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Fri, 29 May 2020 20:15:14 GMT
Organizations in Ohio County have come together to address community needs during this pandemic. In a bid to lift each other up, local restaurants and farmers are teaming up to help feed kids.
Fri, 29 May 2020 19:58:33 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday additional phases of the state’s reopening plan that will be rolled out over the coming weeks. Pool halls, spas, limited video lottery, swimming pools, bowling alleys and other places of amusement will be able to open Saturday, May 30. On Monday, June 1, movie theatres and casinos will be allowed to reopen.
Fri, 29 May 2020 17:47:40 GMT
The title of the article was “The Quarantine Garden Has Taken Off: Seeds are the New Sourdough.” I stumbled on to it two days after my stepdad went to Home Depot and found out that they were out of pitchforks, and a week after the owner of the permaculture company we’d used for our yard lamented having trouble finding the lumber and soil she needed to install raised gardening beds. The local garden shop, too, I discovered, was under threat of running out of seed packets. In the Quarantine Garden piece for New York , journalist Chris Crowley noted that people making a run on seeds and soil during the COVID-19 pandemic were doing so for a number of reasons, including “wanting to nurture something during a time of isolation, or to simply fill the void presented by a sudden surplus of time.” Others, he said, were doing a kind of panic gardening, concerned about their ability to access food at a time when grocery store shelves were eerily bare. Folks that aren’t trying to grow tomatoes and
Fri, 29 May 2020 17:18:47 GMT
This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia is about perseverance through music, stories and art. We’ll introduce you to some folks from the other side of the ocean who have deep connections to Appalachia, and discover reflections of our own cultural identity in their stories.
Fri, 29 May 2020 17:07:05 GMT
Stan Bumgardner is a historian and the editor of Goldenseal Magazine , a folklife publication about West Virginia. He recently wrote an essay titled “ What is Appalachia? ” for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The essay begins: “Appalachia evokes an immediate reaction from most people. For some, it's a backward image of the Hatfield McCoy feud, or perhaps the 60s TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies. Although growing up as a big fan of the show, I still see it more as a family of kind and authentic people in a very fake gratuitous world.” Eric Douglas spoke with Bumgardner about his essay. Douglas: What was the message that you were trying to get across? Bumgardner: I just kind of started with that concept of ‘what is Appalachia?’ As I said in the column, Appalachia is very diverse. There are pockets where it's not as diverse as other places. But if you start looking out over the whole of Appalachia, and even sections within Appalachia, it's very diverse in so many different ways. Douglas: How
Fri, 29 May 2020 16:51:12 GMT
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have been making baskets for centuries. While it is an old artform, basket makers are resilient -- adapting to changes not only in their craft, but their traditions too. From imagining new designs to dealing with hard-to-come-by materials, basket makers are dedicated to keeping their craft alive. In a special report as part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Project , Rachel Greene spoke with two women in Cherokee, North Carolina, doing just that. A Natural Talent Some artists hone their skills in classrooms. Others, like Betty Maney , are practically born into their art. She is a small woman, with a kind, round face and short grey hair. She is a renowned weaver of white oak and river cane baskets, and a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Like many other Cherokee basket makers, she learned her art by watching her mother, shadowing her as she gathered her materials. “When mom went out to cut her tree down, we went with her. We were with her in
Fri, 29 May 2020 14:58:22 GMT
Before the pandemic hit, our Inside Appalachi a team was planning a reporting trip to Wales as part of our ongoing folkways project, as the country has a strong historical connection to Appalachia that we wanted to explore. The trip’s been postponed, but in a special report as part of the Inside Appalachia Folkways Project , Caitlin Tan interviewed two Welsh storytellers who through their craft bring us artistic parallels between our region’s sister country.
Fri, 29 May 2020 13:24:19 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , we explore the unique connection between Wales and Appalachia. We also bring you a report on food insecurity in the Ohio Valley, and we listen to this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Fri, 29 May 2020 13:08:58 GMT
A new federal program is buying more than $1 billion in farm products such as dairy, produce and meat unable to be sold due to the pandemic’s disruptions to the food supply and send “food boxes'' to needy families. But some anti-hunger advocates worry that parts of the Ohio Valley may be overlooked in getting this aid. The Farmers to Families Food Box Program , through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, awarded approximately 200 companies across the country contracts to purchase food and then distribute it to local nonprofits and food pantries. Kentucky and West Virginia were among 12 states where no companies were awarded contracts. Contracts awarded to Ohio companies are located near Cleveland, apart from Appalachia. “By and large, Kentucky was really left behind. We’re not really going to benefit on the supply side of Kentucky producers being able to provide their products,” said Tamara Sandberg, executive director for Feeding Kentucky, a nonprofit network of food banks in the
Thu, 28 May 2020 22:02:31 GMT
West Virginia officials Thursday announced the names of the recipients they are recommending for millions of dollars in federal funding to help clean up abandoned coal mines. The West Virginia Department of Environment Protection is recommending 12 projects in the Mountain State receive $27 million in Abandoned Mine Land Pilot program funding. " They are great projects for West Virginia that will spur economic development," said Gov. Jim Justice, speaking at a virtual press conference Thursday. The AML Pilot program was created by Congress in 2015 to provide additional federal funding to the six Appalachian states with the most abandoned coal mines, including West Virginia. The program provides funding to clean up abandoned mines and boost the economic and development goals of local communities. Project recipients ran the gamut, although all are required to be on or adjacent to mine sites that ceased operation prior to the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of
Thu, 28 May 2020 20:27:05 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice says he has ordered coronavirus testing for all inmates and guards at state corrections facilities following an outbreak at Huttonsville Correctional Center. Justice and other state health officials say that spike in cases has had a significant impact on the state’s totals but won’t alter the state’s plans to continue reopening businesses and other aspects of everyday life.
Thu, 28 May 2020 13:53:54 GMT
West Virginia’s 2020 school year, from kindergarten through college, is wrapping up unlike any other. In recent years, Mountain State communities have been devastated by man-made crises and natural disasters, but nothing has affected the state’s education system like a world-wide pandemic. The coronavirus forced an extended Spring Break in March that quickly became a season of virtual classrooms and distance learning. Teachers have converted lessons into online assignments. Parents juggle their work with home-based tutoring. And schools deliver millions of meals to low-income students. As this truncated school year comes to an end, we hear from West Virginia families trying to make it work and teachers who say they’re learning valuable lessons they will use in the future. But we’re all learning something unfortunate; during a pandemic, all students aren’t equal. This episode of Us & Them is presented with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia
Thu, 28 May 2020 13:43:25 GMT
Last year, WorkForce West Virginia was processing about 3,500 unemployment claims a month. This year, they’re averaging 40,000 a month due to shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic. The increased volume flooded the agency and they had to significantly adjust how they process claims, which included special provisions for people out of work because of the virus. Acting WorkForce commissioner Scott Adkins spoke with West Virginia Public Broadcasting about the challenges his agency has had adjusting to the unexpected spike in unemployment claims and how they are addressing criticisms that people are not being paid quickly. This conversation has been lightly edited for clarity. Lofton: How has WorkForce had to adjust to accommodate for the increased volume? Adkins: Well, we've had to adjust on a bunch of different fronts. We've had to look at all the technology that we currently use. We've ramped that up significantly. We've added call center staff and additional call centers. We worked
Thu, 28 May 2020 13:20:50 GMT
As some businesses in the Ohio Valley reopen and welcome back both customers and employees the region continues reporting high levels of unemployment claims. At least 100,863 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic..
Thu, 28 May 2020 12:47:08 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning , the coronavirus has put thousands of West Virginians out of work, but for many navigating the unemployment system has been challenging. We hear a conversation with WorkForce West Virginia, the agency administering unemployment benefits, on how they’re adapting in this unprecedented time. And we hear from one West Virginia teacher on how she is navigating distanced teaching.
Thu, 28 May 2020 11:05:00 GMT
This week’s broadcast continues our Listeners' Choice series with a 2015 episode we recorded at The Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va. during FestivALL Charleston. We’ll hear performances by Chris Stapleton, Joan Osborne, Joe Ely, and a collaboration between The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters called “Rock My Soul.”
Thu, 28 May 2020 11:01:00 GMT
In her 1988 research paper “The Social Context of ‘Nerves’ in Eastern Kentucky,” medical anthropologist Eileen VanSchaik wrote that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women reporting “nerves” or “sick headaches” would turn to “doctor books” for advice on their “feminine nervous systems.” There they were cautioned, for example, of the danger of “nervous prostration, excitability, fainting spells, most likely organic diseases of the uterus or womb, and many other distressing female troubles.” Traditionally, in Appalachia, a diagnosis of nerves can mean a number of things: anxiety, disorientation, loss of energy, chronic discouragement. In her research in Appalachian North Carolina, Lisa Curtin, director of the clinical psychologist program in Appalachian State University’s department of psychology, still occasionally hears the term “nerves” used in the region to describe an affliction that’s often treated with “nerve pills,” commonly Valium or Xanax. Nomenclature has evolved over
Wed, 27 May 2020 22:40:09 GMT
Advocates are renewing calls to test and reduce the state’s incarcerated population, as its jails are once again overcrowded and more than 100 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in a state prison.
Wed, 27 May 2020 21:56:56 GMT
West Virginia is now poised to be able to produce its own personal protective equipment, swabs and ventilators in state to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. When the coronavirus hit, personal protective equipment was hard to come by, and state officials even put out a call for citizens to make homemade masks. Swabs used for the coronavirus tests and ventilators were also in short supply. The problem was twofold: Demand skyrocketed as the pandemic swept the globe, and many of these items were made overseas -- notably in China. So Gov. Jim Justice tasked the West Virginia National Guard to work with various entities across the state, including private companies, West Virginia University and even correctional facilities to develop “in-house” supply chains. At the daily virtual press briefing Wednesday, Adjutant General James Hoyer unveiled some of the products, including a portable ventilator. He said the federal government will test the units for potential use in the U.S. military
Wed, 27 May 2020 20:40:26 GMT
Starting Thursday, May 28, West Virginia will be one step closer to administering medical marijuana to qualifying residents. For the first time, West Virginia physicians will be permitted to begin the registration process to treat patients within the state who require medical marijuana.