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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation ordering all State flags displayed at all State-owned facilities be flown at half-staff from dawn to dusk on Friday, March 22, 2013, in commemoration of the life and service of former W.Va. Sen. Ursula Jae Spears, who died March 16, 2013.

"Sen. Spears represents a record of firsts for women in state government-being the first woman to serve as Senate Majority Whip, the first woman to sit on the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, and the first-and only-woman to have chaired the Senate Finance Committee. She worked hard throughout her career for the good of the citizens of West Virginia and she will long be remembered for her pioneering spirit," Gov. Tomblin said. "Joanne and I extend our deepest condolences to Jae's family."

Spears was first elected to the W.Va. Senate in 1980 after serving three terms in the W.Va. House of Delegates. The former journalist dedicated eighteen years of her life to public service in which she advocated for veterans and the National Guard. Her legislation and dedication brought her a national award from the U.S. Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs, the title of honorary brigadier general in the West Virginia National Guard, and she became the first legislator to receive the State Veterans Council Award.

Spears is survived by her daughter, Katherine Jae "Kitty" Cooper (Jim); her daughter, Marsha Bruce Spears; her son, Lawrence Michael "Larry" Spears (Judy); her son, James Westbrooke "Jim" Spears (Ellen); nine grandchildren, and a great-grandson, as well as her extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Lawrence E. Spears; her father, James Marshall; her mother, Sylvia Fox Marshall; and her companion, John Brennan.

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