Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
There were 13 reported deaths at the Southern Regional Jail in 2022, and more than 100 deaths in the state’s regional jail system in the past decade.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Large budget surpluses, in recent years, have encouraged what to do with that money. One thought is to use a large portion of it for economic development projects — enticing companies to set up shop in West Virginia. Another school of thought is to invest that money in poverty programs and to bring the poorest West Virginians up. Reporter Chris Schulz spoke with Mitch Carmichael, the Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, and Rev. Matthew Watts from the Tuesday Morning Group, about possibilities.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
A new report finds the Ohio Valley has some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country. The study comes from the University of Michigan’s…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Katherine Manley grew up in abject poverty in Logan County, W. Va., but went on to teach in the same schools she attended. Mountain State Press recently…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
West Virginia is one of ten states where the number of children living in areas of concentrated poverty is increasing. That’s according to the Annie E.…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
The U.S. Census Bureau released data last week that showed the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line went down for the first time since…Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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