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Beckley lands new nonstop Charlotte service, aircraft maintenance facility

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New nonstop air service between Beckley and Charlotte, North Carolina, will begin by December, under an agreement reached between Raleigh County Memorial Airport and ViaAir LLC, the operator of Via Airlines, airport offi...

DEP wants suit by foes of mine near state forest tossed

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A lawyer for the state Department of Environmental Protection says opponents of a surface mine near Kanawha State Forest “failed to exhaust administrative remedies” before suing over the mine’s permi...

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley to take over Cass railroad

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Following discussions that began last spring, the state Division of Natural Resources announced on Monday that rail operations at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will be taken over by the State Rail Authority and the sta...

Confederate troops fought, died to take Winfield 150 years ago today

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One hundred fifty years ago today, a force of about 400 Confederate soldiers, riding under the cover of darkness from the Mud River country of southwestern West Virginia, approached the Putnam County town of Winfield, wh...

Food: It’s what America’s ruining

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On Friday, I was feeling kind of bad about taking a cannonball off my recently rejoined weight-watching wagon.

I’d given in to the siren call of free donuts, after a box magically appeared next to the newsro...

Community steps up to repair Randolph County’s Harman School

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HARMAN — July 4, 2014, might always be remembered as the day the roof fell in at Harman School, threatening the permanent closure of the building that served the p...

Yeager board pulls plug on funds to promote grounded low-cost carrier

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Yeager Airport Executive Director Rick Atkinson told members of the Charleston airport’s governing board on Wednesday that he has formally rescinded the use of funds from a federal air service grant to promote new...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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...