Eldora Nuzum
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On August 8, 1974, the Elkins Inter-Mountain published its daily newspaper, but it was far from business as usual. The August 8 issue had to be printed in Parkersburg because the newspaper’s building in Elkins had been destroyed by fire the day before.

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Larry Groce will be leading the Mountain Stage band, staff and crew north to Elkins, W.Va. for the sixth time to help close out the Augusta Heritage Festival.

Caitlin Tan

Peanut butter stouts, guava sours, hazy double IPAs, pomegranate ales – these are just a few experimental beers to come out of the craft beer craze in recent years.

According to the National Brewer’s Association, this expanding industry started in the 1990s but didn’t gain momentum until 2010, making it relatively new. Today there are more than 7,000 commercial breweries in the country.

January 21, 1906: First Passenger Train on the Coal & Coke Railroad

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When he started on the Coal & Coke, all but 107 miles of the track between Elkins and Charleston already existed as part of other railroads.
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On January 21, 1906, the first passenger train on the Coal & Coke Railway ran from Elkins to Charleston. The railroad was the brainchild of industrialist and former U.S. Senator Henry Gassaway Davis. It allowed him to market coal and timber resources from his vast landholdings in Randolph, Upshur, Braxton, Gilmer, and Barbour counties. When he started on the Coal & Coke, all but 107 miles of the track between Elkins and Charleston already existed as part of other railroads. Davis simply acquired those lines and completed the missing segment.

October 30, 1930: First Mountain State Forest Festival Held

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It also features arts-and-craft shows, wood chopping contests, old English knight tournaments, a carnival, and a fire-engine parade representing departments from across West Virginia.
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The first Mountain State Forest Festival began in Elkins on October 30, 1930. Since then, it has been held every October except for the years 1941 to 1949.

Grammy winning performing artist and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea will release her new album "Pretty Bird" in September and will appear on Mountain Stage Saturday August 11, 2018 as part of the Augusta Heritage Festival on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. Tickets are available now.

The new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia has announced the leadership team of federal prosecutors and civil litigators, saying they bring more than a century of combined experience there.

Alan Messer

“Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” returns to Elkins, WV this Saturday, August 12 as the closing concert of the Augusta Heritage Festival.

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The National Weather Service says last month was the warmest April on record in several West Virginia cities.

The weather service says Beckley, Clarksburg, Elkins and Parkersburg all set records for the average temperature during the month, while Charleston and Huntington each had their second-warmest Aprils on record.

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2016 was a big year for NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage. We celebrated 33 years of live performance radio, commemorated the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s legendary set, and listened to the voices of two new guest hosts

Maarten deBoer

Hot on the heels of a stellar show during the Augusta Heritage Festival, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College on Saturday, October 8, for a special show presented by the Mountain State Forest Festival.

Tickets for this October 8 show are $20-$30 and are available online. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the show starting promptly at 7:30pm.

Polina Mourzina

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 Tyler Childers to The World is a Beautiful Place..., The Sea The Sea to Qiet 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.

And today, we are chatting with recent Davis & Elkins College graduate Kaia Kater, a singer-songwriter who traveled from Quebec to West Virginia nearly four years ago to learn more about Appalachia's old-time music and culture. We sat down with Kaia in our Charleston studios to talk about her musical journey, her love of bluegrass and R&B, and her recent feature from Rolling Stone magazine.

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NPR Music & West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Augusta Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 13.

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Ann Pancake always wanted to write about far away lands. However, once she traveled there she realized the best stories she had were about her home in West Virginia. Her first novel Strange Has This Weather Has Been portrays a family living near a strip mine, and it’s one of the most popular Appalachian novels of the past decade. Her new collection of stories Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley also takes place in West Virginia.

Harpers Ferry was the site of the US Armory, and played a vital role before and during the Civil War.
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Elkins and Harpers Ferry have gained a larger say in how they govern.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board granted both municipalities home rule status on Monday. The program shifts power from the state to the local level.

The weeks leading up to the vote on the levy were contentious in Randolph County.
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On Saturday, Nov. 7, residents of Mineral County voted overwhelmingly for the renewal of their school levy according, to the Mineral Daily News-Tribune. Eighty-eight percent of voters supported the measure, which provides schools with $5.9 million each year for 5 years to support new textbooks, teacher salaries, transportation, libraries and facilities.

However, in Randolph County, the outcome was different as voters rejected the county's excess school levy that would have provided $2.8 million each year for five years to county schools.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, two stories about reflections on the Confederate flag.  Reporter Jessica Lilly attended a high school in Mullens, Wyoming County.  The school’s mascot was a Rebel and the rebel flag was a school symbol.  And Roxy Todd talks with a family of three generations in Elkins who share their thoughts about the flag.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, telling West Virginia’s story.

Augusta Begins This Weekend in Elkins

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On West Virginia Morning we explore the history of the Augusta Heritage Center just as the summer workshop series begins this weekend.  Also, Roseanne Cash is featured in our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.

Here's the History of the Augusta Heritage Center

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Augusta begins this weekend.  This very popular series of summer workshops about music and crafts has been explored by a student working on her master's thesis.  Brittany Hicks graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2014.  Her thesis was titled "Exploring Nostalgia for the Future: A History of the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia."   Just as the busy five week series kicks off, she sat down with us to find out what she learned.

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State police say officers shot a man in Elkins after he pointed a handgun at them.


State police say 25-year-old Preston L. Burrows was critically injured and was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.


The incident began around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when a resident called 911 and reported that a man was banging on his door and shouting that he would kill himself if the door wasn't opened.

Davis & Elkins College

Davis & Elkins College is officially looking for a new president. After a two-year stint, the current president of the four-year private institution has resigned to accept another job as president of the Appalachian College Association – a non-profit consortium of 35 private four-year colleges and universities.

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to possessing stolen explosives that authorities said he planned to use to blow up a federal courthouse. 

Jonathan Schrader of Elkins entered the plea Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Elkins.

An Elkins man faces an explosives charge stemming from an alleged plot to bomb a federal courthouse.

Thirty-year-old Jonathan Schrader is charged in a criminal complaint with possessing and storing stolen C4 plastic explosives. The FBI filed the complaint this week in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

FBI special agent Lawrence Quigley says in an affidavit that a witness told investigators Schrader had discussed detonating plastic explosives in front of the Jennings Randolph Federal Center in Elkins.

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