Roxy

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Roxy Todd has been working with the 219 Project since October, 2011, when she began working as a VISTA volunteer. Prior to this project, Roxy has worked as a teacher, a massage therapist, and a farm worker. She graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2005. In 2006 she wrote and directed a rock opera with Patrick Seick called "Osama Baby", and she has just finished writing her first novel, "The Girl in the Glass".

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Pearl S. Buck Grapevine Travels to Michigan

Pearl S. Buck Grapevine Travels to Michigan

July 12, 2016 |

A grapevine clipping from the home of Pearl S. Buck, a world renowned author with West Virginia roots, just arrived in Michigan and soon will be planted at a high school literary garden. It began as an idea last summer. Jennifer McQuillan teaches literature at West Bloomfield High School in Michigan, and she wanted to […]

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One of West Virginia’s Last Sheep Shearers Reflects on His 64 Year Career

One of West Virginia’s Last Sheep Shearers Reflects on His 64 Year Career

July 12, 2016 |

There are 100,000 less sheep in the state of West Virginia today than during the 1970’s. Now, there are 36,000 sheep in the state. The demand for synthetic fibers over wool for our clothes and blankets is one reason for the sharp decline. One man from Upshur County is about to hang up his shears. […]

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For the People: New Deal Art Along Highway 219

For the People: New Deal Art Along Highway 219

July 12, 2016 |

“For the People: New Deal Art Along Highway 219” highlights works of art created under New Deal era programs and agencies, particularly the Treasury Section of Fine Arts, that are housed in federal buildings in towns situated on U.S. Highway 219. The online exhibit examines murals housed in U.S. post offices. Dozens of small towns […]

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Ever Wonder Why There is a Lion on a Leash in Alderson?

Ever Wonder Why There is a Lion on a Leash in Alderson?

April 14, 2016 |

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For Over 140 Years, The Monroe Watchman Continues to Tell Local Stories

For Over 140 Years, The Monroe Watchman Continues to Tell Local Stories

January 29, 2015 |

By Gibbs Kinderman Local weekly papers are a continuing tradition in many small WV counties – almost 50 of them still survive in this era of mass media and on-line news. Monroe County is one of the most tradition-oriented in West Virginia, and its paper, the Monroe Watchman, has come out each week for over […]

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Hot Blackberry Picking Days, and Rocks, and Snakes

Hot Blackberry Picking Days, and Rocks, and Snakes

January 12, 2015 |

By Sheila Bowyer Kline. It was a hot, humid, lazy kind of summer day….you know the kind when it is so dang hot you can fry an egg on a concrete sidewalk? Yeah, that hot. “Hot as blazes!” the old timers would say. But I reckon since we were living on our farm in the hills of Southern West […]

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More Timeless Memories from the Mill Point General Store

More Timeless Memories from the Mill Point General Store

December 23, 2014 |

By Gibbs Kinderman Country general stores  were the center of community life a hundred years ago along what is now US 219 in West Virginia. They often housed the local post office and provided an informal meeting place for discussion of local affairs and the great issues of the day. These stores sold staples – […]

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Marlinton Residents Try to Remain Optimistic this Christmas

Marlinton Residents Try to Remain Optimistic this Christmas

December 23, 2014 |

Traditions are a big part of Appalachian culture. And for the people of Marlinton, W.Va. that means that not even a fire could keep them from a Christmas celebration. A fire devastated one block of Main Street Marlinton, West Virginia in November of last year. Kelly Taber with Allegheny Mountain Radio reports that the  town […]

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Johnny Hill Won the 1983 Pocahontas County Liar’s Contest With This Magical Tall Tale

Johnny Hill Won the 1983 Pocahontas County Liar’s Contest With This Magical Tall Tale

December 20, 2014 |

Now here’s something you don’t hear about everyday: A chicken that lays wooden eggs. It’s a tall tale told by a man named Johnny Hill, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Gibbs Kinderman brings us this archived recording of Johnny Hill’s magical story about some very peculiar hens. The above photo of the chickens was taken […]

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Greenville

Greenville

December 9, 2014 |

This article is by guest contributor Jeffrey Kanode The land is gentle and the road is narrow which leads up to the little town of Greenville, on state road 122, off of US 219. In the center of town, beside the Greenville Post Office and across from a redbrick building which used to house the […]

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