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Wood County
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Air Evac Lifeteam has closed its base at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport in Wood County.

Multiple media outlets report that the medical helicopter service announced the base's closure this week. The company says the closure is part of an effort to better utilize its resources in places with less access to such service.

Buckskin Council

A West Virginia-based Boy Scouts of America council has broken ground for a new $3.7 million leadership center.

The Buckskin Council's 13,000-square-foot center in Charleston will be named in honor of H. Bernard Werhle Sr., a philanthropist recognized by the organization as "West Virginia's first Boy Scout."

Whiterwater Rafting Gauley River
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Whitewater outfitters are offering customers the rides of their lives during the fall rafting season on the Gauley River.

The season started Friday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the valves at Summersville Lake Dam to start lowering the lake from its summertime pool to its winter level.

The extra flows that give the Gauley its punch will continue on weekends until Oct. 18.

WVU Football Entrance
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The Backyard Brawl is back on. Pittsburgh and West Virginia have agreed to renew one of the oldest rivalries in college football.

The former Big East schools separated by 80 miles will meet four times beginning in 2022, when the Mountaineers visit Heinz Field to face the Panthers.

Pitt will host West Virginia in 2022 and 2024, with the Panthers traveling south in 2023 and 2025.

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The West Virginia University football team is 1-0 after a win last week over Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers hope to turn the early win into a successful season. 

A year after finishing 7-6, including a loss to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl, the Mountaineers are hoping last Saturday’s 44-0 win over Georgia Southern is a sign of things to come. WVU limited Georgia Southern to 224 yards of offensive output. The Mountaineers on the other hand went for 544 total yards. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said WVU should be even more prepared for Liberty University because both teams run a similar offense. 

Pope Francis
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Wheeling Jesuit University has scheduled a series of events this month to mark Pope Frances' first visit to the United States.

The first event is scheduled Sept. 14 with an address by the parish social ministry coordinator for Catholic Charities of West Virginia. Kate Kosydar will discuss the papal encyclical and its impact on West Virginians.

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At 3:18 a.m. on July 23, a fire started in the historic commercial district in downtown Harpers Ferry, devastating four buildings containing nine businesses.

Jesse Anderson

Across the country, there’s been sweeping change in the last few years in the way the law treats gay people - and how society in general feels about gay relationships. Here in Appalachia, the acceptance of this change has been mixed.

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The college football season kicks off around the state this weekend with games in Huntington, Morgantown and around the Mountain East Conference. Marshall’s football team opens their season Sunday against Purdue.

A season after finishing 13-1 and being among the leaders in many statistical categories offensively, Marshall is beginning a fresh campaign with a new quarterback. Gone is four-year starter Rakeem Cato, replaced by James Madison transfer Michael Birdsong.  Thundering Herd Head Coach Doc Holliday said there are many similarities between the two quarterbacks. 

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A whitewater industry expert says a rock formation change could give experienced rafters a different ride through one of the Gauley River's most challenging rapids.

ACE Adventure Resort chief of staff David Bassage tells The Register-Herald that a car-size rock at the Class V Heaven Help You rapid on the Lower Gauley is gone. He says the rock apparently broke off.

Nooran Matties

If you take a second to look around, you can find hardworking West Virginians in the coolest places.

West Virginia University, Douglas Arbogast

This time of year, it’s the perfect temperature for people to gather on their back deck, maybe over some drinks, to play music. So for this week's episode of Inside Appalachia, Jessica Lilly and Roxy Todd spent some time uncovering a few, shall we say, mysteries behind Appalachian music. We’ll also hear how young people are reviving this old time music.

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A 423-page book chronicling the administration of former Gov. Bob Wise has been added to the state archives.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History announced the addition of the electronic edition of "State Papers and Public Addresses of Bob Wise" on Friday.

WV Freedom School

A three day racial justice workshop will kick-off Friday in Charleston.

American Friends Service Committee will host the West Virginia Freedom School, a three-day racial justice workshop that runs from Friday to Sunday at the East End Family Resource Center on the East End of Charleston. Students from Clay, Kanawha, Pocahontas, Marshall, Logan, Boone and Mingo counties will attend the meeting. They’ll combine with college students from Wesleyan University, Bridge ValleyTech and West Virginia State University.

Harper's Ferry Fire

West Virginia University is helping Harpers Ferry recover from a fire that damaged four buildings and nine businesses.

WVU Extension Service program coordinator Chad Proudfoot is working to match local needs with the university's resources. He spends about three days a week in the historic town.

Martinsburg residents and businesses have lined up to oppose a planned downtown drug recovery center for men.

Media outlets report more than a dozen people spoke out against the proposed 60-bed facility before a Martinsburg City Council meeting Thursday night.

Jim Justice

Insurance underwriters claim they shouldn't be responsible for payouts to golf fans for two holes-in-one made during the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic because the shots weren't long enough.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the tournament's underwriters filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against The Greenbrier Classic's nonprofit financial arm, Old White Charities.

Chicken Wings
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In conjunction with the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams announced a new food festival Tuesday.

In an ongoing effort to promote Huntington, a new chicken wing festival was announced for October. The Wing Fling. will feature more than 20 local restaurants competing to see who can serve up the best chicken wings. There will also be a wing-eating contest. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says it’s part of an effort to provide a new event each weekend to attract attention to downtown Huntington. 

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The 23rd Annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival took place in Jefferson County over the weekend. From a parade to live music, and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown’s Fort – the festival offered a variety of events for visitors.

Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says in a statement that Bond died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness.