Ohio Valley

Appalachian youth (clockwise from top left Caci Gibson, Lou Murrey, Mekyah Davis and Larah Helayne) strategize mutual aid during the coronavirus.
Sydney Boles / Ohio Valley ReSource

On March 17, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam banned gatherings of 10 or more people to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Mehyah Davis, 23, was in his second week of a new job waiting tables at the cryptid-inspired Wood Booger Grill in Norton, Va.

Jim Casto stands up against the tiled river height gauge along the entrance of the floodwall in Huntington, West Virginia.
Liam Niemeyer / Ohio Valley ReSource

When 78-year-old Jim Casto looks at the towering floodwalls that line downtown Huntington, West Virginia, he sees a dark history of generations past. 

Illustration of the R.E. Burger power plant.
David Wilson / Belt Magazine

The R.E. Burger coal-fired power plant’s final day ended, appropriately enough, in a cloud of black smoke and dust. From 1944 to 2011, the plant generated power, fumes and ash in the Ohio River Valley. It was one of dozens of coal and steel plants dotting the banks of the river, which for years has ranked among the nation’s most heavily polluted.

Governor Tom Wolf's Office / Flickr

Along the Ohio River, anticipation is mounting for the next phase of the natural gas industry. Beyond cheap electricity, Ohio is looking to use shale gas to rebuild its manufacturing base.

Curious Cbus: Where Is The Elusive "Ohio Valley"?

Sep 13, 2016
Ben Gelber, NBC4

This story is a part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, we find the answers. This question was submitted anonymously.  A listener asked:

“Just where is the ‘Ohio Valley;’ that place TV meteorologists are always talking about?”

We went straight to the source: TV meteorologist Ben Gelber.