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daily304 - Episode 4.17.2021
04/17/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – WVU-Parkersburg offers a new digital media course, a Morgantown man shows off his typewriter collection, and a new ATV trail opens at Cabwaylingo State Forest. ...read more
New WVU Parkersburg program focuses on digital media
04/17/2021
PARKERSBURG — Adapting to digital trends like podcasting and original content creation, West Virginia University at Parkersburg introduces a new program, Digital Media Production....read more
Morgantown native collects dozens of rare Oliver typewriters
04/17/2021
Jett Morton is pretty good at installing new shelves for his growing collection....read more
5 things you need to know about Cabwaylingo’s ATV Trail
04/17/2021
With 80 miles of wheel-spinning, mudslinging, off-road exhilaration, Cabwaylingo State Forest’s new ATV trail is the can’t-miss outdoor attraction of 2021 in West Virginia....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.16.2021
04/16/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – TechConnect awards STEM Scholarships, a Moundsville park gets major upgrades, and the WVDNR adds tiger trout to their spring stocking....read more
TechConnect WV selects four recipients to receive Mary Anne Ketelsen STEM Scholarship Awards
04/16/2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four West Virginia women have been selected to receive Mary Anne Ketelsen STEM Scholarship awards, announced Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia. ...read more
Moundsville’s Grand Vue Getting Grander
04/16/2021
MOUNDSVILLE — The rolling hilltops of Moundsville’s Grand Vue Park will have a bit of a different view to them in the coming months....read more
WVDNR stocking trophy tiger trout in April and May
04/16/2021
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that in April and May, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock 25,000 tiger trout in lakes and streams throughout West Virginia....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.15.2021
04/15/2021
Remote workers get paid to move to West Virginia, whitewater rafting is looking good and a Charleston technology company is adding 100 jobs – on today’s daily304...read more
West Virginia’s new remote worker program will pay you $12,000 to move there
04/15/2021
The Mountain State's new initiative, Ascend WV, wants to help outdoor enthusiasts put down roots — and has major incentives for remote workers....read more
Whitewater outfitters encouraged about the coming season
04/15/2021
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Whitewater outfitters in West Virginia have great optimism headed in to the 2021 rafting season. Although there’s no real “opening” day to the season, the first Monday after Easter or the first Monday in April is generally considered...read more
Gov. Justice announces expansion of West Virginia N3, Part of Accenture, bringing 100 new jobs to Charleston
04/15/2021
CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that N3, part of Accenture, is adding 100 jobs to its Charleston location....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.14.2021
04/14/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Raleigh County seeks teens interested in summer conservation jobs, Tour de Coal and Yakfest return to the Coal River, and a renewable energy company offers paid training for wind tech jobs....read more
New program hopes to teach teens conservation and careers
04/14/2021
The program, called Beckley Youth Day Crew, is meant to teach about conservation work and careers with the National Park Service....read more
Tour De Coal and Yakfest returning in June
04/14/2021
The nonprofit, Tornado-based Coal River Group has announced that the annual Tour De Coal river float trip will return to the waters this spring after a COVID-19-imposed cancellation last year....read more
West Virginia Wind Energy Apprenticeship Program
04/14/2021
Clearway has launched a wind technician pilot apprenticeship program that will offer paid training to qualified individuals who have been impacted by the decline in West Virginia’s coal industry....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.13.2021
04/13/2021
The Robert C. Byrd Institute partners with the Navy to train sailors to use 3D printing at sea, Morgantown’s community garden helps a residents stay connected, and a tech company create jobs and more jobs....read more
RCBI assists U.S. Navy with 3D printing technology
04/13/2021
Navy sailors aboard the USS Tulsa now have access to 3D printing technology and the know-how to use it thanks, in part, to the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University and its Apprenticeship Works partner AST2....read more
Grow This: WV Garden Challenge sees immense growth through COVID-19
04/13/2021
MORGANTOWN—As the Grow This: West Virginia Garden Challenge continues to help West Virginians grow crops, the program likewise continues to grow in popularity....read more
A quest to spark economic prosperity
04/13/2021
Intuit’s successful Prosperity Hub Program, an array of job-readiness and job-creation initiatives for communities in need, has become a centerpiece of its corporate responsibility agenda....read more
A3L Federal Works celebrates 7th year of operation, plans to double employee base this summer
04/12/2021
FAIRMONT — Fairmont-based IT company A3L Federal Works just celebrated its seven-year anniversary earlier this year, and company founder Roya Maher said she has big plans for her small business in the future....read more
Where Conservation and Art Intersect
04/12/2021
Before her brush ever touches paper, Rosalie Haizlett spends weeks in an area hiking, researching, and sketching everything she sees. When she feels ready, she begins piecing her sketches together like a puzzle. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.12.2021
04/12/2021
A Fairmont tech company is set to double in size, a watercolor artist creates illustrated maps, and a Huntington pizzeria celebrates 60 years. On today’s Daily 304 – mmmmmmm....read more
Gino’s celebrating 60th anniversary
04/12/2021
HUNTINGTON — Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House will celebrate its 60th anniversary on April 1....read more
Ripley community turning to solar energy for cleaner power options
04/11/2021
RIPLEY — Taylor Mills felt so strongly about solar energy he started his own firm last year. Mills of Ripley originally started looking at solar energy as a safe way to provide energy for himself and his family....read more
Pepperoni Rolls: An Italian-American baker’s gift to the world
04/11/2021
When Italian immigrants came to work in the West Virginia coal mines during the early 1900s, their contributions went far beyond the energy sector. ...read more
Blue Ridge CTC instructor earns online education certification as agribusiness program expands
04/11/2021
MARTINSBURG - Blue Ridge Community and Technical College instructor Tiffany Hine compares her mindset to what's often said about old dogs and new tricks: they can't learn them....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.11.2021
04/11/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A Ripley man invests in a solar future, the pepperoni roll is West Virginia’s gift to the world, and an agribusiness program is set to go online....read more
Health professional students getting opportunity to help during vaccine rollout
04/10/2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Health professional students from colleges and universities across West Virginia are signing up to help with the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts....read more
New Poetry Book Celebrates Appalachian Landscapes
04/10/2021
BLUEFIELD — A love for Appalachian landscapes traverses generations and mediums in a new collection of poetry and photographs, Spruce Wind’s Song: The West Virginia Poetry of Ivan Norton Hunter....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.10.2021
04/10/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – More than 1,000 students in health science programs pitch in for vaccination effort, “Spruce Wind’s Song” captures a love for Appalachian landscapes, and the DMV reminds drivers to get their REAL IDs needed for air travel....read more
Amazon, Microsoft officials discuss uses of NOAA's weather data collection
04/09/2021
FAIRMONT — Representatives from Amazon and Microsoft attended last week’s Focus Forward: Beyond the Cloud event...read more
Barber to self-publish fifth book, ‘Murder on Alum Creek’
04/09/2021
ALUM CREEK — Jim Ryan has operated The Barber Shop on Alum Creek for six decades, but in recent years he’s been known as much for his wordsmithing as his hair cutting....read more
Apprenticeships – Brewing Up A New Talent Pipeline to the Second Fastest Growing Manufacturing Industry in WV, the Craft Beer Industry
04/09/2021
In 2010, there were fewer than five craft beer breweries in West Virginia. But by 2019, that number had exploded to 28 craft breweries – not counting cideries, wineries or distilleries...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.09.2021
04/09/2021
n today’s Daily 304 – Amazon and Microsoft officials discuss uses of NOAA’s weather data collection, an Alum Creek barber pens the story of a real-life murder, and a new apprenticeship program is brewing at Bridge Valley Community and Technical College....read more
City of Weirton and Frontier group of companies discuss economic redevelopment of former brownfield
04/08/2021
With the repurposing of more than 1300 acres in the works, calling the planned Weirton Frontier Crossing “a big deal” might be an understatement. ...read more
Marion County, West Virginia, Parks and Rec unveils plans for revitalized community garden
04/08/2021
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) — The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission announced its plans to breathe new life into the Fairmont Community Garden Thursday, and local residents will be able to rent a bed for their gardening hobbies....read more
The Wonderful World of Wheeling Glass
04/08/2021
Wheeling, WVa. (WTRF)- Oglebay Institute’s Curator Of Glass Holly McCluskey says, “Wheeling glass was everywhere. It was in every home, not only in America, but throughout the world as well. It’s a tremendous legacy of glass.” Why Wheeling? ...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.08.2021
04/08/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Weirton Frontier Crossings plan is expected to create more than 3,000 jobs, additional uses are found for a community garden in Fairmont, and Wheeling’s glass history is preserved at an Oglebay Institute museum. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.07.2021
04/07/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Archaeologists work to preserve the historic Morgan Cabin, a Marshall professor discusses the stimulus plan’s impact on the economy, and West Virginia’s Emotional Strengthline arrives in the form of HELP304....read more
Archeological team hard at work preserving pre-West Virginia settlement site
04/07/2021
BUNKER HILL, W.Va. (WDVM) — A team of archaeologists is hard at work in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle preserving the earliest history of settlement in what would eventually become the Mountain State....read more
Marshall economist discusses stimulus in W.Va.
04/07/2021
The American Rescue Plan recently passed by Congress will inject about $4 billion into the West Virginia economy and nearly $2 trillion nationwide. But will this cause inflation? And how will it affect economic recovery?...read more
West Virginia’s emotional strength line
04/07/2021
Feeling anxious, overwhelmed or emotionally exhausted? We are here to help....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.06.2021
04/06/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Bottom-Up Revolution supports and develops rural leaders, crafters and creators find new ways to promote their work, and an Upshur County diner brings patrons from far and wide in search of adventure … and pie....read more
The Bottom-Up Revolution is... Supporting and Developing Rural Leaders
04/06/2021
Welcome to another episode of the Bottom-Up Revolution podcast, featuring two inspiring women who serve at the West Virginia Community Development Hub. ...read more
Crafters, creators find new outlets to promote business
04/06/2021
HUNTINGTON — Content creators and crafters typically use word-of-mouth and craft shows to sell their products, but with COVID-19 canceling events for safety over the past year, artists have had to adapt....read more
Those who journey to this remote West Virginia diner are rewarded with adventure — and pie
04/06/2021
GAINES – License plates from scores of states line the walls of the Gaines Diner....read more
Princeton hires first female career member of city’s fire department
04/05/2021
PRINCETON — When she was a child, Ashley Peyton thought about becoming a nurse when she grew up, but this idea led to the emergency side of medical service and finally to a career in firefighting....read more
Ramps, Dig Responsibly
04/05/2021
It’s spring, which means it’s ramp season across Appalachia. While ramps can be harvested on national forest lands, officials with the Monongahela National Forest are reminding people to use sustainable practices....read more
4 Reasons to Pursue Vietnam’s export market
04/05/2021
Looking for an up-and-coming market with a strong GDP and opportunities for long-term growth? Look no further than Vietnam. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.05.2021
04/05/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Meet Princeton’s first female career firefighter, foresters provide tips for ramp digging, and Vietnam opens a new trade window for West Virginia businesses....read more
Rosey Santerre: “Why I became a state forester in West Virginia”
04/04/2021
Rosey Santerre’s favorite workplace is a forested tract of land under a blue sky. ...read more
WV's weirdest-looking fish plays hide-and-seek with researchers
04/04/2021
When dinosaurs roamed the earth, paddlefish were there, too....read more
WVSBDC Innovation and Technology Program helps level the playing field for small and growing tech-centric businesses applying for federal tech awards
04/04/2021
For years, West Virginia’s small technology businesses have competed for the big league of federal grants...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.04.2021
04/04/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Rosey Santerre shares why she became a state forester, the reclusive paddlefish lurks in the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, and the WV SBDC helps small businesses get federal grants. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 4.03.2021
04/03/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Officials break ceremonial ground on a new study program at Tri-State Airport, Shepherdstown beekeeper looks forward to first growing season, and small business workshops give local entrepreneurs a boost....read more
Groundbreaking held for aviation maintenance program
04/03/2021
Officials with Marshall University and Mountwest Community & Technical College, along with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), today ceremonially broke ground at Huntington Tri-State Airport for their joint Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program....read more
Hive House Apiaries looks forward to first growing season in Shepherdstown
04/03/2021
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Last September, Shepherdstown resident Jason Murphy opened up the town’s first beekeeping supply business, Hive House Apiaries, at 108 South Princess Street....read more
Best In West Virginia Training Opportunities
04/03/2021
TechConnect West Virginia and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) are partnering on educational outreach and awareness...read more
Wellsburg Bridge to move to final destination in April
04/02/2021
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. — The main span of the $140 million Wellsburg to Brilliant bridge project will go on the move in April....read more
A Reason to Smile Local photographer finds success as a bakery owner
04/02/2021
During the first few weeks and months of Covid-19 when much of the United States population was on some form of lockdown, in addition to disinfectant wipes and toilet paper, simple kitchen items like yeast and flour were also in high demand....read more
Chemours crew cleans Parkersburg streets, parks
04/02/2021
PARKERSBURG — More than a dozen employees from Chemours picked up everything — including the kitchen sink — at two city parks and along portions Market and Spring streets Friday....read more
daily304 - Episode 4.02.2021
04/02/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Wellsburg prepares to relocate its bridge, a Beckley photographer-turned baker is busy as a bee, and Chemours plant workers in Parkersburg give back to the community. ...read more
Stronger together: Local leaders tout regionalism as positive concept for West Virginia
04/01/2021
HUNTINGTON — As data from the 2020 census could force the redrawing of boundaries for metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), talk of the possibility of merging Charleston and Huntington into one has been reignited throughout the region....read more
A clean slate After retirement, woman begins new career making soap
04/01/2021
ONA, W.Va. — A career discovered in retirement also keeps an ancient Appalachian art alive....read more
Lewis Wetzel WMA is a perfect place for hunting and fishing adventures
04/01/2021
With more than 14,000 acres of moderate to steep slopes, forested hills and partially timbered land, Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.31.2021
03/31/2021
A NASA real estate purchase is out of this world, a Boone principal promotes southern WV music scene, and improvements are under way in the Mon Forest. ...read more
ETAM Earth Station sold to Deep Space Network
03/31/2021
Duke Jordan, a sales professional with Great Expectations Realty Commercial division in Charleston, said Etam Earth Station was sold to Deep Space Network LLC for about $1.5 million. ...read more
Mon Forest to tackle 9 projects with Great American Outdoor Act funds
03/31/2021
Campground upgrades, bridge replacements, and repairs and improvements needed to ready an 80-foot fire tower for public use as a rental property will get underway during the current fiscal year in the Monongahela National Forest....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.30.2021
03/30/2021
Data science from WVU helps support vaccine supply and demand, high school dog groomers are back in business, and HubCap supports recreation in Mon Forest Towns....read more
Data science from West Virginia University helping support vaccine supply, demand
03/30/2021
​MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — Data science is a critical yet less recognized driver in the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, according to West Virginia University....read more
HHS dog groomers back in action
03/30/2021
SUNRISE SUMMIT — The grooming program at Hampshire High School has once again gone to the dogs....read more
Marlinton is creating momentum in growing their recreational tourism economy
03/30/2021
The Hub continues to work with six Mon Forest Towns communities as part of The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP) to help the communities build on the progress they have made towards revitalization....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.29.2021
03/29/2021
Students can now get a “Jumpstart” on saving for vo-tech training, online reviewers are loving Jefferson County restaurants, and the WV State Wildlife Center showcases native and introduced wildlife. ...read more
Students can save to pursue vocational trade fields with West Virginia Jumpstart Savings Program
03/29/2021
CHARLESTON — House Bill 2001, which creates the West Virginia Jumpstart Savings Program, was signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice on Friday....read more
Good eats abound in Jefferson County Restaurants earn national acclaim
03/29/2021
​​​​Jefferson County has a wide variety of restaurants that are getting attention and recommendations from two national online directories, Yelp and Tripadvisor....read more
West Virginia state wildlife center: A great place to visit
03/29/2021
he West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife....read more
Chance for more shots in arms: Vaccination target expanded in West Virginia
03/28/2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — The target just got bigger....read more
Explore Some of West Virginia’s Most Stunning Sights
03/28/2021
Defined by its rivers and lush forests, this region in southern West Virginia has some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation. Everything from hiking to off-roading to rafting, adventurer-lovers will find plenty to do....read more
Cash use will continue to decline but not disappear completely, West Virginia experts say
03/28/2021
CLARKSBURG — Cash, once king at the cash register, now runs second fiddle to plastic....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.28.2021
03/28/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Vaccines open up to state residents ages 16 and older, explore beauty, history, and outdoor recreation in southern West Virginia, and experts note that credit cards are overtaking cash usage thanks to new technologies....read more
Shepherd University offering flight training, education
03/27/2021
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Shepherd University is partnering with an airport and a company to bring flight training and education to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle....read more
Fairs and festivals leader welcomes news of May 1 opening
03/27/2021
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice says all fairs, festivals, and similar events in West Virginia will be allowed to resume, beginning May 1....read more
Seed shortage leads farmers to rely on one another
03/27/2021
MORGANTOWN—Concern over food shortages and difficulty getting to grocery stores due to COVID-19 caused many West Virginians to turn to local farmers, and in turn, local farmers had to turn to one another....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.27.2021
03/27/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Shepherd University adds flight training to its courses, fairs and festivals are back in business starting May 1, and local farmers help each other out to solve a seed shortage. ...read more
daily304 – Episode 3.26.2021
03/26/2021
On today’s daily304 – Charlotte’s Café in Berkeley Springs keeps serving its community during the pandemic, burning season runs through May 31, and biking adventure awaits in North Central West Virginia....read more
Café owners dish up new customer services in response to pandemic
03/26/2021
Ashley made having her own restaurant her life’s goal. From her childhood on up, she and her family would talk over where the restaurant should be, how it should be decorated and what should be on the menu....read more
From the Division of Forestry
03/26/2021
Make sure you are aware of current burning laws before heading out into the wonderful forests of Almost Heaven West Virginia. Burning season dates run March 1 – May 31. We have to be careful to protect the things that make West Virginia wonderful....read more
West Virginia offers hundreds of miles of trails for bikers
03/26/2021
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — Whether wanting the challenge of navigating rough terrain on a mountain bike, or cruising along the hundreds of miles of rail trail pathways, North Central West Virginia has a plethora of locations individuals can enjoy weeke...read more
daily304 – Episode 3.25.2021
03/25/2021
On today’s daily304 – Sneak a peek into Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility in Mineral County, imagine a sweet treat on your next trip to a WV State Park this spring and summer, and explore the art scene in Advantage Valley....read more
Northrop Grumman creates state-of-the-art military equipment at Mineral Co., West Virginia, laboratory
03/25/2021
ROCKET CENTER — With operations in all 50 states and several other countries across the globe, defense and aerospace technology company Northrop Grumman has put its mark on the world in more ways than one....read more
These are the 6 recipes that will make your next camping trip
03/25/2021
There’s something magical about cooking around a campfire that you just can’t recreate at home. There’s the sound of the campfire crackling. Smell of toasted marshmallows and gooey-melty chocolate....read more
Discover the Appalachian arts scene of Advantage Valley, WV
03/25/2021
Galleries, museums, musical performances and festivals throughout Advantage Valley give people of all ages plenty of opportunities to experience the region’s arts and culture....read more
High Technology Foundation partners with West Virginia governor’s office to spur federal agency recruitment
03/24/2021
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) — After years of recruiting federal agencies to the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont, the High Technology Foundation has been able to successfully partner with Gov. Jim Justice’s office to further expand the recruitment process...read more
What the world can learn from West Virginia’s successful vaccine roll-out
03/24/2021
On an early February day, two nurses make their way up a steep dirt road, toward the top of what most locals know as Murder Mountain, to reach the home of Bonnie White. Here they will administer her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine....read more
Company promoting Mingo tourism plans live concert series, trail ride events
03/24/2021
Williamson-based Appalachia Made Co. (AMCO) plans to host a series of live music performances this spring and summer, COVID-19 restrictions permitting, to add to the off-trail activities available to Hatfield-McCoy Trail System riders....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.24.2021
03/24/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A Fairmont technology park partners with the governor’s office to expand its recruitment drive, trust in community leaders drives the vaccine rollout in West Virginia, and a Mingo company plans live concerts for summer ATV riders....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.23.2021
03/23/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A Charleston business wins a landmark case for recycling, Green Bank Observatory teams with Robert C. Byrd Institute to build its workforce, and a Tyler Mountain company adapts to virtual setting for international clients....read more
Observatory is growing its own talent with help from RCBI
03/23/2021
GREEN BANK, W.Va. — The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Observatory has teamed with the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University to develop the skilled workforce it needs to maintain operations of its numerous radio telescopes and o...read more
Virtual Setup Helps Industrial Bolting Adapt to Economic Changes
03/23/2021
It’s 6:30 a.m. on a typical Tuesday in November and the Industrial Bolting headquarters on Tyler Mountain in Charleston, West Virginia is already buzzing. Sales Manager Chris Dosier pokes his head into the office of owner, Mike McCown....read more
WVDEP accepting applications for 2021 Make It Shine spring cleanup
03/22/2021
CHARLESTON – Applications are now available for the 2021 West Virginia Make It Shine Spring Statewide Cleanup. The annual event is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan...read more
Advantage Valley, WV Helps Launch Careers
03/22/2021
Advantage Valley puts entrepreneurs in position to thrive....read more
7 WFH jobs available in West Virginia
03/22/2021
West Virginia is one of the most beautiful states in the country. Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by mountainous scenery and rugged terrain - making it a perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities, soak in historical sites, and enjoy a relaxing lifest...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.22.2021
03/22/2021
On today’s Daily 304 –Applications are available for the annual Make It Shine cleanup, see how the Advantage Valley puts local entrepreneurs in a position to thrive, and find your perfect remote work in Almost Heaven....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.21.2021
03/21/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – More than 600 state businesses take part in a survey on the impact of COVID and the path forward, the state Division of Highways expands training for its workers, and West Virginia’s first tourism secretary sees potential for travel...read more
More than 600 West Virginia business leaders take part in 2021 business survey
03/21/2021
Dr. Tim Melvin, assistant professor and director of assessment for Marshall University’s College of Education and Professional Development, and Sara Payne Scarbro, associate vice president for external engagement at the Marshall University Research...read more
WVDOH expands training for mechanics
03/21/2021
CHARLESTON – West Virginia Division of Highways is rolling out a new training program to make sure its mechanics are the best in the business....read more
New tourism secretary focuses on post-COVID travel possibilities
03/21/2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first secretary of tourism in West Virginia sees plenty of potential for travel growth during the coming months in the Mountain State....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.20.2021
03/20/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Discover 5 state park overlooks that show off spring foliage, a Little Caesars franchise owner is recognized for giving back to her community, and the WV Women Work program goes virtual to recruit workers to manufacturing jobs....read more
These 5 state park overlooks show off West Virginia’s spring foliage
03/20/2021
Spring is almost here and West Virginia’s hills will soon be bursting with green. Cure your winter-induced cabin fever with a visit to a scenic overlook, where you can experience a bird’s eye view of nature’s reawakening in Almost Heaven....read more
WV franchisee prioritizes giving back to community & employee growth
03/20/2021
Ever since she started working at a Little Caesars in Detroit when she was 15, pizza has meant more to Vicki Dunn-Marshall. In addition to providing a career, this savory pie has given Vicki a path to success and opportunities to give back to her communit...read more
Join WV Women Work in a creative new approach to recruiting quality entry-level workers
03/20/2021
This isn't just another boring webinar. We're inviting you to partner with us in creating an in-depth visual experience for job seekers that unveils the mystery of manufacturing careers and encourages women to apply by featuring women doing the work and e...read more
Gov. Justice announces popular Gold Rush trout program back and better than ever in 2021
03/19/2021
CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced that the West Virginia Gold Rush trout program is returning this year bigger and better than ever, with 12 days of trout stockings and more opportunities for anglers to win prizes....read more
SBDC Day: Time to give big thanks to the nation’s Small Business Development Centers. Here’s WV SBDC’s positive impact.
03/19/2021
SBDC Day supports the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) that support the country’s small businesses. First proclaimed in 2017, SBDC Day is led by America’s SBDC, representing a network of roughly 1,000 centers nationwide. ...read more
COVID-19 Vaccine Registration
03/19/2021
Pre-registration is open. ALL West Virginians over the age of 16 are encouraged to pre-register through the West Virginia COVID-19 Vaccine Registration System. ...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.19.2021
03/19/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Gold Rush returns to West Virginia’s streams and lakes, the WV SBDC shares good news about new businesses and jobs, and state residents 16 and older are encouraged to pre-register for the Covid vaccine....read more
City development plans include remote workers
03/18/2021
Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the City of Beckley and New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) to invite remote workers to move to Beckley, Mayor Rob Rappold and Chamber CEO Michelle Rotellini announced Wednesday....read more
WVDNR launches updated hunting, fishing license system
03/18/2021
Buying a hunting and fishing license and checking game in West Virginia just got a lot easier thanks to our upgraded electronic licensing and game check system. ...read more
New off-road trail system now open at Cabwaylingo State Forest, 15% cabin discount available to visitors with a 2021 Hatfield McCoy trail use permit
03/18/2021
DUNLOW, W.VA. — To celebrate the opening of an 80-mile, off-road trail system at Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia State Parks is offering a 15 percent discount on cabins at nearby parks....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.18.2021
03/18/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Beckley and the Raleigh County Chamber join forces to recruit remote workers, the WVDNR upgrades its online licensing and game check system, and WV State Parks offers a discount to riders on the new off-road trail at Cabwaylingo...read more
Ground broken for new National Weather Service building in South Charleston
03/17/2021
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Weather Service will have a new regional home in South Charleston....read more
Welcoming the wild, wonderful West Virginia wapiti
03/17/2021
A long time ago, right where I am standing in what is now southwestern West Virginia, Logan County, there were herds of wapiti. ...read more
Camping for the first time in a WV State Park or Forest? Follow these pro tips and best practices
03/17/2021
When it comes to camping, Dillard Price, superintendent at Beech Fork State Park, offers the single most critical piece of advice for newbies: “Plan ahead.”...read more
daily304 - Episode 3.17.2021
03/17/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Construction begins at West Virginia Regional Technology Park on the National Weather Service’s new facilities, the WVDNR tags and monitors southern West Virginia’s elk population, and West Virginia State Parks offers pro tips...read more
Nonprofit working with Solar Holler to make solar panels more affordable for co-op members
03/16/2021
HUNTINGTON — Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) announced Tuesday the selection of Huntington-based Solar Holler to serve members of the Southeast West Virginia Solar Co-op....read more
A vaccine success story unfolds in an unlikely corner of US
03/16/2021
The one-shot J&J vaccine gives West Virginia another weapon in its boots-on-the-ground campaign against Covid...read more
WVDNR reminds anglers of new fishing regulations
03/16/2021
Anglers in West Virginia have new fishing regulations to follow and are encouraged to check the 2021 Fishing Regulations for a roundup of changes that may affect them....read more
daily304 - Episode 3.16.2021
03/16/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A Huntington business has been selected to serve members of the Southeast West Virginia Solar Co-op, the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine presents another weapon in helping the state’s Covid task force inoculate West Virginians, a...read more
Healthcare is Human: Meet the W.Va. Hospital Custodian Committed to ‘HOPE’ During a Pandemic
03/15/2021
Jamal White works in the Emergency Department of the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, where he’s served as a custodian for the past two years. ...read more
Mark Your Calendars! 16th Annual West Virginia State Archery in the Schools State Tournament
03/15/2021
West Virginia's annual Archery in the Schools tournament is going virtual this year and the state Division of Natural Resources is giving teams more chances to participate by extending the event and removing a qualifying round. ...read more
New West Virginia Vacation Guide unveiled
03/15/2021
The West Virginia Tourism Office has unveiled the new West Virginia Vacation Guide, a travel inspiration magazine dedicated to promoting Almost Heaven, West Virginia. ...read more
Episode 15
03/15/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – For Martinsburg healthcare worker Jamal White, HOPE means helping other people every day. ...read more
Episode 14
03/14/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Elkins, “the Gateway to the Monongahela National Forest,” entices adventure seekers, West Virginia leads in experimental learning and remote work, and the state’s aerospace industry adds more jobs....read more
Explore the Outdoors in Elkins, West Virginia
03/14/2021
West Virginia has made a name for itself as an outdoor paradise, and Elkins is the perfect place to stage your adventure....read more
West Virginia ‘on the cusp of greatness’ with entrepreneurship
03/14/2021
Brad Smith, Intuit Chairman of the Board and business leader in Silicon Valley, believes West Virginia is on the cusp of entrepreneurial greatness....read more
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries thrives in West Virginia with strong, quality workforce – #YesWV
03/14/2021
West Virginia might be the United States’ best-kept secret, especially when it comes to the aerospace industry....read more
Episode 13
03/13/2021
On today’s Daily 304 –A reclaimed coal mine in Boone County is converted into a lavender farm; a Fayetteville company develops an environmentally friendly method for disposing of fat, oil and grease; and the thriving blue cat fish population continues to...read more
Reclaimed coal land now a blooming lavender farm
03/13/2021
A reclaimed coal mine in Boone County is now the site of something fragrant and colorful. ...read more
WV-based Greasezilla solving world’s grease waste problems with carbon-negative solution
03/13/2021
That doughnut you had with your coffee may have been delicious, but like any deep-fried food, it comes with a cost. Fat, oil, and grease waste – also known as FOG – is difficult to dispose of and creates problems worldwide. ...read more
WV's blue cat fishery rapidly becoming destination resource
03/13/2021
Justin Conner has fished for blue catfish throughout the southeastern United States, and he believes West Virginia’s blue cat fishery - ranks right up there with the best. ...read more
The places in the South you didn’t know you needed to visit 
03/12/2021
Harpers Ferry sits at the junction of West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland, and is a quaint, historic community with picturesque streets and museums....read more
The best work-from-home cities for 2021
03/12/2021
Charleston and Weirton West Virginia tagged as top work from home cities ...read more
The first micro distillery in West Virginia lands in Charleston
03/12/2021
It has taken four years for Bullock Distillery to get up and running, but now owners say they finally have all the licensing to start manufacturing alcohol. ...read more
Episode 12
03/12/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown and Lewisburg are tapped “must-see” stops on a tour of Southern states, two West Virginia cities are named top places in the country to work from home, and a micro distillery makes its debut in...read more
Relocate to West Virginia for work - stay for the people!
03/11/2021
Looking to mix things up in your career? Check out the reasons why relocating to West Virginia could be the change you are seeking! ...read more
Pipestem Resort State Park Summer Fun
03/11/2021
There may still be a chill in the air, but that hasn’t stopped us from looking forward to a summer full of adventure at West Virginia’s state parks....read more
West Virginia Community focused hotel chosen as location for Saira Hospitality’s first permanent hospitality school
03/11/2021
The launch of a permanent school is a huge milestone for the 501c3 non-profit which aims to educate hospitality brands in how to give before they take, create stronger bonds with locals and disrupt the industry’s traditional recruitment processes which te...read more
Episode 11
03/11/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Dell employee Hampton Coakley shares what drew him back home to the Mountain State from Texas, Pipestem Resort State Park readies its summer activities, and a hospitality school partners with Wheeling’s new boutique hotel....read more
Constellium brings NASA’s Artemis mission to Ravenswood
03/10/2021
RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (WTAP) - Constellium announced in news release Thursday that it will be working with NASA on a program aimed at putting the first woman and the next man to the Moon....read more
More than 1,300 new West Virginia businesses registered in February 2021
03/10/2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office registered 1,306 new businesses statewide during February 2021, according to Secretary of State Mac Warner....read more
Two WVU engineering students build innovative idea into a software platform business
03/10/2021
By the time industrial engineering students Kyle Gillis and James Carnes graduated from West Virginia University, they had already assembled an impressive list of accomplishments....read more
Episode 10
03/10/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – NASA uses a Ravenswood company’s product in its space exploration projects, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office reports 1,306 new businesses registered in February, and two WVU students build a company that lands them on t...read more
Virgin Hyperloop's Historic Pod is Going to the Smithsonian
03/09/2021
In October, Virgin Hyperloop announced it was bringing a certification center to West Virginia – now, their technology is headed to the Smithsonian....read more
Appalachian Grown: Making maple in the mountains of West Virginia 
03/09/2021
ARMINGTON, W.Va. – With people spending more time at the house, many have taken up old fashioned hobbies like baking bread and gardening. ...read more
Construction at North Central West Virginia Airport slated to begin later this year
03/09/2021
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Work on an expansion and upgrade to North Central West Virginia Airport could begin as early as the second quarter of this year....read more
Episode 9
03/09/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Virgin Hyperloop coming to West Virginia will be featured in a Smithsonian exhibit, maple syrup farmers prep for Maple Syrup Day on March 20, and work is set to begin soon on an expansion and upgrade at North Central West Virgin...read more
Coal River's Lower Falls boat launch area is now a cleaner, safer place
03/08/2021
One of the most popular gathering spots on West Virginia’s lower Coal River has gotten a much-needed facelift....read more
National publication says "The Bridge" complex one of 15 new venues to watch in United States in 2021
03/08/2021
A national publication that has been in place for nearly a quarter of a century – Sports Travel Magazine – that serves groups organizing and hosting sporting events recently compiled a list of 15 new sports venues to watch in 2021. ...read more
CBS News Correspondent Weijia Jiang Reflects on Growing Up In West Virginia, Being An 'Other' 
03/08/2021
Weijia Jiang was born in China but immigrated to Buckhannon in Upshur County when she was a child. Today, she is the White House Correspondent for CBS News in Washington, D.C....read more
Episode 8
03/08/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Coal River’s Lower Falls boat ramp gets some major improvements, Bridgeport’s new sports complex is named one of the nation’s venues to watch in 2021, and CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang pens a memoir about growing u...read more
WVDNR increases Buffalo Creek trout stocking
03/07/2021
After years of stream improvements and restoration work, Buffalo Creek has become one of southern West Virginia’s unique trout fishing waters. And things are about to get even better....read more
Meet awesome entrepreneurs in Advantage Valley, WV
03/07/2021
Some of the best in the biz call the Advantage Valley area home. ...read more
Episode 7
03/07/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – Trout stocking on Buffalo Creek increases by 10 percent, Advantage Valley residents discuss why the Huntington-Charleston area is a great place to live and work, and West Virginia is named one of the best states in the nation to ret...read more
West Virginia is third-best state to retire
03/07/2021
A national consulting resource service, Retirementliving.com, named West Virginia the third-best state in the nation to retire in in 2021, topping vacation-destination spots such as Nevada, 4th; South Carolina, 13th; and Hawaii, 27th....read more
RCBI challenge to recognize best in agricultural innovation
03/06/2021
Agricultural innovators across West Virginia will have the opportunity to compete for a business assistance package valued in excess of $5,000 as part of a contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University....read more
West Virginia wildlife center expected to open in summer
03/06/2021
ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources plans to open its new wildlife education center this summer....read more
Episode 6
03/06/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – The Robert C. Byrd Institute seeks agricultural entrepreneurs to compete to solve logistical challenges in the food supply chain, West Virginia DNR’s new wildlife center nears completion in Alum Creek, and Gov. Justice opens vaccine...read more
Governor: 50 is new cutoff age for coronavirus vaccines in West Virginia
03/06/2021
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Coronavirus vaccine eligibility for the general public in West Virginia is expanding to include people age 50 and older....read more
Sheetz to open depot in Jefferson County, hope to hire at least 30
03/05/2021
CHARLESTON — An MTO, a cup of coffee and now a depot....read more
Hotel Morgan
03/05/2021
Charlestowne Hotels Opens Hotel Morgan...read more
A hauntingly innovative idea: 'Ghost kitchens' help West Virginia restaurants generate revenue amid pandemic
03/05/2021
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — For some time now, some North Central West Virginia restaurants have been following a nationwide trend known as “ghost kitchens” — online-only restaurants that cater to delivery and pickup within the walls of an already estab...read more
Episode 5
03/05/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A new Sheetz distribution depot in Jefferson is expected to create 30 new jobs, Hotel Morgan opens in Morgantown, and “ghost kitchens” provide a revenue boost to restaurants operating during the pandemic. ...read more
College offers brewing program
03/04/2021
This just may turn out to be the most popular class on campus: BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC) has crafted a brewing operations program, offering its students a chance to learn the art and science of making beer....read more
West Virginia to receive $43M as part of U.S. Interior Department effort for land revitalization in coal communities
03/04/2021
WASHINGTON (WV News) — West Virginia is set to receive more than $43 million as part of federal revitalization efforts of land in coal communities....read more
Pet Adoptions Quell COVID-19 Isolation
03/04/2021
WHEELING — While area animal shelters continue dealing with challenges of COVID-19, that hasn’t kept those shelters from helping find homes for their boarders. Adoptions for dogs and cats continue to go well, according to local shelter officials....read more
Episode 4
03/04/2021
BridgeValley Community & Technical College focuses on the science of making beer. West Virginia is set to receive $43 million as part of a U.S. Interior Department effort for land revitalization in coal communities....read more
West Virginia virtual hiring event: get a job in manufacturing!
03/03/2021
Register now for West Virginia's Virtual Hiring Fair and meet the employers with the biggest opportunities available in the manufacturing sector....read more
West Virginia Sets Example with COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration 
03/03/2021
West Virginia uses a statewide preregistration system and has so far been more successful at vaccinating its population than almost every other state....read more
Gov. Justice opens spring trout stocking season; announces 1.2 million fish to be stocked statewide this year
03/03/2021
Gov. Jim Justice kicked off the spring trout stocking season this morning, ceremonially stocking the first of over 1,400 trout that were released at Buffalo Creek today and announcing that, through his Spring Trout Stocking Initiative and other improvemen...read more
Episode 3
03/03/2021
On today’s Daily 304 – A new public-private partnership aims to connect job seekers and companies in Almost Heaven, a Ceredo ice cream shop owner shares his secret to success, and an airport in southern West Virginia works with local colleges to create ae...read more
Why West Virginia?
03/02/2021
In the wake of a global pandemic, many people are taking a hard look at what is most important. As some decide to move to less populated, rural areas, West Virginia Executive is here to answer the question, “Why West Virginia?”...read more
Interested in living and working in the next best thing to Heaven?
03/02/2021
Then say “yes” to a career in West Virginia! Learn more about the benefits of living and working in the Mountain State....read more
Episode 2
03/02/2021
daily304 - Episode 3.2.2021 – Toyota is investing again in the Mountain State, there is plenty to do in West Virginia’s newest national park in the New River Gorge and a WVU researcher receives a grant to help restore wetlands in Almost Heaven...read more
Marion Co., West Virginia, Technical Center providing hands-on education to students despite COVID-19 pandemic
03/01/2021
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV News) — The Marion County Technical Center is continuing to provide training to students of all ages to prepare them for the workforce despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic....read more
FCX Systems in Morgantown, West Virginia, supplies ground power units to 80 countries, 7 continents
03/01/2021
When FCX Systems Senior Vice President Matt Howell co-founded his company with four others in a kitchen in 1987, he never thought that 34 years later his products would be used on seven continents....read more
Episode 1
03/01/2021
Today you'll hear great news for ATV riders on the the Hatfield McCoy trail system....read more
Café owners dish up new customer services in response to pandemic
02/28/2021
Ashley made having her own restaurant her life's goal. From her childhood on up, she and her family would talk over where the restaurant should be, how it should be decorated and what should be on the menu....read more
Why-Virgin-Hyperloop-said-YesWV-for-their-Certification-Center
02/28/2021
In October 2020, Virgin Hyperloop announced that it will build its Hyperloop Certification Center on nearly 800 acres of land in West Virginia's Tucker and Grant counties....read more
Local microbrewery expanding - Sophisticated Hound ready to can, send product to stores
02/28/2021
PRINCETON — A local microbrewery and tap room is poised to expand its business by putting its brews into cans and getting those cans on the shelves of local stores....read more
Community, Creativity Help Princeton Businesses Adapt and Survive During Pandemic
02/27/2021
Some small businesses are surviving the COVID 19 pandemic thanks to the vital support from the community. But it’s also taken some creativity and determination from the owners. ...read more
How to Draw People Back to Appalachia — Family Builds a New Life in West Virginia
02/27/2021
In 2016, Andrew Kefer, a quality analyst, his wife Jessica, a counselor hired by companies to help employees, and their three children, moved to New Cumberland, West Virginia from the Philadelphia suburbs to be closer to her family. ...read more
Cabwaylingo Hatfield-McCoy trails set to open March 1
02/27/2021
CABWAYLINGO, W.Va. — Beginning March 1, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System will welcome riders to its newest attractions — the Cabwaylingo and Ivy Branch trail systems....read more
After Vaccines, Joy, Relief and Game Night
02/26/2021
A nursing home where vaccinations have finished offers a glimpse at what the other side of the pandemic might look like. ...read more
Everything You Need to Know About New River Gorge, America's 63rd National Park
02/26/2021
Some good and green news: America, we have a new national park. ...read more
Relocate to West Virginia for work, stay for the people!
02/25/2021
If you LOVE the outdoors then West Virginia just might be your dream state! ...read more
West Virginia's Vaccination Rate Ranks Among Highest in World
02/25/2021
West Virginia isn't known for its good health outcomes. It leads the nation in deaths from diabetes, accidents and drug overdoses. But when it comes to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, the state has been a shining star....read more
WVDNR launches updated hunting, fishing license system
02/25/2021
Buying a hunting and fishing license and checking game in West Virginia just got a lot easier thanks to our upgraded electronic licensing and game check system....read more
Schoolhouse Hotel to open in White Sulphur Springs as business booms
02/23/2021
The Schoolhouse Hotel is one of several small businesses expected to open in White Sulphur Springs....read more
Pastor’s Black history collection started with a single newspaper
02/23/2021
WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) — Pastor Darrell Cummings has spent a lifetime preserving artifacts that tell the story of African Americans and their contributions to this country....read more
Toyota West Virginia Announces $210 Million New Investment and 100 New Jobs
02/18/2021
New investment to upgrade existing engine production line; new jobs to add third shift...read more