Arts & Culture

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A tree that had grown too big at a home in Randolph County is coming to West Virginia's state Capitol for a holiday display.

The 30-foot blue spruce has been in the front yard of Ed and Ginny Dumire's Beverly home for more than two decades. The couple donated it for public viewing at the Capitol complex in Charleston.

Philanthropy West Virginia

A philanthropic group says there has been a $10 million drop in charitable giving in West Virginia over the period of a year.

The report released Tuesday by the Philanthropy West Virginia reveals there was a 2.2 percent decline in charitable giving between 2012 and 2013 while the national average for the same time period increased by 5.4 percent.

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On this  episode of the Inside Appalachia podcast, we talk immigration, migration and what it could all mean for Appalachia.


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The West Virginia Mine Wars is a period of our state’s history that until around the 1980s was often censored or left out in classrooms across the state. But a new class through Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program will offer tools for history teachers in West Virginia and beyond.

The Robinson Grand, or Rose Garden Theater in downtown Clarksburg.
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A public hearing on the planned restoration of the Robinson Grand Theater is set in Clarksburg.

The Exponent Telegram reports Tuesday's hearing will give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the city's plans to put the downtown landmark back into use.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll hear stories of women whose grit and determination changed their own lives - and changed other people's lives, too. We’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

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The Greenbrier resort will close for 24 days next year for renovations and upkeep.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the closure will be spread throughout January, February and March.

All-Terrain Vehicle
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The West Virginia University Extension Service is offering a safety course for all-terrain vehicle operators.

WVU says in a news release that a grant from the National 4-H Council allows the four-hour course to be offered at no cost to participants.

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A repair project has temporarily shut off access to the main overlook at Grandview.

The National Park Service says in a news release that the overlook's main walkway is being closed for repairs, effective immediately. The closure is expected to last for approximately the next three weeks.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Nov. 20 marks the anniversary of the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster, which killed 78 men. It was the worst U.S. mine disaster in 50 years. On Sunday, a crowd of about 150 people gathered at the memorial of the Farmington Mine Disaster.

West Virginia Public Theater
West Virginia Public Theater

A Morgantown theater organization has released its paid staff and canceled its holiday show to stay afloat.

West Virginia Public Theatre outgoing board president Ray Prendergast told The Dominion Post that the organization is having financial difficulties and is taking steps necessary to move forward.

Jessica Lilly

In this week’s Inside Appalachia we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

1970 Marshall Team, Memorial
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Each year the Marshall University Community gathers around the Memorial Fountain on the Marshall campus to remember those lost in the 1970 plane crash that killed the Marshall football team, staff and supporters.

The son of one of the dozens who died when a plane carrying the Marshall football team and staff crashed will speak at the annual memorial service.

Oglebay Resort

The annual Winter Festival of Lights at Wheeling's Oglebay Park is set to get started.

The display kicks off Friday night and runs through Jan. 3. It can be viewed nightly until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Morgantown High School Marching Band makes its way down High Street in Morgantown on Wednesday, Nov. 11, during the city's Veterans Day parade.
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Dec. 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which thrust America into World War II. Morgantown High School’s marching band has been selected to represent West Virginia during a commemoration next year in Hawaii to honor that milestone.

One of the few remaining survivors of the attack came to the Mountain State from Texas to share his first-hand account of that fateful day with the band members and take part in Veterans Day ceremonies.


This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear from first generation college students, like Savanna Lusk, the daughter of an underground coal miner and Logan Bays the son of a former surface miner. Host Jessica Lilly spoke on WVNS-TV Morning Show, previewing this week's episode.

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Marshall University hosted a panel to brainstorm ideas for battling prostitution in the Huntington community.

News outlets report that about 200 students and residents attended the event in the Memorial Student Center Wednesday night.

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A Virginia foundation has awarded an $80,000 grant to the West Virginia Rivers Coalition.

The coalition says the two-year grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment will support its efforts to promote responsible water policies.

Derek Cline/ Inside Appalachia

So how do you say Appalachia? This week, our episode is about the many different accents, and pronunciations, of Appalachia. Many of those interviewed for the show said they have very strong feelings about pronunciation.

Inside Appalachia’s host Jessica Lilly found six known pronunciations of the word Appalachia. Yes, that's right, six different ways to say it:

Stephen & Shari Ward, Marshall Memorial
Marshall University

A Kentucky resident whose father was among the victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that killed 75 people will speak at a memorial service.

Stephen Ward will speak on Nov. 14 at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.