10:36 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Nov. 4 1985 Flooding from Tropical Storm Juan

Despite heroic rescue efforts by first responders, 47 West Virginians died in the 1985 flood, with Pendleton and Grant counties suffering the most deaths. Many of the towns had to rebuild nearly from scratch, and some have never fully recovered.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; The Parson's Advocate. / Tropical Storm Juan, Parsons WV, North Branch of the Potomac River, South Branch Valley

Four to eight inches of rain had inundated the northern and eastern parts of the state, producing deadly flooding. The Cheat, Greenbrier, Tygart Valley, Little Kanawha, and West Fork rivers along with the North and South Branches of the Potomac River all crested well above flood stage.

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Recommended If You Like: Art Pop from Appalachia
6:07 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews New God

New God, led by West Virginia natives Curt and Kenny Tompkins
Credit Hillary Wilson

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Petersburg-native Kenny Tompkins about New God, Tompkins' Baltimore-based art pop band that includes his very own brother, Curt Tompkins. The interview veers into topics as diverse as New God's music, the future of youth in West Virginia, and the confusion over the band's name and a popular Kanye West song. If you're a fan of music that invokes the breezy, lo-fi catchiness of The Beach Boys, this interview and band are recommended for you.

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About Us
11:20 am
Sun February 2, 2014

How We Chose the Eight West Virginia Contestants For "Turn This Town Around"

Downtown Matewan
Credit West Virginia Focus

“Turn This Town Around” is a unique and groundbreaking project to select two West Virginia communities to receive training, coaching, and technical assistance to help them achieve success in revitalizing their communities.

“Turn This Town Around” is a feature of West Virginia Focus, in partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

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Last Day Is Friday
3:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

VOTE: Which Two West Virginia Towns Should Get "Turned Around"?

Alderson, W.Va.
Credit New South Media

It’s been a rough month in West Virginia, with the water crisis and all the negative, stereotypical coverage of Appalachia around the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.

Let’s take all our anger and frustration and turn it into something positive. Let’s “Turn This Town Around.”

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