Amelia Ferrell Knisely, USA TODAY

Amelia Ferrell Knisely


Charleston, WV, United States

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Recent articles by Amelia:

Poverty still plagues West Virginia, but signs of hope can be found

When you spend so much time writing about people experiencing poverty, it is hard to stay positive, but there also are hopeful stories in the hollers. → Read More

Shoe-prise! Chamberlain students lace up new kicks thanks to donation

It’s the best day of the school year, according to staff at Chamberlain Elementary, in Kanawha City. → Read More

Food pantry struggles to feed growing need in isolated Clay communities

DILLE — Hidden in a holler of Clay County is the tiny town of Dille, where a near-empty church food pantry is struggling to feed hundreds of people who come → Read More

WV students are in need of shoes. Here's how you can help.

Kids show up to West Virginia schools in worn-out shoes with holes, the used soles separating from the shoes. There are kids who show up in a sibling’s hand-me-down footwear, → Read More

Facebook connects Clay mud runners to neediest neighbors

CLAY — A group of friends in Clay County found a way to use social media for good: connecting their neighbors in need to those who can help them. → Read More

Rivers bring a new stream of revenue for Southern West Virginia

A rainbow of kayaks stand in Jeff Petry’s yard, their neon colors unmissable as you drive down a narrow, winding road in Ashford. → Read More

Rivers bring a new stream of revenue to Southern West Virginia

A rainbow of kayaks stands in Jeff Petry’s yard, their neon colors unmissable as you drive down a narrow, winding road in Ashford. → Read More

Schools chief: Rise in WV's homeless students not significant

West Virginia Schools Superintendent Steve Paine told state education leaders he never planned to start sharing the number of homeless students in the state. → Read More

Anxiety in the coalfields: Coal tax decline leaves Boone finances in limbo

Boone County, once bringing in a surplus of money from a state tax on coal companies, now faces a harsh reality: The county doesn’t have enough money to make it → Read More

Kanawha barber creates buzz with free haircuts, school supplies

There were constant noises in Morris Barber Shop in South Charleston: the clippers running, a vacuum blowing off hair trimmings and a continuous stream of sports talk shows coming from → Read More

Wyoming County lacking access to after-hours medical care

A mother of four, Christy Laxton has seen her share of broken arms, fevers and coughs. → Read More

College students studying poverty in Charleston find city full of hope

College students from across the country are in Charleston this summer to help people experiencing some of life’s most difficult situations: homelessness, domestic violence, and lack of legal representation and → Read More

'You can't get food:' Clay County's only major grocery store closes

CLAY — The parking lot was empty at the Clay IGA, a sign on the door noting the county’s only major grocery store was “temporarily closed.” → Read More

Coal billionaire Chris Cline, who started work in WV mines, dies in helicopter crash

Christopher Cline, self-made West Virginia billionaire coal baron and major philanthropist, died July 4 in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas, along with his daughter and five other people. → Read More

DHHR looks for outside organization to manage foster care, adoptive families

The state Department of Health and Human Resources is now actively seeking an outside vendor to take over the state’s foster care system and adoption, which includes more than 18,000 → Read More

Homeless domestic violence focus of new YWCA Resolve outreach

Cassie Province has heard horror stories of abuse in her time meeting homeless people in Charleston, including unthinkable physical torture and rape in the city’s abandoned houses. → Read More

Citing safety concerns, Franklin schools may ban essential oils and non FDA-approved drugs

The proposed FSSD policy change comes after nurses reported being asked to administer medications not approved by the FDA. → Read More

Williamson County property tax increase proposed to fund schools

The Williamson County Commission's budget committee approved a proposed 5% property tax increase in order to fund the schools $386 million budget. → Read More

Williamson school board plans to offer superintendent job to Golden without interview

The Williamson County School Board is preparing to offer the superintendent position to WCS Deputy Counsel Jason Golden. → Read More

Ravenwood senior plans 'gap year' to serve others around the world

Haley Galbreath, who graduates from Ravenwood High this month, is taking a gap year for mission work through a Texas program. → Read More