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First Yellowstone photographer also shot first images of Blackwater Canyon, Davis


The pioneering landscape photographer who exposed the world to the first images of the Yellowstone country and other iconic landscapes of the American West also captured some of the earliest images of West Virginiaȁ...

Snowshoe’s first luxury boutique hotel set for Thanksgiving debut


A ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel, with concierge service and on-site restaurant, bar and coffee shop, is nearing completion near the top of Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Powder Monkey chairlift.

The Corduroy In...

Charleston-Orlando flights won’t start next week as scheduled


Start-up carrier PeoplExpress won’t start providing nonstop Charleston-Orlando air service until at least mid-November, Yeager Airport Executive Director Rick Atkinson said Thursday.

The new low-cost carrier...

Hearing set over Kanawha forest strip mine


Kanawha Circuit Judge James Stucky has set an Oct. 31 hearing during which the Department of Environmental Protection will be asked to show why a permit allowing surface mining along the eastern boundary of Kanawha State...

Craik-Patton House hosts “An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe”


In 1883, Liverpool-born street artist James Carling, who billed himself as “The Lightning Caricaturist” for his deft and speedy work, found himself in Chicago, where he read about a contest to determine the...

Land Trust celebrates acquisition of Gauley River tract


KESSLER’S CROSS LANES — On a hike down the Pierson Hollow Trail on Friday, Ashton Berdine pointed out three species of ferns, a cluster of towering, 300-plus-year-old heml...

Mussel-building a goal of wildlife refuge


WILLIAMSTOWN — Visiting the lesser-known half of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge requires dressing in appropriate attire for the occasion: scuba gear.


New Yeager low-cost carrier to get revenue guarantees, advertising funds


Yeager Airport will guarantee the low-cost carrier PEOPLExpress up to $495,000 to cover start-up costs and pay for possible unbooked seats during its first four months of operation under an agreement approved by the Char...

Surveyors trace path of centuries-long border beef


THOMAS — From the North Fork of the Potomac River in the south to the Pennsylvania border in the north, Maryland’s westernmost border with West Virginia stretches 35 miles...

Mine near Kanawha State Forest cited again by DEP


Operators of the Keystone Development #2 Mine, now taking shape adjacent to Kanawha State Forest’s eastern boundary, have been cited for failing to build adequate barriers along a pair of sediment ditches in order...

Police charge man in bar break-ins


A 36-year-old California man was arrested by Charleston Police on Wednesday on breaking and entering charges related to the theft of safes from a series of Charleston taverns in recent weeks.

Police said James Arth...

Remembering Tarzan’s visit to Charleston


One thing that makes the job of a bush league newspaper reporter worthwhile is the wide range of people you encounter in the course of a career. Well, that and the free coffee.

I’ve had the good fortune to m...

Greenbrier Express project still viable, despite “liquidation’auction


A sale billed as a “liquidation auction” for the Greenbrier Express, a fleet of rail cars being refurbished to luxury standards to carry passengers between Washington, D.C., and The Greenbrier resort, is sc...

Archaeological dig hopes to find 1774 fort in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A small army of archaeologists, graduate students and untrained but eager volunteers spent Saturday digging into the past on the grounds of Tu-Endie-Wei State Park tryi...

Gauley River whitewater season opens with a roar


SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — For the first time in 16 years, the deafening roar and drenching spray from water being released through an overflow tube at the base of Summersville Dam gr...

Nonstop Charleston-Orlando service returns to Yeager


Low-cost startup carrier PEOPLExpress Airlines will begin offering nonstop service from Charleston’s Yeager Airport to Orlando International Airport starting Oct. 16.

The Charleston-Orlando flights will be a...

Camp Brookside, 32-acre ‘Isle of Fun’ in New River Gorge, prepares for new role


HINTON — During the 1950s and ’60s, Camp Brookside was a 32-acre “Isle of Fun” in the New River for the children of workers at Union Carbide’s Electro Metal...

West Virginia DNR officer recalls Smokey Bear as icon turns 70


He’s bare-chested, barefoot and, with a five-word vocabulary, barely a conversationalist.

But at age 70, the fire-fighting star of America’s longest-running public service ad campaign remains all bear...

Artificial heart pioneer Dr. John C. Norman Jr. dead at 84


Dr. John Clavon Norman Jr., a Charleston-born, Harvard-educated cardiovascular surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, died Saturday in a Bedford, Massachusetts, acute-care facility. He was 84.

The son of Charleston ...

Charleston’s first black architect worked on both sides of color line


Something about Charleston must have immediately captured the imagination of former 1st Lt. John C. Norman, discharged from the U.S. Army following service with an engineering unit in France during World War I.

In ...