Last year, an estimated 318 million visitors traveled to lands managed by the National Park Service (NPS), according to the recently released “2018 National Park Visitor Spending Effects” report.

Thirty years after an initial march for recognition, residents and those concerned about the presence of potentially harmful polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the soils near Minden took to the streets again to demand more action.

Thousands of West Virginians with qualifying nonviolent felony convictions, and many people with misdemeanor convictions, can now petition the court to have their criminal record permanently expunged.

CHARLESTON — Noting that domestic violence murders often involve guns, and that domestic abusers lurk around victims’ shelters, the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence has filed a lawsuit over a state law requiring them to allow guns in shelter parking lots.

Volunteers and town representatives were among those taking part in cleanups this spring.

According to a release from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), more than 590,000 pounds of litter was removed from the state’s public roads, highways, and streams, thanks to volunteer efforts this spring as part of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program and the WV…

RICHWOOD — Monongahela National Forest has opened a repaired segment of the Williams River Road (Forest Road 86) on the Gauley Ranger District in Webster County. Motorists may now travel between Cowen and the Highland Scenic Highway (Forest Road 150).

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC), MVB Bank, and several other institutions announced Tuesday an initiative to help combat the opioid crisis in West Virginia.

CHARLESTON — Work is underway to give foster families and relatives taking care of the about 7,000 kids in state custody a way to file complaints about those children’s ability to receive health care and other concerns about their well-being.

CHARLESTON — State officials say they believe they are no longer losing voter registrations, but they don’t know how many registrations may have been lost when the problem was occurring.

The Fayette County Public Libraries will kick off its summer reading program beginning the week of June 10. Each library will offer a weekly hour-long program encouraging reading for six weeks.

An early Monday morning traffic stop in Fayette County led to the discovery of a large quantity of heroin, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Fifteen years after West Virginia reached a settlement with the manufacturer of the opioid OxyContin, the state is once again suing the manufacturer of the powerful prescription painkiller.

CHARLESTON — Warmth, rain, and spring means wild mushroom and snakes in the Mountain State. As expected, the West Virginia Poison Center has already received calls for assistance following wild mushroom ingestions and snakebites.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve, in Glen Jean, will open for one day only, Saturday, June 15, for Community Appreciation Day, giving those who live in the area an opportunity to enjoy an adventure-filled day.

FAYETTEVILLE — The 3rd annual Big Family Fun Variety Show, sponsored by the Fayetteville Arts Coalition and the Historic Fayette Theater, is set for Saturday June 1 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Historic Fayette Theater in Fayetteville.

A year ago, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection proposed new limits on the amount of certain pollutants that cause human health effects, including cancer, permitted in West Virginia rivers and streams.

GAULEY BRIDGE — Ahead of the popular Memorial Day weekend, Brookfield Renewable has issued a warning for those who utilize waterways near and around the Glen Ferris Hydroelectric Dam for recreational purposes.

Southern Appalachian Labor School will sponsor several federally funded food service programs for school-age children beginning in June.

CHARLESTON — House Bill 2459, which lifts the federal ban on people with drug felony convictions from receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (otherwise known as SNAP or food stamps), went into effect May 21.

Traffic stop on Route 61 leads to three arrests

The following individuals are to report on May 24 before the Honorable Thomas H. Ewing, Judge of the Circuit Court of Fayette County, West Virginia, at 9 a.m., in the courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse Annex for arraignment.
Terry L. Adkins Jr, grand larceny

Smithers Police Chief Robert Keglor, left, and Mayor Anne Cavalier, right, are shown with Jeff Owens, of USDA, after the city received $50,000 in grant funding from the agency to purchase two new 2019 cruisers for the Smithers Police Department. For more, follow

SOUTH CHARLESTON — To further its mission of promoting student success, preparing a skilled workforce and building tomorrow’s leaders through access to quality education, BridgeValley Community and Technical College will feature artist, advocate and entrepreneur Crystal Good as the keynote s…

CHARLESTON — Delegate Kayla Kessinger (R-Fayette) and Delegate Andrew Robinson (D-Kanawha) sent a letter to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to request that his office direct funds from a $37 million settlement with McKesson Corporation agreed to last week to substance use treatment in West…

OAK HILL — In a 2013 interview with The Fayette Tribune, Dr. John David, director of the Southern Appalachian Labor School, considered the group’s purchase at auction of the former Oak Hill Elementary School.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BridgeValley) is the first college in West Virginia to join the Association of Diesel Specialists, the worldwide diesel industry's leading trade association.

GLEN JEAN — New River Gorge National River Superintendent Lizzie Watts announced earlier this week that Bryan Wender has joined the staff as the new Chief of Natural Resource Management for the three national parks of southern West Virginia, which includes New River Gorge National River, Blu…

MONTGOMERY — Along a creek that has been brought back to life in recent years, visitors to Morris Drive Saturday were treated to a wide-ranging program which stressed the importance of continued preservation and growth.

MONTGOMERY — The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 held its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt for area children on Easter Sunday, April 21.