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Epidemic victims may rest on New River's Island of the Dead

Headstones hide in the dim light of wooded Red Ash Island in the New River Gorge.
Victims of an epidemic that swept through the New River Gorge in the late 1800s may have been buried in a remote cemetery on...

Single-leafed orchid grows wild in West Virginia woodlands

The single leaf of the Aplectrum hyemale orchid appears in winter.
This here story is a tale about a very interesting native plant that just happens to be one of the many species of orchids...

Eight tips for new poets from West Virginia's poet laureate

Marc Harshman, poet laureate of West Virginia
(Editor's Note: Ever think of writing poetry? We've asked Marc Harshman, the poet laureate of West Virginia, to provide a few tips to help...

W.Va. State U. initiates tree art contest for isolated children

A peach tree flowers in a yard near Pineville, West Virginia, in central Wyoming County.
West Virginia State University is celebrating Arbor Day with a Facebook-based art project designed to encourage children isolated by the COVID-19 outbreak to create...

What have bats to do with the coronavirus outbreak?

Wildlife specialist Sheldon Owen notes that bats are not the chief culprits in zoonotic transmissions.
Densely wooded, West Virginia may be home to more than its share of bats—wheeling in the twilight as they feed on flying insects. But...

Monster fish being caught in monster capital of West Virginia

Far from urban areas, lakes in West Virginia apparently boast more than their share of big fish.
Bigfoot and the Flatwoods Monster aren't the only bizarre creatures being reported at the center of West Virginia in Braxton County. Apparently, the fishing...

UBB Mine Disaster Memorial has helped some heal

UBB Memorial at Whitesville
All it took was a spark to ignite an explosion that sent hurricane-force winds tearing through mines beneath the mountains near Montcoal in southern...

Governor directs private campgrounds to close to out-of-staters

Camping is a popular form of vacationing in West Virginia, and campgrounds may be found throughout the state.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is directing private campgrounds to prohibit new out-of-state campers to limit the rate of spread of COVID-19 in the...

Peculiar rock face near Ripley, WV, attracting more visitors

A six-foot-tall face carved by an eccentric sculptor in a cliff near Ripley, WV, is attracting more attention.
Though carved on a quiet hillside by an eccentric sculptor in the 1950s, a curious rock face near Ripley, West Virginia, is attracting a...

NPS to close restrooms, campgrounds in southern W.Va.

New River from Thunder Buttress, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
The National Park Service will temporarily close its restrooms and campgrounds on the New, Gauley, and Bluestone rivers in southern West Virginia in response...

Governor closes park, forest campgrounds in state system

The falls of Mash Fork drop over a ledge in Camp Creek State Park.
West Virginia state park and forest campgrounds, as well as the scenic overlooks at Coopers Rock and Blackwater Falls, have been closed, according to...

Watch for eastern box turtles on West Virginia backroads

An eastern box turtle eyes a cluster of wild strawberries in a West Virginia wood.
Thirteen species of turtle live in West Virginia, though the best known may be the eastern box turtle, which will be on the move...

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