Arts & Culture

Marshall Memorial Fountain
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Family and community members crowded around the Marshall University Memorial Fountain Monday at noon on the Huntington campus. The ceremony was to mark the 46th anniversary of a plane crash that claimed the lives of football players, coaches and community members.

It’s a Marshall tradition each year on the day of the anniversary of the crash to hold a ceremony around the fountain to remember the lives lost.

Gold Star Family Memorial VIenna
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A special memorial honoring the families who have lost family members in war has been dedicated in Vienna.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports over 300 people gathered Sunday at Spencer's Landing Park for the dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial.

The Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County is offering holiday train rides.

The "Elf Limited" train will debut on Nov. 25 and run through Dec. 11 on a recently repaired section of track next to the Greenbrier River.

Bob Huggins
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The college basketball season got started over the weekend across the country and in the Mountain State.

In Morgantown the Mountaineers men’s basketball team is fresh off a first round upset loss in the NCAA tournament last season to Stephen F. Austin This season they’re picked to finish second in the Big 12 conference preseason poll and start the season ranked 20th in the country by the Associated Press. Of the 15 players on the Mountaineers basketball roster, there are 6 freshmen. Head Coach Bob Huggins said there is no time for the freshman to sit around and gain experience, the Mountaineers use a system of constant movement, so they’ll need to play.  

"We’re going to play a lot of people so they’re going to play, our two bigs are going to play," Huggins said. "We have a 6-10 freshman and a 6-8 freshman and they’re going to play. I hope we can get into other peoples bench and make them play guys they haven’t played a lot in just a cumulative effect of what we do, wears on them."

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The election is over. So this week, we thought it was only fitting to share a few stories, tall tales, and flat out lies— without the political pressure.

After all, here in Appalachia we have a rich cultural tradition of storytelling.

In this episode, we listen to three storytellers from the West Virginia Storyteller’s Guild, all of whom have competed and won prizes across the country.

Marshall University Memorial Fountain
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A former Marshall University football player whose teammates died in a plane crash will be the featured speaker at this year's memorial service.

The school says Dennis Foley, who wasn't on the flight due to an injury, will speak Monday at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

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Marshall University is honoring veterans starting Monday with its Greenlight a Vet campaign.

The university says the spotlights on the university's brick sign outside of Old Main will turn green and stay that way all month.

Bicycles, Bikes
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The New River Gorge Trail Alliance has received a $140,000 planning grant to help plan a bike trail system in Fayette and Nicholas counties.

The organization says it received the grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a feasibility study of a regionally connected bike trail system and expects to spend the next year planning how to build the network.

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For a generation of Appalachians, growing up with a parent addicted or abusing drugs is a way of life. On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear from men and women who have experienced the effects of opioid addiction and of the innocence that this epidemic has claimed.

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Appalachia has some of the best settings for scary stories, including dark underground coal mines and remote forests. There are hundreds of remarkably bizarre, mysterious ghost tales that take place here in West Virginia.

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A special showing of "We Are Marshall" will be held next month in Huntington to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the film's premiere.

The showing will be Nov. 11 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington. Tickets are $25. Marshall University says in a news release that proceeds will go toward student scholarships.

Patrick Morrisey, Mike DeWine, Andy Beshear
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Attorneys General from Ohio and Kentucky joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in Huntington Thursday to discuss the opioid crisis plaguing all three states.

Attorneys General Mike DeWine, of Ohio, and Andy Beshear, of Kentucky, joined Morrisey at the New Life Church in Huntington. It’s one of a series of meetings being held to increase cross-border cooperation in finding solutions to problems stemming from the opioid epidemic. Beshear said the epidemic has touched everyone. 

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Two public events at West Virginia University this week will examine the work of artists from Appalachia.

Self-taught artist Minnie Adkins and writer-musician Mike Norris, both of eastern Kentucky, are visiting during the events. Work by Adkins is on display in an exhibition in the Art Museum of WVU, and Norris and Adkins have written several children's books together.

Mountain Stage is one of the longest running live music performance shows on public radio.  It began in 1983 and has featured nearly 2,000 acts from more than 50 countries--and nearly every conceivable genre. With such a storied history, there is little doubt the show has helped to create a lot of memories over the years.

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West Virginia University says another effort to log volunteer hours is coming up this weekend with Make a Difference Day.

The Morgantown beautification project is on Sunday.

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People interested in recording oral histories can learn more at a program this week in Charleston.

Author, journalist and documentarian Eric Douglas will present a program on the topic in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex at 6 p.m. Thursday. The program is free and open to the public.

Joel Thierstein
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After eight months of searching, West Virginia Wesleyan College’s governing board has selected Joel Thierstein as the school’s next president.

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If your father worked in the coal mines, chances are you remember his lunch or dinner bucket and the food that he brought to work. For many families, the extra food that was packed away in these dinner buckets was practical -- it would be there just in case an accident happened.


West Virginia Morning
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Pepperoni rolls have been called the unofficial food of West Virginia. Legend has it they were originally made for coal miners to take underground in their dinner buckets- because the cured pepperoni didn’t spoil. 

A new book ABOUT Pepperoni Rolls is set to be published next year. On this week's episode of Inside Appalachia Roxy Todd talks with the writer of this new book to learn more.

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