Arts & Culture

Maple Syrup
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West Virginia will be included in the National Maple Survey for the first time this spring.

The survey is conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers will be contacted from late April through mid-May.

Bicycles, Bikes

Officials in Ranson and Charles Town have decided to table a Jefferson County bike race.

The Journal reports the cities' councils postponed the Two Cities Criterium race indefinitely. The event was scheduled for July 9.

Brad Smith
John Sibold

How to create jobs and grow industry in West Virginia -- that was the topic of a forum held Wednesday at the Bridge Valley Community and Technical College’s Advance Technology Center in South Charleston.

Gregg Allman
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A tour spokesman for Gregg Allman's band says three crew members have been injured when a bus went off Interstate 77 in West Virginia.

Spokesman Ken Weinstein says the crew members were treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released Wednesday. He says the 68-year-old singer wasn't on the bus.

FIre at Flats

More than 100 residents of a Huntington apartment complex have returned after being displaced by fires.

Dennis Johnson, owner of The Flats on 4th, near Marshall University, tells The Herald-Dispatch that one fire Sunday started on the first floor and was electrical, while a second fire that started on the second floor was caused by an object thrown in a trash can.

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. 

Eliot Lee Hazel

After a four year break, seminal alt rock band Yeasayer is back with a dazzling new release titled Amen & Goodbye. We sat down with Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder to talk about the record, the farm that it was recorded on and how things have changed since the band came together almost ten years ago.

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Hip-hop might not be the first kind of music you think of when you think about the mountains of Appalachia. We have our share of fiddles and banjos but we also have folks making other kinds of music, like hip-hop. On this episode of Inside Appalachia, we give voice to an often underestimated and overlooked group of folks…the Appalachian hip-hop artist community.

Marshall University
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Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications is inducting five graduates into its Hall of Fame this fall.

The inductees are professor and WMUL-FM faculty manager Charles Bailey, the late sportswriter Mike Cherry, the late sportswriter Jody Jividen, standout quarterback and Rhodes Scholar finalist Chad Pennington and advertising and marketing executive Peter Ruest.

Nearly 1,000 students from West Virginia University in Morgantown are expected to take part in service projects at 26 sites around the city this weekend.

The university says the students are members of university sororities and fraternities. They will take part Saturday in the Greek Day of Service organized by university student Blake Humphrey, who came up with the idea for a large-scale day of service.

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This story is featured on an upcoming episode of ​Inside Appalachia focused on hip-hop culture throughout the region. To listen to this episode and others, ​subscribe to the podcast.

In southern West Virginia, The Movement Entertainment Group has hosted an awards ceremony for the past four years.  It’s part of the DubV Fest, a weekend music festival like Floyd Fest, Clifftop or Bonnaroo. Only it’s held indoors, usually at a nightclub, and features mostly hip-hop artists from out of state.

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This story is featured on an episode of Inside Appalachia, focused on hip-hop culture throughout the region. To listen to this episode and others, ​subscribe to the podcast.

West Virginia native Eric Jordan and his family has been one of the most powerful forces creating hip-hop in the state. Jordan has a special ability to mentor develop and produce Appalachian artists. 

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The city of Morgantown will host a lumberjack competition this spring.

The Dominion Post reports more than 40 professional lumberjacks will participate in the Stihl Timbersports Pro Lumberjack Competition and Festival at the Hazel and J.W. Ruby Community Center on May 21-22. The newspaper reports it is the first time the competition has been held in Morgantown.

Andrew Croft

This story is featured on an upcoming episode of ​Inside Appalachia​ focused on hip-hop culture throughout the region. To listen to this episode and others, ​subscribe to the podcast.

There’s movement in the hip-hop scene of the upper Ohio Valley. In fact, there’s an actual hip-hop movement organizers are calling “The Movement.” It’s all about lifting up hip-hop artists, and one of its latest efforts to unite and celebrate the scene is the first annual Ohio Valley Hip-Hop Awards. A diverse pool of artists are contributing, and  working hard to be be heard.

Dinosaur Burps
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This story is featured on an upcoming episode of ​Inside Appalachia focused on hip-hop culture throughout the region. To listen to this episode and others, ​subscribe to the podcast.

If you’ve spent any length of time around the music scene in Charleston, West Virginia -- be it at the Empty Glass, the Boulevard Tavern or the Blue Parrot -- you’re bound to have come across the hip-hop act Dinosaur Burps.

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Children in third through ninth grades can take part in the West Virginia Science Adventures program next month.

Marshall University's Sustainability Department and College of Education are working together to host the two sessions, on Sunday and again April 10. Sessions will be taught through green sustainability concepts and nature-based activities.

The Charleston show was expected to be an important part of his comeback.
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The city of Oak Hill has unveiled a memorial plaque honoring country singer Hank Williams.

The city held a presentation ceremony of the marker on Main Street Thursday.

Jeff Pierson

Two artists that were featured on Inside Appalachia recently had their work recognized- and we think that's worth celebrating. So this week we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes from earlier this year- Inside Appalachia Road Trip: Art and Murals Across Appalachia's Backroads.

Eliza Griffiths

The 39th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference was held March 17-20 at Shepherd University. More than 800 people attended the four-day event, which explored the culture and the future of Appalachia. Conference-goers spoke about many topics, including diversity and social justice throughout Appalachia. 

In this episode, we'll hear stories of loss, grief, and resilience. A lesbian woman who was abused by her husband and left for dead when she came out of the closet talks about her journey to become a boxing champion.