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A three-judge panel in West Virginia has approved a city council's request to remove Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber from office.

News outlets report the judges dismissed several of the Richwood council's allegations, but agreed Baber used city funds to reimburse personal power and cellphone bills and misused his city purchasing card.

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The mayor of a West Virginia town has sued the city council for putting him on paid administrative leave and preventing him from doing his job while he is being investigated by state auditors.

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The fight over school consolidation in Nicholas County continues. The West Virginia Board of Education, which is against consolidation, released a statement Thursday saying they’ll appeal their case to the West Virginia Supreme Court. 


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The West Virginia Board of Education has voted a second time against consolidating schools in Nicholas County.

The vote came one day before a court hearing in a lawsuit against the state over the first vote.

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Several communities in West Virginia were devastated during the 1,000 Year Flood that hit June 2016. Many families lost everything – their homes, their belongings, their livelihoods. Some of those communities even lost their school buildings.

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A Nicholas County judge has declined to immediately stop the controversial plan to consolidate five Nicholas County public schools into two schools that share a single campus following a flood last year.

Judge James Rowe on Thursday denied a preliminary injunction that had been requested by supporters of rebuilding Richwood's flood-damaged schools in the Richwood area instead of consolidating them into a single campus near Summersville.

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On September 7, 1955, the great fiddler Edden Hammons died at age 80. The Pocahontas County native was part of an extended family known for its music and traditional ways.

The family had migrated into the Webster-Pocahontas county area just before the Civil War.

In 1947, Edden Hammons was recorded by folklorist and West Virginia University professor Louis Chappell in a Richwood hotel room. The resulting 52 tunes document a frontier fiddling tradition with links to the Old World. Here’s a sample:

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This week on our Inside Appalachia podcast, we're revisiting some of the stories from our recent TV episode of Inside Appalachia. We hear stories of heroism and survival in towns like Richwood, Rainelle, and Clendenin. Residents and community leaders share their stories of loss and resilience.

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On June 29, 1940, in the Nicholas County town of Richwood, Deputy Sheriff Martin Catlette and Police Chief Bert Stewart detained seven Jehovah’s Witnesses, whose patriotism had been questioned by the local American Legion.

The Legionnaires forced four of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to drink doses of castor oil. They then marched all seven through a jeering mob to the post office, where the Witnesses refused to salute the flag due to conflicts with their religion.

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FEMA-- the Federal Emergency Management Agency-- is well known for its individual housing assistance program- a federal program that helps homeowners and renters who have lost their housing and belongings in natural disasters, but the agency has another program that helps states and local governments rebuild.

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June 24th, 3am. Outside Liberty Baptist Church in Richwood, a few exhausted staff sat silently smoking cigarettes in the dark. Power was out throughout the town - and no one wanted to speak to the media. Nursing home administrator Belinda Stear wearily agreed to speak for a few minutes by flashlight inside the church’s kitchen.

“The water started rising, it was raining, we were watching the river just like we always do,” she said.

Around 1pm Thursday, Stear made the call to evacuate residents to Liberty Baptist Church – which sits on higher ground above the nursing home.

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More than 1,000 homeowners in 12 counties are reporting they are in need of volunteer support as they try to clean up their homes and rebuild following historic June Flooding.

Hundreds if not thousands of volunteers have already donated their time to help, 200 of them through AmeriCorps, a national service organization. 

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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Three Nicholas County schools will not reopen this upcoming school year because of flood damage.

The Nicholas County Board of Education announced Thursday evening at a special meeting that Richwood High School, Richwood Middle School and Summersville Middle School received too much damage to reopen on Aug. 19.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from survivors of the flooding that devastated southeastern West Virginia.

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing aid, Kara Lofton reports most of the rescues, cleanup, and support so far has been provided by the local communities.

Heavy rains cause the ground to collapse underneath the Main Street Motors office building in Richwood, WV.
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As many as five fatalities related to the flooding were reported as of midday Friday after storms rolled into West Virginia early Thursday. Thousands were left without power and several roads rendered impassable.

WVPB's Kara Lofton travelled to Richwood on Thursday evening and took these images of the flooding damage. For complete coverage of the storms and flooding, follow our ongoing coverage here.

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An old lot in Richwood may soon become a park featuring trellises with solar panels.

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Here in Appalachia, it’s ramp season, and that means many small towns have their annual ramp feed to help raise money for their communities. This week we’ll travel to the Feast of the Ramson in Richwood, West Virginia, where we’ll meet 12-year-old ramp digger, Tyler McCune. And we’ll head to the Shenandoah Valley to hear a crowd of shape note singers. Although more and more people are leaving Appalachia, we will also hearing from some, like musician John Wyatt, who have returned home.

State Education Board Denies County Waiver Requests

Apr 9, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from a meeting of the state board of education where members considered requests from county school systems to waive the requirement for 180 days of instruction.  And we’ll re-visit a ramp feed in Richwood, known as the ramp capitol of the world.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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With an expected population decline and negative stereotypes surrounding young people who choose to stay in the state, we hear a few proposed solutions for the issue. Evan Hansen of Downstream Strategies talks about the Department of Environmental Protection's public comment period for above-ground storage tank regulation. Also, Richwood sees a revival with their annual Feast of the Ramson.

    

The small town of Richwood, West Virginia once had a booming lumber and coal economy, but since the 1980s most of the jobs in town have left the area, as have 42% of the population. Every dollar is needed here, and the town relies on its annual Feast of the Ramson to help rejuvenate the local economy each April. Traveling 219′s Roxy Todd traveled to the Ramp Feed, and she talked to some of the younger generation about growing up in the Ramp Capital of the World.

Create W.Va. conference takes over a town

Oct 18, 2013
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A statewide conference will be taking over the small town of Richwood in Nicholas County this weekend.  Create West Virginia is holding its sixth annual conference there.  Rather than meeting at a large state resort park, attendees at the conference will hold their discussions about creative economic development in buildings throughout the town.  Entrepreneurs will set up pop up shops in some of the empty storefronts on Main Street in Richwood.  Young entrepreneurs like textile maker Nellie Rose Davis will debut her latest fashion line.  Cutting edge technology will be featured in a makers