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Welcome to the Communities News Directory at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Communities Travel Guide for information about communities in West Virginia.

Many Greenbrier, Pocahontas businesses eligible for benefits

Many businesses in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties may be eligible for benefits as a result of their locations in federally designated "Historically Underutilized Business...

Craft beverage summit on tap for April 8 in South Charleston

Craft beverage summit on tap for April 8 in South Charleston. Photo courtesy Robert C. Byrd Institute.
To bolster growth in the emerging craft-beverage economy—including the production of sodas, teas, beers, wines, and spirits—the Robert C. Byrd Institute will sponsor “Craft:...

2019 guide to growing West Virginia ramp feasts now online

Cleaned ramps in Bowl
The 2019 guide to West Virginia ramp feasts and festivals is now available online, and many venue organizers are reporting increases in attendance as...

Saint Albans wildflower walks expected to attract more participants

Trillium blossoms at Saint Albans City Park. Photo courtesy Debbie Keener.
Organizers of the sixth annual spring wildflower walk set for April 6 at Saint Albans City Park are expecting more participants as word of...

W.Va. offering veterans scholarships to Appalachian Grazing Conference

Cattle graze in Jackson County, near Ripley, West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture today announced the availability of education and training scholarships for veterans to attend the 2019 Appalachian Grazing Conference...

Farmers facing looming hay shortage; agencies provide tips

Cattle roam across a pasture near Lewisburg, West Virginia, in the Greenbrier Valley.
Confronted with a potential hay shortage, three state agencies are advising cattle farmers in West Virginia how to maintain healthy herds. The looming shortage...

Historian looks for patterns in vanishing town names

No longer standing, a large home in Stotesburg was among few structures the remained after coal played out in the Winding Gulf in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
Bacontown, Battleship, Black Oak Bottom — though they no longer exist, these vanished communities are among nearly 300 towns that historian Carl Wolfe has...

Leah Nestor plans a perfect day in Marion County, W.Va.

The Marion County Courthouse rises above the Monongahela River treeline in Fairmont, West Virginia (WV). Photo by Ben Amend. Courtesy of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Marion County.
Marion County has become one of the most vibrant communities in West Virginia — the kind of place one can experience a practically Perfect...

Putnam County, WV, boasts plenty of cozy winter venues

Between Charleston and Huntington, Putnam County offers plenty of cozy winter hideways.
Midway between West Virginia's two largest cities (Charleston and Huntington), pastoral Putnam County provides metro-valley residents a convenient retreat from hustle and bustle. That's only...

Explore winter in West Virginia with Rick Burgess: Part 2

Glade Creek wanders through a snowy hollow at Babcock State Park. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.
Winter in West Virginia may be more varied than in any other eastern U.S. state: Its northern panhandle suffers the brunt of lake-effect snows, while its...

W.Va. specialty crop projects granted more than $270,000

Foxglove thrives in the Garvey House Gardens
Eight West Virginia projects will share in $271,980 in federal funding to enhance the production, processing, and consumption of specialty crops, according to the...

Three holiday light displays attract visitors to Point Pleasant area

Holiday light displays near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are attracting visitors to this scenic section of the Ohio Valley.
Three holiday light displays near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are attracting sightseers to one of the most scenic sections of the Ohio River valley. Exhibits...

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