W.Va.'s local-food movement a model for Appalachia
With eight in 10 farmers making less than $10,000 a year, West Virginia will never rival big Midwestern factory farms in producing food.
Tue May 21, 2013
Transit alters schedule for holiday
Four County Transit has altered its operating schedule for Memorial Day. It will be closed Monday, May 27.
Mon May 20, 2013
At the turn of the 20th century, the phonograph and the radio exposed the mountain people to new influences, and took mountain music across America.
Sun May 19, 2013
Appalachian coal mining faces grim future
The high production and labor costs of accessing deep coal reserves, federal regulation, and competition from natural gas and western coal mining has crippled the Appalachian coal industry.
Sat May 18, 2013
Rednecks, rejoice! 'Tucker and Dale vs. Evil' is a brutal, hilarious romp: Go Watch This
Go Watch This is a weekly feature at PennLive where we and readers recommend lesser-known movies and shows worth watching, so long as it's easily available on DVD or online.
Thu May 16, 2013
Police searching for missing teen
The Wise County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding a missing teen. 15-year-old Emily Elizabeth Maine was last seen Monday morning at the Fas Mart next to Powell Valley High School in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Tue May 14, 2013
Regions coal industry faces huge drop, report says
Coal production in Southern West Virginia and the rest of central Appalachia will continue to plummet over the next 30 years, according to a new report that examines multiple stresses that are pressuring the region's mining industry.
Report says more woes for Appalachian coal mining
A new report says hard times are expected to continue for the coal industry in Central Appalachia, which at one time was the hub of the nation's coal production.
Fri May 10, 2013
Institute for Southern Studies
Carrying water for an end to mountaintop removal
Residents of Appalachia brought over 100 gallons of polluted drinking water to the Washington, D.C. offices of the Environmental Protection Agency this week to call attention to the plight of communities afflicted by mountaintop removal coal mining.
Thu May 09, 2013
A&G seeks reversal of permit denial
Appalachia resident Robert Patrick was one of about a dozen people who attended Wednesday's informal hearing at the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to encourage DMME to not reconsider its decision to deny the Ison Rock Ridge permit.
Wed May 08, 2013
Take The Umbrella...And The Sunscreen
Some folks have been frustrated by the sunshine lately. I can see their point if they misinterpreted the forecast.
Tue May 07, 2013
Experts Discuss Ways to Slow "Epidemic Level" Addiction Problems in...
Columbus, Ohio - Nationwide, only one in ten people with substance abuse disorders receive medical intervention, opposed to nearly 90% of those with diabetes - a problem that becomes exponentially worse in the Appalachian region, where deaths from prescription drug overdoses have jumped 360% in the last decade.
Sierra Club Compass
Ison Rock in Virginia Saved from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining, For Now
Mountain lovers everywhere high-fived today when the news came down that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has denied a surface mine permit for the Ison Rock Ridge mine in southwest Virginia.
Groups Petition U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Water...
May 7 - Yesterday afternoon, a coalition of Appalachian and national groups pressed the Environmental Protection Agency for stronger protection for their waters from the most extreme form of coal mining, mountaintop removal.
Sat May 04, 2013
The New Zealand Herald
United States: Driven to distraction
Mabry Mill is one of the attractions to be found on the scenic road, completed in 1987.
Fri May 03, 2013
Sunday: History of West Virginia mine uprising through talk, song, and images
The Battle of Blair Mountain was the largest labor uprising in U.S. history. It came in 1921 after decades of worker exploitation in the West Virginia coal mines, and violent repression of union organizing by company-paid private detectives and public law enforcement.
Thu May 02, 2013
Tue Apr 30, 2013
Crooked Road Youth Music Festival highlights traditional music
April 30--ABINGDON, Va. -- Tyler Hughes fell in love with the music of the Carter Family Fold seven years ago.