Big Bend Golf Course, closed since May 2 when a microburst with 75 mile-per-hour winds descended on it, toppling more than 200 trees in 10 minutes, will likely remain closed at least until the July 4 weekend, according to Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hutchinson.

A planned network of connected hiking and biking trails in Fayette, Nicholas and Greenbrier counties could expand into Kanawha, Raleigh, Summers, Webster and Monroe counties, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

While many of West Virginia’s foremost natural attractions tower thousands of feet skyward, residents and visitors also have an ongoing opportunity to enjoy the Mountain State’s compelling natural depths at four of its most prominent underground wonders — and a fifth for truly rugged subterr…

When it comes to unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, Flatwoods is no Roswell, New Mexico, but the small Braxton County community is embracing its own tale of alien visitation and enjoying success as an offbeat tourist destination.

Dan Buzzard, of Charleston, plays golf at Coonskin Park in Sunday’s mild temperatures. Forecasters say Monday will again be mild, with a high in the 50s before colder temperatures and snow set in Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pipestem Resort State Park is beefing up its lineup of outdoor adventure activities by adding kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours, innertube float trips, and developing a new zip line that descends Bluestone Gorge, crossing the Bluestone River three times at heights of more than 300 feet.

Plans for developing put-in and take-out facilities, a portage trail, changing rooms and other amenities to accommodate paddlers and anglers taking advantage of recreational releases from Hawks Nest Dam starting later this year have been completed by Brookfield Renewable, the dam’s operator.

The natural snowfall and abundance of subfreezing temperatures that helped West Virginia ski areas open the 2018-19 season on solid footing have been in short supply in recent days, prompting one resort to suspend operations and others to reduce ski-able terrain.

Looking for a way to draw more winter visitors to the Massachusetts state parks system, Patrick Flynn, supervisor of Blue Hills Reservation State Park near Milton, Massachusetts, came up with the idea of hosting a guided hike in his park on New Year’s Day of 1992.

Funerals for Sunday, August 25, 2019

Groves, Lugene - 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Karawan-Burgess, Nancy - 3 p.m., Bartlett-Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

McVicker, Willard - 2 p.m., New Life Family Worship Center, Moatsville.

Parry, Carol - 2 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Riddle, Velma - 2 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Stamper, Daisy - 4 p.m., Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.