RealWV readers pick Top 5 burgers in New River & Greenbrier Valleys

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Y’all went and did it! After 40 nominees and five rounds of voting, you picked your Top 5 favorite burgers in the New River & Greenbrier Valleys. These valleys in southern West Virginia are beef country, with more cattle than people in most places. So while people may dispute your particular […]

A bold vision for the Schoolhouse Hotel’s future, born of its past

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV It was the summer of 2018. Two years after a devastating 1,000 year flood struck southern West Virginia. One of the hardest-hit areas in the state was downtown White Sulphur Springs.  In response, city officials adopted a business plan to redevelop the town. “The town had a plan, but it needed […]

Hatfield keeps his word, qualifies for Crossfit Games

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Last May, Austin Hatfield of Beckley burst onto the international CrossFit scene during the semifinals in Orlando, Florida. As a largely-unknown 23-year old from southern West Virginia, he came within a few points of qualifying for the prestigious CrossFit Games.  In an interview with RealWV the next day, Hatfield vowed he […]

Top 10 revealed in RealWV’s burger contest

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV The southeastern region of West Virginia is cattle country. Greenbrier County tops the state in beef production. With 39,559 cows in the county and 32,435 people, there are officially more heads of cattle than there are human beings (numbers courtesy of the US Department of Agriculture and the US Census Bureau, […]

Ongoing need for elderly residents of Morgan Manor after evacuation

How a community is coming together to help elderly residents of a housing complex following a storm and a flood.  By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV On the evening of May 26, a derecho blew across multiple states, including southern West Virginia. It knocked out power for a majority of residents in Greenbrier County, including Morgan Manor.  […]

‘MAX on Main’ set to open…very soon

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV “I feel like I’ve got something to prove,” says Ken Santmyer, owner of MAX on Main.  Ken’s grandfather opened the first Gino’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti House in Huntington in 1961. His father opened his own location in 1973. Ken not only worked in his family restaurants, but he has also built […]

A journey through Greenville’s historic landscape

By Jonathan Eggleston, RealWV Hidden among the serene hills of Monroe County, West Virginia, lies a piece of history that has withstood the test of time! Cook’s Old Mill is located on Route 122,  just ¼ mile west of Greenville.  On a recent trip, I had the pleasure of uncovering this hidden gem, capturing some […]

WVU advances to regional final

By Adam Grossman, WVU Sports TUCSON, Ariz. – For the first time since 2017, the West Virginia University baseball team has advanced to an NCAA Regional final as the Mountaineers defeated Grand Canyon, 5-2, at Hi Corbett Field, Saturday evening. Overall, WVU is now 35-22 on the season while the Lopes fall to 35-24. Unlike 2017 […]

Moncove Lake: A journey back in time

By Jonathan Eggleston, RealWV Nestled in the rolling hills of Monroe County, West Virginia, Moncove Lake State Park is a cherished gem that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a lifelong lover of the great outdoors, this park holds a special place in my heart. It’s […]