Fayetteville

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For this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re taking another listen to an episode we originally aired in January of this year, featuring stories about the ongoing struggle to rebuild from the 2016 West Virginia flood and the work yet to be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

You’ll also hear how a video game is helping players from all over the world make a connection to the Mountain State, and a discussion about our diversity of dialects throughout Appalachian culture. 

And we learn about a truly unique community in West Virginia and its landmark restaurant: The Hütte. The town was originally founded by Swiss settlers in the mid-1800s. They felt the steep mountains, thick forests and winding river resembled their homeland. The Hütte is the center of the town, both literally and metaphorically.


Deep Mountain Farm

Just outside Fayetteville, West Virginia, there's a 42-acre farm that has just about everything -- chickens, lambs, sheep, produce and dogs. The latest addition is a litter of Great Pyrenees puppies, who will become guardian dogs for the sheep.

Christine Weirick owns and operates Deep Mountain Farm with her husband Chris Jackson and their two young daughters. 


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Sometimes creativity requires breaking away from the normal routine and focusing on one’s work. Now in its sixth year, the New River Gorge Creative Residency at Lafayette Flats in Fayetteville, W. Va. allows writers and visual artists a quiet place to stay and make art. 


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Little creatures are popping up on the streets of downtown Fayetteville, W.Va. People might find them hiding in trees, behind bushes, on benches or even inside local shops.

“Cause at this point, we’re like a gnome explosion,” said Tabitha Stover, Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director.


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Just about any search on Google for “best white water rafting” includes West Virginia. Around 150,000 people commercially raft a West Virginia river each year, mostly on the New River and Gauley River, which are near Fayetteville, West Virginia. At one point there were just less than 30 rafting companies in the area. Today, they have consolidated into six adventure businesses. 

Fayette County Map
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Fayetteville officials have renewed an effort to restore the old Fayetteville High School building.

The Register-Herald of Beckley reports Mayor Dennis Hanson and the school preservation board announced a drive Monday to raise funds for the restoration. To date, the board has raised more than $343,600.

Christopher Jackson

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 Bishops to Rozwell KidThe Sea The Sea to Bud Carroll and more.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is upon us (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.

Amos Perrine

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 Jordan Andrew Jefferson to Heavy-Set Paw-Paws, Of the Dell to False Pterodactyl 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.

Joni Deutsch

If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last Thursday's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at The Grove @ Secret Sandwich Society. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for you.

Joni Deutsch

Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? Or why we like the songs we like? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party on Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 8 p.m at The Grove at Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville.

February 16, 1821: Financier Morris Harvey Born in Raleigh County

Feb 16, 2016
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Civic leader and financier Morris Harvey was born in Raleigh County on February 16, 1821. He worked at his uncle's store in Fayetteville, where he learned the ins and outs of politics and business. When the Civil War began, he enlisted in Thurmond's Rangers, a local Confederate unit. 

Fayette County Courthouse
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Fayette County Commission will meet next week to consider banning the storage, disposal, or use of oil and natural gas waste. 

Community members will present a petition with 5,000 hand-written signatures that support what would be the first county-wide ban on oil and gas waste in West Virginia. It will be the second and final reading of the ordinance. If passed, violations will be punishable by civil and criminal penalties.

Bridge Day
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Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival.

Saturday's event is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge.

Fayetteville
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The Federal Lands Access Program has awarded a $230,000 grant for a hiking and biking trail that will link downtown Fayetteville to trails in the New River Gorge National River.

Work on the 4-mile trail is expected to begin in 2017.

Energy Corporation of America

Operators of future underground injection wells in Fayette County will have to obtain a permit from the county.

The County Commission on Wednesday amended the county's development code to require county permits for injection wells and holding ponds.

Four West Virginia communities have been recognized by the state Department of Environmental Protection for environmental stewardship in 2013.

The DEP’s Make It Shine Program has awarded Clean Community Awards to New Cumberland, the Village of Beech Bottom, Alderson and Fayetteville.

 

Fayetteville was the grand prize winner and will receive $500 to apply toward additional cleanup/beautification projects. Fayetteville was recognized for efforts that