SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Four West Virginia state parks have scheduled New Year's Day hikes to encourage people to get outdoors.
Participating in 2014 are Kanawha State Forest, Blackwater Falls State Park, Cacapon Resort State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park.
All 36 state parks in Virginia are participating.
Last year, more than 22,000 people hiked more than 43,910 miles in state parks across the country.
Massachusetts began offering First Day Hikes in its parks more than 20 years ago, and the National Association of State Park Directors has issued a challenge to other states.
Officials say 50 state parks across the country are set to participate.
Administrators at Concord University confirm an alleged sexual assault was reported earlier this month.
Charges are pending against at least two juveniles accused of making threats concerning a Fayette County high school.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Raleigh County Sheriff's Dept. will be increasing their law enforcement presence at a Raleigh County School over the next few days.
A program that has been in the state for a decade has now made its way to Mercer County. Saturday at the Mercer Mall, there was a launch party for the Imagination Library.
Fire crews in Mercer County rushed to the scene of an electrical fire in Bluefield Saturday night.
The Women's Resource Center held a special activity this morning to raise funds for the program. The event was called "Princess for a Day," and took place at Marquee Cinemas in Beckley.
Dominion Energy recently gave a grant to a charity in McDowell County. Big Creek People in Action provides many services to the area.
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