Arts & Culture

Caroline and Bunny
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The USDA estimates that 6,000 West Virginia farmers suffered damage as a result of the flooding in late June. Farmers lost over $3 million worth of crops, livestock, and fencing. But more than the monetary cost- there’s also an emotional toll that’s affecting some of these farmers. One couple in Greenbrier County says they almost gave up after losing two dozen of their rabbits, and all of their vegetable crops, in the high water. 

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In this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear about what it’s like to actually work in a coal mine. So often we hear about miners from environmentalists or people who proudly declare they are Friends of Coal. But so much about what we hear about coal mining these days is full of political agendas.

Addiction Stories Program
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

  People in addiction recovery came out Wednesday night in Huntington at Marshall University, to tell their story on how it’s affected their lives.

  Nick Pauken was part of the Marshall University program “Addiction in Appalachia: Our Stories”. In collaboration between the Marshall Student Health Education Program and the English Department, those in addiction recovery worked with English professors to write a monologue about their story. It was a chance for those in recovery, family members and significant others to tell how addiction impacted their lives.

WVU Art Museum
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West Virginia schools may find it easier to take schoolchildren to visit the Art Museum of West Virginia University with a new travel fund that helps with expenses.

The university said in a news release the fund honors the memory of a teacher who died in 2013, Abby Jacknowitz. Her aunt and uncle, Linda and Arthur Jacknowitz of Morgantown recently established the fund at the museum.

U.S. National Archive Jack Corn

On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we talk about the American Dream and what it takes to reach it in Appalachia. We hear from JD Vance, author of the new bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, which is about his time growing up in a rust belt town in Ohio, and in Jackson, Kentucky. In this episode, we’re going to hear stories about the working class here in Appalachia and talk about some larger battles they’re fighting today.

Skyler Howard
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The state’s two largest universities are ready to begin the 2016 college football season.

West Virginia University football opens the 2016 season Saturday in Morgantown against South Eastern Conference Member Missouri. Last year the Mountaineers finished the season with a record of eight wins and 5 losses. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said they’ve hit the point where until they step on the field they’re not getting any better, so they’re ready for Missouri.

A new statewide, online publication went live today - Vandaleer.com. It pulls content from affiliated, localized online storytelling publications based around the state - the collective mission: share a new, positive narrative about and by West Virginians who want to celebrate what’s interesting and unique about the state.

Pop Up Market Brings Food to Daycare Doorstep

Aug 31, 2016
Pop Up Market
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

Pop Up Farmers Markets, they’re a unique idea bringing farm fresh fruits and vegetables to people who don’t typically have access to those kinds of foods. One in Wayne County recently focused on expanding access to the youngest of children. 

Stephanie Dawson's two-year old son Luke attends the Playmates of Ceredo Daycare, the site of a new one-day pop up farmer’s market last week.

"I think it’s pretty awesome, especially teaching kids about vegetables and you know farmer’s market learning and letting them experience the shopping world as well," Dawson said.

Dog Bless

Dog lovers can get a guide of pet-friendly attractions in West Virginia.

The free, 20-page booklet lists places to go and things to do while accompanied by pets on leashes.

Shepherd University

  A year after playing for a Division 2 National Championship, Shepherd University Football is preparing for a season as the team everyone is focused on beating. Shepherd and the rest of the Mountain East are ready for the new year.

West Virginia Wesleyan's Wesley Chapel, framed by the college's fountain, under a blue September sky.
Sarah Lowther Hensley

Signs and posters are being placed around the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College notifying students arriving for the fall term that tobacco products are now allowed only in designated areas.

The change is a move toward the Buckhannon campus becoming tobacco-free in January.

Rosie the Riveter
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A West Virginia group dedicated to honoring the working women of World War II is sponsoring bell ringings on Labor Day in at least seven communities in the state.

"Thanks! Plain and Simple" says in a news release that bell ringings are planned for 1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 5 in Beckley, Buckhannon, Cross Lanes, Glenville, Grafton, Huntington, Morgantown and Nitro.

Virginia Thrasher
Hassan Ammar / Associated Press

West Virginia University’s gold medal winner Ginny Thrasher will be at the State Fair on Saturday.  

Thrasher will be in the WVU Building from noon to 2:30 for autographs and photos with the gold medal she won as a member of the Olympic rifle team in Rio.

Michael Cerveris
Josh Saul / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In the wake of June’s devastating floods, West Virginians from all over mobilized to help those in need. High-profile natives like Brad Paisley and Jennifer Garner returned home to raise awareness as well as money, shining a light on a tragedy that claimed 23 lives and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses. But there are other big name West Virginians playing a part, too - even if they can't make it back home to do so. 

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The agency that administers the AmeriCorps program says West Virginia residents rank third among states in enrolling volunteers in the program.

The Corporation for National and Community Service says West Virginia has produced 12,000 AmeriCorps members since the organization was formed more than 20 years ago. The organization said in a news release that the members have given more than 18 million hours of service and received more than $28 million in scholarships.

By 2010, Paisley had won more than 60 awards, including three Grammys.
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Brad Paisley will perform a free concert at West Virginia University next month.

WVU says in a news release that the country music star will perform Sept. 9 in a parking lot outside the WVU Law School. West Virginia's football team plays Youngstown State on Sept. 10 in Morgantown.

Marshall Bison
Marshall University Communications

A new statue of an American bison is being installed on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, home of the Thundering Herd.

The statue of one of the university's symbols will greet students when they return for the fall semester.

Peaches, Peach, Orr's Farm Market
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It’s the peak of the peach season here in West Virginia, and lots of folks are clamoring to their nearby farmer’s markets to get some. But the late frost this year did a number on the state’s peach crop, and some say it was the worst frost in 30 years.

B.E. Taylor
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B.E. Taylor, a musician whose annual Christmas concerts and recordings made him well known in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is dead of complications from brain cancer at age 65.

The general manager of a funeral home where Taylor lived in Wheeling, West Virginia, confirmed that he died Sunday. Funeral arrangements will be private.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group dedicated to rebuilding communities plans to kick off a home construction project in White Sulphur Springs following devastating floods.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday on the site of Hope Village.

People walking, exercise, health
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A West Virginia University professor has been researching which types of exercise are effective in improving academic performance.

The university said in a news release that Assistant Dean James C. Hannon of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences says resistance exercise such as weight lifting and using resistance bands seems to help improve work in the classroom.

A Pennsylvania school district has donated more than 3,200 pieces of old furniture to flood-affected schools in Kanawha County, along with school supplies.

Furniture donated by the North Allegheny, Pennsylvania school district arrived in Charleston on Thursday. Kanawha County School District spokeswoman Terry Hollandsworth says the donated furniture will be placed in Bridge Elementary and Elkview Middle.

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West Virginia University says net proceeds from a women's basketball game against Concord University this fall will benefit families affected by flooding in southern West Virginia.

The school said the Mountaineers recently visited Rainelle to help with flood recovery efforts, removing personal items, debris and water-logged walls and flooring from a couple of homes.

The model for a sculpture being created in a cross-dicipline project at West Virginia University.
Aaliyah Brown / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For most college students, summer is the time to go home and relax from a year of hard work. But some students stayed in Morgantown to work on a unique project that brings the sciences and arts together.

Jessica Hoover created the Community Engaging in Science through Art program, also known as CESTA. She’s an assistant professor of chemistry at West Virginia University. Hoover came up with the idea to bring together students from the arts and sciences to create an installation that will live outside WVU’s Evansdale Campus Library, in Morgantown.

Lost + Found Project
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Charleston resident Madison McGhee's first full-length film premieres this weekend in her hometown.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that in the documentary, McGhee documents her travels, exploring places like Dublin, Paris and Lisbon, Portugal. She interviews young people living in Europe and explores what it means to find happiness and success.

Mykala Cheyanne Phillips
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Funeral arrangements have been made for a 14-year-old West Virginia girl missing and presumed dead in last month's devastating floods.  

The obituary for Mykala Cheyanne Phillips says the service will take place Sunday afternoon at Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs.

Grave Creek Mound
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Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville is presenting several programs next month, all free and open to the public.

Grave Creek also has two new permanent exhibits. Prehistoric West Virginia features casts of some large Ice Age animals that were once in West Virginia, including skulls of the saber-tooth cat and dire wolf. The dire wolf serves as a pet and protector to many of the characters on the television series "Game of Thrones."

Uber, Lyft
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A Yeager Airport committee is meeting to discuss a contract with the ride-hailing service Uber.

The Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority's financial committee will meet Wednesday to discuss the contract.

Panel Discusses Issues of Race in Wake of Shootings

Jul 27, 2016
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

During the week of July 4, 2016, two police shootings took the lives of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castle in Falcon Heights, Minnesota in a matter of two days. The next day, five police officers were killed in a mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. Those incidents sparked protests and discussions about race across the nation, one movement that gained national attention is the Black Lives Matter movement.

The following week, West Virginia Public Broadcasting news intern and West Virginia University student Aaliyah Brown sat down with two leaders in West Virginia’s black communities to talk about the shootings and their effect on the Black Lives Matter movement.

22-year-old Takeiya Smith is a student at West Virginia State University, a historically black institution of higher education. Takeiya says over the past few years, as racial tensions have become more visible across the country, she’s become more vocal about the importance of racial justice, but she didn’t always like to speak up.  

While she was in middle and high school in Putnam county, Takeiya says she did experience racism, but she mostly kept quiet because she didn’t want to cause any trouble. In this interview, she talks about some of her experiences.

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