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The Bronze Look located in Princeton’s Historic District at 311 Mercer Street is probably the best-known spot in the region to buy and sell coins. Starting as a collector over five decades ago, owner and entrepreneur, Randolph Evans, did not foresee that he would be slowly building a well-di…

PRINCETON--  Associated Photography and Framing located at 813 Mercer Street is a mainstay in Princeton’s downtown business district for over 35 years. The large display of photographs has long been a highlight to Saturday night cruisers, classmates, friends and family. “There have been a co…

On July 20, 1969, fifty years ago, over 650 million people around the world watched the Moon landing live on television, according to NASA, and were entranced at the idea of Neil Armstrong taking his historic first steps, 234,000 miles away on the Moon.  President Kennedy’s promise, made in …

Princeton, W.Va.--  Jim Holland, resident of Princeton, WV and native of Dunbar was inducted as a member of the West Virginia Sports Legends Hall of Fame, Class of 2019, during their annual banquet in Beckley, West Virginia on July 6, 2019. Holland is well known in the community as the forme…

Princeton, W.Va.--Corvette enthusiasts revved up their engines and rolled into Princeton today to visit the Mercer Street Historic District with a stop at the Princeton Railroad Museum. Traveling West Virginia backroads can be a challenge, facing fallen trees and wide curves, but the crew is…

West Virginia has lost a native son, a well-known philanthropist, billionaire entrepreneur, and political donor, Chris Cline. According to the Royal Bahamian Police, Cline who according to Bloomberg was ,“the last King of Coal,” died in a helicopter crash near Walker’s Cay, Abaco in the Baha…

Princeton, W.Va.--Elvis Aaron Presley’s first record was a single on Sun Records in 1954 with “That’s All Right” and backed with “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and the recording quickly brought him national attention. And, even four decades after his death, Elvis Presley still remains “The King”—fo…

Princeton, W.Va.--Bullion investors and numismatic buffs rejoice, there is good news, and the rest of us can be happy about it too!

Princeton, W.Va.--  William Jenkins is a familiar face around Mercer County Living in the small town of Matoaka for 46 years Jenkins says, “I love living there, there’s no place like it on the Earth.” At 92 years young, Jenkins has not let the years slow him down at any level. Jenkins is an …

Princeton, W.Va.--From folk artists to West Virginia’s own burgeoning glass industry, pride and persistence is exemplified in the works that each West Virginia artist creates. From Blenko and Fenton to other mountaineer artisans, such as Ron Hinkle, the love and passion of each artist can be…

Celebrate West Virginia Festival in Princeton Historic District on Saturday, June 15. Railroad and coal heritage, as well as live music and vendors are all on queue to help celebrate the Mountain State's Birthday. Trolley rides to historic sites, great food and all businesses like the Bronze…

Fairmont, W.Va.--West Virginia recognizes its first place status at honoring mothers. Of course, we are familiar with the story of Anna Jarvis, and the founding of Mother’s Day.  Mountaineers may celebrate being the first celebrants of Father’s Day, also. According to the United Methodist Ch…

Princeton, W.Va.--Thomas Coeburn, 8, of Bluefield, Virginia carefully selects coins at The Bronze Look, on Mercer Street, for his new hobby, coin collecting. Coeburn, "loves old things and it's a hobby where I can learn while I collect. It's really cool."  Supporting his interest, Eloise, hi…

Father’s Day is right around the corner. He has all the “World’s Greatest Dad” mugs, has saved all the cards that you handmade with coupons and even has the tie collection that grows every holiday hanging in the closet. Isn’t it time to get Dad, Pops, Papaw, Baby-Daddy or any other special g…

The Celebrate Princeton Festival on Mercer Street continues despite a less than favorable weather forecast. Many vendors, local businesses and citizens celebrate the continued growth and vitality of Mercer Street and Princeton, WV. Despite the weather it's a perfect opportunity for local cit…

Princeton, WV—On June 1, 2019 an ordinance regarding the discharge of fireworks will become effective in Mercer County, West Virginia.  Due to the number of discussions and complaints concerning the discharge of fireworks becoming a public nuisance, there are now specific times where dischar…

Picnicking and beginning the summer season, Memorial Day is a longstanding tradition in America. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for all who have given a gift of ultimate sacrifice to the United States of America.

Princeton, W.Va.--  From the Italian granite to the New York Style windows facing the north side of Mercer Street, Diamonds N’ Gold Look is a shopping destination in the Grassroots Business District of Princeton.  Taking inspiration from design and architectural cues from Frank Lloyd Wright …

Princeton, W.Va.-- Fine Art has long been a featured item in The Bronze Look headquartered in the Princeton Historic District on Mercer Street.  The Bronze Look announces a novel program, unlike any other in the area—a fine art upgrade/buyback service.  Randolph Evans, founder, states, "We a…

Princeton, W.Va.--  Early voting is available for all registered Princeton voters at the new Municipal Building located at 800 Bee Street between May 22-June 1. Polls will be open to registered voters from 8:30am until 4:30pm , Monday through Friday and on Saturday May 25 and June 1 from 9:0…

Bluewell, W.Va.-- Roseville Pottery, Fenton, McCoy, furniture and even fixtures are for sale on June 1 in Bluewell, W.Va.  The contents of an Antique Store located at 4132 Coal Heritage Road, in Bluewell will begin at 11 a.m. Regency Real Estate and Auction, will provide collectors both new …

On May 13, 1861 at Independence Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia’s first discussion of statehood initiated. The First Wheeling Convention met after Virginia’s highly contested secession movement was being discussed in Richmond. Western Virginia northern counties elected delegates to discuss t…

Apollo 11 was the first manned spaceflight that landed upon the surface of the moon. On July 20, 1969, at 4:17 pm the “Eagle” had officially landed upon the Sea of Tranquility.  The world sat in silence as the words, “The Eagle has landed” were broadcast.  Not only had the United States of A…

The 96th Annual National Coin Week Celebration is now in full-swing, April 21-27, 2019 with the theme, “Discover the Past, Envision the Future.”  2019 marks the 50thAnniversary of the United States’ Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and hence, the first footsteps on the moon.  This year’s annual celebration of numismatics (collection of coins, medals and paper money) and its impact on innovation including the production of money and more.

The Great American Coin Hunt, a multi-organizational initiative has planned for hundreds of coin dealers and collectors to drop over one million collectible coins back into circulation which will spark interest in numismatics and to introduce the beauty, strength and value of coins and currency to a new generation.  From Kids to Adults, we can each explore our pocket change, dusty mason jars and pull the metal detector from the basement to find coins from generations past.

On April 23rd, Mercer School principal, Kelli Stanley, and local businessman, Randolph Evans of the Bronze Look partnered to make Mercer School the hub of Princeton’s kickoff of the Great American Coin Hunt.

Looking at both themes, Robert Perry, renowned NASA lecturer and longtime employee presented the students with a dynamic lecture concerning the steps, the physics, and the demanding nature of the space program. Students were delighted to see a video of the moon landing and had a myriad of questions ranging from logistics to the future of space exploration.  Mr. Perry has been a lifelong promoter of space-based education and offered hands-on demonstrations of reaction times and answered each question thoroughly.

Also, the Great Coin Hunt began for each student in attendance at Tuesday’s presentation by receiving a collectible, wheat penny pre-dating President Kennedy’s address before Congress on May 25, 1961, with a few winners being presented a special prize. Each of these wheat pennies, bear a special significance to periods in American history. Students were encouraged to explore the type, date and style of penny that they were presented, on their own. Some pennies were of significant value—pennies that were the inaugural run of the specific type (1909 VDB) and even steel pennies from the 1940s when copper was being used in the wartime effort.   Several students who were randomly presented with a 1961 penny received a special gift—a Barber Dime, dated 1912, celebrating the founding of Mercer School. Mercer School was gifted a Barber Dime as well to celebrate the long legacy of the academic halls.

Mr. Evans states, “that he was delighted in allowing the opportunity for students to gain an appreciation of numismatics and to understand the importance of igniting inspiration in our future generations. Our next great astronaut, or even a future treasury secretary may have been in attendance, today.”  When students were polled with the questions of being future astronauts and committing to the studies of math, sciences and communication to facilitate that dream, the overwhelming response from the students, was a resounding, “Yes.”