Arts & Culture

Preston Conty
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Groomers and the Humane Society of the United States are stepping up to care for 60 dogs seized this month from a West Virginia breeder.

The Dominion Post reports that the Humane Society has donated $5,000 and assorted pet supplies to the Preston County Shelter to help care for the dogs.

Charleston Newspapers

What should children learn in school? It’s a question that’s stirred debate for decades, and in 1974 it led to violent protests in West Virginia. People planted bombs in schools, shot at buses, and shut down coal mines. This week on Inside Appalachia, we feature Charleston native Trey Kay, the host of Us and Them.

Justice, Golf Course

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino helped break ground on a mountaintop golf course near The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

With shovels in hand, the golfing greats who are collaborating on the design of the 18-hole course joined Greenbrier owner Jim Justice at a ceremony Friday in White Sulphur Springs.

Bridge Day
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Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival.

Saturday's event is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge.

Sam Quinones
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Just a week before President Barack Obama is due in Charleston to discuss the states, problem with substance abuse, author and journalist Sam Quinones was in Huntington Thursday speaking to Marshall students about the opiate epidemic. 

Quinones told students: there is no simple solution to the drug problems cities like Huntington face. 

Mountain Biking
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Snowshoe Mountain resort will host a national championship for college mountain bikers later this month.

More than 60 teams will compete in individual and team relay events for men and women at the USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals from Oct. 22 to 25 in Pocahontas County.

Columbus Ships

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships will be on display this week in Charleston.

Reproductions of the Pinta and the Nina are expected to arrive along the Kanawha River on Thursday. They'll be docked at Haddad Riverfront Park until departing on Oct. 26.

Shepherdstown sometimes argues that it is older because its bill was read for the third time before Romney’s bill was.
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The Civil War Trust has acquired another section of a Civil War battlefield in Shepherdstown.

Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association president Edward Dunleavy says the 2.72-acre tract is contiguous to a core area of the battlefield.

Neil Gaiman
Kimberly Butler

Author Neil Gaiman has earned many accolades for his books and graphic novels, including Hugo and Nebula awards for American Gods and The Graveyard Book. Two of his books, Coraline and Stardust, were made into blockbuster movies. 


Gaiman will be one of the featured speakers at the West Virginia Book Festival later this month. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is one of the festival’s sponsors.

Gaiman is primarily a fiction writer. He has crafted vivid characters who inhabit worlds that straddle the familiar and the fantastical. Strands of ancient and modern mythology run through much of Gaiman’s work.

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This week Shepherd University is hosting the 20th Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival. Many of the planned festivities surround the 17th Annual Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence.

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It’s been 59 years since the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry has been open with a regular congregation. This historical African-American church was the main building of worship during the days of Storer College, a predominantly black school that first began as a place to teach former slaves and eventually grew into a full-fledged degree-granting institution.

Andy Todd

Food deserts: it’s more than just an urban issue. Hey, we all have to eat. This week, we’re bringing you an encore presentation from the Inside Appalachia archives about Appalachian food deserts.  In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.

If you’re looking for an indoor escape from the dreary weather, two film festivals are being held in different parts of the state this weekend.

Theatre West Virginia play
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Hundreds of students in southern West Virginia will see a performance at Theatre West Virginia as part of a federal government campaign to get children to enjoy the outdoors.

The National Park Service says nearly 1,100 fourth graders from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties are signed up to attend the live show at the Cliffside Amphitheatre in Grandview on Wednesday.

Perhaps not surprisingly, West Virginia’s poet laureate, Marc Harshman, seems to thinks so.

He’s been collaborating with several organizations, including West Virginia Public Broadcasting, to conceive of new events that will bring more poetry to the daily lives of West Virginians.

Fairmont State University is planning two weeks of activities to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The Sesquicentennial Celebration begins Oct. 11 and continues through Oct. 24.

Tamara Rodenberg Bethany College President

Bethany College's board has chosen the Rev. Dr. Tamara Rodenberg to serve as the school's 20th president.

Bethany said on Tuesday that Rodenberg's appointment is effective Jan. 1. 2016. She will replace Scott Miller, who left the private college in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle earlier this year to become president of Virginia Wesleyan College.

More than 600 people from 17 states are gathering in Charleston for a behavioral health conference.

The conference is set for Tuesday through Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says attendees include medical professionals, substance abuse prevention specialists, educators, families and survivors.

A professional gambler named Abe Baach and his girlfriend Goldie Toothman, who owns a local brothel, are the main characters in a new novel by Glenn Taylor. The novel, called A Hanging at Cinder Bottom, is set in McDowell County’s “red light district” of Keystone during the turn of the 19th century.

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How do the wordsmiths of today describe Appalachians? The people who don't let a day go by without putting down on paper a song, or a rhyme, or a tale that they just had to get off their chest? What kind of worlds do they create in their writings?