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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...

Fallen Heroes emergency response drill underway in West Virginia

JULIAN, W.Va. — The Fallen Heroes Mine Emergency Response Drill is underway in the southern coalfields of West Virginia, bringing together mining experts, safety...

New River Gorge in W.Va. to be designated national park

New River from Thunder Buttress, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
The New River Gorge in southern West Virginia is set to become a national park, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito...

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...

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...

Tale of "Frosty the Snowman" is rooted in West Virginia

Frosty the Snowman leads a group of children in the 1969 animated Christmas television special b Rankin/Bass Productions.
KEYSER, W.Va. — Relatively few West Virginians may know that the tale of "Frosty the Snowman" came to life in the Mountain State. While...

West Virginia landmark "Sinks of Gandy" still up for sale

Gandy Creek enters the legendary Sinks-of-Gandy Cave on a frigid morning. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.
Every eighth-grader enrolled in West Virginia History learns of the Sinks of Gandy—a legendary cave through which Gandy Creek travels and amateur spelunkers often...

West Virginia trail leads through garden of strange rocks

David Sibray explores boulders along the Honeycomb Rocks Trail in Pocahontas County, near Marlinton, West Virginia.
Wherever you turn in West Virginia, you're bound to find remarkable rocks, cliffs, and boulders, and some of them may appear bizarrely unnatural. One...

Winter's chill recalls legend of West Virginia bear hunter

"The bear suddenly came down on the hunter's chest and as he did so, Bill caught him by the scruff of the neck and hacked with his knife until he was able to pierce the animal's brain."
The mountains that tower above the Birch River bear the brunt of winter storms that sweep across central West Virginia, and it was here...

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,...

One of world's largest diamonds found in horseshoe pit in W.Va.

The Punch Jones Diamond, one of the world's largest alluvial diamonds, found in West Virginia.
PETERSTOWN, W.Va. — Diamonds don't exist naturally in West Virginia, yet one of the largest ever found was discovered in a horseshoe pit in...

Open house set at historic confectionary in southern W.Va.

David Sibray rolls out an awning in advance of a July 29 open house at Mount Hope.
MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. — The public is invited to tour an old-fashioned hardware store and sweet shop with a vintage soda fountain during a...


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