The Right Place to Roost

— Plan to save chimney swifts lands in Shepherdstown. It’s April, and as spring pushes out the last remnants of winter, West Virginia comes alive—almost as if forest and fields let out a collective sigh of r...

Five-Piece Follow Up

— Amy Mathews-Amos covered five deeply impactful stories in The Observer this year. We thought a proper review of where those stories are now was in order for this year-end issue. Amidst the many joys of wri...

It’s Here

You’re a lot closer to human trafficking than you realize. In fact, it’s happening in the Eastern Panhandle. Right now. Katie Spriggs remembers the first time she sheltered a sex-trafficked victim at the She...

Anatomy of a Bike Path

What does it take to build a half-mile trail in West Virginia? Aurora’s letter was short and to the point. In the winter of 2013, she was a nine-year-old student living in Colonial Hills, just outside of She...