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Haunted Appalachia: On the Frontier Road with Mad Ann Bailey

Her name was "Mad Ann" and the Native Indians feared her and for good cause. Many frontier folk thought her crazed and a few called her brave but in any case, she certainly left her mark on frontier history throughout the Ohio and Western Virginia wildlands.I have stood at her grave along the ...

Haunted Appalachia: Tales from the frontier: Early WV ghost stories

Since the beginning of time, people have spoken of ghosts, spirits and unusual happenings that defy explanation. No matter how urbanized or remote a location is, the stories and folklore survive and are handed down for generations to enjoy and share. Details change a bit with repeated tellings, ...

West Virginia comic connections

West Virginia tends to be overlooked as a setting in a variety of media.It's as true in comics as anywhere else, but there have been a few occasions where superheroes, villains, monsters and more have visited the Mountain State.Both the Hulk and Batman have battled misunderstood man-monsters in ...

West Virginia Students Have Chance for Scholarship Through A-1 Auto Transport

One of the nations largest auto transport and moving companies, A-1 Auto Transport, is happy to announce they are including West Virginia, students, and also students from neighboring states, for entry to their annual college scholarship. Awards range from $250 up to $1000 annually.To be ...

Haunted Appalachia: Star light, star bright — UFOs in the Mountain State

With the arrival of warmer weather, we find ourselves invariably spending more time outside. Here in the country, with no city lights to water down the starlight, the stars glisten and twinkle on clear nights. Occasional falling stars, a gliding satellite, and a glimpse of the Milky Way always ...

‘The Last Gallows’ depicts final public hanging in WV

Most murder mysteries are based on the premise of "who done it."It was generally accepted, however, that John F. Morgan committed the 1897 triple murder of a prominent Jackson County family. The mystery in this case was why the 22-year-old orphan brutally slaughtered three members of the ...

Haunted Appalachia: Law & order comes to Booger Hole, Clay County

After dusting off some old newspapers at my dad's house, I came across an old tattered column bragging how the law had wiped out the little community of Booger Hole of its unruly characters and outlaws. One of my former columns a few years ago, featured a ghostly tale from this area of Big ...

Shadowy figures deep in a WV coal mine

'I hope when I'm dead and the ages shall rollThat my body will blacken and turn into coalI will look from the door of my heavenly homeAnd pity the miner a' diggin' my bones'He told me about his experiences deep in the mine while we chatted late one night over the phone. As he spoke, goosebumps ...

Tale of Barbour County Buried Treasure

What does Mother's Day, the first land battle of the Civil War, a spooky TV show character and a bunch of buried treasure have in common? The answer is Barbour County. Surprised? This county is located in the north central area of the Mountain State and has plenty of history and mystery. ...

Know when it’s time to permit up in W.Va.

Building any type of structure, home addition or taking time to remodel your West Virginia home is exciting. You may have already chosen a contractor, set your plans and want to begin work. However, permits may be required to fulfill the work that is planned. It is important to consider your ...