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  1. Nicholas County created

    January 30, 1818: Named for Wilson Cary Nicholas, a Virginia governor and U.S. senator, Nicholas County was created by the Virginia legislature from parts of Greenbrier, Kanawha, and Randolph counties.  This is also the home of Summersville...

    published 30 days, 14 hours ago

  2. Actress Joanne Dru born

    January 31, 1922: Movie and television actress Joanne Dru was born in Logan.  Dru appeared in the classic Westerns Red River (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), both starring John Wayne, and in Wagon Master (1950). Her movie career...

    published 29 days, 14 hours ago

  3. Stone for the Washington Monument, quarried near Hinton, Summers County, arrived in Washington, D. C.

    February 2, 1885: Stone for the Washington Monument, quarried near Hinton, Summers County, arrived in Washington, D. C.  Hinton is also home to Bluestone State Park. Location: Hinton, W.Va. County: Summers County ...

    published 27 days, 14 hours ago

  4. Town of Morgantown incorporated

    February 3, 1838: The Virginia General Assembly passed an act incorporating the town of Morgantown.  Morgantown is now the home of the West Virginia Mountaineers, as well as several events, including the Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally. ...

    published 26 days, 14 hours ago

  5. John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy in West Virginia primary

    February 4, 1960: Democratic United States Senator John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy in the West Virginia presidential primary. Location: Washington, DC ...

    published 25 days, 14 hours ago

  6. Actor David Lynn Selby born in Morgantown

    February 5, 1941: Actor David Lynn Selby, best known for his television portrayals of Quentin in Dark Shadows (1968–71) and Richard Channing in Falcon Crest (1982–90), was born in Morgantown. Location: Morgantown, W.Va. County: Monongalia...

    published 24 days, 14 hours ago

  7. Governor, and future President, Jimmy Carter arrived at The Greenbrier

    February 6, 1971: Governor, and future President, Jimmy Carter of Georgia arrived at The Greenbrier for a southern governors meeting. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 23 days, 14 hours ago

  8. West Virginia University founded

    February 7, 1867: West Virginia University was founded February 7, 1867, by an act of the West Virginia Legislature. Originally the university was called the Agricultural College of West Virginia. Location: Morgantown, W.Va. County:...

    published 22 days, 14 hours ago

  9. Confederate States of America formed

    February 8, 1861: The Convention of Seceded States formed the Confederate States of America by adopting a provisional Constitution, based on the U.S. Constitution. These events led to the Civil War, and the formation of West Virginia. West...

    published 21 days, 14 hours ago

  10. Senator McCarthy launched anti-communist crusade in Wheeling

    February 9, 1950: U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy launched his anti-communist crusade in Wheeling. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 20 days, 14 hours ago

  11. Act amending the charter of Parkersburg passed

    February 10, 1903: The West Virginia Legislature passed an act amending the charter of Parkersburg, Wood County. It was approved by the governor on February 18. Location: Parkersburg, W.Va. County: Wood County ...

    published 19 days, 14 hours ago

  12. Berkeley Springs State Park legislation passed

    February 11, 1970: Legislation was introduced and passed on Feb 11,1970 allowing for the transfer of Berkeley Spring State Park to the Department of Natural Resources.  On July 1, 1970 it took effect and became a state park. Location:...

    published 18 days, 14 hours ago

  13. Daniel Boone born

    February 11, 1735: Daniel Boone, famous frontiersman, pioneer, and legislator who explored and settled in Kanawha County was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Boone was a resident of the Kanawha valley for 12 years. Location: Bucks...

    published 18 days, 14 hours ago

  14. President Abraham Lincoln born

    February 12, 1809: President Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky.  On June 20, 1863, Lincoln admitted West Virginia to the Union as the thirty-fifth state.  A statue of Lincoln called “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight” can...

    published 17 days, 14 hours ago

  15. Athlete Randy Moss born

    February 13, 1977: Athlete Randy Moss was born in Rand.  He played football for two seasons at Marshall University, where he set nearly every school and conference season record. He was named rookie of the year in the NFL.  He now plays for...

    published 16 days, 14 hours ago

  16. Charles Elwood ‘‘Chuck’’ Yeager born

    February 13, 1923: General Charles Elwood ‘‘Chuck’’ Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, was born about seven miles from the Lincoln County seat of Hamlin.  Yeager broke the sound barrier by flying 700 miles per...

    published 16 days, 14 hours ago

  17. Grant County created

    February 14, 1866: Grant County, located at the western end of the Eastern Panhandle was created.  The county was named after Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who later became the nation’s 18th president.   County: Grant County ...

    published 15 days, 14 hours ago

  18. Construction state capitol main building completed

    February 15, 1932: Workers completed construction of the main building of the new state capitol in Charleston. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 14 days, 14 hours ago

  19. Morris Harvey born

    February 16, 1821: Morris Harvey was born on this day in Raleigh County.  Harvey was a Civic leader, financier, and philanthropist who helped make Fayette County into a leading coal producer.   Location: Prosperity, W.Va. County: Raleigh...

    published 13 days, 14 hours ago

  20. Wheeling's Constitutional Convention adopted Willey Amendment

    February 17, 1863: Constitutional Convention in Wheeling adopted the Willey Amendment, providing for gradual emancipation of slavery. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 12 days, 14 hours ago

  21. $100,000 appropriated for Hospital for the Insane at Weston addition

    February 18, 1867: The West Virginia Legislature appropriated $100,000 for additional construction at the Hospital for the Insane at Weston, Lewis County.  Now called the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, visitors can now take haunted tours...

    published 11 days, 14 hours ago

  22. The Film "October Sky" released

    February 19, 1999: The film "October Sky", based on the novel "Rocket Boys" by West Virginia native Homer Hickam, is released. The October Sky Festival is held each year in Coalwood, WV, Hickam's hometown. Location: Nationwide ...

    published 10 days, 14 hours ago

  23. Golden Delicious Apple designated state fruit

    February 20, 1995: The West Virginia State Senate adopted a resolution designating the Golden Delicious Apple as the official state fruit. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 9 days, 14 hours ago

  24. Bluefield Colored Institute established by West Virginia Legislature

    February 21, 1895: The West Virginia Legislature passed an act establishing the Bluefield Colored Institute, which later became Bluefield State College, Mercer County. Location: Bluefield, W.Va. County: Mercer County ...

    published 8 days, 14 hours ago

  25. Act altering Parkersburg's boundaries was passed

    February 22, 1887: The West Virginia Legislature passed an act amending the incorporation and altering the boundaries of Parkersburg. It was approved by the governor on March 1, 1887. Location: Parkersburg, W.Va. County: Wood County ...

    published 7 days, 14 hours ago

  26. Elizabethtown consolidated into Moundsville

    February 23, 1866: The West Virginia Legislature consolidated the town of Elizabethtown into Moundsville, Marshall County. Location: Moundsville, W.Va. County: Marshall County ...

    published 6 days, 14 hours ago

  27. Actor Don Knotts died

    February 24, 2006: Actor Don Knotts died on this day.  Knotts was best known for his role as Deputy Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show.  Don Knotts was born in Morgantown. Location: Morgantown, W.Va. County: Monongalia County ...

    published 5 days, 14 hours ago

  28. Governor approves act for Battle of Point Pleasant monument

    February 25, 1875: The governor approved an act appropriating $3,500 for erection of a monument at Point Pleasant, Mason County, in commemoration of the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason...

    published 4 days, 14 hours ago

  29. Town charter of Ripley amended

    February 26, 1867: The West Virginia Legislature amended the town charter of Ripley, Jackson County, defining corporate limits and responsibilities of town officers.  Ripley is home to several historic attractions, as well as many annual...

    published 3 days, 14 hours ago

  30. City of Huntington incorporated

    February 27, 1871: West Virginia Legislature passed an act incorporating the city of Huntington. Location: Huntington, W.Va. County: Cabell County ...

    published 2 days, 14 hours ago

  31. Three official state songs approved

    February 28, 1963: "The West Virginia Hills", "WV My Home Sweet Home" and "This is My West Virginia Home" were approved as the three official state songs. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 1 day, 14 hours ago

  32. The Greenbrier Hotel doubled in size

    March 1, 1931: On this date in 1931 The Greenbrier Hotel, doubled in size by the addition of the North Wing and the Virginia Wing, reopened for the season. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 14 hours, 19 minutes ago

  33. Bethany College incorporated

    March 2, 1840: The Virginia General Assembly passed an act which incorporated Bethany College at Bethany, Brooke County.  It is the oldest permanent college, which has retained the same name, in West Virginia. Location: Bethany, W.Va....

  34. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

  35. West Virginia State Parks are for Sweethearts in February

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Valentine’s Day, Feb, 14, falls on a Saturday in 2015, and West Virginia State Parks are offering special Sweetheart Deals that make for a very special and romantic weekend. Reservations are...

    published 30 days, 14 hours ago

  36. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 26-30, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 29, 2015 Anderson Lake Ridenour Lake   **DNR** West Virginia Division of Natural Resources      ...

    published 29 days, 22 hours ago

  37. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) Encourages Exploration of State's Culinary Offerings

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 30, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) encouraged visitors and residents to explore the state’s culinary offerings and highlighted the 10th Annual Cast Iron Cook-Off, which begins today. “Our state...

    published 30 days, 14 hours ago

  38. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Feb. 20 session on business fundamentals HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 29 days, 23 hours ago

  39. Adventure Advisory: February Fun

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event...

    published 27 days, 14 hours ago

  40. One Night Only, Special Screening of "Little Accidents"

    Charleston, West Virginia – As the most recent Sundance Film Festival comes to a close, many residents in southern West Virginia are celebrating the release of one of last year’s Sundance favorites, “Little Accidents.” The film, which is being ...

    published 26 days, 14 hours ago

  41. Governor Tomblin Recognizes Loggers of Excellence

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recognized West Virginia Loggers of Excellence during Agriculture and Forestry Day at the Legislature Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Loggers of Excellence are professional loggers and logging businesses that...

    published 25 days, 2 hours ago

  42. 11th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show set March 14-22, 2015 at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History

    Exhibitor registrations due by Feb. 23     PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Quilters and fans of quilts are preparing for the 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show, scheduled for March 14-22, 2015, at the Blennerhassett...

    published 24 days, 14 hours ago

  43. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Feb. 26 session on Business Fundamentals CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 26, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 24 days, 19 minutes ago

  44. Senior Lifetime Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping License designation on driver's licenses and ID Cards now available

    West Virginia DMV and DNR working together to provide opportunity             SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala and Division of Motor Vehicles...

    published 24 days, 14 hours ago

  45. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 2-6, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 2, 2015   Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cherry River Clear Fork of...

    published 22 days, 22 hours ago

  46. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Monongalia County

    Register for Feb. 24 session on Business Fundamentals MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Monongalia County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 22 days, 22 hours ago

  47. West Virginia mid-winter waterfowl survey shows decrease in duck and goose observations

                     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fewer ducks and geese were observed during West Virginia’s annual mid-winter waterfowl survey compared to 2014, according to West...

    published 20 days, 14 hours ago

  48. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for March 3 session on Business Fundamentals WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 3, in Ohio County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development...

    published 18 days, 22 hours ago

  49. Governor Tomblin announces Procter and Gamble to build major plant in Eastern Panhandle

    Global manufacturing leader to build manufacturing facility in Berkeley County CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 10, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced global consumer products giant Procter  & Gamble (P&G)  will build a...

    published 7 days, 3 hours ago

  50. Three credit rating agencies reaffirm positive ratings for West Virginia bonds

    West Virginia bonds have recently received positive ratings from Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Rating Service and Moody’s Investor Service. “We are credited for being one of the most fiscally responsible states in the nation,” said Gov....

    published 16 days, 22 hours ago

  51. Concert Technologies opens new call center in Berkeley County

    Concert Technologies announced the opening of its new facility in Martinsburg. The company is transferring operations from a previous location in West Virginia to the new Project Management Call Center in downtown Martinsburg. The center will employ...

    published 16 days, 18 hours ago

  52. New midstream oil and gas industry supplier opens warehouse in Harrison County

    A supplier of pipe, valves and fittings for the midstream oil and gas industry, Mid-States Supply recently opened a distribution/warehouse in Clarksburg. Mid-States began operating from a temporary facility in Weston in 2014. The new structure has 20...

    published 16 days, 7 hours ago

  53. Marion County technology company releases new facial recognition technology

    Tygart Technology Inc. announced its new MXSERVER technology. The cloud-based facial recognition system processes huge amounts of video and photo material and turns them into searchable resources. MXSERVER automatically finds, extracts and matches...

    published 16 days, 3 hours ago

  54. WVDO International partners with businesses to expand world trade connections in 2015

    The West Virginia Development Office International Division launched an eventful calendar of export promotion for 2015. In January, the International Division sponsored a trade show display featuring five West Virginia companies at the National...

    published 13 days, 7 hours ago

  55. Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

    Division of Natural Resources Headquarters, South Charleston     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, beginning at 1 p.m. at...

    published 16 days, 14 hours ago

  56. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 9-13, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 9, 2015   Deer Creek (Nicholas) Jimmy Lewis Lake Laurel Creek (Fayette) Laurel Creek (Nicholas) Mason Lake Mill Creek (Fayette) Pipestem Lake Back...

    published 15 days, 22 hours ago

  57. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Wood County

    Register for March 10 session on Business Fundamentals PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 10, in Wood County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 11 days, 23 hours ago

  58. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for March 10 session on Business Fundamentals WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 10, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development...

    published 11 days, 4 hours ago

  59. Adventure Advisory: St. Patrick's Day Preview

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab....

    published 10 days, 14 hours ago

  60. West Virginia seasons end for furbearer trapping and hunting Feb. 28

                     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds sportsmen and women that the hunting and trapping seasons for red fox,...

    published 6 days, 14 hours ago

  61. West Virginia State Park golf courses are calling! Where are you playing in 2015?

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Even though snow covers the ground and the temperatures are still low, now is a good time to clean up the golf clubs and buy a season pass to West Virginia State Parks golf courses.    ...

    published 5 days, 14 hours ago

  62. Mine Safety Agency Accepting Applications for Surface Inspector Exam

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is accepting applications to take the examination for the position of Surface Inspector. Application and a required work history must be submitted to the ...

    published 3 days, 4 hours ago

  63. Mine Safety Agency Accepting Applications for Safety Instructor Exam

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is accepting applications to take the examination for the position of Coal Mine Electrical Inspector. Application and a required work history must be submitted to...

    published 3 days, 3 hours ago

  64. Mine Safety Agency Accepting Applications for Coal Mine Electrical Inspector Exam

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is accepting applications to take the examination for the position of Coal Mine Electrical Inspector. Application and a required work history must be submitted to...

    published 3 days, 2 hours ago

  65. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presents $50,000 donation for West Virginia Elk Restoration Project

                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...

    published 3 days, 14 hours ago

  66. Spring forest fire season starts Sunday, March 1, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season starts March 1, 2015, and runs through May 31, 2015. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the ...

    published 2 days, 2 hours ago

  67. WV Division of Natural Resources Announces Public Meetings to Discuss Proposed Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Regulations

         SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties...

    published 2 days, 2 hours ago

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