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  1. Kanawha County established

    October 1, 1789: Kanawha County was established from portions of Greenbrier County and Montgomery County. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 30 days, 18 hours ago

  2. First rural free mail in the U.S. installed at Charles Town

    October 1, 1896: The first rural free mail delivery in the United States was installed at Charles Town, Jefferson County. At the time, William L. Wilson of Charles Town was serving as United States Postmaster-Government. Location: Charles...

    published 30 days, 18 hours ago

  3. Town of Collinsville name changed back to Glen Jean

    October 2, 1897: The town of Collinsville changed its name back to Glen Jean, Fayette County.  Glen Jean is the future home of the Bechtel Summit National Family Scouting Reserve, which will be the permanent site of the National Boy...

    published 29 days, 18 hours ago

  4. Raleigh and Southwestern Railway Co. incorporated in W.Va.

    October 2, 1903: The The Raleigh and Southwestern Railway Company was incorporated in West Virginia. This would become part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company. County: Raleigh County ...

    published 29 days, 18 hours ago

  5. Col. Charles Lewis and troops defeat Native American warriors in skirmish

    October 3, 1763: About 150 troops under Colonel Charles Lewis defeated Native American warriors in a skirmish during Pontiac's War on the headwaters of the South Fork near Fort Seybert, present-day Pendleton County. County: Pendleton...

    published 28 days, 18 hours ago

  6. President Gerald Ford attended Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins

    October 4, 1975: President Gerald R. Ford attended the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, Randolph County. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph County ...

    published 27 days, 18 hours ago

  7. Sam Huff, former WVU and pro football player, born

    October 4, 1934: Former West Virginia University and pro football player Sam Huff was born on this day. Location: Edna Gas, W.Va. County: Marion County ...

    published 27 days, 18 hours ago

  8. US Coal and Coke Co. builds last coal camp in WV in Munson

    October 5, 1946: The US Coal and Coke Company builds the last coal camp in West Virginia in Munson, McDowell county. Location: Munson, W.Va. County: McDowell County ...

    published 26 days, 18 hours ago

  9. Forces under Col. Andrew Lewis arrive for the Battle of Point Pleasant

    October 6, 1774: Forces under Colonel Andrew Lewis reached Point Pleasant, Mason County, in preparation for the Battle of Point Pleasant against the Shawnees. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason County ...

    published 25 days, 18 hours ago

  10. President Jimmy Carter attended the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins

    October 7, 1978: President Jimmy Carter attended the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, Randolph County. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph County ...

    published 24 days, 18 hours ago

  11. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson appointed Confederate Major General

    October 7, 1861: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was appointed Confederate Major General and assigned to the Shenandoah Valley. ...

    published 24 days, 18 hours ago

  12. First Ravenswood Octoberfest held

    October 7, 2000: first Ravenswood Octoberfest was held on this day Location: Ravenswood, W.Va. County: Jackson County ...

    published 24 days, 18 hours ago

  13. Harman Blennerhassett born

    October 8, 1764: Harman Blennerhassett was born in Hampshire, England.  He later built a mansion on an island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg.  This is now known as Blennerhassett Island State Park. Location: Hampshire, England County:...

    published 23 days, 18 hours ago

  14. First Jackson County Fair

    October 9, 1877: The first Jackson County Fair began at present-day Ripley. Location: Ripley, W.Va. County: Jackson County ...

    published 22 days, 18 hours ago

  15. Battle of Point Pleasant

    October 10, 1774: The Battle of Point Pleasant was fought between the Virginia Militia and the Shawnee Indians led by Chief Cornstalk on this day. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason County ...

    published 21 days, 18 hours ago

  16. Tu Endie Wei Park dedicated

    October 10, 1901: Tu Endie Wei Park was dedicated on the site of the Battle of Point Pleasant, Mason County. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason County ...

    published 21 days, 18 hours ago

  17. Cincinnati Reds play against coal camps

    October 10, 1908: Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds plays against the coal camp teams at Scarbro, in Fayette County. Location: Scarbro, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

    published 21 days, 18 hours ago

  18. Founding of West Virginia Colored Institute

    October 11, 1891: The cornerstone for Fleming Hall, the first building of the West Virginia Colored Institute, which later became West Virginia State University, was laid at Institute, Kanawha County. Location: Institute, W.Va. County:...

    published 20 days, 18 hours ago

  19. Coal Heritage Trail Weekend

    October 11, 2008: A Coal Heritage Trail Weekend is held at the Elkhorn Inn in Landgraff, McDowell County. Location: Landgraff, W.Va. County: McDowell County ...

    published 20 days, 18 hours ago

  20. West Virginia governor Howard Mason Gore born

    October 12, 1877: West Virginia governor Howard Mason Gore was born in Coal District, Harrison County, near Clarksburg. Location: Coal District, W.Va. County: Harrison County ...

    published 19 days, 18 hours ago

  21. John Denver dies in piloting accident in California

    October 12, 1997: John Denver dies while piloting an ultra-airplane just off the coast at Pacific Grove, CA. Location: Pacific Grove, CA ...

    published 19 days, 18 hours ago

  22. First WWVA Jamboree Harvest Home Festival

    October 13, 1934: The first WWVA Jamboree Harvest Home Festival was held at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, Ohio County. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 18 days, 18 hours ago

  23. First Tri County Cooperative Fair

    October 14, 1920: The first Tri County Cooperative Fair was held on this day in Petersburg, Grant County. Location: Petersburg, W.Va. County: Grant County ...

    published 17 days, 18 hours ago

  24. Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier

    October 14, 1947: Lincoln County native Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947. Location: Edwards AFB, CA ...

    published 17 days, 18 hours ago

  25. West Virginia Governor Aretas Brooks born

    October 15, 1839: West Virginia governor Aretas Brooks Fleming was born in Middletown, Monongalia County, present-day Fairmont in Marion County. Location: Fairmont, W.Va. County: Marion County ...

    published 16 days, 18 hours ago

  26. Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville registered as historic place

    October 15, 1966: The Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, the largest conical type burial mound in the USA, entered the National Registry of Historic Places. Location: Moundsville, W.Va. County: Marshall County ...

    published 16 days, 18 hours ago

  27. South Charleston Indian Mound registered as historic place

    October 15, 1970: The South Charleston Indian Mound entered the National Registry of Historic Places. Location: South Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 16 days, 18 hours ago

  28. Greenbrier Hotel dedicated as military hospital

    October 16, 1943: The Greenbrier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, was dedicated as a military hospital, the Ashford General Hospital. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 15 days, 18 hours ago

  29. Elias and Troy Hatfield, sons of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, killed in a shootout

    October 17, 1911: Elias and Troy Hatfield, sons of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, were killed in a shootout at Harewood in Fayette County on October 17, 1911. Location: Harewood, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

    published 14 days, 18 hours ago

  30. First Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival held in Martinsburg.

    October 17, 1980: The first Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival was held on this day in Martinsburg. Location: Martinsburg, W.Va. County: Berkeley County ...

    published 14 days, 18 hours ago

  31. John Brown and raiding party captured at Harpers Ferry

    October 18, 1859: On the morning of October 18, 1859, United States Marines commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee stormed the armory engine-house at Harpers Ferry, capturing John Brown and members of his raiding party who had...

    published 13 days, 18 hours ago

  32. First Capon Bridge Founder's Day Festival

    October 18, 2008: The first Capon Bridge Founder's Day Festival was held on this day in Capon Bridge, Hampshire County. Location: Capon Bridge, W.Va. County: Hampshire County ...

    published 13 days, 18 hours ago

  33. Thomas M. Harris assumed command

    October 19, 1864: Thomas M. Harris assumed command of the Union First Division of the Army of West Virginia. Location: Statewide ...

    published 12 days, 18 hours ago

  34. Grandview State Park land purchased

    October 20, 1939: West Virginia purchased the land that would later become Grandview State Park.  In 1990, Grandview became part of the New River Gorge National River. Location: Beckley, W.Va. County: Raleigh County ...

    published 11 days, 18 hours ago

  35. Wheeling Suspension Bridge dedicated.

    October 20, 1849: The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was dedicated. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 11 days, 18 hours ago

  36. Governor Hulett C. Smith born in Beckley.

    October 21, 1918: Governor Hulett C. Smith was born in Beckley.  Smith was elected Governor in 1964. Location: Beckley, W.Va. County: Raleigh County ...

    published 10 days, 18 hours ago

  37. First West Virginia Turkey Festival

    October 22, 1955: The first West Virginia Turkey Festival was held on this day in Lost River, Hardy County. Location: Lost River, W.Va. County: Hardy County ...

    published 9 days, 18 hours ago

  38. New River Gorge Bridge opened for traffic

    October 22, 1977: The New River Gorge Bridge opened for traffic. The bridge stands 876 feet above the New River and has revitalized the New River Gorge region, which now boasts a thriving tourist and whitewater rafting industry. Location:...

    published 9 days, 18 hours ago

  39. President Harry Truman speaks at Harpers Ferry

    October 23, 1952: President Harry Truman spoke briefly at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Depot at Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, while campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson. Location: Harpers Ferry, W.Va....

    published 8 days, 18 hours ago

  40. State of West Virginia ratified by popular vote

    October 24, 1861: An ordinance to create a new state of West Virginia was ratified by popular vote by a margin of 18,408 to 781. Voters from 35 western Virginia counties elected delegates to the Constitutional Convention scheduled to meet...

    published 7 days, 18 hours ago

  41. First governor of West Virginia, Arthur I. Boreman, re-elected to office

    October 25, 1866: The first governor of West Virginia, Arthur I. Boreman, was re-elected to office on October 25, 1866. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 6 days, 18 hours ago

  42. Writer Denise Giardina born in Bluefield

    October 25, 1951: Writer Denise Giardina was born October 25, 1951, in Bluefield, West Virginia, and raised in neighboring McDowell County. Location: Bluefield, W.Va. County: Mercer County ...

    published 6 days, 18 hours ago

  43. Fort Ashby location selected

    October 26, 1755: George Washington ordered Lieutenant John Bacon to select a location for what became Fort Ashby. He chose a place on the plantation of John Sellers at present-day Fort Ashby, Mineral County. He also ordered Bacon to...

    published 5 days, 18 hours ago

  44. Murder and treason trial of John Brown begins

    October 26, 1859: The murder and treason trial of John Brown began at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town. Location: Charles Town, W.Va. County: Jefferson County ...

    published 5 days, 18 hours ago

  45. Retired NBA basketball player and broadcaster "Hot" Rod Hundley born

    October 26, 1934: Retired NBA basketball player and broadcaster "Hot" Rod Hundley was born on this day. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 5 days, 18 hours ago

  46. 30th Annual Bridge Day celebration held

    October 17, 2009: The 30th Annual Bridge Day celebration was held. Location: Fayetteville, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

    published 14 days, 18 hours ago

  47. 22 killed in McDowell County mine explosion

    October 27, 1958: 22 men are killed when the #34 mine at Bishop in McDowell County exploded. Location: Bishop, W.Va. County: McDowell County ...

    published 4 days, 18 hours ago

  48. Land purchased to create Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

    October 28, 1935: Land was purchased to create Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park in Summersville, Nicholas county. Location: Summersville, W.Va. County: Nicholas County ...

    published 3 days, 18 hours ago

  49. Singer songwriter Brad Paisley born

    October 28, 1972: Singer songwriter Brad Paisley was born.  By 2010, Paisley has amassed over 30 awards, including three Grammys, and was named Country Music Association’s best male vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Location: Glen Dale, W...

    published 3 days, 18 hours ago

  50. Ronald Reagan visits Parkersburg

    October 29, 1984: Ronald Reagan visited Parkersburg for a campaign stop during his re-election campaign. Location: Parkersburg, W.Va. County: Wood County ...

    published 2 days, 18 hours ago

  51. Wheeling Suspension Bridge completed

    October 30, 1849: The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was completed.  It was destroyed in 1854 by high winds and then rebuilt. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 1 day, 18 hours ago

  52. First Mountain State Forest Festival held

    October 30, 1930: The first Mountain State Forest Festival was held on this date. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph County ...

    published 1 day, 18 hours ago

  53. John Brown convicted

    October 31, 1859: John Brown was convicted of murder and treason against Virginia in his trial at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town. Location: Charles Town, W.Va. County: Jefferson County ...

    published 18 hours, 9 minutes ago

  54. West Virginia governor Herman Guy Kump born

    October 31, 1877: West Virginia governor Herman Guy Kump was born in Capon Springs, Hampshire County. Location: Capon Springs, W.Va. County: Hampshire County ...

    published 18 hours, 9 minutes ago

  55. Constellium awarded multiyear agreement with Boeing

    Constellium announced that it has been awarded a multiyear agreement with aerospace manufacturer Boeing to support the company’s leading commercial airplane programs. The agreement allows Constellium to increase both the scope and range of products...

  56. 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...

  57. Celebrate “Park-tober” in West Virginia State Parks with fall discounts and activities

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Fall kicks in during October, and West Virginia State Parks are celebrating “Park-tober” by offering a wide variety of lodging discounts and special events to appeal to everyone from leaf peepers...

    published 30 days, 18 hours ago

  58. Higher elevations holding color; lower elevations catching up

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state foresters say areas of high elevation, 3,500 feet and up, continue to have the most colorful foliage. Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods, which peaked earlier this week, should remain colorful through the coming ...

    published 29 days, 7 hours ago

  59. “Life in the River” – a guided nature walk on Blennerhassett Island Oct. 4, 2014

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A visit to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is steeped in varied history. Visitors to the park Saturday, Oct. 4, will have the opportunity to explore...

    published 29 days, 18 hours ago

  60. North Bend State Park fills October weekends with fun events

        CAIRO, West Virginia – October weekends at North Bend State Park in Ritchie County are a cornucopia of activities. “There is no better time to enjoy the outdoors with color changes, pleasant temperatures and seasonal activities,”...

    published 29 days, 18 hours ago

  61. Sixteen new municipalities selected for the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule pilot program

    BRIDGEPORT, West Virginia – The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board today announced 16 additional municipalities have been selected for West Virginia’s Home Rule Pilot Program.   After reviewing applications and hearing presentations from 22...

    published 25 days, 7 hours ago

  62. Celebrate the heron at Beech Fork State Park during Heron Fest Oct. 11

                BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Heron Fest is a family fun day at West Virginia’s largest state park campground, Beech Fork State Park. The Oct. 11 event includes free pontoon boat rides and...

    published 25 days, 18 hours ago

  63. Blennerhassett Island by Night… The Mansion by Candlelight Tour Oct. 10 and 11, 2014

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – What was it like to live on an island without electricity? Visitors will have the opportunity to find out during the annual Mansion by Candlelight Tour at...

    published 25 days, 18 hours ago

  64. Ten miles of fall foliage viewing at North Bend State Park Oct. 11

            CAIRO, West Virginia – Take a hike on the North Bend Rail Trail Oct. 11 and enjoy 10 miles of Ritchie County fall foliage.     “This is one of the best times of the year to experience the...

    published 25 days, 18 hours ago

  65. Main Street/ON TRAC conference takes a revitalizing look at local preservation

    Register for Oct. 21-23 training sessions in Charles Town CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preserving the past can revitalize the future of West Virginia communities. That’s the focus of the Main Street West Virginia and ON TRAC training conference in...

    published 24 days, 5 hours ago

  66. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Oct. 28 session on business fundamentals HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 24 days, 18 hours ago

  67. West Virginia’s fall wild turkey season opens Oct. 11

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The fall wild turkey hunting season in West Virginia opens Oct. 11 in selected counties across the state, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the...

    published 23 days, 18 hours ago

  68. DNR acquires two new wildlife management areas in Preston County

                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...

    published 22 days, 18 hours ago

  69. Big game harvests to be checked at an official game checking stations

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With a variety of hunting seasons underway or approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds big game hunters that successful hunters...

    published 22 days, 18 hours ago

  70. WVSBDC adds three new coaches for small business centers

    Business coaches based in Clay, Raleigh and Jefferson counties CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) has appointed three new business coaches to assist small businesses across the state. They are Joe...

    published 22 days, 7 hours ago

  71. Rails and Trails Lead to Plenty of Fall Color - Special viewing opportunity this weekend at Kumbrabow State Forest

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia foresters report colorful foliage throughout the state and say this coming weekend will be an excellent opportunity to see peak colors in several areas, including points of interest in Pocahontas and Webster ...

    published 22 days, 6 hours ago

  72. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Oct. 30 session on Business Fundamentals CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 30, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development...

    published 22 days, 18 hours ago

  73. America’s SBDC elects West Virginia state director to executive board

    WVSBDC State Director Kristina Oliver elected during national conference CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) State Director Kristina Oliver has been voted to the Executive Board of Directors of America’s...

    published 21 days, 7 hours ago

  74. Are you a “trout wrangler?” You can be one at Pipestem State Park Oct. 28 - Nov. 23, 2014

    Registration Closes Oct. 15     PIPESTEM, West Virginia – “Trout Wrangler” is a fly fishing experience at Pipestem Resort State Park conducted in early spring and late autumn. “An angler’s dream and a trout’s nightmare” is a...

    published 21 days, 18 hours ago

  75. Canaan Valley Resort getting ready for winter recreation season; seasonal job fair scheduled Oct. 18

               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...

    published 21 days, 18 hours ago

  76. Permits for 2014 limited antlerless deer and bear seasons have been mailed to successful applicants

                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...

    published 21 days, 18 hours ago

  77. 2014 Fall Trout Stockings Begin Oct. 14

    First daily stocking reports available on the WVDNR’s Facebook page             SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s too early to put away that fishing pole. The West Virginia Division of Natural...

    published 21 days, 18 hours ago

  78. NOW CASTING: Restoration Shops Across the Country

    Do you own or work in a restoration shop that can fix, restore or repurpose just about ANYTHING? Do you and your crew have huge personalities and the talent to turn trash into treasure? Do you specialize in the restoration of unique items, whether...

    published 16 days, 18 hours ago

  79. Public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber ...

    published 16 days, 18 hours ago

  80. Casting call: Mob mini-series shooting in Martinsburg

    New York City Casting Director Barbara McNamara is seeking non-union extras for a mini-series about the Mob in the 1920s-50s. Shooting on location in MARTINSBURG, WV - Must be able to self-report to the set.   Can work one or more days...

    published 16 days, 18 hours ago

  81. National forest and wildlife management area roads in West Virginia open to hunters with disabilities

          SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Physically-challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National...

    published 15 days, 18 hours ago

  82. Firearm antlerless deer hunting opportunity starts in October

                     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deer hunters can take advantage of an October three-day firearm antlerless deer season on private land again this year, according to...

    published 15 days, 18 hours ago

  83. Quilters Get-A-Way Weekend at North Bend State Park Oct. 22– 26

                 CAIRO, West Virginia – Enjoy the peaceful setting that North Bend State Park offers during the fall Quilters Get-A-Way Weekend Oct. 22-26. This four-day experience is a relaxing time to...

    published 15 days, 18 hours ago

  84. Waterfalls and Fall Foliage Photography Excursion at Pipestem Resort State Park Oct. 24-26, 2014

                 PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Join Pipestem State Park Naturalist Julie McQuade and professional photographer Becky Green of Green Photographic for a Waterfalls and Fall Foliage Photography...

    published 15 days, 18 hours ago

  85. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for Nov. 6 session on business fundamentals MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in Logan County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 15 days, 5 hours ago

  86. Blennerhassett Island State Park adds final fall dinner riverboat cruise Oct. 25, 2014

               PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A final fall dinner and cruise is scheduled for Oct. 25, according to Blennerhassett Island State Park Superintendent Matt Baker. “These dinner cruises have been...

    published 15 days, 18 hours ago

  87. Abundant Fall Color Throughout W.Va. - Back roads and major routes will be colorful drives

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state forestry officials say leaf peepers won’t have to look far for colorful fall foliage this weekend. In fact, it will be hard to avoid. With the exception of the highest elevations and the lowest river...

    published 15 days, 5 hours ago

  88. SPOOKY Night Tours at West Virginia Wildlife Center Oct. 24 and 25

                FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The name says it all: SPOOKY Night Tours. The 4th annual event at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in French Creek will be held Oct. 24 and 25, 2014....

    published 14 days, 18 hours ago

  89. Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt and Banquet Oct. 24-25 at Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.

        ROANOKE, W.Va. – The 2014 West Virginia Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt event will take place Oct. 24 and 25, operating out of Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County. This will be the eighth year for the...

    published 11 days, 18 hours ago

  90. Ride the Halloween Train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Oct. 25

                 CASS, West Virginia – Tickets are still available for the annual Halloween Train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Oct. 25. The ride leaves the depot at 6 p.m. and travels to Whittaker...

    published 11 days, 18 hours ago

  91. Pipestem State Park’s fall 2014 Trout Wrangler registration extended; 2015 spring dates announced

                PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Due to high demand, registration for the popular “Trout Wrangler” fly fishing program at Pipestem Resort State Park has been extended for the fall 2014 season....

    published 10 days, 18 hours ago

  92. West Virginia drivers should take extra caution to avoid deer collisions during the fall months

                     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...

    published 10 days, 18 hours ago

  93. West Virginia’s 2014 wild boar firearms season opens Oct. 25

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wild boar firearms season in West Virginia is scheduled to open Oct. 25 and run through Nov. 1, 2014. The season is open to West Virginia residents only. ...

    published 10 days, 18 hours ago

  94. TOURISM INDUSTRY PROJECTS TO RECEIVE $882,000 IN MATCHING FUNDS TO ATTRACT VISITORS TO THE STATE

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Tourism Industry projects totaling over 1.9 million have been approved by the West Virginia Tourism Commission to receive $882,000 in matching funds through the Matching Advertising Partnership Program (MAPP)....

    published 9 days, 7 hours ago

  95. ADVENTURE ADVISORY: HAUNTINGS IN WEST VIRGINIA

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, 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 9 days, 6 hours ago

  96. West Virginia Film Office iPhone App to Provide On-the-Go Access to Film Industry Resources

    Charleston, W.Va.—The West Virginia Film Office launched an iPhone app to provide on-the-go access to the web-based Reel-Scout Directory for producers, location managers and others who are filming or considering filming in the state. Since 2010...

    published 9 days, 18 hours ago

  97. Christina Lundberg retiring after 18 years with WV Small Business Development Center

    Business coach served Eastern Panhandle CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Christina Lundberg spent nearly two decades helping hundreds of people begin their business careers. This year, she is retiring from her post as business coach with West Virginia Small...

    published 9 days, 13 hours ago

  98. Business Coach James Epling to retire after 28 years with WV Small Business Development Center

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — James Epling has announced his retirement as a business coach with West Virginia Small Business Development (WVSBDC), a post he has held for the past 28 years. His retirement is effective Nov. 1. Epling served clients in the...

    published 9 days, 1 hour ago

  99. Stonewall Jackson Lake Fishing Tournament Selection Meeting Oct. 27

    ROANOKE, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section will host the drawing for 2015 fishing tournament dates for Stonewall Jackson Lake on Oct. 27, 2014, at 6 p.m. The drawing will take place at the...

    published 8 days, 18 hours ago

  100. Babcock State Park’s Glade Creek Grist Mill featured on U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail® stamp

                 CLIFFTOP, West Virginia – The iconic Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park, a favorite of photographers from around the world, is now featured on a stamp issued by the United States...

    published 8 days, 18 hours ago

  101. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for Nov. 13 session on Business Fundamentals WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 13, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 8 days, 5 hours ago

  102. Coopers Rock, Cheat Lake and Panhandles Offer Best Fall Color This Week

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State foresters say Coopers Rock State Forest, Cheat Lake and West Virginia’s Northern and Eastern panhandles are the best bets for fall color this weekend. Foliage in Coopers Rock State Forest turned a bit late this year, ...

    published 8 days, 4 hours ago

  103. 2014 Furbearer Trapping Seasons to Open Nov. 1

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s trapping seasons will open Nov. 1, 2014. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter must present the whole animal or pelt to a...

    published 7 days, 18 hours ago

  104. The Bow Shop (Clarksburg) to host next Archery in the Schools instructor training Dec. 4, 2014

                CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS)...

    published 4 days, 10 hours ago

  105. Detour at Bluestone State Park entrance Nov. 3 – Dec. 10 during bridge construction

             HINTON, West Virginia –The entrance to Bluestone State Park will be temporarily closed Nov. 3 - Dec. 10, 2014, as part of the new Lilly Bridge construction crossing Bluestone Lake near the entrance of the...

    published 4 days, 7 hours ago

  106. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Oct. 20-24, 2014

                ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Oct. 20, 2014:   Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork...

    published 7 days, 18 hours ago

  107. Cass Scenic Railroad to join state-owned West Virginia Central Railroad

        CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources Monday announced that it will partner with the State Rail Authority to improve and streamline operations at Pocahontas County’s historic Cass Scenic...

    published 4 days, 18 hours ago

  108. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Grant County

    Register for Nov. 13 session on business fundamentals PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Grant County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 3 days, 6 hours ago

  109. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Nov. 18 session on business fundamentals HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 3 days, 18 hours ago

  110. WVSBDC names Lisha Conny as new business coach

    Serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lisha Conny has joined the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) as a business coach. The new business coaching position is hosted by the...

    published 3 days, 4 hours ago

  111. Filmmakers & Special Guests to Attend 2014 American Conservation Film Festival

    Fifteen filmmakers and special guests will be attending the 2014 American Conservation Film Festival, participating in post-film discussions and mingling with the crowd.  46 outstanding conservation films will be shown over four days and five venues...

    published 3 days, 18 hours ago

  112. Voters select West Virginia State Parks Supt. Jesse Anderson ServiceWear Apparel 2014 Park Ranger of the Year

                 CHARLESTON, West Virginia – ServiceWear Apparel has announced Jesse Anderson, superintendent of Greenbrier State Forest and Moncove Lake State Park in West Virginia, as the 2014 Park Ranger...

    published 3 days, 18 hours ago

  113. WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF TOURISM HOSTS “GO OUTSIDE AND FLY FISH” IN GRANT COUNTY

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Tourism hosted “Go Outside and Fly Fish” at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins in Grant County, West Virginia. Curtis Fleming of the Outdoor Channel’s popular TV show “Fly Rod Chronicles,” his pro...

    published 2 days, 18 hours ago

  114. Outdoor-indoor events at West Virginia State Parks lead to Thanksgiving

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – A cornucopia of November activities leads to the Thanksgiving holidays at West Virginia’s state parks. Ten state parks lodges have restaurants in the 49 areas...

    published 2 days, 18 hours ago

  115. Arbor Day Poster Contest Open to All W.Va. Fourth- and Fifth-graders

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials and the Urban and Community Forestry Council encourage teachers with fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s...

    published 2 days, 2 hours ago

  116. Special lodging rates at West Virginia State Parks recognize veterans Nov. 1-16, 2014

    Special golf play discount at Pipestem and Twin Falls state parks Nov. 11                      SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Veterans staying at West Virginia...

    published 1 day, 18 hours ago

  117. West Virginia State Parks are Something Special - Gift Card Program include “Something Extra” when visiting in 2015

                   SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s the time of year for  holiday and Christmas gift ideas and West Virginia’s state parks “Something Extra” program returns. Gift card purchases...

    published 10 hours, 9 minutes ago

  118. “First Day” Hikes at West Virginia State Parks in 2015 - Resolve to get outdoors

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s not too early to think about New Year’s resolutions, and a good one would be to get outdoors more often. At least four areas in the West Virginia state park system will offer First Day Hikes Jan. 1...

  119. Adventure Advisory: Honoring Our Veterans

    Adventure Advisory: Honoring Our Veterans  The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are...

    published 1 day, 6 hours ago

  120. Eastern Panhandle Counties Offer Last of Fall Color West Virginia’s fall foliage season coming to an end.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Foliage in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle counties is past peak but state foresters report it is still colorful and plentiful.  Leaves in Berkeley, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties are hanging tough and remain on...

    published 1 day, 3 hours ago

  121. WVSBDC selects David Ramsburg as new business coach

    WVSBDC and WVU partnership supports business coach position   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC), in partnership with the West Virginia University College of Business & Economics BrickStreet...

    published 8 hours, 9 minutes ago

  122. A cappella trio Bare Bones to perform at Twin Falls Resort Nov. 8, 2014

               MULLENS, West Virginia – An evening with dinner and great music by a cappella trio Bare Bones is planned at Twin Falls Resort State Park Nov. 8.     ‘It’s a little twist on a dinner...

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