Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a few odd things about the way I’ve been feeling.
The Hurricane High School Red Hot Show Choir will host a competition of choirs from throughout the region at HHS on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Dusty Hurley, executive director of the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau, announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for the Putnam County Commission on Jan. 29.
Andrea Lannom, a consumer representative from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office, will conduct mobile office hours throughout Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties through this month.
Before the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos light up the scoreboard (with more than mutual zeroes over four quarters, one hopes) for Super Bowl 50 this weekend, you can light up a favorite cigar or tobacco pipe and cheer them on in a plush,...
Snowstorms put me in a cooking mode. I feel the best way to survive a blizzard is to cook my way through. There is no better way to take the chill off than to whip up a hearty chowder using ingredients on hand.
The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. In February, these events include:
Entering the hospital, I passed a friend from church who was going home.
Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance’s “Rising Stars” concert is proof that the Applachian music scene continues to survive and evolve in the Mountain State, driven by the talent, energy and creativity of college students.
Nine marching bands from Kanawha and Putnam county high schools will head northward to make beautiful music together at the 37th annual Invitational High School Honor Bands event next week on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus.
The City of Hurricane is seeking qualified candidates for summer internships.
Scenes from this year’s West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show Jan. 16 at the Charleston Civic Center.
On Jan. 14, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano, West Virginia Board of Education President Mike Green and representatives from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia and Highmark Blue Cross Blue...
Most of the time when I write this column it’s about physical sports, like soccer, running, football and baseball.
It’s a small book, but it contains a strategy for investing in the stock market that its author, Bill Hollis, says has been successful for him.
I was introduced to Thai cuisine when I was a student at Glenville State College. The school had five international students at the time and they were all from Thailand.
You would think it would be easy to get enough sleep this time of year. The nights are long. It’s cold out. It’s easy to snuggle under a blanket or your favorite Afghan and get some solid rest.
Having a day off from school, some Putnam County students had a ball during a day-long event held at Quantum Sports Center in Hurricane Jan. 15. This fun-filled activity is a recent addition to the sports center.
Not that everyone follows it, but there is a saying among scuba divers that we should take only pictures and leave only bubbles. One of the most frustrating things to see on a dive is trash that someone carelessly dropped overboard from a boat.
Church @ The Depot in Scott Depot will serve as one of the more than 100 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine proms simultaneously in mid-February.
Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage that is comprised of a cluster of leaves that are not compact like regular cabbage. The bulb-like portion on the bottom stays crisp when cooked. The dark green, leafy portion on top wilts and has a soft, silky...
Promoting power to the people by way of pedals, West Virginia Connecting Communities will host the inaugural West Virginia Bike Summit on Sunday, Jan. 24 and Monday, Jan. 25 at the Marriott Town Center in downtown Charleston.
Deer hunters in West Virginia made big strides during the two-week buck firearms season in 2015.
Pears are one of my favorite fall and winter fruits, and this is the time to take advantage of their availability at the supermarket.
I was less than a year old on April 4, 1968, the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered.
As I was getting ready for to call it a night recently, I heard my favorite baseball song, “Centerfield” by John Fogerty, and it gave me an idea for this column, with the West Virginia Power’s first game of the season less than...
Putnam County Parks and Recreation will host a four-week session of ballroom dance classes on Sundays in February.
Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley will hold its second annual Sweet Charity fundraising event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Columbia Pipeline Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., Charleston.
A rainbow of colors and sweet aromas greet visitors to a new candy shop in Winfield called Bolts Sweet Shoppe.
The West Virginia International Auto Show takes over Charleston with hundreds of new model vehicles Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 24.
For the second year in a row, American Electric Power employees raised money and collected food items to donate to the Facing Hunger Food Bank.
One of my favorite bands, that you’ve probably never heard of, is called The Subdudes. Officially, The Subdudes are an American roots rock group from New Orleans. They play a blend of American folk, New Orleans rhythm and blues, cajun/zydeco,...
April Hamilton recently featured a za’atar chicken recipe in her weekly Gazette-Mail cooking column. This is a spice blend I keep on hand at all times, so I was delighted to find a new use for it.
Although it’s not yet a week old, 2016 has its social calendar well marked and planned already for residents and visitors to the city of Hurricane.
On Dec. 28, the Putnam Wellness Coalition recognized the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the staff of the Little General Store #5102 in Hurricane for their efforts in keeping...
It comes to my attention that our elected officials are trying to fix something that doesn’t need fixing once again.
The West Virginia University Extension Service’s 2016 garden calendar has tips and advice from expert growers.
Thankful Valley Farms in Leon is known for delivering its meats and fresh fruits and vegetables, but now that the Mason County operation has a retail and farmers market license, it can deliver supermarket items to your home or business.
Talking to my youngest daughter a few days before Christmas, I asked her if she was ready. She said she was, but then said she was a little scared, too.
Apple cider is a seasonally produced, unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage made from apples. It is more opaque and a bit tangier than apple juice. It is the state beverage of New Hampshire.
One of the most popular sports movies ever made was “Rudy,” a story about a walk-on football player at Notre Dame.
Ready for a new year? The Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music and Dance is welcoming 2016 with “Good Rid-Dance 2015.”
Every writer I know (myself included), whether they admit it or not, thinks about their legacy. They hope to create something that will live forever, something that high school kids will have to diagram and analyze, learning to hate us forever…...
A Putnam County entrepreneur is the winner of the Small Business Administration’s local InnovateHER competition hosted by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.
Registration is open for the West Virginia Bike Summit, scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.
It’s still dark outside when Mindy Ferrell arrives for work in the pre-dawn hours, but she wouldn’t trade her job for anything else.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Feast of the Seven Fishes celebration in Fairmont. The celebration is held annually on the second weekend in December.
During a holiday celebration meeting Dec. 11 at the EMS location in Winfield, the Putnam Wellness Coalition and Putnam Family Resource Network recognized nine individuals that went over and above the call of duty to help Putnam County be a better...
West Virginia state parks have become popular places to bring in the New Year and they will offer a variety of dinners and dances and packaged options to close out 2015.
Artists from Huntington, Morgantown and Wheeling won the top prizes in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 19th West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which opened on Nov. 8 at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia in Beckley.
Next week brings the most important day of the year for me. It is a holiday celebrated around the world.
After I married my husband, I looked forward to receiving packages from his parents at Easter and Christmas time. The contents were always the same: a walnut roll and a poppy seed roll made by the ladies at The Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Weirton.
There is a chance in the near future that baseball fans in the region will be able to root for a homegrown player.
Putnam County Master Gardeners and the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department sponsored their annual holiday wreath-making workshop Thursday evening, Dec. 3, at Valley Park, Hurricane.
The Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission would like to thank everyone who participated in the 14th annual Reindog Parade held at Valley Park on Dec. 5.
A new book by a retired Marshall University psychology professor explores the darker side of human behavior, while also serving as a primer in the field of forensic psychology.
The air was chilly, the ice was cold and the excitement was building as members of the West Virginia Wild Sled Hockey team arrived for a Monday evening practice session at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena.
For approximately 15 years, the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association and Charleston Newspapers have partnered to sponsor a yearly holiday coat drive for those in need of warm, durable outerwear in winter.
According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, more than 350,000 hunters take to the state’s woods during deer hunting season.
They came, they cut, they glued and they ate cookies.
On Black Friday, the supposed biggest shopping day of the year (which actually turned out to be Cyber Monday rather than Black Friday, making this even more relevant), I woke up to an email telling me that my credit card company noticed...
Looking for that perfect holiday gift?
Look no further. Goldenseal magazine is a great solution to your last-minute gift-giving needs and offers hours of reading enjoyment with stories about West Virginia traditional life.
The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration is soliciting entries for the third annual NO School Spirits Public Service Announcement contest, open to high school students throughout the state.
Treasures from a bygone era and future heirlooms, handcrafted by area artisans, can be found in a new shop in Winfield.
As the use of all-terrain and utility-task vehicles reaches its yearly peak, so does the number of preventable ATV accidents and fatalities occurring in West Virginia, according to West Virginia University Extension Service Mingo County 4-H Agent Mark...
Looking to a future of increased tourism and recreational opportunities, Nitro city officials are pondering a major upgrade to Nitro City Park.
Runners throughout the area are getting ready for running in the cold winter as the temperature has started to drop. It’s a time of the year when runners have to convince themselves to train when the weather is a bit chilly.
One of my stronger Christmas memories comes from a time when I was alone.
My hometown had a corner newsstand. I am among those who sentimentalize its closing. Local businessmen made it their first morning stop to pick up a copy of the East Liverpool Review or Pittsburgh Press.
The Tri-County YMCA has begun a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative in four Putnam County Elementary Schools this school year.
Featuring 25 West Virginia artists, the13th River Arts Show and Sale will take place this week at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Charleston’s West Side.
On Monday, Nov. 16, Poca High School’s library was decorated in maroon and gold, which are the school colors of the University of Charleston.
The Charleston Light Opera Guild will produce the musical version of a holiday favorite film, “A Christmas Story.”
The annual 4-H Holiday Craft Workshop and Cookie Exchange will be held this year from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Eleanor Fire House’s upstairs room in Eleanor.
Call it a pre-emptive strike against a cavalcade of calories to be served and savored on Thanksgiving Day (and possibly regretted heavily around the waistline thereafter).
There are children throughout the area that come from homes riddled with drug and alcohol addiction, abuse and a number of other problems.
Josh and Chloe Loudermilk’s home in South Charleston is a lively place.
I grew up in West Virginia’s northernmost county. The area is well known for manufacturing steel and pottery, but there was a time when Hancock County, which is the state’s smallest county, was known for its apple production. The apples...
Recent events around the world, and at home, have made a lot of people bitter, confused and angry. There is violence and terror. It feels like evil is taking over and innocent people are dying at the hands of religious zealots. At a time like this, it...
First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin unveiled the 2015 West Virginia Governor’s Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament, the sixth in the series of her annual holiday ornament collection, on Nov. 4.
The Tri-County YMCA has begun a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative in four Putnam County Elementary Schools this school year.
To win one state championship is pretty tough, but to win two or four can be incredibly difficult.
Good books and even better coffee are the hallmarks of a new, family-owned business on Main Street in Hurricane.
There are several great pork producers in the Metro area, so it is not difficult to obtain quality cuts of pork.
Maybe it’s just the political season or maybe it’s the encroachment of Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving, but I feel the need to be extra thankful this year.
Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre continues its 2015-2016 theatre season with a production of the classic Charles Dickens work “A Christmas Carol” in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall’s...
The Kanawha Valley Railroad Association will present its 2015 Christmas Model Train Open House in November and December at Coonskin Park.
From Staff Reports
Nearly three dozen high school bands from around the Mountain State showcased their talents in the fourth annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Oct . 24 at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History opened its biennial exhibition, the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2015, on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Tamarack The Best of West Virginia in Beckley.
I do some of my grocery shopping at Putnam County discount stores. During October, I was able to stock up on German and Italian products. I found mustards, cookies, meats and assorted pastas that are often difficult to obtain locally.
I’m not a veteran. Frankly, that was just one of the many things veterans gave me: the ability to choose my path.
Beginning in the spring of 2017, Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media will award the C. Bosworth “Bos” Johnson Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late journalist, Marshall alumnus and professor.
The Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department and the Master Gardeners will sponsor a wreath-making class at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 in the Valley Park Community Center located at Valley (Wave Pool) Park in Hurricane.
Under its new director, the Putnam County Library system is charting a course for the future that includes a stronger support group of “Friends.”
While it’s currently beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving, a turn to the next calendar page indicates the yuletide season draws ever nearer.