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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...

Little girl saved train on the little-known Short Line in 1902

The West Virginia Short Line Railroad meandered along Fishing Creek through Jacksonburg, West Virginia, in Wetzel County.
PINE GROVE, W.Va. — Pine Grove, West Virginia, each year hosts the Shortline Ramp Festival, the celebration of the native "ramp," or wild leek,...

West Virginia now manufactures unique composite helicopters

Carbon-fiber composite helicopters allow for easier and less-expensive repairs.
The result of a collaboration among Safari Helicopters, Carbon Fiber Composites,  and the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University, a new helicopter is...

Origin of name "Pickle Street" remains a central W.Va. mystery

Editor David Sibray at Pickle Street sign
PICKLE STREET, W.Va. — Of all the odd community names in West Virginia, "Pickle Street" must rank among the oddest. Why this hamlet in...

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,...

"Worm Moon of March" lore is accurate, says West Virginia gardener

FLAT TOP, W.Va. — Worms are already making their presence known in the upper layers of the soil in early March, says a West...

Grant available to save neglected historic buildings in W.Va.

The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is accepting applications for its new Saving Historic Places Grant, designed to save certified historic buildings in rural...

Economy building around new Elk River Trail State Park

The new Elk River Trail State Park is attracting business interests.
Excitement is building around the new Elk River Trail State Park in central West Virginia, especially downstream along the 30-mile corridor between the park...

Sheet steel mill to bring 800 jobs to Mason County

The Nucor Steel plant at Berkeley, S.C. employs 900. The W.Va. plant will employ 800.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that Nucor Corporation has selected Mason County in western West Virginia as the location for a state-of-the-art sheet steel...

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...

WVU prof to study plant invading the Appalachian forest

To the casual observer, Japanese stiltgrass appears as a harmless, leafy-green plant that blends into the majestic scenery during a weekend hike, but plant...

Ascend West Virginia opens applications for New River Gorge

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Ascend West Virginia, the state's premier talent attraction and retention program, announced its addition of the New River Gorge community to...


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