Members of Reconnecting McDowell, the public-private partnership focusing on revitalizing McDowell County, West Virginia met this week to hammer out an action plan. In our on-going series of reports about the effort, project leaders realize delivering on the promise will take significant organization of workers and coordination of resources.
Troubled kids are getting an inside look at what life is like behind bars. It’s a national program called ‘Scared Straight’. Organizers and parents hope the experience provides the young people with a free ‘STAY out of jail card.’
High school anatomy class has nearly always meant dissecting frogs, pigs and cats. But times are changing. More students in Lexington want an alternative that doesn’t involve the use of once-living animals.
The reigning champion of the West Virginia Liars Competition, Adam Booth, gives up his crown at the end of May. On Memorial Day Weekend liars from across the state will convene during the Vandalia gathering in Charleston to compete in this year’s contest. When Booth is not trying to impress people with his tall tales, he teaches music at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown West Virginia. In the fall he’ll add an Appalachian Tall Tales and Folklore class to his schedule.
The Marietta College baseball team, ranked #1 in both
national polls, got off their team bus this week looking to avenge an
early-season loss to another Ohio school the College of Wooster. The Fighting Scots defeated Marietta 6-0 in Port Charlotte, Fla. back on March 15. The Etta Express exacted a measure of revenge
with a 15-9 win over the Fighting Scots. The Pioneers improve to 26-5 on the season,
while Wooster falls to 21-13.
That’s just one of many stories about this powerful college baseball
program at Marietta College.
Gary Caruso, a graduate of the school and now a sportswriter in Atlanta has told all the stories in his new
book "Marietta College: The Story of the ‘Etta Express.”
You can’t see it, but underneath the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky flows the Town Branch Creek. It’s been buried for more than 100 years, but now community leaders are talking about bringing the water back to the surface as part of the creation of a Rupp Arena, Arts, and Entertainment District. We learn the history of Town Branch, its present-day condition, and what it would take to return the creek to the urban landscape.