Cameron Cordon, co-owner of Phat Daddy's barbecue restaurant, tends to meat in his smoker on Friday, April 14, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. The restaurant, formerly a chicken coop, was renovated and converted into the beloved barbecue joint in November 2021. Cordon said he has spent decades working in the culinary industry, and many of his experiences inspire his variety of dishes. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

2023’s Biggest Hits: Our Staff’s Favorite Stories This Year

As we prepare to close the book on 2023, the staff here at 100 Days is thinking back on some of the writing that resonated with them this past year. With topics ranging from religion to community, check out some […]

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The city of Charleston is viewed from the Fort Hill overlook on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

Pain and Possibility: Reckoning with Historic Inequity on the West Side

Derek Hudson has lived on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, his entire life. He grew up on Bigley Avenue, a major road that runs parallel to the Elk River and defines the eastern boundary of the neighborhood.  After […]

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Benjamin Clemente, a volunteer with experience in food handling, poses for a portrait before serving lunch at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church's Neighborhood SHOP on Friday, May 5, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Clemente, who is originally from Massachusetts, said he began volunteering at Bream two months ago. The Neighborhood SHOP offers a variety of services, including a shower program, food pantry, clothing closet, laundry machines, locker storage, and warm meals, to individuals in need. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

In One Community, Faith-based Services Fill the Gaps When Government Can’t – or Won’t

On a Friday afternoon, the washers and dryers run nonstop at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Charleston, West Virginia. Three bright-white tiled shower rooms line one wall. MREs – Meals Ready-to-Eat – sit on shelves behind a small wooden reception […]

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Sunshine illuminates the streets of Elk City on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

Gentrification or Revitalization? Investment on the West Side a ‘Litmus Test’ for Inclusive Economic Development

Depending on who you ask, the development of the Elk City district on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, is either “gentrification” or “revitalization” – though some will say both.  Karen Williams, a lifelong Charleston resident who grew up […]

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Rev. Matthew J. Watts poses for a portrait at Grace Bible Church on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, in the West Side community of Charleston, West Virginia. Watts, who is from Mount Hope, West Virginia, earned his education in engineering at the West Virginia Institute of Technology and worked as a civil engineer at Union Carbide before he felt ÒcalledÓ to ministry in 1996. This year marks his 27th at Grace Bible Church. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

Federal COVID Money Could Help Solve One Largely Black Community’s Complex Problems. W.Va. Leaders Invested it Elsewhere.

Karen Williams’ father, Charles Price, was the first Black graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Law, one of two land grant institutions in the state. His office once sat on Court Street, in Charleston, West Virginia’s Triangle District. As […]

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Cameron Cordon, co-owner of Phat Daddy's barbecue restaurant, tends to meat in his smoker on Friday, April 14, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. The restaurant, formerly a chicken coop, was renovated and converted into the beloved barbecue joint in November 2021. Cordon said he has spent decades working in the culinary industry, and many of his experiences inspire his variety of dishes. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

2023’s Biggest Hits: Our Staff’s Favorite Stories This Year

As we prepare to close the book on 2023, the staff here at 100 Days is thinking back on some […]

Read More
The city of Charleston is viewed from the Fort Hill overlook on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

Pain and Possibility: Reckoning with Historic Inequity on the West Side

Derek Hudson has lived on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, his entire life. He grew up on Bigley […]

Read More
Benjamin Clemente, a volunteer with experience in food handling, poses for a portrait before serving lunch at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church's Neighborhood SHOP on Friday, May 5, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Clemente, who is originally from Massachusetts, said he began volunteering at Bream two months ago. The Neighborhood SHOP offers a variety of services, including a shower program, food pantry, clothing closet, laundry machines, locker storage, and warm meals, to individuals in need. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

In One Community, Faith-based Services Fill the Gaps When Government Can’t – or Won’t

On a Friday afternoon, the washers and dryers run nonstop at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Charleston, West Virginia. Three […]

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