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One Month as a Charleston Resident

Anastasia DeMoore, who's name is Danny McNeely off stage, performs for the crowd to the tune of Katy Perry's "Roar,"  during the West Virginia Pride Festival in downtown Charleston, Saturday afternoon, June 6. DeMoore was crowned Ms. Rainbow Pride West Virginia of 2015. 


I have officially been living in Charleston for one month. With four weeks at my new job down, I am beginning to get to know the community and am slowly starting to grasp which direction all the one-way streets downtown will take me. I wanted to share some images from the past couple weeks. I got to cover the annual Rainbow Pride Festival, a handful of court cases, sporting events and much more. I even got to travel to Matewan, about an hour and 40 minutes south of Charleston near the Kentucky border, ride on an airboat and cover a tire river clean-up. The wonderful thing about my job is that I feel like I get to know the area so much faster than if I was sitting at my desk all day. 

A West Virginia Pride Festival performer waves a rainbow flag around while singing Dolly Parton's "God Bless the U.S.A," at Haddad Riverfront Park in downtown Charleston, Saturday afternoon, June 6. 

Ruth Nichols, 16, of Cross Lanes, waits for the West Virginia Pride Parade to start so she can carry the rainbow flag alongside a handful of other parade participants in downtown Charleston, Saturday afternoon, June 6. 

West Virginia Pride Parade participants line up before the start of the parade, including Ms. Pride, Anastasia DeMoore (center) and Mr. Pride, Tim Albee (right), along Kanawha Boulevard in downtown Charleston, Saturday afternoon, June 6. 

Roy Pittman, 70, waves to his family as he is lead out of the Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit's courtroom after being sentenced to more than 20 years in jail, Monday, June 8, 2015. Pittman received a 20 year sentence for the second-degree murder of his adopted daughter Brittany Pittman, 15, and one to three years for the attempted second-degree murder of his adopted son Matthew Pittman. 

Father James Kurtz is the 14th Capuchin friar to lead St. Anthony Parish, a Catholic church on Charleston’s West Side, over the last 100 years. He will be the last, as the Capuchins recently withdrew the last two friars in West Virginia, saying dwindling numbers left them unable to support a community in the area. 

Government and Military officials address the crowd before handing out Congressional Gold Medals to six men who served on the Civil Air Patrol during World War II at the West Virginia State Cultural Center in Charleston, Saturday afternoon, May 30. 

Ralph Gibson Jr. slowly hauls a load of old tires, that were pulled out of the Tug Fork River, to shore on a small metal dinghy boat, Friday morning, June 5. Keith Gibson, owner of Hatfield McCoy Airboat Tours, agreed to pay volunteers five dollars for each tire extracted from the river and delivered to the Mountain State Tire Recycling in North Matewan during the tire clean-up on Friday. 

Ralph Gibson Jr. (center) works with Ralph Gibson Sr. (left) and Shawna Canta (right) to clean up old tires stuck in the Tug Fork River, which runs through Matewan and other areas of Southwestern West Virginia, Friday morning, June 5. The small crew said they hauled at least 100 tires on Friday afternoon. Keith Gibson, owner of Hatfield McCoy Airboat Tours, agreed to pay volunteers five dollars for each tire extracted from the river and delivered to the Mountain State Tire Recycling in North Matewan during the tire clean-up.

Peyton Davis and his girlfriend Ashlee Blankenship float along the Tug Fork River as they take a break from gathering up tires from the river, Friday morning, June 5. Keith Gibson, owner of Hatfield Mccoy Airboat Tours, agreed to pay volunteers five dollars for each tire extracted from the river and delivered to the Mountain State Tire Recycling in North Matewan during the tire clean-up.

The Wahama Varsity baseball team pile on top of one another after an exhilarating win against Man High School during the Class A State Championship game at Appalachian Power Park, Saturday, June 6. The White Falcons beat the Hillbillies,7-0.