Arts & Culture

Rosie the Riveter
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A West Virginia group dedicated to honoring the working women of World War II is sponsoring bell ringings on Labor Day in at least seven communities in the state.

"Thanks! Plain and Simple" says in a news release that bell ringings are planned for 1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 5 in Beckley, Buckhannon, Cross Lanes, Glenville, Grafton, Huntington, Morgantown and Nitro.

Virginia Thrasher
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West Virginia University’s gold medal winner Ginny Thrasher will be at the State Fair on Saturday.  

Thrasher will be in the WVU Building from noon to 2:30 for autographs and photos with the gold medal she won as a member of the Olympic rifle team in Rio.

Michael Cerveris
Josh Saul / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In the wake of June’s devastating floods, West Virginians from all over mobilized to help those in need. High-profile natives like Brad Paisley and Jennifer Garner returned home to raise awareness as well as money, shining a light on a tragedy that claimed 23 lives and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses. But there are other big name West Virginians playing a part, too - even if they can't make it back home to do so. 

Stephanie Petersen

The agency that administers the AmeriCorps program says West Virginia residents rank third among states in enrolling volunteers in the program.

The Corporation for National and Community Service says West Virginia has produced 12,000 AmeriCorps members since the organization was formed more than 20 years ago. The organization said in a news release that the members have given more than 18 million hours of service and received more than $28 million in scholarships.

By 2010, Paisley had won more than 60 awards, including three Grammys.
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Brad Paisley will perform a free concert at West Virginia University next month.

WVU says in a news release that the country music star will perform Sept. 9 in a parking lot outside the WVU Law School. West Virginia's football team plays Youngstown State on Sept. 10 in Morgantown.

Marshall Bison
Marshall University Communications

A new statue of an American bison is being installed on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, home of the Thundering Herd.

The statue of one of the university's symbols will greet students when they return for the fall semester.

Peaches, Peach, Orr's Farm Market
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It’s the peak of the peach season here in West Virginia, and lots of folks are clamoring to their nearby farmer’s markets to get some. But the late frost this year did a number on the state’s peach crop, and some say it was the worst frost in 30 years.

B.E. Taylor
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B.E. Taylor, a musician whose annual Christmas concerts and recordings made him well known in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is dead of complications from brain cancer at age 65.

The general manager of a funeral home where Taylor lived in Wheeling, West Virginia, confirmed that he died Sunday. Funeral arrangements will be private.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group dedicated to rebuilding communities plans to kick off a home construction project in White Sulphur Springs following devastating floods.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday on the site of Hope Village.

People walking, exercise, health
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A West Virginia University professor has been researching which types of exercise are effective in improving academic performance.

The university said in a news release that Assistant Dean James C. Hannon of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences says resistance exercise such as weight lifting and using resistance bands seems to help improve work in the classroom.

A Pennsylvania school district has donated more than 3,200 pieces of old furniture to flood-affected schools in Kanawha County, along with school supplies.

Furniture donated by the North Allegheny, Pennsylvania school district arrived in Charleston on Thursday. Kanawha County School District spokeswoman Terry Hollandsworth says the donated furniture will be placed in Bridge Elementary and Elkview Middle.

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West Virginia University says net proceeds from a women's basketball game against Concord University this fall will benefit families affected by flooding in southern West Virginia.

The school said the Mountaineers recently visited Rainelle to help with flood recovery efforts, removing personal items, debris and water-logged walls and flooring from a couple of homes.

The model for a sculpture being created in a cross-dicipline project at West Virginia University.
Aaliyah Brown / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For most college students, summer is the time to go home and relax from a year of hard work. But some students stayed in Morgantown to work on a unique project that brings the sciences and arts together.

Jessica Hoover created the Community Engaging in Science through Art program, also known as CESTA. She’s an assistant professor of chemistry at West Virginia University. Hoover came up with the idea to bring together students from the arts and sciences to create an installation that will live outside WVU’s Evansdale Campus Library, in Morgantown.

Lost + Found Project
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Charleston resident Madison McGhee's first full-length film premieres this weekend in her hometown.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that in the documentary, McGhee documents her travels, exploring places like Dublin, Paris and Lisbon, Portugal. She interviews young people living in Europe and explores what it means to find happiness and success.

Mykala Cheyanne Phillips
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Funeral arrangements have been made for a 14-year-old West Virginia girl missing and presumed dead in last month's devastating floods.  

The obituary for Mykala Cheyanne Phillips says the service will take place Sunday afternoon at Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs.

Grave Creek Mound
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Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville is presenting several programs next month, all free and open to the public.

Grave Creek also has two new permanent exhibits. Prehistoric West Virginia features casts of some large Ice Age animals that were once in West Virginia, including skulls of the saber-tooth cat and dire wolf. The dire wolf serves as a pet and protector to many of the characters on the television series "Game of Thrones."

Uber, Lyft
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A Yeager Airport committee is meeting to discuss a contract with the ride-hailing service Uber.

The Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority's financial committee will meet Wednesday to discuss the contract.

Panel Discusses Issues of Race in Wake of Shootings

Jul 27, 2016
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

During the week of July 4, 2016, two police shootings took the lives of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castle in Falcon Heights, Minnesota in a matter of two days. The next day, five police officers were killed in a mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. Those incidents sparked protests and discussions about race across the nation, one movement that gained national attention is the Black Lives Matter movement.

The following week, West Virginia Public Broadcasting news intern and West Virginia University student Aaliyah Brown sat down with two leaders in West Virginia’s black communities to talk about the shootings and their effect on the Black Lives Matter movement.

22-year-old Takeiya Smith is a student at West Virginia State University, a historically black institution of higher education. Takeiya says over the past few years, as racial tensions have become more visible across the country, she’s become more vocal about the importance of racial justice, but she didn’t always like to speak up.  

While she was in middle and high school in Putnam county, Takeiya says she did experience racism, but she mostly kept quiet because she didn’t want to cause any trouble. In this interview, she talks about some of her experiences.

Courtesy of Kenneth King and the WV Mine Wars Museum

The Department of the Interior is dropping its appeal of a ruling that said the agency shouldn't have removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from a list of historic places.

In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, the department and Secretary Sally Jewell filed a motion to drop the appeal.

Roger May

  This year marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of a series of novels called The Beulah Quintet.  The novels are by the late Mary Lee Settle, a writer who set out to capture moments in West Virginia history when a revolutionary change was at stake. Today's economic uncertainty here in Appalachia has many people wondering whether we are also living in the midst of a transition.

A month after the flood, businesses in the communities affected by the home are struggling. Some businesses in affected towns have reopened, but others say they are closing their doors for good.

Don Knotts
Dale Ferrell / Associated Press

The city of Morgantown is planning a two-day celebration of the late actor Don Knotts.

A statue of Knotts is set for unveiling Saturday in front of the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. Knotts already has a star of fame outside the theater.

Ken Kendrick
Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

West Virginia University says a challenge by Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick has helped bring in more than $300,000 for flood-relief efforts in southern West Virginia.

Kendrick is a WVU alumnus. He said last month he would match contributions to the WVU Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

Young WV Power Building Conference
Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of young people in West Virginia are preparing to make their political thoughts heard during an upcoming Huntington event. Young West Virginia will hold its first conference next month attempting to incite some political change in the state.

A team of students ranging in age from middle school to college were on hand Tuesday at Marshall to announce the Young West Virginia Power Building Conference coming up August 27th and 28th. The conference led by students from aged 15 to 25 will address everything from voter engagement, racial justice, mental health, and college readiness, to LGBT advocacy. Takeiya Smith is a student at West Virginia State University and a co-chair of Young West Virginia. 

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

By now, you may have heard of a new app for smartphones called Pokémon GO. It was released in the United States on July 6 and has taken the country by storm – including West Virginia. There’s a feature in the game that encourages you to visit historic, unique, or touristy spots in the real world, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been exploring the interest in this widely popular game.

Daniel Walker/ WVPB

As the coal industry in Appalachia continues to decline, more and more families are struggling. Poor job prospects throughout the region are causing a lot of anxiety in families. And mental health expects say that kind of stress can accumulatively lead to mental illness. What can parents do to help their children cope with stress?

Evening at the State Fair of West Virginia
The State Fair of West Virginia

The State Fair of West Virginia will launch of its first-ever mobile app.

The new app will allow fairgoers to schedule their day, purchase tickets, and find their favorite locations on an interactive map.

Marshall Stadium
Jeff Gentner / AP

Marshall University is expanding beer sales at home football games.

The university Board of Governors on Tuesday approved the sale of beer in six sections on the west side of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The university says in a news release that security measures will be increased in those sections.

Greenbrier Resort
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

The Greenbrier's 710-room hotel is reopening to the public more than two weeks after the West Virginia resort's property was ravaged by floods.

Resort owner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice announced last week that the hotel in White Sulphur Springs will welcome back paying guests on Tuesday, July 12.

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