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Lost Jackson County silver lode may be more than legend

Could this piece of silver found near Ripley, West Virginia, point to a larger lode?
Legends of a lost silver lode in Jackson County may be more than a rumor, according to a former resident who says he has...

W.Va. hunting-fishing license contest begins Sunday

Young hunter in the field in West Virginia
West Virginians may now purchase their 2020 hunting and fishing licenses earlier than ever before and will also be entered to win a drawing...

One-of-a-kind Christmas town opens in West Virginia highlands

Holiday lights twinkle in the historic district at Cass, West Virginia.
A remarkable Christmas town with its own "elf train" has come to life in the wintry Allegheny highlands near Snowshoe Mountain. One of the most...

Monongahela River boasts three monster legends

Ripples appear on the surface of the Monongahela River in Marion County, West Virginia.
Far from the city lights that shimmer about its mouth at Pittsburgh, the Monongahela River descends out of some of the most remote reaches...

West Virginia uniquely tied to Thanksgiving celebration

Union soldier Larkin Goldsmith Mead holds a Thanksgiving turkey at Camp Griffin, Virginia, c. 1861.
The anniversary of the first Thanksgiving was not nationally celebrated until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared a day of "thanksgiving and praise" to be...

Ski season 2019-’20 opens at Snowshoe Mountain

Skiers celebrate the beginning of ski season 2019-2020 at Snowshoe Mountain.
Ski season in West Virginia launched Friday morning at Snowshoe Mountain, where more than 12 slopes have opened to skiers and far more snow...

Buck, bear hunting seasons in W.Va. to run concurrently

A black bear inspects a beech forest in West Virginia.
Deer hunters in West Virginia are being reminded that a concurrent bear season (without dogs) will run from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, 2019,...

Monument to goat mysteriously appears in central W.Va.

A memorial to a legendary goat that lived along U.S. 19 appears on a cliff.
Travel and tourism officials in central West Virginia were unsure Tuesday afternoon who might have installed a memorial silhouette of a goat along the...

First phase of nature trail at Glenville State College complete

Trailhead at Pioneer Nature Trail at Glenville. (Photo: Glenville State College)
The first section of a walkable nature trail at Glenville State College has been completed, though there's more to come, according to the interim...

Canaan Valley skiing opens Dec. 14 with new capacity

Hikers on Bald Knob survey they ski area at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Opening on December 14, 2019, Canaan Valley Resort has invested in upgrades that will see more trails open earlier in the season and help...

Investigator: W.Va. ground-zero for UFO research, encounters

The International Space Station flies over the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia. (Photo courtesy Jesse Thornton)
A top paranormal investigator says West Virginia has a long association with UFO activity, because of its role in the search for extraterrestrial life...

West Virginia landmark “Sinks of Gandy” up for sale

Gandy Creek enters the legendary Sinks-of-Gandy Cave on a frigid morning. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.
Every eighth-grader enrolled in West Virginia History learns of the Sinks of Gandy—a legendary cave through which Gandy Creek travels and amateur spelunkers often...

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