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46th Groundhog Day being celebrated at W.Va. Wildlife Center

French Creek Freddie, a favorite resident of the W.Va. Wildlife Center, will offer his advice on the weather this weekend.
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — Will West Virginia suffer more winter or enjoy an early spring? "French Creek Freddie," the Mountain State's unofficial weather-prognosticating groundhog,...

Spring ramp festivals in West Virginia expected to enjoy boom

A mess of ramps cooks during the annual ramp dinner at Helvetia, West Virginia.
BEAVER, W.Va. — Spring ramp festivals in West Virginia could see a leap in attendance in 2023, according to the publisher of one of...

Maple Syrup Days on tap at six Pocahontas County farms

Maple syrup production is growing in West Virginia.
MARLINTON, W.Va. — Syrup production is thriving in Pocahontas County, where organizers of Maple Days events are welcoming new producers and expecting more attendees,...

W.Va. launches citizen science survey of hellbenders, mudpuppies

A hellbender gazes back at the camera from an aquarium exhibit.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — To learn more about the distribution of odd-looking hellbenders and mudpuppies, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources has launched a...

International tourism growing at new national park in W.Va.

The sun sets beyond the New River Gorge Bridge in southern West Virginia. (Photo courtesy Wendy Parks Scott)
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — International tourism is growing in southern West Virginia due to the creation of America's newest national park. Visitors to the New River...

Historians find evidence of famous visitor at W.Va. tavern

William Clark documented his stay at the Halfway House in a diary.
ANSTED, W.Va. — Historians investigating the history of a landmark tavern in southern West Virginia have uncovered evidence that explorer William Clark, of the...

W.Va. encourages farmers to participate in 2022 ag census

A farmer plants in a garden in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va — The W.Va. Department of Agriculture is encouraging all farmers and farm operations in the state to participate in the 2022 Census...

Did Poe write The Raven while visiting Saint Albans, W.Va.?

Might Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" have been penned while the author was visiting West Virginia?
SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. — Might Edgar Allen Poe have written his famous poem "The Raven" while visiting the Kanawha Valley? While nothing's been proven...

Spring ideal season to engage in West Virginia botanical events

A yellow spring flower blossoms on an Allegheny ridge top.
SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. — One of the best things about living in West Virginia is the opportunity to experience its cycles of growth. Whether...

The full tale of West Virginia's remarkable Greenbrier Ghost

The home of the unfortunate Mary Heaster Shue still stands in the Allegheny foothills near Rainelle, West Virginia.
LEWISBURG, W.Va.—Whether or not you believe in ghosts, it's a fact that a ghost enters the lawbooks in West Virginia. The account of the...

Historian reclassifies Civil War "skirmish" as an all-out battle

Far more than a few soldiers were engaged in the Battle of Hurricane Bridge.
HURRICANE, W.Va. — Early research on a Civil War engagement at Hurricane Bridge tended to underestimate the number of soldiers involved, leading historians to...

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...


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