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April 6, 1938: Civilian Conservation Corps Establish Camp Kanawha

Apr 6, 2016
Wikimedia Commons / Andrew Springer

On April 6, 1938, the Civilian Conservation Corps established Camp Kanawha at the mouth of Shrewsbury Hollow, about seven miles south of Charleston. Over the next four years, CCC workers transformed the site, which had been heavily mined and timbered, into Kanawha State Forest.

Jimmie Gardner
WCHSTV

A former Charleston Wheelers baseball player convicted in a 1987 sexual assault case whose sentence was recently vacated has been released from prison, but his freedom remains uncertain.

Forty-nine-year-old Jimmie Gardner was released on bond Friday, after serving over 25 years in prison. Gardner was convicted in 1990 of sexually assaulting a Kanawha City woman and beating her mother. He was sentenced to 33 to 110 years in prison.

March 29, 1973: Educator Fannie Cobb Carter Dies in Charleston

Mar 29, 2016
Educator Fannie Cobb Carter (1872-1973)
e-WV Encyclopedia / WV State Archives (WVSA)

African-American educator Fannie Cobb Carter died on March 29, 1973, six months after her 100th birthday. She was born in Charleston in 1872, just months before the state’s new constitution prohibited black children and white children from attending school together.

Dinosaur Burps
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This story is featured on an upcoming episode of ​Inside Appalachia focused on hip-hop culture throughout the region. To listen to this episode and others, ​subscribe to the podcast.

If you’ve spent any length of time around the music scene in Charleston, West Virginia -- be it at the Empty Glass, the Boulevard Tavern or the Blue Parrot -- you’re bound to have come across the hip-hop act Dinosaur Burps.

March 23, 1803: Pioneer Joseph Ruffner Dies in Charleston

Mar 23, 2016
Joseph Ruffner
Jan Smith Richardson

Pioneer Joseph Ruffner died in Charleston on March 23, 1803. Nine years earlier, the Shenandoah Valley native had purchased some 500 acres in Kanawha County from John Dickinson, including lands rich in salt deposits. By the close of the 18th century, Ruffner had acquired much of present Charleston and had settled on what’s now the town’s East End.

Flames
Fæ / Wikimedia Commons

Officials say as many as 11 people have been displaced after a fire at an apartment complex in Charleston.

Local media outlets report the fire happened Wednesday night at the Vandalia Terrace Apartments. No injuries were reported.

Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the Artist

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live-performance radio program from NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is pleased to announce that critically-acclaimed soul pop group Lake Street Dive will return to Mountain Stage on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Clay Center in Charleston.

March 14, 1974: Dr. I. E. Buff Dies at 65

Mar 14, 2016
Dr. I. E. Buff
University of Virginia Library

Dr. I. E. Buff died in Charleston on March 14, 1974, at age 65. Buff was the first physician to protest publicly that many coal miners’ deaths were inaccurately being labeled as heart attacks. He argued that the coronaries were being caused by a widespread disease known commonly as black lung. He suggested that as many as half of West Virginia’s 40,000 miners suffered from black lung.

March 10, 1915: The First Rotary International Club Established in W.Va.

Mar 10, 2016
Rotary Wheel
e-WV Encyclopedia

The first Rotary International Club in West Virginia was established in Wheeling on March 10, 1915. Rotary clubs were formed in Huntington and Charleston later that year.

March 2, 1927: West Virginia’s Pasteboard Capitol Burns to the Ground

Mar 2, 2016
West Virginia's Victorian-era capitol
e-WV Encyclopedia / WV State Archives (WVSA)

On March 2, 1927, West Virginia’s so-called pasteboard capitol burned to the ground. It was the second time in six years that a West Virginia capitol had been destroyed by fire.

Rafael Barker / Courtesy of the artist

Ask anyone in Charleston about the #WVmusic scene, and you'll get responses ranging from venue reviews to summer fest suggestions to, of course, band recommendations. No matter what kind of response you get, we're sure it somehow leads back to Qiet, the Appalachian gypsy rock band that has been a fixture of the #WVmusic scene for quite some time.

Piper Ferguson / Courtesy of the artist

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live-performance radio program based in Charleston, WV, is pleased to announce that critically-acclaimed indie pop group Lucius will return to Mountain Stage on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Culture Center Theater. The show will be presented at FestivALL Charleston by Holiday Inn & Suites at the Capitol Conference Center.

Jasmine Soo / Crystal Collins

Missed out on last week's 'A Change of Tune'? Don't know what to expect in the week to come? Here’s your Tu(n)esday Wrap-Up.

Interview(s):

Alysse Gafkjen

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has announced three live shows for May in Charleston. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, available today on MountainStage.org, by phone at 877-987-6487, locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston and also at the upcoming live shows.

Vasilia Scouras / Mountain Stage

If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last night night's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for ya.

Kara Lofton / WVPB

The West Virginia National Guard’s Medical Detachment conducted their annual recertification for army medics today at the Center for National Readiness Memorial Tunnel.

PBS

PBS NewsHour will produce the first Democratic presidential candidates debate (following the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary) on Thursday, February 11. Watch it along with West Virginia Public Broadcasting at our #DemDebate Watch Party!

Ryan Fischer / The Parthenon

Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? Or why we like the songs we like? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party on February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston.

January 7, 1924: Ground Broken on New West Virginia Capitol Building

Jan 7, 2016
Capitol
davidwilson1949 / wikimedia Commons

On January 7, 1924, ground was broken for West Virginia’s new state capitol building in Charleston’s East End. The previous capitol, located in downtown Charleston, had been destroyed by fire three years before.

The new capitol was designed by architect Cass Gilbert, who’d previously designed the Woolworth Building in New York and state capitols for Arkansas and Minnesota. He’d later design the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

Deer
Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Charleston's annual urban deer hunt has set record numbers this season.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the hunt saw its largest kill to date this season. According to City Manager David Molgaard, of the 105 deer killed between Sept. 2 and December, 85 were does and 23 were bucks.

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