Arts & Culture

Olympic medalists and WVU students Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence and Ginny Thrasher pose for a photo Monday, Sept. 26, at the Morgantown Event Center.
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West Virginia University honored three students Monday, Sept. 26, who brought home medals from the Rio Olympic Games.

Olympians Ginny Thrasher, Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence welcomed guests at the Morgantown Event Center as they reminisced about their time in Rio, Brazil, this summer.

Paw Paw
Joey Aloi

Those who’ve eaten a pawpaw before often say that the creamy, tropical fruit resembles a mix of a mango and a banana, or a mango and an avocado. They often can’t believe that the fruit is native to Appalachia.

Virginia Thrasher
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Three Summer Olympic medalists who attend West Virginia University are being honored at a community event in Morgantown.

The celebration scheduled for Monday evening at the Morgantown Event Center will honor U.S. rifle gold medalist Ginny Thrasher and Canada soccer bronze medalists Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence. They won their medals last month in Rio de Janeiro.

early fall at Dolly Sods, WV
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Updated on 09-26-16 9:30 p.m.

This past weekend was the peak time for tourists to visit Dolly Sods to see the leaves change for fall. But some of these visitors left behind smoldering campfires, and now four wildfires are burning in the area.

The first fire was discovered two weeks ago on September 16th. That fire is still burning, as well as three more that were discovered last Thursday, and this past weekend. Unattended campfires are believed to have caused three of the fires - and the cause of the fourth is still under investigation.

Libby Knight

In April 2015, they released their first full-length Snowflake Mandala. Less than a year later, they earned an entry into the 2016 International Blues Challenge with their second release U Can't Bother Me. And now, Huntington rockers The Shadowshaker Band are back with a bigger band and a bluer sound.

We sat down with The Shadowshaker Band's Eve Marcum-Atkinson and Michael Lyzenga in the #wvpublic studios to talk about the band's new record Heart on the Line and their blues-y beginnings.

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It’s been about 15 years since the opioid epidemic first hit Appalachia. And now, there’s a whole generation of teenagers in West Virginia and Kentucky who have grown up with drug addiction strongly affecting their friends and families.

Novelist Carrie Mullins grew up in Mt. Vernon, KY. After spending a number of years in Lexington, she returned home in 2003.

Richard Hague was raised in that northern outpost of Appalachia, Steubenville, Ohio, and has lived his adult life in another Appalachian city of Ohio, Cincinnati.  The author of over eight books of poetry, and numerous chapbooks, his collected volume, During the Recent Extinctions, won the prestigious Weatherford Award as the finest book of poetry published in Appalachia in 2013.  

Bald Eagle
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An injured bald eagle that was nursed back to health in northern West Virginia has been released back into the wild.

More than 200 people gathered Saturday for the release of Liberty.

Computer Coding
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A Kanawha County group is expanding plans to teach computer coding to girls.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the initiative Project Code Nodes will start group sessions in downtown Charleston, Institute and Rand. Meetings already are ongoing in Kanawha City.

CAIR/ Ikram Benaicha

How do Muslims living in Appalachia feel about increasing Islamaphobia in America? What role does the media play in creating such fear?

Center Court at Creekside Greenbrier
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The Greenbrier is ready to host its annual tennis classic after floods badly damaged its stadium court in June.

The Beckley Register-Herald reports that the fifth annual Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic is taking place this Saturday and Sunday. It features Venus Williams, Madison Keys, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras.

Marshall University
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Marshall University is hosting the first meeting in a series of statewide panel presentations on mental health care for children.

The forum is set for Tuesday evening in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

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The USDA estimates that 6,000 West Virginia farmers suffered damage as a result of the flooding in late June. Farmers lost over $3 million worth of crops, livestock, and fencing. But more than the monetary cost- there’s also an emotional toll that’s affecting some of these farmers. One couple in Greenbrier County says they almost gave up after losing two dozen of their rabbits, and all of their vegetable crops, in the high water. 

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In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear about what it’s like to actually work in a coal mine. So often we hear about miners from environmentalists or people who proudly declare they are Friends of Coal. But so much about what we hear about coal mining these days is full of political agendas.

Addiction Stories Program
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  People in addiction recovery came out Wednesday night in Huntington at Marshall University, to tell their story on how it’s affected their lives.

  Nick Pauken was part of the Marshall University program “Addiction in Appalachia: Our Stories”. In collaboration between the Marshall Student Health Education Program and the English Department, those in addiction recovery worked with English professors to write a monologue about their story. It was a chance for those in recovery, family members and significant others to tell how addiction impacted their lives.

WVU Art Museum
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West Virginia schools may find it easier to take schoolchildren to visit the Art Museum of West Virginia University with a new travel fund that helps with expenses.

The university said in a news release the fund honors the memory of a teacher who died in 2013, Abby Jacknowitz. Her aunt and uncle, Linda and Arthur Jacknowitz of Morgantown recently established the fund at the museum.

U.S. National Archive Jack Corn

On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we talk about the American Dream and what it takes to reach it in Appalachia. We hear from JD Vance, author of the new bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, which is about his time growing up in a rust belt town in Ohio, and in Jackson, Kentucky. In this episode, we’re going to hear stories about the working class here in Appalachia and talk about some larger battles they’re fighting today.

Skyler Howard
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The state’s two largest universities are ready to begin the 2016 college football season.

West Virginia University football opens the 2016 season Saturday in Morgantown against South Eastern Conference Member Missouri. Last year the Mountaineers finished the season with a record of eight wins and 5 losses. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said they’ve hit the point where until they step on the field they’re not getting any better, so they’re ready for Missouri.

A new statewide, online publication went live today - Vandaleer.com. It pulls content from affiliated, localized online storytelling publications based around the state - the collective mission: share a new, positive narrative about and by West Virginians who want to celebrate what’s interesting and unique about the state.

Pop Up Market
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Pop Up Farmers Markets, they’re a unique idea bringing farm fresh fruits and vegetables to people who don’t typically have access to those kinds of foods. One in Wayne County recently focused on expanding access to the youngest of children. 

Stephanie Dawson's two-year old son Luke attends the Playmates of Ceredo Daycare, the site of a new one-day pop up farmer’s market last week.

"I think it’s pretty awesome, especially teaching kids about vegetables and you know farmer’s market learning and letting them experience the shopping world as well," Dawson said.

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