Holding up the fort in Lewisburg

Holding up the fort in Lewisburg

Aug 25, 2013

  LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Florian Schleiff likes to give credit, or the blame, to his wife for the restoration of the historic Silas Mason mansion, in Lewisburg, that took nearly seven years. His latest endeavor, though, is all his own doing. The Lewisburg contractor and two local lawyers are renovating the former Fort Savannah Inn with plans to create a...

State hikes to mark Battle of Droop Mountain

State hikes to mark Battle of Droop Mountain

Aug 1, 2013

  HILLSBORO, W.Va. — The commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Droop Mountain is continuing in West Virginia. The Division of Natural Resources is holding a series of hikes at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in Pocahontas County to mark the Civil War battle that occurred there November 6, 1863. Officials say the first two...

Birthplace of Rivers

Birthplace of Rivers

Jul 7, 2013

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A plan to create West Virginia’s first national monument from land encompassing the headwaters of six streams in the Monongahela National Forest is drawing support from certain forest users and forest-based businesses and at least one nearby community. Tentative plans call for including about 123,000 acres in and around...

Graduates aren’t finding enough jobs here

Graduates aren’t finding enough jobs here

Jul 2, 2013

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Steve Knoblock celebrated his 30th birthday by starting his first day of work at his new job. The 2009 West Virginia University graduate didn’t sit at a tidy desk topped with piles of papers like he expected he would be doing with his master’s degree in professional accountancy. Instead, he stood behind a cash...

State flower: Rhododendron is our prettiest symbol

State flower: Rhododendron is our prettiest symbol

Jun 15, 2013

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Q: What is West Virginia’s state flower A: The rhododendron. Correct. Q: What color is it A: Purple. Wrong. The state flower is often shown as a blowsy purple rhododendron, which is incorrect, according to Doug Jolley, a native plant expert who owns Windbeam Way Nursery in Heaters. “West Virginia’s state flower...

New regional bank aims to grow Appalachian economy

New regional bank aims to grow Appalachian economy

Jun 15, 2013

  MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Mike Hurley had a great opportunity: He could multiply sales and staff by converting his metal-stamping business from one that made brackets for the automotive industry into a top-tier supplier of satellite dishes to DirecTV. He also had a problem: Highlands Diversified Services is headquartered in small-town Appalachia, a place...

Kanawha State Forest holding 150th celebration Sunday

Kanawha State Forest holding 150th celebration Sunday

Jun 14, 2013

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Residents and visitors are welcome to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday with an outdoor concert and birthday cake at Kanawha State Forest on Sunday, courtesy of the Kanawha State Forest Foundation and the Kanawha Valley Community Band. The event begins at 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the forest’s swimming pool...

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