W.Va. Celebrates 144 Years

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

The Mountain State gives state employees West Virginia Day off with pay.

Whitewater rafting guide Austin Varga knows just why he moved from Ohio to W.Va. a few years back. “I just felt it was more laid back; closer to God’s country,” Varga said.

Long transplanted from Pennsylvania to Huntington, wood turner Charlie Brown has the same spin on his old craft and his new state. “It's a stress reliever. West Virginia is a laid back state,” Brown said.

Wayne Worth sets up his happy anniversary sign every June 20. The Connecticut orphan adopted by West Virginian just wants to say thanks.

“Ever since I came to W.Va., the people have embraced me as one of their own,” Worth said.

Huntington's Danny Fulks is among many West Virginian authors, but he's one who admits he's enjoyed moving from rural to urban life.

The Mountain State's name, West Virginia, was voted in by the first legislature over four other choices: Augusta, Allegheny, Western Virginia, and the second most popular choice, Kanawha.

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