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12:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

West Virginia Agencies Adding More Art Funding

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  State officials are adding more funding for grants for West Virginia artists and arts organizations.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts said they are adding a second funding cycle for professional development grants.

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WVU Footbal
3:25 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

WVU Football Hopes to Bounce Back

Credit West Virginia University

West Virginia University’s football program is hoping that 2014 is much better than 2013 after finishing 4-8.

WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen enters his fourth season in Morgantown. In his first season, the last for WVU in the Big East, they finished 10-3. In the following two season while in the Big 12, Holgorsen is 11-14 overall and 6-12 in the Big 12. Holgorsen said he doesn’t feel any extra pressure headed into the season.

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Benefit
11:07 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Art Project to Aid Huntington Children's Hospital

The Hoops Family Children's Hospital in Huntington.
Credit Hoops Family Children's Hospital

A partnership will boost Huntington's train collection substantially next year.

The city is launching an art initiative with the Hoops Family Children's Hospital and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary.
 
The Herald-Dispatch reports artists will use their skills on 40 fiberglass train engine statues that will go on display in Huntington next year.
 
Mayor Steve Williams says after the display, the trains then will be sold at auction to benefit the children's hospital.
 

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Appalachian History
6:00 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Appalachian Pride Inspires Web Site and Podcast

Dave Tabler
Credit Submitted Photo / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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 Appalachia History.

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Adventurous Year
6:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Catching Up With West Virginia's Teacher of the Year

Erin Sponaugle
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It’s been a busy year for Berkeley County’s Erin Sponaugle, West Virginia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Aside from teaching fifth grade at Tomahawk Intermediate School near Hedgesville, West Virginia, Sponaugle has traveled across the state and country representing her profession.

“It’s been life changing and life defining," Sponaugle said.

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Remembering Our Heroes
3:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Korean War Veteran Honored at Concord University

Credit Jared Kline / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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Celebration in Hinton
3:24 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

W.Va. State Water Festival Celebrates 50 Years

Sandstone Falls is located on the north-flowing new river, 8.5 miles north of Hinton, West Virginia on State Route 26.
Credit New River Gateway

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the West Virginia State Water Festival. The festival kicks off this weekend.

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Marshall Football
3:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Marshall Football Receiving High Praise

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Marshall University Football is coming off a 10-4 season that has expectations through the roof for the upcoming season.

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.

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Revitalization
4:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton

Old Lavon Theater displays Cruiser's Reunion information
Credit Jared Kline

Cruise (v) : Driving with an emphasis on socializing.

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. 

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Culture
11:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students

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Folks in Wheeling are ramping up for the annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival. 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.

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Tourism
11:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year

National Park visitors spend millions in southern West Virginia communities.
Credit National Park Service

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.

The report 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 Gauley River National Recreation Area in 2013.

In a release today NPS Superintendent Trish Kicklighter said that in addition to providing visitors remarkable experiences in America's outdoors, National Park  Tourism is a significant driver in the national economy.

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Edible Mosaic
1:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Shepherdstown Bakery Makes Treats For U.S. Capitol Event

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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Community Engagement
11:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around

People packed into the Church of the Good Shepherd for Monday night's Turn This Town Around meeting in Grafton
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Learn about Monday night's Turn This Town Around public workshop in Grafton.

We continue our coverage of the Turn this Town Around Project. This series follows two towns, Grafton in north central 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.

The welcome surprise at Monday’s meeting was an overwhelming turnout. More than 135 people 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. 

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Classic Regatta
11:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

City of Huntington Readies for Classic Regatta

Dan Bunting's Flex Seal Boat.
Credit Clark Davis

The city of Huntington is bringing back the classic regatta this weekend in hopes to spur more economic activity downtown.

On the heels of a three-year successful run with powerboat races, city officials decided to bring back the old tradition of a Classic Regatta to Harris Riverfront Park. The event will run three days starting this Friday through Sunday.

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.

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Athletics
5:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Grafton Welcomes Swimmers for Summer Championship

Photo by Kevin Stead

  

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. 

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Iconic Company Restores Ghost Murals in Appalachia

The advertisement was considered a "ghost mural" because it was faded and chipping.
Credit Jack Fralin / CCBCC

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.  One of the largest murals, so far was unveiled last week in Hinton in  Summers County. Along with the strong sentimental value to the rural residents, the signs still have a strong marketing value for the global company.

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Turn This Town Around
12:15 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Matewan Striving for Revitalization

Credit West Virginia Focus

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. 

Members of the Matewan community took part yesterday in the latest meeting about ideas to turn things around in the southern West Virginia City.

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Athletics
11:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Marshall Football Coach's Contract Extended

  Marshall University has extended the contract of coach Doc Holliday two years and raised the payouts for the incentives in the deal.

Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced Monday that Holliday's contract now runs through the 2017 season.

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.

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Reconnecting McDowell
2:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Attorney, Teacher & Student Say Reconnecting McDowell is Working

Emily Hicks also spoke during a press conference in West Virginia earlier this year.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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.

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Agriculture
12:03 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Something New is Sprouting on Charleston's West Side

Stephanie Hysmith and Tom Toliver building the raised beds this spring
Credit Jaime Rinehart, of the WVSU EDC.

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 6th 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.

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