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History
1:46 am
Thu June 26, 2014

New Book Discovers Where Wheeling (Place of the Skull) Got Its Name

Painter Cecy Rose looks onto her painting that serves as the cover art for the newly published book, PLACE OF THE SKULL.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

The name Wheeling is a very old word. While there’s some dispute, it’s most commonly translated from the indigenous Delaware language to mean “Place of the Skull.” That’s the name and subject of a recently published book written by Ohio Valley resident Alan Fitzpatrick.

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Williamson, W.Va.
4:04 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Coalfield Town Nationally Recognized for Health Improvement Work

Credit FloNight

A West Virginia town is being recognized for its efforts and accomplishments to improve health. Williamson has implemented several programs over the past several years.

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Celebrate Princeton
5:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Mercer County Celebration Hopes to Take Visitors “Back to the Future”

Adam Cox is one of the music artists scheduled to perform at the 2014 Celebrate Princeton Street Fair.

A freelance journalist is looking for folks to share stories about the heydays of downtown Princeton in Mercer County. The project launches during an annual street festival meant to “Celebrate Princeton”.

Organizers of the 9th Annual Celebrate Princeton street fair are hoping to mark a turning point for this year’s festival.

After hosting the Mercer County event for years, the Princeton Public Library reached out to volunteers with The Princeton Renaissance Project, which is working to revitalize downtown by restoring a theatre, and hosting events on Mercer Street.

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Essay
10:47 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Fond Memories of a Mountain Childhood in Appalachia

Phylenia French
Credit Submitted Photo / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

I want to invite you to walk with me through the woods and around the rugged hills of my home.

Our house was situated beside the community water tank, with a rock cliff behind it, and the mountains that rose high above the cliff…well, they were my mountains.  

We made a path around the side of the hill that led us to a garden spot which we tended annually, It was an open plot of ground, with good sun exposure and a natural spring flowed nearby. It was the perfect place for a fresh drink of water.

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Agriculture Study
9:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

How Well Will Hops Grow In West Virginia?

Matthew Grove waters a new hops garden on his farm in Berkeley County.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

One day you might be able to buy even more styles of 100 percent West Virginia-made beer. That is, if a current study shows the state is a good place to grow hops. 

Since the craft beer industry has taken off, West Virginia State University decided to study whether local farmers can benefit from the burgeoning beer industry by growing hops for the brewers to use.

West Virginia State extension agent Brad Cochran says the state agriculture department awarded a $23,000 grant for the project, which seem to be popular. He received 70 applications from folks wanting to participate.

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Memorial
1:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Don Knotts Statue Fundraising Campaign Tops Goal

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A campaign to erect a statue in Morgantown honoring the late Don Knotts has topped its goal to raise private funds for the project.

Beth Fuller tells The Dominion Post any additional funds will be used to maintain the statue and surrounding grounds.

Knotts grew up in Morgantown and graduated from Morgantown High School and West Virginia University. The actor died in 2006.

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Essay
1:42 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Moving Around, But Keeping Those Appalachian Connections

John Wesley Statue at West Virginia Weslyan College
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 

When people ask me where I’m from – I tell them “West Virginia."

When they ask, “where in West Virginia exactly?...Where’s ‘home’?”…

Well…that’s a little tougher to answer.

You see, I’m a “PK”.

For those who don’t know, that’s a “Preacher’s Kid.”

Specifically, I’m a United Methodist PK.

United Methodist pastors are itinerant.

Meaning…they move from place to place.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Heroin Problems, W.Va. African American History, Growing Hops and More

Heroin could be replacing prescription pills as Appalachia’s biggest drug problem.

West Virginia is 151 years old and we look at the African American contribution to its culsture.

Efforts are underway to encourage farmers across the region to grow hops to support the brewing industry.

And we visit with Bridget Lancaster from America’s Test Kitchen.

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Arts & Culture
8:22 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Peter Marshall to Host 'West Virginia Squares'

Credit West Virginia Music Hall of Fame

  Longtime "Hollywood Squares" host Peter Marshall is returning to his home state for a West Virginia version of the TV game show.

The Huntington native will tape four episodes of "West Virginia Squares" at the Clay Center on Monday and Tuesday as part of Charleston's FestivALL celebration.

The game show will feature questions about state music and history. West Virginia Public Broadcasting will film and distribute the shows to state schools.

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Arts & Culture
6:55 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Events Set to Celebrate West Virginia Day

Whelling's Independence Hall.
Credit Nyttend / wikimedia Commons

  The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is commemorating West Virginia Day with festivities in Charleston and Wheeling.

Officials say the free, public events on Friday will take place at the Culture Center in Charleston and Independence Hall in Wheeling.

The Culture Center will host a birthday celebration that includes educational activities, a speech on historic Charleston and cutting of the state's birthday cake.

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Arts & Culture
6:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Traveling Sports Exhibit on W.Va. Tour

Martinsburgh High School's football team took home their fourth state championship in a row in 2013.
Credit Cecelia Mason

  A traveling exhibit on the role of sports in American culture is making its way across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams."

Officials selected six museums and cultural and community organizations to host the exhibit and provide public programs about their local sports culture.

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History
6:36 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Mural, Documentary Remember Buffalo Creek Disaster

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  West Virginia's 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster is being remembered in a mural.

Canadian artist Kevin Ledo began work on the mural Tuesday. His canvas is the outside brick wall of one of the few buildings in the Logan County community of Man still standing from before the flood that killed 125 people, injured 1,100 and left 4,000 homeless.

The flood occurred when an earthen dam along Buffalo Creek collapsed after heavy rain, sending 132 million gallons of coal waste into the community.

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Arts & Culture
5:53 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

What's Next, West Virginia? Mountaineer Boys State Says It's Time for Change

Credit Kristi George / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

    

Almost every year since 1936, a select group of high schools boys have attended Mountaineer Boys State, and since 1941 girls have attended Rhododendron Girls State. The week long camps, sponsored by the American Legion, focus on citizenship, leadership and patriotism. This year, Boys State focused on the nonpartisan, statewide initiative, What’s Next, West Virginia?  The young men at Boys State had a great deal to add to a conversation on positive change in West Virginia during a 45 minute discussion in Charleston.

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Wildlife
6:37 am
Thu June 19, 2014

W.Va. Hunting & Fishing Licenses Going Electronic

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

  The Division of Natural Resources is shedding paper and moving to an electronic licensing system for hunters and anglers.

The change will be ushered in Jan. 1, according to The Daily Mail.

The division's chief of wildlife resources, Curtis Taylor, says West Virginia is one of a handful of states that still use paper forms. He says the division has a tough time finding a vendor who makes the forms.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New Children's Theater Work Premiers at WVU

Director Jim Knipple (center) speaks with Adam Messenger (the puppet) as Hannah Redmond (The Unlucky Princess) looks on.
Credit Michelle Kidd

An original children’s theater show debuts this weekend in Morgantown. The production comes from the Mountain State Rep, the professional summer theater company out of West Virginia University’s School of Theatre and Dance.


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Turn This Town Around
4:16 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Matewan Hoping to Use Grant Funding to Make Change

This morning we take a look at the Turn this Town Around Project in Matewan, where they too found out about possible grant funding for the community. They hope the available funds are the key to revitalizing the town.

This is part of our continuing series on how the towns of Grafton and Matewan are turning themselves around through a special collaborative project between West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia Focus magazine and the West Virginia Community Development Hub. 

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Turn this Town Around
6:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Grant Funding Coming to 'Turn this Town Around' Communities

Restoring the Manos Theatre in downtown Grafton is one project being considered as part of the Turn this Town Around project. Grant monies are now available to both Grafton and Matewan.
Credit Flickr Image

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has announced it will give $150,000 to two West Virginia towns participating in the Turn This Town Around Project.

Leaders in Grafton and Matewan will be given the money for projects they develop to revitalize their communities.

This is part of our continuing series on how the towns of Grafton and Matewan are turning themselves around through a special collaborative project between West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia Focus magazine and the West Virginia Community Development Hub. 

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News
9:25 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Trust to Preserve 665 Acres Along Gauley River

Credit Ken Thomas / wikimedia Commons

  More than 600 acres in the Gauley River National Recreation Area will be protected from development.

The West Virginia Land Trust said Monday that it has acquired 665 acres from Bright Forestland Properties, Larry Deitz, and the Anne E. Deitz Trust. The property is an area known as the Gauley Canyon downstream from the river's confluence with the Meadow River.

The land trust says in a news release that the gorge provides rafting, kayaking, hiking, fishing and other recreational opportunities.

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Wildlife
5:08 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

W.Va. DNR to Conduct Special Deer Hunt at Green Bank

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

 Hunters can apply for a controlled deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory site in Green Bank.

The Division of Natural Resources says a drawing will be held for the hunt, which will be conducted in four areas on Oct. 17 and 18. Applications are due by Aug. 1 and are available at DNR district offices or at the observatory.

The hunting areas will be designated for bow, muzzleloader and shotgun, or muzzleloader only.

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Cleaning Our Waters
10:52 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Concord Professor Uses Acid Mine Drainage for Pottery

Concord University art professor JameyBiggs loads the kiln with firewood.

If you see a body of water with an orange hue, it’s likely the result of acid mine drainage. This pollutant is left behind from abandoned mine shafts coming in contact with the water and it can harm aquatic life.


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