Annual Groundhog Day prediction celebrated at West Virginia State Wildlife Center.
Tourism numbers are up, up, up in Hampshire County this year – in fact, they’re up 30 percent six months into the fiscal year, dwarfing numbers from the last couple years.
ROMNEY — While the rest of the nation worries about the skyrocketing costs of food, gas and life in general, the Romney First United Church volunteers show up with enthusiasm and a big smile to help their community.
SUNRISE SUMMIT — After five years of planning, awaiting licensure and fighting the onslaught of supply chain issues and contracting availability, Curative Growth will open its first of three cannabis dispensaries hopefully by this spring.
ROMNEY — At their meeting last Tuesday, the County Commission was encouraged to consider adopting dark sky ordinances and exploring the potential for “astro-tourism” in Hampshire County.
ELKINS — Monongahela National Forest is honored to provide the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on behalf of the USDA Forest Service, kicking off a year-long celebration with the theme of “Endlessly Wild & Wonderful” to connect people to West Virginia’s public lands.
KEYSER – Chris Gilmer, a first-generation college graduate who became a leader in higher education, published author and advocate for underserved students, will transition from interim to permanent campus president of West Virginia University Potomac State College.
The West Virginia University Flying WV is a recognizable symbol across the state. Whether it is a student participating in WVU Extension’s 4-H, Energy Express or other educational programs, a fan attending a sporting event or a proud alum giving back to their alma mater, people have strong c…
The American Pickers are headed back to the Mountain State – and will be filming episodes of the History Channel show throughout West Virginia this upcoming March.
A scene from Route 50 just east of Romney this weekend, as fire companies gathered to pay tribute to Donnie Wilson Sr., who passed away last week. Wilson was a lifetime member of the Romney Volunteer Fire Company, a volunteer of the Augusta Volunteer Fire Company and a former volunteer with …
Covid-19 is still playing a part in the cause of death for many here in Hampshire County – but heart disease and cancer unsurprisingly top the list for those who passed in 2022.
CHARLESTON — West Virginia university leaders urged lawmakers in a letter sent Friday to reconsider a bill advancing in the state legislature that would allow for the concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.
CHARLESTON — West Virginia is getting more than $620,000 to help kids who are incarcerated and prevent others from entering the criminal justice system, two U.S. senators announced.
ROMNEY — School names and the Hampshire High School bleacher replacement were the big-ticket items at Monday night’s school board meeting, but the two-hour long meeting also saw two executive sessions, scholarship ideas and construction updates at the new school sites.
ROMNEY — The Hampshire County Development Authority awarded the contract for demolition of the old Hampshire Memorial Hospital building and established a sale price for Romney Business Park Lot 1 at last Thursday’s board meeting.
CHARLESTON — Two bills designed to make it easier for West Virginia to attract hydrogen hubs and carbon sequestration projects to the historically coal-dependent state are headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Jim Justice.
CHARLESTON– High school seniors in the class of 2023 planning to apply for West Virginia’s Promise Scholarship have until March 1 to complete both the Promise application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through Promise, qualifying high school graduates receive annua…
CHARLESTON — West Virginia has settled for $83 million with Walgreens for the pharmacy store chain’s role in perpetuating the opioid crisis in the state with the most per capita overdose deaths, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced last week.
Just a quick recap of last week, ending on Friday, Jan. 20. On Wednesday, the house passed House Bill 2526. This bill would gradually reduce personal income tax by 50 percent over a three consecutive year period.
Nurse practitioners from communities of color are generally underrepresented in the workforce. However, a recent study from West Virginia University occupational licensing experts revealed more appropriate racial representation in states permitting full practice authority, or FPA, which enti…
CHARLESTON — If Senate Bill (SB) 200 is passed into state law, hunters could be authorized to use leashed dogs to track wild pigs and turkeys that have been mortally wounded.
ROMNEY — There’s a new way for the Romney community to raise funds for the town barn’s stabilization, repair and restoration, and it involves a can-do attitude.
The Hampshire County Broadband Initiative Council was looking toward a rosy future before being hit by bricks halting new construction for fiber optic cable expansion – yet again.
CAPON BRIDGE — Capon Bridge seeks both candidates and election workers for its municipal election on June 13, Mayor Laura Turner announced at last Tuesday’s town council meeting.
ROMNEY — The school board had a short agenda for their Jan. 9 meeting, honoring students with their monthly CAKE awards, hearing a few appearances, approving personnel changes and talking technology improvements.
What we're about to address here is a serious subject though this is not supposed to be a serious column. I'll treat the subject of drug addiction and drug related crime as lightly as I can.
Charleston – All hay area harvested in 2022 totaled 565,000 acres, up 47,000 acres from 2021. The average yield in 2022 was 1.91 tons per acre, up 0.18 ton per acre from 2021. Production totaled 1,080,000 tons, up 186,000 tons from 2021. December On Farm Hay Stocks were 780,000 tons, down 10…
MORGANTOWN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to help strengthen the bottom lines of rural West Virginia businesses and agricultural producers.
CHARLESTON — Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said he wished for more enthusiasm toward rebuilding ag laboratories in the state following his review of Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2024.
CHARLESTON — Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) are encouraging all farmers and farm operations to participate in the 2022 Census of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Servic…
I collect old high school social studies and science textbooks. Few journals can more accurately depict a time period than these. As an example, when Madeleine Albright described waiting out the Blitzkreig as a child in a London basement, she expressed little chance of surviving a near-direc…
Pests are a pain, so WVU Extension is reaching out to growers and gardeners around the state about the dangers of pesticides and how to incorporate safe alternatives — such as barriers, insect traps and introducing predatory insects that feed on pests.
If the work is done and the day still young, a ride through the back roads in an antique truck is often in order. Since my work truck is only months short of being 50 years old, the antique factor is already built in. All that’s needed is some time, gasoline, curiosity and a camera.
Part of the purpose of this installment is to assure our new neighbor to the west that we are not in the least bothered by his monster dump trucks starting at first light on these frigid mornings.
WASHINGTON — As of Dec. 1, there were 73.1 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 2% from December 2021 and down 1% from Sept. 1, 2022, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published on Dec. 23 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
During the 103rd annual Farm Bureau, longtime Hampshire County Farm Bureau member Garry Shanholtz was presented the 2022 Distinguished Service Award. Garry Shanholtz is a lifelong resident of Hampshire County, where he owns and operates Shanholtz Orchard along with his wife, Sandra and son, …
More than 200 members and friends of the West Virginia Farm Bureau (WVFB) gathered on November 13-15th at the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, WV, to conduct their 103rd Annual Meeting. Among those attending were Hampshire County Farm Bureau members David Parker (Region 1 …
This will be the last installment of this column in 2017. The next will be on Jan. 3, 2018. Such an occasion is commonly thought to be a time of reflection — another year gone by (sigh).
West Virginia University researchers are working to improve soil health and increase economic gains for Appalachian cattle farmers by bringing nutrients, like carbon, to the soil while decreasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Following a decades-long tradition, Thursday, Nov. 17 was the annual Old Hippie Orchard Day. Which annual, we can only guess. If there had been a 1st annual Old Hippie Orchard Day, we could have counted, but events that take on a life of their own are seldom announced in this manner. One day…
I'm thinking about my grandfather's Winchester Model 42 .410 pump shotgun. It's somewhere else in the extended family, jealously guarded by some of those who hoard keepsakes and mementos. Fortunately, I never inherited that gene.
Led by Elizabeth Rowen, a team of faculty from the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will study the use of manure as an organic fertilizer, thanks to a $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The holidays mean turkey time, and although you will find plenty of farm-raised turkeys in your neighborhood grocery store, the wild turkey population is struggling. In fact, it’s disappearing in many states, and a West Virginia University researcher is working to find out why with help from…
Tiny North River Mills has become quite the music, arts and history venue. Of course, the Ice Mountain phenomenon has brought this little ghost town some fame through tourism and university studies of this unusual feature.
I’m afraid that I’ve gotten out of the habit of deer hunting. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is one complication. Additionally, the kids have grown up and flown the coop. We’re no longer in need of the meat as we were when they were still at home. As one older fellow said, “I raised my family…
Veterans and community members are gaining career knowledge and tools through agriculture as part of a cooperative effort between West Virginia University Extension and Operation Welcome Home, a project designed to support military members moving from active-duty service to civilian life.
It was around 6:30 a.m. and I had just dropped off the Old Hippie school bus driver at her bus in Capon Bridge. It was raining an uninspiring rain; Neither the fury of Summer thunder nor the deep, contemplative state inspired by a winter ice storm.
I guess I should change the sign on the North River Mills shop that reads "Thursday and Saturday — noon till 5" to read "by chance or appointment." We'll see. The idea for a shop there started around 2006 when the economy was going full bore. That economic feeding frenzy had been going on wi…
The Hampshire County Farm Bureau would like to Congratulate RandiJo Wolford on winning the 2022 Contest. RandiJo will go on to compete at the state level in November with her speech topic, “What is artificial meat and what does it mean for the future of the meat industry? Fad or the Future?”
The Hampshire County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Banquet was held at the Augusta Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Sept. 24 after being canceled for 2 years.
I was first introduced to the term “hand hole” at Baker Equipment, the Massey Ferguson dealership in Capon Bridge, now the home of Bent River Wood Works. Like so much of the terminology used in West Virginia, “hand hole” has its roots in antiquity. Another example might be “water pump” pliers.