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Omnis to invest $60 million to extract rare earth metals

Coal waste impoundments in southwestern West Virginia.
MULLENS, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced that Omnis Sublimation Recovery Technologies will invest $60 million in Wyoming County and use...

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Winter at Bruceton Mills, WV, Preston County, Monongahela Valley Region
MARLINTON, W.Va. — Less than a day's drive from most metropolitan areas in the east, West Virginia in the off-season is great for family...

The Pumpkin—a West Virginia tradition steeped in lore

Pick-your-own pumpkin farms are growing increasingly popular across West Virginia.
FLAT TOP, W.Va. — With the exception of corn, perhaps no vegetable is as all-American as the pumpkin. Carved as a Jack-O'-Lantern or pureed...

2022 ginseng harvest season in West Virginia opens

A harvester holds a ginseng root along side a mature ginseng plant.
MULLENS, W.Va. — Ginseng harvest season is open in West Virginia and will continue through Wednesday, November 30, according to the W.Va. Division of...

Despite rain, state fair 2022 among most successful ever

The morning sun rises on the grounds of the State Fair of West Virginia at Fairlea, West Virginia..
FAIRLEA, W.Va. — The State Fair of West Virginia reported more than 170,000 people attending, an exceptional attendance despite rains that fell across the...

Monument raised to memory of well-known goat in West Virginia

The Powell Mountain goat once grazed the cliffs along US-19.
MUDDELTY, W.Va. — Anonymous benefactors have raised a monument to a goat that once garnered national attention as it grazed the summit of Powell...

West Virginia tourism releases 2022 fall foliage map

The W.Va. Division of Forestry predicts peak fall foliage will emerge in late September in the Allegheny Mountains.
The West Virginia Tourism Office has released its 2022 predictive map for fall foliage, estimating the peak of the leaf-peeping season to begin in...

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

Cliffs in Hacker Valley, Webster County, Allegheny Highlands Region
WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. — Perhaps no county in West Virginia is as isolated as Webster County. Entirely mountainous, no expressway or U.S. highway ventures...

WVU and citizen scientists fish for answers on blotchy bass

WVU scientists and citizen assistants are examining blotchy bass taken across West Virginia.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Using data collected by citizens through a mobile app, researchers at West Virginia University are working to understand why some bass are becoming...

Kayakers battling to clean littered West Virginia streams

Members of the Trash-Your-Kayak Cleanup Crew paddle at a launch on a West Virginia stream.
While West Virginia boasts some of the cleanest mountain streams in the U.S., there's work to be done on rivers in formerly industrialized areas...

Lesser-known facts about Coffindaffer's roadside crosses

Three crosses rise along a West Virginia ridge.
SUTTON, W.Va.—One night in 1984, the Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer had an epiphany. God called him, he explained afterward, to erect sets of three crosses...

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...

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