A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region



West Virginia Teacher Strike Leads to Salary Increase

West Virginia school employees gained a 5 percent raise for the coming school year, ending a statewide walkout that lasted nine school days.


N.C. Struggles to Resolve GenX Contamination

The North Carolina legislature has yet to resolve the debate between the state House and Senate over a bill that seeks to address drinking water contaminated by the potentially cancer-causing chemical GenX.


Whitewater Releases Approved for Hawks Nest Dam on New River

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mandated whitewater releases at Hawks Nest Dam along with other changes to improve recreation and aquatic health for West Virginia's New River.


The Lilies Project Bridges Art, Activism and Community

The Lilies Project in Walnut Cove, N.C., aims to bring awareness to the health impacts of coal ash on the community.


Proposed Changes to WNC Hunting Seasons

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission proposed changes to allow bear and deer hunting seasons to overlap and allow longer periods of hunting with guns.


McConnell Aide to be Tapped for Appalachian Post

President Trump intends to nominate Tim Thomas, a field representative on Sen. Mitch McConnell's staff, as federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.


By the Numbers: New Public Lands

In late 2017 and early 2018, these parks gained new territory thanks to land trust organizations and other donors.


Debate Over ATV Access to West Virginia Wildlife Areas

A West Virginia hunting association hopes to change current state rules regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles in wildlife management areas.


Meadows Development in Abingdon Breaks Ground

Preliminary construction on a commercial center and public sports complex at a historic site in Abingdon, Va., began in January despite local opposition.


Battery Company to Invest in Kentucky

Power technology manufacturer EnerBlu announced plans to open a $372 million battery manufacturing plant on a reclaimed surface mine in Pikeville, Ky., and move its headquarters to Lexington, Ky.


Southwest Virginia High School Robotics Team Shines with Solar

Ridgeview High School's robotics team "Squatch Watch" won several awards using solar-powered robots.


Three New Preserves Established on Pine Mountain in Eastern Kentucky

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust purchased nearly 2,000 acres of Pine Mountain, Ky., for three new preserves in October.


Program Aims to Boost Virginia’s Bobwhite Quail

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's program to increase bobwhite quail populations is expected to benefit farmers.


Monsanto Herbicide Threatens Nearby Crops

Monsanto's dicamba spray can drift to other fields, damaging crops not manufactured by the company to be resistant to the herbicide.


Virginia Announces Cleanest Air in 20 Years

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality states that levels of ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter have all fallen.