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West Virginia's northern panhandle was once prime U.S. sheep country

The old-time breed of sheep raised in the mountains was small but hardy and adapted to spending its time in the woods.
WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia may best be known for its vast mountain forests, but its northern panhandle was once a grassland clipped low...

Forgotten West Virginia tavern rediscovered in Greenbrier County

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Once counted among the most gracious homes in the Greenbrier Valley, the historic Level Tavern on scenic US-219 is being rediscovered,...

Monument near Summersville, West Virginia, recalls beloved nanny goat

The Powell Mountain goat once grazed the cliffs along US-19.
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A monument raised in memory of an escaped nanny goat is attracting the attention of motorists on US-19 in central West...

Scenic trout stream lies hidden along I-77 / I-64 West Virginia...

An angler casts into scenic Paint Creek, hidden just out of site of Interstates 64 and 77.
PAX, W.Va. — Few motorists traveling the West Virginia Turnpike between Beckley and Charleston may know that one of the state's most beautiful trout...

Forester using AI to identify trees likely to trigger power blackouts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia University urban forester is developing a method, with the help of artificial intelligence, to identify trees at risk...

West Virginia University professor unveils new "people's tomato"

A West Virginia University plant pathology professor emeritus who has spent more than 70 years developing hearty tomato varieties for home gardeners has created...

Five reasons West Virginia is an ultimate winter hiking destination

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — While West Virginia has gained worldwide fame as a destination for hiking, some hikers say winter is one of the best...

Isolated cemeteries in hilly West Virginia require special care

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Due to isolation and hilly terrain, rural cemeteries in West Virginia often require special care. One of the state's leading conservators...

W.Va. announces $22 million in funding for sewer and water projects

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council announced $22 million in funding for sewer and water projects around the state. Kanawha...

Origin of name "Polemic Run" may arguably remain a W.Va. mystery

BIRCH RIVER, W.Va. — Each day, more than 10,000 motorists pass the turn-offs onto Polemic Run Road in central West Virginia, but few leave...

Winter's tale recalls deadly aspect of the Allegheny Mountains in W.Va.

Snow at Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County, Potomac Branches Region
THOMAS, W.Va. — The Allegheny Mountains in eastern West Virginia grow treacherous in winter—and hardly more so than along the western front of that...

Where are the darkest night skies in rural West Virginia?

The moon burns brilliantly in the cold darkness above Dolly Sods
MARLINTON, W.Va. — Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia includes some of the darkest regions of the night sky in the eastern...

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