Arts & Culture

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A special showing of "We Are Marshall" will be held next month in Huntington to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the film's premiere.

The showing will be Nov. 11 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington. Tickets are $25. Marshall University says in a news release that proceeds will go toward student scholarships.

Patrick Morrisey, Mike DeWine, Andy Beshear
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Attorneys General from Ohio and Kentucky joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in Huntington Thursday to discuss the opioid crisis plaguing all three states.

Attorneys General Mike DeWine, of Ohio, and Andy Beshear, of Kentucky, joined Morrisey at the New Life Church in Huntington. It’s one of a series of meetings being held to increase cross-border cooperation in finding solutions to problems stemming from the opioid epidemic. Beshear said the epidemic has touched everyone. 

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Two public events at West Virginia University this week will examine the work of artists from Appalachia.

Self-taught artist Minnie Adkins and writer-musician Mike Norris, both of eastern Kentucky, are visiting during the events. Work by Adkins is on display in an exhibition in the Art Museum of WVU, and Norris and Adkins have written several children's books together.

Mountain Stage is one of the longest running live music performance shows on public radio.  It began in 1983 and has featured nearly 2,000 acts from more than 50 countries--and nearly every conceivable genre. With such a storied history, there is little doubt the show has helped to create a lot of memories over the years.

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West Virginia University says another effort to log volunteer hours is coming up this weekend with Make a Difference Day.

The Morgantown beautification project is on Sunday.

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People interested in recording oral histories can learn more at a program this week in Charleston.

Author, journalist and documentarian Eric Douglas will present a program on the topic in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex at 6 p.m. Thursday. The program is free and open to the public.

Joel Thierstein
West Virginia Wesleyan

After eight months of searching, West Virginia Wesleyan College’s governing board has selected Joel Thierstein as the school’s next president.

Candace Nelson

If your father worked in the coal mines, chances are you remember his lunch or dinner bucket and the food that he brought to work. For many families, the extra food that was packed away in these dinner buckets was practical -- it would be there just in case an accident happened.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Pepperoni rolls have been called the unofficial food of West Virginia. Legend has it they were originally made for coal miners to take underground in their dinner buckets- because the cured pepperoni didn’t spoil. 

A new book ABOUT Pepperoni Rolls is set to be published next year. On this week's episode of Inside Appalachia Roxy Todd talks with the writer of this new book to learn more.

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It's election season and we want to know what Appalachians are looking for in a new president. We’ll hear from a former coal miner from Whitesburg, Ky, Gary Bentley. We'll also hear from a veteran who lives in Bristol, Va., Ralph Slaughter.

Marshall University

Former Marshall assistant football coach Red Dawson will be the grand marshal in Marshall University's homecoming parade this month.

The parade will be held Oct. 13 in downtown Huntington.

Dawson was an assistant coach in 1970 when a plane crash carrying Marshall's football team, coaches and supporters crashed near the Huntington airport while returning from a game at East Carolina.

Jess Schreibstein

Fall is upon us, which means apples are now in season. Apples played a major part in the history of Appalachia, and on this week’s episode, we explore some of that history, and what the apple is doing for the state now.

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The international refugee crisis caused by people fleeing the war-torn Middle East has been a high-profile issue in the presidential campaign.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton told CBS’s “Face the Nation” last year that “the U.S. has to do more” to meet what she called the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII.

WVU Students Talk About Olympic Experience

Sep 27, 2016
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 10-06-2016 10:50 a.m.

The Closure Order for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area was lifted on October 5, 2016 and all trails are now open. A Fire Ban in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is still in effect due to prolonged drought and will remain in place until weather conditions improve.  Gas powered backpacking/camping stoves are allowed in the wilderness area.  The current Fire Ban no longer includes the Red Creek Campground and Dolly Sods Picnic Area.

Updated on 09-29-16 5:55 p.m.

Two out of the five wildfires in the Dolly Sods Wilderness have been completely extinguished, and two more fires have been 100 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service team that is managing the Red Creek Fires. There is a fifth fire that firefighters haven't yet been able to contain. This fire was discovered Wednesday, September 29. An explosive safety specialist has been called in to inspect the area surrounding the fifth fire to make sure there are no unexploded ordinances nearby. During World War II, the Dolly Sods Wilderness area was used as a training ground for soldiers, and many artillery and mortar shells shot into the area for practice still exist.

The southwestern portions of Dolly Sods in Tucker County are closed until further notice. The rest of the wilderness area is still open for camping and hiking.

The fires are a 4-mile hike from the nearest road. Thirty Forest Service employees are managing the fires, with the assistance of horses that have packed in supplies.


Updated on 09-28-16 4:40 p.m.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, there are now five wildfires burning in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area.  All of the fires are small, less than an acre in size.  Three of the five wildfires are 80-100 percent contained.  It has been determined that three of the five wildfires were caused by unattended campfires.  The cause of the fourth and fifth fire is still under investigation.  Fire suppression efforts continue Wednesday and rain is forecasted for the next couple of days, which authorities say should help their efforts to fight the fires.

The Big Stonecoal Trail, Little Stonecoal Trail, Breathed Mountain Trail, Rocky Point Trail and Dunkenbarger Trail all remained closed in Dolly Sods. A fire ban is in place throughout most of the Dolly Sods area.

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.