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November 6, 1863: Battle of Droop Mountain

Nov 6, 2019
Observation tower at Droop Mountain State Park overlooking the Greenbrier River valley.
Chad Matlick

On November 6, 1863, one of the most important Civil War battles in West Virginia occurred in Pocahontas County. In August of that year, Union General William W. Averell had launched a series of raids to disrupt the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad in southwestern Virginia.

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On August 29, 1854, the Greenbrier Agricultural Society hosted its first annual fair on two acres of land in what is now downtown Lewisburg. The fair distributed awards for everything from livestock, farm implements, and crops to homemade food, quilts, oil paintings, and penmanship. The Lewisburg event was one of many local 19th-century fairs. One on Wheeling Island was referred to as the “state fair,” but it was still more of a local celebration. The Wheeling Island fair was eventually discontinued due to periodic flooding on the island.

April 11, 1964: Writer Pinckney Benedict Born in Lewisburg

Apr 11, 2019
Hollins University
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Writer Pinckney Benedict was born in Lewisburg on April 11, 1964, and grew up on his family’s dairy farm. After graduating from Princeton University and the University of Iowa, he published his first two collections of short stories, Town Smokes and The Wrecking Yard, and the novel Dogs of God. The New York Times Book Review named all three to its Notable Books list. In 2010, after taking 14 years off from publishing, he released a new collection of short stories entitled Miracle Boy.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice
WV Governor's Office

Lawyers for the governor of West Virginia have told the state Supreme Court the meaning of the word "reside" is unclear in a case regarding his residency outside of Charleston.

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  On May 29, 1778, Dick Pointer, a black slave, helped save some 60 settlers in the Greenbrier Valley. Warned of an impending Shawnee Indian attack, settlers had taken shelter at Fort Donnally near Lewisburg. The Shawnee arrived the next morning.

Pointer and a white settler named Philip Hammond were the first to hear the alarm. The Shawnee warriors tried to use tomahawks to break through a door at the fort. However, Pointer and Hammond had braced the door using a large barrel or “hogshead” of water. Pointer grabbed a musket, began firing at the attackers, and awoke the fort’s sleeping inhabitants. Pointer and the other settlers successfully fought off the attack, and the Shawnee retreated at dark.

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Tickets have gone on sale for the Second Annual WV Craft Brew Festival in April intended to showcase West Virginia's growing craft beer sector at the state fairgrounds outside Lewisburg.

State Fair CEO Kelly Collins says 65 state craft brews were featured at last year's festival along with music and food.

Greenbrier Historical Society

The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission honored Lewisburg natives Pamela Barry and Neely Seams with the “Living the Dream” award this year.

The two wrote and performed a powerful monologue that honored another notable West Virginia native, Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson. Johnson is an African-American whose work in mathematics was critical to NASA’s moon landing.

November 22, 1825: Kanawha Valley pioneer Anne Bailey dies

Nov 22, 2017
Anne Bailey’s services to frontier settlements were invaluable and remain a powerful symbol of the fortitude of pioneer women.
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Kanawha Valley pioneer Anne Bailey died in Gallipolis, Ohio, on November 22, 1825, at about age 83. It’s not clear when the native of Liverpool, England, emigrated to America. However, she was living in Staunton, Virginia, by 1761.

After her husband was killed by Indians in the 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant, she swore to avenge his death. She taught herself how to shoot a gun and became a scout. Some say this is when she earned the nickname “Mad Anne.”

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  On May 29, 1778, Dick Pointer, a black slave, helped save some 60 settlers in the Greenbrier Valley. Warned of an impending Shawnee Indian attack, settlers had taken shelter at Fort Donnally near Lewisburg. The Shawnee arrived the next morning.

Pointer and a white settler named Philip Hammond were the first to hear the alarm. The Shawnee warriors tried to use tomahawks to break through a door at the fort. However, Pointer and Hammond had braced the door using a large barrel or “hogshead” of water. Pointer grabbed a musket, began firing at the attackers, and awoke the fort’s sleeping inhabitants. Pointer and the other settlers successfully fought off the attack, and the Shawnee retreated at dark.

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As many West Virginians continue to clean up from last week’s flooding, concerns about theft and looting linger in communities hit hard by the storm. 

Jim Logan & Jacob H. Logan

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 Boxes, Qiet 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.

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

The box office is open for the State Fair of West Virginia, which runs Aug. 12 to 21 in Lewisburg.

Discounts are available on admission tickets, and concert tickets are available for all shows. Concert tickets are not offered at a discount, but gate admission is included. Carnival discounts are also available.

Hidden in one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" (Lewisburg, WV), is a world-renowned pianist who has played with some of the world's top orchestras. Barbara Nissman moved to the Mountain State in 1989, and now she's bringing her talents up I-64 to Charleston this weekend.

Lewisburg
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Lewisburg City Council members have approved a human rights ordinance after an ongoing debate over the measure.

The Register-Herald reports more than 500 people attended Monday's public hearing, which lasted for five hours, on the proposed Ordinance 254.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says a temporary health clinic will open in Greenbrier County to serve veterans in parts of West Virginia and Virginia.

The West Virginia Democrat says he learned from the Beckley VA Medical Center that the temporary Veterans Affairs clinic will open by the end of the month at the Rhema Christian Center in Lewisburg until a permanent clinic is established.

Fairmont City Police Cruiser
Sarah Lowther Hensley

Police in West Virginia say a Baltimore teenager has been charged with striking a police cruiser with his vehicle.

Records at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver show 19-year-old Joshua Jerome Brown was being held without bond Monday on one count each of attempted murder and reckless fleeing.

West Virgina Regional Jail Authority

  A suspect in a multistate crime spree will be transferred from West Virginia to North Carolina to face murder charges.

Fifty-four-year-old Edward Watson Campbell of Alvin, Texas, waived extradition on Wednesday.

Campbell is charged in Granville County, North Carolina, with first-degree murder, burglary and other charges. Campbell and his son, 21-year-old Eric Campbell of Alvin, Texas, are accused of killing a couple near Oxford, North Carolina, on Jan. 1.

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A preliminary hearing in West Virginia for a Texas man charged in a shootout with police has been postponed.

Greenbrier County prosecutor Patrick Via says Wednesday's hearing was cancelled after the county public defender's office asked to withdraw from the case. A new hearing date hasn't been set.

Via says the Raleigh County public defender's office will represent 21-year-old Eric Alexander Campbell of Alvin, Texas.

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A preliminary hearing is set for a Texas man charged in a shootout with police in West Virginia.

Twenty-one-year-old Eric Alexander Campbell of Alvin, Texas, is charged in West Virginia with attempted murder of a police officer and malicious assault of a police officer. His hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Greenbrier County Magistrate Court.

Campbell's father, 54-year-old Edward Campbell of Alvin, faces similar charges.

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UPDATED: January 2, 2015, 1:33 PM

Authorities say a father and son's multistate crime spree left a North Carolina couple dead and their home torched before the suspects were caught after a New Year's Day shootout that wounded two police officers in West Virginia.

At first glance, the battle might not have seemed that significant because Echols’s forces managed to escape.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, General William Averell, General John Echols, Pocahontas County, Lewisburg, Civil War

On November 6, 1863, one of the most important Civil War battles in West Virginia occurred in Pocahontas County. Union General William W. Averell launched a raid, to trap Confederate troops around Lewisburg.

poet Crystal Good
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West Virginia, its culture and people are in a state of superposition, says writer poet and Kanawha Valley native Crystal Good.

Charged by her Affrilachian poet peers to combine her thoughts and observations of West Virginia with principles of Quantum Physics, Good delivered a lecture at a TedxTalks event in Lewisburg in July.