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Book Lovers of Charleston Celebrate 90 years

Dec 12, 2013
Charleston Woman's Club
Charleston Woman's Club / Charleston Woman's Club

In December, 1923, 13 African American women in Charleston met to discuss their love of books.  The club these women formed would continue to thrive for the next 90 years.  The Book Lovers of Charleston is celebrating this weekend with a party.  Membership to the book lovers club is by invitation, but this party is open to the public as the group's gift to the community.

Yvonne Moore was asked to join the Book Lovers of Charleston 16 years ago.

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Often referred to as, ‘the greatest job in the world’, taking care of a child with special needs can be challenging for parent. Parents of children in Mercer County have formed their own support group. 

Living in rural areas often means living significant distances from medical specialists, and sometimes treatment. For example the best form of treatment for Autism is applied behavioral analysis. While there are limited specialists across the state, there is not a single specialist south of Charleston in West Virginia.

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The Martinsburg High football team made West Virginia high school sports history Saturday by beating Huntington High 9-7 to win the state AAA championship in Wheeling, W.Va.

It’s the first time in West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission history an AAA ranked school has won four state football championships in a row.

Martinsburg (13-1) was ranked number two during the season and Huntington (13-1) was ranked number one.

“Anytime you have number one versus number two it should be a tight ballgame and it was today,” Martinsburg Coach  Davis Walker said.

Kentuckians get ready to SOAR.

A new book by photographer Builder Levy documents change in the coalfields.

A Tucker County W.Va. clock repairman marks his 90th birthday.

And the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame loses a member.

With the passing of the anti-Aparthied revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela, we wanted to connect you to how West Virginia played a small part in another famous South African's fight for Mandela's rise to international prominence.  

Legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela  performed for the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta crowd gathered for Mountain Stage on September 3, 1989. Masekela performed his song "Bring Him Back Home," an anthem of the movement to free Mandela from prison.

The 2013 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place November 16 at Charleston's Culture Center Theater. This 5th class of inductees included The Goins Brothers, Melvin and his late brother Ray. Melvin Goins sat down at the recent Hall of Fame induction ceremony and shared some thoughts...

Ashton Marra

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin were joined by hundreds of West Virginians at the Capitol complex to celebrate their annual holiday gathering, 'Joyful Night.'

The evening was full of musical performances, a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and the lightning of not one, but two Christmas trees.

Performances included:

For 30 years and with over 800 episodes, Mountain Stage has been a mainstay in public radio and American music.

Like anything that evolves into a lasting endeavor, Mountain Stage’s success is part happenstance mixed with years of dedication and hard work. Truly, though, it all comes down to the people who made the show possible coming together with a shared vision.

Folks in fracking country Pennsylvania work on air pollution issues.

Kentucky college students are having a blast- with some mine research.

America’s Test Kitchen has an Appalachian connection.

And we learn about the famed Fairfax Stone.

W.Va. Hunting Season Sparks Family Competition

Nov 27, 2013

Anna and Chuck Baker are just returning from their farm to check in a deer. It was Anna who bagged the did a little nine point buck.  

Listen to Anna share the story of how she killed her buck. 

 

 

The 5th induction ceremony into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, was held November 16, 2013, at the Culture Center in Charleston, W.Va., featuring Melvin Goins, Shayla Leftridge, Betsy Bare, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Peter Marshall, Wayne Moss, Tim O'Brien, Friendly and Curtis Womack, the Reverend R.L. Bush and more.

Lance McDaniel

This is the first semester Concord University has offered a Master of Social Work.

It's one of four programs Concord has developed since becoming a University in 2004.

  • Master of Education (five content specializations)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Health Promotion
  • Master of Social Work

The programs have the potential to help improve overall public health in the area.

W.Va. native is tops in America's Test Kitchen

Nov 25, 2013
Bridget Lancaster
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As you prepare for your family's big Thanksgiving Day meal, don't be nervous.  The cooks at America's Test Kitchen have got you covered and one of them is a West Virginia native.  Bridget Lancaster was born and raised in Cross Lanes,  just outside of Charleston.  She's been testing recipes in the company's kitchen in Boston since 1998.  Now she is one of the stars of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country Television Show seen on PBS.  Wednesday night at 9:00 on West Virginia Public Radio, Bridget and her kitchen colleagues will be serving up Thanksgiving Day tips. 

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It’s that time of year again!

For two weeks, beginning Monday, Nov. 25 and ending Saturday, Dec. 2, it’s open season in 51 counties across the state as hunters hit the woods looking for that prize buck.

About 330,000 hunters will participate in West Virginia’s buck firearm season and will spend an estimated $230 million here, particularly in rural areas, but before you hit the woods, the state Division of Natural Resources has some rules and regulations they want you to be aware of:

A southern West Virginia town works to revitalize itself.

Appalachia remembers John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

A bicyclist pedals across the country raising awareness of Lyme disease.

And a Kentucky writer discusses his latest book.

Ashton Marra

Governor Tomblin and his wife Joanne honored the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy a day early by rededicating a plaque that hangs in the lower rotunda of the Capitol.

The symbol commemorates Kennedy’s speech delivered on the Capitol steps June 20, 1963, celebrating West Virginia’s 100th birthday.

On that rainy summer day, the President began his remarks by saying, “The sun doesn’t always shine in West Virginia, but the people do.”

Remembering the Death of President Kennedy
Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Fifty years ago Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. The killing shocked the nation and world and, to this day, people still talk about it. Many West Virginians are remembering where they were the day the President was killed.

The West Virginians who are remembering that day include Mountain Stage host Larry Groce, who was living near Dallas at the time.

Others who share their memories include: Maura Brackett, who worked in the White House, and a Princeton man who served as a local campaign manager for Kennedy during the 1960 campaign.

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The United States Postal Service is preparing for the busiest shipping season. The delivery service says online shopping is continuing to increase deliveries.

This year, USPS expects volume to increase by 12 percent.USPS is projecting 14.7 billion cards will be delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.

The Postal Service is suggesting these mail-by dates and tips to help customers mail and ship conveniently for the holidays:

For Dec. 25 Arrival

Jessica Lilly

A town in Southern West Virginia is rolling up its sleeves to revitalize downtown. The goal is to turn the main street in Princeton into a safe place to socialize, shop, and grow. Residents basically decided to stop complaining about the rundown reality, and do something to change it.

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What are the potential side effects of cracker plants planned in West Virginia and Pennsylvania?

Some folks in Eastern Kentucky are having a potentially explosive problem with their wells.

Some hot doings on a cold day recently at West Virginia University.

And new inductees join the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Update: You can watch the performances from the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame here.  

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When the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductedtheir 5th class on Saturday night, a wide swath of musical styles wasbe featured.

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame will induct its latest class of notable musicians Saturday, November 16.  West Virginia PBS and West Virginia Public Radio will air the ceremony live from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston at 8 p.m. Executive Director Michael Lipton considers the induction ceremony and the short video bios about the artists being inducted as historical documents that highlight the diverse array of musical styles for which West Virginia is known.

Marshall's football team will wear the number 75 on its helmets at its next game in memory of the victims of the 1970 team's plane crash. Marshall (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) plays at Tulsa (2-7, 1-4) on Thursday night. Thursday is the anniversary of the Nov. 14, 1970 crash just short of Tri-State Airport near Huntington. The crash killed 75 people.

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A concert of modern dance that explores the history of the coal mining industry in Appalachia is touring Southern West Virginia. 

Two groups are working together to tell the story of the coal industry in Appalachia from the turn of the century to the 1920’s. 

New theme music for West Virginia Morning

Nov 11, 2013
Matt Jackfert
David McClanahan / West Virginia Public Radio

Listen for new open and closing theme music on West Virginia Morning this week.

Local composer Matthew Jackfert, a part time board announcer at West Virginia Public Radio, was commissioned to write a new theme for the weekday news program.

Click to listen to the old theme music  here.

Listen to the new theme here.

Many thanks to the talented musicians who performed this stunning new work.

Joseph Cevallos -- Violin, Pennywhistle

Alasha Al-Qudwah -- Viola

Justin Steiner

“Anybody who wants to carve a mold, we have some right here,” WVU sculpture area coordinator Dylan Collins said to a crowd who gathered. “It’s going to be just like a cooking show! You see your ingredients there, art will get made here. So don’t be shy! And, Welcome! Let me know what you need!”

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The Appalachian Regional Commission aims to grow entrepreneurship.

The Gulf Coast provides a hint at what good, and bad, can come from a cracker plant planned for Pennsylvania.

A look at just what goes into making Tennessee moonshine.

And one West Virginia man tackles the problem of profound poverty.

As efforts to improve West Virginia’s standing in the ranks of academic achievement continue, some parents are opting out of the public school option and homeschooling their children instead.

“‘Homeschool’ is a misnomer. We’re rarely home! It’s not like we’re sitting at home just by ourselves, looking at each other. We’re out there every day.” –Homeschool mom, Ericka Rhodes-Edwards

As part of Mountaineer Week at West Virginia University, WVU’s Festival of Ideas lecture series will host the author of a new book about WVU’s history over the last six decades.

Ronald Lewis is Professor Emeritus of history at WVU and the author of the new book, “Aspiring to Greatness: West Virginia University since World War II.” In the book, Lewis focuses on three significant factors that influenced the university and others like it across the nation:

Concord University is hosting a special one-time screening of the story about two average working people with a passion for contemporary art. “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” tells how Herb and Dorothy Vogel and the ‘road trip’ process of donating their art to museums across the country.

The documentary, “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” details the Vogel’s gift to this country and the final chapter of their extraordinary lives. It’s a follow-up to the award-winning “Herb & Dorothy (2008) by Megumi Sasaki.

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