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New River Gorge region in W.Va. a classroom for Black History

The Quinnimont Missionary Baptist Church served the needs of segregated mining communities in the early 1900s.
FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va. — America's newest national park is also a classroom for Black History, says a spokesman for an adventure resort bordering the...

West Virginia ghost linked to Country music's "Big Bad John"

Company houses and backyard gardens climb the hillsides at Grant Town in northern West Virginia.
GRANT TOWN, W.Va. — If you've ever had the opportunity to descend into a West Virginia coal mine, you might have come away with...

Mountaineer Heritage hunting season in W.Va. returns Jan. 12

A white-tail buck peers out from a thicket in a West Virginia woodland.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s four-day Mountaineer Heritage season for hunting deer, bear, and turkey is set to open on Jan. 12, 2023,...

Historians find evidence of famous visitor at W.Va. tavern

William Clark documented his stay at the Halfway House in a diary.
ANSTED, W.Va. — Historians investigating the history of a landmark tavern in southern West Virginia have uncovered evidence that explorer William Clark, of the...

Tale of lost "Moon Man" lives on in remote Braxton County...

The Moon Man claimed his ancestors had come from the moon and had been forced to remain on Earth after a meteor knocked the moon out of its orbit.
CENTRALIA, W.Va. — The ghost town of Centralia, with no more than a dozen houses and a country store, might seem one of the...

Spring ramp festivals in West Virginia expected to enjoy boom

A mess of ramps cooks during the annual ramp dinner at Helvetia, West Virginia.
BEAVER, W.Va. — Spring ramp festivals in West Virginia could see a leap in attendance in 2023, according to the publisher of one of...

W.Va. announces return of trout stockings, new fishing regulations

An angler casts into a trout stream. Trout fishing is perennially popular across West Virginia.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia has announced the publication of updated 2023-2024 fishing regulations and the return of trout stockings to lakes and streams around...

Tale of historic tragedy haunts the hills of Putnam County

Dave Sibray searches cliffs for clues regarding a tragedy that killed two West Virginia hunters in the late 1800s.
LIBERTY, W.Va.—Eighteenmile Creek wanders quietly through the hill country of northern Putnam County, revealing not in the least any potential for tragedy along its...

Shepherd University awarded nearly $3 million from Congress

McMurran Hall at Shepherd University fronts East German Street in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Four Shepherd University programs will benefit from $2,708,000 in congressionally directed spending that the university is receiving from the $1.7 billion...

Trails are vital to economic development in West Virginia

Gary Morefield at Ship Rock, Beckley, West Virginia, Raleigh County, New River Gorge Region
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Trail building has proven a vital economic development tool in the U.S. In West Virginia, where outdoor recreation has come to...

Then there was the time West Virginia had four governors

West Virginia Governor's Mansion at Charleston, WV, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Too much government? As complex as politics in West Virginia, or any other state, might seem today, there was a time...

Some spring crocus are indigenous in Appalachian Mountains

A crocus thrives alongside a patch of spring snow in West Virginia.
FLAT TOP, W.Va. — There are few surer signs of the approach of spring in West Virginia than the emergence of crocus blossoms in...


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