Arts & Culture

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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Arts & Culture
3:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Duck and Cover, Because "The Blob" is Coming to FestivALL

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company's, The Blob
Credit Liz McCormick

In September 1958, The Blob, an independent horror, science-fiction film was released by Paramount Pictures and Umbrella Entertainment. Starring Steve McQueen in his debut role, the film left a permanent mark in Americans’ minds, and in 2006, Charleston’s Contemporary Youth Arts Company took the film a step further, writing their own adaptation of the classic film in the form of a musical.

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Sports
12:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Tennis Great Tracy Austin Returns to West Virginia

Tracy Austin on the stadium court at the Charleston Tennis Club, June 11, 2014
Credit Rick Vorhees

Tennis Pro Tracy Austin returned to Charleston this week. It was her first visit since winning a tournament in West Virginia's capital city in 1978.

The U.S. Open champ returned to stadium court at the Charleston Tennis Club.  She remembers being here as a teenager playing the Sweet 16 National Junior Women's Tennis tournament.

"I remember the club, you know, just coming in I'm feeling a bit nostalgic," Austin said.

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Horse Racing
10:08 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Mountaineer Seeks Approval to Reduce Horse Races

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is seeking state approval to reduce its horse racing schedule.

The West Virginia Racing Commission will hold a public hearing on Mountaineer's proposal on June 23 in Weirton.

John W. Baird is president of the Mountaineer Park Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. He tells The East Liverpool Review in Ohio that the proposal would eliminate 14 racing days.

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Arts & Culture
7:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

West Virginia Public Theatre Enters Its 30th Year

Ron Iannone is the founder of West Virginia Public Theatre.

West Virginia Public Theatre is getting ready to open in Morgantown, for its 30th season. This non-profit theatre has had quite a story.

It began because one man who moved to West Virginia saw a lack of professional theatre companies when he came here. Founder Ron Iannone talked to Ben Adducchio about the theatre, what it has tried to accomplish, and how he wants to be remembered when he decides to walk away.

To learn more about the season, you can find information here.

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Essay
9:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

One Professor is Asking: Should WVU Spend Millions to Fix Up its Football Stadium?

Michael Blumenthal

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine what you would do with seventy-five million dollars. Better yet, close your eyes again and imagine how much suffering, how much disease, how much poverty and homelessness, how much gross inequality, that seventy-five million dollars might relieve.

Now open your eyes and go take a look at WVU's Milan Puskar Football Stadium. Because that's where-- with the recent approval of the WVU Board of Governors-- those $75 million are about to go.

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Civil Rights
8:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

New Raleigh Group Hopes to Unite West Virginia Gay Population

West Virginia Gay and Lesbian Community Center Logo
Credit WVGLCC

There are several organizations in West Virginia that advocate on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community. Now, a new center in Beckley hopes to encourage communication between them and the gay population of the southern part of the state.


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Outdoors
1:56 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Hinton Power Boat Race Brings Participants One Step Closer to National Championship

Matt Dagastino, Washington, D.C., stands next to his personalized powerboat.
Credit Jared Kline

For the third year in a row, the American Power Boat Association (APBA) hosted its annual Junior North American Championship and Pro Eastern Divisional in Hinton, West Virginia. Boats raced for their chance to participate in a national championship. Participants came from as far away as Georgia and Michigan for the event.

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Wildlife
1:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Spring Turkey Kills Down in W.Va.

Credit John Benson/ ibrn4381

The Division of Natural Resources says West Virginia hunters bagged 9,017 bearded turkeys this spring, down 19 percent from the previous year.

DNR wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says most of the state's districts saw a harvest decline from last year during spring gobbler season.

Top counties for 2014 were Preston, with a take of 344, Mason with 297, Jackson with 294, Wood with 268 and Harrison with 264.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Graphic Novel Mythologizes Southern West Virginia, Criticizes Impact of Coal Industry

Credit Caliber Comics

West Virginia writer and filmmaker Danny Boyd’s latest graphic novel Carbon tells the story of an ancient race of people and their effect on the coal industry thousands of years later as an evil coal baron tries to mine a super form of coal. 

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Arts and Culture
2:40 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Water Crisis Brings Theater Event to Charleston

Public Access Dock in Porters Hollow
Credit Liz McCormick

Theater has often been a means to convey a particular message. Since ancient times, it has been used to teach lessons, understand important events, tell stories, and provide entertainment for its audience, and one company comes to Charleston this summer to start a dialogue with West Virginia…about water.

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Job Loss Conerns
11:19 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

UMWA Joins Coal Industry to Oppose EPA Regs

Jimmy Rose singing to the coal miners at Alliance coal in Henderson, KY.
Credit Facebook.com

The United Mine Workers of America is joining the coal industry in a rare occasion to oppose proposed regulations meant to curb carbon emissions.  The industry worries the regulations will financially cripple coal’s economy, as well as West Virginia and everyone dependent on a coal job.

With 95 percent of the energy produced in West Virginia coming from coal fired power plants, many within the industry feel the state will be the hardest hit by the new proposal.

Roger Horton, a retired miner from Logan County paints a grim picture already evolving in coal country.

He sees an EPA ignoring its economic impact on countless coal mining families.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Opposition to New Black Lung Regs, A Kentucky Banjo Legend, Helping the Birds & Bees, and More

Efforts to combat black lung disease draw criticism.

Meet Kentucky banjo player Lee Sexton.

A look at efforts in Kentucky and Pennsylvania to save the birds and bees.

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Rape Prevention
12:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Morgantown Restaurant Agrees to "Show More Skin"

Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

Over the Memorial Day weekend in north-central West Virginia, a lot of skin was on display in one restaurant. But it might not be the skin you’re thinking about.


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Concord University Track & Field
9:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Concord Student Claims Sixth All-American Honor at National Championships

Shawnee Carnett

Concord University senior runner Shawnee Carnett claimed her sixth All American honor this past weekend. Although Carnett’s last steps in outdoor 800 meter came up a bit short of another national championship, her college track and field career makes her the most decorated athlete ever to hit the halls at Concord University, and Carnett defeated almost all of her competitors on someone else’s turf.


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Construction
11:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Campus Improvements Underway at West Virginia Wesleyan

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Credit West Virginia Wesleyan College

  Construction of a new welcome center and several renovation projects are underway at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The projects are scheduled to be completed in August. The total cost is $7.5 million.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the projects include construction of the O'Roark Nordstorm Welcome Center and renovation of a residence hall and Ross Field. The college also is replacing the roofs on several buildings.

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