Jumpin’ Johnny Spangler wins WV Pop-Off 

Fifth victory in 2 years leaves competition salty By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV For the fifth time in 12 years, Jumpin’ Johnny Spangler of Monroe County has won the WV Pop-Off. Held in Charleston this February, the contest is hosted by the WVU Extension Service Small Farm office.  “We started it as a way to promote […]

Michelle McFall

Michelle Groves McFall was born in Union, West Virginia. She is the daughter of the late Robert and Carol Groves. She is married to Mike McFall and they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She has been an activity community since she was 16 years old. She was award the State Farmer Degree in High […]

Arthur qualifies for air rifle national championship

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV February 28, 2023 Shane Arthur, a junior at James Monroe High School, qualified to represent the state of West Virginia at the 4-H National Air Rifle Championship. He will head to Nebraska this June for the national competition. Shane sat down with The Real WV for an interview about his interest […]

WHFI radio—Building community across the airwaves

By Jeffrey Kanode, Real WV February 13, 2023 A 295-foot tower looms over James Monroe High School. In an unassuming office spaceacross from a faculty lounge in the Monroe County Technical Center, a control board,microphone, and a myriad of blinking lights on a small transmitter reveals the purpose behindthat tower. This high school and vocational […]

Pickaway Pickins, ‘The way your grandma did it’

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV February 12, 2023 If you order country fried steak at Pickaway Pickins, you’ll hear them pound out the fresh-cut sirloin and fry it in a cast iron-skillet with gravy. Every single menu item is made from scratch, fresh to order.  “The way your grandma did it,” says manager & baker Andrea […]

Caden Glover: A young man with an old soul

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV January 31, 2023 Caden Glover is blazing his own trail on the music scene. Or as he puts it, “I’m just going where the music takes me.”  After graduating from James Monroe High School in 2022, Glover planned to move to Nashville. “That went in my favor when it ended up […]