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  1. Town of Sutton burned by Confederate raiders

    December 29, 1861: The town of Sutton was burned by Confederate raiders on December 29, 1861.  Sutton is home to Sutton Lake, which is a favorite for fishing and boating enthusiasts.   Location: Sutton, W.Va. County: Braxton County ...

    published 30 days, 13 hours ago

  2. John Denver song, "Country Roads" debuts

    December 30, 1970: The John Denver song, "Country Roads" makes its debut at a folk club called The Cellar Door.  John Denver and Bill Danoff had finished the song earlier that morning. Location: Washington D.C. ...

    published 29 days, 13 hours ago

  3. President Lincoln signs West Virginia statehood bill

    December 31, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln signed the West Virginia statehood bill on December 31, 1862. Location: Washington D.C. ...

    published 28 days, 13 hours ago

  4. Community of Guyandotte established

    January 5, 1810: The Cabell County community of Guyandotte was established.  Guyandotte is an historic neighborhood of Huntington, which is also home to Marshall University. Location: Guyandotte County: Cabell County ...

    published 23 days, 13 hours ago

  5. Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield died

    January 6, 1921: Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield died of pneumonia in Logan County.  "Devil Anse" Hatfield was one of the leaders of the historic feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families in the mountains of West Virginia and northern...

    published 22 days, 13 hours ago

  6. Town of Charles Town established

    January 7, 1787: The speaker of the House of Delegates of Virginia signed the bill establishing the town of Charles Town, Jefferson County. This is the commonly accepted date for its establishment.  Charles Town is the current location of...

    published 21 days, 13 hours ago

  7. The Greenbrier Cooking School opened

    January 8, 1978: The Greenbrier Cooking School opened; it was the first resort cooking school in the U.S. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 20 days, 13 hours ago

  8. General and Mrs. Eisenhower vacation at The Greenbrier

    January 9, 1944: On this date in 1944 General and Mrs. Eisenhower arrived at The Greenbrier for a vacation in the only wartime period the General was home from Europe. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 19 days, 13 hours ago

  9. Bank of Glen Jean closed by stockholders

    January 10, 1939: Stockholders voted to close the Bank of Glen Jean, Fayette County.  The bank is now on the National Register of Historic Places and has been restored by the National Park Service.  Glen Jean is the future home of the...

    published 18 days, 13 hours ago

  10. Hungarian diplomats interned at The Greenbrier

    January 11, 1942: On this date in 1942 a small group of Hungarian diplomats arrived at The Greenbrier to join hundreds of interned German diplomats. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 17 days, 13 hours ago

  11. Greenbrier County created

    January 12, 1778: Greenbrier County was created from parts of Montgomery and Botetourt counties. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 16 days, 13 hours ago

  12. Cyrus Roberts Vance died

    January 12, 2002: Statesman Cyrus Roberts Vance, United States Secretary of State during the Carter Administration, died.  Vance was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia.   Location: New York City ...

    published 16 days, 13 hours ago

  13. Governor Cecil H. Underwood inaugurated for second time

    January 13, 1997: Governor Cecil H. Underwood inaugurated for second time, giving him the distinction of being both youngest and the oldest governor in the state's history. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 15 days, 13 hours ago

  14. First session of Glenville State College

    January 14, 1873: The first session of Glenville State College opened in the old Gilmer County Courthouse.  Glenville is also the site of the West Virginia State Folk Festival held each June in the town and on the college campus. Location:...

    published 14 days, 13 hours ago

  15. First state-owned vacation lodge dedicated

    January 15, 1957: Blackwater Falls, the first state-owned vacation lodge, was dedicated near Davis, Tucker County. Location: Davis, W.Va. County: Tucker County ...

    published 13 days, 13 hours ago

  16. Arch Moore inaugurated for second term as governor

    January 15, 1973: Arch Moore was inaugurated in Charleston for his second term as governor, becoming the first governor in the state's history to serve two consecutive 4-year terms. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 13 days, 13 hours ago

  17. Town of Wheeling incorporated

    January 16, 1806: The Virginia General Assembly passed an act incorporating the town of Wheeling, Ohio County.  Wheeling was once West Virginia’s Capital City and is the home of many attractions, such as the Wheeling Jamboree, Wheeling...

    published 12 days, 13 hours ago

  18. West Virginia receives heaviest recorded snowfall.

    January 20, 1978: The heaviest snowfall on record covered West Virginia.  If you like snow, you’ll love West Virginia’s Ski Resorts. Location: Statewide ...

    published 8 days, 13 hours ago

  19. Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson born

    January 21, 1824: Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson born on this day.  His boyhood home, known as Jackson's Mill, became the first state 4-H Club Camp. Location: Clarksburg, W.Va. County: Harrison County ...

    published 7 days, 13 hours ago

  20. Purchase of Native American mound in Moundsville studied

    January 21, 1903: The West Virginia Legislature adopted a joint resolution appointing a joint committee to study the advisability of purchasing the American Indian mound in Moundsville, Marshall County. Location: Moundsville, W.Va. County:...

    published 7 days, 13 hours ago

  21. German diplomats interned at The Greenbrier

    January 22, 1942: On this date in 1942 forty-one German diplomats from Mexico City arrived at The Greenbrier, bringing the number of interned diplomats to over 500. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 6 days, 13 hours ago

  22. Rhododendron adopted as state flower

    January 23, 1903: The West Virginia Legislature adopted a joint resolution declaring the rhododendron, also known as the big laurel, to be the state flower. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 5 days, 13 hours ago

  23. Gymnast Mary Lou Retton born

    January 24, 1968: Gymnast Mary Lou Retton was born on this day in Fairmont, Marion County.  Retton won the all around gold medal in woman’s gymnastics at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first American woman to ever win a...

    published 4 days, 13 hours ago

  24. "The Mothman Prophecies" film released

    January 25, 2002: The film "The Mothman Prophecies", a story that deals with the mythical Mothman in Point Pleasant, is released. The film stared Richard Gere and Debra Messing.  Visitors to the area can participate in guided tours of the...

    published 3 days, 13 hours ago

  25. Burnsville High School basketball star Danny Heater sets national scoring record

    January 26, 1960: Burnsville High School basketball star Danny Heater set a national record by scoring 135 points in a game against Widen High School. Location: Burnsville, W.Va. County: Braxton County ...

    published 2 days, 13 hours ago

  26. Town of Sutton established

    January 27, 1826: The Virginia General Assembly passed an act establishing the town of Suttonsville, now Sutton.  Sutton Lake is now a very popular spot for boating enthusiasts. Location: Sutton, W.Va. County: Braxton County ...

    published 1 day, 13 hours ago

  27. West Virginia’s first state flag authorized

    January 28, 1864: West Virginia’s first state flag was authorized by the legislature on January 28, 1864.  The flag underwent changes until its final version was adopted in 1929. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 13 hours, 11 minutes ago

  28. Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad completed from Huntington, WV to Richmond, VA

    January 29, 1873: The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad was completed from Huntington, West Virginia to Richmond, Virginia, with the last spike driven at Hawk's Nest, Fayette County.  Location: Ansted, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Jan. 16 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, Jan. 16, 2015, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small...

    published 30 days, 3 hours ago

  33. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for Jan. 13 session on Business Fundamentals WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 29 days, 21 hours ago

  34. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for Jan. 22 session on business fundamentals MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 28 days, 21 hours ago

  35. West Virginia Division of Tourism to Kick Off 2015 with “You Remind Me of West Virginia” Photo Contest

    20 finalists to be invited to special performance by Wyatt Turner, seven grand-prize winners to be announced     CHARLESTON, West Virginia (December 31, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism (GoToWV) will kick off the new year with a photo...

    published 28 days, 13 hours ago

  36. West Virginia small businesses invited to take part in survey

    Survey on business needs, challenges, open through Jan. 31 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Small businesses throughout the state are invited to take part in a survey from the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. The survey on the WVSBDC website...

    published 23 days, 1 hour ago

  37. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Nicholas County

    Register for Jan 21 session on Business Fundamentals SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan 21, in Nicholas County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 22 days, 13 hours ago

  38. Scott Cain dulcimer performances Jan. 18 and 25 at North Bend State Park

        CAIRO, West Virginia – Fans of the dulcimer will enjoy hearing Parkersburg native Scott Cain perform live at North Bend State Park Sundays, Jan. 18 and 25, 2015. Playing the hammered dulcimer and lap dulcimer, Cain entertains...

    published 21 days, 13 hours ago

  39. “Operation Opportunity Initiative” to help W.Va. veterans with free hotel rooms

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Hilton Worldwide and WorkForce West Virginia announce “Operation Opportunity Initiative”, which will provide hotel accommodations to assist veterans with job interviews, skills training, housing searches, and any...

    published 21 days, 13 hours ago

  40. Governor Tomblin announces the elimination of the Business Franchise Tax

    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the elimination of the Business Franchise Tax, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The removal is the latest step in a series of reductions that have improved West Virginia's business climate and led to new investments across the...

    published 20 days, 20 hours ago

  41. West Virginia Division of Tourism Hosts Go Outside and Ski in Celebration of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 8, 2015) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism (GoToWV), in collaboration with Governor Tomblin, the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, Winterplace Ski Resort and ski instructors from across the state, today...

    published 19 days, 23 hours ago

  42. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 5-9, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 5, 2015 Anthony Creek Blackwater River Chief Logan Lake Laurel Lake Lick Creek Pond Lost River Shavers Fork C&R (Stuarts Park Recreation Area) ...

    published 18 days, 20 hours ago

  43. Exhibit deadline nears for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day Jan. 28

    TechConnectWV and TransTech/Industries of the Future-WV will host “Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day” on Jan. 28, 2015 at the State Capitol. The event will showcase innovation successes and entrepreneurial activities happening across the state....

    published 18 days, 21 hours ago

  44. Jefferson County manufacturer seeks partnership with innovative West Virginia companies

    Schonstedt Instrument Company, a manufacturer and global exporter of handheld underground utility locators, announced plans to broaden its product line by investing in innovative West Virginia companies. “We’re looking for opportunities to...

    published 18 days, 15 hours ago

  45. Deadline for 2015 Shale Gas Innovation Competition set for Feb. 1

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Shale Gas Innovation Competition. Deadline to enter is Feb. 1, 2015. The competition awards a total of $100,000 that will be divided among the four top winners. The event is open to small businesses,...

    published 18 days, 20 hours ago

  46. WVU spinoff company raises $1.25 million to commercialize biometric technology

    Confirmix announced it has raised $1.25 million in angel investment to develop security software for mobile devices. The cybersecurity company’s app relies on biometric technology originally developed in the West Virginia University (WVU)...

    published 18 days, 4 hours ago

  47. West Virginia Identification Intelligence seminar draws record crowd

    The seventh annual West Virginia Identification Intelligence Seminar and Expo in Washington, D.C., drew its largest audience to date. The December 2014 event attracted an estimated 175 executives and government officials representing some of the...

    published 18 days, 2 hours ago

  48. WVDO promotes state industries through trade expos

    The West Virginia Development Office maintains an active schedule of trade show events. The West Virginia Development Office International Division will attend the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS), Jan....

    published 17 days, 4 hours ago

  49. WVDNR Seeks Paintings for 2016 Wildlife Calendar; Submission Deadline is Feb. 20, 2015

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is requesting original wildlife art for the 2016 edition of the award-winning West Virginia Wildlife Calendar, according to DNR Wildlife Resources Section...

    published 16 days, 13 hours ago

  50. “Trees Are…Beneficial!” Theme of 2015 Poster Contest - All W.Va. fourth- and fifth-graders eligible to compete

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Everyone knows trees are beneficial, and the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) is giving fourth- and fifth-graders throughout the state the opportunity to represent those benefits through art. The DOF, along with the ...

    published 16 days, 1 hour ago

  51. Shepherdstown Film Society Announces Spring Schedule

    The Shepherdstown Film Society is pleased to announce its spring 2015 series. Five films will be presented, starting on January 30 and running through April 24. Four films comprise our spring theme of women artists and one film is presented in...

    published 15 days, 13 hours ago

  52. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

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

    published 15 days, 13 hours ago

  53. West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,385 Black Bears in 2014

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.–  West Virginia hunters harvested 2,385 black bears during the combined 2014 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear...

    published 14 days, 13 hours ago

  54. USDA hosting webinar on Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program

    The USDA is seeking applicants for the Rural Energy for America Program, Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program, and is hosting a webinar on January 21st to discuss the program and the application process. More...

    published 13 days, 13 hours ago

  55. Shale Gas Innovation Contest Open To West Virginia Ventures, Application Period Open Through February 1, 2015

    Are you a researcher, entrepreneur, or small business in Pennsylvania or West Virginia focused on developing a new product or service for the shale energy space? Applications are now being accepted for the 4th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest,...

    published 13 days, 13 hours ago

  56. Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming returns; West Virginia’s New River Gorge featured in premiere episode

                 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - What’s it like to fish the rapids of the New River Gorge in West Virginia? Find out when Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming returns to the Outdoor Channel...

    published 13 days, 13 hours ago

  57. Division of Tourism (GoToWV) Encourages Industry Partners to Participate in West Virginia Adventure Day at the Legislature

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 15, 2015) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism (GoToWV) encourages industry partners to participate in West Virginia Adventure Day at the Legislature on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the State Capitol.   This...

    published 12 days, 13 hours ago

  58. West Virginia Hunters Harvest 104,223 Deer in 2014

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 104,223 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only,...

    published 12 days, 13 hours ago

  59. Winter weekends at Hawks Nest State Park are for entertainment

        ANSTED, West Virginia – From music to murder mysteries to magic, Hawks Nest State Park has entertainment lined up for winter weekends through March. Located in Ansted, Fayette County, the year-round destination is popular for...

    published 12 days, 13 hours ago

  60. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 12-16, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 12, 2015: Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Cedar Creek Lake Chief Cornstalk Lake Evitts Run Fitzpatrick Lake James P....

    published 12 days, 13 hours ago

  61. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

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

    published 8 days, 2 hours ago

  62. Blackwater Falls Celebrates Grand Opening of Longest Sled Run on the East Coast

    This morning, state officials celebrated the grand opening of the longest sled run on the East Coast at Blackwater Falls State Park.  The new and improved Blackwater Falls sled run lets sledders race down more than a quarter-mile of...

    published 7 days, 1 hour ago

  63. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) Unveils 2015 Official State Travel Guide

    WILLIAMSTOWN, West Virginia (January 21, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), joined by the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, local businesses, and travelers, unveiled the 2015 Official State Travel Guide at the I-77...

    published 6 days, 13 hours ago

  64. Nominations Requested for National Sesquicentennial Leadership Recognition Award

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 22, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) encourages sesquicentennial committees and organizations that hosted or organized celebrations to submit nominations for the national Sesquicentennial Leadership...

    published 6 days, 13 hours ago

  65. West Virginia Hunters Harvest 1,016 Fall Turkeys in 2014

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary figures for the 2014 fall turkey hunting season reveal that 1,016 turkeys were checked in, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division...

    published 6 days, 13 hours ago

  66. Governor Tomblin Presents 14 Communities with Small Cities Block Grants

    Funding supports more than $12.3 million in local projects   CHARLESTON, W.Va. (January 22, 2015) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $12.3 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 14 critical infrastructure projects for...

    published 5 days, 3 hours ago

  67. West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 19-23, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 19, 2015 Barboursville Lake Curtisville Lake Elk River Gandy Creek Glady Fork Huey Lake Laurel Fork (Randolph) ...

    published 4 days, 21 hours ago

  68. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Braxton County

    Register for Feb. 17 session on Business Fundamentals SUTTON, W.Va. — People who own a business or who are interested in starting their own business will find valuable help at a workshop on Business Fundamentals, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,...

    published 1 day, 3 hours ago

  69. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for Feb. 17 session on business fundamentals MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Logan County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development...

    published 1 day, 13 hours ago

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