Beam blazes ‘PocaFork’ trail 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Aaron Beam likes to chase wild places. After spending a summer during college living in Canaan Valley and running in Dolly Sods each day, he fell in love with the rugged beauty of secluded mountain trails.  “But Dolly Sods has gotten really busy,” Aaron remarks, “maybe not as enjoyable these days, […]

Richwood hosting arts festival Oct 6-14

PRESS RELEASE A week of arts activities from October 6-14 is being dubbed “West Virginia’s most colorful arts festival.”  Scheduled to coincide with peak leaf season in Richwood, the Mountain Color Art Show has exploded into a dozen activities for art lovers.   The week offers something for everyone: the beginning artist, the art collector, the art […]

FEMA will allow Nicholas County Schools to use flood money on a new school plan

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Christmas came early for Nicholas County Schools (NCS) Board President Chip Perrine. After receiving a letter from FEMA last week, he feels confident the board of education can finally move forward with a flood rebuild project they can afford. Earlier this year, bids came in much higher than the available funding […]

Weekend Getaway: Richwood 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV The cost of an overnight vacation to a neighboring state or attraction can be enormous these days. Fortunately, West Virginia is filled with charming spots, perfect for an affordable and fun family trip!  Richwood, located in Nicholas County, is one of our favorites. With my mother-in-law in town to escape the […]

The magic of Summit Lake

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Over the weekend, our family made a quick trip to one of our favorite mountain towns, Richwood. Located along the Cherry River in eastern Nicholas County, Richwood is a town on the rebound with good food, outdoor recreation, and kind people.  After dinner one night, our son wanted to do a […]

‘Hellbender Hootenanny’ raises thousands for local students

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Ninety-three bikers can make a lot of noise. They can also raise a lot of money for a good cause.  Earlier this month, Michael Moore organized the Hellbender Hootenanny as a benefit for local students who cannot afford to buy a cap and gown for graduation.  “There’s a lot of nontraditional […]

Marla Short

   “If you want something done, ask a busy person.”  That old saying seems to have been created with Marla Short in mind.           The resourceful Marla is who they asked to help create a gymnasium for children to play biddy basketball after the flood in Richwood took out the high school and middle school […]

Bloomfield Richwood opens 2023 gallery season with mother-son exhibit 

February 3, 2023 A mother-son art exhibit in Richwood drew a lively crowd of about sixty Thursday evening at Bloomfield Gallery on Main Street.  Entitled “Fire. Earth. Water,” the gallery opening featured several dozen works by Raleigh County native Deborah Lester and her son, Jamie Lester of Morgantown.  Both were on hand for the opening.  […]

GUEST COLUMN: Engineers & contractors begin work on new Richwood schools 

By Susan Johnson On Wednesday, January 25, six years, seven months and two days since the devastating flood of 2016, the Nicholas County Board of Education signed the contracts to begin work on the K-12 facility that will replace Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School.   On January 31, engineers and contractors held a pre-construction meeting […]