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West Virginia’s archery and crossbow seasons open
September 22, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2018 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear, and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29. The archery and crossbow deer and bear seasons run through Dec. 31.

The wild boar archery and crossbow season is a split season, with the first segment also from Sept. 29 to Dec. 31 and an additional late season from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2019. To hunt the February wild boar season, hunters will need a 2019 hunting license.

Bear hunters must buy a Bear Damage Stamp (Class DS) in addition to a base license (nonresidents need a Class EE Bear Hunting License). Two bears may be taken per year, provided at least one bear is taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Preston, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. FULL STORY

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration
September 20, 2018

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22-23, 2018. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information.

Staff from the Wildlife Resources, Law Enforcement and State Parks sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be available throughout the weekend to assist visitors in learning skills and to answer any questions they may have.

West Virginia native Frank Addington Jr. will perform hour-long shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. FULL STORY

W.Va. AG Alerts Consumers to Spike in IRS Scam
September 20, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alerted consumers to a recent spike in Internal Revenue Service scam calls, perhaps related to the upcoming Oct. 15 filing deadline for those who sought an extension in April.

The scam typically starts with a phone call indicating the IRS will arrest the consumer if he or she refuses to follow instructions. Similar calls claim to represent the U.S. Treasury Department, legal affairs and other groups.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has fielded hundreds of calls within the past week related to the IRS scam. That includes news of a couple of consumers losing money when they purchased gift cards to comply with the caller’s demands.

“Consumers must be cautious and cannot allow themselves to be intimidated,” Attorney General Morrisey said. FULL STORY

West Virginia’s tourism industry grew in 2017
September 20, 2018

West Virginia outpaces national growth by 30 percent
CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia’s tourism industry grew in 2017 for the first time since 2012.

The finding comes in annual economic impact research released this morning. The research shows that traveler spending in West Virginia grew at a rate 30 percent above the national rate in 2017. The increase reversed a four-year decline in which travel-generated spending fell more than $600 million.

“This is a landmark day for our tourism industry and our economy as a whole,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “When I took office, I knew we had to do something to get back on the right track in tourism, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Tourism needs to be a cornerstone of our economy, and it’s great to see it growing again. FULL STORY

WVU Medicine plans to develop transplant program
September 20, 2018

MORGANTOWN, WV – Gov. Jim Justice said today that WVU Medicine's announcement that its plans to start West Virginia’s first heart transplant program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute will be of great benefit to all West Virginians and will allow the state's citizens to receive life-saving care closer to home.

"This is fantastic news for all West Virginians," Gov. Justice said. "Providing our citizens with this critical, life-saving care right here at home will make the process of receiving a heart transplant so much easier on the patient and their family and friends. The advancements in health care that continue at WVU Medicine are incredible and we look forward to the future and more program and treatment programs that benefit our residents. FULL STORY

W.Va. AG Scam Watch – Sept. 14
September 17, 2018

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division alerted consumers to be on guard for these scams, as recent calls and reports indicate ongoing occurrences of each in the Mountain State.

IRS Scam: An impostor claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service calls the consumer and threatens his or her arrest if the consumer does not follow instructions, such as the immediate payment of back taxes or other tax-related expenses. The impostor may use common names, claim to know the last four digits of the consumer’s Social Security number and pose as their own supervisor anytime the consumer asks for management.

Sweepstakes: Targeted consumers unexpectedly “win” a lottery or sweepstakes, after which the caller demands they pay taxes or fees upfront in order to collect the prize. FULL STORY

WVDOH to permit development projects
September 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the Federal Highway Administration has verified that federal law allows the West Virginia Division of Highways to permit broadband expansion and other development projects on state right of way without collecting a fee.

“This is a major step forward as we expand West Virginia’s broadband network to better serve our state’s businesses and citizens,” Gov. Justice said.

All Dig Once permit requests are now being processed by DOH utility managers in accordance with state law (HB 4447) that was passed earlier this year. The DOH and Broadband Enhancement Council are currently working together to finalize development of standard forms, procedures and right of way access agreements that will be implemented under the new Dig Once Policy. FULL STORY

Lessons in managing public-speaking fears
September 5, 2018

By Rusty Wright

Being an introvert can complicate life. As a teen, sometimes I was afraid to introduce myself to a stranger or to ask a young woman for a date. At Duke, the frosh-faces picture book struck fear in my heart whenever I phoned a women's dorm. I was sure that picture book hung by every hall telephone and that while I was on hold, a woman was quickly looking me up in it.

Shyness and fear, of course, can also hamper public speaking. Since my career has involved lecturing worldwide, people sometimes are surprised or skeptical to hear of my introversion. Experiences at Duke helped me learn to deal with those fears. Presenting in a tense situation during my final Duke class in January 1971 taught me invaluable lessons.

Duke's 1968 Silent Vigil and 1969 Allen Building takeover spawned a black studies program that informed my already firm dedication to racial equality. FULL STORY

Applications for controlled deer hunts available
September 5, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications to participate in controlled deer hunts at nine West Virginia state parks are being accepted through Sept. 9. These hunts are scheduled throughout the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Stonewall Resort, Twin Falls and Watoga.

“Previous controlled hunts have been successful in helping us manage deer populations at our parks,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England. “It is an effective and efficient way to maintain a biologically and socially balanced deer herd in areas with overpopulation.”

Applications for the hunt must be submitted online at www.wvhunt.com. Applicants must use their existing Electronic Licensing and Game Checking System account, or create one. FULL STORY

Photo Entries Being Accepted For 2018 Calendar
June 1, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) are now accepting photo entries for the 2018 Roadsides in Bloom Calendar. The deadline to enter a photo is Oct. 1.

The rules for entering a photo are:

- Photographs must be taken in West Virginia.
- Entries must be submitted as an 8" X 10" color print and must be landscape orientation (not portrait orientation). Submissions can also be made as a digital copy on a CD or flash drive.
- Flowers must be growing along a road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. They may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the Division of Highways. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc. FULL STORY

  • Legislature Seeks Ways to Expand Access to Community/Technical Schools
    During his State of the State address, Governor Jim Justice touted a plan to make a student's first year of college more accessible in West Virginia.
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  • West Virginia Gold Rush returns in 2019 WVDNR announces special golden rainbow trout stockings April 1-6
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Gold Rush, a special stocking of golden rainbow trout, will return in 2019 with more fish and locations, according to West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel.
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park, Sept. 22-23, 2018
    ROANOKE, W.Va. – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22-23, 2018. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information.
  • West Virginia’s archery and crossbow seasons open Sept. 29, 2018
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2018 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29. The archery and crossbow deer and bear seasons run through Dec. 31.
  • Hunters encouraged to perform preseason scouting and equipment checks
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — September marks the beginning of many hunting seasons and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to remind hunters to prepare by scouting, inspecting equipment and sharpening their skills.
  • Elk Management Project Tours begin at Chief Logan Lodge in September and October 2018
    LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be leading 20 guided tours of the state’s elk reintroduction site in Logan County in September and October. Public tours will start at Chief Logan Lodge and include a visit to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, where elk from Kentucky and Arizona were released in 2016 and 2018.
  • Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer positions scheduled Sept. 7-8
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has scheduled Physical Agility Tests (PAT) for anyone interested in applying for open Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions.
  • Applications for controlled deer hunts at nine West Virginia state parks available
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications to participate in controlled deer hunts at nine West Virginia state parks are being accepted through Sept. 9. These hunts are scheduled throughout the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Stonewall Resort, Twin Falls and Watoga.
  • Panther State Forest’s main access road closed due to flood-related slippage
    PANTHER, W.Va. — Recent flooding has caused a slippage and closed the main access road to Panther State Forest in McDowell County.
  • WVDNR reminds hunters about ethics and getting land owner permission
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In anticipation of fall hunting season coming up, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding outdoorsmen and women to prepare for a safe and enjoyable season and to refreshing themselves on hunting ethics.
  • Hunting season changes explained in 2018-2019 West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations summary brochure
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several important changes in the state’s fall hunting seasons are included in the new 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary. The regulations brochure is available at hunting and fishing license agents, DNR district offices, DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices and online at www.wvdnr.gov.
  • North Bend State Park to host 51st Nature Wonder Weekend Sept. 21-23
    CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, will celebrate its 51st annual event Sept. 21-23. The theme of this year’s event is “Forage and Feast.”
  • 2018-2019 mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe, sora and Virginia rails seasons set
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2018-2019 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe and sora and Virginia rails have been set. These seasons are set within the annual guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • West Virginia Dance Festival Draws Students from Across the State
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dance students from 45 dance school, high school and college programs participated in the 2013 West Virginia Division of Culture and History Dance Festival at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex on April 19 – 21. Students had the opportunity to take classes from nationally accredited dancers and dance instructors, and to perform in evening concerts.
  • Archives Library to present talk on the Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary on May 9
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Author and columnist Sherri Brake will present “The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary” on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • Award-winning Television Producer Russ Barbour to Discuss his Film Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Television producer Russ Barbour will present “Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland” on Tuesday, May 7, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • State Historic Preservation Office Publishes 13-month Calendar
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has published “Land, People and Statehood,” a 13-month calendar highlighting the Mountain State’s pathway to statehood, including the historic figures who shaped its future. The public is invited to request a copy of the free calendar while supplies last.
  • West Virginia Division of Culture and History Invites Quilters to Make Handmade Squares for a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in partnership with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is inviting quilters from across the state to help make a West Virginia Statehood Sesquicentennial Quilt.
  • Annual quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at the Culture Center
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, Quilts and Wall Hangings 2012, is on display in the Great Hall and the south wing of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The crowd-pleasing juried exhibition features 55 exquisite quilts and wall hangings representing the talents of West Virginia quilters. Quiltmaking is one of West Virginia’s oldest and most treasured art forms, and this annual display is a favorite with visitors from all over the United States and abroad. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 3.
  • One Stop and Stop In Food Stores to Sell State Fair Advanced Tickets

    News from State Fair of West Virginia For more information contact: Kelly Collins, 304-645-1090, kellyt@statefairofwv.com One Stop and Stop In Food Stores to Sell State Fair Advanced Tickets LEWISBURG, WV (05/07/2018) (readMedia)– State Fair and One Stop and Stop In Food Store officials are happy to announce their partnership in selling advanced discounted tickets to […]

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  • Chris Young Added to 2018 State Fair of West Virginia Concert Lineup

    Chris Young Added to 2018 State Fair of West Virginia Concert Lineup   State Fair Officials are excited to announce Chris Young has been added to the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia Concert Series on Friday, August 10 at 8 pm! Tickets for this show will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, […]

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  • State Fair to Host First Annual WV Farm Show

    News from State Fair of West Virginia For more information contact: Kelly Collins, 304-645-1090, kellyt@statefairofwv.com State Fair to Host First Annual WV Farm Show LEWISBURG, WV (02/07/2018) (readMedia)– State Fair Officials have announced the First Annual West Virginia Farm Show will take place on May 11 – 13, 2018 at the State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg! […]

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  • State Fair of WV Announces Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band to Perform

    LEWISBURG, WV (01/29/2018) (readMedia)– State Fair Officials have announced the Southern Uprising Tour featuring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band will take the stage on Friday, August 17, 2018, at the 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia. Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10 […]

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  • Christmas Coming to the State Fair of West Virginia

    LEWISBURG, WV (11/01/2017) (readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia is excited to announce “Christmas at the Fair,” to feature a synthetic ice skating rink, Christmas light display and visits from Santa from December 12 – January 1! Christmas at the Fair will take place in the Ag Pavilion on the North End of the […]

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  • State Fair of West Virginia Scholarship Now Available Online

    News from State Fair of West Virginia For more information contact: Kelly Collins, 304-645-1090, kellyt@statefairofwv.com State Fair of West Virginia Scholarship Now Available Online LEWISBURG, WV (10/23/2017) (readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia Scholarship is now available online through the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation website. Students from across the state are encouraged to enter […]

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  • State Fair of West Virginia to Open This Thursday

    The 93rd Annual State Fair of West Virginia is set to open this Thursday, August 10, in Lewisburg, WV. The gates will open at 2 pm on Thursday and will feature a discounted $5 admission ticket at the gate and a $20 ride pass from 2 pm – 11 pm. “We have a very exciting […]

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  • Entries Open for 4th Annual State Fair of WV Car Show

    2017 Car show Flyer- Registration Form LEWISBURG, WV (06/16/2017) (readMedia)– American National, Farm Family Insurance, and the State Fair of West Virginia have teamed up to produce the third annual “State Fair Car Show.” The event is scheduled on Sunday, August 13th from 11 am to 4 pm during the 93rd Annual State Fair. The […]

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  • Additional Concerts Announced for State Fair of West Virginia

    LEWISBURG, W.Va. – State Fair Officials have announced the addition of Clay Walker and John Michael Montgomery and Buckin’B Bull Ride with Steve Moakler to the 2017 State Fair of West Virginia Concert Lineup. Clay Walker and John Michael Montgomery will take the stage on Sunday, August 13, while Buckin’B Bull Ride with Steve Moakler […]

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  • Casting Crowns to Play at State Fair of West Virgina

    LEWISBURG W.Va. – State Fair Officials have announced the contemporary Christian group Casting Crowns will play at the 2017 State Fair of West Virginia on Saturday, August 12 at 8 pm! Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, May 5 at 10 AM. Ticket prices and details on how to order can be […]

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