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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...

Winter tale recalls deadly aspect of 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...

International tourism growing at new national park in W.Va.

The sun sets beyond the New River Gorge Bridge in southern West Virginia. (Photo courtesy Wendy Parks Scott)
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — International tourism is growing in southern West Virginia due to the creation of America's newest national park. Visitors to the New River...

Photographer Rick Burgess reveals the magic of winter in W.Va.

Snowfall in Jackson County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
Winter in West Virginia is a delightfully varied season. The Ohio and Potomac lowlands and sheltered southern valleys witness only a few blanketing snowfalls,...

W.Va. Gov. declares State of Emergency in all counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has declared a State of Emergency for all 55 West Virginia counties due to the winter storm event...

Deer season for youth, senior, class Q/QQ hunters opens Dec. 26

Deer hunting is a tradition in West Virginia passed down through generations.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The final segment of West Virginia’s special antlerless deer hunting season for youth and senior hunters and Class Q/QQ permit...

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