Julia Keller and her rescue dog, Eddie — mostly a mix of Labrador retriever and pit bull — sat recently on the shaded porch that wraps around her home northeast of Columbus. The bucolic woodland setting seems far from the devastating opioid epidemic in Keller's home state of West Virginia, but the crisis consumes her — so much so that she has made it the central issue in her "Bell Elkins" crime novels. The seventh book in the series, "Bone on Bone," will publish on Tuesday. It, too, will feature protagonist Bell Elkins, a West Virginia native and former prosecuting attorney crusading against the drug problem. Join the conversation at Facebook.com/columbusdispatch and connect with us on Twitter
Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in May allowed states across the country to join Nevada in having legalized sports betting. Since then, sports books have opened in Delaware, Mississippi and New Jersey.
An entrepreneur center offering public access to production technologies is having its grand opening next month in West Virginia. The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Entrepreneur Center is funded by the Ross Foundation and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. It opens at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Workforce and Economic Development Building. WVU Parkersburg said in a news release that the center will offer technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting and industrial-capable sewing. Some of the technologies will be demonstrated during the event, and area residents will explain how they turned their interests into careers.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A highly physical match between the Arkansas soccer team and No. 9 West Virginia went into overtime late Sunday morning, but neither team could find the scoring touch in the extra 20 minutes as both teams fought to a 1-1 draw at Jeffrey Field. Junior Stefani Doyle provided the lone goal for the Razorbacks in the 16th minute, her first of the season and 12th of her career. Meanwhile, the Arkansas defense had another strong match led by sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Harris, who racked up a career-high nine saves. Arkansas' result with West Virginia on Sunday marked its fourth win or tie against a top-10 opponent in its last seven opportunities going back to the 2016 season.
Those items — 2,000 vinyl records of various genres, antique dolls, dishes, glassware, Elvis memorabilia, a 30-volume set of classic hardback Harvard books, stoneware, lamps, antique radios, books, Christmas ornaments and even the classic glass pop bottles — create a hodgepodge of Americana in the lamp-lit nook of a shop. The Little Shoppe on the Corner offers things that were once loved but thought to be lost and forgotten. When a wanderer through the eclectic cove unexpectedly encounters a treasure — a vintage lamp like Mom's, a familiar dish set, a Chrissy doll from 1972 — a delighted jolt of recognition follows, and the story starts.