Remembering A West Virginian Lost To COVID-19


On this West Virginia Morning, residents in Southern West Virginia got together this weekend for some “drive-in” professional wrestling. Also, in this show, we have updates on the spread of the coronavirus throughout our region, and we remember West Virginian Wade Shaffer who died last month from COVID-19.

Shirley Love, a state lawmaker and legendary West Virginia broadcaster, died Friday at the age of 87. Roxy Todd has this remembrance.

You’ve heard of drive-in theaters, drive-in dining, but how about drive-in professional wrestling? The All Star Wrestling Company based in Madison, Boone County had its first show of the summer Saturday night. Emily Allen brought back this story.

After being spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic in the early months, cases are now surging in the Ohio Valley. As the Ohio Valley ReSource’s Aaron Payne reports, public health officials are sounding the alarm as the public works to adopt practices to slow the spread.

At least 100 people have died from the coronavirus in West Virginia. As the pandemic rages on, we wanted to take a few moments to remember the West Virginians who have lost their lives. Like Wade Shaffer. The 42-year-old Charleston resident died last month from COVID-19. In his obituary, Wade is described as passionate and kind. His friend Mindy Parsley has this remembrance. This story was produced by Brittany Patterson. Music is by Blue Dot Sessions.  

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