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Biologist: W.Va. gardeners can do much to support butterflies

A field in Monroe County near Raines Corner, West Virginia, is ideal for attracting pollinators.
Concerns about a decline in bees and butterflies have grown recently. Still, according to a state biologist, West Virginians have a unique opportunity to...

Devil's Backbone continues to intrigue Pocahontas County visitors

Devils Backbone near Huntersville, West Virginia
Early settlers in Pocahontas County called it "The Devil's Backbone" as most believed such an unnatural thing could only be the work of evil....

Institute infuses W.Va. syrup-making with innovation

Tim Mathis and son make syrup in West Virginia.
Making maple syrup used to be fairly common in West Virginia, though as more people began buying sugar and other syrups at the store,...

WVU researchers want respect for Appalachian speech

Even the pronunciation of the word "Appalachia" is subject to debate.
Language has partly defined the way people in Appalachia are perceived in other regions of the U.S., according to two researchers at West Virginia...

State unveils travel guides, Hawks Nest improvements

West Virginia officials unveiled collectible travel guides at the lodge at Hawks Nest State Park.
West Virginia officials this week unveiled the state's new 2022 vacation guide and highway map during a ribbon-cutting at Hawks Nest State Park on...

West Virginia reaches nation's second highest export growth rate

“Our days of being 50th in every category coming and going are over," Justice said of the announcement.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia had reached the second-highest export growth rate of any state in the nation in 2021. He...

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,...

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,...


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