Arts & Culture

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.

A month after the flood, businesses in the communities affected by the home are struggling. Some businesses in affected towns have reopened, but others say they are closing their doors for good.

Don Knotts
Dale Ferrell / Associated Press

The city of Morgantown is planning a two-day celebration of the late actor Don Knotts.

A statue of Knotts is set for unveiling Saturday in front of the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. Knotts already has a star of fame outside the theater.

Ken Kendrick
Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

West Virginia University says a challenge by Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick has helped bring in more than $300,000 for flood-relief efforts in southern West Virginia.

Kendrick is a WVU alumnus. He said last month he would match contributions to the WVU Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

Young WV Power Building Conference
Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of young people in West Virginia are preparing to make their political thoughts heard during an upcoming Huntington event. Young West Virginia will hold its first conference next month attempting to incite some political change in the state.

A team of students ranging in age from middle school to college were on hand Tuesday at Marshall to announce the Young West Virginia Power Building Conference coming up August 27th and 28th. The conference led by students from aged 15 to 25 will address everything from voter engagement, racial justice, mental health, and college readiness, to LGBT advocacy. Takeiya Smith is a student at West Virginia State University and a co-chair of Young West Virginia. 

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

By now, you may have heard of a new app for smartphones called Pokémon GO. It was released in the United States on July 6 and has taken the country by storm – including West Virginia. There’s a feature in the game that encourages you to visit historic, unique, or touristy spots in the real world, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been exploring the interest in this widely popular game.

Daniel Walker/ WVPB

As the coal industry in Appalachia continues to decline, more and more families are struggling. Poor job prospects throughout the region are causing a lot of anxiety in families. And mental health expects say that kind of stress can accumulatively lead to mental illness. What can parents do to help their children cope with stress?

Evening at the State Fair of West Virginia
The State Fair of West Virginia

The State Fair of West Virginia will launch of its first-ever mobile app.

The new app will allow fairgoers to schedule their day, purchase tickets, and find their favorite locations on an interactive map.

Marshall Stadium
Jeff Gentner / AP

Marshall University is expanding beer sales at home football games.

The university Board of Governors on Tuesday approved the sale of beer in six sections on the west side of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The university says in a news release that security measures will be increased in those sections.

Greenbrier Resort
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

The Greenbrier's 710-room hotel is reopening to the public more than two weeks after the West Virginia resort's property was ravaged by floods.

Resort owner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice announced last week that the hotel in White Sulphur Springs will welcome back paying guests on Tuesday, July 12.

Megan Meggers Ramsey

A grapevine clipping from the home of Pearl S. Buck, a world renowned author with West Virginia roots, just arrived in Michigan and soon will be planted at a high school literary garden.

It began as an idea last summer. Jennifer McQuillan teaches literature at West Bloomfield High School in Michigan, and she wanted to give her students something that would get them off their phones- and become better connected to the writing in decades old books.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Shepherd University may be opening its doors to a music and theater study abroad opportunity in Cuba.

Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival are hosting Norge Espinosa Mendoza this week – a well-known poet, playwright, actor, and LGBT activist from Cuba.

Center Court at Creekside Greenbrier
Steve Helber / AP

A two-day tennis exhibition will be held as scheduled in September at The Greenbrier resort despite recent floods.

The resort announced Monday that the 2,500-seat tennis stadium in White Sulphur Springs will be cleaned up before the exhibition on Sept. 17 and 18.

Doctor's Exam Room
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Over 500 healthcare professionals and volunteers will operate a no-cost medical and dental clinic in Beckley  this week. on July 13-15, 2016.

Approximately $3 million in free health-related services will beoffered to noninsured and underinsured residents of Beckley and surrounding areas at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center July 13 – 15. The event is organized by Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of Adventist-Laymen's Services & Industries, in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church and many other entities.

GRo Huntington, Jeannie Harrison
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

Addiction treatment specialists in Huntington are hoping something called nature assisted therapy is the next step for helping addicts in a program called GRo Huntington.

Melissa Stillwell Photography

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to Ona, Bud Carroll to Coyotes in Boxes and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Most Exalted

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to Ona, Bud Carroll to Coyotes in Boxes and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Josh Nibert

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Ona to Qiet, Sean Richardson to Jordan Andrew Jefferson and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Carly Suplita

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Heavy-Set Paw-Paws to Of the Dell, TeamMate's Scott Simons to Qiet and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Jessica Lilly

Seventy-five-year-old Carol Holmes lives in Nicholas County, one of the counties hit hardest by the downpours that fell on June 23. Several people have died because of the severe weather. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin called the floods “the worst in a century for some parts of the state.” The Associated Press reports that President Obama spoke to Tomblin by phone Saturday to offer federal assistance and condolences to the people of West Virginia.

This is the second time her home has been flooded in the past 20 years. Listen to her explain why she doesn’t want to leave Richwood. She also explains that tough times are nothing new to her family. She also explains why she's “West Virginia tough.”

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