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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 History's “Hatfields & McCoys” Miniseries Receives Five Emmy Awards

9/27/2012
South Charleston, W.Va. – The success of the History channel's recent "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries continues to shine brightly, winning five Emmy Awards. Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger received Emmy Awards at last Sunday's 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Costner, who portrayed “Devil” Anse Hatfield and Berenger, who portrayed Jim Vance, received Outstanding Lead Actor and Supporting Actor, respectively, in a miniseries or movie.

The miniseries, which broke cable viewing records for nonsports, ad-supported cable during Memorial Day weekend, has brought an enormous amount of positive attention to the Mountain State, according to Betty Carver, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Tourism. "Local leaders in the Hatfield-McCoy region have told us that they have seen a tremendous increase in tourism traffic to visit the real locations and learn more about one of America's most famous feuds."

Milton native and Marshall University alum Darrell Fetty co-produced the three-part miniseries, which received a total of 16 Emmy nominations. Fetty also produced, along with Thinkfactory Media, a companion documentary, "America's Greatest Feud: The History of the Hatfields & McCoys," the majority of which was filmed in West Virginia by Huntington-based Trifecta Productions. Narrated by Costner, it also aired on History. "The Film Office was thrilled to provide support to Fetty and Trifecta during their filming in the state," said Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office. "Having such a prominent documentary appear on a major cable network attests to the fact that our workforce is top-notch," she added.

Fetty returns to West Virginia this Sunday to sit on a panel with historians Fred Armstrong and Bill Richardson to discuss the making of "Hatfields & McCoys." Sponsored by the West Virginia Historical Society, the event begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Archives & History Library of the WV Division of Culture and History at the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

And the Hatfield-McCoy region is going to keep staying in the news with the recent announcement of another television show set to air on Oct. 6. The channel, History-2, will broadcast "How the States Got Their Shapes" at 8 p.m., which will feature game show-like contests between descendants from both families and take a more lighthearted look at the famous feud, including a pair of re-enactors dressed as Randall McCoy and “Devil” Anse Hatfield. According to Richardson, a WVU Extension Associate Professor, host Brian Unger and the production crew filmed in Williamson, Logan and eastern Kentucky during the recent annual Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival. "The show is known for addressing issues of history and geography in a fun and entertaining way," Richardson said.

The miniseries is available on Blu-Ray™ and DVD through History’s website at www.history.com. For tourism opportunities throughout West Virginia, visit www.wvtourism.com. For visitor information relating to Hatfield-McCoy Country, visit www.hatfieldmccoycountry.com, www.hatfieldmccoycvb.com or www.tugvalleychamber.com.

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312