West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Blennerhassett Island to Receive State SAR Award May 11

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and Museum of Regional History will receive the Sons of the American Revolution State Flag Award from West Virginia Society President Richard Brockway of White Sulphur Springs on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The Capt. James Neal Chapter will host the presentation starting at 12:40 p.m. on the island grounds.

The selection of the island to receive this year’s state award came on the nomination of Chapter President Ron Barnes at the State Meeting in March. The Flag Award is part of the SAR’s mission to promote history, patriotism and education. It is presented to individuals, companies and government agencies that fly the United States flag for patriotic purposes. The award will be presented to Park Supt. Matthew Baker by Compatriot and West Virginia History Hero James Lockhart.

Parkersburg South Air Force JROTC State Championship Drill Team will perform during the presentation program. They will be accompanied by their Color Guard and guest speaker JROTC Commander Lt. Col. Thomas Sparaco. South Saxophonist Andrew Myers will play the National Anthem and local Bagpiper Joseph Quick will accompany the combined SAR and JROTC Color Guard.

Doctors Ray Swick, Blennerhassett Island State Park historian, and Fred Gillespie will be presented 25 year membership pins at the program. Both men joined the SAR in the 1980s. Dr. Swick has served in many positions as officer in the local chapter and Dr. Gillespie has been faithful in attendance and service to the SAR over the years.

Janet Lockhart will be presented the SAR’s Martha Washington Award at the program. Lockhart, along with DAR members Christine Brookeover and Chris Painter, were instrumental in promoting the Capt. James Neal Chapter’s Color Guard at several local historical and patriotic events in 2012. The award was authorized in 1971 and is presented to women for outstanding service to the SAR.

Lockhart, Brookeover and Painter included the Color Guard in ceremonies at the Burnt Hill Veteran Dedication in May, the Neale Cemetery Veteran Day Service in November, and the Spencer Cemetery in December of last year. They were also instrumental in providing behind the scene support to the SAR at parades and other SAR functions. Brookeover and Painter received their medals in April.

The program will conclude with the JROTC Color Guard giving a flag folding presentation and explaining each fold of the flag. Special guest WWII veteran Denver Gandee of Spencer will be in attendance. Gandee was recently knighted by the French Legion of Honor. The public is welcome to attend the program.

For information about Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800.

Contact Information

Robert Beanblossom, Parks and Recreation Section