Princeton

August 29, 1952: Ground Broken for WV Turnpike

Aug 29, 2018
WV Turnpike Bridge
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On August 29, 1952, groundbreaking ceremonies for the West Virginia Turnpike were held in Mercer County. The state’s only toll road eventually cut driving time between Charleston and Princeton from four hours to two.

The road took less than two years to construct. Despite early plans for a four-lane highway, project costs limited the turnpike to only two lanes in most places. Still, the road was considered modern for the day.

It was first opened to traffic between Princeton and Beckley in September 1954 and then on to Charleston two months later.

Burns Exposures

"People want something tangible, something they can hold, something of substance. This is one of vinyl's greatest strengths."

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The Civil War Battle of Pigeon Roost occurred at Princeton in Mercer County on May 17, 1862. The battle ended a month-long series of engagements in which Union forces under General Jacob Cox aimed to destroy a strategic railroad at Dublin, Virginia, which was defended by Confederates under General Humphrey Marshall. Under Cox’s command were two officers who’d later become presidents, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley.

alcoholic beverages
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The city of Princeton is considering a proposed zoning amendment that would allow for expanded alcohol sales. 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports the amendment specifically would "permit the licensing of craft beer breweries, pubs, clubs and bars serving alcoholic beverages."

WV Turnpike Bridge
e-WV / WV Humanitites Council

On August 29, 1952, groundbreaking ceremonies for the West Virginia Turnpike were held in Mercer County. The state’s only toll road eventually cut driving time between Charleston and Princeton from four hours to two.

The road took less than two years to construct. Despite early plans for a four-lane highway, project costs limited the turnpike to only two lanes in most places. Still, the road was considered modern for the day.

It was first opened to traffic between Princeton and Beckley in September 1954 and then on to Charleston two months later.

This Week in WV History
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Musician Rex Parker died at Princeton in Mercer County on June 2, 1999.

The Fayette County native was the patriarch of the Parker Family, a popular musical fixture on West Virginia radio and television stations for more than a half century.

Alauren McClary

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from The Sea The Sea to Coyotes in BoxesQiet to Bud Carroll and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Jeff Pierson

Two artists that were featured on Inside Appalachia recently had their work recognized- and we think that's worth celebrating. So this week we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes from earlier this year- Inside Appalachia Road Trip: Art and Murals Across Appalachia's Backroads.

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This week for Inside Appalachia, we wanted to go on a kind of road trip and meet people who are making community art across Appalachia. 

January 4, 1980: Musician John Homer Walker Dies in Princeton

Jan 4, 2016
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Musician John Homer Walker died in Princeton on January 4, 1980, at age 81. The Mercer County native was raised in Summers County and lived much of his adult life in neighboring Glen Lyn, Virginia. He usually worked as a laborer and farmhand.

A Princeton man has been charged with intentionally hitting a volunteer firefighter with his vehicle.

Media outlets report that West Virginia State Police charged 54-year-old Jeffery Lanford with unlawful wounding and leaving the scene of injury. Lanford turned himself in last week and was released on bond.

Princeton Community Hospital
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State regulators have approved Princeton Community Hospital's request to develop diagnostic cardiac catheterization services.

The hospital recently received a certificate of need from the West Virginia Health Care Authority for the project.

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Six West Virginia municipalities have been given a larger say in how they govern.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board granted home rule status to Beckley, Grafton, Princeton, St. Albans, Moundsville and Oak Hill on Monday.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

 A new health clinic serving veterans in Mercer County has opened in Princeton.

U.S. Joe Manchin said Monday that the Princeton VA Clinic can provide health care services to 1,200 veterans.

Manchin says in a news release that the clinic will give veterans in Mercer County and surrounding areas permanent access to health care services.

The clinic replaces a mobile clinic in Bluefield.

WV State Troopers, WV State Police
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Several motorists in the Princeton area got a surprise when they were pulled over by West Virginia State Police troopers.

West Virginia Morning
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Part two of our report on the Veterans to Agriculture Program, giving returning soldiers a chance for therapeutic work.  Public policy workshops give citizens a chance to voice concerns about legislative issues. Marshall University's Forensic Science program gets a high national ranking and in Princeton, cruising is making a comeback as a way of revitalizing the downtown area.

Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton

Jul 23, 2014
Jared Kline

Cruise (v) : Driving with an emphasis on socializing.

It used to be unstoppable in towns in Southern West Virginia. Drivers would crowd the streets on weekends for a chance at meeting up with their friends and families. 

West Virginia Morning
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The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return control to Preston County Schools but, the return of control comes with some conditions. A non-profit organization in Princeton is working to improve the community by renovating a theatre.  The legend of the steel-driving man John Henry will soon have a home at a museum in the folklore hero's hometown of Talcott.

West Virginia Morning
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Our friends at Allegheny Front bring us a look at the impact of a ethylene cracker plant and the city of Princeton sees a revitalization in their town through the arts, education, and non-profits.