Susan Syner & Mary Baldwin

“If you want to get something done, ask a busy person.” Few tandems are as busy as Susan Syner and Mary Baldwin. They are active business leaders in multiple ventures including The Briergarten, one of downtown Lewisburg’s newest hot spots. And these busy ladies know how to get things done. Their latest project is the […]

Bill Huff: 100 years of service

Born on April 6, 1924, William E. “Bill” Huff was reared in White Sulphur Springs and Renick, West Virginia.  Bill spent most summers in Renick with his much-loved grandparents, learning about cattle, horses, and life in the country.  There, he enjoyed many simple pleasures like eating his grandmother’s mincemeat before she could bake it into […]

Dalton Cline

Publisher’s note: This week, hear from our certified Real West Virginian of the Week in his own words. Dalton Cline is not only in recovery himself, but he’s working with others to ensure they know recovery is real. We are pleased to highlight his good work! My name is Dalton Cline, and I am an alcoholic. My […]

Josh Crane

The days are getting longer. The grass is growing greener. That can only mean one thing. It’s baseball season! Kids across this state and nation are dusting off their cleats and breaking in their gloves for the start of a new year. But none of it would be possible without the volunteers who organize, run, […]

John Gillespie

“He has been so good to us for many, many years!” says Phyllis Cantrell, Executive Director of Gateway Industries, who nominated John Gillespie to be the Real West Virginian of the Week. “He helps with so many community events!” John, his brother Charley, and his sister Martha run Gillespie’s Flowers & Productions together in White […]

Sara Carroll

They say if you want a friend, get a dog. And when a dog needs a friend, Sara Carroll is always there. Four or five days a week, you can find Sara at the Greenbrier Humane Society volunteering, just as she has for many years. She’s done it all–walking dogs, playing with cats, bringing treats, […]

Shane McCoy

A good neighbor is one of life’s greatest blessings. Especially during winter! During last week’s snow, wind, & frigid temperatures, Shane McCoy went up and down Kieffer Road in Crawley, WV, plowing driveways for his neighbors with his riding lawn mower. Just because…that’s what neighbors do. And these driveways aren’t tiny patches in closely-nestled neighborhoods; […]

Jeanie Cales-Gunter

If it’s going on in Summers County, Jeanie Cales-Gunter is somehow involved. A long-time community champion, Jeanie is always lending a helping land in her beloved home among the hills. She’s a loving mom, grandmother, sister, great grandmother, teacher and friend. As her nomination read, “You will never be forgotten or left out when you’re […]

Holly Ridpath

Nominated by her first grade student, Holly Ridpath is a beloved teacher at Ronceverte Elementary School. A school she attended as a child. “Her math is good. Plus we like her chairs. Actually, she makes us all feel special,” says her young student. Teaching is not for the faint of heart, especially in today’s world. […]

Beth Smailes

Earlier this year, RealWV featured Beth Smailes as she opened the Rainelle Deli & Marketplace. It was clear she was a go-getter with big plans for her community, but her impact in year one was even bigger than we imagined. As one example of her community service, Beth fed the hungry out of her store […]