To benefit New Hope Animal Rescue, the 20th annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Hurricane.
The 2017 West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state competition registration deadline is set for Dec. 1.
The annual Mining Your History Foundation Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center of the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.
The Charleston Coin Club will sponsor its annual coin show on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Charleston Civic Center in downtown Charleston.
I’ve written a lot about figs lately. Figs can be finicky to grow, but they are worth the time and effort when harvest season rolls around in September and October.
I was young, just 3 or 4 years old, when my maternal grandfather died. There are a few pictures of me sitting on his lap, but I honestly don’t remember him. I was about 10 when my grandmother remarried and I became part of a blended family.
An upcoming Sunday walk in the park is designed in part for outdoor fun, exercise and fellowship, but there’s a serious social mission at its core.
Cam Clendenin has been a longtime Frisbee aficionado.
Below is the schedule for the 2016 West Virginia Book Festival at the Charleston Civic Center and University of Charleston:
Life is about to get very Bavarian again soon on the West Side of Charleston.
The West Virginia University Putnam Extension Office of Families and Health will present a four-session class, “Dining with Diabetes: A Program for Adults with Diabetes and Their Families,” beginning next week.
The Culloden Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a federal grant for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus in September.
Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc., will host the third annual Running Dead 5K, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Barboursville Park.
AARP West Virginia has released its 2016 Video Voter Guide, featuring exclusive, one-on-one interviews with gubernatorial candidates Senate President Bill Cole (R) and Jim Justice (D), answering key questions on how they would improve the lives of...
The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with disabilities (Class Q/QQ permit) and senior citizens (holders of a Class XS license) will begin Saturday, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Back in the spring, after the Legislature spent more than half a million dollars before they could pass a budget, I heard a lot of people declare that they would “remember in November.”
Congratulations to the Poca High School golf team, which was scheduled to make its ninth consecutive appearance at the State Golf Tournament in Wheeling Oct. 4 and 5, after placing second in the Region 4 Golf Tournament on Sept. 26. Players include...
On Sept. 16, Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced $1,095,694 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for fire safety in Bruceton Mills, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Princeton, Weston and Winfield.
As a community outreach, Teays Valley Presbyterian Church will host a fall festival from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, on the church grounds, 5339 Teays Valley Road, next to Teays Valley Manor.
Running and walking can benefit the health and well-being of others besides those participating in the 2016 Buffalo Fall Fun 5K Run/Walk this month.
Four-year-old Colton Hill was quite patient as a safety expert leaned over him to check that the child safety seat he was strapped into in the back of his mother’s SUV was properly installed and secure.
MORGANTOWN -- Pressure in all sports comes in various forms, like stepping up to the starting line in a race or stepping into the batter’s box with the winning run on third base or preparing to kick the possible winning field goal.
Two things inspired this week’s spicy story. A weekend get-together with a friend who lived in Louisiana made me think of some of my favorite Cajun dishes that are perfect for this time of year. And … my garden is still yielding okra, an...
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the largest plumbing distributor in the United States, introduced the public to the remodel of its West Virginia showroom in Charleston with an open house celebration on Sept. 29.
The number two cause of death of women in the United States is cancer, behind heart disease. In some specific ethnic groups, like Native Americans or Asian and Pacific Islanders, it is the number one cause of death, according to the Centers for...
Here is the 2016 Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop schedule of events (subject to change):
The annual Hurricane Harvest Festival is scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.
Randolph Engineering may have turned 40 years old this year, but the professional consulting engineering firm is far from over the hill.
Hurricane artist and longtime pet proponent Terry Quentrill will host a fundraising Arts and Animals event on Main Street in Hurricane on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley has announced its fall schedule of volunteer orientation training sessions.
When emergency situations occur, Rotary Clubs are ready, willing and able to offer a host of helping hands through Disaster Aid USA.
Wild food foragers from across the country descended upon North Bend State Park recently for the 49th Nature Wonder Weekend. It is North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event.
Editor’s note: Brion “Bearclaw” Woods of Chesapeake embarked on a long-distance hike of the A.T. in March. His story was told in the March 2 Metro editions. Back home now, here is a followup report submitted by Brion from the...
Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman read selections of his poetry.
Disasters usually come when least expected.
And for many that are affected, they are not ready until it is too late.
Earlier this summer, I introduced everyone to Nate Harrah, a 12-year-old sport stacker from Hurricane.
Next year, they’ll be performing in New York City; first, though, the WV Treble Makers need to raise the necessary funds to make the trip.
Robert and Elma Allen, residents of Regency Place in Scott Depot, celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary on Sept. 13. The Allens, who were longtime residents of Belle, met while they were both working at a coal company store in Stanaford, Raleigh...
The Town of Poca’s Annual Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24.
A group of muzzleloader owners, affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police, will host a muzzleloading event for the public, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
I harvested the leeks from my garden last week. They were small and not nearly as attractive as those I purchased from the farmer at the Fayetteville Farmers Market a few weeks ago.
There’s a big fish on MacCorkle Avenue near St. Albans that’s already catching the attention of motorists and passersby.
Depending on where you live, where you’re from or how contentious you like to be, tomorrow may or may not be the first day of autumn.
Nitro-based West Virginia Cashin Recyclables has announced the recipients of its 2016-17 Putnam County Scholarships.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Devonshire Clubhouse in Scott Depot, Dress for Success will host a fashion event, “Reflections,” honoring the late Helen Lodge of Charleston.
To add all-inclusive recreational equipment and access to Eleanor Town Park, the Eleanor Park Board will sponsor its inaugural Walk, Run and Roll 5K fundraising event in October.
The third annual Cupcake Festival was held on Aug. 27 at Valley Park in Hurricane, offering confections and attractions catering to all ages.
I have a very small area of my garden devoted to red and gold raspberries. That tiny plot along a fence line produces gallons of berries, but you will never find my berries at the farmers market.
The CAMC Cancer Center, Cabin Creek Health Systems and Malden-based Good Living Assisted Living, along with many community volunteers, will sponsor a first-time ovarian cancer awareness program this weekend at the state Capitol Complex in...
I’m angry this week.
I won’t go into details, but my stepdaughter lost her best friend to drug use. Twenty-two years old, talented, funny and enthusiastic. Now she’s gone.
The congregation of First Baptist Church welcomed their new senior pastor, Jeff Davenport, his wife, Beth, and their family, to the downtown Hurricane church, officially, at Sunday morning services on Aug. 28.
A parade, antique cars and live music are a few of the events highlighting the annual Nitro Boom Town Days, with events starting this Thursday and continuing into the weekend in Nitro.
This was a great year for growing cucumbers, so I made a lot of pickles.
PARKERSBURG -- When I became a member of the Hurricane Middle School cross country team last year, I quickly realized that, along with training hard and trying to finish with good times, my grades in all my classes were also very important.
Dawn Cullen is a high-energy woman, brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. It’s the perfect mix of traits for an entrepreneur whose latest venture opened last month in the Putnam Village Shopping Center.
A Hurricane church is going Hollywood this month.
World-renowned concert and recording artist Rob Richards, the house organist at Disney’s historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, will demonstrate his musical acumen at the...
For the last seven months, I’ve talked a lot about my personal battle with heart disease and my recovery from open-heart surgery. The reason for that is twofold.
Author Eric Douglas, of Pinch, has released the latest story in the Mike Scott thriller series.
Celebrating its 11th Annual Day of Caring Sept. 21, United Way of Central West Virginia’s volunteers will help nonprofit agencies stock kitchen pantries, paint, clean, landscape and perform construction work.
At the 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge, the team of engineering students from West Virginia University and their robot, Cataglyphis, came incredibly close to snagging the $1.5 million prize offered as part of NASA’s Centennial Challenge.
New and established talent alike will be on display and in full voice during the 87th Putnam County Homecoming on Main Street in Winfield.
The Glass Block Place, a 20-year name in the glass block industry, is now a division of the new BNA Construction in Putnam County.
The Winfield Middle School Archery Club will host an outdoor adventure extravaganza from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Winfield Middle School.
The first harvest of zucchini has ended and new plants are beginning to bear a second crop.
I remember being a kid, in the ‘70s, seeing the aging sternwheeler half submerged and resting against the bank of the Kanawha River.
Old books have a distinctive smell, and it hit me as soon as I walked into the large first-floor space that used to be the school library at Nitro High School.
The Putnam Rotary Club has awarded college scholarships to Zachary Jay Coleman, Allison Paige Harold and Jordan Miranda Losh.
Elementary school-age boys in the Hurricane area and their parents are invited to attend the Cub Scout Pack 236 “School Night” Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Samadhi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, in South Charleston, has added Hawaiian hula to its class offerings this fall.
David Powell of Teays Valley has been an outdoorsman all his life. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, upland bird hunting, even a few holes of golf from time to time.
People took to the streets of Hurricane on Aug. 13 to find bargains as residents and businesses hosted the annual city-wide yard sale. From furniture to back-to-school clothes, there were plenty of deals to be had. Forrest Burdette UMC also had a hot...
Pimento Cheese Spread, considered a quintessential Southern food, is often referred to as “Southern Pâté” or “Caviar of the South,” yet it originated in New York.
Every two weeks, I get to share sports stories that I come across that I think will be interesting for the readers of this column.
For those who run, walk, stroll, gambol or ramble for exercise (and those who don’t but heartily support those who do), a few events, for good causes, are coming up in the area to consider.
For nearly 20 years, I’ve made a career in scuba diving. It has taken me all over the world and away from West Virginia for 14 years, first to California and then to North Carolina. Since I’ve been back, I still write about diving...
Plunging their hands into a big tub of water, children reached for rubber duckies as part of a lesson on the many ways water affects our lives.
Judging by her spirited barks, Charm, a border collie owned by Debbie Nauman, was duly impressed with the new Petco store in the Liberty Square shopping center, which is just off the Winfield exit of Interstate 64.
The Putnam Rotary Club has awarded college scholarships to Zachary Jay Coleman, Allison Paige Harold and Jordan Miranda Losh.
Syrian cuisine has been influenced by many cultures and is one of the oldest cooking traditions in the world.
The 2016 5K Glow Run will step off at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Charleston.
For the last week and a half, I’ve been a self-proclaimed expert in televised sports that I wouldn’t normally watch.
Applications for the 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas are available online at www.wvhunt.com, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
The Alban Arts Academy, with locations in St. Albans, Teays Valley and Kanawha City, will offer 60 classes in the coming months for students from pre-kindergarten through adults.
The Tri-County YMCA will host the Truck Bryant Basketball Skills Camp at its Carls Lane facility in Scott Depot next week.
I had an opportunity to visit the Fayette County Farmers Market recently. It is always interesting to see what farmers in other areas of West Virginia are growing.
This is an important time of the year for cross country runners, as the high school and middle school fall running seasons are quickly approaching.
The Kanawha Players will present “Elvis Has Left the Building” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston.
Putnam County Schools’ Title I program will host its 2016 Back-to-School Blast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center.
Finding no pinstripes on Milt Wheeler’s car is like finding no photographs on Ansel Adams’ walls.
For the past 15 years, Casey Turley has had what many football fans would consider a dream job.
There is no question in anyone’s mind that the June floods have nearly destroyed several small towns in West Virginia. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild them without a lot of help from the greater community. Some will decide...
Take your four-legged friends out to the ballgame with you at “Pets at the Park Day.”
Attorney Lanette Anderson held registered nursing licenses in five states, but when she retired last month from her post as executive director of the state Board of Examiners for LPNs, she wanted a change of pace.
Marshall University has appointed Dr. Sonja G. Cantrell of Milton as the university registrar, effective Aug. 1.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Putnam County Library are hosting an open house for pre-K and kindergarten students who are starting school this year.
The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program invites women to give new outdoor interests a try with a little help from knowledgeable instructors.
Providing care for an infirm family member or other individual on a regular basis can be present myriad challenges, particularly for those with little or no training in health care and other components of caregiving.
The third annual Cupcake Festival will be in sweet, full swing, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Valley Park in Hurricane.
As Bob Alexander presided over his last meeting as President of the Putnam Rotary Club -- at least for a year or so -- on June 28, he expressed appreciation for the teamwork which had made his turn at the helm a time of action and new direction.
Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is throwing Teays Valley a party!