VIDEO: A Sky-high View of the New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge Bridge is one of West Virginia’s most iconic landmarks. Countless photographs and videos show the dramatic 3,030-foot long span as it vaults in sunlight, casting steel girders almost 900 feet above the frothy waters of the New River. Or the bridge is seen against blues skies and tumbling clouds, framed by the craggy grandeur of the gorge.

Recently, WestVirginiaVille chief videographer Bobby Lee Messer headed to the gorge on an overcast day, arriving as a snowstorm began to blow through. Armed with our new drone, he shot some different footage of the bridge. Then, he crafted and recorded an original piece of music as soundtrack. We present this short video to “complicate the narrative,” as they say—meaning to add different complexities to a familiar story.

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“The Coming Storm,” an original Bobby Lee Messer for


VIDEO: When Snow Day is Christmas Day & the Day After: dec27.2020: It’s rare for Huntington, W.Va. to get snow on Christmas, much less the perfect snow for sledding. The Christmas Eve snowstorm at the end of the long, hard year of 2020 will likely remain for a long while in people’s memories, as Christmas unfolded with snow, sunshine and the holiday all wrapped into one day.

VIDEO: The debut of “Animals in Appalachia” with “Deer Me”: dec22. 2020: In the start of a new short video series, “Animals in Appalachia” by, a mother deer puts her foot down as she momentarily loses track of her two fawns.

VIDEO: The Artist’s Work Considered As a Moving Picture Show: dec19.2020: Sharon Lyn Stackpole’s art considered as a video: “I always had a female character in my drawings either in illustration form or comic and I’d have her acting out whatever I was also living in my drawings. For some reason, this was reassuring and helped me to feel less alone.”

MAKEITSHORT: Three Not-the-News, Under-a-Minute Videos: dec9.2020: Sometimes, you don’t need serious. Sometimes, you need a dog, happily barking with excitement out the window of the car besides yours. Or a Japanese fire in the West Virginia outback. Or a singing Buddha bird. Here are three musical, under-a-minute videos.

EDITORIAL | “Pills & Suits,” a Justice Project Video: oct29.2020: In an illustrated excerpt from Pulitzer-winner Eric Eyre’s “DEATH IN MUD LICK,” he describes WV Attorney General’s Patrick Morrisey’s entanglement with one of the huge pharmaceutical companies that helped spawn the opioid crisis, and the devastation that continues to affect families.

VIDEO/POEM: A Brief Visit to “Magic Mountain” in West Virginia: sept23.2020: What happened one night on Folklife Mountain in the West Virginia heartland. Some called it Magic Mountain.

VIDEO: “Say Their Names”: aug30.2020: There are a lot of names of black people, killed by police officers on this list. Below are all the names on the list. Some famous, a few historic. All of them individuals who were loved, who had dreams. Who, like you and I—had issues and challenges, joys and loves. Trying to figure out life, in all its messiness and pain.

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