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New Hope Animal Rescue hosting customer appreciation day

New Hope Animal Rescue will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, at its Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

Putnam County Schools offering HIV/AIDS education

An HIV/AIDS education program will be conducted by health teachers in health education classes in grades seven, eight and nine in Putnam County Schools.

Teays Valley Fire Department receives federal grant for equipment, protective clothing
Teays Valley Fire Department receives federal grant for equipment, protective clothing

On July 8, the Teays Valley Fire Department was awarded a federal grant for $404,378 for the purchase of 35 self-contained breathing apparatus, four 12 lead cardiac monitor/defibrillators, one Lucas Automated CPR device and seven complete ensembles of...

Farmers market vouchers available to Putnam County seniors

The Department of Agriculture has provided this year’s West Virginia Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, worth $28 each, to the Putnam County Aging Program for distribution to Putnam County seniors ages 60-plus based on household size...

Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance
Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance

Today is my 49th birthday.

I’m not telling you that to get attention. Realistically, my mom did all the work this day 49 years ago, so thank you, Mom!

Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there
Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my grandfather being on the Dunbar City Council when the city building was built in 1941.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center
‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present the stage version of the popular animated Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

Hurricane church’s interim pastor begins final month in pulpit
Hurricane church’s interim pastor begins final month in pulpit

A longtime, briefly retired Charleston clergyman is in the final weeks of more than a year of “fill-in” ministry at First Baptist Church of Hurricane.

Farmers market vouchers available to Putnam County seniors

The Department of Agriculture has provided this year’s West Virginia Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, worth $28 each, to the Putnam County Aging Program for distribution to Putnam County seniors ages 60-plus based on household size...

Cabell County Fair opens Saturday
Cabell County Fair opens Saturday

The 2016 Cabell County Fair begins Saturday, July 23 at Pumpkin Park in Milton and other venues and continues daily through Saturday, July 30.

Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall
Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall

Although the Academy of Arts at January’s specializes primarily in teaching dance and movement classes for youths as young as 2, its forthcoming Wine-Down Wednesdays are for older -- and more refined -- tastes this fall. (As in 21 and...

Owners of TCBY in Teays Valley seek to sell longtime yogurt shop
Owners of TCBY in Teays Valley seek to sell longtime yogurt shop

After nearly 20 years of operating the TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) shop in Teays Valley, owner Adam Sponaugle, his wife, Carol, and daughter, Lorra, are ready to move on.

Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”
Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”

I didn’t become a devotee of Sherlock Holmes until a college roommate loaned me his two-volume set of original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle in the late ‘70s. Sure, as a kid I enjoyed the old Basil Rathbone movies on TV, but it...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes
Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes

By now, everyone is well aware of the disastrous flood that tore through many parts of West Virginia almost three weeks ago.

Teays Valley Christian conducts basketball clinics
Teays Valley Christian conducts basketball clinics

Ryan Arrowood, boys basketball coach at Teays Valley Christian School, conducted his Be Better Today basketball clinics last week for grade school and middle school students.

Putnam, Cabell students graduate from Marshall University

According to the Marshall University website, the following Putnam and Cabell county residents, within the Metro Putnam circulation area, received degrees from the Huntington school at a May commencement ceremony:

This week’s Putnam County Fair schedule
This week’s Putnam County Fair schedule

The 2016 Putnam County Fair continues this week at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts
Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts

June 23’s cataclysmic flooding throughout West Virginia is still wending toward happy endings -- wherever, whenever and however possible -- for hundreds of families.

Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing
Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing

In the early days of the Putnam Farmers Market, many producers grew and sold the same common items: Silver Queen corn, half-runner beans and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. There was little variety.

Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime
Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime

Crime has been around since the earliest recorded history. There have always been people who have decided it is easier to take what someone else has than to make it or earn it themselves. There are more than 50 references to “thief” or...

Garlic harvesting workshop coming to Charleston

The West Virginia State University Extension Service will sponsor a free, hands-on garlic harvesting workshop on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at Hudson Farms, 69 Silo St. in Charleston.

Hurricane caboose gets new home
Hurricane caboose gets new home

The City of Hurricane’s vintage train caboose, which was displayed for years on Main Street, has a new home in Hurricane City Park.

Flooding dampens 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion plans on Blue Creek

Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion was scheduled weeks ago for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.

Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief
Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief

The American Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter, meals, cleaning supplies, help and hope to those affected by the June 23 flooding across West Virginia.

Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend
Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend

Fans of the fictional, Victorian-era detective Sherlock Holmes will have a new mystery to enjoy, beginning this weekend at the Alban Arts Center on Olde Main Street in St. Albans.

Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)
Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)

Larry Foster, owner of Foster Farm in Putnam County, is one of my favorite farmers. He sells eggs, pork and assorted vegetables at the Putnam Farmers Market. Last week, my husband purchased smoked ham slices from Foster Farm.

Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time
Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time

The outpouring of support and donations for our friends and neighbors who have had their homes destroyed and lives turned upside down by the floods of June 23 and 24 was simply amazing, even though it was no surprise. West Virginians have a long...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Time to get training
Christian’s Sports Beat: Time to get training

This is the last week of a three-week training period allowed by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission for high school and middle school student athletes across the state. This is the second time that I have been involved in this...

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Peach Pie
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Peach Pie

My friend, John Porter, the Charleston Gazette-Mail Garden Guru, wrote an article earlier in the year about blueberries. He said blueberries purchased in the grocery store pale in comparison to those grown in the home garden. As always, he is...

SmithFit Training LLC moves into larger facility in Hurricane
SmithFit Training LLC moves into larger facility in Hurricane

As heavy rain fell from a dark sky, all was bright and cheery inside the new SmithFit Training gym and fitness center in Hurricane.

Area youths participate in WVU music camp for visually impaired
Area youths participate in WVU music camp for visually impaired

Twenty-nine blind and visually impaired children from across West Virginia are sharpening their musical skills – and learning important life lessons – at the West Virginia University Eye Institute’s Children’s Vision...

2016 Carbide Camps Reunion bound for Blue Creek

Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion is scheduled for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.

Scott Depot man sells wide variety of organic coffees, teas online
Scott Depot man sells wide variety of organic coffees, teas online

Loren Jordan sells no average Joe.

At Jordan’s Scott Depot-based Mountain Boys Coffee Shop, the java collection, available for online purchases, is 100 percent organic and virtually global in source.

Editor’s Desk: Communities come together to help June flood victims
Editor’s Desk: Communities come together to help June flood victims

“Homeless flood victim....Those words still seem surreal to me. I lay my head down at night in a bed that doesn’t belong to me, and when the panic attacks stop, I wake the next morning to find the nightmare is real and we start...

Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity
Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the obesity problem, and one way to determine if you are at an elevated risk for heart disease by measuring your waist size.

Barn Time Horse Day Camp to be offered

Barn Time Horse Day Camp, for ages 5 and up, will be offered this summer at Tyler Mountain Stables in Cross Lanes.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

St. Albans Riverfest underway
St. Albans Riverfest underway

St. Albans’ Riverfest 2016 is in progress through Sunday, June 26.

Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program
Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program

Soon, the spring air will be filled with hams.

Well, technically, and technologically, the spring airwaves.

Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps
Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps

The West Virginia Board of Education recognized two outstanding programs that have received statewide recognition from policymakers and other industries, on May 9 in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad

Sweet, luscious, locally grown blueberries have arrived at farmers markets, and 2016 is proving to be a bumper year.

Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer
Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer

Now through mid-August, the Tri-County YMCA’s Camp High-Tor will be open for children finishing kindergarten through age 17.

General Hardware opens in Winfield
General Hardware opens in Winfield

When Winfield Hardware, a neighborhood staple for more than 40 years, closed in 2014, it meant that local residents had to travel to big box stores in Teays Valley for their hardware needs.

‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties
‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties

Area doctors aren’t exactly making house calls in a new, free health initiative, but they are stepping out from their offices, aiming to make great strides with their fellow Kanawha and Putnam countians.

Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s
Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s

Providing dance education for the past 30 years, the Academy of Arts at January’s is warming up for another summertime season of instruction, engagement and involvement.

Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below
Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below

I’ve always heard it said that the most militant anti-smokers are former smokers who have quit.

Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy
Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy

A few weeks ago, I was running around town with my youngest daughter. We were in Dunbar and had a few minutes to kill before an appointment, so we stopped by the Dunbar City Building to take a picture. I knew what we would find when we got there, but...

Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps to state Board of Education
Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps to state Board of Education

The West Virginia Board of Education recognized two outstanding programs that have received statewide recognition from policymakers and other industries, on May 9 in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts
Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts

I allocate one small row at the end of a raised bed each year for growing romaine lettuce. I usually buy small plants at the greenhouse, since that will provide an ample springtime supply. I try to find assorted heirloom varieties, which add visual...

St. Albans High School to induct new members into Hall of Fame

A new class will be inducted into the St. Albans High School Sports and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 23.

Princess Summer Camp coming to Bancroft in July
Princess Summer Camp coming to Bancroft in July

Scott Depot-based Putnam Princess Parties LLC will host the inaugural Princess Summer Camp in Bancroft.

West Teays Elementary’s artist-in-residence leads pottery classes
West Teays Elementary’s artist-in-residence leads pottery classes

In the waning days of the school year, clay was on the minds -- and in the hands -- of fourth-graders at West Teays Elementary School.

Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016
Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016

If you’re looking for a vacation getaway this year that maximizes your leisure time and travel budget and minimizes the headaches that sometimes accompany getting there and back, a local expert has some timely tips to consider.

KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips
KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips

The recently launched KC Ready phone app supplies free, virtually instantaneous information on how to more safely respond to severe weather conditions and other disasters and emergencies when they occur -- often with little to no warning -- in the...

Kanawha Players to present ‘The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’’

The Kanawha Players will present West Virginia playwright Jean Battlo’s “The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 9 in the LaBelle Theater on D Street, South Charleston.

Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrates second anniversary
Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrates second anniversary

Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrated its second anniversary recently at Gritts Farm in Eleanor.

PCTC students among culinary arts award winners

ProStart teams from James Rumsey Technical Institute and Carver Career Center in Malden placed first at the 2016 Hospitality Cup-West Virginia’s State ProStart Competition in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively.

WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life
WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life

A new initiative by West Virginia State University Extension Service seeks to create longer-lasting fruits and vegetables by providing the state’s small farmers with education and resources regarding cold chain technology.

WVSU 4-H youth camp connects STEM learning, transportation careers

Trains, planes and automobiles will come into play during the annual National Summer Transportation Institute 4-H Camp at West Virginia State University.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday
Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the second annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Sunday, June 12.

Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week
Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week

A seasonal feasting favorite is back in all of its saucy, glorious, smoke-filled splendor this week, when Ribfest returns from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12, at Oakes Field in South Charleston.

Tri-Y’s Camp High-Tor to open June 13
Tri-Y’s Camp High-Tor to open June 13

The Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot has announced its summer camp, Camp High-Tor, will open on Monday, June 13 and continue through mid-August.

Applicants sought for W.Va. Food and Farm Trail

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages industry partners to submit events, attractions and/or destinations to be considered for the West Virginia Food and Farm Trail which will highlight agritourism in the state.

MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project
MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project

She may be several years away from applying to medical school or even college, but Lakshmi Sundaram, a sophomore at Hurricane High School, is well on her way to a science career.

Entenmann’s Bakery joins Salvation Army to mark National Donut Day Friday

Entenmann’s Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, is again partnering with the Salvation Army for National Donut Day, celebrated this year on Friday, June 3, at the Transit Mall in downtown Charleston.

Registration underway for WVU summer Engineering Challenge camps

Registration is open for this summer’s West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Back At The Plate
Christian’s Sports Beat: Back At The Plate

CHRISTIAN’S SPORTS BEAT

By: Christian Deiss

Back At The Plate

Outdoor camps enrolling throughout the Mountain State

Below is a sampling, with some capsule descriptions and contact information, of camps that offer a variety of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities this spring and summer:

Rising country stars, rodeo show among 2016 Putnam County Fair entertainment fare
Rising country stars, rodeo show among 2016 Putnam County Fair entertainment fare

Plans are coalescing for the 2016 Putnam County Fair, the always highly anticipated, generously attended summer favorite at the county 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor that is a little more than a month away.

Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist breaks ground for new addition
Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist breaks ground for new addition

Parishioners at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane gathered on Sunday, May 22, to break ground on a new addition to the 100-year-old church.

Farmer’s Table: Chicken Lombardy Casserole
Farmer’s Table: Chicken Lombardy Casserole

Customers often go to the farmers market to find foods reminiscent of their childhood. Producers hear complaints that modern foods just don’t taste like they used to. Many say store-bought chickens lack flavor.

From cornstalk to bottle, Ripley distillery specializes in W.Va.-made moonshine
From cornstalk to bottle, Ripley distillery specializes in W.Va.-made moonshine

Not quite two years ago, a coal miner traded his underground drills and skills for an above-board still to launch the Appalachian Distillery in Ripley, specializing in original Appalachian Moonshine products for those of legal age and resolute...

Eric Douglas: When one door closes ...
Eric Douglas: When one door closes ...

This week, I’ve completed my cardiac rehab and I feel ready for the next phase of my life.

Buffalo, Poca seniors named DAR Good Citizens winners
Buffalo, Poca seniors named DAR Good Citizens winners

For more than 80 years, the Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has participated in the NSDAR Good Citizens program to recognize and reward male and female high-school seniors who exemplify the qualities of a good citizen:...

Putnam County Library Summer Reading sign-ups begin June 1

“On Your Mark, Get Set -- Read!” is the theme of the Putnam County Public Library system’s Summer Reading program, which begins with sign-ups on June 1.

Poca High hosts Lab Day
Poca High hosts Lab Day

A potato launched from a special cannon at Poca High School didn’t quite make it to Idaho, but it did make it to a field next door.

Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home
Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home

No matter where you grew up, you have memories of home.

GKV Foundation, Extension Service bringing STEM programming to youths this summer

A grant provided by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will give college students in seven West Virginia counties, including Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell, the opportunity to educate and mentor youths this summer through the West Virginia...

Farmer’s Table: Strawberries with Tequila Cream
Farmer’s Table: Strawberries with Tequila Cream

Several years ago, I attended a series of workshops on small fruit production, provided by West Virginia State University Extension Service.

Applications being taken for Hurricane Fourth of July Parade
Applications being taken for Hurricane Fourth of July Parade

Entries are being accepted for the City of Hurricane’s annual Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4.

Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe
Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe

More than 200 eighth-grade students, from across West Virginia, were dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe, during a May 6 recognition ceremony at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston.

UC ‘Pharmacy Bootcamp’ slated in June

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates to a “pharmacy bootcamp” in June.

Registration underway for WVU summer Engineering Challenge camps

Registration is open for this summer’s West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps.

Vandalia Gathering returns May 27 to Charleston
Vandalia Gathering returns May 27 to Charleston

West Virginia’s yearly, home-grown homage to its heritage, the Vandalia Gathering, will take place Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29 throughout the grounds of the state Capitol Complex on Charleston’s East End.

Boots to Bees helps veterans and bees thrive
Boots to Bees helps veterans and bees thrive

When Stacey Neece left the Air Force after serving nine years, she returned to West Virginia seeking her place in a different kind of environment.

Mountain State offers abundant habitats for bird watching
Mountain State offers abundant habitats for bird watching

ou might not see the elusive Swainson’s Warbler when you head into the woods, but, according to local experts on bird watching, there are plenty of species in West Virginia to delight eyes and ears.

American Red Cross hosting Women Who Care reception

The American Red Cross West Virginia Region will host its annual Women Who Care Networking Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall Rotunda.

Energy Express program seeking helping hands this summer
Energy Express program seeking helping hands this summer

To counteract the effects of the out-of-school “summer slide” learning lag or lapse -- and give children in the county a memorable and productive summer experience, the Energy Express program is seeking mentors and other helpers in...

Mary Fletcher Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Sunday in Cross Lanes

Mary Fletcher is described as an inspiration to those who know her -- and with good reason. She is a cancer survivor.

Winfield students to host Lemonade Day Fun 5K Run/Walk Saturday

Teacher Jessie Hescht’s fifth-grade class at Winfield Elementary School will host the second annual Lemonade Day Fun 5K Run/Walk at Snap Fitness in Winfield on Saturday, May 21.

Fruth baby contest raises estimated $4,700 for children’s charities

Twenty-three Fruth Pharmacy locations held a baby contest recently to raise donations for local area charities.

Christian Deiss: Sprint to the finish
Christian Deiss: Sprint to the finish

A few times this track season when I have arrived at the Hurricane High School track for Middle School training, I noticed what I thought was just a blur running sprints for the high school team.

Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically
Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically

Now that the primary election is over, I have to quote that sage for the ages Charlie Brown by saying, “Good grief!”

Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms
Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms

Only cultivated mushrooms can be sold at West Virginia farmers markets, which greatly restricts the number of varieties available to the consumer. The most prevalent types found at local markets are shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Scott Depot church collecting 7,500 shoes

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is trying to obtain 7,500 pairs of lightly used and new shoes to help an entrepreneur in an underdeveloped country begin a shoe sales business which will create a micro-economy there.

Putnam introduces new ‘Seed Library’ for gardeners
Putnam introduces new ‘Seed Library’ for gardeners

The “seed” of an idea has taken root at the main branch of the Putnam County Public Library.

Small business workshop slated May 26
Small business workshop slated May 26

A workshop on business fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 26, in Charleston.

‘Rocking the Kanawha’ presentation set for Thursday

Terry Lowry, historian and musician, will present “Rocking the Kanawha: The Golden Age of Music in the Kanawha Valley” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, on Thursday, May 19.

Free arts event set for St. Albans Saturday

Maranatha Fellowship, 2910 Kanawha Terrace in St. Albans, will be the site for Arts in Action’s Arts Celebration on Saturday, May 21.