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Historic Sophia poised for growth, mayoral candidate says

Brian Fanary believes Sophia can benefit greatly from regional growth.
Adjoining a newly completed expressway, Sophia in southern West Virginia has the potential to grow significantly over the next several decades, according to a...

Plant a part of W.Va. State University history with oak seedlings

Liz Moss prepares heirloom seedlings harvested from the West Virginia State University campus.
The extension service at West Virginia State University is inviting West Virginians to plant a part of state history by planting oak tree seedlings...

West Liberty University students planting trees in Ohio County

Students plant trees at the head of Wheeling Island in Wheeling, West Virginia. (Photo courtesy West Liberty University)
Just in time for Earth Day, biology and ecology students at West Liberty University are planting trees in public spaces from Wheeling to West...

Home at site of abolitionist John Brown's hanging for sale

The tower on the McMaster's residence looks out across the historic landscape in Charles Town, West Virginia.
In the market for a new home? The Victorian mansion built on the site of abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 hanging in Charles Town is...

Hill Top House project in Harpers Ferry moving ahead

The Hill Top House may be accepting guests by 2024 now that the City of Harpers Ferry has approved construction.
It’s been a long time coming, but there’s good news for fans of the renowned Hill Top House Hotel, the majestic destination in Harpers...

Governor launches "Ascend WV" remote-worker program

Hikers ascend the Allegheny Front at Dolly Sods in northeastern West Virginia.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice today announced the launch of the state's premier remote-work program, aimed at recruiting outdoor enthusiast professionals to the Mountain...

Forestry officials seek information on Coopers Rock forest fire

The Clay Run area at Coopers Rock State Forest drains into the Cheat River.
Officials with the West Virginia Division of Forestry are seeking information from the public regarding a wildfire that occurred in the Clay Run area...

WV Division of Forestry urges public to practice fire safety

A forest fire ravages an evergreen forest.
Officials with the West Virginia Division of Forestry are reminding the public to be cautious throughout spring fire season and follow safe burning laws. Between...

WVU prepares for semester facing possible rise in covid

The tower on Stewart Hall overlooks the downtown campus at West Virginia University at Morgantown, WV.
The spring 2021 semester at West Virginia University begins on January 19, and WVU officials are urging students and employees to exercise extreme caution. The...

New president arrives at West Liberty University

Dr. W. Franklin Evans
Dr. W. Franklin Evans has been named the 37th president of West Liberty University, located at West Liberty, West Virginia, in the northern panhandle...

WVU mycologists receive National Geographic grant to study millipedes

WVU professor Matt Kasson and graduate student Angie Macias work on millipede research in their lab.
Millipedes represent some of the earliest known terrestrial animals and are highly understudied, but two West Virginia University researchers are working to shine a light on...

Tree planting can increase property value in urban West Virginia

Shade trees were planted at Maplecrest to keep the residence cool in summer.
Money grows on trees when it comes to residential and commercial property value, according to a professor of urban forestry at West Virginia University:...

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