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W. Va. State Fair isn’t just for farmers
Photo courtesy The West Virginia State Fair
W. Va. State Fair isn’t just for farmers

The state’s oldest and biggest fair, the West Virginia State Fair — which has a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state — began as the Greenbrier Valley Fair in 1921, more than 90 years ago.

It wasn’t until...

Toilet paper profits on a roll, consumer buying power down the drain

First, 14 ounces became the new pound for vendors of canned beans and other vegetables, while pound-sized cans of coffee shrank to 10.5 ounces.

Next, newspapers downsized their formats to near tabloid size and used flimsier newsprint in an...

Restaurant Week eateries eager to show off
Restaurant Week eateries eager to show off

First impressions are all about presentation, and this week, local eateries are going all out to present their finest offerings at a price sure to please during the second annual Charleston Restaurant Week.

Creating special menus just for the...

W. Va. State Fair isn’t just for farmers
W. Va. State Fair isn’t just for farmers

The state’s oldest and biggest fair, the West Virginia State Fair — which has a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state — began as the Greenbrier Valley Fair in 1921, more than 90 years ago.

It wasn’t until ...

Tamarack welcomes painter home
Tamarack welcomes painter home

Since the age of 18, Pat Cross has followed her “geographical curiosity” and artistic passions across areas of the U.S. known for their natural beauty — Colorado, Utah and, most recently, Oregon.

From oil paintings of the...

Get outside and into nature with Snowshoe Discovery Tours of Canaan refuge
Get outside and into nature with Snowshoe Discovery Tours of Canaan refuge

For outdoor enthusiasts suffering from cabin fever during the winter doldrums, White Grass Ski Touring Center and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge are offering a free cure: Snowshoe Discovery Tours.

Held on Sundays and holidays from...

More than 40 years later, Mountaineer Opry going strong
More than 40 years later, Mountaineer Opry going strong

MILTON — Blankets, pads and sheets drape over more than 30 of the chairs near the stage at the Mountaineer Opry House.

It’s not laundry day — the drapery signifies the favorite seats claimed by...

Highland Scenic Highway provides access to that which is wild and wonderful in West Virginia
Highland Scenic Highway provides access to that which is wild and wonderful in West Virginia

Where in the Eastern United States can you drive at highway speeds for the better part of an hour and see nothing but unbroken forest, mountains and streams, without a house, farm, convenience store, power line, street light, billboard or private...

Fairs and festivals showcase rich mountain heritage
Fairs and festivals showcase rich mountain heritage

Fairs and festivals in the Mountain State showcase our diverse cultural and musical heritage as well as our agricultural roots.

There’s the Upper Potomac Spring Dulcimer Festival in Shepherdstown, the Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival...

Clay Center expands
Clay Center expands

The Clay Center has never lacked for ambition. In 2015, the arts and science center is expanding its programs in hopes of attracting more people to come see them in Charleston, while at the same time actually bringing part of the center to rural...

Town Center Mall sees change
Town Center Mall sees change

Going out of business signs have hung from more than one store in the Charleston Town Center Mall in recent months.

The closings began when Coldwater Creek announced its bankruptcy in April. Delia’s, teen-clothing retailer, filed for...

Weekend Adventure Getaway in Greater Morgantown, WV
Weekend Adventure Getaway in Greater Morgantown, WV

Your action-packed weekend is closer than you think!

Located just 70 miles south of Pittsburgh (at the intersection of Interstates 79 and 68) and 155 miles north of Charleston, Greater Morgantown is rich with natural beauty, challenging terrain ...

Greenbrier Valley offers history, culture and charm
Greenbrier Valley offers history, culture and charm

Are you looking for that perfect weekend escape? A place where you can take a deep breath, relax and let time slow down? A destination where you can get outside, taste new cuisine, browse unique shops and enjoy a live performance?

It’s...

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