Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Two W.Va.-based Boy Scouts Councils Plan Merger

Boy Scouts sit under pipe at 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Mt. Hope, W.Va.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two West Virginia-based Boy Scouts of America councils are planning to merge.
 

Members of the Huntington-based Tri-State Area Council and the Charleston-based Buckskin Council will vote on whether to approve the merger on May 29.
 
Tri-State Area Council serves parts of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Buckskin Council serves the majority of West Virginia, and parts of Virginia and Kentucky.
 

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Performing Arts
10:44 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Fairmont State University Student Wins National Poetry Award

Ian Williams is a national award winning poet. He's from Fairmont and is about to graduate from Fairmont State University.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

April is Celebrating Poetry Month across the nation. West Virginia’s had a great many poets find success, including Irene McKinney, Linda Goodman, and Tom Andrews. But there’s a young man from Fairmont who’s now also making a name for himself in the field of poetry.

Ian Williams is a 21 year old college student at Fairmont State University. He studies English Education and he dreams of becoming a college professor at some point during his life. But before that, he’s finding success as a poet. Williams recently won a national Poetry Award, in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies College/University Level Poetry Competition. Ian was one of two first place winners. He says he first got interested in poetry as a high school student in Fairmont.

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Graffiti
9:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Racial Slur Found in Theater Owned by West Virginia State University

Credit West Virginia State University

A racial slur spray-painted inside the West Virginia State University Capital Center Theater is being investigated by federal authorities.
 
The Charleston Gazette reports that police received a report of the graffiti over the weekend. They forwarded the case to the FBI for investigation as a possible hate crime.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Constituional Powers Questioned in W.Va., Young Fairmont Poet Wins National Award

After some controversial vetoes from Gov. Tomblin, lawmakers, academics and citizens a like arequestioning the balance of power in West Virginia's Constitution and a 21-year-old Fairmont native is making a name for himself on the national poetry scene.

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Community
11:55 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Groups Work to Restore Wheeling's Oldest Cemetery

Mount Wood Cemetery
Credit Glynis Board / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Work is underway to reset the headstones at Wheeling's oldest cemetery.
 
Most of the headstones at the city-owned Mount Wood Cemetery have fallen, either due to shifting land or vandalism. 

The Restore Mount Wood Cemetery project is being funded by donations to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. Monument company Rock of Ages donated its time to reset four large obelisks.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Preserving Cheat Canyon, Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th Birthday & A Man's Roots in W.Va. Slavery

Two national conservancy groups have announced plans to turn the Cheat Canyon into a nature preserve and wildlife management area. West Virginia University celebrates the 450 birthday of William Shakespeare with an adaptation of Henry IV and a Michigan man traces his ancestry back to Cabell County and back to a slave owner with whom he shares a name.

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Plans for Revival
7:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Jefferson County Mill Listed as One of Most Endangered Buildings in W.Va.

Fegans Mill in Jefferson County W.Va. is on the state's most endangered building list.
Rebecca Glover West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Feagans Mill in Jefferson County W.Va. was recently added to the state’s Endangered Historic Structures list.  The structures on the list are at risk of facing demolition and neglect. 

Feagans Mill, a historic structure composed mainly of gray stone and a brick creamery to its side, rests in the woods surrounded by sycamore and cedars.  Some of its federal-style windows are now boarded up while others with broken panes allow the foliage to grow inside the crevices.

The Story of Feagans Mill: Then and Now

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat April 12, 2014

High Tech Deer Tracking, Tennessee Moonshine, Thoughts From Kentucky's Poet Laureate and More

Tracking deer through infrared technology.

Bluegrass Musician Ricky Scaggs talks about his book “Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music.”

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker discusses his work as a writer and activist.

Meet the first Future Farmers of America national office holder from West Virginia in 40 years.

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Children
6:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

"My Bike" Program Comes to West Virginia

Isabella goes on the bike parade with Sen. Joe Manchin.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For young children with certain disabilities, it’s just about impossible to ride a conventional bicycle. So a children’s charity known as Variety, which began in Pittsburgh in 1928, along with several people who wanted to get involved, started a program called the “My Bike” program. It provides specialized bicycles, that are built to suit the special needs of the child.

Nearly 30 children received these specialized bikes at a recent ceremony in Morgantown with Variety.

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Code Switch
4:55 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Stereotypes Of Appalachia Obscure A Diverse Picture

Frank Cedillo fishes in a Greenville, Tenn., lake.
Courtesy of Megan King

Originally published on

Children in sepia-toned clothes with dirt-smeared faces. Weathered, sunken-eyed women on trailer steps chain-smoking Camels. Teenagers clad in Carhartt and Mossy Oak loitering outside of long-shuttered businesses.

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News
7:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Remembering the Devastation of Monongah, UBB, and a Tornado So History Doesn't Repeat

Let's look back at the Upper Big Branch Disaster to see what does it take to change coal culture?

Remembering the worst coal mining disaster in history so history does not repeat.

Wheeling Jesuit University hopes you'll join them to "Celebrate Appalachia".

Local maple syrup could be threatened by climate change.

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Appalachian Culture
11:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Wheeling Jesuit University Invites Public "Celebration of Appalachia"

Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling just kicked off what will be a month-long celebration of all-things Appalachia. “Celebrate Appalachia” is the name of the series of lectures and events.

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Wildlife
5:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Morgantown Changing the Way Deer Are Discovered

Morgantown is trying something new, to figure out how many deer are in the city.
Credit Creative Commons Photo

West Virginia’s got a lot of deer within its borders, and they can be a burden. For instance, the state’s vehicle collision rate with deer is one of the highest in the nation, according to a study by State Farm Insurance. In Morgantown, new technology is being used to monitor these animals.

You see them while driving along the interstate. You’ll catch them in your residential neighborhoods, eating vegetables from your garden.

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Nominations
10:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

W.Va. Agriculture Department Seeking to Honor Women

Credit West Virginia Department of Agriculture

The state Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for a program honoring contributions by women to the agriculture, forestry and specialty crop industries.
 
The West Virginia Women in Agriculture program has recognized 26 women since it began in 2010. Previous honorees have been involved in a variety of fields including beef, dairy, education, specialty crop production and forestry.
 

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Signing Up for Health Care Insurance, Winning the Iditarod, Meet Farmer Joe Riley and More

As the deadline for getting health insurance approaches, learn what it’s like to go through the process.

A Kentucky basketball great is in a West Virginia federal prison.

A new school in Cabell County, W.Va., could be a model for the rest of the state,

And meet Joe Riley, a Pocahontas County, W.Va., farmer.

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Carrying Jewish Traditions
8:49 am
Fri March 28, 2014

College Student Finds Temple Away From Home

Concord University baseball player lives for a higher power.

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.

We conclude our series on West Virginia's Jewish community - with a story of hope at the Congregation Ahavath Shalom in Bluefield a place where the enthusiasm of youth is bringing a new energy to the older congregation, even if it may be short lived.

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Education
1:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Two W.Va. Humanities Projects Awarded Grants

Credit National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants to two humanities projects in West Virginia.

West Virginia University Research Corporation received a $59,973 grant to develop a search engine for electronic literature. The search engine would link nine international research centers' databases.
 

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Ultra-Athletics
9:31 am
Wed March 26, 2014

West Virginia Doctor Walks 1,000 Miles to Win Alaskan Iditarod Trail Invitational

John Logar, with a mile to go to finish the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Credit Nils Hahn / The Nome Nugget newspaper

The Iditarod. Referred to as the Last Great Race on Earth. The annual long-distance sled dog race occurs in early March from Anchorage, Alaska, northwest to Nome—just over 1000 miles. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs cover the distance in about a fortnight. But there’s another event, the Iditarod Trail Invitational, which covers the same route, but by foot, bike, or ski. This year, a Tucker County resident won the race on foot.

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Story of the Jews
12:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Educates W.Va. Youth

A Young Edith Levy. Holocaust survivor, and Morgantown resident. Born in Vienna, Austria, 1930.

This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.
 

We continue our ongoing series exploring the Jewish community in the state as we introduce you to Dr. Edith Levy, a Holocaust survivor who has dedicated years of her life to educating young West Virginians about the holocaust.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat March 22, 2014

A Muslim Candidate in Ky., Bobtown, Pa., Reaction to Free Pizza, New W.Va. Rocket Boys and More

Kentucky could get its first Muslim lawmaker if one candidate is successful.

So what do folks in Bobtown, Pa., really think of those pizza gift certificates?

Pickens, W.Va., celebrates the maple syrup harvest.

And some West Virginia rocket boys put their skills to a test.

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