What's the future of coal country? These grads aren't sure
Updated 10:32 AM ET, Wed June 28, 2017
(CNN)Straddling US Route 52 as it winds through the mountains of southern West Virginia, Iaeger is a town of just 350 residents.
For most of his life, Cody DeLong has been one of them.
"McDowell County is the hometown that you see in all those high school football movies," said DeLong, 22. "It's two-lane roads. ... We have one stoplight in the whole county. And the people are the greatest people you'll ever meet in your life."
A graduate of Concord University, DeLong said McDowell County was an excellent place to grow up.
But as he prepares to head to pharmacy school in the fall, he's not sure whether the home that shaped him -- and gave him his love for hunting and fishing -- will be a part of his future.
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