congress, the Monongahela National Forest has just been designated an “Insect and Disease Area.”  The designation is designed to streamline efforts to combat insect and disease threats.

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11:24 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Want to Help West Virginia Honeybees? Here Are Five Gardening Tips

Bill and Emilie Johnson in their Morgantown garden. When they moved in 10 years ago, there was no landscaping or garden. Things have changed. And the bees LOVE it.
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While Honeybee Colony Collapse  Disorder (CCD) is relatively uncommon in West Virginia, bees and pollinators are still threatened in the region and all across the country. About a third of all of our foods (and beverages) come from crops pollinated by these insects. There’s growing concern that pesticides and certain farming practices are at the heart of the crisis, so more and more gardeners are stepping up to support pollinators in their own yards and fields.

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Rape Prevention
12:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Morgantown Restaurant Agrees to "Show More Skin"

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Over the Memorial Day weekend in north-central West Virginia, a lot of skin was on display in one restaurant. But it might not be the skin you’re thinking about.

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Education Reform
11:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

MIT-Inspired Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Lab Comes to High School in West Virginia

Layout of former library, soon-to-be TEAL lab at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling
Credit Wheeling Central Catholic High School

Wheeling Catholic High School has decided to take a page from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is renovating the school’s library into a Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) lab.

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Hemlock Blight
9:16 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Scientists Try to Save Endangered Hemlock Trees in West Virginia Swamp

The Hemlocks grow 60 to 100 feet tall and if you look at the underside of their needles you can identify them by the white lines you see there. And if, while you are looking at the underside of the needles, you also see little white puffs near the base of the needles, you might be staring at little sap-suckers that are draining life from the tree in your hands.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

For the past several decades Hemlock trees across the east coast have become home to an invasive insect that is leaving their host-trees dead in the ground. Efforts to manage the blight continue deep in a Preston County swamp.

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6:22 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Morels Galore Displayed on 'WV Wild Pickers' Facebook Page

Credit Thomas Mionchella

It's peak season for morel mushrooms throughout Appalachia. One online site, "WV Wild Pickers" Facebook page is getting a lot of traffic of people sharing stories and photos from their adventures foraging.

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1:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Whip-Poor-Wills On The Decline, West Virginia DNR Asks For Help

Credit Terry Sohl

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is looking for whip-poor-wills.

DNR officials are worried that the bird is declining in population and so they are reaching out to the public to get a better sense of Whip-poor-will presence throughout West Virginia.

The bird's really hard to spot since its grey, black and brown coloring act as a camouflage. But the call is unmistakable.

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11:38 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Volunteer Youth From Milton, Belleville Honored in Washington, D.C.

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker congratulates Katie Cowie, 17, of Milton (center) and Olivia Smith, 14, of Belleville (right) on being named West Virginia's top two youth volunteers for 2014 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
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Two youth volunteers from West Virginia were honored in Washington, D.C. They were among 100 kids from across the country recognized for their services in their communities.


Some of the nation's most outstanding student volunteers were honored with a gala dinner and reception at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and a chance to hang out with the Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Each also received $1,000 dollars. 


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Law Enforcement
1:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

What is Synthetic Marijuana?

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  Two businesses in Morgantown are accused of illegally selling a drug known as synthetic marijuana. Law enforcement leaders are working with United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, to investigate but so far no charges have been filed.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other sources, synthetic marijuana refers to herbs and plant materials that are sprayed with chemicals designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It’s often marketed as incense and labeled “not for human consumption.” While not exclusively generated out of Asia, law officials indicate China may be a major source of production.

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Chemical Safety
11:27 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Transparency is Key in Aboveground Tank Rulemaking, Expert Says

Evan Hansen, Downstream Strategies
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  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced last week that they are seeking public input on what should be included in the rules to regulate aboveground storage tanks. The director of a Morgantown-based environmental consulting firm is hoping to be able to see who is submitting ideas, and what those ideas are.

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Law Enforcement
2:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Synthetic Marijuana Bust in Morgantown

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United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, was joined by other law enforcement leaders on Wednesday to announce actions taken against businesses in Morgantown that are accused of illegally selling synthetic marijuana.

The businesses known as Mid-Nite Adult and the X-Hale Hookah Lounge were searched early this week and assets from them have been seized, including their business licenses as well as all inventory of a Schedule I controlled substance which has similar effects as traditional marijuana.

The businesses are accused of selling significant amounts of the synthetic cannabinoids commonly packaged and labeled as, “Spice‚” “Herbal Incense‚” or “K2.” Officials say undercover controlled purchases were made from both businesses and then the substances acquired were submitted to the DEA's Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for analysis.

It's suspected that in just under two years the businesses collectively generated over $4 million in sales.

According to Ihlenfeld, no criminal charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

10:11 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Air Pollution Improving in West Virginia But, There's More Ozone

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A report just released by American Lung Association, “State of the Air 2014,” shows air pollution in West Virginia’s metropolitan areas has generally improved but, there’s more ozone, or smog, in every county where it was measured.

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3:15 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Private Citizens Spring for Spring Paddling Season Access Road

J.L. Pretzel Contracting of Bruceton Mills was hired to do the work. An industrial jackhammer shattered car-bottom bashing rocks and follow-up grading was done by a heavy duty skid steer. The job required three full days. Fundraising continues. The resulting road, while still bouncy, is much easier for ordinary vehicles to traverse.
Credit courtesy of Friends of the Cheat

Private citizens are stepping up to repair a Preston County road important to the whitewater industry there. The state doesn’t have the means to get to the Cheat Canyon access road, so Friends of the Cheat River are doing the work.

The road to the take-out for the Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy whitewater runs had deteriorated and outfitters in the area were considering cancelling trips because of the poor conditions.

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