Arts & Culture

Code Switch
4:55 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Stereotypes Of Appalachia Obscure A Diverse Picture

Frank Cedillo fishes in a Greenville, Tenn., lake.
Courtesy of Megan King

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Children in sepia-toned clothes with dirt-smeared faces. Weathered, sunken-eyed women on trailer steps chain-smoking Camels. Teenagers clad in Carhartt and Mossy Oak loitering outside of long-shuttered businesses.

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News
7:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Remembering the Devastation of Monongah, UBB, and a Tornado So History Doesn't Repeat

Let's look back at the Upper Big Branch Disaster to see what does it take to change coal culture?

Remembering the worst coal mining disaster in history so history does not repeat.

Wheeling Jesuit University hopes you'll join them to "Celebrate Appalachia".

Local maple syrup could be threatened by climate change.

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Appalachian Culture
11:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Wheeling Jesuit University Invites Public "Celebration of Appalachia"

Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling just kicked off what will be a month-long celebration of all-things Appalachia. “Celebrate Appalachia” is the name of the series of lectures and events.

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Wildlife
5:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Morgantown Changing the Way Deer Are Discovered

Morgantown is trying something new, to figure out how many deer are in the city.
Credit Creative Commons Photo

West Virginia’s got a lot of deer within its borders, and they can be a burden. For instance, the state’s vehicle collision rate with deer is one of the highest in the nation, according to a study by State Farm Insurance. In Morgantown, new technology is being used to monitor these animals.

You see them while driving along the interstate. You’ll catch them in your residential neighborhoods, eating vegetables from your garden.

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Nominations
10:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

W.Va. Agriculture Department Seeking to Honor Women

Credit West Virginia Department of Agriculture

The state Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for a program honoring contributions by women to the agriculture, forestry and specialty crop industries.
 
The West Virginia Women in Agriculture program has recognized 26 women since it began in 2010. Previous honorees have been involved in a variety of fields including beef, dairy, education, specialty crop production and forestry.
 

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Signing Up for Health Care Insurance, Winning the Iditarod, Meet Farmer Joe Riley and More

As the deadline for getting health insurance approaches, learn what it’s like to go through the process.

A Kentucky basketball great is in a West Virginia federal prison.

A new school in Cabell County, W.Va., could be a model for the rest of the state,

And meet Joe Riley, a Pocahontas County, W.Va., farmer.

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Carrying Jewish Traditions
8:49 am
Fri March 28, 2014

College Student Finds Temple Away From Home

Concord University baseball player lives for a higher power.

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

We conclude our series on West Virginia's Jewish community - with a story of hope at the Congregation Ahavath Shalom in Bluefield a place where the enthusiasm of youth is bringing a new energy to the older congregation, even if it may be short lived.

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Education
1:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Two W.Va. Humanities Projects Awarded Grants

Credit National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants to two humanities projects in West Virginia.

West Virginia University Research Corporation received a $59,973 grant to develop a search engine for electronic literature. The search engine would link nine international research centers' databases.
 

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Ultra-Athletics
9:31 am
Wed March 26, 2014

West Virginia Doctor Walks 1,000 Miles to Win Alaskan Iditarod Trail Invitational

John Logar, with a mile to go to finish the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Credit Nils Hahn / The Nome Nugget newspaper

The Iditarod. Referred to as the Last Great Race on Earth. The annual long-distance sled dog race occurs in early March from Anchorage, Alaska, northwest to Nome—just over 1000 miles. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs cover the distance in about a fortnight. But there’s another event, the Iditarod Trail Invitational, which covers the same route, but by foot, bike, or ski. This year, a Tucker County resident won the race on foot.

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Story of the Jews
12:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Educates W.Va. Youth

A Young Edith Levy. Holocaust survivor, and Morgantown resident. Born in Vienna, Austria, 1930.

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.
 

We continue our ongoing series exploring the Jewish community in the state as we introduce you to Dr. Edith Levy, a Holocaust survivor who has dedicated years of her life to educating young West Virginians about the holocaust.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat March 22, 2014

A Muslim Candidate in Ky., Bobtown, Pa., Reaction to Free Pizza, New W.Va. Rocket Boys and More

Kentucky could get its first Muslim lawmaker if one candidate is successful.

So what do folks in Bobtown, Pa., really think of those pizza gift certificates?

Pickens, W.Va., celebrates the maple syrup harvest.

And some West Virginia rocket boys put their skills to a test.

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Agriculture
11:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

1st National FFA Officer from W.Va. in 40 Years: Wesley Davis

Wes Davis, Eastern Region Vice President, FFA
Credit FFA

"Future Farmers of America" was founded in 1928 with a mission to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They teach that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting-- it's a science, it's a business and it's an art. There are about 5,000 members of the Future Farmers of America organization in the state of West Virginia, and almost 600,000 across the country. One of the organization’s leaders today is a young man from Point Pleasant.

Meet Wesley Davis. He goes by Wes. He’s 19 and this guy has a story.


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Story of the Jews
11:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

One Short Visit and He Knew He Found Home - Meet Rabbi Urecki

Rabbi Victor Urecki

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

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Story of the Jews
9:19 am
Wed March 19, 2014

They’re Keeping the Faith at Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El has been the center of the Jewish community in Beckley since 1935.
Credit Suzanne Higgins

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

Tom Sopher was once a teenager helping the rabbi at Temple Beth El in Beckley with maintenance and yard work.

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Ginseng
10:36 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ginseng TV Show Features Questionable Practices

Credit history.com

The History Channel featured a new show this year that focused on ginseng in Appalachia. According to Neilson ratings, the show, called Appalachian Outlaws, was one of the most popular on cable channels, averaging over 2.7 million viewers per each of its six episodes. There’s no official word if season two is in the works, and while some fans are hoping that there will be a second season, other people are hoping the show will just go away.


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Sports
10:12 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

WVU Rifle Team Wins NCAA Championship

Credit WVU

National Champs again! The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team won its 16th NCAA Championship in Murray, Ky., Friday.

The Mountaineers won the championship last year too, and it’s the third win under coach Jon Hammond. WVU’s first title under Hammond came in 2009. The rifle team is the only WVU program to win an NCAA Championship.

Hammond says it was a relaxed win, and that his team was confident, focused, and capable. He also expects good things next year as all five shooters that shot at this year’s championship will return.

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News
12:22 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Two New Trails Challenge Geocachers

Tim Eggleston and Laura Gassler
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two new geocache trails geared toward tourists open this weekend in West Virginia.

The Cabell County/Huntington Geotrail will take visitors on a treasure hunt through Cabell County looking for 15 caches. The Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau web site says the trail will include various types of geocaches including traditionals, unknowns and multis. This is the first time Cabell County is offering a geocache trail.

Meanwhile, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau kicks off its second annual geocache trail.

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Football
4:03 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The Gridiron Is Coming to The Greenbrier

An NFL football team will spend some time training at the Greenbrier Resort.
Credit Bobak Ha'Eri / wikimedia Commons

The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday they will be using the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs for part of its 2014 training camp.

General Manager of the Saints Mickey Loomis says the team wants to take advantage of a more moderate climate and setting in West Virginia. It will still spend some time training in New Orleans.

The Saints won a Super Bowl a few years ago under head coach Sean Payton.

The locations, times and dates haven't yet been released of when the Saints will be in town.

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Gala Set for W.Va. Arts Awards on Thursday

Credit Ryan Stanton / Flickr

West Virginia is celebrating some of its best artists and art supporters.
 
The 2014 Governor's Arts Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday night at the Culture Center in Charleston.

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Arts & Culture
4:36 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

You Can Help Paint a New Picture of Appalachia

February 22, 2014. Rod at the Omelet Spot in Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia.
Credit Nic Persinger / Looking At Appalachia

Fifty years ago President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, and photographs taken at the time continued to define what Appalachia looks like for decades afterwards. Now one Appalachian photographer is working to modernize this vision of the region.

Roger May started a new project called Looking at Appalachia: 50 Years After the War on Poverty and He’s asking photographers from across the region to submit photos.

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