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W.Va. Dept. of Agriculture announces veteran's grant program

A farmer stands in a West Virginia garden.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has announced a request for applications for its 2022 Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture Grant Program, according to...

Registration open for W.Va. historical masonry workshop

A mason repairs a brick wall.
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, in partnership with the City of Weston, is hosting a week-long historic preservation workshop from April 25- 29,...

Lesser-known facts about Coffindaffer's roadside crosses

A set of Coffindaffer Crosses rises on a knoll at Shady Spring, West Virginia. (Photo: Ed Rehbein)
One night in 1984, the Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer had an epiphany. He was called by God, he explained, to erect sets of three crosses...

WVU announces $40M partnership to expand economics education

The $40 million partnership with the Kendricks complements broader efforts to make WVU a purpose-driven leader in higher education.
A leadership gift to West Virginia University from longtime supporters Ken and Randy Kendrick will allow the John Chambers College of Business and Economics...

Gothic masterpiece rises above Bethany College campus

Castellated walls highlight the north wing of Old Main at Bethany College at Bethany, West Virginia (WV).
A castle in West Virginia? You'll find a few examples of castle-like structures scattered through its hills, but nothing compares to Old Main at...

Ramp feasts in West Virginia may witness post-peak growth

A mess of ramps cooks during the annual ramp dinner at Helvetia, West Virginia.
The worst of the pandemic seemingly over, West Virginia may witness the enthusiastic return of community ramp feasts in spring 2022, according to the...

Eight edible spring plants that grow wild in West Virginia

Common Blue Violets are among the edible plants one can find growing almost anywhere in West Virginia.
I hunt for undomesticated plants. Even though I have a substantial vegetable garden, which supplies my family with a steady supply of fresh, frozen,...

Glenville State College celebrates 150 years this week

Fireworks explode above the campus of Glenville State College on the Little Kanawha River. (Photo courtesy Glenville State College.)Fireworks explode above the campus of Glenville State College on the Little Kanawha River.
Glenville State College at Glenville, West Virginia, in the central Mountain State, kicks off its sesquicentennial celebration this week, culminating with Founder's Day events...

Forbes names West Virginia among best U.S. employers

Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
The State of West Virginia has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers 2022, Gov. Jim Justice announced. The list includes...

Nature Conservancy to make presentations at Shepherd

In the Allegheny Mountains, Dolly Sods has been a project of The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia.
Shepherd University, at Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is hosting two talks by The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia that will focus on actions for climate...

Isolated Webster County in W.Va. once declared itself a state

Cliffs in Hacker Valley, Webster County, Allegheny Highlands Region
Perhaps no county in West Virginia is as isolated as Webster County. Entirely mountainous, no expressway or U.S. highway ventures into it, and many...

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...

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