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History
10:12 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Parkersburg Hotel Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Credit Nyttend / wikimedia Commons

  A historic hotel in Parkersburg is kicking off a celebration of its 125th anniversary.

The Blennerhassett Hotel will hold a customer appreciation event Tuesday afternoon that includes a birthday cake and cupcakes.

Marketing manager Nicole Slattery tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that other events are planned through the remainder of the year.

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Downtown Revitalization
5:39 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Clarksburg Hopes the Robinson Can Be Grand Once Again

The front facade of the Rose Garden Theater in Clarksburg.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The City of Clarksburg is looking to other municipalities across the state and around the country to aide in their endeavor to restore and rehabilitate a historic theater in the city’s downtown.

Clarksburg City Council voted in April to purchase the Rose Garden Theater, once known as the Robinson Grand, for $430,000 from C.J. Martin, James Lambert and David Rexroad, all of Upshur County.

Members said the city has been working to purchase the property since 2005, but the previous owner wasn’t interested in selling.

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Drive Carefully
8:42 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Essay: Pothole Season Has Arrived With a Vengence

This pothole is near Sarah Lowther Hensley's house in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

You know the drill.

Eyes trained straight ahead – glued to the patch of pavement directly in front of you – picking and weaving and bobbing your way along the street.

Yep.

Pothole season.

That perennial pox of problematic pavement.

Drivers miss a lot of beautiful scenery this time of year just because we have to focus our gaze straight down and straight ahead.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:47 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Problems With Lawn Fertilizer, Pondering Potholes, Spring Wildflower, Quilting and More

There’s a push to decrease the use of lawn chemicals.

An inside look at the struggle for political power at West Virginia’s Capitol.

This is the time of year when certain wildflowers make their brief appearance.

And quilters gather in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, to hone their craft.

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3:36 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

State Record Blue Catfish Caught in West Virginia

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Austin Hoffman recently caught a 47.75-inch, 52.95-pound blue catfish—beating the previous state record of 43.9 inches and 44.5 pounds.
Last Saturday, a West Virginia angler on the Ohio River was simply trying out some new gear in his boat at the right place and right time when he hooked and landed a 47.75-inch, 52.95-pound blue catfish-beating the previous state record of 43.9 inches and 44.5 pounds.
History
10:54 am
Fri May 2, 2014

West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Winners Honored

Credit West Virginia Division of Culture and History

  Nearly 230 eighth graders have been honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.    A ceremony was held Thursday at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Students from all 55 counties participated.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

How Can West Virginia Keep Young People From Moving Away?

Credit Kristi George / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s population is expected to drop by 20,000 through the year 2030, however, a recent Gallup poll shows a majority of West Virginians actually don’t want to move elsewhere. While many West Virginians value family and other aspects of life here, opportunities seem few and those who stay say they often feel stereotyped by those who’ve left.

But how can this problem be solved? In a radio series that aired this week, we've been examining this very question.

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Keeping Young People Here
9:18 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Young West Virginians Say They Want to Make the State a Better Place

Paul Daugherty is part of the effort to keep young West Virginians in the state.
Credit Tracy Toler

Editor's Note: Today we continue our series about keeping the state’s youngest citizens in West Virginia. We’ve previously looked at the reasons why some people feel compelled to leave, but today, we’re taking a more positive approach. There are many young West Virginians with ideas about what can be done to help people stay.

From 1990 to 2000, and then again from 2000 to 2010, West Virginia saw slight increases in population, according to U.S. Census figures. But there’s also some bad news when it comes to population stats.

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7:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Richwood, W.Va.: A Town with Rich Roots (A Ramp Story)

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The small town of Richwood, West Virginia once had a booming lumber and coal economy, but since the 1980s most of the jobs in town have left the area, as have 42% of the population. Every dollar is needed here, and the town relies on its annual Feast of the Ramson to help rejuvenate the local economy each April. Traveling 219′s Roxy Todd traveled to the Ramp Feed, and she talked to some of the younger generation about growing up in the Ramp Capital of the World.
The small town of Richwood, West Virginia once had a booming lumber and coal economy, but since the 1980s most of the jobs in town have left the area, as have 42% of the population. Every dollar is needed here, and the town relies on its annual Feast of the Ramson to help rejuvenate the local economy each April.
Charity Auction
2:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Handmade Quilts Blanket Berkeley Springs

Quilt Guild Member Jane Frenke takes a quilt square from the stack for the 'parade of quilts' at a recent meeting.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Berkeley Springs is generally known as a spa and arts town, and right now quilts are the primary form of art on display. Quilt squares are hanging at the local art center, The Ice House, and at businesses throughout downtown.

Every year the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild auctions off the squares to benefit a local charity.

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Dining Traditions
11:24 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Learn More About Buttermilk, Bible Burgers and Other Appalachian Food

Author Fred Sauceman discusses his newest book, "Buttermilk and Bible Burgers" during an appearance in Virginia.
Credit Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Virginia

Food often provides a universal connection across cultures. Think: President Obama taking part in a meal at a famous sushi restaurant on his recent trip to Japan.

For about 30 years now Greenville, Tennessee, native Fred Sauceman has been documenting Appalachian food culture through a class he teaches at East Tennessee State University as well as journalistic endeavors on television, radio and in print.

Sauceman’s newest book is Buttermilk and Bible Burgers: more stories from the kitchens of Appalachia.

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Keeping Young People Here
9:16 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Young West Virginians Say There's a Negative Perception of Those Who Stay In the State

Jocelyn and Matt Crawford say West Virginians who choose to stay in the state often have to justify why to those that don't.
Credit Jocelyn and Matt Crawford

Editor's Note: Today we continue our series on how to keep young people in West Virginia. Yesterday, we looked at the struggle many people go through to find work in the state in their chosen fields. Today we examine the stereotypes young West Virginians who choose to stay in the state face from those on the outside.

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4:48 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Debate Over ATV Safety In West Virginia

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NPR fellow Leah Binkovitz reports on the increase of ATV tourism in West Virginia and concerns over safety and regulation in this report for WBUR's Here & Now.
  • Source: Wbur
  • | Via: Here & Now
There's a debate underway in West Virginia over the all-terrain vehicle. ATVs are a way of life in the state - a local passion and an increasingly important source of revenue. With summer - and riding season - on the way, businesses are looking forward to another flood of ATV tourism dollars.
2014 Games
4:23 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

And the West Virginia History Bowl Winner Is.....

The 2014 West Virginia History Bowl champion team is from Moorefield Middle School.
Credit WV Division of Culture and History

Middle School teams from across West Virginia were in Charleston at the Culture Center Tuesday to participate in the annual West Virginia History Bowl.

24 teams from 18 schools have been competing since about 9:30 a.m. in a double elimination tournament featuring questions on topics like the state’s history, culture, geography and heritage.

But in the end it came down to a match between Fairview and Moorefield.

The last question was: "What species of tree near Smithtown Monongalia County is the largest of its species on record in the United States?"

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#WVNextIn6
9:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How Can West Virginia Keep Its Young People Here?

Ian Williams is one young West Virginian concerned about whether he can find work in his home state.
Credit Ben Adducchio / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Editor's Note: We begin a series of stories looking into the issue of how to keep young people in West Virginia. This came about as part of a special digital project undertaken at West Virginia Public Broadcasting over the past few months, WVNextIn6.

We asked you to tell us what’s next for West Virginia in six words or less. Several posts had the theme “Keep our Best and Brightest here.”

According to a recent report from the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, West Virginia is facing a difficult road ahead in keeping people in the state. The state’s expected to lose about 20 thousand people through the year 2030, and could lose a congressional seat because of it. It all leads to a question West Virginians have been asking for years: How do we keep young people here? We asked our younger listeners on Twitter and Facebook to talk to us about their thoughts.

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Recreation
3:15 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Private Citizens Spring for Spring Paddling Season Access Road

J.L. Pretzel Contracting of Bruceton Mills was hired to do the work. An industrial jackhammer shattered car-bottom bashing rocks and follow-up grading was done by a heavy duty skid steer. The job required three full days. Fundraising continues. The resulting road, while still bouncy, is much easier for ordinary vehicles to traverse.
Credit courtesy of Friends of the Cheat

Private citizens are stepping up to repair a Preston County road important to the whitewater industry there. The state doesn’t have the means to get to the Cheat Canyon access road, so Friends of the Cheat River are doing the work.

The road to the take-out for the Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy whitewater runs had deteriorated and outfitters in the area were considering cancelling trips because of the poor conditions.

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Radio
12:44 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Sharon Lynn Stackpole: Follow the Flow

Sharon Lynn Stackpole

“I am always doing what I cannot yet do, in order to learn how to do it.”
― van Gogh

Soft, watery, Impressionistic, veiled, implied, nuanced: these might be descriptions of the art of Sharon Lynn Stackpole.

She describes her style as "being all over the map" and indeed the pieces have a broad palate of styles. Still, there is a unity and a recognizable style to her work.

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Holocaust Remembrence Day
9:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

WVU Students Remember The Holocaust

Unto Every Person There Is A Name 2014 Holocaust names reading organized by WVU Hillel
Credit WVPublic

Each year for the past 17 years in Morgantown, WVU Hillel together with faculty and community remember the Holocaust by reading names of victims for 24 continuous hours. Students and community members get through about 10,000 names each year. At that rate, if they had access to all the names of the 11 million victims, the annual tradition would continue for about 1,000 years more. Organizers say they work to humanize the victims in an effort to remember the depths to which humanity can sink.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
7:00 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Stricter Black Lung Regs, Buttermilk & Bible Burgers, Ramps and More

Pittsburgh makes progress in its battle against climate change.

New rules to prevent Black Lung Disease are announced.

Buttermilk and Bible Burgers are just two foods represented in Appalachia.

Another is ramps and they’re in season right now.

Kentucky's Food Gap Map. Hunger issues continue to complicate life for many families across Appalachia.  As WEKU's Stu Johnson reports, this reality is reflected in the just-released Map the Meal Gap Report.

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Dr. Kendra Boggess
5:54 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

WVHEPC Approves Concord University's First Female President

Dr. Kendra Bogess

It's official. Dr. Kendra Boggess will be Concord's next president. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved Boggess during a meeting on Friday. 

The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president earlier this week. She'll also serve as the  first female president. 

Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. She is currently serving as Concord’s interim president.

 

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