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 […]

How a local farm is freeze-drying strawberries for school snacks 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Generating year round revenue is a challenge for most small businesses. Especially for farms.  “The public can’t afford to pay what small farms need to survive,” says Jennifer Gilkerson of Sunset Berry Farms.  In response to this problem, policymakers wondered if government could incentivize the state to buy local food from […]

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 […]

Top 5 revealed for ‘Best Chocolate Chip Cookie’ in WV

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV In the dark days of winter, we needed a little extra joy in our lives. So we here at RealWV thought it would be a great time to find the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES in West Virginia! Do you like your cookies chewy or crunchy? Made with brown sugar or regular […]

FFA students prepare for Ham, Bacon, & Egg sale

By Keilei Christian & Mya Monroy, President & Secretary of Greenbrier East FFA The first Ham, Bacon, and Egg (HBE) Show and Sale in the Greenbrier Valley District of FFA began in 1941. Eighty-three years later, the sale continues and honors our young agriculturists every year. Producing approximately $72,832 last year, HBE plays a very […]

From the Publisher: Why becoming a nonprofit is the next step for RealWV

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Publisher Thirteen months ago, Matthew Young and I started The Real WV with a simple vision–get the real story out about West Virginia. We wanted to feature West Virginians doing amazing work, provide high-quality journalism, and preserve Appalachian culture.  It took off like we never imagined. We reached more than ten […]

Best chocolate chip cookie in West Virginia?

By RealWV staff, In the dark days of winter, we all need a little extra joy in our lives. So we here at RealWV thought it would be a great time to find the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES in West Virginia! We’ve done several food contests so far, but limited them to specific geographic areas […]

Census shows population loss continues in West Virginia

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By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV The US Census Bureau released their latest annual population statistics for 2023 last week. The numbers show that West Virginia experienced a population loss of approximately 4,000 people since 2022. While 4,700 people moved to the state, deaths outpaced births by some 8,600, resulting in an overall population loss of more […]

Possum Holler Pizza wins ‘Best Pizza in the Valley 2023’

By Stephen Baldwin There’s no shortage of scrumptious pizza in the Cherry, Greenbrier, and Meadow River Valleys, so the competition for the people’s choice award was stiff in 2023. The Top 6, as voted on from more than 20 nominees by our readers, advanced to the final round–Hill & Holler, Hole in the Wall, Pies […]

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. […]