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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.