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Shepherd Civil War center offers series of free online programs

The George Tyler Moore Center for Civil War History occupies one of many historic structures in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The Civil War center at Shepherd University is hosting a series of free programs online beginning April 17 to help inform, educate, and entertain...

Young wildlife should be left alone, say state biologists

A newborn white-tailed deer rests in a West Virginia woodlands.
West Virginia fields and forests teem with young wildlife in spring, and state biologists are reminding residents and visitors that disturbing young wildlife is...

Pink-flowering redbud trees guided early W.Va. settlers

A redbud tree flowers on the edge of a West Virginia woodland.
Blossoming across the eastern U.S. in spring, redbud trees were notably important during the settlement of the Appalachian Mountains, where they indicated the presence...

Sarvis Tree blossoms signal the arrival of mountain spring

A sarvis tree blossoms on the edge of a barnyard in Wyoming County near Twin Falls State Park.
Seasons come and go in the temperate regions of the world with many false starts, but in the Appalachian Mountains, settlers knew spring had...

New state park will attract business to lower Elk River

Elk River at Queens Shoals, WV, Clay County, Heartland Region
A new state park is among the many things people in West Virginia can look forward to once the quarantine is lifted. And while...

The Great Seal of West Virginia: what its symbols mean

An illustration of the West Virginia Coat of Arms includes elements set for by the state in 1863.
The Great Seal of West Virginia may be as fascinating to some West Virginians as the U.S. dollar bill is for many Americans. It's...

Biologists anticipate increased turkey harvest opportunity

Spring gobbler season in West Virginia is anticipated to be especially productive.
Turkey hunters in West Virginia can anticipate increased harvest opportunities during the 2020 spring gobbler season, which is scheduled to open Monday, April 20,...

Add movement to your plans, says WVU physical activity expert

A jogger runs past the Chambers College of Business and Economics during the coronavirus outbreak.
With a stay-at-home order in place across West Virginia, it’s a critical time to add exercise to your daily routine, says a physical activity...

Heroic Nina Paden ferry won many hearts in service

The Nina Paden docks at Belpre, Ohio. Parkersburg, with its tall courthouse tower, lines the Ohio River in the background.
The Nina Paden and its skipper wheeled beyond the call of duty in ferrying the Ohio River at Parkersburg, West Virginia. Of all the...

Epidemic victims may rest on New River's Island of the Dead

Headstones hide in the dim light of wooded Red Ash Island in the New River Gorge.
Victims of an epidemic that swept through the New River Gorge in the late 1800s may have been buried in a remote cemetery on...

Single-leafed orchid grows wild in West Virginia woodlands

The single leaf of the Aplectrum hyemale orchid appears in winter.
This here story is a tale about a very interesting native plant that just happens to be one of the many species of orchids...

Eight tips for new poets from West Virginia's poet laureate

Marc Harshman, poet laureate of West Virginia
(Editor's Note: Ever think of writing poetry? We've asked Marc Harshman, the poet laureate of West Virginia, to provide a few tips to help...

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