Arts & Culture

Huntington has advanced to the finals of the America’s Best Communities competition.

Huntington was selected by a panel of judges this week to be one of eight finalists in a national competition for America’s Best Community. According to a press release, America’s Best Communities aim to inspire economic revitalization in small towns and cities across the country.

Mine Wars Museum
W.Va. Mine Wars Museum

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is offering a screening of a new documentary for public television about miners in southern West Virginia and their fight for civil liberties.

The film, "The Mine Wars," will be shown at a May Day event that begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Mine Workers of America Local 1440 Union Hall on Mate Street in downtown Matewan. Also featured will be snacks and musical performances.

Rockefeller as governor
The Rockefeller Family

A new exhibit has opened at West Virginia University chronicling the legacy of former Senator Jay Rockefeller.

The West Virginia and Regional History Center opened the Rockefeller exhibit Tuesday. Titled, ‘Jay Rockefeller: A Legacy of Leadership,’ it’s located in Wise Library’s Rockefeller Gallery on the Morgantown campus of West Virginia University. Much of the content is also available online.

Paint Creek
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An organization has created a mobile app that will give people self-guided tours of a 44-mile scenic byway near Beckley.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Paint Creek Scenic Trails Association has created the app to give people access to 10 audio pieces with information on the Paint Creek Scenic Byway.

Marshall University
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A panel discussion on sex trafficking in West Virginia is scheduled next week at Marshall University.

Democratic House of Delegates member Barbara Evans Fleischauer of Monongalia is among those taking part in the panel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the university's Memorial Student Center.

A West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world.

Michael Moore
Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Filmmaker Michael Moore made a surprise visit to West Virginia this weekend for a screening at an international film festival. Moore was in the Kanawha Valley on Saturday and Sunday and spoke to crowds at the West Virginia International Film Festival, which was showing his latest film Where To Invade Next at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston.

Moore’s visit happened mostly by chance, as he was scheduled to be out of the country for his 62nd birthday to appear at the screening of the film in Italy. However, his trip to Italy was canceled last minute.

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We all have a unique way of talking- and here in Appalachia, we have many ways of being understood..and misunderstood, because of our language.

An article in the University of Dayton Law Review defines Appalachiaism as discrimination based on the traditions and lifestyles of Appalachians.

Cornell Chronicle

Robert Morgan is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Essayist, novelist, teacher, short-story author, poet, and “an unassuming gentleman and a friend to artists everywhere,” Harshman said. His novel Gap Creek was a selection of the Oprah Book Club and a New York Times Best Seller.


A group of Huntington residents are spearheading a local storytelling web site. It’s an idea that’s spreading all over the state.

WVU Band
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Scott Tobias has been named director of bands at West Virginia University.

WVU says in a news release that Tobias replaces John Hendricks, who has accepted a new administrative position with the College of Creative Arts. Hendricks spent 12 years as assistant director of bands and as director of the Mountaineer Marching Band since 1998.

Margie Mason
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Two graduates of West Virginia universities have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their work.

Monongalia County native Margie Mason is a West Virginia University grad who, along with three colleagues at the associated press, earned a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public service. Mason was part of an 18-month investigation of slavery and severe labor abuses tied to the seafood supply in American supermarkets and restaurants.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a growing trend across the country — folks are looking for more local foods. Here in Appalachia we’ve got a reputation for being able to survive. Many families have gotten by with a garden in their backyard.  Not everybody here makes a living mining coal. On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re going to take a look at some of the benefits and challenges of farming.

Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry Fire, Fire
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Harpers Ferry is moving right-along in its rebuilding process since a fire devastated four historic buildings last July.

We last heard on the status of the Harpers Ferry rebuilding process back in December. Now, as we begin approaching summer and the one year mark since the fire, the town is getting closer and closer to being restored.

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The West Virginia University College of Law is assuming exclusive management of the legal education program for lawyers in the state.

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals requires West Virginia lawyers to earn 24 continuing legal education credits every two years. Until this month, the College of Law and the West Virginia State Bar worked together to provide the program.

Roger May

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of a series of novels called The Beulah Quintet.  The novels are by the late Mary Lee Settle, a writer who set out to capture moments in West Virginia history when a revolutionary change was at stake. Today's economic uncertainty here in Appalachia has many people wondering whether we are also living in the midst of a transition.

Gender Neutral
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  West Virginia University has launched a housing program for students to room together on campus regardless of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

WVU's True Colors community also supports students who are transgender or gender non-conforming in choosing a roommate of any gender. The gender-neutral community isn't intended for romantic couples.

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The chapters of three fraternities at West~Virginia University were suspended this week. 

Sigma Chi's local chapter was indefinitely suspended by its national office and the WVU Office of Student Conduct. According to a WVU news release, the suspension was due to an April second social activity that violated fraternity and university regulations.

Maple Syrup
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West Virginia will be included in the National Maple Survey for the first time this spring.

The survey is conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers will be contacted from late April through mid-May.

Bicycles, Bikes

Officials in Ranson and Charles Town have decided to table a Jefferson County bike race.

The Journal reports the cities' councils postponed the Two Cities Criterium race indefinitely. The event was scheduled for July 9.