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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.

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.

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.

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.

HHS and Treasury Department announce changes to tax returns
HHS and Treasury Department announce changes to tax returns

In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department are putting in place resources to provide tax filers with the information and resources they need to get their questions...

Christian’s Sports Beat: New ‘Field of Dreams’ coming true in Charleston
Christian’s Sports Beat: New ‘Field of Dreams’ coming true in Charleston

After 10 seasons and over 1,000 games, the baseball field at Appalachian Power Park, the home of the West Virginia Power, has been replaced this off-season. The face-lift will allow the minor league baseball team to have one of the newest fields in...

‘Too Many Cooks’
‘Too Many Cooks’

“Too Many Cooks” is the fifth Nero Wolfe detective novel written by American mystery writer Rex Stout. The story takes place at the Kanawha Spa, which the reader soon recognizes as The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West...

2015 W.Va. International Auto Show rolls into Charleston this weekend
2015 W.Va. International Auto Show rolls into Charleston this weekend

The 2015 West Virginia International Auto Show will fill the Charleston Civic Center with hundreds of new model vehicles Friday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 18.

Nazarene pastor proffers new year encouragement to Rotarians
Nazarene pastor proffers new year encouragement to Rotarians

The start of a new year is a good time to examine our expectations, Bethany Carr told Putnam Rotarians at the club’s weekly meeting in Hurricane on Jan. 6.

Teays Valley author to autograph copies of latest book
Teays Valley author to autograph copies of latest book

Do you want to reclaim a childlike joy in 2015? Author Laura Boggess, of Teays Valley, will be signing copies of her new release, “Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World,” at two area bookstores this month.

Capito nominates two county students to military academies

Two Putnam County residents were among 15 state high school students Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) nominated recently to the four U.S. military service academies.

Enhancements to West Virginia Veterans Home announced
Enhancements to West Virginia Veterans Home announced

The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance and the Huntington VA Medical Center have announced enhancements to the West Virginia Veterans Home’s transitional unit, a collaborative housing initiative known as Project 214.

Teays Valley Newcomers & Neighbors offers social outlet
Teays Valley Newcomers & Neighbors offers social outlet

Start the New Year on a happy note with the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club, an organization that provides a social outlet to new and established residents.

Cookie bake-off set for Feb. 14
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.

Bananas Foster French Toast
Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas Foster is a dessert made with bananas and a buttery brown sugar, cinnamon, boozy sauce that is ignited before serving. The dish is said to have originated at the legendary Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans.

Arts & Thoughts a teaching resource for painting, pottery
Arts & Thoughts a teaching resource for painting, pottery

Studying the arts opens “footsteps” to many other subjects, says Homaira Ahmed, owner of the Arts & Thoughts Studio in Teays Valley.

Scott Depot woman wins holiday truck from Tudor’s Biscuit World
Scott Depot woman wins holiday truck from Tudor’s Biscuit World

On Dec. 23, Tudor’s Biscuit World held the annual holiday truck drawing at their new restaurant location in MacArthur.

Nitro touting WWI heritage as a way to market the town
Nitro touting WWI heritage as a way to market the town

Designated by the 97th U.S. Congress as a “Living Memorial to World War I,” the City of Nitro is moving forward with plans to capitalize on its wartime heritage.

Exit 54 Automotive offers pre-owned vehicles in an indoor setting
Exit 54 Automotive offers pre-owned vehicles in an indoor setting

Savvy vehicle shoppers won’t mind crawling under the cars to check things out at the new Exit 54 Automotive in South Charleston.

Christian’s Sports Beat: MU’s Trudo fighting to be one of the best
Christian’s Sports Beat: MU’s Trudo fighting to be one of the best

The names of Mia Hamm, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore are familiar with every young and old soccer fan across the United States. You can now add the name of Tommy Trupo of Scott Depot to the list of famous soccer players, according to...

Kanawha Valley’s ‘HARD’ skaters roll into Class C league status
Kanawha Valley’s ‘HARD’ skaters roll into Class C league status

With enough grit, guts and focused determination, going in circles can put you on the fast track to international recognition.

20th annual GoodNight celebration lineup announced
20th annual GoodNight celebration lineup announced

For the 20th New Year’s Eve, the last night of 2014 will be filled with music and other arts performances throughout Charleston during four hours of GoodNight.

Farmer’s Table: Serbian Nut Crescents
Farmer’s Table: Serbian Nut Crescents

One of the biggest adjustments I had to make when moving to this part of West Virginia from the northernmost tip was the lack of multicultural diversity.

New mural dedicated at Poca’s Raymond City boat launch
New mural dedicated at Poca’s Raymond City boat launch

With the John Amos Power Plant looming in the background, officials gathered on a cold Dec. 17 to dedicate a new mural at the Raymond City Boat Launch near Poca.

Gateway Christian Church pastor running 50 marathons in 50 states
Gateway Christian Church pastor running 50 marathons in 50 states

When it comes to competing in marathons, Pastor Jeff Ranson has hit the ground running in 48 states.

Farmer’s Table: Curried Onions
Farmer’s Table: Curried Onions

I attended Glenville State College in the 1960s. It was a suitcase school and everyone went home on weekends, except the international students; older, male students on the GI Bill and me.

The Butchmeister: Luck was the right AD at the right time

The past five years have been ones of great change within the West Virginia University athletic program, and the world of college sports in general.

Wedding Expo returns to Charleston Civic Center

Attention, all brides! The 11th annual Charleston Wedding Expo is being held on Sunday, Jan. 4, from noon until 4 p.m., at the Charleston Civic Center.

Wonderful West Virginia magazine unveils new look, features for 2015
Wonderful West Virginia magazine unveils new look, features for 2015

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.

Hurricane Police Department providing self-defense classes
Hurricane Police Department providing self-defense classes

“Self-defense classes? We offer them,” Mike Mullins told Putnam Rotarians earlier this month at their weekly meeting in Hurricane.

Putnam Career & Technical Center student’s design chosen for Toyota greeting card
Putnam Career & Technical Center student’s design chosen for Toyota greeting card

It didn’t take Tyler Carter long to find design inspiration for this year’s Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia holiday greeting card.

Toyota plant staff celebrates first transmission production from expansion

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...

Christian’s Sports Beat: An encore season for Hurricane basketball

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...

HepCatz for Christmas
HepCatz for Christmas

You’ve probably heard of Toonces, the driving cat.

Well, now you have Mr. Fluffy Butt, smoking a cigarette, wearing a fez and probably listening to some tunes as the wind flows through his fur...

‘Bags of Blessings’ bringing holiday cheer to less fortunate
‘Bags of Blessings’ bringing holiday cheer to less fortunate

Santa’s elves have been busy at Hurricane Middle School.

Eric Douglas: Shop small and local; avoid the stress

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...

Bridgeview Candles features upscale spirit-bottle creations
Bridgeview Candles features upscale spirit-bottle creations

One-of-a-kind candles that you might, for a moment or two, think you can decant -- along with unique statement home goods, vibrant interior design ideas and exquisitely crafted furniture -- are available at an ideal time for the holidays at a recently...

Kanawha State Forest among venues hosting ‘First Day Hikes’
Kanawha State Forest among venues hosting ‘First Day Hikes’

It’s not too early to think about New Year’s resolutions, and a good one would be to get outdoors more often.

BVCTC enrolling for certified bookkeeper course

BridgeValley Community and Technical College is having open enrollment for a Certified Bookkeeper course starting in January.

Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet Potato Salad

I planted a row of sweet potatoes in my garden this year. I chose a variety with compact vines so they would not take too much space. The leaves that were not nibbled by deer remained healthy all season long, so I was anxious to see what the harvest...

A Home for the Holidays (and the rest of the year, too)
A Home for the Holidays (and the rest of the year, too)

Being home for the holidays takes on a new meaning when a family doesn’t have a home, or a safe home, anyhow, to call their own.

Putnam County Master Gardeners continuing fruit tree fundraiser

The Putnam County Master Gardeners are conducting a Fruit Tree Fundraiser during through Dec. 20.

Hurricane Town Elementary offers holiday present buying for students
Hurricane Town Elementary offers holiday present buying for students

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.

Eric Douglas: Make smoke alarms a Christmas gift for your home

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.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane baseball trio sign contracts
Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane baseball trio sign contracts

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.

Hazelnut Gorgonzola Baked Apples
Hazelnut Gorgonzola Baked Apples

American hazelnut shrubs line the moist, well-drained stream banks at our farm. I have also transplanted several near the house, so I can keep an eye on them as the nuts mature.

Word of Light Community Church to host live Nativity

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).

‘TubaChristmas’ concert bound for Huntington Mall Saturday
‘TubaChristmas’ concert bound for Huntington Mall Saturday

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.

Nitro hosting holiday decoration contest

The City of Nitro will be having a Christmas decoration contest for both homes and businesses within the Nitro city limits this month.

Salvation Army announces kettle donations down this year

With increasing requests for assistance and a lagging economy, Salvation Army’s leadership in Charleston is worried about a decrease in Christmas Kettle donations.

Xspec Power bringing peace of mind to homeowners, businesses
Xspec Power bringing peace of mind to homeowners, businesses

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.

Self-service pet wash offers help with four-legged family members
Self-service pet wash offers help with four-legged family members

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.

Deer hunters have slow opener due to windy, warm weather
Deer hunters have slow opener due to windy, warm weather

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.

Maranatha Fellowship Church presents ‘Christmas Around the World’

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.

Putnam’s annual Yuletide in the Park ushers in holiday
Putnam’s annual Yuletide in the Park ushers in holiday

This holiday season, visitors to Valley Park in Hurricane will experience a Victorian-theme Christmas during the annual Yuletide in the Park.

Dagger’s Toy Run slated for Dec. 13 at St. Albans Moose
Dagger’s Toy Run slated for Dec. 13 at St. Albans Moose

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.

Eric Douglas: Winter is coming

A group of characters in the book/television series “Game of Thrones” that represent “the north” have the family catchphrase “Winter is coming.”

BridgeValley CTC enrolling for ACT prep classes

BridgeValley Community and Technical College has open enrollment for an ACT Test Prep class for high school juniors and seniors, starting in January.

Nitro Convention & Visitors Bureau invites Christmas parade participation

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).

Cranberry Cherry Sauce
Cranberry Cherry Sauce

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.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Keeping the record in the family
Christian’s Sports Beat: Keeping the record in the family

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...

Drumstick Dash 5K to benefit Union Mission
Drumstick Dash 5K to benefit Union Mission

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.

Thai Valley Kitchen a Teays Valley treat
Thai Valley Kitchen a Teays Valley treat

Back in February, a couple of new additions were about to make their way into the lives of Brett and KiKi Morris.

K.C. Lions Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to Civic Center
K.C. Lions Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to Civic Center

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.

Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance opens in Hurricane
Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance opens in Hurricane

Whether it’s in sports, life or work, Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance can help you reach your goals.

Putnam 4-H hosting holiday craft workshop, cookie exchange

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 archers in tournament
Confidence archers in tournament

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...

Children’s consignment sale this week in Charleston

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...

Applesauce Cheesecake
Applesauce Cheesecake

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,...

Holidays are special at Still Meadows Farm in southern Roane County
Holidays are special at Still Meadows Farm in southern Roane County

For a unique way to get into the holiday spirit, visit a working farm.

Winfield Scotts 4-H Club participates in First Lego League Scrimmage
Winfield Scotts 4-H Club participates in First Lego League Scrimmage

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.

Glenwood Center to promote scholarship in the humanities

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...

Area high school musicians among state Marching Band Invitational winners

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.

Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County planning open house Nov. 11

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.

Paws and Shop Thrift Store to host Christmas open house this week
Paws and Shop Thrift Store to host Christmas open house this week

The Paws and Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane is letting you be the lead dog in tackling this year’s holiday shopping list.

Isan Thai Cuisine
Isan Thai Cuisine

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...

Site preparation work done for church ’s community center
Site preparation work done for church ’s community center

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.

WVSU Student Film Festival accepting submissions

The third annual Tower Student Film Festival, hosted by West Virginia State University, is accepting submissions from area high school and college students.

UUC offering discounted weddings through November

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.

Mt. Calvary Baptist to host ‘The Married People Experience’
Mt. Calvary Baptist to host ‘The Married People Experience’

“Marriage was created to be a blast even when it feels like the rest of life is going to explode.”

Hurricane dance studio to offer ballet-intensive workshop

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.

Marco’s Pizza opens third area location in Hurricane
Marco’s Pizza opens third area location in Hurricane

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.