Italian auto parts maker Sogefi Group plans a $20 million expansion of its plant in West Virginia that will create 250 new jobs, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday. When the expansion is complete, the plant in Prichard in Wayne County will produce engine intake manifolds for General Motors, along with its existing line of fuel pumps and filter...

By Rosalyn Queen Alonso   Another friendly reminder that the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will be presenting its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 23, 2013. This will be only the second class to ever be inducted into this prestigious group.   Among those to be inducted is Merle Moore. You might ask why?...

New businesses and restaurants are popping up all over the Beckley area. Little Sicily is now open in Beckley. Before Little Sicily moved in, a Mediterranean restaurant was in the same location. Little Sicily specializes in traditional Italian cuisine and New York style pizza. Owner Mohamed Farghaly invites everyone to stop by and enjoy a fresh It...

The 2014 Italian Festival scholarship winners were announced and honored Saturday at Heritage Port.There were 14 total winners from six surrounding counties which are: Belmont, Jefferson, Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall. Each student received a commemorative scholarship plaque.    Those awarded are:Collin Stipetich from John Marshall...

Più di novecento morti, tra loro circa cinquecento italiani. Sono i numeri della tragedia di Monongah, miniera del West Virginia, dove un'esplosione il 6 dicembre del 1907, uccise moltissimi connazionali, tra cui anche bambini e ragazzi. Oggi, a 105 anni di distanza, le vittime sono commemorate a Campobasso durante il convegno "Monongah, dal fatto...

by Ian Grimley   The Clarksburg Italian Heritage Festival is set to get underway Friday. Some notable Main Stage performers include Carmelina, John Angotti, and former Journey lead vocalist Steve Augeri. But these are not the only entertainers scheduled to perform. The Showcase Stage, which is on the corner of 2nd and Main Streets in Clarksb...

by Nate Fluharty   It was a special night to kickoff one of the largest Italian festivals in the country and honor some of the men and women that also help make it one of the best. WTRF's Nate Fluharty was the proud emcee for the kickoff dinner of the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival.   This year's dinner was held insi...

Summer is quickly approaching, which means some of the most popular festivals in the area will be coming up, like the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival. One of the very first events to get things underway this year was held Tuesday night to announce the 2015 Italian-American of the year.   Tonight the Italian-American has been...

Individuals of Italian extraction constitute one of the most important ethnic groups in West Virginia. These Italian-Americans date their connection with the state to ancestors who were recruited during the early years of the 20th century to work in West Virginia's rapidly developing industrial economy. With more than 17,000 Italian immigrants in t...

by Zach Tuggle   Hundreds of people glowing in bright neon colors will run Saturday night through portions of Clarksburg during a charity race that will benefit the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival. The race — called the Glow in the Square Ultimate 5K Fun Run — is a twist replacing the festival's annual race. "It's definitely so...