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Manchin, Capito React To RBG’s Death, Potential Replacement

This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2020, to include a new statement from U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. West Virginia’s two U.S. senators released statements regarding the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with opposing views on the process for her replacement.

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‘Country Roads’ Take Me Inside Appalachia

This episode of Inside Appalachia is about returning home. For some people, timing and circumstance force you back. It is only then that you realize how much you missed home. Others spend decades longing to return. There are many songs about that longing. One of the most famous is “Take Me Home, County Roads,” a song that has come to represent the feeling of homesickness that many Appalachians know so well.

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September 30, 2010: Wheeling-La Belle Nail Company Closes

Sep 30, 2020
La Belle Iron Works
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The Wheeling-La Belle Nail Company closed on September 30, 2010, ending more than 150 years in business. The company was founded in 1852 in South Wheeling as the La Belle Ironworks.

It manufactured cut nails—a key construction material in 19th-century America. By 1875, Wheeling was known as the Nail City, and La Belle was the city’s leading nail producer.

September 29, 1861: Kanawha and Coal River Watersheds Flood

Sep 29, 2020
Kanawha Watershed
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On September 29, 1861, one of the worst floods on record hit the Kanawha River watershed. The river crested nearly 17 feet above flood stage in Charleston and badly damaged the valley’s salt works.

It also affected an innovative system of dams and locks that’d been built in the 1850s to transport cannel coal on the Coal River. The refined oil from cannel coal was highly popular as a source of home-lighting fuel throughout the East.

September 28, 1916: Bishop George Peterkin Dies

Sep 28, 2020
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.

September 25, 1913: The Greenbrier Resort Opens in White Sulphur Springs

Sep 25, 2020
Greenbrier Resort
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On September 25, 1913, The Greenbrier resort opened in White Sulphur Springs. 

Tourists had visited the mineral springs at White Sulphur since the late 1700s. 

The waters were believed to have healing powers, and the cool mountain air lured the rich and powerful away from the sultry summers in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the South. Some of the prominent politicians who frequented White Sulphur included Henry Clay and Presidents Martin Van Buren and John Tyler. Robert E. Lee’s visits after the Civil War established White Sulphur as a mecca of the South. 

September 24, 1830: General John Hunt Oley Born

Sep 24, 2020

General John Hunt Oley was born in upstate New York on September 24, 1830. At the start of the Civil War in 1861, he was one of six New York National Guardsmen sent to Western Virginia to drill troops at the request of Francis Pierpont, governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia. That fall, he organized the pro-Union 8th Virginia Infantry, which would later become the 7th West Virginia Cavalry. By the end of the war, he’d rise in rank to brevet brigadier general.

September 23, 1923: Folk Artist Herman Hayes Born

Sep 23, 2020
Herman Hayes
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Folk artist Herman Hayes was born at Elkview in Kanawha County on September 23, 1923. After serving in the Marines during World War II, he went to college at West Virginia Wesleyan and then at Morris Harvey (now University of Charleston).

In 1963, he became an ordained minister and later served Methodist churches across the state.

September 22, 1975: Sara Jane Moore Attempts Assassination of Pres. Ford

Sep 22, 2020
Sara Jane Moore
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On September 22, 1975, Charleston native Sara Jane Moore tried but failed to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford in San Francisco.

Moore, who was born Sara Jane Kahn, graduated from Charleston’s Stonewall Jackson High School in 1947. She once lived in North Charleston—reportedly not far from a young Charles Manson, who himself lived in West Virginia for several years. She later moved to California, joined left-wing groups, and became an FBI informant.

The west face of the Supreme Court of the United States is seen in this general view. Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington D.C.
Mark Tenally / AP Photo

This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. on Sept. 22, 2020, to include a new statement from U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

West Virginia’s two U.S. senators released statements regarding the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with opposing views on the process for her replacement.

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A newly formed group of civic-minded and environmental organizations have teamed up to produce a climate change guide for West Virginians. 

The 16-page document, released Monday by the West Virginia Climate Alliance, is called “The Citizen’s Guide To Climate Change.

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Seventeen Republican West Virginia senators have penned a letter to the presidents of Marshall University and West Virginia University regarding controversies involving the coronavirus and protests of racial injustice.

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