Nine West Virginia restaurants have been honored by Wine Spectator for offering the best wine selections paired with equally fine cuisine. That’s quite an honor, although the local list is a little shorter than years past, when as many as 11 to 13 Mountain State restaurants were recognized.

Pretty much every time I’m bee-bopping around town enjoying a drink or dinner, checking out a local event or zipping through the grocery store, someone I see is going to pop the question: “So Food Guy, what are the best new restaurants in town?”

West Virginia maple syrup production nearly doubled in 2019, according to the latest numbers from a report conducted by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Funerals for Monday, August 19, 2019

Acree, Elizabeth - 1 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. 
Bryant, Elmer - 3 p.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Alderson.
Clayton, Floyd - 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.
Grose, Margot - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.
Groves, Nettie - 1 p.m., Greene - Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.
Holcomb, Mary - 11 a.m., Elk Funeral Home, Charleston.
Manion, Mary - 2 p.m., Ansted Baptist Church.
Quigley Jr., Albert - 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Stanley, Albert - Noon, Fayetteville First Church of God.  
Thomas, Phyllis - 10 a.m., Britton Cemetery, Charleston.