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November 29, 1878: Writer Margaret Prescott Montague Born

Nov 29, 2019

Writer Margaret Prescott Montague was born at White Sulphur Springs on November 29, 1878.  Her books, which were set mostly in the southern mountains, included The Poet, Miss Kate, and I; The Sowing of Alderson Cree; Calvert’s Valley; and Linda—all written before she’d turned 35.

Her brother was superintendent of the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney. Montague’s interest in his students inspired her book Closed Doors.

Broom Maker Wanda Hott (center) with her granddaughters Shelby (left) and Kierra (right).
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In 2017, West Virginia Public Broadcasting featured one of West Virginia’s last remaining broom makers; Kanawha County resident Jim Shaffer. The story ended with a question: would this dwindling art continue once Shaffer retired? Well, it turns out, a whole family in Hampshire County makes brooms together, and they were inspired by Shaffer himself.

Cecelia Mason

The former superintendent of West Virginia's state schools for blind and deaf students has filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse his firing.

November 29, 1878: Writer Margaret Prescott Montague Born

Nov 29, 2017

Writer Margaret Prescott Montague was born at White Sulphur Springs on November 29, 1878.  Her books, which were set mostly in the southern mountains, included The Poet, Miss Kate, and I; The Sowing of Alderson Cree; Calvert’s Valley; and Linda—all written before she’d turned 35.

Her brother was superintendent of the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney. Montague’s interest in his students inspired her book Closed Doors.

Shepherdstown and Romney were both chartered on the same day, the big question still comes down to which one came first.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / WV Humanities Council

On December 23, 1762, the Virginia General Assembly chartered the towns of Romney and Shepherdstown, igniting one of the longest-lasting debates in West Virginia history. The question?  Is Romney or Shepherdstown West Virginia’s oldest incorporated town? 

Bishop George Peterkin
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Bishop George Peterkin died in Parkersburg on September 28, 1916, at age 75. The Maryland native had joined the Confederate Army at age 20, participated in Robert E. Lee’s ill-fated Western Virginia campaign of 1861, and was present for the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.

After the war, Peterkin was ordained as an Episcopal priest and served in churches in Virginia and Maryland. After the Diocese of West Virginia was created, he was elected bishop for the entire state and consecrated at Wheeling in 1878.

Peaches, Peach, Orr's Farm Market
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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.

Courtney Bell

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 Rozwell Kid to The World is a Beautiful Place..., Beach House drummer Graham Hill to Qiet and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), 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.

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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.

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Former West Virginia Secretary of State and U.S. Rep. Ken Hechler says his health is improving and he hopes that he will soon be released from the hospital.

Ken Hechler's wife, Carol Hechler, said the 101-year-old was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday because he was experiencing some internal bleeding and had a seizure. He was eventually transferred to another hospital in Maryland.

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A national nonprofit group that builds custom houses for severely wounded veterans broke ground Saturday on its first project in West Virginia. Homes for Our Troops will hand over the keys to Sergeant Charles “Doug” Harris later this year. The mortgage-free house in Romney will include hundreds of adaptations specially designed for Harris.

 

“I was injured May 30 of 2012 — just stepped on an IED.”

Shepherdstown and Romney were both chartered on the same day, the big question still comes down to which one came first.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / WV Humanities Council

Romney's fire whistle is going silent between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The fire whistle is for Romney's volunteer fire department. In rural areas, fire whistles are used to warn residents of a natural disaster or to beckon firefighters to respond to a fire or another emergency.

Shepherdstown and Romney were both chartered on the same day, the big question still comes down to which one came first.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / WV Humanities Council

Three additional people face charges stemming from an investigation of abuse allegations at a center for developmentally disabled adults and children in Romney.

Hampshire County Magistrate Ron DiColia said Springfield resident Kevin Helms, Romney resident Jessica Carter, and Pennsylvania resident Justin Wright have each been charged with one count of failure to report abuse and neglect. The charge is a misdemeanor.

Helms and Carter have been released on bond. Wright is being transported to Hampshire County from Pennsylvania.

Shepherdstown and Romney were both chartered on the same day, the big question still comes down to which one came first.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / WV Humanities Council

Four people face charges stemming from an investigation of abuse allegations at a center for developmentally disabled adults and children in Romney.

Hampshire County Magistrate Ron DiColia says Jennifer Flores of Romney and Augusta residents Joseph Moreland Jr., Denny Timbrook and Katrina Phillips are each charged with failure to report abuse or neglect. The charge is a misdemeanor.

DiColia said Tuesday that all three remain free on bond.

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West Virginia was named the 15th safest state in the US for settling down and raising a family. According to a blog from the SafeWise.com website, West Virginia is one of the safest places to live in America coming in at number 15.

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Some members of the West Virginia Board of Education took a tour of the Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, W.Va., Wednesday. The Board’s monthly meeting took place on the campus and  prior to the

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meeting members walked through the facility to see how students are educated there and what kind of renovations are needed.

Gayle Manchin, board president, was impressed with some of the rooms she saw during the tour, commenting on how cozy they looked.