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New River college sets fall Appalachian writing class

The class will collect folklore from the region, attempt to understand the collected samples, and compile the regional treasures into a book.
New River Community and Technical College will offer an Appalachian Folklore and Heritage Writing class at its Nicholas County Campus in Summersville, West Virginia,...

National Park Service awards W.Va. preservation alliance $550,000

Endangered historic structures such as those in downtown Beckley will benefit from increased funding through the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.
The National Park Service has awarded the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia a $550,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to help preserve endangered historic...

Gov. issues "State of Preparedness" ahead of Ida remnants

Ida remnants are predicted to reach the Mountain State by Tuesday evening and track northeast through Thursday.
Gov. Jim Justice issued a "State of Preparedness" for all 55 counties in West Virginia on Sunday ahead of the remnants of Hurricane Ida...

State encouraging landowners to apply for Wild Yard certification

"It's such a wonderful program to get involved in," said Rebecca Linger, who owns a certified wild yard.
To help create even more natural habitat for wildlife around the state, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging landowners to join...

Create Buckhannon awarded 2021 gift for agricultural innovation

Berries at a farmer's market
Create Buckhannon has been named the winner of the 2021 West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition, a statewide contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd...

WVU to drill three miles down to tap geothermal hotspot

A geothermal heat map of West Virginia shows areas of potential geothermal energy hot spots.
West Virginia University researchers will drill three miles into the ground near Morgantown to test the potential of geothermal energy in the region this...

Registration open for "Women Owning Woodlands" weekend

Barbara Breshock of the W.Va. Division of Forestry demonstrates forestry equipment.
Women landowners who wish to learn more about forestry in West Virginia and network with other women involved in woodlands management can now register...

2021 ginseng harvest season in West Virginia starts Sept. 1

A harvester holds a ginseng root along side a mature ginseng plant.
Ginseng harvest season in the Mountain State opens September 1 and continues through November 30, according to the W.Va. Division of Forestry, which reminds...

W.Va. Division of Forestry subdues fire in Pendleton County

Fire travels through a boulderfield in Pendeleton County. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
After several days of battling a blaze in scenic Pendleton County—notably home to Seneca Rocks—the W.Va. Division of Forestry declared the South Mill Creek...

Devil's Backbone continues to intrigue travelers in W.Va.

The Devil's Backbone in Pocahontas County rises along Knapp Creek near Marlinton, West Virginia.
Pioneers called it The Devil's Backbone, as most believed such an unnatural thing could only be the work of the Devil. In the 1740s when...

Despite a warm winter, the W.Va. syrup industry grows

Maple syrup production in West Virginia continues to grow.
A warm winter led to a decline in syrup production in West Virginia in 2021, though state Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said the...

WVU to fully reopen campuses for fall 2021 semester

The tower on Stewart Hall overlooks the downtown campus at West Virginia University at Morgantown, WV.
West Virginia University plans to fully reopen its campuses this fall, according to school officials who attribute the decision to continued decreases in cases...

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