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‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ is now a WV state song

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Singer John Denver never called West Virginia home, but his 1970s hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is one of the state’s official songs.
Forty-three years after it first hit the airwaves with the words “Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” the Legislature approved a resolution Friday designating it as one of four state songs.
The song has resonated with residents for decades. It’s played after every West Virginia University basketball and football game. Denver sang it in person at the dedication of Mountaineer Field in Morgantown in 1980.
The state song effort was started two years ago by the widow of “Gilligan’s Island” actor Bob Denver, who is no relation. Dreama Denver is a Bluefield native. She says she got the idea after playing the song on her morning radio show in Princeton.

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Aquapocalypse: Local Businesses Stand Strong

It’s been just over a month since the occurrence of what some have dubbed the “Aquapocalypse”, when the chemical MCHM was spilled into the Elk River from a Freedom Industries facility causing a water emergency for approximately 300,000 residents and numerous businesses across nine counties in West Virginia. “We lost a full weekend, and although we were one of the first places to reopen, we’re still using bottled water and bagged ice,” describes Keeley Steele, owner of Bluegrass Kitchen, Tricky Fish and Frütcake eateries.

To help regain lost profits and foot traffic, several organizations banded with local businesses to create public campaigns during the month of January. The Charleston Area Alliance launched “Back to Business Charlie West” (known as #BacktoBizCWV on social media), West Side Main Street promoted “Eat West, Shop West, Go West: Getting West Side Businesses Back in the Flow” and East End Main Street — “reHYDRATE”. Over 50 establishments, from restaurants and retail stores to local venues the Clay Center and Mountain Stage, participated in “reHYDRATE”, offering discounts and special offers on products and services. “All of these businesses were scared about lost revenue and getting people back in their door,” explains Steele. Steele’s restaurants also participated in the campaign. Bluegrass Kitchen held an extended “Tappy Hour”, Tricky Fish had margaritas on priced at $3.25 all day, and Frütcake offered free organic flavor shots for coffee. “I think it was successful,” Steele says. “It has been an exhausting couple of weeks, and I hope everyone saw an influx.”


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The Colbert Report on the Water Crisis in West Virginia

“West Virginians go days without tap water after a chemical spill contaminates the supply.”
It’s Day 6 of the WV water crisis here in West Virginia and things are looking up as some zones have already had their water restored since yesterday, (check to see if your zone has been cleared). We posted a video recently showing news clips around the world as this event stirred up a world-wide conversation about clean water and efforts to help West Virginians in need. We’re very thankful for everyone’s efforts in lending a hand.
One running joke you may have seen over and over is the president of Freedom Industries drinking water as he speaks about the chemical leak contaminating the water in Charleston. Although it doesn’t seem he was doing this on purpose, it was pretty bad timing on his part, especially with this news being such a hot topic around the world. It’s that interview that went on to create lots of satirical photos and videos poking fun at the situation.

It seems Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have both put their two cents in about the chemical spill in Charleston and it’s all in good fun, these satirical shows aired on the Comedy Central Network yesterday, but can be found on this page. We’ve embedded The Colbert Report clip below, and we’ve supplied a link to The Daily Show’s full episode below as well. They have a much longer segment on the issue.
Video from their official website www.colbertnation.com


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Operator Toll Dialing: Dialing (ca. 1949) – Features Charleston, WV

On it’s surface, this film shows with great detail the proper technique of using a rotary dial, but there’s also a lot more information about the toll network of the 1940′s presented.
The Boston toll switchboard’s direct trunks to New York City and it’s tandem trunks are shown being used. Also visible (but not used) are trunks to the nearby communities of Malden and Melrose, Massachusetts.

This snapshot in time also features various routing codes of the day for calls to New York (2L+), Chicago (312+2L+), Atlanta (404+3L+), Canton (216+064+), and even a ring down to Charleston, West Virginia (412+304).
Charleston, West Virginia is mentioned at the 4:24 minute mark.

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VIDEO: Reports around the World of the Charleston Chemical Leak

Below the map you see a video compilation of News clips from around the globe covering the Charleston Chemical Leak story as it develops.
Photo below shows a map of Charleston, WV with the WV American Water Company and Freedom Industries highlighted for a visual on the Chemical Leak.

Video Timeline of events below:
2:10 – Official: ‘Can’t Say WVa Water Is Safe’
At least 100,000 homes and businesses around West Virginia’s capital have been told not to use the water, after a chemical spill in the Elk River. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency. (1/10/14)
A state of emergency has been declared in West Virginia, US, after a chemical leak into a river.
2:43 – A word from the president of Freedom Industries
4:12 – UPDATE: Up to 300,000 people in West Virginia have spent a second night without tap water after a chemical spill into the Elk River.
8:30 – Senator Manchin Appeared On CNN’s The Lead to Provide Chemical Spill Updates
8:50 – Mayor Danny Jones explains the problems in West Virginia following a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply.
9:34 – Numerous people have reported symptoms of illness, as officials issue warning on tap water.
UPDATE: (Saturday evening, 1/11/14) – Estimated 7,500 gallons of the chemical leaked into the Elk River. – http://www.governor.wv.gov
Credits: CNN, Good Morning America, Euro News, 7 News, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, RT, AP, Wchstv.com

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Antiques Roadshow comes to Charleston, WV

We’re excited to hear the Antiques Roadshow will be making a stop through the mountain State, right here in Charleston, West Virginia.
The PBS series features local antique owners who bring in items to be appraised by experts where they discuss and learn the provenance, history, and value of their items.

Betty Krulik and the owner of the Gifford painting are thrilled by the discovery and was able to recognize this hidden gem as a Gifford based on its style, here depicting an Italian landscape.

Antiques Roadshow has been nominated 11 times for a Primetime Emmy and it’s PBS’s highest-rated series, seen by almost 10 million viewers each week.
The live event is scheduled for August 16th at the Charleston Civic Center, you can check out West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s website for more details and volunteer information in the coming months. http://wvpublic.org
For additional information, go to the Antiques Roadshow website or call the Antiques Roadshow toll free number (1-888-762-3749).

To get tickets to the live event, click here.
For FAQ’s about the show and event, click here.

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Spotlight West Virginia is Hiring!

We’re ringing in the New Year by offering several opportunities to work with the Spotlight West Virginia Network. See our Job Openings Below. Are job openings will consist of writers, sales, designers, and more to be announced soon. We’ll be adding more openings to this list during the month of January, 2014.
Freelance Writers – (Print Magazine & Blogs)
If you have great writing skills and would love to get paid for your writing while working from home, then this might be the job for you. This can easily turn into a long-term position. (Flexible Schedule, Telecommuting, Travel is Optional)

We are looking for part-time, freelance writers who can:

Follow instructions

Meet deadlines

Write with excellent grammar and punctuation

Perform excellent research

 Desired Skills & Experience:

Must have 2+ Years writing experience

Proficient in Microsoft Word or Open Office

Photography experience is a plus, but not necessary

Must be motivated and goal oriented

Please email us your cover letter, resume or and any other writing samples for consideration to jobs@spotlightwv.com with the subject “Freelance Writer”.

Advertising Account Executives
Excellent opportunity for the right people: Spotlight West Virginia Magazine, headquartered in Charleston, WV, is seeking account executives to sell advertising for our print and online publications, including our web site (SpotlightWV.com), and our upcoming mobile applications. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a proven ability to identify and build relationships with prospective clients, and to close sales.
Desired Skills & Experience:

Flexibility – Spotlight WV is a growing company and we will need people who can flex and adapt to change

2 Years of Sales or equivalent

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