Arts & Culture

 Morgantown police who responded to reports of a kidnapping say the incident was actually a prank by a West Virginia University fraternity.

Now seven members of Phi Gamma Delta are facing charges of disorderly conduct.

Race Forum, WVSU
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Members of the Kanawha County Community gathered at West Virginia State University earlier this week to discuss race and the ongoing battle for equality.

Community members, officials and students took part in a discussion at West Virginia State looking at different racial issues effecting West Virginia and Kanawha County. The discussion was organized by students and the American Friends Service Committee. 

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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A developer has donated 10 acres for a proposed minor league baseball stadium in Parkersburg.

Pat Minnite announced his donation on Tuesday. He says the next step is to determine how to fund the project and who will be involved.

Richard Shearer
Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University says it will hold a service in memory of former President Richard Shearer this weekend.

The "Service of Remembrance" is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Wilcox Campus on the university's campus in Philippi.

Bicycles, Bikes

A regional committee plans to study bicycle needs and priorities in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, Maryland.

The Journal reports that the Regional Bike Plan Study is part of the Hagerstown Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization's Long-Range Transportation Plan.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

The National Park Service is holding a youth art contest for students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties.

The Youth Arts in the Parks 2016 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest is open to K-12 students in the four counties.

Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit
Brad Smith

A building at Marshall University has been renamed in honor of the president and CEO of Intuit.

The former Marshall University Foundation Hall is now the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall. Smith is a 1986 graduate of Marshall.

Fall foliage at Forest Lake, WV
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The West Virginia Division of Forestry says this weekend offers the last good opportunity for viewing fall foliage across the state.

The State Journal reports that the division released its final fall foliage report of 2015 Thursday.

Marshall University
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A Marshall University fraternity has been suspended after investigations into alleged hazing.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that The Delta Chi Fraternity Inc. said Thursday that the Marshall chapter's charter has been suspended. The university also has suspended the chapter.

A West Virginia University political science professor has served as an international observer for the election in Ukraine.

WVU says Erik Herron has been volunteering as an international observer since 1999, monitoring polling places to ensure a fair and honest election.

Shepherd University

Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni  loves several things about Appalachia: its defense of freedom, and how the people here know when enough is enough in regards to material wealth.

Mountain Stage

The West Virginia Division of Tourism and West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage teamed up to promote the Mountain Music Trail and the state’s music heritage. They’ve been working to create videos from stops along the trail. This week, hear Mountain Stage’s Vasilia Scouras share more about the videos on this week's Inside Appalachia.

Preston Conty
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Groomers and the Humane Society of the United States are stepping up to care for 60 dogs seized this month from a West Virginia breeder.

The Dominion Post reports that the Humane Society has donated $5,000 and assorted pet supplies to the Preston County Shelter to help care for the dogs.

Charleston Newspapers

What should children learn in school? It’s a question that’s stirred debate for decades, and in 1974 it led to violent protests in West Virginia. People planted bombs in schools, shot at buses, and shut down coal mines. This week on Inside Appalachia, we feature Charleston native Trey Kay, the host of Us and Them.

Justice, Golf Course

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino helped break ground on a mountaintop golf course near The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

With shovels in hand, the golfing greats who are collaborating on the design of the 18-hole course joined Greenbrier owner Jim Justice at a ceremony Friday in White Sulphur Springs.

Bridge Day
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Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival.

Saturday's event is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge.

Sam Quinones
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Just a week before President Barack Obama is due in Charleston to discuss the states, problem with substance abuse, author and journalist Sam Quinones was in Huntington Thursday speaking to Marshall students about the opiate epidemic. 

Quinones told students: there is no simple solution to the drug problems cities like Huntington face. 

Mountain Biking
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Snowshoe Mountain resort will host a national championship for college mountain bikers later this month.

More than 60 teams will compete in individual and team relay events for men and women at the USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals from Oct. 22 to 25 in Pocahontas County.

Columbus Ships

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships will be on display this week in Charleston.

Reproductions of the Pinta and the Nina are expected to arrive along the Kanawha River on Thursday. They'll be docked at Haddad Riverfront Park until departing on Oct. 26.

Shepherdstown sometimes argues that it is older because its bill was read for the third time before Romney’s bill was.
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The Civil War Trust has acquired another section of a Civil War battlefield in Shepherdstown.

Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association president Edward Dunleavy says the 2.72-acre tract is contiguous to a core area of the battlefield.