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.

 Governor Tomblin Orders State Flags Lowered in Kanawha County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all State flags flown at all State-owned facilities in Kanawha County to be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk, Friday, June 28, 2013, the day of the services for John Thomas Appleton, Jr., a Malden Volunteer Fire Department member and chaplain who, while fighting a fire in Sissonville on Monday, collapsed and later died.

"John Appleton was a man of faith and conviction having served to protect and aid his fellow neighbors as both a volunteer firefighter and pastor of a local church," Gov. Tomblin said. "During this difficult time, Joanne and I extend our deepest sympathies to his family and fellow firefighters. We ask that the people of Kanawha County join us as we pray for his loved ones."

Appleton was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and served as pastor of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church in Malden. The 62 year old actively engaged in efforts to improve the community, including the recently established farmers' market in the eastern Kanawha County town.

Appleton is survived by his wife, Cathy A. Brewer Appleton; his daughter, Spring (Mike); his son, Michael Appleton; his son, Lucas Appleton (Melissa); his son, Eric Appleton; his son, Brandon Appleton; five grandchildren; siblings Jean, Carol, and Michael; and extended family and friends.

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