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First Lady Unveils 2018 Holiday Ornament
November 20, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - First Lady Cathy Justice unveiled the 2018 Holiday Ornament during a reception at the West Virginia State Culture Center on Monday, November 19, 2018.

The limited-edition ornament was designed by Wild River Artistry artists Maddie Farmer and Casi Pourfarhadi of Charleston, WV, and features an outline of the state handcrafted with West Virginia Sugar Maple and a uniquely painted pattern of red, green, and gold.

“This ornament showcases our state’s booming timber industry and reminds everyone who sees it that timber is one of our most valuable resources,” said First Lady Cathy Justice. FULL STORY

A Simple Response to the Opioid Epidemic - Present
October 24, 2018

All are welcome and invited to learn more about opioids and how our church/community can respond. Presented by Rev. Dr. Barry Steiner Ball. October 28, 2018, at the B-U Middle School hosted by First United Methodist Church from 2 pm to 4 pm. Presentation topics to be discussed: What are opioids? ... FULL STORY

Really Really Free Market
October 22, 2018

This is a mutual aid network where everyone is encouraged to help organize and fully participate in Really Really Free Markets. October 28, 2018, from 11 AM to 5 PM in Jawbone Park. We believe everyone has something to share with their community. It may be something you no longer need but still h... 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 ever... FULL STORY

Riverfest: a celebration of our water
August 17, 2018

BUCKHANNON, WV: On Saturday, August 25, come on out for the 2nd annual Riverfest: a celebration of our water to learn about local conservation efforts, enjoy some good music, and paddle, float or fish the beautiful Buckhannon River. Join Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance (MLPA), the City of Buck... FULL STORY

Painting at the Buckhannon Dog Park
August 11, 2018

BUCKHANNON, WV: On Wednesday, the summer school-age class from the Child Development Center of Central West Virginia took a field trip to the Buckhannon Dog Park to paint the new agility tunnel. The feature is the latest addition to the popular dog park located at the Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone... FULL STORY

Morrisey Alerts Consumers to Social Security Scam
July 11, 2018

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned consumers to be wary of unsolicited calls from anyone claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has received recent reports of impersonators using various excus... FULL STORY

DNR seeks public comment on procedural rules
July 5, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on proposed and modified procedural rules. The first rule involves designating a new section of the New River where rental services area allowed. It also introduces safety qualifications ... FULL STORY

“Snakes of West Virginia”
July 3, 2018

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. — Holly River State Park will host a popular Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity program about the state’s native snakes on July 6. The program, led by DNR biologist Jim Fregonara, gives kids an up-close look at live snakes and focuses on their eating and mating... FULL STORY

W.Va. AG Scam Watch – June 28
June 29, 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. Utility Scam: Targeted consumers are told they owe immediate bill payment and t... FULL STORY

Police preparing for boating safety campaign
June 28, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Natural Resources Police officers will be patrolling the state’s rivers and lakes during Operation Dry Weekend, from June 29 to July 1, as part of a national campaign to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence. ... FULL STORY

DNR seeks public comment on state parks rule
June 28, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on a new procedural rule involving controlled deer hunts at select state parks. This new rule has been filed with the Secretary of State's office and establishes procedures and fees assoc... FULL STORY

“Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” program
June 22, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several West Virginia state parks and forests will host the popular “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” program this summer. The program features six birds rehabilitated by the Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) in Brooks, West Virginia. “The opportunity to see a hawk or ow... FULL STORY

DNR Warns: Leave young wildlife alone
June 14, 2018

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — Spring provides many opportunities to see fawns, cubs and other young animals, but the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind people that young wildlife should be left alone. “You should exercise extreme caution and keep a safe distance if you... FULL STORY

New approach to restore Eastern Panhandle Trout
June 12, 2018

ROMNEY, W.Va. — West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists recently released fingerling native brook trout into a tributary of the Cacapon River in Hampshire County with the help of students from Slanesville Elementary School. The eggs and milt were taken from native brook trout in a... FULL STORY

Ten Counties Hosting Tire Collection Events
June 1, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 30, 2018) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) program is hosting tire collection events in 10 counties in June. Tire collection events in Boone, Calhoun, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Lincoln, M... FULL STORY

Spay Day in May!
May 23, 2018

We are Doing it AGAIN!!!! Open to Upshur and Lewis Counties ONLY! Get your application in today. All paid applications from 5/22/18 - 5/31/18 will receive the prices listed in photo. All surgeries are performed in Elkins, send us a message and our application link will be sent back to you. We ar... FULL STORY

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month 
May 18, 2018

Encourages riders to find their perfect country road and plan a trip to West Virginia CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Jim Justice, in coordination with the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) and the West Virginia Tourism Office, has proclaimed the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awar... FULL STORY

Arizona elk prepared for their new WVa Home
May 16, 2018

LOGAN, W.Va. — Fifty elk transported from Arizona now officially call West Virginia “home.” Gov. Jim Justice and Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel welcomed the animals to the Mountain State on May 15 during a public ceremony in Logan County. “The restoration of this magnific... FULL STORY

DNR expands W.Va Gold Rush trout stockings
March 29, 2018

ELKINS, W.Va. — Chances of striking gold during the special West Virginia Gold Rush trout stockings on April 2-6 have increased. Due to growing interest and excitement, the Division of Natural Resources will stock golden rainbow trout at 20 new locations around the state, bringing the total number o... FULL STORY

Arizona elk arrive in West Virginia
March 20, 2018

HOLDEN, W.Va. — Fifty-one elk completed their journey from Arizona and were released into a holding facility in Logan County earlier this month. The elk, which are part of West Virginia’s elk restoration project, were captured in late January and held near Flagstaff, Arizona for disease testing.... FULL STORY

Celebrate the first day of spring
March 12, 2018

BUCKHANNON, WV: French Creek Freddie will be the guest of honor at the First Day of Spring Celebration planned for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Jawbone Park. Festivities will include Story Time presented by Buckhannon Community Theater, Plant a Seed with the Buckhannon Community Garden, ... FULL STORY

“O Snap!” Green Bean Recipe contest
March 12, 2018

In expectation of warmer weather, fresh foods and the Third Annual Green Bean Celebration we are inviting foodies everywhere to participate in our first-ever recipe contest, “O Snap!” As far as vegetables go, we are big fans of green beans. They're versatile, inexpensive, and pack a nutritional wal... FULL STORY

"O Snap!" Recipe Contest
March 4, 2018

In expectation of warmer weather, fresh foods and the Third Annual Green Bean Celebration we are inviting foodies everywhere to participate in our first-ever recipe contest, “O Snap!” As far as vegetables go, we are big fans of green beans. They're versatile, inexpensive, and pack a nutritional wal... FULL STORY

GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship
November 17, 2016

The GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarships provide survivors of intimate partner abuse with a means to achieve both financial and personal independence. The 2017 application process opened on October 10, with an application deadline of February 3, 2017. To apply, candidates must meet all of the... FULL STORY

Looking for interns & volunteers
November 16, 2016

We are looking for interns and volunteers who are motivated, energetic, and dedicated. Are you interested? Or do you know someone? Please forward this message to all students, senior organizations, church groups, colleges, etc.! Our Children, Our Future Legislative Event Intern (1) This inte... FULL STORY

CCE Receives Grant to Construct Greenhouse
November 9, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College was the recipient of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant totaling $25,000. Wesleyan was one of 10 schools in West Virginia to be awarded funding. The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) will be using ... FULL STORY

October was a busy month for Banks District
November 4, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for the month of October. Firefighters were dispatched twenty-one times to render services to the community. Firefighters answere... FULL STORY

Southern Upshur firefighters respond to crash
October 31, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ETNA (WV) – At approximately 3:39 a.m. the Upshur County Communications Center dispatched two southern Upshur volunteer fire departments to a single vehicle traffic crash in the 9000 block of the Alexander Road in the Etna community involving multi... FULL STORY

Traffic crash sends 5 patients to a local hospital
October 31, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – At approximately 3:50 p.m. the Upshur County Communications Center dispatched two southern Upshur volunteer fire departments, Upshur County EMS and law enforcement to a reported two-vehicle traffic crash in front of the Rock Cave I... FULL STORY

Students’ good behavior earns lunch
October 28, 2016

ROCK CAVE (WV) – Several more first-grade students at the Rock Cave Elementary School this week had the opportunity to have lunch with area firefighters, a reward option that is directly aimed at connecting students who exhibit good behavior in the classroom with community role models. First grade ... FULL STORY

Healing Hearts of Survivors
October 26, 2016

Healing Hearts of Survivors of a Suicide Loss Support Group are beginning a chapter in Buckhannon. The meeting will be held at the South Buckhannon Mission Church, 152 Randolph Street, Buckhannon, WV, 26201. These meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will... FULL STORY

2017 West Virginia Wildlife Calendars available
October 21, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – "The 2017 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available for everyone to enjoy," according to Paul R. Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. The cover of this award-winning wall calendar features a painting of an American goldf... FULL STORY

“Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict”
October 19, 2016

BUCKHANNON — In an effort to help educate families, students and young adults about the dangers of opioid addiction, the FBI and DEA produced a documentary called “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict.” The 45-minute film, whose title refers to the never-ending pursuit of the original or... FULL STORY

Film, Open Dialogue about Sex Trafficking
October 12, 2016

The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) and WE LEAD, in conjunction with Shared Hope International, will be screening the film Chosen and hosting an open dialogue about domestic sex trafficking on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The dialogue will be led b... FULL STORY

Early morning fire in Upshur County destroys home
October 10, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – At approximately 06:20 a.m. Sunday morning, the Upshur County Communications Center dispatched Adrian and Banks District firefighters to Bear Meadows Trail off of the Alton Road to a reported residential structure fire. First arri... FULL STORY

College Cuts Ribbon on New Tennis Court Complex
October 7, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new tennis complex located on Wood Street adjacent to the Culpepper Soccer Stadium. Phase one of the new tennis complex includes six new courts with lighting on each court. The $500,000 project was made possible by s... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters September report
October 5, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for the month of September revealing that members experienced a heavy volume of calls for service and assistance as they were dispat... FULL STORY

St. Joseph’s Hospital to offer drive-by flu clinic
October 5, 2016

BUCKHANNON — St. Joseph’s Hospital will offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine at a Drive-By Flu Clinic on Monday, Oct. 10 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The clinic will be held outside the main lobby of the hospital. A second walk-in clinic will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8 between 3 and 6 p.m. ... FULL STORY

Beard Growing Contest
October 5, 2016

In celebration of Buckhannon’s Bicentennial, we are having a beard growing contest beginning Sunday, Oct. 9 and lasting into December (judging date to be announced). Rules: 1. You must be able to come to Jawbone Park on Sunday, Oct. 9 to be photographed clean-shaven and register between 2:30-3... FULL STORY

Rt. 20 South Road crash in French Creek
October 3, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson FRENCH CREEK (WV) – No injuries were reported in a Friday afternoon traffic crash involving two vehicles that resulted in both vehicles being towed from the scene, which occurred just north of the Rt. 20 South Road intersection with Begonia Way. ... FULL STORY

Officials Urging Residents to Get a Flu Shot
September 30, 2016

Officials with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources are reminding residents to take steps to prepare for the upcoming flu season. In a newly launched public service announcement, Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling and Dr. Rahul Gupta, Bureau for Public Health Commissioner and S... FULL STORY

Pipeline Emergency Response and Awareness Training
September 28, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – Several members of the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department recently attended and actively participated with other emergency first responders from throughout north central West Virginia in a WV Pipeline Emergency Response and Aw... FULL STORY

W.Va. High Schools Able to Send Digital Transcript
September 23, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – All West Virginia high schools are now able to submit academic transcripts digitally through a new e-transcript provider, Parchment. Through the “West Virginia eTranscript” initiative, all 122 public high schools have access to a secure and trusted platform to submit academic tra... FULL STORY

CCE to Spread the Love Once Again
September 16, 2016

The fifth annual West Virginia Wesleyan College Spread the Love Peanut Butter Drive will take place September 19-30. Donations will benefit the Upshur Cooperative Parish House food pantry. Peanut butter is a staple for families in need due to its nutritiounal value and popularity among children.... FULL STORY

Fire destroys Rock Cave Road home
September 14, 2016

ROCK CAVE (WV) – At approximately 11:47 a.m. Thursday morning, the Upshur County Communications Center in response to a request from the Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Communications Center, dispatched Banks District firefighters to 789 Rock Cave Road in Lewis County, south of the Lewis-Upshur County line on W... FULL STORY

DHHR Investigating Hepatitis A Cases
August 31, 2016

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health is working closely with local health departments in Berkeley and Jefferson counties to investigate reports of illnesses linked to a national outbreak of hepatitis A. Nationally, more than fifty people have been imp... FULL STORY

COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS Sept - Nov
August 25, 2016

1) BICENTENNIAL PLANNING MEETINGS AT COMMUNITY ROOM, PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX – SEPT. 5, 12, 19, 26 2) DEDICATION OF NEW COLLEGE AVENUE SIDEWALK PROJECT IN FRONT OF WVWC ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, “GOOD TO GREAT WAY,” FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 5:00 P.M. 3) B-U HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE, WEDS., SEPT.... FULL STORY

West Virginia Students Outpace Nation
August 24, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia students outperformed the nation in English and reading according to data released Wednesday by ACT. 2016 ACT scores also show graduates are holding steady with students across the nation in science. West Virginia’s composite score on the college entrance exam decre... FULL STORY

Family Weekend Announced at Wesleyan
August 22, 2016

Families of West Virginia Wesleyan College students are invited to experience campus with an array of activities during Family Weekend 2016, set for September 23-25. On Friday, parents are invited to participate in community-service opportunities “Bobcats for Books” and “Spread the Love.” Famil... FULL STORY

New School Year Brings Nearly 445 New Students
August 19, 2016

Nearly 445 new and transfer students are set to arrive on West Virginia Wesleyan College’s campus on Saturday, August 20 for orientation activities. Students will arrive on campus August 20 for check-in beginning at 8 a.m. for Orientation. The College will also be hosting its BOOT Camp (Bobcat O... FULL STORY

Holly River Hustle 5K Run/Walk September 4th, 2016
By Thimas Prall
August 13, 2016

The Holly River Hustle 5K Run/walk begins at 10:00 a.m. Sept. 4th, 2016 at Holly River State Park in Hacker Valley, Webster County, sponsored by the Holly River Foundation as part of the Holly River Festival. Entry fees are only $8 if under 18, and $12 for 18 or over, if received by August 22nd, aft... FULL STORY

State Park lodges to host Bridal Expos
August 12, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Parks have announced plans for the first-ever West Virginia State Parks Bridal Expo, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m. at these participating lodge parks: Blackwater Falls, Cacapon Resort, Chief Logan Lodge, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pi... FULL STORY

Disaster SNAP(D-SNAP) Food Benefits Help Thousands
August 10, 2016

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families Commissioner Nancy Exline announced that the Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) program provided $4,661,482 in nutrition assistance benefits to thousands of people in the 12 declared disaster counties of Clay, Fayett... FULL STORY

MFA Students Collect Books for Flood Relief
August 1, 2016

More than 100 books were collected by students and faculty of the MFA Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College during the 2016 summer residency for library flood relief in West Virginia. The book drive was organized and managed by Lisa Minney of Stumptown, a student in the program and publisher of ... FULL STORY

New Real. Buckhannon vignette released
July 27, 2016

Highlights local artisans, lodging, wildlife center, and locally sourced dining CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today released the Real. Buckhannon vignette. The videos highlight area attractions including local artisans, lodging, a wildlife center, and locally sourced... FULL STORY

Brook trout and bluebird wildlife license plates
July 20, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two new wildlife license plates are now available to West Virginia motorists, one featuring a native brook trout and the other an Eastern bluebird. The plates are a joint offering by the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Previous w... FULL STORY

School Clothing Allowance Vouchers
July 16, 2016

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) inadvertently mailed out approximately 80,000 school clothing allowance vouchers with an incorrect expiration date of October 31, 2015, instead of October 31, 2016. Participating stores will accept the misprinted vouchers with the in... FULL STORY

Adrian, Banks and Selbyville VFDs partner with PSD
July 9, 2016

By Lt. David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – Throughout the winter months, heavy snowfalls coupled with plowed roads often times bury fire hydrants along roadways throughout the county. This situation makes it very difficult, if not impossible sometimes, for fire crews t... FULL STORY

Livestock Feed Needs and Donations
July 6, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Farmers who have or need hay or other livestock feed should directly contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. A list of offices and details on FSA emergency programs are available online at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app. FSA emergency program info... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters answer 22 calls
July 3, 2016

By Lt. David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for the month of June revealing that members handled twenty-two calls for service and assistance. Firefighters answered nine ... FULL STORY

West Virginia's Largest Yard Sale
June 24, 2016

BUCKHANNON — It’s that time again…..The Upshur County CVB and the Lewis County CVB are now accepting registration forms for W.Va.’s Largest Yard Sale! To be held Aug. 5 and 6 in 2016, W.Va.’s Largest Yard Sale has become a favorite summer event. Visitors travel from all over the country including I... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters attend training
June 19, 2016

Banks District firefighters attend fire service leadership training national conference in Biloxi, MS By Lt. David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – Several firefighters from the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department have returned home after attending the Southeastern ... FULL STORY

UCARE Summer Events 2016
June 5, 2016

2012 Events - all events are chaperoned Admission Fee covers food, swimming, and music High School Pool Parties - 8 to 11 pm $2 Admission Saturday, June 16 Saturday, July 21 Saturday, August 18 Middle School Pool Party - 7 to 10 pm $2 Admission Saturday, July 7 National Night... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters answer 13 calls in May
June 3, 2016

By Lt. David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for May. Department members responded to thirteen calls for service. Firefighters answered seven requests to provide assista... FULL STORY

BROADCAST PREMIERE OF AMC'S "THE AMERICAN WEST"
May 23, 2016

8-part premiere event predominantly filmed in West Virginia CHARLESTON, West Virginia – AMC will begin airing its 8-part premiere event "The American West" on June 11 at 10 p.m. EST. Predominantly filmed in West Virginia's Berkeley and Jefferson counties, as well as Prickett's Fort State Park in ... FULL STORY

Work as a getaway – be a volunteer campground host
May 21, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Warm weather means camping for many people who enjoy the outdoors. Visitors to West Virginia state park campgrounds often are greeted and assisted by volunteer hosts. Several state parks have opportunities open for people who love to camp and enjoy helping other campers - c... FULL STORY

Got Internet?
May 21, 2016

Do you suffer with a poor internet connection? Do you live in a beautiful setting but can’t get high speed, reliable internet service? Maybe you have internet service, but the service is slow and limits your family’s web-based entertainment, work or educational experience. If you answered YES to ... FULL STORY

Banks District firefighters answer 14 calls
May 7, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson ROCK CAVE (WV) – The Banks District Volunteer Fire Department has released their activity and run report information for April. Department members responded to fourteen calls for service. Firefighters answered three requests to provide assistanc... FULL STORY

Roaming Gnome visits West Virginia’s state parks
May 7, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome, the garden variety figure gone tourist, is visiting West Virginia in May, including stops at some of the West Virginia’s state parks. One of the first stops was at Blackwater Falls State Park near Davis. The Gnome’s visits are part of a cooperative ven... FULL STORY

75th West Virginia Strawberry Festival Schedule
May 7, 2016

WEST VIRGINIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL May 14 – May 22, 2016 Strawberry Festival Office The Strawberry Office will also be the Festival Headquarters during the 75th West Virginia Strawberry Festival. The Office- Headquarters will be located across from the First Community Bank and be open to sell... FULL STORY

Lifeguard Training at Pipestem State Park May 6-8
April 26, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem State Park is offering a three-day lifeguard training course, May 6-8, 2016. Those who successfully complete the intense course will become certified for Lifeguarding/First Aid/ CPR and AED. Instruction will be coordinated by Steve Robertson, recreation supervisor at Pipes... FULL STORY

Upshur Parish Coordinator’s Report April 24th
April 22, 2016

Upshur Parish Coordinator’s Report to Wesleyan District Conference April 24, 2016: by Marvin Carr, Coordinator “TOGETHER WE CAN” – 118 volunteers and staff members gathered as we celebrated at our annual Upshur Parish House appreciation dinner on April 12, at First UM Church, Buckhannon. ... FULL STORY

Little Free Library Beauty Contest
April 21, 2016

This spring Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County (LV-UC) will be holding the first annual Little Free Library Beauty Contest. LV-US are asking ALL Little Free Library Stewards to “Pretty Up” their Libraries the week of April 18th, 2016. LV-UC will photograph the Little Libraries the week of April 25... FULL STORY

Single vehicle crash on Heaston Ridge Road
April 17, 2016

By David D. Taylor, JD Department spokesperson CRAWFORD (WV) – A Saturday afternoon traffic crash resulted in a driver being transported by Upshur County EMS to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The Upshur County Communications Center received a 911 call shortly ... FULL STORY

Banks District VFD blazing a social media trail
April 13, 2016

ROCK CAVE (WV) - Social media, a digital platform allowing for real-time information collection and distribution, is here to stay local firefighters say, whether you like it or not. Public safety organizations across the country are now connecting rapidly with the community they serve while also ta... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Hold Take Back the Night Event
April 10, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s JUST STAND organization will be hosting a Take Back the Night Event to stand against sexual violence in all forms- dating abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and every other type of sexual violence. The event will begin at 8 p.m. on April 12, 2016, in We... FULL STORY

Don’t Feed the Bears
April 4, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON W.Va. - The Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds residents that feeding black bears is a violation of state law as well as a misguided disservice to our state animal, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. “It is und... FULL STORY

Nar-Anon Family group meetings to start
April 4, 2016

Beginning Wednesday April 6, 2016 a Nar-Anon Family group for the families and friends of those who suffer from addiction will meet at Chapel Hill UMC at 88 S. Kanawha St. A beginners meeting will be held beginning at 6:00 followed by a regular meeting beginning at 7:00 and lasting til 8:30. All ar... FULL STORY

Volunteers needed to “Make It Shine”
April 2, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –West Virginia state parks and forests are getting ready to do their spring cleaning and “Make It Shine” in April, and they need volunteers to help. Cleanup days are planned at Kanawha State Forest, Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Beech Fork State Park, North Bend Stat... FULL STORY

Land Snails of West Virginia publication now avail
March 30, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A new nature guide book, “Land Snails of West Virginia,” has been published and is now available. It was written by Daniel Dourson and personnel of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Diversity Program. More than168 native species of land snai... FULL STORY

Celebrate Earth Day with Kelley Tierney State Farm
March 26, 2016

Earth Day is less than a month away and Kelley Tierney and her staff at State Farm are hoping to make this year one to remember by saving our monarch butterfly. Her office at 115 East Main Street is giving away packets of Milkweed seeds to clients to help establish a habitat for the Monarch here in ... FULL STORY

2016 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar wins award
March 25, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2016 full-color wall calendar published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has again won national recognition by receiving a 2016 Gold Award in a prestigious calendar contest. According to Scott Warner, assistant chief of the WVDNR Wildlife Diversity Uni... FULL STORY

38 eagles spotted in southern West Virginia
March 11, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Sixty-one people gathered and were scattered to 11 survey sites for the 9th annual Spring Eagle Survey, held March 5 in the Pipestem area of southern West Virginia. During the four hours of the survey, they spotted 38 bald and golden eagles soaring the skies. “The volunteers ... FULL STORY

Physical Agility Tests Scheduled
March 9, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Col. Jerry Jenkins of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resource... FULL STORY

9th annual southern WV spring eagle survey
February 27, 2016

Help spot eagles during the 9th annual southern West Virginia spring eagle survey, March 5, 2016 PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Volunteers are welcome to join the annual survey of the skies and waterways of the Pipestem area for golden and bald eagles. The 9th annual eagle survey of the Bluestone/Pipestem are... FULL STORY

Stonewall Resort giving away mattresses
February 27, 2016

If you know of someone needing mattress sets this might be useful. Please help get the information out. Thanks. Beginning March 1st, Stonewall Resort will be upgrading its guest room mattresses and box springs. The resort will be giving away the used inventory to make way for the new. There will ... FULL STORY

Applications available for annual Make It Shine
February 20, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginians can do their part in helping the Mountain State shine by volunteering for an annual litter cleanup, co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Highways. The 2016 West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup is scheduled for the fir... FULL STORY

Hodgesville Spring Fling Crafters Needed
February 19, 2016

On April 30, we are having Craft/Vendor show to raise money for the students at Hodgesville Elementary School in Hodgesville,WV. We are going to charge $25 for crafters in the gym and $20 for vendors in the hallway. You will need to bring your own table and we will provide chairs, your spot is 8x8 i... FULL STORY

8th West Virginia Scholar Program
February 15, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College announces the eighth annual 2016 West Virginia Scholar program which began Monday, February 8. Applications will be accepted until April 10, 2016 for a chance to win a full scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. The West Virginia Scholar program offers one ... FULL STORY

Tax preparation at Banks District VFD
February 14, 2016

On the following dates, Mountain Cap of WV, Inc. a CDC will have staff available at the banks District Volunteer Fire Department in Rock Cave helping folks from our community to prepare and file their TY 2015 tax returns. Feb 16, 17, 18 and Mar 15, 16, 17. These are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thu... FULL STORY

Learn about West Virginia mussels
February 12, 2016

CAIRO, W.Va. – Biologist Janet Clayton with the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) will present an evening program, “Mussels –Why They’re Important to West Virginia,” at North Bend State Park Feb. 25, 2016. The 6:30 p.m. program will cover the impor... FULL STORY

Pig Mania
February 1, 2016

This year’s Almost Heaven BBQ Bash will feature a special new activity ... “Pig Mania” offering an opportunity for everyone to get involved by “adopting a pig”, decorating it any way you wish (your business or organizational theme, an artistic, abstract or other design – use your imagination and hav... FULL STORY

Winter Lecture Series Sundays in February
January 27, 2016

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Winter Lecture Series each Sunday in February at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg will feature speakers, musicians and first-person interpreters on a variety of Ohio Valley and West Virginia topics. The series consists of four programs beginni... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 18, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Several Wesleyan offices have teamed up to offer a comprehensive program celebrating the life of this incredible man who impacted American history beyond the civil... FULL STORY

Professors Receive Over $50,000 from WV EPSCoR
January 17, 2016

The Division of Science and Research of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission announced that West Virginia Wesleyan College science faculty received over $50,000 for the 2016 Instrumentation and Innovation awards from West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (W... FULL STORY

Clean Water Conference Slated for January 19
January 15, 2016

The West Virginia Clean Water Conference will be held on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday, January 19 in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Mike Youngren, filmmaker, will introduce his documentary Elk River Blues at 7 p.m. On January 9, 2014, ... FULL STORY

WVU Mountaineer, Michael Garcia at North Bend
January 8, 2016

CAIRO, W.Va. – Meet the WVU Mountaineer, Michael Garcia, at North Bend State Park Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Garcia, a West Virginia University political science major from Fairmont, is the University’s 63rd Mountaineer Mascot. His tenure is the 2014-15 school year. “It... FULL STORY

The Conservation Fund Acquires 32000 Acres
January 6, 2016

Partnership With State Will Use Conservation, Forestry and Wildlife Management To Help Diversify Economic Opportunities In Southern West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.V. — The Conservation Fund announced its purchase of 32,396 acres of working forestland in southern West Virginia that will eventually c... FULL STORY

DEP and DNR Teaming Up for Tree Recycling Event
December 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Jan. 2, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will accept donated Christmas trees that will be repurposed as fish habitat in lakes and rivers. Trees ... FULL STORY

3rd Annual NO School Spirits PSA Contest
December 7, 2015

The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual NO School Spirits Public Service Announcement (PSA )contest. High School students are invited to submit an essay or video about the dangers of drinking and driving or underage alcohol use. The... FULL STORY

Upshur County Historical Society
December 7, 2015

The Upshur County Historical Society will be open to the public at the Repository, (29 W. Main Street, across from the Courthouse) Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm, December 8, 15, & 22 as well as Friday afternoons, 1-5pm, December 11 & 18 offering a wide array of wonderful publications and other gift items ... FULL STORY

Thanksgiving, Random Santa, and Ugly Sweaters
November 27, 2015

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The holiday fun begins Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at Pipestem Resort State Park and continues through the weekend, according Pipestem Activities Coordinator Kim Hawkins. The 89th annual Macy’s Day Parade will be shown in the Faulconer Room at McKeever Lodge Thanksgiving morning, fo... FULL STORY

Annual Joyful Night Celebration
November 25, 2015

Joyful Night celebration to be held Tuesday, December 1 at State Capitol Complex CHARLESTON, W.Va. (November 23, 2015) - In a special tribute to West Virginia's military men and women, veterans, Gold Star Families and first responders, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin... FULL STORY

Focus on State Parks to Reduce Holiday Stress
November 20, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Much of November and December is focused on shopping and cooking and their resulting stress. West Virginia state parks offer opportunities for relief and fun. “There comes a point in time and, perhaps in the pocketbook, when it’s time to step back and reduce stress by ge... FULL STORY

Gingerbread House Competition
November 13, 2015

Red and white striped candy canes, assorted candies, chocolates and lots and lots of icing will be in demand for an upcoming gingerbread house competition at Stockert Youth Center. The Buckhannon Christmas Holiday Committee is organizing a gingerbread house competition with three age groups: ages 6 ... FULL STORY

Drivers Advised to Use Caution to Avoid Deer
October 29, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) urges motorists to be more cautious while driving this time of year, as deer/vehicular collisions increase during late October and November. “West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of wildlife, including a healthy white-ta... FULL STORY

VETERANS DAY PARADE PARTICIPANTS WANTED
October 29, 2015

A SPECIAL INVITATION TO LEADERS OF YOUTH GROUPS, CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS, ETC. TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VETERANS DAY PARADE. Please accept this personal invitation to join the veterans and members of our community as we celebrate and pay tribute to all veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 201... FULL STORY

Venison is an Excellent Low-fat Alternative
October 21, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As West Virginia’s hunters take to the field, they gain more than just an enjoyable day with family and friends. Many will successfully harvest a deer and fill their freezer with an ample amount of “heart-healthy” venison (deer meat). “Venison is an excellent alternative... FULL STORY

Annual Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods Scheduled
October 20, 2015

It is the time of the year again when ghosts and goblins roam the streets collecting candy. Halloween is rapidly approaching, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. However, this time of year can be stressful, especially for those who have to think about how to feed their families. West Vir... FULL STORY

“Master of Disaster” to Share Passion
October 11, 2015

West Virginia Wesleyan College will host an alumni speaker series entitled Voices of Distinction on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The featured speaker, Mark Washburn ’75, a.k.a. “Master of Disaster,” will sha... FULL STORY

“Day to Serve” Food Collection at Pipestem Resort
September 17, 2015

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Pipestem Resort State Park is collecting non-perishable canned foods now through Oct. 10, 2015, as a national “Day to Serve” activity. Donations will be provided to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, a local food bank, and may be taken to designated drop-off areas at McKeever L... FULL STORY

DNR Investigates Black Bear Attack
September 4, 2015

MOUNT NEBO, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has investigated an attack on a man by a black bear in the Mount Nebo area of Nicholas County, West Virginia, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR. On August 26, 2015, a ma... FULL STORY

DNR Announces New Publication
August 7, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Section has published a guide titled Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Oil and Gas Infrastructure. The purpose of this publication is to provide information regarding management activities that will provi... FULL STORY

Wonderful West Virginia Magazine Wins Award
August 6, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Wonderful West Virginia magazine, published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, received a national communications award from the Association for Conservation Information at the organization’s annual conference July 16 in Flagstaff, Arizona. W... FULL STORY

Wildlife Center Welcomes Two New Bear Cubs
August 5, 2015

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - The West Virginia Wildlife Center in Upshur County has two new black bear cubs on exhibit. The cubs arrived at the zoological facility in the late spring. They are both male and one is about a month older than the other. “Having young wildlife is always fun for o... FULL STORY

Go wild! And Forage For Your Supper
August 3, 2015

CAIRO, West Virginia – A recent issue of Country Living magazine featuring the annual Nature Wonder “Wild Foods” weekend at North Bend State Park opened with this paragraph: “Deer, possum, quail, raccoon, sassafras, May apples, fiddlehead fern, milkweed, Queen Anne’s Lace and pawpaw. ... FULL STORY

Further Actions Taken to Combat CWD of Deer in WVa
July 20, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –“As part of our agency’s ongoing management efforts to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a larger portion of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia has been added to the current area where artificial supplemental feeding and baiting of deer is prohibited,” sa... FULL STORY

Girl Scout Project Provides New Homes
July 12, 2015

CAIRO, West Virginia – Brianna Bengel has earned the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout (Grades 6-8) can earn: a Silver Award. Her project was building songbird and wood duck boxes and donating them to North Bend State Park, located near Cairo in Ritchie County. “It is an honor to acc... FULL STORY

Facebook Users Help Natural Resources Police
July 10, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Natural Resources Police were able to solve a deer poaching case in less than an hour July 2, 2015, thanks to help from Facebook users. Three images originally posted to the social media network SnapChat show a dead deer lying in a creek wit... FULL STORY

Nature Programs Top Summer Activities at Cacapon
July 8, 2015

BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – A nature center brimming with displays and animals is complemented by a variety of outdoor activities with a focus on nature this summer at Cacapon Resort State Park. Park Naturalist Renee Fincham and Summer Naturalist Austin Unger organize and conduct daily activit... FULL STORY

Operation Life Jacket
June 30, 2015

Effort to increase use and awareness in advance of July Fourth weekend SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will promote water safety with Operation Life Jacket June 29 through July 4. The campaign encourages the use of approved personal flotation devices whil... FULL STORY

WVa One of Eight States to Receive Flexibility
June 26, 2015

Charleston, W.Va. -- Building on the significant progress seen in America’s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) announced today that West Virginia and seven other states have received multiple years of continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and S... FULL STORY

Yellow Poplar Weevils Impacting Trees in W.Va.
June 26, 2015

West Virginia’s poplar trees are under invasion. Yellow poplar weevils, a small black beetle native to West Virginia, are munching their way through trees all over the state this spring and summer. You’ll notice the leaves of poplar trees turning brown and in some cases significant leaf loss. “T... FULL STORY

Food Sites Offer Free Meals to Children
June 19, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the start of summer, it’s time to think about how children who receive free or reduced-priced lunch in school will eat healthy while school is out. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Child Nutrition, a proud sponsor of the USDA Summer Food Service Pro... FULL STORY

UAA Awards Scholarship to Local Student of Music
June 18, 2015

The Upshur Arts Alliance, Inc. is pleased to announce that Daniel Bellamy is the recipient of a $500 scholarship to study music education at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN this fall. The scholarship is awarded annually to an Upshur County High School senior who is planning to attend... FULL STORY

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 11, 2015

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families (BCF) joins the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services in recognizing June 15, 2015, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “Every year, an estimated five million Americans are victims of elder abuse, negl... FULL STORY

“Brunch with Margaret”
June 10, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Margaret Blennerhassett was famous for entertaining guests at her mansion on the island in the Ohio River in the summers of the late 1700s into the early 1800s. Modern-day visitors are invited to have “Brunch with Margaret” during a special event June 11 on Blennerhasset... FULL STORY

Graduation Rate for WVa Students with Disabilities
June 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia students with disabilities are graduating from high school at a greater percentage than the national average, according to Diplomas Count 2015: Next Steps-Life After Special Education. The 2015 report focuses on students with disabilities as it examines the challen... FULL STORY

Aloi Named to Nonprofit Association Board
June 3, 2015

Dr. Susan Aloi, director of the Thomas H. Albinson II School of Business at West Virginia Wesleyan College, has been appointed as a board member for the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA). Dr. Aloi will serve on the Programming Committee. The WVNPA is a state-wide organization that provides... FULL STORY

State Parks Celebrate National Trails Day
May 29, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s state parks extend an invitation to take a hike to help celebrate The American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day event. This year the national promotion is set for Saturday, June 6, 2015. “Public parks, organizations and outd... FULL STORY

How to Produce and Market Dried Fruit Products
May 19, 2015

Experts from the West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, and Penn State Extension are offering a one-day, hands-on workshop for those interested in how to produce and market dried fruit products. The works... FULL STORY

Computers are Recharged and Reintroduced
May 15, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It can be described as a cyber-facelift for a good cause. Thousands of state government computers taken out of circulation are being cleaned, cleared of old data and carried to a new home as part of the Second Launch WV program. "The West Virginia Office of Technology is plea... FULL STORY

DNR Wildlife Resources Section Chief Named
May 15, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Bob Fala has announced the appointment of Paul R. Johansen as chief of the Wildlife Resources Section, effective May 16, 2015. Johansen, whose previous position was assistant chief in charge of game management, has ... FULL STORY

Don’t Feed the Bears!
May 13, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds residents that feeding black bears is a violation of state law as well as a misguided disservice to our state animal, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. ... FULL STORY

First Responder Educators to Receive Training
May 12, 2015

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health today announced training for those who will be teaching first responders how to administer Naloxone to individuals suspected of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is a drug used to help counter the effects of respiratory... FULL STORY

Lifeguard Training Class at Pipestem
May 8, 2015

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Looking for a summer lifeguarding job but need to get the proper certification? Pipestem Resort State Park is offering an intense three-day lifeguard training course May 15, 16 and 17. Successful candidates will become certified for Lifeguarding/First aid/ CPR and AED, acco... FULL STORY

2015 Governor’s Service Awards
May 7, 2015

It is time to nominate an outstanding individual, family or organization for the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards! "The annual Governor's Service Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognize those who dedicate countless hours of their time to help build a brighter future for West Virginia. I ... FULL STORY

Changes Made to the IDD Waiver Application
May 5, 2015

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) has finalized changes to the five-year renewal application for the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Waiver. The IDD Waiver program provides community-based services to more than 4,500 West Virg... FULL STORY

Culinary Experts Named Friend of ProStart
May 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Chef Lawrence Perry and Chef Isabel Cross, instructors from Mountwest Center for Culinary Arts, have been named the 2015 Friend of ProStart by the West Virginia Department of Education's (WVDE) Hospitality Education and Training (WVHEAT) program. The award recognizes outstanding ... FULL STORY

Education Leader Leaves a Legacy of Progress
May 1, 2015

ROMNEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB) will say farewell to its leader. Dr. Lynn Boyer announced her retirement earlier this month during a WVSDB Board of Advisors meeting. Boyer joined the WVSDB in 2011. "This brings to closure four years at the Schools, an ... FULL STORY

W. Va. Master Naturalists State Conference
April 27, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Master Naturalist program will have its sixth annual conference June 12-14, 2015, on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins. Members from eight active Master Naturalist chapters from across the state will be attending. “The mission of the Mast... FULL STORY

Campus Organizations Gear Up for Spring Sing
April 15, 2015

As the spring season begins, so do the spring festivities at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The annual Spring Sing competition is a highlight of the Spring Weekend and will be held Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. This year’s competition theme is “Sweet Home….Among the Hills” and will... FULL STORY

Proposed Changes to IDD Waiver
April 13, 2015

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Medical Services (BMS), has posted for public comment a draft five-year renewal application for the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Waiver (IDDW). The IDDW provides community-based services to people who have intellectua... FULL STORY

Ducks Unlimited recognizes WVDNR
April 9, 2015

OMAHA, Nebraska - With this year’s contribution, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reached the $500,000 mark for donations to waterfowl breeding ground conservation in Canada. Ducks Unlimited (DU) recognized their commitment during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources... FULL STORY

CERT Classes Scheduled in April
March 28, 2015

Want to learn to care for yourself, family and neighbors during an emergency or disaster? Anyone interested in becoming an Upshur County CERT volunteer please contact Upshur County CERT by email at: ccc_cert_upshurco@hotmail.com If interested, please provide your name, address, phone number(s), ... FULL STORY

Governors to wager on WVU and Kentucky's Sweet 16
March 25, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today challenged Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to a friendly wager on the Sweet 16 matchup between West Virginia University and the University of Kentucky during the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Thursday, March 26. "Joanne and I wish both te... FULL STORY

National Nutrition Month®
March 24, 2015

During the month of March, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is encouraging residents to return to the basics of healthy eating as part of National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme, “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” encourage... FULL STORY

First County-wide Budget Simulation
March 24, 2015

The West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office hosted its first session of a county-wide Get a Life budget simulation Mar. 17 at the Navy Reserve Center in Eleanor, Putnam County. During the two day event, West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue will welcome more than 700 eighth grade students as ... FULL STORY

Fake Invoice Scam Warning
March 18, 2015

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned business owners of a scam circulating through West Virginia in which business owners are getting fake invoices for allegedly being listed in telephone directories and social media. The invoices, some of which are for thousands of dollars, are... FULL STORY

25th Anniversary: The First Female WVU Mountaineer
March 13, 2015

Charleston, W.Va. – This month marks the 25th anniversary that West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant was chosen as the West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot. In 1990, the 22-year-old broadcast journalism senior from Fairview was the first woman to ever be given th... FULL STORY

DHHR, Education Oppose Weakening of State’s Laws
March 11, 2015

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Department of Education support Senate Bill 286 which firms up the state’s current immunization law, but oppose proposed House amendments. “We appreciate working with our partners in the West Virginia State Senate to... FULL STORY

Open Enrollment for Upshur County Head Start
March 3, 2015

Upshur County HEAD START Pre-school and Pre--k has open enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year every Tue and Thur through the month of MARCH 2015. Stop by at 6 Cleveland Ave from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and fill out the paperwork for Head Start. You will need to bring proof of income, birth certific... FULL STORY

Health Officials Share Importance of Heart Disease
March 1, 2015

Health officials with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and Thomas Memorial Hospital today reminded residents about the importance of cardiovascular disease during an awareness event hosted by Thomas Memorial Hospital as part of American Heart Month. “West Virginia... FULL STORY

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presents $50,000
February 27, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - At the regular quarterly meeting of the Natural Resources Commission held Sunday Feb. 22, 2015, in South Charleston, Bill Carman, Regional Director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and its West Virginia State Chapter President Brian Satterfield presented a Seed ... FULL STORY

Morrisey Warns Parents of Predator Email Scams
February 26, 2015

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warns parents to be on alert if they receive an email notification disguised as an alert of a child predator in the area. Emails claiming to be a “community safety” alert have been circulating throughout the state and nation. The alert appears to ... FULL STORY

West Virginia DMV and DNR Working Together
February 6, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala and Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed announce the opportunity for seniors who have purchased the Class XS Senior Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License to obtain a Class XS designation on their West Virginia driv... FULL STORY

Make It Shine Cleanup Set for April
February 3, 2015

Applications are now available for the 2015 West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup. The annual event is jointly sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Highways. The cleanup takes place April 6-19, and the registration deadline for those who wish to part... FULL STORY

DOE Champions Student Data Privacy
January 29, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will serve as a Data Privacy Day Champion as the world recognizes Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, 2015. Data Privacy Day, observed annually on Jan. 28, is an international awareness effort to encourage Internet users to consider the p... FULL STORY

CERT Training Classes Forming in Buckhannon
January 28, 2015

Want to learn to care for yourself, family and neighbors during an emergency or disaster? Anyone interested in becoming an Upshur County CERT volunteer please contact Upshur County CERT by email at: ccc_cert_upshurco@hotmail.com If interested, please provide your name, address, phone number(s), a... FULL STORY

Schools to Compete for A Third JAM Day Title
January 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools are making a move on another JAM Day national title. West Virginia will join schools and organizations from around the world on February 12, 2015 for a Just-A-Minute (JAM) fitness break. For two years in a row West Virginia has had more schools participate t... FULL STORY

Commission to Host Annual Celebration
January 16, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Dr. Carolyn Stuart, executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) and chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission today announced plans for the annual commemorative celebration in honor of Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on... FULL STORY

Eighth Annual SMART529 When I Grow Up Contest
January 13, 2015

HURRICANE – Elementary school students around the state have the chance to win up to $5,000 in higher education expenses. Today, West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue and representatives of The Hartford gathered at Mountain View Elementary School in Hurricane to announce the eighth annual SMART5... FULL STORY

Sixty-Nine W. Va. Educators Earned Certification
January 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As 2015 gets underway, nearly 70 additional West Virginia teachers will go back to work with the nation's highest teaching certification. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced that 69 teachers... FULL STORY

Morrisey Offers Tips to Consumers
December 31, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminded consumers who have resolved to lose weight or get in better shape in the new year to carefully research any gym or fitness center before joining. “One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight and get fit, and often consum... FULL STORY

A New Look for Wonderful West Virginia Magazine
December 11, 2014

Subscribe in December for a chance to win a Canaan Valley Resort getaway SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The new year brings a new look to Wonderful West Virginia magazine and a chance for subscribers to enjoy a getaway vacation at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. ... FULL STORY

2015 West Virginia Wildlife Calendars
December 9, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “The 2015 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available for everyone to enjoy,” according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “The calendar is full of interesting daily facts, best fishing days ... FULL STORY

One Voice, One Focus Video Series Launched
December 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano today launched a new video series to feature his entry and vision plan titled One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving - Creating a World-class Educational System for the State of West Virginia. "I am excited to ha... FULL STORY

Positive eDNA Results for Asian Carp Found
December 4, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section has confirmed that environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian carp was found in water samples taken from the Ohio River and Kanawha River. As part of a cooperative project,... FULL STORY

West Virginia Officer of the Year
November 24, 2014

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2014 Natural Resources Police Officer of the Year is J.R. Casto of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) District 6. Col. Jerry Jenkins, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Section, presented Officer Casto with the award during a recent ceremony at t... FULL STORY

CERT Classes To Be Offered in Upshur County
November 21, 2014

Want to learn to care for yourself, family and neighbors during an emergency or disaster? Anyone interested in becoming an Upshur County CERT volunteer please contact Upshur County CERT by email at: ccc_cert_upshurco@hotmail.com If interested, please provide your name, address, phone number(s), a... FULL STORY

Venison is an Excellent Low-fat Beef Alternative
November 19, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As West Virginia’s hunters take to the field, they gain more than just an enjoyable day with family and friends. Many will successfully harvest a deer and fill their freezers with an ample amount of “heart-healthy” venison (deer meat). Venison is an excellent alternative to... FULL STORY

Tomblin Unveils Final License Plate in Series
November 11, 2014

Governor encourages West Virginians to support state's wildlife CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today unveiled the third and final license plate in a three-part series, celebrating West Virginia's native wildlife. Through a collaborative effort between the Division of Natural Resources... FULL STORY

Upholding The Legacy of Pearl S. Buck
November 7, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation have announced a partnership that will preserve the legacy and works of Nobel Prize in Literature winner Pearl S. Buck. Buck, born in Hillsboro, WV to missionary parents, was one of only 13 Amer... FULL STORY

Project AWARE Grant Awarded
October 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, WV- The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will receive a grant for $9.7 million to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services. West Virginia was one of 120 states and local school districts to receive the Now is the Time Pro... FULL STORY

Make Cyber Security a Top Priority
October 30, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today reminded West Virginia consumers to take simple security measures to ensure that their online identity remains protected and that electronic devices stay safe. “October is cyber security month, which is an easy way to remind people, whether the... FULL STORY

2015 Living the Dream Awards
October 28, 2014

The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission today announced open nominations for the 2015 Living the Dream Awards. Award winners will be recognized as part of an ecumenical service celebrating Dr. Kings continued legacy Monday, January 19, 2015 at Asbury United Methodist Church "The Com... FULL STORY

Take Extra Caution to Avoid Deer Collisions
October 22, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages motorists to be more cautious while driving this time of year, as deer/vehicular collisions increase significantly during the months of October and November. “West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of... FULL STORY

2014 Permits For Limited Seasons Mailed
October 13, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Permits for the limited 2014 antlerless deer and bear firearms seasons have been mailed to successful applicants, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. These limited permits provide hunting oppor... FULL STORY

Seasonal Job Fair Scheduled Oct. 18
October 13, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – It’s only the beginning of autumn, but that means it’s time to get ready for the winter recreation season at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Last year, Canaan Valley had approximately 277-thousand visitors who enjoyed the park’s 43 trails that are being readied now for the co... FULL STORY

DNR Aquires Two New Wildlife Management Areas
October 11, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two new wildlife management areas (WMAs), both in Preston County, have been acquired by The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. “These new public lands will provide out... FULL STORY

Bowhunters Wanted!
September 29, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the opening of archery seasons for deer and bear Sept. 27, 2014, West Virginia bowhunters are encouraged to participate in the West Virginia Bowhunter Survey. The Bowhunter Survey was initiated in 1995 as a cooperative effort between the West Virginia Bowhunters Associ... FULL STORY

Invasive Species Strategic Plan Comments
September 25, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The draft “West Virginia Invasive Species Strategic Plan” is now available for public comment. “Non-native invasive species cost West Virginia millions of dollars every year,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Invasive Species Strategic Plan
September 22, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The draft “West Virginia Invasive Species Strategic Plan” is now available for public comment. “Non-native invasive species cost West Virginia millions of dollars every year,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife ... FULL STORY

SeptemberFest at Blackwater Falls State Park
September 19, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – SeptemberFest is a three-night, four-day extravaganza at Blackwater Falls State Park Sept. 22-25, 2014. The event includes a Lindy Point walk, Canyon Rim buffet, music by West Virginia artist Dustin McCray, ice cream social, a charter bus trip to ride the Cass S... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Awarded $10 Million Title III Grant
September 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education has approved a $10 million Title III grant for West Virginia Wesleyan College under the department’s Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). The program helps eligible institutions of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve lo... FULL STORY

WVDA Honors Four "Women in Ag"
September 11, 2014

Four more deserving women were recognized as West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) "Women in Agriculture" at a ceremony during the recent State Fair of WV. This year's inductees included: Mida Peterson (beef cattle farmer), Helen Hardman (beef cattle farmer/educator), Evelyn McGlothlin (agr... FULL STORY

WVDNR Grant to Address White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
September 8, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced grant awards totaling $1,276,088 to 30 states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects, including a $45,700 grant to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (WRS). These funds will be... FULL STORY

Nature Wonder Weekend
September 4, 2014

CAIRO, West Virginia – Forty-seven years and still wildly popular is Nature Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park. This year’s event is set for Sept. 19-21. The late nature author Euell Gibbons initiated an interest in wild food, turning dandelions and paw paws into gourmet delicacies. The event, ... FULL STORY

WVWC Announces New Faculty Members
August 26, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College welcomed fourteen faculty members to campus for the 2014-2015 academic year. The group includes: Tamara Denmark Bailey will join the School of Social and Behavioral Science as assistant professor of history. She earned both a B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia Un... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Gears Up for Orientation Activities
August 22, 2014

As West Virginia Wesleyan College gears up for another school year, students are set to arrive on campus Saturday, August 23 for Orientation activities. The College will be welcoming its second largest class in ten years, a class that will help the College reach a total enrollment of over 1,500 stu... FULL STORY

Fish Hawk Hootenanny
August 19, 2014

Join us each month for an evening of food, wine and conversation at Fish Hawk Acres. We will tour our farm and enjoy delicious, local food and good company. This month we are having our own Fish Hawk Hootenanny. A Hootenanny is a celebratory event held in the southern United States and possibly f... FULL STORY

Amateur Backyard Chili / BBQ Cook-off
August 4, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort State Park is searching for amateur chili and barbecue chefs to participate in the annual Canaan Amateur Backyard Chili & Barbecue Cook-off, scheduled for Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion. First, second and ... FULL STORY

Snakes of West Virginia Program
August 1, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources present “Snakes of West Virginia” Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The free, interactive presentation will take place in the Pine Room of Canaan’s Main Lodge at 7 p.m. WVDNR wildlife biolo... FULL STORY

Preparation Programs Held to the Highest Standards
July 31, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – In a visionary move, The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) earlier this month adopted nationally-recognized teacher preparation standards and the accreditation process. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards set the foundation for teacher... FULL STORY

Hands-on Activities Popular with Visitors to Watog
July 30, 2014

POCAHONTAS COUNTY, West Virginia --West Virginia’s largest state park in acreage is Watoga State Park. Located in Pocahontas County, Watoga is known for its mountain terrain, meandering streams and lake. “The cabins and campgrounds are wonderful,” says summer naturalist Cheryle Boggs. “Park visi... FULL STORY

Kale Chips a Hit with Energy Express Kids
July 29, 2014

"Kale" and "chips" aren't words you typically see in the same sentence, much less adjacent to each other. But the term may become more common if an informal experiment conducted at Kingwood Elementary proves accurate elsewhere. About 40-50 children attending the Preston County Energy Express sum... FULL STORY

P4CM
By Don Smith
July 10, 2014

It almost sounds like a chemical designation for some new molecule or something. Instead, it actually stands for, “Passion for Christ Movement”, which is a grass-roots effort begun in Los Angeles, California. It is comprised of a number of young poets who have collectively decided to apply their ... FULL STORY

Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy
July 9, 2014

The legacy of one of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s most successful alumni continues this week with the second annual Tom Dunn Leadership Academy. The event is held in conjunction with the Independent Oil and Gas Association Equipment Show at Wesleyan. The academy honors the memory of one of its... FULL STORY

Hike to Explore Life Along the Bluestone River
July 2, 2014

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – National Park rangers and Pipestem Resort State Park Naturalist Julie McQuade invite hikers to explore life along the Bluestone River this holiday weekend. The Bluestone Walk and the Bluestone Turnpike Hike begin at Pipestem Resort State Park, offering special chances for i... FULL STORY

DNR Investigates Black Bear Encounter
July 1, 2014

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is investigating an encounter between a black bear and a woman in the Mayfield Road area of Morgantown, West Virginia, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR. DNR personnel a... FULL STORY

Lively Named to Board of Directors
June 28, 2014

Alisa Lively, campus life director of West Virginia Wesleyan College, has been appointed to the Special Olympics, West Virginia (SOWV) State Board of Directors. Lively is the proud parent of Megan Lively, who has participated in bowling, bocce, cheerleading, individual skills basketball, and tra... FULL STORY

Children’s Nature Camp
June 26, 2014

ROANOKE, West Virginia – Stonewall State Park Foundation will host a four-day, hands-on Nature Odyssey camp July 14-17, open to all children going into grades 2-7. The foundation conducts a variety of special programs each year at Stonewall Resort State Park. Samantha Norris, communit... FULL STORY

Officers Preparing for Operation Dry Water 2014
June 22, 2014

Concentrated effort to curb drinking and boating scheduled for June 27-29, 2014 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, 2014, as part of a nationally coordinate... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Grants Promotion and Tenure
June 19, 2014

Two professors were granted tenure and one professor was promoted recently at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Dr. Gregory Bradley-Popovich and Dr. Tammy Samples gained tenure and the title of Associate Professor, while Dr. Susan Leight gained full professorship during this promotion. Dr. Greg... FULL STORY

Twin Falls State Park Seeks Sponsorships
June 18, 2014

Businesses, organizations or individuals can help keep kids and adults swimming in the summer months by sponsoring a “Cool! Pool Day” at Twin Falls State Park near Mullens in Wyoming County. An outdoor swimming pool is a traditional recreation amenity at many West Virginia State Park... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Receives Electron Microscope
June 13, 2014

The Department of Physics and Engineering at West Virginia Wesleyan College was the benefactor of an electron microscope donated by Marshall University in Huntington, WV. An electron microscope uses an electron beam to produce a magnified image of a specimen. An electron microscope can achieve much ... FULL STORY

Scammers 'Spoofing' Caller ID
June 11, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia consumers about phone calls they may be receiving from telemarketers who are using Caller ID spoofing. The Office has received several calls from consumers who report that when they receive the telemarketing solicitation, th... FULL STORY

Concealed Handgun Licenses Qualify for Exemption
June 6, 2014

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that West Virginia concealed handgun licenses will now qualify as an alternative to the background check requirements of the Brady Law. As a result, West Virginians with concealed handgun licenses (“CHL”) issued on or after June ... FULL STORY

Voting Begins for MVB Bank W. Va. Scholar Program
May 30, 2014

Finalists have been announced for the annual MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program. The winner will receive a full, four-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College to include tuition and fees, along with room and board, starting fall 2015. Second prize is a four-year $5,000 scholarship an... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Campus Under Construction
May 23, 2014

Summer is typically quiet at West Virginia Wesleyan College. This year, however, the sounds of hammers, bulldozers, and other machinery can be heard across the campus. Construction and renovations projects totaling $7.5 million are now underway. In August, Wesleyan will open the new O’Roark No... FULL STORY

DHHR to Continue to Seek Funding
May 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling today announced DHHR and its Bureau for Public Health, in partnership with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, will continue to seek funding from outside sources to address and identif... FULL STORY

State Board Approves A through F Grading System
May 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System at its monthly meeting in Charleston. During his 2014 State of the State Address Governor Earl Ray Tomblin charged the board with adopting a... FULL STORY

Residents Fined More Than $10,000 for Dumping
May 16, 2014

ROMNEY, W.Va. – Two men from Virginia have been convicted in Hardy County magistrate court and fined more than $10,000 on charges related to the illegal dumping of building materials, according to Captain Tom Stuckey of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement office in Romney... FULL STORY

WVDA Gypsy Moth Treatments Begin Mid-May
May 15, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will treat approximately 974 acres in Hardy County starting in mid-May for the control of gypsy moth through the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Suppression Program. “This treatment program helps to safeguard our state’s private and com... FULL STORY

WIC Has Been Strengthening Families for 40 Years
May 14, 2014

57 local clinics serve communities across West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is one of the State’s most important public health programs improving healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes, and preparing children t... FULL STORY

WVDNR Seeks Help Locating Whip-poor-wills
May 8, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources needs help in locating whip-poor-wills, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. “If you see or hear whip-poor-wills in West Virginia between the dates of May 10 and July ... FULL STORY

Creative Student Videos Promote the Constitution
May 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students have used their creativity and knowledge to win a video contest about the U.S. Constitution. The contest, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia State Bar, rewards students for the best creation of a 3-minute video ... FULL STORY

National Infant Immunization Week
April 30, 2014

20th anniversary of world observance to highlight importance of protecting infants CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week April 26 to May 3, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Immunization Services highlighted the importance of ... FULL STORY

Semifinalists for MVB Bank W.Va. Scholar Program
April 24, 2014

Fifteen top high school juniors from across West Virginia are the semifinalists for the seventh annual MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program. The winner will receive a full, four-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College to include tuition and fees, along with room and board, starting fall... FULL STORY

DHHR Announces New WIC Income Guidelines
April 22, 2014

Additional 5,000 West Virginia residents may be eligible for benefits CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services today announced new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nut... FULL STORY

W.Va. BOE to Receive a National Stipend
April 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) is one of six state and territorial boards of education who will receive a stipend from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to advance state education reform work in the areas of School Leadership, Common Core ... FULL STORY

Avian Antics, Sumner School, Craftsman Mark Soukup
April 16, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The May 2014 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, features articles about national natural treasures Organ Cave and Fisher Spring Run Bog, avian entertainment provided by tree swallows and bluebirds, a history of Parkersburg’s Sumner School, and a profile... FULL STORY

April is Pet Preparedness Month
April 9, 2014

Your emergency bag is ready to grab and go, but what about your pet? April is Pet Preparedness Month. Volunteer West Virginia is partnering with the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association for a Pet Preparedness Event on April 26 from noon until 5pm. The first twenty people to adopt a new pet will rec... FULL STORY

Door-to-Door Community Assessments
April 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in the nine counties affected by the January 9, 2014 Elk River c... FULL STORY

Fraudulent Offers Of Free Or Low-Cost Supplies
April 7, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is alerting residents to a scam that appears to be circulating throughout the state and region in which a person receives an unsolicited telephone call offering free diabetes testing or other medical supplies. The Attorney General’s Office recently ... FULL STORY

Kanawha State Forest feature Owls
April 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - “Who Gives a Hoot? Finding Owls” is the title for April 2014 Bird of the Month program at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston. This program begins Saturday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the swimming pool building and includes a dusk-into-dark hike for an “owl experience.” ... FULL STORY

Physical Agility Tests for WVNR Candidates
April 4, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Lt. Tim Coleman of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (... FULL STORY

WVDA to Again Honor West Virginia Women in Ag
April 2, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking nominations for the 2014 "West Virginia Women in Agriculture" program. Nominations are due by June 1, and those making the nominations are asked to provide as much detail about the nominee's agricultural career as possible. The 'Women ... FULL STORY

Career Technical Students Compete in SkillsUSA
March 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of career technical education students from across West Virginia will compete Friday and Saturday in 55 categories to earn the chance to advance to the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Winfield High School in Putn... FULL STORY

Public Health Moves from Response to Recovery
March 26, 2014

State Health Officer sends 865 letters to health care providers seeking voluntary reporting of symptomatic patients with exposure to the contaminated water following chemical spill CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Just over two months have passed since the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource... FULL STORY

W.Va. Students Receive Spirit of Community Award
March 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Cabell County high school student from Milton and a Wood County middle school student from Belleville have been named top youth volunteers of 2014 by the the national Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volu... FULL STORY

Flood Insurance 101!
March 21, 2014

It’s National Flood Awareness Week (March 16 – 22)! Taking action to prepare for flood hazards is important no matter where you live but especially if you are in low-laying areas or near water. Since floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, preparing for this hazard is critica... FULL STORY

Applications Being Accepted For Science Symposium
March 21, 2014

West Virginia high school students with an interest in science, mathematics, computers, psychology or engineering have the opportunity to compete for scholarships and to participate in hands-on labs at the West Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WV-JSHS), slated for April 4-5 on West ... FULL STORY

Social Justice Week Activities Planned
March 18, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College is gearing up for Social Justice Week 2014 to be held March 24-28, 2014. Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development, the week is dedicated to education, empowerment, and activism. By focusing on a different issue every day, the program ... FULL STORY

IMPACT Day Scheduled for April
March 15, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, West Virginia Wesleyan College will be closing offices and canceling classes in celebration of a day dedicated to the community. Formerly Do Good Day, IMPACT Day stands for Inspire-Model-Purpose-Action-Challenge-Teamwork and is a time for faculty, staff, and students to engage ... FULL STORY

DHHR Announces Emergency Low Income Energy Program
March 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling announced the Bureau for Children and Families will begin accepting Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) applications March 17, 2014. To qualify, households must meet all p... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Mar. 17-30
March 7, 2014

6th Annual Festival of Nations: Mar. 15, Millsop Community Center, Weirton Come and celebrate our community’s ethnic diversity. Activities and attractions include ethnic food, displays by more than 15 ethnicities, and songs and dances for all ages. Dance groups represent China, Greece, Hungary, ... FULL STORY

Schools Honored for Connecting Education
March 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Two West Virginia schools received top honors for their work connecting education and the environment. Cameron Middle-High School in Marshall County and Eastwood Elementary School in Monongalia County were named West Virginia Sustainable Schools for their commitment to susta... FULL STORY

How Do You Ensure You Have Proper Water Supplies
March 4, 2014

From Ready.gov Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. Prepare yourself by building a supply of w... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Named to Best Colleges List
March 3, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College was selected as one of two West Virginia intuitions for inclusion in the article “The 100 Best Colleges and Universities in the U.S. by State” by TheBestSchools.org. Selection to this article was based on the reputation of the school and its faculty, its dedication... FULL STORY

Tips to Help During a Snowstorm
February 26, 2014

By Joseph Porcelli - Community Manager (Contractor) The Impact of Snowstorms On the Elderly and People with Disabilities: For the elderly and people with disabilities, snowstorms can mean being trapped at home unable to get to work, to the food store, to the pharmacy, or have the mail deliver... FULL STORY

Student-Written Grants Help Strengthen Connection
February 26, 2014

The Master’s Reading Specialist Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College is more than an educational program; it is a hands-on experience for all students and faculty involved. In fact, it is becoming a community endeavor. “There is a strong relationship of collaboration between the county sch... FULL STORY

W.Va. Universal Pre-K Outstanding Teacher Named
February 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Universal Pre-K Collaborative continues to recognize the best Pre-K teachers in West Virginia. On Thursday during the Celebrating Connection Pre-K Conference the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), West Virginia Head Start and the West Virginia Departm... FULL STORY

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings
February 24, 2014

Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers. Systolic The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts). Diastolic The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two number... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Host Church Appreciation Day
February 21, 2014

Courtesy of WVWC.edu On Saturday, March 1, West Virginia Wesleyan College will host a Church Appreciation Day for local churches during the men’s and women’s basketball games against the Glenville State Pioneers. This featured event is the second for Wesleyan, as the College invites several cong... FULL STORY

Carbon Monoxide Detector Use Encouraged
February 19, 2014

Up to 450 deaths and 20,000 injuries, nationally, attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning annually CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health urges citizens to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes, especially if they are hea... FULL STORY

Reminder for a Healthier Life
February 14, 2014

State Health Officer says 1 in 3 residents have high blood pressure CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in WV. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Div... FULL STORY

Six Tips to Prepare for Blackouts
February 13, 2014

1. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts. 2. Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer if there's room. Leave about an inch of space inside each... FULL STORY

Wing Roll Up
February 12, 2014

Submitted by subscriber Karla L. 1 large whole wheat flour tortilla 3 oz. grilled chicken breast, cut into strips 1 Tbsp. wing sauce 1 Tbsp. fat free blue cheese dressing 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped 1/4 cup Romaine lettuce leaves, torn Spread tortilla with wing sauce. Fill center... FULL STORY

Digital Learning Day Features Technology
February 6, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thousands of students focused on the power of technology in the classroom on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed the date Digital Learning Day (DLD). DLD, coordinated by The Alliance for Excellent Education, encourages the innovative use of technology ... FULL STORY

One-Ring Phone Scam Warning
February 5, 2014

CHARLESTON—Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned citizens to be cautious of a new scam that places unauthorized fees on their wireless accounts if they return calls they were unable to answer. The scam, which the Better Business Bureau and others have dubbed the “one-ring” scam, is a form of ... FULL STORY

Tortilla Chips & Pineapple Salsa
February 3, 2014

Contributed by subscriber Annie K. •4 corn tortillas, cut into quarters •8 oz canned pineapple tidbits, drained •1/2 cup green pepper, diced •1/4 cup red pepper, diced •1 Tbsp green onion, minced •1 tsp fresh cilantro •1 Tbsp lime juice Bake tortilla wedges on cookie sheet at 350 ... FULL STORY

West Virginia Schools Receiving Good News
February 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) learned that after re-flushing five schools have achieved a non-detect level of MCHM in their water systems. These five schools join the nearly 100 schools where testing has resulted in non-detect readings at the more rigorous screen... FULL STORY

W.Va. Reptile and Amphibian Regulations Brochure
January 29, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has a new Reptile and Amphibian Regulations brochure available, according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro. The brochure can be viewed by clicking on the publication image under regulations at www.wvdnr.gov/wf. It ... FULL STORY

Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
January 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Senators John D. Rockefeller, IV and Joe Manchin III announced the names of the two West Virginia students who have been selected as delegates to the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 8 – 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Adrienne Arnold ... FULL STORY

Winter Waterfowl Survey Results
January 24, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wildlife biologists in West Virginia counted 8,797 ducks and 6,709 Canada geese during the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey conducted in early January, according to Steve Wilson, waterfowl biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Se... FULL STORY

DoE Seeks Organizations to Feed Kids this Summer
January 20, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is looking for organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer. County boards of education and other non-profit organizations can participate in the Summer Food Program, which e... FULL STORY

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY
January 16, 2014

This National Event Will Highlight the Potential for Effective Teaching with Technology to Support West Virginia Students Success in College and a Career CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, is pleased to announ... FULL STORY

Staying Safe When Your Stranded by Your Car
January 14, 2014

Knowing what to do during dangerous temperatures can save your life CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is reminding motorists who will be driving during severe winter weather to be aware of tips to stay safe in the event their automobile leaves them str... FULL STORY

50th Anniversary of Surgeon General's Report
January 12, 2014

Groups Say Work Remains to Further Reduce Number Of Lives Lost to Smoking-Related Cancers ATLANTA, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the nation marks the 50th anniversary this month of the first U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Tobacco and Health, the American Cancer Society and its non... FULL STORY

DHHR Announces Energy Assistance Program
January 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling announced the department will be accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and ending Friday, January 31, 2014. The fed... FULL STORY

National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
January 8, 2014

100 new cases expected to be diagnosed in the state in 2014 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling reminded residents about the seriousness of cervical cancer as part of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Bowling noted ... FULL STORY

Freezing Temperatures are a Risk
January 6, 2014

Hypothermia, frostbite, and carbon monoxide can be deadly CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is warning West Virginia residents about the dangers posed by freezing temperatures over the next few days. Serious health problems and even death can result f... FULL STORY

WVDNR Accepting Applications for Grants
December 21, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Unit is accepting applications for grants that support research, conservation or education projects. “These projects are designed to enhance our knowledge and protection of the state’s nonga... FULL STORY

Looking for Last-Minute Gifts? Look at WVDNR
December 19, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If you’re looking for unusual last-minute gifts that are sure to be appreciated this holiday season and into next year, look no further than the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Every hunter or angler will appreciate a gift hunting, fishing or sportsman license ... FULL STORY

Federal Funds Available for Day Care Meals
December 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia day care providers seeking ways to serve nutritious, healthy meals may qualify for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). The program offers cash... FULL STORY

BOE Gives County Systems More Flexibility
December 14, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) showed support for local control and flexibility among county school systems. Members voted to pass Policy 3234 – School Calendar. “Transitioning more authority to local school systems is a natural progression in our journey to imp... FULL STORY

Holiday Fire Safety
December 11, 2013

With the winter holidays coming up, one of the best gifts you can give your family is a safe home in which to celebrate the season. Pick a “safe” tree. If you’re buying a cut tree for Christmas, check for freshness. A fresh tree has a good green color and needles that are hard to pull from the br... FULL STORY

Two Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowship
December 10, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College students Jessicah Cross of Buckhannon and La’Tiyah Stone of Rockford, IL, have been awarded the Judith A. Herndon Fellowship of the West Virginia Legislature for the 2014 session. Herndon Fellowship is an internship sponsored by the Legislature to instruct undergra... FULL STORY

FARMERS' MARKETS HOSTING HOLIDAY EVENTS
December 4, 2013

Several great holiday events will be taking place at West Virginia farmers’ markets this holiday season. These open houses and food and wine tasting events are designed to encourage everyone to buy and eat West Virginia Grown products during the holidays and throughout the year. West Virginia produc... FULL STORY

Pendleton County Man Pleads Guilty
November 30, 2013

ROMNEY, W.Va. – A Pendleton County man has pleaded guilty to charges related to the killing of a bald eagle, according to Capt. Tom Stuckey of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section District 2 Office in Romney. Natural Resources Police Officers comple... FULL STORY

Schools Receive Innovation Zone Grants
November 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Innovative ideas and approaches to learning have earned county education systems and schools some extra cash. The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), on Wednesday, approved the list of Regular Innovation Zones and Dropout Prevention Innovation Zones for the 2013-2014 school ... FULL STORY

Help Buckhannon-Upshur High School Win $200,000
November 14, 2013

Help Buckhannon-Upshur High School win a $200,000 TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Security grant. Help our school win up to $200,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services. Buckhannon-Upshur High School could win up to $200,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services to help secu... FULL STORY

Health Officer Stresses Importance of Flu Vaccine
November 12, 2013

Flu vaccine is available for ages 6 months and up CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Health Officials at the Department of Health and Human Resources are reminding West Virginia residents that now is the time to be vaccinated against seasonal flu as winter approaches. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get t... FULL STORY

Drivers Should Take Extra Caution to Avoid Deer
November 10, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages motorists to be more cautious while driving this time of year, as deer/vehicular collisions increase significantly during the months of October and November. “West Virginia is blessed with an a... FULL STORY

West Virginia Invasive Species Working Group
November 6, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College will host the semi-annual meeting of the West Virginia Invasive Species Working Group on the Buckhannon campus on November 7 in the Greek Alumni Room in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The primary mission of the WVISWG is to maintain an incl... FULL STORY

Residents Should Prepare for Colder Temperatures
November 4, 2013

Safety is the key to preparation for cold weather CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As colder temperatures return to West Virginia, Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling and Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Joseph C. Thornton remind reside... FULL STORY

Fourth Gender Studies Symposium
November 2, 2013

The fourth annual Gender Studies Symposium at West Virginia Wesleyan College will take place on November 6 and 7. This year’s symposium will focus on issues of gender and racial justice from the perspective of African American women who are leaders in West Virginia in their respective fields of exp... FULL STORY

High Schools Juried Exhibition Awards Announced
October 31, 2013

The Sleeth Gallery, in collaboration with the West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) Art Department, announced the recipients of the 2013 Juror’s Choice and Student Art League scholarships at a ceremony held during the exhibition’s opening reception. The exhibition was juried by WVWC Visiting Assista... FULL STORY

WVDNR Officer Physical Agility Tests Planned
October 26, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Lt. Tim Coleman of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (... FULL STORY

Women Leadership Speaker Series Announced
October 25, 2013

This week begins the first of a series of female speakers co-sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan’s School of Business and the Center for Women’s Leadership. Women leaders in the fields of education, health care, law and government will share their personal leadership philosophies and discuss how the... FULL STORY

How to Protect Yourself From Insurance Fraud
October 23, 2013

Your best protection against fraud is you. CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling announced West Virginians may apply for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov or at any local DHHR office in... FULL STORY

First Lady Tomblin Introduces Holiday Ornament
October 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin introduced the 2013 West Virginia Governor's Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament during a reception at the Culture Center in Charleston. This year's ornament is the fourth in First Lady Tomblin's holiday ornament series and is hand-painted by... FULL STORY

State Board Approves New Cost Savings Resource
October 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) approved an additional resource to help county school systems save money. Board members gave the thumbs up to a new cooperative agreement secured by state Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs). The new agreement is with the Texas... FULL STORY

Venison: A Low-fat Alternative To Beef
October 12, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As many West Virginians take to the field during the annual deer hunting seasons, they gain more than just an enjoyable day with family and friends. Many will successfully harvest a deer and fill their freezers with an ample amount of “heart-healthy” venison. ... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Announces Homecoming Candidates
October 10, 2013

Courtesy of WVWV... As the Homecoming festivities get under way, West Virginia Wesleyan College is proud to present its 2013 Homecoming Court. Nominated by campus organizations and elected through votes cast by the student body, the King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of Saturday’s Bo... FULL STORY

Inaugural Voices of Distinction Series Opens
October 7, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College will host an alumni speaker series entitled Voices of Distinction, which is set to launch on Monday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts with a lecture by Sam Feola ’67 entitled “Antarctica.” The s... FULL STORY

Sealing Houses Now Can Prevent Fall Insect Entry
October 3, 2013

Several different insects, including Asian lady beetle (ALB) and brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), may invade West Virginia homes this fall to seek shelter from winter weather. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is encouraging homeowners to take action now to protect against potenti... FULL STORY

Two W.Va. Schools Receive 2013 Blue Ribbon Honor
September 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two West Virginia schools have been recognized as among America’s best. Monongah Middle School in Marion County and Panther Creek Elementary School in Nicholas County are two of only 286 schools nationwide named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2013 National Blue Rib... FULL STORY

W.Va. Students JAMmin' at Schools Statewide
September 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Now that students across West Virginia are back in school, they’re JAMmin’ for health. The Just-a-Minute (JAM) national campaign is designed to encourage students to spend at least one minute a day moving. West Virginia schools are leading the nation in the number of student... FULL STORY

American Cancer Society Expands Efforts
September 20, 2013

Walgreens and its Customers Enable $6.4 Million Gift to Assist with Community-Based Cancer Education and Screening Programs The American Cancer Society will provide more people in underserved communities with access to cancer screenings and community-based cancer education thanks to the generosit... FULL STORY

National Pollution Prevention Week Sept. 15-21
September 18, 2013

Did you know if every American household replaced one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road? In conjunction with National Pollution Prevention Week, Sept 15-21, the West Virginia Department of En... FULL STORY

Campaign to Increase Community Preparedness
September 10, 2013

National campaign encourages public to practice specific preparedness actions The growing impact of disasters underscores the need for a new approach to preparing our communities. Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) unveiled America’s PrepareAthon! SM, a nationwide, communi... FULL STORY

September marks College Savings Month
September 4, 2013

CHARLESTON – State college savings plans from around the country will join with West Virginia’s SMART529 plan in designating September as national College Savings Month. “We’re enthusiastic about participating in College Savings Month,” said State Treasurer John Perdue, chairman of the SMART529 b... FULL STORY

Hunter Ethics on Public Land
September 1, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The fall hunting seasons are about to get underway in West Virginia, and it’s time for hunters to begin scouting both for game and for places to enjoy their sport, either on private or public land. “We often talk about getting landowner permission before hun... FULL STORY

Raccoon Rabies Vaccination Program
August 30, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--In an effort to control the spread of raccoon rabies, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will distribute rabies vaccines beginning in late August 2013. The vaccines will contain baits to help stop the westward... FULL STORY

Students Participate in National Health Conference
August 28, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thirteen West Virginia career technical center students are headed back to class with a national recognition. The students captured the first place slot during the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville. Josie Hanna and Kryst... FULL STORY

52 Years And Counting
August 26, 2013

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. – West Virginia state parks have always been popular for family reunions, and no one knows that more than the Wood/Farley/McBride family, which recently hosted their 52nd reunion at Camp Creek State Park. Since 1962, this family has had their reunion at the Farley Branch Shelter, w... FULL STORY

2013 ACT Results Show Snapshot
August 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia graduates are holding steady with students across the nation according to data released on Wednesday by ACT. West Virginia’s composite score on the college entrance exam remained the same in 2013 at 20.6 while the national composite score declined from 21.1 to 20.9 ... FULL STORY

Nature Program at Blennerhassett Island
August 19, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Six Saturdays summer programming series introduced at Blennerhassett Island this year continues into the fall months. Master Naturalists, “The Nature Nuts,” a group of volunteers from the Parkersburg, W.Va./ Marietta/Belpre, Ohio, area, presents a different nature topic on t... FULL STORY

Eighth Annual American Scholar Competition
August 14, 2013

For the eighth year in a row, Magic 106.5, newest supporter 93.5 BTQ, and West Virginia Wesleyan College will award scholarships that will forever change the lives of families in North Central West Virginia. The American Scholar Program provides a full, four-year scholarship to Wesleyan that inc... FULL STORY

College Deemed One of the Best in the Region
August 8, 2013

Information courtesy of www.wvwc.edu West Virginia Wesleyan College has been named one of 138 of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review recommends West Virginia Wesleyan in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: R... FULL STORY

West Virginia to Participate in Day to Serve
August 7, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced West Virginia will participate in Day to Serve, a collective effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service. Day to Serve is scheduled for September 15-29, 2013. Day To Serve "Last year, volunteers planned and participated in mor... FULL STORY

W.Va. Board of Education Cautions Motorists
August 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With many schools across the state scheduled to open within the next couple of weeks, the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education want to remind motorists to exercise extra caution. A survey of West Virginia school transportation directo... FULL STORY

Students Participate in National Health Conference
August 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Thirteen West Virginia career technical center students captured first place during the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville. Josie Hanna and Krystal Hughes of Greenbrier East High School won first place in the Medical Rese... FULL STORY

Technology Conference Slated for July 30 to Aug. 1
July 31, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of public education, higher education and state agency employees are heading to Morgantown next week for the annual West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference. Representatives from all over West Virginia will share their expertise in using technology to make learn... FULL STORY

College Earns Distinctive Honor
July 30, 2013

Courtesy of www.wvwc.edu West Virginia Wesleyan College has been named as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 year. The College was chosen for its exemplary committment to the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. West Virginia W... FULL STORY

WE LEAD Raises Money for Special Olympics
July 24, 2013

This past April, the Children and Youth WE LEAD issue team at West Virginia Wesleyan College held a 5k run to raise funds for Special Olympics. In total, the students raised $500 to support the athletes at events throughout the year. FULL STORY

W.Va. Drivers Sweep School Bus Roadeo
July 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – School bus operators from Harrison and Kanawha counties captured the top three spots at the 26th Annual Southeastern School Bus Roadeo in Pikeville, Ky. Ed Rollins of Harrison County claimed the championship with 653 of 700 possible points. Drivers from five states – Alabama,... FULL STORY

‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ Workshop
July 18, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announces that the fall “Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop” is set for Sept. 13-15 at Watoga State Park. Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but have never had the opportunity to try? Or, have you wanted to take... FULL STORY

Clean Up Volunteers Turn Out In Record Numbers
July 16, 2013

More West Virginians than ever volunteered this spring to help make the Mountain State shine. Close to 14,000 citizens participated in annual spring litter cleanups sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and removed more than 450 tons of trash and debris from West Virginia’s l... FULL STORY

August Wonderful West Virginia Magazine
July 13, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The August 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia, now on sale, continues its year-long celebration of the state’s sesquicentennial with articles and photos showing why West Virginia is and always has been a special place. The cover shows the Milky Way shining above the old ... FULL STORY

Hyre State Service Personnel Employee of The Year
July 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mary Lou Hyre, cafeteria manager and cook for Upshur County Schools, was honored Wednesday by the West Virginia Board of Education for being named the 2013 West Virginia Board of Education School Service Personnel Employee of the Year. At Rock Cave Elementary School, Hyre has... FULL STORY

Home Oxygen Safety
June 29, 2013

The following information is provided by the San Diego Hospice and National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA). It is important for people using home medical oxygen and for their caregivers to practice oxygen safety. It is a necessary task to prevent injury to the oxygen user. Although oxyg... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 8-21
June 28, 2013

47th Annual Pioneer Days: July 10-14, Marlinton Activities and attractions include: crafts, carnival, food, flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, Western comedy drama, contests, antique car show, truck and tractor pull, mud bog, wagon rides, live musical entertainment, frog, to... FULL STORY

Treasurer Warns Against Safe Deposit Abandonment
June 27, 2013

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue says state residents should be diligent in remembering the existence of safe deposit boxes, whether they were maintained by deceased family members or themselves. Safe deposit boxes are normally maintained by banks. By law, a person who lets box rent laps... FULL STORY

WV DHHR Offers Tip for Disinfecting Water
June 21, 2013

Residents from Roane County and surrounding areas are still feeling the effects of flooding this week. Officials with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources say that flooded private wells, springs, cisterns, pumps, and pipes need to be tested and disinfected after flood waters re... FULL STORY

Fireworks Safety
June 15, 2013

Summer celebrations are coming up and West Virginians will be busy with cookouts, family reunions and community parades. Unfortunately, celebrations can quickly turn to tragedy for families, especially when children and teenagers are killed or permanently injured by so-called “safe and sane” firewor... FULL STORY

STATE'S 150TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
June 14, 2013

Preview of state-of-the-art 3-D outdoor video available at www.wv150.com CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that the full schedule of events for West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol is available online at www.wv150.com. At the same website, the pu... FULL STORY

Calendar for 2013-2014 School Year Announced
June 13, 2013

Upshur County Schools announces approval of the school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. A summary of dates to remember are listed below. To review the complete school calendar, please visit our website at http://boe.wvlink.com/upshurschools/calendars-a/download 2013-2014 DATES TO REMEMBER ... FULL STORY

State Park Hosts Gilmer County on the Move
June 1, 2013

GLENVILLE, W.Va. - Gilmer County on the Move, Walking Groups Challenge II members are challenging members as well as friends and neighbors to get a little exercise and help celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day at Cedar Creek State Park on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Cedar Creek St... FULL STORY

Superintendent Issues Reading and Math Challenge
May 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As children statewide prepare to put the school year behind them, state Superintendent Jim Phares is challenging them to keep learning this summer by reading and doing math. Phares issued the West Virginia Department of Education's Summer Reading and Math Challenge on Tuesday... FULL STORY

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013
May 24, 2013

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013 runs from May 26th through June 1st. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a... FULL STORY

ACS Features 100 Stories of Hope
May 23, 2013

"The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history," says Dr. John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "Since 1913, we've helped save nearly 1.2 million lives. As the official sponsor of birthdays, we know how im... FULL STORY

150TH BIRTHDAY LICENSE PLATE
May 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginians to show their state pride with a 150th birthday license plate. The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering the plate as an alternative standard issuance plate option to West Virginia passenger vehicle owners during 2013,... FULL STORY

INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS SUBMISSIONS
May 17, 2013

WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the application period for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is now open. These awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils and programs working to make our ... FULL STORY

CERT Training Class in Upshur County
May 9, 2013

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the train... FULL STORY

DO IT Mentoring Program Leads Food Drive at B-UMS
May 7, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School (B-UMS) teamed up this semester to kick off a new mentoring program, DO IT (Decisions & Opportunities Impact Tomorrow). This program allows Wesleyan students to serve as mentors for “at-risk” middle school students. Recently, the... FULL STORY

WVDNR Seeks Help Locating Whip-poor-wills
May 7, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources needs help in locating whip-poor-wills, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section. “If you see or hear whip-poor-wills in West Virginia between t... FULL STORY

Enforcement of No Swimming Regulation
May 3, 2013

GRAFTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that swimming from the shoreline of Tygart Lake on the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is prohibited by regulations governing public use of Wildlife Management Areas (§58-70-2.11). This regulation will be ... FULL STORY

Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Act
May 2, 2013

Information about The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act: (Courtesy of Senator Joe Manchin's office) Our bill does three major things: 1) expands the existing background check system to cover commercial sales, including sales at gun shows and internet sales; 2) strength... FULL STORY

W.Va. Schools, District Named Green Ribbon Schools
May 1, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two West Virginia schools and one county school district have been named U.S. Green Ribbon Schools for their sound environmental practices. Hometown Elementary School in Putnam County, Petersburg Elementary School in Grant County and Marshall County Schools were among 64 scho... FULL STORY

W.Va. Students Participate in Nation's Fair
April 29, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of students from across West Virginia presented their research projects on various topics Friday as part of the nation’s only statewide social studies fair. The fair, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education and conducted at the Charleston Civic Center,... FULL STORY

May Wonderful West Virginia Magazine
April 18, 2013

Grafton Lantern Tour; Belle Boyd, Rebel Spy; Essay Winners, Golden Horseshoe SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The May 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia, now on sale, continues its year-long celebration of the state’s sesquicentennial with articles and photos showing why West Virginia is ... FULL STORY

Become an Island Volunteer in 2013
April 16, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Volunteering at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park can be a fun and rewarding experience, and an opportunity to sign up is approaching. “Working on the island and in the museum is a great way to learn about history and meet to people from all over the w... FULL STORY

State Junior Conservation Camp
April 13, 2013

Applications are being accepted for the 33rd annual state Junior Conservation Camp, scheduled June 17-21 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Youth Environmental Program, the camp is open to youth, ages 11-14. The cost is $165 per chil... FULL STORY

Leave Young Wildlife Alone
April 9, 2013

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources advises people to leave all young wildlife alone. “The spring season is the time of year when the woods and fields of West Virginia are full of new life,” said Gene Thorn, wildlife biologist at the West Virginia State Wildlife Ce... FULL STORY

April is Safe Digging Month
April 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, issued a proclamation today announcing April as Safe Digging Month in the state, and encourages citizens to call "811" before starting a digging project. "From outdoor home improvement projects to... FULL STORY

Warm Nutty Banana
March 29, 2013

Submitted by subscriber Markie Z. •1/2 ripe small banana, cut into 4 chunks •1 tsp pecans, finely chopped •Dash cinnamon •Dash nutmeg •1 tsp maple syrup •1 whole wheat waffle, toasted •Nonstick cooking spray •1/2 tsp powdered sugar Warm and brown banana pieces in teflon coated f... FULL STORY

Summer Camp for Social Studies and the Arts
March 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education in collaboration with other state agencies is commemorating the state’s 150th anniversary with a student summer camp that celebrates social studies and the arts. This West Virginia Ambassadors Camp will be a week-long event conducted ... FULL STORY

70TH STATE FFA HAM, BACON AND EGG AUCTION
March 22, 2013

Ashley Cain of Cameron High School became the first entrant in the State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale to take the top spot in both the ham and bacon categories during the 70th incarnation of the event. It also marked her third year running as the grand champion in the ham category. The au... FULL STORY

W.Va. Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
March 20, 2013

West Virginia high school students with an interest in science, mathematics, computers, psychology or engineering have the opportunity to compete for scholarships and to participate in hands-on labs at the West Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WV-JSHS), slated for April 5-6 on West ... FULL STORY

State Park Takes a Shining To Volunteer Assistance
March 19, 2013

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – The 5th annual Spring Clean-up Weekend at Beech Fork State Park is scheduled for Saturday April 6. This “Make It Shine” one-day event begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. It is one of many volunteer clean-up events in West Virginia sponsored in part by the WV Department o... FULL STORY

Ashley Young Initiates Her Campus WVWC
March 15, 2013

By Kelsey Ognibene ’13 It takes determination – and a pinch of luck – to reach one’s goals and turn new ideas into reality. Junior public relations major Ashley Young of Hurricane, W.Va. knows all about it. “After hours of searching for internships online, I came across an outdated internship ... FULL STORY

Schedule for Social Justice Week at WVWC
March 13, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) announces events for Social Justice Week 2013. This week is dedicated to education, empowerment and activism. By focusing on a different issue every day, the CCE strives to educate Wesleyan students, ... FULL STORY

Our Children, Our Future Forum
March 12, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) will be hosting Our Children, Our Future, a community meal and conversation, on March 15 at the Stockert Youth Center in Buckhannon. According to West Virginia KIDS COUNT Data, 30.5% of Upshur County c... FULL STORY

DHHR Bureau Commissioner Receives Award
March 7, 2013

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Medicaid Commissioner, Nancy V. Atkins, recently received the 2013 State Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. This award is given annually to a dedicated nurse practitioner in each state who has made a signi... FULL STORY

Become an Island Volunteer
March 1, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Volunteering at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park can be a fun and rewarding experience. Working on the island during the spring, summer and into fall or at the Regional History Museum that is open year-round offers a unique experience for volunteers to learn about hi... FULL STORY

Pineapple Pork Over Rice
February 28, 2013

•1/2 cup pre-cooked wild rice •3 oz. Canadian bacon or vegetarian Canadian bacon, chopped •1/4 cup pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve 3 Tbsp. juice) •1/4 cup red pepper, cut into strips •1/4 cup yellow pepper, cut into strips •1 tsp. minced garlic •1 tsp. low sodium soy sauce (optional)... FULL STORY

Pick The Cover For A Special Issue
February 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s time to vote again in West Virginia, not for a candidate, but for the cover of a special issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine. The June 2013 issue, in conjunction with West Virginia’s sesquicentennial celebration, will feature dozens of photographs submitted by re... FULL STORY

WORLD BOOK NIGHT U.S.
February 21, 2013

World Book Night U.S., which coordinated a book giveaway of half a million free books on one day in its highly successful first year, announced the following milestones as it prepares for April 23, 2013: • Giver applications for this year closed two weeks ahead of last year’s deadline with all ta... FULL STORY

HELMICK VISITS BELINGTON ELEMENTARY
February 19, 2013

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick presented Belington Elementary student Katelyn Cross with a certificate recognizing her as the Bonnie Plants Third-Grade Cabbage Contest winner February 15, 2013, at a ceremony at the school. “This is a great example of businesses taking an active involvem... FULL STORY

Open Faced Healthy Rueben
February 19, 2013

submitted by subscriber Ethan B. •1 slice rye bread •2 slices Canadian bacon or vegetarian Canadian bacon •1/4 cup sauerkraut •1 slice Swiss cheese •1 Tbsp. reduced fat 1,000 island dressing •3 large Romaine leaves Toast bread. Spread with dressing. Top with Romaine, bacon, sauerkra... FULL STORY

SAFE PRODUCE HANDLING CLASS TO BE OFFERED
February 14, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will offer a “Good Handling Practices/Good Agricultural Practices” (GHP/GAP) training Thursday, February 28, during the WVU Extension Service’s 2013 Small Farm Conference, to be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown February 27-March 2. 2013. T... FULL STORY

W.Va. to Offer Diabetes Prevention Program
February 12, 2013

In an effort to combat the increasing burden of diabetes in West Virginia, the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources’ Diabetes Prevention and Control Program has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as organizations statewide to introduce the National Dia... FULL STORY

NOMINATE VOLUNTEERS FOR GOVERNOR'S SERVICE AWARD
February 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Governor's Service Awards. Coordinated by Volunteer West Virginia, the Governor's Service Awards recognize outstanding individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary service and commitmen... FULL STORY

Linguini with Red Clam Sauce
February 7, 2013

Submitted by subscriber Nancy T. •1/2 cup whole wheat cooked linguini •1/2 cup canned peeled plum tomatoes, chopped •3 oz. canned minced clams, drained (reserve 1 Tbsp. liquid) •2 Tbsp. diced green pepper •1 tsp. olive oil •1 tsp. minced garlic •1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper In me... FULL STORY

“With Family & Friends”
February 7, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Bring your family and friends to Pipestem Resort State Park February 23 and enjoy musical performances by park staff family and friends. The program is open to the public without charge and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McKeever Lodge conference center. “The evening ‘With Family a... FULL STORY

Chicken Vegetable Casserole
January 29, 2013

submitted by subscriber Caren L. Gather the following ingredients: •1 small baking potato, shredded •3 oz. pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, diced or 1 cooked soy chik patty, diced •½ cup French cut green beans •1/2 can sliced mushroom, drained •4 green olives, sliced •2 Tbsp. minced ... FULL STORY

State Wildlife Center to Celebrate Groundhog Day
January 25, 2013

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Wildlife Center’s official weather prognosticator, French Creek Freddie, is poised to forecast the onset of spring on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. French Creek Freddie has undertaken his annual ritual at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center since 1... FULL STORY

10th annual Suits and Sneakers Weekend
January 23, 2013

Coaches Support the American Cancer Society's 100th Anniversary "Finish the Fight" Movement ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- From January 25-27, more than 4,000 college and high school basketball coaches across the United States will be making much more than just a fashion statement when th... FULL STORY

WV Strawberry Festival Seeking Hostess Princess
January 6, 2013

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival Board of Directors would like to invite all Upshur County females who are at least 18 years of age and college freshman to apply to be a Hostess Princess for the 2013 festival. If chosen you will serve as the Goodwill Ambassadors for the festival and guides to t... FULL STORY

Tracking and Wood Lore Workshop
January 3, 2013

MULLENS, W.Va. – An 18th century weekend is planned January 18-20, 2013 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. “Tracking and Wood Lore weekend creates the experience of how our ancestors tracked the animals that provided food and clothing,” said Bryan Danford, park naturalist. Participants will engag... FULL STORY

Happy New Year!
By Don Smith
December 28, 2012

On behalf of the staff of The Upshur Connection, we wish everyone in Upshur County a very special Happy New Year. Thank you all for your wonderful support and suggestions. We want you to know that it is truly gratifying to us whenever a new person subscribes or a reader gives us their input. Our... FULL STORY

Sky Shows Announced
December 20, 2012

The Planetarium at West Virginia Wesleyan has announced the January and February Sky Shows, which are the first and third Saturdays of each month at 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour. On January 5, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon, an IMAX film, will feature the journey to the lun... FULL STORY

Healthy Ham & Cheese Melt
December 17, 2012

Ingredients: •1 whole grain pita pocket •3 oz. lean sliced ham (or vegetarian lunch meat) •1 slice Swiss cheese •1 tsp spicy brown mustard •3-4 large Romaine lettuce leaves, torn •1/2 sliced tomato •1/4 red onion, sliced Spread inside of pita pocket with mustard. Fill with ham, ch... FULL STORY

Stuffed Dates
December 13, 2012

Submitted by Subscriber Lana W. •4-5 large dates, pitted •2 Tbsp light cream cheese or nondairy cream cheese substitute •1 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts •1 Tbsp dried cherries, minced Mix dried cherries and walnuts with cream cheese. Slice date down center and stuff with mixture. Refr... FULL STORY

Chicken, Spinach & Barley
December 6, 2012

Submitted by Subscriber Stacey K. Gather ingredients 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley, prepared 3 oz. pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, diced or 1 cooked soy chik patty, diced 2 cups frozen chopped spinach, microwaved and well drained 2 Tbsp. onion, chopped 1/4 red pepper, diced 2 tsp. g... FULL STORY

West Virginia Bird Feeder Alert
November 19, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Backyard bird watchers need to be extra vigilant this year in maintaining their feeders, according to ornithologist Richard Bailey of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. ”We’ve received widespread reports of large flocks of pine... FULL STORY

Super Simple Pizza Crescents
November 2, 2012

Submitted by subscriber Katie R. What are the ingredients for this recipe? Crescent rolls, pepperoni, cheese sticks (and pizza sauce for dipping, if you want) How do you prepare the recipe? Lay the crescent triangles out flat. Place pepperoni slices on top, and then half a cheese st... FULL STORY

November West Virginia WILD
November 2, 2012

West Virginia WILD, stories by Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources The Biggest Day of the Hunting Season It was clear and cold as we left the vehicle and headed down the trail to a stand I had chosen a week or so before. This was a “saddle” or “low gap” in t... FULL STORY

Share the Harvest Sunday is Nov. 4
November 1, 2012

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) invites all West Virginia hunters, churches, and the general public to help support DNR’s charitable Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program, according to DNR’s HHH Program Coordinator Gene Thorn. The HHH Program allows hun... FULL STORY

Grilled parmesan chicken
October 24, 2012

Submitted by subscriber Jessica B. Ingredients: chicken breasts, garlic powder, salt, pepper, basil leaves, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, mozerella cheese Preparation: sprinkle chicken breasts with garlic, salt and pepper. Grill until halfway cooked. Layer fresh basil leaves and tomato slice on t... FULL STORY

November is “Gratitude Month” at Hall House
October 23, 2012

November is “Gratitude Month,” and we have several interesting, educational and fun events planned. We continue to have twice-weekly yoga classes and support groups along with these special events for November:a Depression Screening, a Self-Defense Workshop for Women, a presentation on hunger and ho... FULL STORY

Sale of Live Foxes Permitted
October 18, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia trappers will be allowed to sell live foxes to hound coursing pens in West Virginia during the 2012-2013 trapping season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. All foxes used... FULL STORY

Trappers and Hunters Must Tag Furbearers
October 18, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Trapping season in West Virginia will open this year on November 3, 2012. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter are reminded that they must present the whole animal or pelt to a game checking station or Division of Natural Resources representative within 30 ... FULL STORY

Wild Boar Firearms Season Opens
October 18, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Wild boar firearms season in West Virginia will open October 27 and continue through November 3, 2012. The season is open to West Virginia residents only. To hunt wild boar, hunters must possess one of the following licenses: Class X, XJ, XS, AB-L, A-L or Class A+BG+CS or ... FULL STORY

Chocolate Pizza
October 16, 2012

Submitted by subscriber Danny Feldman •1 whole wheat or oat bran pita •1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips •1/2 cup total fresh or canned fruit of your choice (such as mandarin orange slices, pineapple tidbits, bananas, fresh strawberries, kiwi) •1/4 cup shredded apple •1 Tbsp wheat germ ... FULL STORY

Antlerless Deer Season To Open
October 12, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters that there is a split, three-day special antlerless deer season for Youth, Class Q/QQ permit and Class XS permit hunters scheduled for this fall. The first segment of this season is one day, October 20, and the... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s Antlerless Deer Season Opens Early
October 12, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Deer hunters can take advantage of an earlier opening date for antlerless deer hunting with a firearm this fall. New for this deer season, in counties or parts of counties having a firearms antlerless deer season, the season on private land will be open Thursday, October 25... FULL STORY

2012 Fall Trout Stockings Begin
October 4, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 2012 fall trout stocking will take place during the weeks of October 8 and 15, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. Approximately 39,000 pounds of trout will be stocked during the two-wee... FULL STORY

Record Blue Catfish Caught
October 4, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A state record blue catfish was caught recently from the Ohio River, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The record blue catfish was caught by Mark A. Foster of St. Albans, W.Va. Foster caught the 43.9-inch, 44.5-pou... FULL STORY

Meals Getting Healthier at W.Va. Schools
October 3, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – School meals are becoming more colorful and healthful as West Virginia and other states strive to provide more nutritious food. School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; less saturated fat, trans fat and sodi... FULL STORY

Venison – Low-Fat Alternative to Beef
October 1, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –As West Virginia’s sportsmen and women take to the field for the various fall deer hunting seasons, they gain more than just an enjoyable day outdoors with family and friends and some exercise. Many will successfully harvest a deer and fill their freezer with an ample amount... FULL STORY

Autumn Show Features Car Club Classics
October 1, 2012

CAIRO, W.Va. – People who restore or collect vintage automobiles can sometimes be considered artists. Many of these artists will be participating in a fall Car Club Classics Show at North Bend State Park October 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Every year the Ritchie County Car Club comes to the park ... FULL STORY

Topographical Maps Available Online
September 18, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Topographical maps of 23 West Virginia Wildlife Management Areas are now available online, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The maps, featuring boundaries, contour lines, water features, roads and trails were produced... FULL STORY

Pre-season Scouting and Sighting
September 18, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Several of West Virginia’s fall hunting seasons open in September. Now is a great time for hunters to scout favorite hunting areas and properly sight in their firearms to be sure they are on target when they go afield, according to Chuck Waggy, wildlife biologist for the We... FULL STORY

WVWC Family Weekend Activities
September 17, 2012

Families of West Virginia Wesleyan students are invited to experience campus and be with their student during an array of activities for Family Weekend 2012, which is Sept. 21 through Sept. 23. On Friday, parents are invited to participate in community service opportunities by donating new or use... FULL STORY

Two Legends Showcased at Celebration
September 14, 2012

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Two legends of the shooting sports will be performing at the 2012 West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Stonewall Resort State Park September 22 and 23. Star shotgun shooter Tom Knapp and legendary bowman Byron Ferguson will exhibit their shooting skills... FULL STORY

Legacy of Mary Ingles Weekend
September 12, 2012

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – The Legacy of Mary Ingles Weekend, in its 24th year, is an 18th century living history event that introduces visitors and guests to life and the ways of pioneering ancestors. Demonstrations and the portrayal of life in 1755 that Mary Ingles lived and encountered is the focus a... FULL STORY

“Bugs” Stover at Twin Falls State Park
September 12, 2012

MULLENS, W.Va. – David ‘”Bugs” Stover will be telling stories of folklore and ghostly tales at Twin Falls State Park, Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m. Stover will be staged at the campfire circle at Twin Falls campground entrance. The evening program is open to the public and there is no admission.... FULL STORY

CSI in the West Virginia Mountains
September 12, 2012

LOGAN, W.Va. – Investigating a hunting-related shooting incident can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. Forty wildlife officers from 16 states will participate in a 40-hour specialized hunting related shooting incident investigation training at Chief Logan State Park Lodge September ... FULL STORY

Big Buck Contest Begins with Bow Season
September 10, 2012

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The September 29 opening of the bow hunting season for deer also marks the beginning of the annual West Virginia Big Buck Contest. Antlered deer taken between September 29 and December 31, 2012, are eligible to be scored and entered. “During this time, any hunter wh... FULL STORY

Civil War Campfire Program
September 6, 2012

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The 35th state, West Virginia, was created on June 20, 1863, a result of the Civil War that forced neighbors and families to make decisions and take actions that would forever change history. Luke Stevens, a Concord University student, performs a fireside-style program devoted to ... FULL STORY

A Quiet Celebration
September 5, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Kanawha State Forest in Charleston turns 75 years old in September and forest staff is inviting visitors to participate in a “Quiet Celebration” September 21 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Come walk for one-half hour at the forest,” said Superintendent Ernie Adkins. “It can be on a t... FULL STORY

West Virginia WILD
August 30, 2012

Stories by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro The Guns of Autumn I don’t know why, but the sun of September seems much hotter to me than the sun of July. Like several other hunters sitting around the field, I was sipping on a bottle of water while keeping a w... FULL STORY

Early Canada Goose Season Begins September 1
August 14, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2012–2013 waterfowl seasons begin statewide on September 1, 2012, with the opening of the early Canada goose season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. The early Cana... FULL STORY

Seasons Set for Dove, Rail, Snipe and Woodcock
August 14, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2012-2103 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, American woodcock, common snipe and Sora and Virginia rails have been established, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). These seasons are set within guidelines e... FULL STORY

Welcome to the New School Year
August 14, 2012

Dear Upshur County Community: It is hard to believe that another summer is coming to an end and that the 2012-2013 School year will be here in a few short days. On behalf of the Upshur County Board of Education, I welcome you to the new school year. Please be advised that the first day of scho... FULL STORY

WANTED: Owners of West Virginia Big Bucks
August 14, 2012

ROANOKE, W.Va. – If you have a legally harvested and mounted West Virginia big buck trophy, you may be able to show it off to an appreciative audience in September. The West Virginia Wildlife Federation, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Toyota are seeking hunters who own trophy... FULL STORY

SAFETY FIRST
August 10, 2012

A column from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin In nearly every manufacturing plant hangs a simple sign with a big message: "Safety begins here. This plant has worked __ days without an accident." While the sign's wording differs from shop to shop, the message is always the same: safety first. At M... FULL STORY

Limited Permit Areas Having Antlerless Deer Season
August 9, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications for the 2012 Limited Permit Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices, Elkins Operations Center and South Charleston Headquarters, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR’s Wildlif... FULL STORY

WV Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Workshop
August 8, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announces that the fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop will be at Watoga State Park September 14-16, 2012. Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but have never had the opportunity to try? Or, have you wanted to... FULL STORY

September 29th - Governor's Day to Serve
July 31, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today proclaimed Saturday, September 29, 2012 as the Governor's Day to Serve-a day dedicated to strengthening local communities through volunteer service. Community organizations, faith-based organizations, civic and humanitarian groups along with government... FULL STORY

Chili Cook-off
July 25, 2012

The Buckhannon – Upshur Farmer’s Market is holding its first Chili Cook-Off Competition on Saturday September 22, 2012 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Jaw Bone Park in downtown Buckhannon. We are currently looking for competitors! Entry fees are only $10.00 per category with cash prizes awarded for:... FULL STORY

Buckhannon: Where We Live
March 12, 2012

Originally produced for the Buckhannon - Upshur Chamber of Commerce in 2006, content has been updated and uploaded as a standalone project to promote Buckhannon and Upshur county in 2011. Produced by Scott Buchanan (The Live Wire Guy) 2006, Edited 2011 FULL STORY

'My home among the hills'
March 12, 2012

'My home among the hills', West Virginia's unofficial State song (music and words by E.W. James Jnr., a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College). The song is accompanied by a slide show of photographs of West Virginia. FULL STORY

A Trip Back Home
March 12, 2012

A Trip Back to Buckhannon, WV and Fishing Camp where I grew up... FULL STORY

WDTV - 1986 Strawberry Festival Parade
March 12, 2012

Just how friendly are the people watching the Strawberry Festival Parade....just watch and see. FULL STORY

WV Strawberry Festival- A WV Tradition LASER SHOW
March 12, 2012

Main Street all lit up with lasers throughout the evening. FULL STORY