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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.

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.

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.

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.

Surviving male breast cancer
Surviving male breast cancer

In the summer of 2003, while at work as a bread delivery driver, Thomas Eves, or T.L. as he is known to his friends and family, accidentally bumped his chest.

Farmer’s Table: Lamb Meatballs
Farmer’s Table: Lamb Meatballs

Sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated more than 10,000 years ago in the Middle East in what is now Turkey.

Spring Home & Garden: Keep mowers buzzing along this spring and summer
Spring Home & Garden: Keep mowers buzzing along this spring and summer

Whether it requires the sprightly yank of a cord, the casual turn of a key or simply some old-school warming-up of the muscles to get moving and mowing, it will behoove you to make sure your grass cutter is primed and ready for a full spring and...

Spring Home & Garden: Tomatoes remain a garden favorite
Spring Home & Garden: Tomatoes remain a garden favorite

A common sight in just about any vegetable garden, large or small, are the beautiful, juicy red (or green) tomatoes.

Spring Home & Garden: Composting provides nutrient-rich soil for gardens, lawns and potted plants
Spring Home & Garden: Composting provides nutrient-rich soil for gardens, lawns and potted plants

It doesn’t take a lot of money to set up a soil manufacturing facility at your home. All you need is a bit of outdoor space and a commitment of time and energy.

Spring Home & Garden: Decks provide attractive and comfortable options for outdoor entertaining
Spring Home & Garden: Decks provide attractive and comfortable options for outdoor entertaining

A well-constructed, code-compliant deck provides a safe and attractive space for outdoor entertaining. And by using some of the newer, composite decking material, your deck could last for 20 years or longer with little maintenance required.

Spring Home & Garden: Yeager Design and Interiors brings spring vividly to indoor, outdoor venues
Spring Home & Garden: Yeager Design and Interiors brings spring vividly to indoor, outdoor venues

Yeager Design and Interiors owner Elizabeth Yeager Cross and her staff have a wealth of items and ideas to refresh your home (and commercial business) for spring, inside and out.

Spring Home & Garden: Going green a growth field for Kanawha Valley women
Spring Home & Garden: Going green a growth field for Kanawha Valley women

Women in prominent roles in landscaping are still an exception. Here are three business owners who have found success in the industry. All three are members of the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association.

Read all about it! Nellie Bly’s ‘madhouse’ exposé
Read all about it! Nellie Bly’s ‘madhouse’ exposé

Lois Lane, the world’s most famous female news reporter, has been a role model for generations of young women. True, she’s fictional. But in her multitude of media incarnations, she always embodies the intelligent, self-reliant career...

Huntington VA Medical Center seeking donations for patients

Whether it’s a club, church group, civic organization, family or individual, everyone can assist the residents of the Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center, for just a few minutes of their time and a few dollars from their...

Farmer’s Table: Pear & Goat Cheese Salad
Farmer’s Table: Pear & Goat Cheese Salad

My husband and I are always on the lookout for interesting foods to try. A recent trip to northern West Virginia meant a trip to a favorite farm market just across the border in Pennsylvania, where we discovered “Red Bamboo” honey,...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Young runners stepping up to compete
Christian’s Sports Beat: Young runners stepping up to compete

The recent warmer temperatures have allowed runners, young and old, to be able to enjoy their sport outdoors.

Winfield High School opens newly renovated weight room
Winfield High School opens newly renovated weight room

The past two years have been a struggle for the Winfield High School football team as it continues to settle in as a Class AAA program and a member of the highly competitive Mountain State Athletic Conference.

County students shine at Regional Social Studies Fair
County students shine at Regional Social Studies Fair

Putnam County students garnered 12 first-place and two second-place ribbons in 15 categories at the Regional Social Studies Fair March 16 at West Virginia State University in Institute.

Area students place in Regional Math Field Day competition

Kanawha and Putnam county fourth- through ninth-grade students who placed in the 2015 Regional Math Field Day recently include:

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A soccer program designed to provide children ages 6 to 14 with disabilities an environment filled with meaningful learning, developmental and physical participation opportunities through the game of soccer will soon be available in the area.

Scott Depot ‘Eggstravaganza’ to feature 15,000 Easter eggs

Children ages preschool through the fifth grade are invited to attend a free “Easter Eggstravaganza” event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Teays Valley Acres in Scott Depot.

Kanawha City aesthetician discusses healthy skin tactics
Kanawha City aesthetician discusses healthy skin tactics

Rich Saltsgaver is passionate about healthy skin.

As an aesthetician -- a skin-care specialist -- at Bliss Spa & Salon in Kanawha City since 2009, his specialties have included Hydra facials and care for acne-prone skin.

Farmer’s Table: Chilcano with Peruvian Brandy
Farmer’s Table: Chilcano with Peruvian Brandy

Pisco is a strong Peruvian brandy made by distilling fermented grape juice. In 2011, Peruvian pisco won over 20 gold medals and was named the best liquor in the world at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Organizations solicited to support youth summer meal programs

The West Virginia Department of Education is looking for organizations across the state to help feed children during the summer months.

Read all about it: When a news photographer tracked the Wright Brothers
Read all about it: When a news photographer tracked the Wright Brothers

In my previous two columns, I wrote about the rise of the penny press and the fight to define freedom of the press. But newspapers are more than words on paper. Newspapers also tell stories with pictures.

Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring video contest for high school students

The Putnam Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a county-wide prescription pill public service announcement video contest and social media event for the county’s high school population.

Red House Church to host drive-thru Easter event

Red House Church, in Red House, will present a special Easter event, “Journey to the Cross,” on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3.

Faith in Action volunteer training session set
Faith in Action volunteer training session set

A free volunteer orientation training session for Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21 at the Putnam County Library.

Dance studio hosting Tea Party this Saturday
Dance studio hosting Tea Party this Saturday

The Academy of Arts at January’s dance studio will sponsor a “Chasing Butterflies” Tea Party this Saturday, March 21, in the Valley Park Community Center in Hurricane.

Scholarship fund group meets for ‘Night of Remembrance’ dinner in Teays Valley

The Richard “Dick” Green Memorial Scholarship Fund held its second annual “Night of Remembrance” dinner Feb. 28 at The Greenhouse in Teays Valley.

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce VP wins Young Leader Award
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce VP wins Young Leader Award

The model for a young professional, whose leadership skills recently earned her a prestigious award, can be found in the offices of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.

‘Bullets and Steel’ theme of annual Civil War Days at Valley Wave Park
‘Bullets and Steel’ theme of annual Civil War Days at Valley Wave Park

“Bullets and Steel: A Clash at Scary Creek” is the theme of Putnam County Civil War Days, slated for Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29 at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Doggone (good) hot dog sauce
Doggone (good) hot dog sauce

I am not a big fan of hot dogs, and it isn’t because I am a food snob.

Roger Randolph named Mayo Lester Award winner
Roger Randolph named Mayo Lester Award winner

Despite being “semi-retired,” Roger Randolph, founder of Randolph Engineering in Scott Depot, isn’t taking it easy, nor does he want to.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Sports magic on the big screen
Christian’s Sports Beat: Sports magic on the big screen

Readers of this column know that I am a sports fan, I like to play various sports and I like watch all kinds of sports in person and on the television.

Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! The Colonel and the First Amendment
Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! The Colonel and the First Amendment

As I mentioned in my last column, newspapers have a rich history in this country. Like democracy itself, the history is messy at times, with more than its share of oddball personalities.

Native American group relocates, creates new website

The Native American Indian Federation Inc. has moved to a new location, complete a new website and implemented new regulations for tribal membership.

Annual Goodwill dinner March 25 in Charleston

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley’s annual dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 25, in the ballroom of the Charleston Town Center Marriott.

DNR to host public forums on proposed hunting, trapping, fishing regulations

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state next week to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2015 hunting...

Sponsors sought for Coal River Group’s Run for the River Triathlon

The second annual Run for the River Triathlon, sponsored by the Coal River Group, is seeking sponsors for the April 11 event at Meadowood Park in Tornado.

Strong Start SOUND supplies peer support for new and soon-to-be parents’ concerns
Strong Start SOUND supplies peer support for new and soon-to-be parents’ concerns

Strong Start SOUND (an acronym for “Strengthen-Observe-Uplift-Nurture-Delight”) is a new peer support group in Putnam County that provides listening ears, open hearts, kindred spirits and caring, insightful and instructive words for...

Chamber VP of Programs & Events given Young Leadership Award
Chamber VP of Programs & Events given Young Leadership Award

Ashley Alford, vice president of Programs and Events for the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, has received the Young Leadership Award.

Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous Salad
Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous Salad

Israeli couscous, also called pearl couscous, Jerusalem couscous or ptitim, are small, perfectly shaped, round, pasta-like granules made from semolina and wheat flour which are roasted in the oven, giving them a chewy, nutty flavor.

Poor Man’s Lantern Candle Company establishing presence in Nitro
Poor Man’s Lantern Candle Company establishing presence in Nitro

When it comes to candles, Jaime Absten of Hurricane and her fiancé, Bryan Krueger, are experts in the art and science of wax, wicks and fragrances.

Preschoolers learning sign language
Preschoolers learning sign language

Sitting in a semi-circle, Hometown Elementary School preschoolers -- with an occasional giggle or two -- are letting their hands do the talking.

Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! Newspapering presses on...
Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! Newspapering presses on...

As our regular subscribers are aware, we’ve had a production difficulty recently here at Charleston Newspapers. The result was a delay in the delivery of the morning papers on a few occasions.

Kanawha County octogenarian inducted into National Senior Softball Hall of Fame
Kanawha County octogenarian inducted into National Senior Softball Hall of Fame

Carl Nutter is still throwing heat, but at a bit slower pace.

New titles at the Putnam County Library
New titles at the Putnam County Library

FICTION

Abel, James, “White Plague”

Allen, Sarah, “First Frost”

Governor’s Highway Safety Program recognizes county individuals

On Thursday, Feb. 19, several Putnam County individuals were recognized for their service by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

River City Youth Ballet Ensemble presents ‘Piano Barre Gala’ March 7
River City Youth Ballet Ensemble presents ‘Piano Barre Gala’ March 7

A jazz-note-filled, melodiously noteworthy evening of fundraising to support the Kanawha City-headquartered River City Youth Ballet Ensemble is tuning up and coming to the capital city.

Winfield woman wins Greenbrier getaway in state photo contest
Winfield woman wins Greenbrier getaway in state photo contest

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia has announced the seven grand prize winners of its “You Remind Me of West Virginia” photo contest, including a Winfield school teacher who received a Greenbrier County getaway for her submission.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Reds caravan comes to Charleston
Christian’s Sports Beat: Reds caravan comes to Charleston

One week ago, pitchers and catchers for the Cincinnati Reds reported to the club’s spring training facility, Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona, to start preparing for the upcoming baseball season.

Lenten ‘Fryday’ fish dinners being served at St. Anthony
Lenten ‘Fryday’ fish dinners being served at St. Anthony

St. Anthony Catholic Church’s annual Lenten “Fryday” fish dinners will be prepared again for six consecutive weeks, including this Friday evening.

Farmer’s Table: Applesauce Cake
Farmer’s Table: Applesauce Cake

Several years ago, I was asked to submit recipes for possible inclusion in a cookbook featuring some of West Virginia’s best hometown cooks. I’d forgotten all about it until a complimentary copy of “The West Virginia Hometown...

Academy Dance to celebrate 25th year Reservations due Saturday for Feb. 28 ballroom dance gala
Academy Dance to celebrate 25th year Reservations due Saturday for Feb. 28 ballroom dance gala

For the Academy Dance Club, 25 years after forming, the music has yet to stop for the ballroom dancing its members revel in and relish.

Hometown Senior Center a home away from home for residents
Hometown Senior Center a home away from home for residents

It was Friday the 13th, but it was another lucky day for friendships inside the Hometown Senior Center, where a cheery fire greeted visitors on the day before Valentine’s Day.

Retired South Charleston High football coach opens Holley Strength System
Retired South Charleston High football coach opens Holley Strength System

Standing amidst vintage barbells and weights, former South Charleston High School football coach John Messinger is in his element.

Former Rock Lake Pool lifeguard donates vintage clock from swimming pool’s heyday
Former Rock Lake Pool lifeguard donates vintage clock from swimming pool’s heyday

It’s been said that a broken clock is right twice a day.

AARP leaders discuss 2015 legislative agenda

AARP West Virginia state leaders have detailed the organization’s legislative agenda for the 2015 West Virginia Legislature, with a focus on legislative action in the areas of caregiving, retirement security and financial security.

Skull Candy Salon opens on Teays Valley Road in Hurricane
Skull Candy Salon opens on Teays Valley Road in Hurricane

Two friends left previous career paths and have embarked in a new direction doing what they love.

Area volunteer caregivers group garners national excellence award
Area volunteer caregivers group garners national excellence award

On Jan. 26 in Georgetown, Texas, the National Volunteer Caregiving Network announced winners and honorable mention recipients of the 2015 Excellence Awards and a Kanawha Valley entry was one of the top two standouts.

Cookie bake-off set for Feb. 14

Kanawha Valley Senior Services, in conjunction with Capitol Market, will host an intergenerational charity cookie bake-off on Valentine’s Day, with event proceeds benefiting Kanawha Valley senior citizens.

Kanawha Kordsmen delivering singing Valentines

This year, surprise your special person with a Singing Valentine.

Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Soup
Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Soup

Recipes for Dill Pickle Soup have intrigued me for years. I finally got around to making this thick, creamy soup last week.

Board of Education places state science standards on public comment

The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Jan. 14 to place a version of the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science (Policy 2520.3C) which is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standardson comment for 30...

Ben and Minnie join History Alive! program
Ben and Minnie join History Alive! program

A noted author and a retired Catholic priest have joined the West Virginia Humanities Council’s stable of History Alive! actors, who portray persons of note in American history.

Crème Fraîche: French-Style Cultured Cream
Crème Fraîche: French-Style Cultured Cream

Developed in France, crème fraiche is a creamier version of sour cream.

Affordable Cremations of West Virginia opens in South Charleston
Affordable Cremations of West Virginia opens in South Charleston

With more than 30 years of experience as a licensed funeral director and cremation specialist, Michael Luikart understands the many decisions that families must make when a loved one dies.

Memorial service for Four Chaplains Thursday in Winfield
Memorial service for Four Chaplains Thursday in Winfield

The James E. Marshall American Legion Post #187 will sponsor a Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at Winfield Presbyterian Church in Winfield.

Eleanor Presbyterian welcomes new pastor
Eleanor Presbyterian welcomes new pastor

At the start of 2015, Pastor John Yeager began a new career that brought him back to Putnam County after nearly 40 years: his ministry at Eleanor Presbyterian Church.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church annual Mardi Gras celebration slated
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church annual Mardi Gras celebration slated

“Sparkle” and “dazzle” are two words that aptly describe the upcoming seventh annual Mardi Gras Celebration at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in St. Albans.

Give Kids A Smile Day to provide free dental care for youths
Give Kids A Smile Day to provide free dental care for youths

The Capital City Give Kids A Smile Day is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, at 1203 Jefferson Road in South Charleston.

Farmers Market Association launches vendor training program
Farmers Market Association launches vendor training program

Budding farmers market vendors throughout the Kanawha Valley have an upcoming, virtually all-encompassing opportunity to make their growing and selling businesses flourish.

Almost Havana smokin’
Almost Havana smokin’

With regulations banning smoking at bars and restaurants throughout the Charleston/Huntington area, cigar aficionados have had very little options when it comes to gathering and socializing in a public setting.

Pear Gingerbread Roll
Pear Gingerbread Roll

Pears have been beloved since the time of Ancient Rome. They are delicious when ripe.

Editor’s Desk: Outlook season a busy, exciting time at the newspaper

After the first of the year, we roll up our sleeves here at Charleston Newspapers and start planning and working on our annual Outlook sections.

McGrew Orthopedic relocates from West Side to Cross Lanes
McGrew Orthopedic relocates from West Side to Cross Lanes

Randy McGrew of McGrew Orthopedic has transplanted his longtime practice from Charleston’s West Side to Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes.

Annual ‘Ice Bowl’ disc golf tournament to raise funds for Manna Meal
Annual ‘Ice Bowl’ disc golf tournament to raise funds for Manna Meal

Organizers of the annual Ice Bowl disc golf tournament wouldn’t mind a little winter weather during the event, which takes place Feb. 7 at Shawnee Park in Dunbar.

Planet Fitness opens health club in Cross Lanes
Planet Fitness opens health club in Cross Lanes

Gyms can be intimidating places, filled with muscular guys and women with Barbie doll figures and the confidence to match.

WVU college hosting engineering essay contest
WVU college hosting engineering essay contest

High school students across the state of West Virginia will have the opportunity to explore the role engineering plays in their day-to-day lives as well as their future, as part of an essay contest being held at West Virginia University.

Calligraphers Guild teaches ‘art of beautiful writing’
Calligraphers Guild teaches ‘art of beautiful writing’

In an age when computers and keyboards are supplanting pens and paper, there remains a group dedicated to preserving the art of beautiful writing.

Farmer’s Table: Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas
Farmer’s Table: Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

The history of enchiladas can be traced to pre-Colombian times when the Mayans created the tortilla. People in the Valley of Mexico lake region rolled corn tortillas around small fish.

County 4-H Special Lambs Project seeks participants
County 4-H Special Lambs Project seeks participants

The Putnam County 4-H Special Lambs project is seeking participants for 2015.

Hurricane High Key Club sponsoring ‘Blade Buddies’ for special needs students
Hurricane High Key Club sponsoring ‘Blade Buddies’ for special needs students

Competitive ice skater and Hurricane High School junior Caroline Leadmon is using the sport she loves to give back to the community.

Area school show choirs to compete in 2015 Poca MusicFest

The shows -- and showmanship -- will go on for the 16th edition of the Poca High School Music Fest Show Choir Competition, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at PHS.

Noted organist to accompany silent movie, ‘The Cameraman,’ at Forrest Burdette church
Noted organist to accompany silent movie, ‘The Cameraman,’ at Forrest Burdette church

As part of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church’s 100th anniversary, noted organist John Schwandt will accompany the classic silent film, “The Cameraman,” starring Buster Keaton, on Friday, Feb. 6.

The Greenhouse of Teays Valley to host mystery dinner theater Jan. 23-24
The Greenhouse of Teays Valley to host mystery dinner theater Jan. 23-24

The interactive theatre troupe, Murder and Merriment, is returning to The Greenhouse of Teays Valley Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 to present a dinner-theater production of “2015 Megacon.”

Habitat for Humanity sponsoring Taste of 2015

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties is excited to bring one of West Virginia’s top-rated restaurants to Charleston for a special event, The Taste of 2015.

C&O Motors, I-77 salesmen among those honored by GM at W.Va. auto show
C&O Motors, I-77 salesmen among those honored by GM at W.Va. auto show

GM saluted numerous area dealership sales team members as top sales people in their area during the 2015 West Virginia International Auto Show last weekend at the Charleston Civic Center.