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ELKINS - Whether they hail from the Emerald Isle or practice the traditional heritage, they all have one thing in common – a knack for bringing their audiences a true Irish entertainment experience. More than a dozen musicians and dancers will combine their talents for Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College Irish Week, July 20-25.

Highlighting the week are two public concerts on July 22 and 24 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the College campus. For both shows, doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.

OCALA STAR BANNER - Shon'Dre Dukes' ability to do all the little things well made him a perennial favorite in the eyes Vanguard boys basketball coach Phillip Small.

Dukes, the Knights' 6-foot-8 center, hopes to make a similar splash on the college level, where he'll play at Division II Davis & Elkins College this winter in West Virginia.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Bob Smakula, owner of Smakula Fretted Instruments, displays a multitude of instruments to Elkins resident Jennifer Boyle during the Augusta Heritage Center’s ‘Show and Sell’ event Tuesday on the porch of Halliehurst on the Davis & Elkins College campus.

THE CHALRESTON GAZETTE - Popular tourist destinations dot the West Virginia countryside, from skiing in the winter to white water rafting and zip lining in the summer, not to mention outdoor camping, ATV trails and a host of activities designed to be “wild and wonderful.”

What you may not know is that just about two hours north east of the capitol city, in historic Elkins, there is a movement to create a “Branson-style” family entertainment haven.

ELKINS - Big sounds and high energy are in store July 13-18 as Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College hosts Blues & Swing Week with dances, concerts and a party on the porch. The events are all part of week two of Augusta’s summer sessions that wrap up with a weekend celebration August 8-10.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - As part of the Augusta Heritage Festival’s Early Country Music Week, Maryland resident and blacksmithing student Denise Powell molds dinner bells and leaf-inspired decor during Woody Harman’s class Thursday morning on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - Michael Garcia, the West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot, read books to two classrooms of children participating in the Energy Express Program at Davis & Elkins College Wednesday.

Fairmont native Garcia, WVU's 63rd Mountaineer, has already made more than 90 appearances in and around the state since April. On Wednesday morning he read the book "Scaredy Squirrel" to students in Elkins before heading to Tygarts Valley High School to read another book to the Energy Express students there.

ELKINS - A variety of musical and dance entertainment is on tap for the next five weeks as the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College begins its summer sessions. Starting July 8 and running through August 9, public concerts and dances are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

ELKINS - Allen D. “Dan” Judy has been appointed director of physical plant at Davis & Elkins College. In this position he will oversee the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling of all physical plant operations for the 22 major buildings on the 170-acre campus.

Judy is currently working a transitional phase with retiring director of physical plant, Ron Selders.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this team of professionals to support the mission of the College and I am very excited for the future at D&E,” Judy says.

ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is kicking off its Summer Concert Series with evening performances on Tuesday and Thursday featuring the talents of guest master artists for Early Country Music and Cajun/Creole Week. Both concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

WBOY - A Davis & Elkins College student is walking for a cause this weekend.

Lakota Jonese is walking 100 miles from Elkins to Summersville.

Jonese wants to raise awareness of the needs of veterans.

He said people should be especially aware of all they do for the country as we celebrate the freedoms our military protects.

THE CHAUTAUQUAN DAILY - Inside the humid warehouse next to Brawdy Theater Studios, carpenters toss planks of wood in a growing pile. Blue sparks spit from a whirring table saw as a man in a welding mask concentrates on the movement of the blade. Ren Roberts, master carpenter, is the only man in the room.

This season, Chautauqua Theater Company is made up of 60 percent women — with a scene shop of four women and one man. For the first time CTC’s acting conservatory is more than 50 percent female. But these ratios are still almost unheard of in the theater world.

WDTV - One young college student is kicking off his Fourth of July weekend with a 100-mile walk.

Why is Davis & Elkins College junior Lakota Jonese doing this you might ask?

He's making the trek to raise awareness for the sacrifices members of the military make for their country every day. The cause is one that's dear to him because he's also a member of the Student Veterans Association at the College.

SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - In a life filled with honors and achievements, most recently his selection this week as the 2014 Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County, Sheriff Pete Dougherty has faced his share of tough moments, too.

After earning his bachelor degree in history and political science at Davis & Elkins, the small liberal arts college in Elkins, Dougherty’s first job brought him to the Eastern Panhandle.

“I worked in the parole system,” he said. “I had juveniles and adults – up to 150 at a time.”

WBOY - Students from around West Virginia were on the D&E Campus Wednesday for the annual Upward Bound Olympics. The event allows students to challenge each other in athletic and academic events. Upward Bound leaders said the wide range of events helps expose the students to new experiences.

Even though Upward Bound primarily focuses on college prep, staff said there are valuable lessons for students to learn, since many of them may not have experience in competitions.

WDTV - The state Upward Bound Olympics kicked off at Davis & Elkins College, Wednesday.

It was a day of fun for a bunch of students. They did everything from basketball to ultimate frisbee and academic jeopardy. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin even proclaimed July 2 as TriO-Upward Bound Day in the state.

This is the 50th year for the program. It targets promising students and prepares them for college and financial opportunities.

ELKINS - For those who can’t spend the entire day taking in the experience of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, a bevy of evening mini-courses are on tap for this summer’s five-week session. Most classes meet every Monday through Thursday from 6-7:15 p.m. on campus and offer instruction from world-class artists in various forms of music and dance.

WBOY - For many students, like recent Tucker County High School graduate Troy Young, going to college isn't high on their list of things to do. But thanks to the efforts of the Upward Bound program at Davis & Elkins College, it's now the next step in Young's life, a step he may not have taken without the experience the program provides.

WBOY - Randolph County students were keeping up on their academics Wednesday. Davis & Elkins College is hosting the Randolph County Energy Express this week. The program brings kids to campus to continue learning during the summer.

WBOY - Staff at Davis & Elkins College are working to see that another class of high school students continue their education.

D&E's Upward Bound program is in full swing this week.

Rising seniors from five counties near Elkins spend six weeks during the summer at D&E taking classes to help them prepare for college or professional school when they graduate next year.

Davis & Elkins College junior and member of the Student Veterans Association Lakota Jonese started off on a 100-mile walk this morning to raise awareness for the sacrifices members of the military make for their country every day. Jonese’s trek began in Elkins and will end in Summersville, W.Va. The Pocahontas County native is asking for donations to sponsor his walk with proceeds going to help Elkins area veterans in need. For information on how to contribute, email Jonese at l_jonese24@hotmail.com. Photo by Linda Howell Skidmore. To see more photos from D&E, visit Flickr.