How a Community Reacts to the Loss of Its Only Major Grocer


On this West Virginia Morning, earlier this year in McDowell County, the Walmart superstore—the county’s only chain grocery store– closed, making it tougher for residents to access food. Even before the Walmart shut its doors, much of McDowell County was already considered a food desert- an area where a large number of people don’t have a large grocery store in their town.

This week on Inside Appalachia, we take a deeper look at the effects that Walmart’s closing is having on the community. This morning, Roxy Todd brings us a sneak peak of the episode.

A year after playing for a Division 2 National Championship, Shepherd University Football is preparing for a season as the team everyone is focused on beating. Clark Davis has more on Shepherd and the rest of the Mountain East Conference.

Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with a timely song he wrote for his fellow survivors of Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues.