Arts & Culture

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Have you ever heard of a pepperoni roll? If you haven’t, then you’re not from West Virginia.

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Creating art can be lonely work, so a small group of artists in the Eastern Panhandle gets together every two weeks to critique each other’s work. These are people who work with paint, pencils, cameras, and clay. But why do they need each other?

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
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West Virginia University has opened a Chinese language, cultural and business center known as a Confucius Institute.

WVU opened the institute on Wednesday within the College of Business and Economics in Morgantown.

It’s well known throughout circles in West Virginia that the state’s public education system lags behind nationally, ranking 48th, according to the US Census Bureau. There’s also a lot of talk throughout the state about the need for re-education and economic diversification in the state for adults.

As coal miners continue to lose their jobs, some are looking to education as a tool for new opportunities. But starting from the bottom or starting over isn’t easy.

One adult educator, a former coal miner from Boone County, just wrote a book that offers guidance. While author David Greene says this book should appeal to adult educators, it’s also meant to help individuals outside of the classroom.


Yeager beside the Bell X-1 rocket plane Glamous Glennis.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Chuck Yeager, Lockheed P-80, Charleston, Lincoln County, World War II

Record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager and former astronaut Jon McBride are among eight people inducted into the West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

The other inductees are former U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Kemp McLaughlin, Irene Crum, Bill Pancake, Donald Judy and Angelo Koukoulis.

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Former Marshall University football standout and assistant coach Phil Ratliff passed away on Sunday.

The Charlotte 49ers, where Ratliff has been coaching the past three years, made the announcement Sunday afternoon.

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Seven years ago, an Associated Press article labeled the city of Huntington, West Virginia the unhealthiest in the nation.

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A downtown Wheeling beautification effort aims to create a window to history in a space city leaders hope will be a vital part of the future.

The tall, wooden frames that recently appeared along the wall at the north end of the city-owned property represent the start of Reinvent Wheeling's latest project.

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The Hatfield and McCoy descendants came armed — with digging tools. Working together as volunteers, they helped archaeologists unearth artifacts from one of the bloodiest sites in America's most famous feud.

The leader of the dig says they have pinpointed the place where Randolph McCoy's home was set ablaze in the woods of eastern Kentucky during a murderous New Year's attack by the Hatfield clan. Two McCoys were gunned down in the 1888 ambush. It marked a turning point in the families' cross-border feud in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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This week, Inside Appalachia is featuring some incredible stories about dogs that help people heal. Like Paca, who helps children overcome emotional trauma and even helps encourage them to read. And we'll travel to a special cemetery, reserved only for coonhound dogs.

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What are the Heavy-Set Paw-Paws? What’s it like making music in Beckley, West Virginia? And what does “Appalachian Stank” mean as a music genre? I sat down with the alt-rock group’s frontman Tyler Evans to get to the bottom of these questions and more.

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The Augusta Heritage Center is known around the world for its many music workshops and jam sessions. But Augusta actually started as a way to keep traditional arts and crafts alive in Randolph County.

Fourteen-year-old Kiara Williams of Rock Cave, West Virginia has been playing fiddle for two years and recently won the youth fiddle championship at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.
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It’s Old-Time, Vocal, and American Vernacular Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. Countless individuals have come to learn everything from African-American String Band Traditions and Square Dance Calling to Balkan Harmony Singing and 19th Century Banjo Music.  For one young West Virginian, Augusta has opened up the world of fiddle music.


Faith Based Community Garden Helping Those In Need

Aug 6, 2015
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The First Lutheran Community Garden is located on a small lot on the corner of 19th Street and Liberty Street in Parkersburg. The property used to be an apartment building, but when it was torn down, the church decided to purchase the land and start a garden. The mission of the garden is to make produce available to those who may struggle getting it otherwise.

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The 26th annual Appalachian String Band Festival at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County, wrapped up on Sunday. Twenty-one musicians, 12 bands and 11 dancers from California to Maryland took home a total of $7,450 in prize money. Ten of the winners were from West Virginia.

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Police are cracking down on violators of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge's 2-ton weight limit.

Wheeling police Corp. Ulrich Utt says he has written 20 citations within 30 days.

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What happens when strangers with cameras go to Appalachia? It’s a complicated topic that many Appalachians have strong feelings about.

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Each summer, Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College hosts five weeks of traditional music and arts workshops. Each week has a different theme and this week is all about Bluegrass music. Over 140 people have come from across the country to study with bluegrass masters.


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Did you hear? Our good friend Tift Merritt is returning to Mountain Stage this fall! Since we have such a “Sweet Spot” for the singer-songwriter, we’ll look back at one of her last performances (in Alaska, no less!) on this week’s Mountain Stage After Midnight

Shepherd University Sign
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The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $274,000 in grants for two projects in West Virginia.

The recipients are Shepherd University and the nonprofit West Virginia University Research Corp.

They are part of nearly $37 million in grants for 212 humanities projects nationwide.

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