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The Butchmeister: Marshall looks at new-look Conference USA for rivals

When the Marshall University football team takes the field this season, they will be competing in a conference nowhere near the one they joined in 2005.

Cupcake Festival coming to Hurricane

Tasty treats are coming to Hurricane on Saturday, Sept. 6, and the proceeds from the confection convention, going toward a worthy cause, are simply icing on the (cup)cake.

Appalachian Children’s Chorus expanding into Putnam County
Appalachian Children’s Chorus expanding into Putnam County

The 24-year-old, Charleston-based Appalachian Children’s Chorus is increasing its outreach, presence and volume (by more than one definition of the word) into Putnam County in coming weeks.

The new Putnam County Choir will be open to boys...

Putnam County Master Gardener Program accepting applications

The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is accepting applications for the 2014 Putnam County Master Gardener Program.

The program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with...

Editor’s Desk: Images from abroad

Got a call from a well-known Putnam County personality the other day.

Bill Ellis of Scott Depot rang to say how much he enjoyed the Readers’ Gallery in Metro Putnam (it also runs in our Kanawha Valley Neighbors sections). Each week, the...

4-H sponsoring frozen food sale

Do you know that you can get the best buys on frozen fruits, meat, vegetables and appetizers while at the same time supporting the Putnam County 4-H program?

The Putnam County 4-H Leaders Association, in cooperation with Wilson’s Zero...

Electronics recycling day planned in Winfield

The Putnam County Solid Waste Authority will conduct an electronics recycling day at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield later this month.

Recyclable items will be accepted at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.

Monsanto lawsuit settlement finalized

Thomas V. Flaherty, of the Nitro Class Action Settlement Administrators, LLC, the court-appointed administrator of the Monsanto Nitro Class Action, opened an office in Nitro on July 8.

The settlement will provide benefits for people who owned...

Active Medical LLC in Hurricane provides mobility solutions, expert care
Active Medical LLC in Hurricane provides mobility solutions, expert care

Helping people stay mobile and independent in spite of medical conditions is just one of the new Active Medical LLC’s specialties.

The locally owned home medical equipment company opened earlier this year at 3475 Teays Valley Road,...

Teen writes political thriller with faith-based message
Teen writes political thriller with faith-based message

Not many teenagers are writing books at age 14, especially not political fiction.

Joshua Higginbotham, though, has written has three such novels, the first one when he was 14. Having just turned 18, Higginbotham’s latest book,...

Cucumber Kimchee
Cucumber Kimchee

This is the time of year when we have too much produce. When I stumbled upon a recipe for Cucumber Kimchee, I was ecstatic, because I could use up some of the cucumbers I’d harvested in a new and different manner.

Kimchee is a spicy,...

Ribfest sizzles into Shawnee Park this month
Ribfest sizzles into Shawnee Park this month

Several seasoned, world-class chefs will be doing far, far more than just blowing smoke in and around Dunbar in a few days.

That impending, smoky, sizzling haze over Shawnee Park, located between Institute and Dunbar on W.Va. 25, will be a...

Summer Squash makes tasty dish from garden favorites
Summer Squash makes tasty dish from garden favorites

The ripe fruits and vegetables in our garden often inspire our summer meals. There is no need to go to the grocery store when every thing needed for a healthy meal is right outside the back door.

Some crops are always more prolific than others,...

Anytime Fitness sponsoring 5K run/walk

Anytime Fitness will sponsor a 5K run/walk to help an area couple with medical treatment costs for their 1-month-old daughter.

The 5K event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the University of Charleston.

The entry fee is $25 per...

‘Back to School Blast’ bound for Eleanor; backpacks to be distributed

The Putnam County Schools Title I program will have its annual “Back to School Blast” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center in Eleanor.

Community members will be providing...

Annual state Church of God camp meeting Sunday
Annual state Church of God camp meeting Sunday

With its proclaimed theme of “Identity,” the annual West Virginia State Camp Meeting of the Church of God will get underway at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, and continue through Friday, Aug. 8.

The camp meeting will be held at the...

Putnam Rotary to host 19th annual golf tournament

For the 19th year, the Rotary Club of Putnam County will host a fundraising afternoon of fun in the sun (hopefully) for golfers next month.

The 19th annual Putnam Rotary Golf Tournament will be played at Little Creek Country Club in South...

EKG/ECG training course offered at BridgeValley CTC

BridgeValley Community and Technical College will offer an EKG/ECG Technician Certification Training course that will prepare students to function as EKG technicians and to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician’s Electrocardiograph...

Annual 25177 Foundation golf outing Aug. 9 at Big Bend

The 11th Annual 25177 Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado.

This two-person scramble golf outing will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $75 per golfer or $150 for a...

Tri-County YMCA’s Wild Waves swim team gearing up for fall season
Tri-County YMCA’s Wild Waves swim team gearing up for fall season

The swimming pool at the Tri-County YMCA is ready for some waves -- some Wild Waves, that is.

The Tri-County YMCA’s Wild Waves swim team is getting ready for its fall season, which starts in early September. Wild Waves Coach Phil Berry...

A ‘blue collar artist’
A ‘blue collar artist’

Susan Tschantz describes herself a “blue collar artist,” a woman whose natural art talent was honed in trade school, rather than a school of fine arts.

The Scott Depot resident’s artworks will be on display in August at Main...

Paws & Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane plans open house
Paws & Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane plans open house

The Paws & Shop Thrift Store in downtown Hurricane wants to say “thank you” to its many loyal customers, whose shopping dollars go toward New Hope Animal Rescue’s mission of building a no-kill animal shelter and other...

Season’s right for Blueberry Peach Upside Down Cake
Season’s right for Blueberry Peach Upside Down Cake

The third most important fruit crop in the United States is the peach crop. (The first is apple. The second is orange.)

Peaches are an important agricultural crop in the Mountain State. The state is ranked 14th in U.S. production. Most are...

Main Street Art Studio welcomes August guest artist
Main Street Art Studio welcomes August guest artist

In August, artist Susan Tschantz’s work will be exhibited as part of Main Street Art Studio’s Art Moves in Hurricane. To kick off the exhibit, the public is invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26. It will be an evening...

Extension Service offering canning & preserving workshops
Extension Service offering canning & preserving workshops

Keeping pace with a renewed interest in eating locally and growing vegetables in home gardens, the West Virginia University Kanawha County Extension Service office is offering workshops on canning and preserving homegrown, or locally purchased produce...

Putnam County Summer-Fall Gardening series begins Aug. 2
Putnam County Summer-Fall Gardening series begins Aug. 2

If it’s gardening advice you need, Town & Country Supply in Nitro employs a staff of experts who enjoy getting their hands dirty.

“We’re all Master Gardeners here,” said Town & Country Supply owner Nathan...

SCHS students ‘reaching for space,’ Rotarians learn
SCHS students ‘reaching for space,’ Rotarians learn

NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative provides opportunities for auxiliary payloads to fly on rockets in upcoming launches.

“It’s a way for NASA to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers,” Joe Oliver told...

W.Va. School of Gospel Music accepting enrollment applications

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The 18th annual West Virginia School of Gospel Music is scheduled to take place Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1 at Fisher Memorial Church, in Goldtown, Jackson County, north of Sissonville and the Kanawha and Putnam county...

Hurricane pastor lauded on 40th anniversary of ordination
Hurricane pastor lauded on 40th anniversary of ordination

Congregants of Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, other community members, clergy and colleagues convened recently to congratulate the church’s pastor on a landmark career achievement.

The Rev. Thomas L. Quickel Jr. (or “Pastor...

2014 Putnam County Fair: Video
2014 Putnam County Fair: Video

The 2014 Putnam County Fair wrapped Saturday. Watch Metro Putnam’s five-minute short taken at the fair.

Summer a good time to tune up with yoga
Summer a good time to tune up with yoga

“I really hate the way yoga keeps my body youthful and fit,” said absolutely no one EVER.

And why would they? Everywhere you look, there are new products being sold claiming to burn fat, remove the muffin top and magically grow...

Fregola Salad with Broccoli and Onions
Fregola Salad with Broccoli and Onions

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, I purchased a bag of fregola (also fregula). It is commonly referred to as a type of pasta, although there are those who disagree. Pasta is generally made of flour and a liquid, while fregola is made of coarse...

Hernshaw teenager fighting Lyme disease for past five years
Hernshaw teenager fighting Lyme disease for past five years

While mowing his family’s yard at his Hernshaw home in July 2009, Caleb Norman was bitten on the ankle by a deer tick. A bulls-eye rash surfaced on his ankle a few hours later, and he began experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Five years...

Forrest Burdette Memorial sponsoring big block party

Fun and fitness will be the focus of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church’s first Be Loved and Fit Block Party coming up on Saturday, July 19, at the church, 2848 Putnam Ave., in Hurricane.

Forrest Burdette volunteer Beth...

Red House native serving aboard USS Harry S Truman aircraft carrier
Red House native serving aboard USS Harry S Truman aircraft carrier

NORFOLK, Va. – A 1998 Poca High School graduate and Red House native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Chief Petty Officer Dustin Withrow is a mass...

Putnam-based West Virginia Treble Makers children’s choir begins second year
Putnam-based West Virginia Treble Makers children’s choir begins second year

There’s great joy in making music, and Ilse Long, founder and director of the Putnam County-based West Virginia Treble Makers children’s choir, knows how important -- and fun -- music can be for children and youth.

Long, former...

2014 Putnam County Fair ready for Friday kick-off in Eleanor
2014 Putnam County Fair ready for Friday kick-off in Eleanor

The quiet hiss of water from a garden hose and some birds singing were about the only sounds on an evening last week at the Ernest Page Jr. Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

That will change this weekend, when the 2014 version of the Putnam County Fair...

Perspective workshop coming to Huntington gallery
Perspective workshop coming to Huntington gallery

Area artist Ron Haeberle will lead a workshop, “Perspective and Depth in Painting,” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Renaissance Art Gallery in Huntington.

Any drawing or painting is a two-dimensional representation of...

Celebrate the Fourth with a blueberry cherry pie
Celebrate the Fourth with a blueberry cherry pie

The sour cherry season is finished in this area, and the yield was not big this year due to late frosts that killed the blossoms. Blueberries are just beginning to ripen. They, too, were affected by the early spring cold spell, but they are now...

Fourth annual FAN Night tabbed for July 11 at Power Park
Fourth annual FAN Night tabbed for July 11 at Power Park

The JeffersonWhitney Foundation, a Hurricane-based, nonprofit organization that advocates for the special needs community, is presenting its fourth annual FAN Night at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston on Friday, July 11.

FAN, similar to...

CAMC to offer tour, sibling ‘prep’ class Thursday
CAMC to offer tour, sibling ‘prep’ class Thursday

If you’re expecting a new family member in the near future, the staff at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital can offer some preliminary preparation (and reassurance) for the new arrival.

On Thursday, July 3, the CAMC Women and...

Soccer’s popularity growing in the Kanawha Valley
Soccer’s popularity growing in the Kanawha Valley

As soccer continues to grow in the United States, it does so in West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley, as well.

More than 18 million watched the U.S. against Portugal in the World Cup on ESPN on June 22, setting a record as the most-viewed soccer...

Dive Tech & Sports observing 20th year in business
Dive Tech & Sports observing 20th year in business

As a scuba diving enthusiast and veteran dive instructor, Timmy Young likes being under water, but now he’s enjoying life out of the water, too, in Putnam County, which is the new home for his Dive Tech & Sports Inc.

Last December,...

Nitro teacher leaves legacy in hearts and minds of students
Nitro teacher leaves legacy in hearts and minds of students

The stands at the Nitro football field were filled with hundreds of people, but there was no cheering.

On Monday evening, June 30, students, teachers and other members of the Nitro community gathered for a memorial and candlelight vigil...

Scott Depot artist’s work on display at Huntington gallery
Scott Depot artist’s work on display at Huntington gallery

“Juicy Fruit,” an 8-inch-by-10-inch, oil painting by Scott Depot artist Susan Tschantz, is on display, with other small works, in the Kumkum Majumdar Exhibition Hall of the Renaissance Art Gallery.

Tschantz has a continuing...

Milton Baptist Church announces calendar of events

The following activities are planned or underway at Milton Baptist Church:

Flag Football, Cheerleading Evaluations

Milton Baptist Church Upward flag football and cheerleading evaluations have been scheduled for the following dates and...

Southern District 4-H Horse Camp teaches riding disciplines, horse care
Southern District 4-H Horse Camp teaches riding disciplines, horse care

From beginners to seasoned riders, the Southern District 4-H Horse Camp at Camp Virgil Tate teaches the young participants everything from how to ride a horse to the proper care and feeding of one.

The annual camp, which ran the week of June 15,...

Secret Santa Foundation to host benefit golf tournament Aug. 4

The first week of August may seem a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but not for the Secret Santa Foundation.

To help hundreds of local children in December, the foundation will host a fundraising golf tournament on Monday, Aug. 4,...

Former WVU standout stars for USA in the World Cup
Former WVU standout stars for USA in the World Cup

Once every four years, the global sport of football, or soccer as its known here in the United States, takes center stage for the planet’s most watched sporting event.

For many Americans it’s the only time the sport is given any...

Bacon Ranch Pea Salad
Bacon Ranch Pea Salad

I cannot begin to count the number of times my mother would tell me to “eat your peas,” when I was a child. She implied they were good for me.

The peas my mother served were usually straight from the can. They didn’t taste...

Entries sought for WCD photo contest

The Western Conservation District is sponsoring its 15th annual conservation photo contest for youth and adults.

The photo contest is an educational program sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary and is open...

Teays Valley Snap Fitness COO speaks to Putnam Rotary
Teays Valley Snap Fitness COO speaks to Putnam Rotary

“The question I get asked most frequently” Chris Rotella said on June 17 to members of Putnam Rotary, “is, ‘How are you different from every other gym in the area?’

“The answer is,” he said,...

2014 Putnam County Fair taking shape, featuring old and new
2014 Putnam County Fair taking shape, featuring old and new

In less than a month, thousands will again head eagerly to Eleanor for the family fun and festivities of the annual Putnam County Fair.

This year’s fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 through Saturday, July 19. Along with the familiar...

Quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at Culture Center
Quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at Culture Center

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, “Quilts and Wall Hangings 2014,” was unveiled in the Great Hall of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on May 23.

The juried...

Scott Depot church offering ‘Parents’ Night Out’
Scott Depot church offering ‘Parents’ Night Out’

Winfield Community Church at 144 Rocky Step Road in Scott Depot is offering a community-wide program called “Parents’ Night Out,” beginning this week.

Occurring from 6 to 9 p.m. once or twice a month on Fridays through...

Quantum Sports Center operator addresses club
Quantum Sports Center operator addresses club

Childhood obesity is a big problem in West Virginia. Aaron Wood told Putnam Rotarians on June 10 that two out of five children of elementary school age are pre-diabetic.

“Fewer and fewer kids are participating in extracurricular...

Asian Sugar Snap Peas
Asian Sugar Snap Peas

I like traditional flat snow peas and my husband likes sugar snap peas, a cultivar group of peas with rounded, edible pods. This year, we grew both. The rabbits in the neighborhood also prefer the flat peas, so we have an abundant crop of sugar snap...

Hurricane basks in championship glory
Hurricane basks in championship glory

Hurricane native honored as Bethany College valedictorian
Hurricane native honored as Bethany College valedictorian

Valedictorian Cameron A. Cooper of Hurricane, who completed his college career with a perfect 4.0 GPA, was recognized during Bethany College’s 2014 Commencement ceremony on May 17.

Dr. Katrina L. D’Aquin, Interim Vice President...

Milton Rotary president-elect speaks to Putnam counterparts
Milton Rotary president-elect speaks to Putnam counterparts

Brian Harless had worked for Bell Atlantic and Verizon without much thought to “service above self” or civic duty as a personal responsibility.

Now, as a technical supervisor with Frontier Communications, he finds himself as the...

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This is the time of year when strawberries and rhubarb are in season and at their peak. I like to combine them in jams, compotes and pie.

I wasn’t always a fan of rhubarb, a species of plant in the Polygonaceae family, with crisp stalks...

Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro celebrates grand re-opening in new store
Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro celebrates grand re-opening in new store

Those comfy rocking chairs and friendly faces are still there at the new location of Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro.

On Friday, June 6, Fruth Pharmacy officials and local dignitaries participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the grand...

Redeemer Church begins VBS registration

Students who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade can begin registering for “Sherlock Holmes & the Greatest Mystery,” the unique vacation Bible school event at Redeemer Church (PCA) in Hurricane.

The VBS will be held...

St. Paul’s United Methodist in Nitro offering new summer program for children

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Nitro will lead children on a world tour this summer, but they won’t have to venture from the church on 20th Street.

The church is introducing a new summer program for children ages 4 through...

Fifth-grade students increase H2O knowledge at Children’s Water Festival
Fifth-grade students increase H2O knowledge at Children’s Water Festival

Hundreds of fifth-grade students from a number of Putnam County schools were led to water last week -- and drank in a veritable wellspring of knowledge as a result.

The Children’s Water Festival took place on June 4 at the Wave Pool at...

Giving broken skateboards a new purpose
Giving broken skateboards a new purpose

When some people are bored, they set around, dabbling in this and that, whatever to occupy the mind.

It is during these times that a person’s creativity tends to come out, either in the form of a piece of art on a sheet of paper or...

Gabriel Project opens site at St. Timothy’s in Hurricane
Gabriel Project opens site at St. Timothy’s in Hurricane

It’s been said that babies aren’t born with instructions, but the Gabriel Project continues to do its part to provide pregnant women and new mothers with valuable information to help them raise healthy, happy children.

The Gabriel...

Buffalo softball dynasty wins fourth consecutive title

In the history of sports competition some teams go beyond the normal classification of champion. They stretch out one glorious season into another and another, until the winning ways become an addiction, an expectation.

It’s those teams...

Jazz-MU-Tazz youth summer camp coming to Marshall

The 16th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz event for students in grades seven through 12 kicks off Monday, June 9, in Marshall University’s Jomie Jazz Center on the Huntington campus.

It will end with a finale concert Saturday, June 14, at Pullman...

Red House Church to host annual animation next week
Red House Church to host annual animation next week

Wannabe Walt Disneys and other young, creative types are invited to tap their muses, computer mouses and color markers for the annual Red House Church Animation Camp that begins this weekend.

Now in its 11th year, the Animation Camp will take...

Local girls a hit in the ring
Local girls a hit in the ring

On a warm Wednesday evening, at a nondescript warehouse just off Patrick Street, a number of young boxers prepare for another intense training session, sweat already forming on their brows.

Standing at one end of the gym (erected in October by...

Local author releases new adventure novel
Local author releases new adventure novel

Charleston adventure author Eric Douglas’ latest novel, “Heart of the Maya,” is now available.

The book is the fifth in the Mike Scott adventure series. In this story, murder, kidnapping and the theft of an ancient Mayan...

Enjoy a spring delicacy with Asparagus Salad
Enjoy a spring delicacy with Asparagus Salad

Asparagus is a spring delicacy that should be planted in more West Virginia gardens, according to the West Virginia University Extension Service.

It is not difficult to grow and the plants will yield tasty stalks for 15 years or...

Wave Pool opens with improvements, bigger splash Putnam County residents to get discount each Wednesday

A favorite summertime destination of Putnam Countians and guests reopened on Saturday, and it is making a bigger splash than ever -- literally.

The Wave Pool at Valley Park in Hurricane opened to the public for the summer season on May 24,...

St. Francis School offering open enrollment for 2014-15 school year

St. Francis School, 525 Holley St., St. Albans, is accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for grades preschool through five.

An open house is planned from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Preschool programs are offered...

Longtime John Henson Senior Center director retiring at end of May
Longtime John Henson Senior Center director retiring at end of May

As director of the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane for the past 12 years, Sally Halstead has made lots of friends, heard plenty of laughter and helped improve the lives of seniors who walk through the doors.

It’s a job she loves...