Smith Family Farm wins Monroe County Grassland Farm of the Year

Lefty and Robbie Smith of Sinks Grove have been named the 2023 Monroe County Outstanding Grassland Farmers. Lefty, a retired Army veteran, has been involved in the farm’s operations since 2005. Robbie, a nurse, currently works at  Stonerise Rehab and Retirement. The farm has been in operation since 1915 and  has four generations living on or […]

Furrow Family Farm awarded Monroe County Farm of the Year

The Furrow Family Farm in Waiteville, West Virginia has been named the 2023 Greenbrier Valley Conservation District Monroe County Farm of the Year. The farm has been in  operation since at least 1842 and is currently owned and operated by John  David Furrow, with assistance from Betty J. Pullig, Brennan Taylour Furrow, and Matt and Amanda Reynolds. […]

Family relocates from Idaho to ‘Hunkerdown’ in Sinks Grove 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV “There’s no fast food or stop lights in Monroe County,” says Guy McAninch. “That’s exactly what we were looking for to raise our kids.”  Guy and his wife Tammy were living in Idaho on a small farm. But as the suburbs grew closer, they knew it was time for a change. […]

Get lost in a W.Va. corn maze this fall

By Jonathan Eggleston for RealWV Living just across the street from the Hanna Farmstead’s new location on Hillsdale Rd., I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see what this picturesque farm had in store for its visitors. With the promise of pumpkins, mazes, and more, my curiosity was piqued. Owners Alex and Jade Hanna have transformed […]

Historic Sweet Springs Resort: From Healing Waters to Haunting Tales

By Jonathan Eggleston, for Real WV Nestled among the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, the Sweet Springs Resort in Sweet Springs, WV, is a place that blends history, natural beauty, and spine-tingling tales of the supernatural.  This iconic resort has witnessed a transformation over the centuries, from a renowned healing spa to a hauntingly intriguing destination that […]

The Secrets of Roadside Photography

By Jonathan Eggleston for RealWV, As a professional photographer, I have often marveled at the irony that surrounds my life. What started as a passion has transformed into a bustling career, one that has allowed me to capture the world through my lens. But with this journey, I’ve discovered that the busyness of my profession […]

Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Nature’s Haven And Celestial Spectacle By Jonathan Eggleston, for RealWV Perched atop Peters Mountain, in Monroe County WV,  the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory is a place of unspoiled beauty in West Virginia’s wilderness.  Once a fire tower, this location has been transformed into a sanctuary for migrating birds and a cherished spot for hikers and […]

The Old Gap Mills Country Store, where family comes first 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Eric and Lisa Heavener spent their careers working for others. While they are grateful for their experiences in law enforcement and retail, they wanted to build something of their own.  “We want to leave something to our son,” Lisa says. “This country store will be his one day.”  Eric, Lisa, and […]

Katie Collins

Katie Collins smiles warmly and laughs freely as she talks with her friends, but the rising senior from James Monroe High School can only be described as intense when it comes to running. In this spring’s track season, Katie shattered three records in the Maverick stats book–for the  1600 meter run, the 3200 meter run, […]