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Winter tale recalls deadly aspect of Allegheny Mountains in W.Va.

Snow at Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County, Potomac Branches Region
The Allegheny Mountains in eastern West Virginia grow treacherous in winter—and hardly more so than along the western front of that range, which bears...

Revisiting the tale of West Virginia's lost Branch Mountain Treasure

Helmick Rock on South Branch Mountain
Tales of hidden treasure appear throughout the annals of West Virginia history. Legends of hoards buried by prehistoric peoples, retreating soldiers, and reclusive misers...

WVU webinar series to focus on sustainable rural tourism

The New River Gorge Bridge spans its namesake gorge near Fayetteville, W.Va.
Many West Virginia communities are enjoying a marked increase in tourism as well as an influx of new residents propelled by the work-from-home revolution,...

West Virginia craft beverage summit on tap for Jan. 27, 2022

The summit will help provide a roadmap for getting into the specialized market either as a bottler, farmer, wholesaler, or retailer.
To support the growing craft beverage industry in the Mountain State and encourage further expansion, the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University, Brilliant...

W.Va. again breaks record for lowest unemployment rate in its history

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreases to 3.7 percent, breaking the all-time state record for the 3rd straight month.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 3.7 percent for December 2021, breaking the all-time record for...

Old legend of Strange Creek might never be confirmed

Too much time may have passed to confirm anything of the indomitable legend of Strange Creek—long among the most haunting tales in West Virginia...

More than $17 million in funding approved for broadband in W.Va.

The investment is expected to connect more than 5,000 homes and businesses.
Gov. Jim Justice today announced the preliminary approval of more than $17.4 million in Line Extension Advancement and Development program funds for broadband infrastructure...

Legendary valley of Skull Run, W.Va., steeped in pioneer lore

David Sibray visits the Ebenezer Church beyond the Low Gap at the head of Skull Run.
A traveler wandering the pastures along Skull Run in Jackson County might have little idea of the dark tales that have arisen in that...

Parks provide discount for families with young cancer patients

According to the Walking Miracles Family Foundation, families of pediatric cancer patients spend nearly 40 percent of their income on travel expenses.
West Virginia State Parks announced a partnership with the Walking Miracles Family Foundation that provides lodging discounts to families in need of travel assistance...

2022 Golden Horseshoe smithing finalists announced

Every year, eighth grade students of West Virginia History celebrate their knowledge in the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe competition.
First Lady Cathy Justice and the West Virginia Department of Education have announced the names of the five finalists for its Golden Horseshoe Sword-Smithing...

Mountain speech may still be heard in rural West Virginia

New River from Beauty Mountain by Rick Burgess, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Though its speakers are aging and declining in number, there are still places in West Virginia where folks speak in what's known as the...

Broadband will help boost paddling safety, economy in W.Va.

Expansion of broadband will help grow the paddling economy along West Virginia water trails.
The expansion of broadband and cellular access in West Virginia will notably improve safety and economics along its water trails, say officials with the...

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