Highlights: From the Heart of Our Community, is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.
The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
The show airing April 30, 2018 – May 7, 2018 ‘highlights’ the Forks of the Coal Foundation.
We interviewed Kim McCluskey, President and Diana Green, Treasurer of the Forks of the Coal Foundation.
They discussed the story and backdrop of the project.
Jack Workman and his wife Claudia spent a lifetime building their business and acquiring more than 400 beautiful acres on the Kanawha County – Lincoln County line between the forks of the Coal River. The Little Coal and Big Coal Rivers meet at the lower end of the land they called “the Forks of Coal.” They wanted to see this special undeveloped acreage remain unspoiled and in its natural state. Their shared goal was to create a place for wildlife education and appreciation of nature.
After Claudia passed on in 2014, Jack decided to honor her memory by donating the 102 acres on the west side of Corridor G (U.S. Rt. 119) for permanent protection as a conservation area and construction of a wildlife education facility to be named after her – the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center. The land was given to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources “DNR”) in 2016, and the Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation was organized to assist and support the DNR in its mission.
Three scenic trails already traverse the property across the ridges and along the river and there will be more trail development. Plans are already under way for signage, improvements to make the points of interest more accessible and exhibits explaining the history and culture of the Coal River watershed. Educational programs and events will be ongoing throughout the year once the Natural Area and Wildlife Education Center are fully operational.
On May 5, 2018, they are holding their 2nd Annual Discover the Forks of Coal Day from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The event is FREE and FUN for the entire family. The address is: 50 Rocky Branch Road, Alum Creek, WV 25003
Below is a list of scheduled events.
Hope to see you at the Forks of Coal.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.