Arts & Culture

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.

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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.

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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.

Jaysean Paige
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  As the NCAA basketball tournament tipped off this afternoon  the West Virginia University Mountaineers are preparing for their first-round game on Friday night in Brooklyn.

The third-seeded Mountaineers will take on 14th seed Stephen F. Austin on the second day of the NCAA Tournament. It’s the Mountaineers’ 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament dating back to 1955. The Mountaineers capped Big 12 play with second place finishes both in the regular season and the conference tournament. The Mountaineers are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 12 years, with a final four appearance in 2005. It’s the first time WVU will take on Stephen F. Austin. Senior Guard Jaysean Paige is excited about the opportunity to play in his home state of New York. 

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Officials say as many as 11 people have been displaced after a fire at an apartment complex in Charleston.

Local media outlets report the fire happened Wednesday night at the Vandalia Terrace Apartments. No injuries were reported.

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West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman delivers the poetry of his predecessor's predecessor in this Poetry Break, Louise McNeill.

"I know I'm in the presence of a truly superior poet when   I go back and rediscover poems and realize how amazingly timely they still are," said host and curator Marc Harshman. 

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The first donor breast milk bank in the western Pennsylvania region is opening in Pittsburgh and will be the only one supplying hospitals throughout the state.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony are scheduled Wednesday at the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank on Penn Avenue in the city's Strip District.

Ham & Bacon
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Young farmers across West Virginia are offering their livestock projects up for sale this week.

The state Department of Agriculture says the annual Future Farmers of America Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale will be held Monday night at the state Capitol Complex.

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West Virginia University has won its fourth straight NCAA rifle championship.

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How do Muslims living in Appalachia feel about increasing Islamaphobia in America? What role does the media play in creating such fear?

This issue has been heating up in the last year. As refugees from Syria have been arriving in Europe, some Americans, like Donald Trump,  have called for barring them from entering the United States.

Huntington Museum of Art
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West Virginia University faculty members will have their artworks displayed at an exhibition at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The art is from 14 faculty members at the WVU School of Art and Design. WVU says in a news release that the works will be on display from March 19 to June 12. Admission to the opening reception on March 19 is free.

The work includes ceramics, electronic media, interactive media and graphic design, paintings, photography, printmaking and sculptures.

Concord Basketball MEC Champs
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The Concord Mountain Lions picked up their first Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Sunday.

It was a tournament of upsets and drama as this year's MEC Championship game was played between fourth seeded Concord and sixth seeded Notre Dame College. Concord defeated Notre Dame 70 to 64 at the Charleston Civic Center on Sunday.

Judy Sheppard, a dynamic West Virginia entrepreneur
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

Craft Beer
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West Virginia University will expand offering beer sales to the general public at home basketball games next season.

Athletic director Shane Lyons announced the move Thursday during a news conference where he detailed a $15 million construction project at the WVU Coliseum.

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The ninth annual eagle survey of the Pipestem area of southern West Virginia is taking place on Saturday.

Professional birders will work with beginners during the four-hour survey.

Troy Clemons was selected as the next WVU Mountaineer mascot Wednesday night.
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A Greenbrier County native was named as the new West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot.

Troy Clemons will be the 64th Mountaineer and will serve during the 2016-’17 academic year.

Confederate Flag
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Despite having been barred from marching down Martinsburg's streets, West Virginia's Sons of Confederate Veterans members say they will gather in the city and celebrate Southern heritage and the Confederate flag this weekend.

Paul Williams, commander of the state's division of the group, tells The Journal that his group will be appealing the city council's decision next week, but members will still assemble in Martinsburg on Saturday to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the first official flag of the Confederate States of America.


West Virginia University will have a new mascot Wednesday evening. The selection process includes an application, interview and cheer off.  One of the - now four - finalists is Wyoming County native, Savannah Lusk. She's a coal miner's daughter and the first in her family to go to college. Lusk would be the third woman Mountaineer if she’s chosen.

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West Virginians from nine denominations will make a push next month to sign up hundreds of people in their campaign to improve people's health.

The religious groups are working with Try This West Virginia, a statewide healthy community program. The WV Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits network will launch the month of activity on Tuesday in the secretary of state's conference room.