The new year brings a new look to Wonderful West Virginia magazine and a chance for subscribers to enjoy a getaway vacation at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
“Self-defense classes? We offer them,” Mike Mullins told Putnam Rotarians earlier this month at their weekly meeting in Hurricane.
The Toyota plant in Buffalo has celebrated many “firsts” in its 18-year history, and last month marked yet another milestone as the first six-speed, high-torque automatic transmission rolled off their second Automatic Transmission...
The Hurricane High School boys basketball team is preparing for a new season, a season that follows up a state championship runner-up finish for the Redskins. With the loss of six players from last year’s squad, Coach Lance Sutherland may be...
December brings with it an interesting paradox. We go out of our way to give gifts and make charitable efforts for the needy in our community, donating toys for children or food for foodbanks. We also exhibit every greedy, rude and callous behavior...
It’s not too early to think about New Year’s resolutions, and a good one would be to get outdoors more often.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College is having open enrollment for a Certified Bookkeeper course starting in January.
The Putnam County Master Gardeners are conducting a Fruit Tree Fundraiser during through Dec. 20.
Every year at this time, Hurricane Town Elementary School students become savvy shoppers as they learn that it’s better to give than to receive.
I was talking to an acquaintance a few days ago. He is a newspaper photographer and had just come from a devastating house fire where a young couple lost everything -- with the exception of their lives.
A Hurricane baseball trio had a dream come true last month as they signed commitments to major Division I colleges in and out of the Mountain State.
Word of Light Community Church will conduct a live Nativity at the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Yuletide in the Park Dec. 4, 5, 6 and 19 (weather permitting).
Sounds of the area’s low brass will be filling the Huntington Mall with holiday cheer at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, as the city celebrates the 40th anniversary of TubaChristmas.
The City of Nitro will be having a Christmas decoration contest for both homes and businesses within the Nitro city limits this month.
With increasing requests for assistance and a lagging economy, Salvation Army’s leadership in Charleston is worried about a decrease in Christmas Kettle donations.
With the “Farmer’s Almanac” predicting a harsh winter ahead, the sales and installation teams at Xspec Power don’t have much down time these days.
If company’s coming this holiday season, it may be an appropriate time to give the family pets a little “refresher course” before the relatives arrive.
Poca native Joe Wood returned to his Putnam County roots last week to do some deer hunting, but on day two of his hunt, he was a bit disappointed to bag a young doe and not a buck.
A trip to Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida was the inspiration for this weekend’s “Christmas Around the World” event at Maranatha Fellowship Church in St. Albans.
This holiday season, visitors to Valley Park in Hurricane will experience a Victorian-theme Christmas during the annual Yuletide in the Park.
Motorcycles aren’t required for the 28th annual Dagger’s Motorcycle Toy Run, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the St. Albans Moose Lodge No. 868, 7101 MacCorkle Ave., S.W.
A group of characters in the book/television series “Game of Thrones” that represent “the north” have the family catchphrase “Winter is coming.”
BridgeValley Community and Technical College has open enrollment for an ACT Test Prep class for high school juniors and seniors, starting in January.
Businesses, schools, organizations and church groups are invited to participate in the City of Nitro’s annual Christmas parade on Dec. 13 (rain date is Dec. 15).
This week, I picked the last of the cranberries in my tiny garden plot. These tart red berries are a hint that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
A familiar last name in this region for soccer is Trupo, with Tommy now playing for Marshall University after a standout high school career at Charleston Catholic, and now his younger brother, Joey, is continuing the family tradition at the same...
Before you sit down and indulge (or overindulge) at the Thanksgiving dinner table, stand up, get moving and make room for those extra calories -- and assist the community -- by participating in the 2014 Drumstick Dash.
Back in February, a couple of new additions were about to make their way into the lives of Brett and KiKi Morris.
Holiday gift and home decor handiworks that bring dividends of major community benefits have been an anticipated, annual tradition since 1968 at the Kanawha City Lions Club’s yearly Capital City Art and Craft Show.
Whether it’s in sports, life or work, Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance can help you reach your goals.
The annual 4-H Holiday Craft Workshop and Cookie Exchange will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Eleanor Fire House’s upstairs room in Eleanor.
Confidence Elementary School students took part in the National Archery in the School program tournament Oct. 20-24. The winners from their respective classes are, from left to right, (front row, kneeling) Garrett McCormick, Taylor Myers, Corey...
Moderate- and low-income families, once priced out of the name brand markets, are now able to purchase name brand clothing and baby gear for a fraction of the retail price, thanks to Another Mother’s Treasure Children’s Consignment...
This is the time of the year that evokes childhood memories of trips to the apple salesroom at Hillcrest Farms located east of Chester, West Virginia. It was an autumn ritual for our family to select an assortment of apples and a jug of clear,...
For a unique way to get into the holiday spirit, visit a working farm.
In only its “rookie season” as a 4-H Lego robotics team, the Clover STEMs, based in Winfield, placed high in a competition held at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.
The Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities, a public-private partnership involving Marshall University, West Virginia State University and the Historic Glenwood Foundation, has been launched in an effort to promote scholarship in the...
Thirty-four high school bands from 27 counties showcased their talents in the third annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Oct. 25.
As the cultural landscape in Putnam County and elsewhere has changed over the years, Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County now finds that its serving more students who need help with English as a Second Language.
The Paws and Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane is letting you be the lead dog in tackling this year’s holiday shopping list.
This summer, my husband received an invitation to analyze the cord-marked pottery from the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, a UNESCO site located in northeast Thailand dating to 2100 B.C. It is considered the most important prehistoric settlement that...
When Pastor Melissa Pratt of the Teays Valley Church of God stands on a breezy, wide-open expanse of land not far from the church, she sees the future.
The third annual Tower Student Film Festival, hosted by West Virginia State University, is accepting submissions from area high school and college students.
To celebrate the recent legal actions that have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston will make their facility available for all marriage ceremonies at a reduced rate through November.
“Marriage was created to be a blast even when it feels like the rest of life is going to explode.”
Arts in Action in Hurricane will open its doors for dancers to attend a ballet workshop on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.
If you’re finding yourself hungry in Hurricane or its general vicinity, there’s now an appealing, authentically Italian-flavored solution for your cravings, located across from the city park.
It’s a place where a wrench and a shovel serve as door handles and where two cats named Yahoo and Google groom themselves quietly next to the check-out counter.
Under sunny, autumn skies, the new I-77 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Ripley held its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 24.
A call from the produce distributor generally means the grape juice for wine-making has arrived and a quick trip to Columbus, Ohio, is in order.
Growing up as I did in rural Ohio, a trip to the county library was an eagerly awaited treat. The library was situated on a quiet street in town in a stately, old building.
A week or so ago, I went to the Lake Shawnee Haunted Amusement Park just north of Princeton with my wife and stepdaughter.
Does life sometimes feels like a tangle of pressing to-do lists, everybody wanting or needing something, and a whole bundle of stress?
In the fall of 1990, as the United States prepared for the first Gulf War, I was the editor of a weekly newspaper in Matewan.
For several years, the pumpkin craze has been a fall food obsession and there is no indication that people are getting bored of the gourd. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice are the star ingredients in everything from beer to cookies.
Deputy Bill Mullins was on patrol about 2:30 in the morning.
On Saturday, Oct. 25, 34 high school marching bands from across the state will gather in Charleston for the third annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.
Just as he had entered retirement three years ago, Steve Arnett, of St. Albans, discovered life had another major change in store for him and his loved ones.
When South Charleston husband and wife Jody and Ro DeBias met, he was a Catholic priest and she was dealing with a family issue in which he became involved for advice and counsel.
The 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Charleston fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Frightening or funny, it’s costume time for your favorite four-legged friend.
In a foot race, fear is a great motivator.
For competitors in this Saturday’s inaugural 5K Monster Run in Nitro, having a variety of ghouls hot on their heels, will no doubt contribute to some record-setting finishing times.
By Channing Persinger
A few weeks ago, I attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mongolian Beef is said to be a classic American-Chinese dish, but there are those in the United Kingdom who claim it was invented there. It really doesn’t matter. One thing is clear. It is popular -- and for good reason.
The Kanawha Players will debut its 2014 public performances of “The Evil Dead -- The Musical” on Friday, Oct. 17, at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St. on Charleston’s East End.
Searching for that unique gift for someone or looking for the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping?
Clear communication can be a life-or-death matter in emergency response during a time of crisis. An employee of the Appalachian Center for Independent Living in Big Chimney and others have created an innovative, modern-day way to improve the odds for...
On a recent, chilly morning, Christopher Pierson of Chicago was standing on a step ladder in Buffalo, spreading blue paint on some well-worn playground equipment.
The West Virginia Counselors Association has awarded the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center West Virginia Counseling Center of the Year distinction for 2014.
A time machine needn’t be your mode of travel to salute (and support) West Virginia’s military veterans this month. It just may seem like it. (You’ll actually have to use a shuttle service.)
Taylor Books will host a free book-signing and reception for the recently published short story collection, “Ladies in Low Places,” by Charleston native and South Carolina author Mary Ann Henry, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.
Last year, at the beginning of October, this column included the first of a series of articles about Jean Hanna Davis and her struggle with breast cancer and chemotherapy for the second time in 10 years. Hoping to inspire other women in the same...
A nonprofit, interfaith ministry launching officially this week, Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley provides an array of free services to elderly and disabled residents of Kanawha and Putnam counties, based on the availability of volunteer...
Over the years, ATVs and UTVs have become an important tool for hunters across the region.
As members of the Buffalo High School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America begin their third year of existence as the only FFA chapter in Putnam County, it’s important to recognize how much they have accomplished in so little time.
In 1968, administrators at North Bend State Park and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources contacted the Little Kanawha Regional Council to see if they could recommend a speaker who would attract enough participants to fill the park lodge,...
At twilight, Bob Weiford can stand on a small field overlooking his property near Winfield and imagine the glow of campfires, the laughter and the conversations that came every September from a primitive encampment next to his house.
Samera Nance smiled with glee as another metal target went down.
For more than 20 years, the Tri-County YMCA has been an important part of the Putnam County community, offering programs benefiting mind and body.
At its first fall meeting Sept. 16, the St John United Methodist Church Book Club chose the following books to read and discuss:
The Putnam Rotary Club delivered back packs loaded with school supplies for students at Poca Elementary School on Sept. 16.
The Charleston Regional Spay Neuter Center has announced the launch of its inaugural Fix ‘Em 5K Run/2-Mile Fun Walk fall fundraiser.
Gumbo is a dish that originated in southern Louisiana with the Creoles during the early 18th century. Louisiana Creoles descended from the colonial settlers of French, Spanish and African descent.
For many West Virginians, fall hunting season is like Christmas, Thanksgiving and their best childhood birthdays all rolled into one.
The 27th annual Buffalo Octoberfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Buffalo, one mile north of the Toyota plant.
A hiking club that began in 1942 is still motivating adventurous souls to get out and commune with nature.