West Virginia downtowns in dire need of redevelopment and revitalization are getting much needed aid through the Downtown Appalachia Redevelopment Initiative.
The Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (EPEC), which houses the only shelter for victims of violence in the area, has exponentially expanded its reach and impact over the years. Founded in 1977, it served less than 100 victims in its first year. Today it serves 1,400 victims annually.
What started out as a small, local effort to help foster children in the West Virginia panhandle has expanded into a country-wide project to give those in West Virginia foster homes something of their own.
Hundreds of voluntary recovery coaches throughout the state of West Virginia are helping those in need of services that are often nonexistent or hard to access. Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment (GRaCE), founded by president Rev. John Unger, taps into the “foundational aspect of instilling hope.”
This year, West Virginia’s first mountain bike team for teenagers completed its debut year of practices and races.
Braxton County’s tourism is getting a jump start with a new documentary that delves deeper into the fabled Flatwoods Monster of West Virginia. Seth Breedlove’s 45-minute “The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear” premiered in Braxton County at the Elk Theater in Sutton (WV) back on April 7, 2018, and aired as part of a double feature on monsters just last month.
The recent closing of the Kanawha (WV) Surgicenter, which left Charleston’s Women’s Health Center (WHC) the state’s only abortion provider, is part of an unnerving national movement decreasing access to women’s reproductive health, experts say.
Mountaineer Gas recently filed an application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) for distribution line expansion in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. The company expects a decision from the PSC in November, after public hearings are held in October, said Moses Skaff, Mountaineer Gas senior vice president.