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Volunteers sought for Buffalo Fourth decorating

The Buffalo Citizens Action Committee is seeking volunteers to decorate street signs for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, July 4.

Hurricane announces schedule for Fourth of July festivities
Hurricane announces schedule for Fourth of July festivities

A Yankee Doodle Dandy time for all is in the (fire)works for Saturday, July 4 in Hurricane.

Leadership Putnam County graduates recognized at breakfast ceremony

Graduates of the Leadership Putnam County program were recognized June 12 during a breakfast meeting at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane.

County students shine in ‘Agriculture’ poster contest

The Putnam County Farm Bureau, a chapter of the West Virginia Farm Bureau, has announced the winners of the 2015 “Agriculture in West Virginia” poster contest.

Community joins forces for Backpack Buddies program

More than 700 Putnam County students will receive food and hygiene packs during the summer, thanks to volunteers who contributed to, filled and prepared the packs earlier this month and sponsors who supported the Backpack Buddies program.

Nitro, Hurricane soccer players obtain Green Memorial Scholarships

The third annual recipients of the Richard (Dick) Green Memorial Scholarships are Lauren London from Hurricane High School and Mariah Cook from Nitro High School.

New chapel at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital provides quiet space for prayer, contemplation
New chapel at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital provides quiet space for prayer, contemplation

The chapel at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital is in a new location. The quiet and well-appointed room provides a calm, intimate place for reflection and prayer.

Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters
Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters

The 19th annual Regional Teen Institute will be held Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2 at the Rippling Waters Campgrounds in Romance in southern Jackson County.

Poca 5th-Grade All-Stars win third-straight Kanawha Valley Youth Basketball League tournament
Poca 5th-Grade All-Stars win third-straight Kanawha Valley Youth Basketball League tournament

West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association comes to the aid of stranded Army National Guard sergeant and family
West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association comes to the aid of stranded Army National Guard sergeant and family

A soldier and his family on their way home to Illinois last March from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, got some much needed help in Putnam County when their Chevrolet Yukon developed transmission problems on Interstate 64.

Toyota subsidizing Putnam arts camp scholarships

The cost of Artistic Discovery Camp to be held in July in Hurricane is $150 per student. Toyota has announced it will provide $100 scholarships for the 50 students who attend, making the cost of the creative camp $50 per camper.

Toyota subsidizing Putnam arts camp scholarships

The cost of Artistic Discovery Camp to be held in July in Hurricane is $150 per student. Toyota has announced it will provide $100 scholarships for the 50 students who attend, making the cost of the creative camp $50 per camper.

Notification from Putnam County Assessor Sherry Hayes

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

If you will be 65 years of age before June 30 of next year or 100 percent totally and permanently disabled and not gainfully employed, you are eligible to sign up July 1 through Dec. 1 of this year.

233 West Virginia students dubbed Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

Two-hundred-thirty-three eighth-grade students from across West Virginia received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture on May 1.

Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century
Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century

Adults and children may debate from now ‘til the end of time the existence of Santa Claus.

Putnam County residents invited to participate in ‘Summer Steps’ program

The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is urging residents to take a walk toward better health by participating in the Summer Steps program.

WV Treble Makers gearing up for summer camp
WV Treble Makers gearing up for summer camp

For children who love to sing, the WV Treble Makers, a Putnam County-based youth choral group, is “harnessing the power of music” to mold young lives.

WVU Extension Service to sponsor teen arts camp

Budding teenage artists will get the opportunity to blossom at West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy July 22-25 in Morgantown.

UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp
UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors and seniors and college undergraduates to participate in an intensive, three-day summer camp for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy.

Waves of Fun pool open for another season of fun
Waves of Fun pool open for another season of fun

On a recent Tuesday morning, the water was calm at the Waves of Fun swimming pool at Valley Park, but by this weekend, the facility in Hurricane will be churning up waves as the summer swim season gets into full swing.

Christian’s Sports Beat: A sport for everyone
Christian’s Sports Beat: A sport for everyone

A local soccer chapter has been helping United States Youth Soccer this spring, bringing the game of soccer to some young players who might not have gotten the opportunity to play soccer without the chapter’s help.

Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston
Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston

The smokers will be stoked and sizzling, the sauces will be stirred and seasoned expertly, and the senses will be spellbound for the 17th year next week at Ribfest.

Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie
Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie

When faced with a choice, I usually choose pie over cake for dessert.

Putnam schools grow vegetables for garden-based learning
Putnam schools grow vegetables for garden-based learning

They’re the gardeners “who wouldn’t give up.”

That’s how Chuck Talbott, Putnam County West Virginia University Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources, describes the students and...

Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids
Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids

If Freddy the Fish was a real brook trout, he wouldn’t have been too happy swimming in a polluted aquarium, but for a group of fifth-grade students from St. Albans and Tornado, the annual Coal River Water Festival was an all-around good...

Poca High’s show choir to appear on national television show
Poca High’s show choir to appear on national television show

Visual Volume, Poca High School’s multiple award-winning show choir, will be going extremely visual later this year.

Protecting your pets from outdoor threats
Protecting your pets from outdoor threats

An agile, young outdoorswoman named Annie didn’t fare quite the same way as Marvel comic book character Peter Parker when she was bitten by a spider a few months ago.

Buffalo players sign letters of intent
Buffalo players sign letters of intent

The Buffalo High School softball team has been the most dominant in Class A over the past few seasons.

Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre
Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre

Now in its third year of ministry on Charleston’s West Side, Living Water Worship Center declares itself “A place you can come and thirst no more.”

Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

“The West Virginia Farmers Market Vendor Guide,” produced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia Farmers Market Association, outlines the items that may be...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power
Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power

The shortstop for the West Virginia Power this season, Cole Tucker, comes to the team with excellent playing credentials.

Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season
Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season

The Coal River has had a history of commerce as well as environmental concerns.

Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon
Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon

Live in West Virginia long enough and you’ll likely hear the declaration that its unofficial 56th county is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side
Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side

There’s just something magical about playing in the woods, even if your lungs are burning, your hips ache and your feet feel like they’re about to drop off.

Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State
Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State

My introduction to paddling was in a rented kayak in the Coal River Group’s Tour de Coal a few years ago. I realized I loved paddling. Because I also like to fish, combining the two seemed a natural enough endeavor.

Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction
Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction

For those hard-wired to experience an adrenalin rush while on two wheels, the Snowshoe Bike Park offers one of the best trail systems in the United States.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association
Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association

The discographies of Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Styx and Christopher Cross display no songs referencing the glories of sailing in West Virginia.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish
Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish

The muskellunge, or musky/muskie, can be one of the most elusive fish to catch in West Virginia.

Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers
Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers

The Elk River is one of the best waterways in West Virginia to haul in a big musky.

Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey
Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey

If one needs a reminder of just how beautiful the Mountain State is, take a hike on the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge near Fayetteville.

Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options
Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options

For as long as there have been motorized vehicles, people have taken advantage of them to improve their enjoyment of the outdoors.

Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations
Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations

Three years ago, Scott Smith had modest expectations for the inaugural Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament.

Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia
Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia

Below is a calendar of just a small sampling of some of the outdoors-related activities open to the public throughout West Virginia through the end of August:

Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp
Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp

Soon ramp season will be over, but don’t fret. Green garlic, another hallmark of spring, is ready for harvest.

Triathlons bring out best in athletes
Triathlons bring out best in athletes

Triathlons promote perhaps some of the most challenging athletic endeavors in the world.

Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember
Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember

Many runners agree that the Super Bowl of running events is the Boston Marathon, held every year on the third Monday of April, when everyone in Boston celebrates Patriots Day.

Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember
Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember

Many runners agree that the Super Bowl of running events is the Boston Marathon, held every year on the third Monday of April, when everyone in Boston celebrates Patriots Day.

Carbide Camps set to close
Carbide Camps set to close

The Union Carbide Hunting and Fishing Lodge campground on Blue Creek is facing extinction soon, after decades of being a choice, close-by, back-to-nature getaway location for generations of Union Carbide employees, their families and friends.

Fundraising effort underway to purchase new police dog
Fundraising effort underway to purchase new police dog

If Bullet, a K-9 service dog with the Nitro Police Department were human, he’d be 60-something and ready to retire from the high stress of police work.

Arts camps planned this summer

Arts in Action on Main Street in Hurricane is offering an “Artistic Discovery Camp” for students in second through 12th grades. For $50 tuition for the week, students will participate in dance, theater, music/drums, choir, and art each...

Wellness Coalition supporting schools’ SADD programs

Building better communities through awareness and prevention is a guiding principle of the Putnam County Wellness Coalition.

Area organizations to host Artistic Discovery Camp in Hurricane

Arts in Action, the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department, the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and the City of Hurricane are teaming to provide an Artistic Discovery Camp July 13-17 at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Registration open for annual Putnam Chamber golf tournament

Registrations are being accepted for this year’s Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, to be held Monday, July 22 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane.

Dog Jog 5K run/walk to support Putnam animal shelter

The Putnam County Animal Shelter will sponsor the second Dog Jog 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, May 9.

Forrest Burdette Memorial UMC to honor mothers and families with May programs

As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, will be honoring mothers and families with two programs in May.

Veteran of WVU Extension Service named new Putnam County 4-H and youth development agent
Veteran of WVU Extension Service named new Putnam County 4-H and youth development agent

As a true child of the country, Scott Byars would rather visit a farm than do paperwork.

Farmer’s Table: Fish Chowder
Farmer’s Table: Fish Chowder

In the past month, I have attended two conferences at Pipestem State Park. The first, the West Virginia Master Gardeners’ Conference, took place on a cold, snowy spring weekend, but there were plenty of great indoor sessions to occupy my time.

Tri-County YMCA swim programs offer pain ease and great exercise
Tri-County YMCA swim programs offer pain ease and great exercise

Virtually all ages can enjoy the health and social benefits of swim programs offered by the Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot, and you might want to get a jump on the ones coming up this spring and summer.

Flagg novel focus of next Putnam book club meeting
Flagg novel focus of next Putnam book club meeting

The St. John United Methodist Church Book Club meeting on Tuesday, April 21, will have a discussion of “All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg.

Nine area schools recognized for high performance, progress

Nine schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties were honored recently for being at the top of their class.

Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday
Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday

The Mountain State Kayak Anglers will host a fishing tournament on Saturday, April 18, along the Coal River.

Extension Service program focuses on healthy eating, staying active
Extension Service program focuses on healthy eating, staying active

Jennifer Spriggel sets a nice table at the Hometown Senior Center, where she has been leading an eight-week-long class titled “Eating Smart, Being Active.”

Farmer’s Table: Polish Cheesecake
Farmer’s Table: Polish Cheesecake

It has been more than 25 years since Poland’s Solidarity movement defeated the Communist Party, leading to the fall of communism across central and Eastern Europe.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsors bowling tournament

Whether you’re rolling strikes or gutter balls, homeless animals will be the winners during this Saturday’s annual Bowl-A-Thon at Venture Lanes.

Challenger League baseball provides outlet for special needs youth
Challenger League baseball provides outlet for special needs youth

Josh Taylor sang the national anthem and received a kiss from his mother and looks of admiration from a team of young baseball players.

County robotics team earns world championship tourney berth
County robotics team earns world championship tourney berth

The Putnam Area Robotics Team (or PARTs) 3492 won the FIRST (or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Smokey Mountain Regionals competition recently in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week
Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week

A holiday, of sorts, is occurring this week for excited baseball fans in the Charleston region.

Support Habitat for Humanity during your spring cleaning
Support Habitat for Humanity during your spring cleaning

Since its inception 27 years ago, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam volunteers have created, from the ground up, more than 160 houses that became homes in the two counties, with proceeds from the organization’s ReStore have funded more...

Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU
Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU

Ratio Christi at Marshall University will welcome J. Warner Wallace, an author, converted atheist, cold case homicide detective and apologist, to Gateway Christian Church and Marshall University on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28 for two free...

MS Walk scheduled for April 18

Over 12,000 of us in West Virginia and Virginia and untold numbers around the world need your help. We have Multiple Sclerosis.

Farmer’s Table: Bara Brith Shortbread Cookies
Farmer’s Table: Bara Brith Shortbread Cookies

This is the time of year when I am reminded of my Friendship Force trip to Wales. My hostess lived alone in a small bungalow atop a hill in Newport. She was a great cook. She baked and sold pastries once a week at the Women’s Institute Market,...

Poca student receives WVATA first-place distinction

Five students from the University of Charleston’s Athletic Training program were selected to present their case studies at the annual West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association symposium and conference March 6 and 7 in Flatwoods.

Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday
Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday

This weekend’s “Run for the River Sprint, Spoke and Splash” triathlon will provide an early springtime challenge on land and water.

Dog obedience competition coming to Dunbar

The Kanawha Obedience Training Club invites you to experience the world of dog obedience competition this weekend.

Putnam Rotary sponsoring 5K run in Hurricane
Putnam Rotary sponsoring 5K run in Hurricane

The Putnam County Rotary Club’s annual Chet Marshall Memorial 5K Run for Scholarships will get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Former Winfield High art teacher opens ‘Cre8 Studios Upstairs’ in St. Albans
Former Winfield High art teacher opens ‘Cre8 Studios Upstairs’ in St. Albans

Everyone has an inner artist -- just head to the second floor and let Karen Carter-Smith help you get acquainted.