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W.Va. native Mattea named new host of Mountain Stage

Renowned Country music singer Kathy Mattea will return to West Virginia to host Mountain Stage.
National Public Radio and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage today announced that West Virginia native Kathy Mattea will take over as the new host starting September...

Native blue lobelia provides ideal color in early autumn

Lobelia siphilitica blossoms brilliant blue in late August through mid-September.
These days it seems that just about every gardener I speak with is searching for pollinator plants. There’s a major focus on Lobelia cardinalis,...

Historic suspension bridge at Wheeling to be restored

Wheeling Suspension Bridge, Wheeling, WV, Ohio County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Division of Highways have announced that a project to repair and rehabilitate the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge...

New River college sets fall Appalachian writing class

The class will collect folklore from the region, attempt to understand the collected samples, and compile the regional treasures into a book.
New River Community and Technical College will offer an Appalachian Folklore and Heritage Writing class at its Nicholas County Campus in Summersville, West Virginia,...

W.Va. State U. promoting Hatfield-McCoy ATV tourism

UTVs gather at the Ashland Resort in McDowell County.
Chris Zeto’s everyday duties range from community outreach and marketing assistance to explaining the history of the pepperoni roll. An extension agent for West Virginia...

National Park Service awards W.Va. preservation alliance $550,000

Endangered historic structures such as those in downtown Beckley will benefit from increased funding through the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.
The National Park Service has awarded the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia a $550,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to help preserve endangered historic...

Seasons set for dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, Virginia rails

A hunter addresses his dogs during an autumn hunt. (Photo courtesy Seth Schulte)
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced 2021-'22 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, and Virginia rails....

Gov. issues "State of Preparedness" ahead of Ida remnants

Ida remnants are predicted to reach the Mountain State by Tuesday evening and track northeast through Thursday.
Gov. Jim Justice issued a "State of Preparedness" for all 55 counties in West Virginia on Sunday ahead of the remnants of Hurricane Ida...

W.Va. Hunting and Fishing Days moves to New River Gorge

2021 National Hunting & Fishing Days celebration to take place at Adventure on! Freedom Festival Sept. 10-12 with free general admission.
Officials say West Virginia's annual Hunting and Fishing Days celebration on Sept. 10-12 will look quite different as the outdoor exposition will be part...

State encouraging landowners to apply for Wild Yard certification

"It's such a wonderful program to get involved in," said Rebecca Linger, who owns a certified wild yard.
To help create even more natural habitat for wildlife around the state, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging landowners to join...

Create Buckhannon awarded 2021 gift for agricultural innovation

Berries at a farmer's market
Create Buckhannon has been named the winner of the 2021 West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition, a statewide contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd...

WVU to drill three miles down to tap geothermal hotspot

A geothermal heat map of West Virginia shows areas of potential geothermal energy hot spots.
West Virginia University researchers will drill three miles into the ground near Morgantown to test the potential of geothermal energy in the region this...

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