Arts & Culture

Domestic Violence
10:11 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

"You Can Not Kill Me" - Boxing Champion Christy Salters-Martin Shares Her Story of Survival

Thirty West Virginians were killed as a result of domestic violence in just a year’s time during the last reporting period, between October 2012 and September 2013. It’s situation that Wyoming County native Christy Salters Martin is all too familiar with.

The six-time World Boxing Council Champion found herself fighting for her life after her former husband and manager tried to kill her. The former boxer is now sharing her story with the hopes of helping other victims.

Listen to Christy Salters describe the moment during her attack when she decided to fight for her life.

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Auctions
5:53 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Staging the Auction to Sell the Collection of a Lifetime

Frances Yeend and James Benner in an Illustration photo for a 1953 article about vocal technique written by Frances Yeend for The Etude Magazine.
Credit West Virginia and Regional History Center

More than fifty years of marriage… plus two international performing careers… plus a shared passion for seeking out eclectic and interesting objects… adds up to one remarkable collection. World-famous opera singer Frances Yeend  and her husband amassed just such a collection. It’ll be auctioned off starting this weekend at the Sagebrush Roundup near Fairmont.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Skateboard Park Becomes Reality in Huntington

The city of Huntington is developing a new downtown skateboard park.

It’s been idea that’s been in the works for quite a while. Or better yet, a dream that skateboarders thought they’d never see realized. At a reception yesterday in Huntington, officials broke ground on a skateboard park that is just the beginning for skaters. Charles Holley is the executive director of the city’s department of development and planning.

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Music
12:39 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

In Greenbrier County, This Country Music Dance Hall Takes Honky Tonk Fans Back in Time

Credit Dan Schultz

By Dan Schultz and Traveling 219.

It’s Saturday night and the dance floor of the American Heritage Music Hall is crowded with couples swinging, stepping, and shaking to live country and rock ‘n’ roll music.

The music hall is spacious and makes a perfect venue for live music. Its walls are strewn with banjos, guitars, and photographs of early country music stars.

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Traditional Arts
6:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Pricketts Fort Forges New Connections By Teaching Old Skills

Ed Harris and Jim Mays pay close attention as Greg Bray demonstrates blacksmithing techniques.
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

The blacksmith is one of the most enduring figures from the early days of American history. The art form calls to mind strength, ingenuity and craftsmanship…fire, iron and sweat. But in the age of technology and 3-D printers, what’s to become of this time-tested trade? One West Virginia state park is taking steps to forge new interest in traditional arts.

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Recommended If You Like: Of Monsters and Men
4:26 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

"A Change of Tune" Interviews Run River North

Run River North

  This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Alex Hwang (vocals, acoustic guitar) of indie folk group Run River North about the band's self-titled debut. The discussion also veers into the Korean-American band's connections to Honda, their definition of folk music, and how the group was influenced by, of all things, rap and hip-hop music. If you’re a fan of indie folk music with a twist, this interview is recommended for you.

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Nature
10:01 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Photos Sought for W.Va. Wildflower Calendar

Credit Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio

Wildflower photos are being sought for West Virginia's next "Roadsides in Bloom" calendar.

The state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation are sponsoring the 12th annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower calendar photo contest. 

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Mountain East Conference
5:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Shepherd Picked to Repeat in Mountain East

College Football doesn’t just happen in Huntington or Morgantown on fall Saturday’s in the state. It’s happening in the Mountain East Conference.

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Christian Youth Camp
3:04 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Faith Based Adventure Camp Planned for Nicholas Co.

West Virginia Young Life Representative Scott Berg says the camp will be between Mt. Nebo and Kessler's Cross Lanes.

A faith based organization plans to develop land in West Virginia to create a youth camp. The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority made the announcement earlier this week.

Young Life, a non-denominational Christian organization, plans to build an adventure camp in Nicholas County close to Mt. Nebo.

The organization has 35 camps around the globe according to their website. In a release, Young Life’s state Director, Scott Berg, said it was the outdoor activities, and landscape that attracted the group to West Virginia.

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History
11:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

National Park Service Completes Shepherdstown Battlefield Study

  The National Park Service has completed a study of the Shepherdstown Battlefield and related resources.

Congress ordered the study to determine whether the Civil War battlefield should be added to the national park system. It could become an addition to either Harpers Ferry National Historical Park or Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.

Tammy Stidham with the park service tells The Journal that the study looked at historical significance, natural resources and economic uses.

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Inside Appalachia
4:34 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Debating the Death Penalty in Ky., Trying to Track Fracking Materials, "Uncle Dude" and more

Capital punishment is debated in Kentucky.

Coal camp communities are working to cope with dated water systems created by coal companies.

A farmer’s market is provides summer meals to children. 

Questioning Capital Punishment in Kentucky:  Mirroring a national trend, the debate over capital punishment continues to makes headlines in Kentucky. Earlier this month, the state legislature held the first public hearing testimony on the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1976. As Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador found that arguments for and against a bipartisan legislative effort to abolish capital punishment boil down to, in part, a moral quandary over vengeance versus forgiveness.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Musician Who Couldn't Walk Created One of The Longest Running Bluegrass Bands in W.Va.

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, taken in Cass, W.Va. Front Row, L-R: Richard Hefner, Uncle Dude Irvine, Dwight Diller, Back Row, L-R: Bill Hefner, Harley Carpenter
Credit Laurie Cameron

After contracting polio as a young boy, Glen Irvine spent most of his life in a wheelchair, but his mandolin almost never left his side.

Although he’s virtually unknown outside of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, Irvine--or Dude, as he was known--was one of the area’s most gifted musicians. One of the founding members of the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, Dude was a virtuoso, self-taught musician. Although Dude he passed away at the age of 52 in 1973, his bluegrass band continues to play all around West Virginia today.

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Economy
6:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Local Craft Brewers Hope to Use Festivals to Lobby for More Industry-Friendly Laws

Mike Vance pours a beer from Morgantown Brewing Company's stand at the Brew Skies Festival in Canaan Valley on July 25, 2014.

IPAs, Stouts, Hefewiezens, and Ales.

If you’re in Huntington or Wheeling this weekend, you’re bound to get a taste of some locally-brewed varieties at the Rails and Ales Festival or the Mountaineer Brewfest.

But, brewers from around the state aren’t just hoping to raise awareness about their products with these events, they’re also looking to influence the way they do business by getting the attention of state lawmakers.

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Drugs in Huntington
5:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

National Drug Official Pays a Visit to Huntington

Michael Botticelli and Nick Rahall speak with community members.
Credit Clark Davis

Drug and law enforcement officials were in Huntington Wednesday as the Huntington Police department outlined their fight.

The National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli was in Huntington Wednesday with Congressman Nick Rahall to take a look at the efforts being made by the Huntington Police Department to fight the use and trafficking of illegal drugs. Captain Hank Dial gave an overview.

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Huntington Arts
4:30 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Can This Huntington Warehouse Become a Magnet for Artists?

Credit Clark Davis

A local factory that’s been vacant for more than ten years could be the next step in making Huntington the go-to place for artists in the state.

The Coalfield Development Corporation hopes a new idea can lead to a great outcome. They’ve purchased the former Corbin garment factory property in Westmoreland, a neighborhood just inside Huntington’s city limits in the west end of town. The Wayne County Economic Development Authority sold them the property for $110,000 in an effort to spark development in the area.

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Inside Appalachia
5:14 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ky Pastors Share Thoughts on Same Sex Marriage, an Addict's Advice, Korean ex-POWs and more

Kentucky pastors sound off about gay marriage.

A former addict urges drug courts to address the roots of addiction.

The America Legion says the VA is a system worth saving.

Listen to hear the sounds from a rally against a mine site in Charleston, W.Va., songs from a bluegrass band, and more.

 

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Children's Programming
10:03 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Production of 4th Season of Abracadabra Wraps Up: Q&A with Dr. Adelman and Joey

Nastini, Salty, Joey, Adelman on set.
Credit John Hale

Abracadabra – shortened to just “Abra” in the hallways of WV Public Broadcasting—is a locally produced program for children that combines magic and ventriloquism with nutrition, health, exercise and safety.  The show is hosted and produced by physician/magician/ventriloquist Michael Adelman, the President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Characters like Daisey, Salty the Pirate, Professor Science, and Duk (the magical duck) sing, dance, learn, and watch magic tricks. And of course there’s Joey, a bright well-meaning, mischievous boy puppet. Glynis Board visited set this week to talk to Adelman and Joey as the fourth season of production wraps up.


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Arts & Culture
12:39 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Theatre West Virginia Rebounds from Tough Times

Credit WVNS-TV

 Theatre West Virginia has rebounded from tough financial times and is looking forward to next year's season.

The Register-Herald reports that more than 5,000 people attended 17 performances of the outdoor historical drama "Hatfields and McCoys" at Cliffside Amphitheatre at Grandview.

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Preserving History in Music
9:42 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Young and Old: Traditional Music Inspires a New Generation

Don Collins plays bass at the jam session in Sophia, W.Va.
Credit Jessica Lilly

There’s a culture of music that’s been passed down orally through the hills of West Virginia for many generations.

Old time music has roots in Celtic and Native American cultures, as well as American ballads and popular music and poems that passed on through oral tradition. The practice of learning young the tunes of their ancestors is alive and well in Sophia, in Raleigh County.

“There’s a lot of good words in an old country song," Carl Hensly of Beckley said. "A lot of times it’s something that they go through."

Hensly is part of a small group of old time country, folks, bluegrass and gospel lovers that meet once a week at Sophia Fire Department in Raleigh County. The door is open to anyone that wants to join on Tuesday nights.

Listen to hear more from Jordan Young and the music that inspired him to pursue a college degree in Bluegrass music.

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9:40 am
Mon August 4, 2014

A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross

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The stats gurus at FiveThirtyEight have broken down Bob Ross' artistic output. Want to know what percentage of his paintings have at least one tree? What about what percentage has a mountain?
Bob Ross was a consummate teacher. He guided fans along as he painted "happy trees," "almighty mountains" and "fluffy clouds" over the course of his 11-year television career on his PBS show, "The Joy of Painting." In total, Ross painted 381 works on the show, relying on a distinct set of elements, scenes and themes, and thereby providing thousands of data points.

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