Arts & Culture

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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.

Greenbier
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The Greenbrier Classic's free ticket giveaway has prompted officials to look for more volunteers to help this year's golf tournament run smoothly.

Greenbrier owner Jim Justice says in a news release he'll hold a drawing in which one volunteer will win $20,000 at the end of the tournament.

Spcs. Tyler Foster, Shane Delong and Jakob Mays are soldiers in the Army Reserve 363rd Military Police Company in Grafton, West Virginia.  This April they will deploy to Afghanistan.
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Several West Virginia attractions are participating in the National Endowment for the Arts initiative to offer free admission to active-duty military members and their families.

The Blue Star Museums program includes more than 2,000 museums across the country offering the deal from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Vandalia Gathering
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West Virginia is gearing up for its 40th annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.

The yearly celebration of traditional arts, music, dance and more will kick off Friday at the Culture Center Theater with an awards ceremony and the presentation of the Vandalia Award, the state's highest folk-life honor.

Prickett's Fort State Park
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A cable TV miniseries predominantly filmed in West Virginia is set to debut next month.

"The American West" is scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. June 11 on AMC.

The West Virginia Film Office says in a news release that the eight-part series was filmed in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, along with Prickett's Fort State Park in Marion County.

The series focuses on the years 1865 to 1890. It looks at the transformation of America's frontier lands following the Civil War, and notables such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp.

 

You might have heard of this radio show called Mountain Stage. The show, produced by folks right here in Appalachia, has been featuring artists from across the world for more than 30 years.

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--for a catalogue of 871 shows (and counting).  

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Birders and nature lovers can participate in nature walks, presentations and activities during the annual Canaan Valley Birding Festival next month in Davis.

The event is June 2 through 5 at Canaan Valley Resort. Nature walk leaders will provide instruction on birding by ear as well as eye.

Whiterwater Rafting Gauley River
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  West Virginia's whitewater rafting industry saw a 3 percent increase in visitors last year compared to 2014.

State Division of Natural Resources figures show traffic on the New, Gauley and other West Virginia rivers totaled 134,082 customers in 2015, up 3,900 customers from the year before.

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With West Virginia University opening its Beckley campus this fall, investors from near and far have been looking at potential properties in the city.

Lisa Armes, a Century 21 First Choice real estate agent, tells the Register-Herald that she has been receiving calls for the past six months about properties in the area from local clients and those as far away as California.

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West Virginia tourism officials are creating a trail that will highlight the state's haunted history.

The state Division of Tourism is taking suggestions for places to include on its list of paranormal attractions, events and destinations.

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On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re featuring some of our team's award winning Appalachian stories from the last year.

World Trade Center Steel Huntington
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Two pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center have been delivered to Huntington, where they will be used in a memorial at the 9/11 Healing Field.

The pieces were carried by convoy from New York on Thursday and arrived in time for an evening ceremony in Huntington. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the ceremony provided a chance to pay respects to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York, as well as first responders, veterans and active members of the military.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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The National Park Service says southern West Virginia's three national parks contributed more than $64 million in benefits to the local economy in 2015.

Economists with the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed visitor spending at parks across the nation, including the New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area.

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West Virginia University says its students have set a record with 30 global scholarships and fellowships this year.

The number is up from last year's total of 17 and the previous record of 21 in 2013.

Maple Syrup
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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says new maple syrup producers have been tapping trees and expanding markets in the state and around the U.S.

The West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association is holding its annual meeting and competition on Saturday in Weston, and anyone is welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Agriculture Department's Weston Field Office with the competition at 1 p.m.

Marshall University
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College campuses are often thought of as microcosms of society in so many ways and when it comes to politics, the notion tends to hold up. On the campus of Marshall University, students are picking and choosing sides in the presidential race and estimating the impact the candidates will have on student voter turnout.

Just like in the general public, Marshall University College students have picked their sides when it comes to which presidential candidate they’ll vote for. Marshall University Student Gretchen Fleming was at the Bernie Sanders rally in Huntington last month.

There are a lot of things that can make you feel connected to home or your childhood, and many of those memories are probably filled with food and family kitchenware.

Morgan County
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The former Coolfont resort in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle is going on the auction block.

An auction will be held June 21 at Cacapon Resort in Berkeley Springs.

Civil War cannon at Harpers Ferry
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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will be the next coin released in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The Journal in Martinsburg reports an official unveiling and celebration will be held at 10 a.m. June 8 on Hamilton Street in Lower Town Harpers Ferry. Visitors will be able to buy up to $100 worth of Harpers Ferry quarters at the event.

autopods
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Officials are planning to unveil a new mode of public transportation in downtown Charleston.

Tourism officials say they plan a news conference Friday. In attendance will be the chief executive officer of Pittsburgh-based Autopods, which operates a fleet of small cabs. They are powered by foot pedals with electric batteries for use on hills.

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