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Main Street Art Studio welcomes August guest artist
Main Street Art Studio welcomes August guest artist

In August, artist Susan Tschantz’s work will be exhibited as part of Main Street Art Studio’s Art Moves in Hurricane. To kick off the exhibit, the public is invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26. It will be an evening...

SCHS students ‘reaching for space,’ Rotarians learn
SCHS students ‘reaching for space,’ Rotarians learn

NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative provides opportunities for auxiliary payloads to fly on rockets in upcoming launches.

“It’s a way for NASA to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers,” Joe Oliver told...

W.Va. School of Gospel Music accepting enrollment applications

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The 18th annual West Virginia School of Gospel Music is scheduled to take place Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1 at Fisher Memorial Church, in Goldtown, Jackson County, north of Sissonville and the Kanawha and Putnam county...

Hurricane pastor lauded on 40th anniversary of ordination
Hurricane pastor lauded on 40th anniversary of ordination

Congregants of Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, other community members, clergy and colleagues convened recently to congratulate the church’s pastor on a landmark career achievement.

The Rev. Thomas L. Quickel Jr. (or “Pastor...

Summer a good time to tune up with yoga
Summer a good time to tune up with yoga

“I really hate the way yoga keeps my body youthful and fit,” said absolutely no one EVER.

And why would they? Everywhere you look, there are new products being sold claiming to burn fat, remove the muffin top and magically grow...

Forrest Burdette Memorial sponsoring big block party

Fun and fitness will be the focus of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church’s first Be Loved and Fit Block Party coming up on Saturday, July 19, at the church, 2848 Putnam Ave., in Hurricane.

Forrest Burdette volunteer Beth...

Putnam-based West Virginia Treble Makers children’s choir begins second year
Putnam-based West Virginia Treble Makers children’s choir begins second year

There’s great joy in making music, and Ilse Long, founder and director of the Putnam County-based West Virginia Treble Makers children’s choir, knows how important -- and fun -- music can be for children and youth.

Long, former...

2014 Putnam County Fair ready for Friday kick-off in Eleanor
2014 Putnam County Fair ready for Friday kick-off in Eleanor

The quiet hiss of water from a garden hose and some birds singing were about the only sounds on an evening last week at the Ernest Page Jr. Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

That will change this weekend, when the 2014 version of the Putnam County Fair...

Perspective workshop coming to Huntington gallery
Perspective workshop coming to Huntington gallery

Area artist Ron Haeberle will lead a workshop, “Perspective and Depth in Painting,” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Renaissance Art Gallery in Huntington.

Any drawing or painting is a two-dimensional representation of...

Celebrate the Fourth with a blueberry cherry pie
Celebrate the Fourth with a blueberry cherry pie

The sour cherry season is finished in this area, and the yield was not big this year due to late frosts that killed the blossoms. Blueberries are just beginning to ripen. They, too, were affected by the early spring cold spell, but they are now...

Fourth annual FAN Night tabbed for July 11 at Power Park
Fourth annual FAN Night tabbed for July 11 at Power Park

The JeffersonWhitney Foundation, a Hurricane-based, nonprofit organization that advocates for the special needs community, is presenting its fourth annual FAN Night at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston on Friday, July 11.

FAN, similar to...

CAMC to offer tour, sibling ‘prep’ class Thursday
CAMC to offer tour, sibling ‘prep’ class Thursday

If you’re expecting a new family member in the near future, the staff at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital can offer some preliminary preparation (and reassurance) for the new arrival.

On Thursday, July 3, the CAMC Women and...

Soccer’s popularity growing in the Kanawha Valley
Soccer’s popularity growing in the Kanawha Valley

As soccer continues to grow in the United States, it does so in West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley, as well.

More than 18 million watched the U.S. against Portugal in the World Cup on ESPN on June 22, setting a record as the most-viewed soccer...

Dive Tech & Sports observing 20th year in business
Dive Tech & Sports observing 20th year in business

As a scuba diving enthusiast and veteran dive instructor, Timmy Young likes being under water, but now he’s enjoying life out of the water, too, in Putnam County, which is the new home for his Dive Tech & Sports Inc.

Last December,...

Nitro teacher leaves legacy in hearts and minds of students
Nitro teacher leaves legacy in hearts and minds of students

The stands at the Nitro football field were filled with hundreds of people, but there was no cheering.

On Monday evening, June 30, students, teachers and other members of the Nitro community gathered for a memorial and candlelight vigil...

Scott Depot artist’s work on display at Huntington gallery
Scott Depot artist’s work on display at Huntington gallery

“Juicy Fruit,” an 8-inch-by-10-inch, oil painting by Scott Depot artist Susan Tschantz, is on display, with other small works, in the Kumkum Majumdar Exhibition Hall of the Renaissance Art Gallery.

Tschantz has a continuing...

Milton Baptist Church announces calendar of events

The following activities are planned or underway at Milton Baptist Church:

Flag Football, Cheerleading Evaluations

Milton Baptist Church Upward flag football and cheerleading evaluations have been scheduled for the following dates and...

Southern District 4-H Horse Camp teaches riding disciplines, horse care
Southern District 4-H Horse Camp teaches riding disciplines, horse care

From beginners to seasoned riders, the Southern District 4-H Horse Camp at Camp Virgil Tate teaches the young participants everything from how to ride a horse to the proper care and feeding of one.

The annual camp, which ran the week of June 15,...

Secret Santa Foundation to host benefit golf tournament Aug. 4

The first week of August may seem a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but not for the Secret Santa Foundation.

To help hundreds of local children in December, the foundation will host a fundraising golf tournament on Monday, Aug. 4,...

Former WVU standout stars for USA in the World Cup
Former WVU standout stars for USA in the World Cup

Once every four years, the global sport of football, or soccer as its known here in the United States, takes center stage for the planet’s most watched sporting event.

For many Americans it’s the only time the sport is given any...

Bacon Ranch Pea Salad
Bacon Ranch Pea Salad

I cannot begin to count the number of times my mother would tell me to “eat your peas,” when I was a child. She implied they were good for me.

The peas my mother served were usually straight from the can. They didn’t taste...

Entries sought for WCD photo contest

The Western Conservation District is sponsoring its 15th annual conservation photo contest for youth and adults.

The photo contest is an educational program sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary and is open...

Teays Valley Snap Fitness COO speaks to Putnam Rotary
Teays Valley Snap Fitness COO speaks to Putnam Rotary

“The question I get asked most frequently” Chris Rotella said on June 17 to members of Putnam Rotary, “is, ‘How are you different from every other gym in the area?’

“The answer is,” he said,...

2014 Putnam County Fair taking shape, featuring old and new
2014 Putnam County Fair taking shape, featuring old and new

In less than a month, thousands will again head eagerly to Eleanor for the family fun and festivities of the annual Putnam County Fair.

This year’s fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 through Saturday, July 19. Along with the familiar...

Quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at Culture Center
Quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at Culture Center

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, “Quilts and Wall Hangings 2014,” was unveiled in the Great Hall of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on May 23.

The juried...

Scott Depot church offering ‘Parents’ Night Out’
Scott Depot church offering ‘Parents’ Night Out’

Winfield Community Church at 144 Rocky Step Road in Scott Depot is offering a community-wide program called “Parents’ Night Out,” beginning this week.

Occurring from 6 to 9 p.m. once or twice a month on Fridays through...

Quantum Sports Center operator addresses club
Quantum Sports Center operator addresses club

Childhood obesity is a big problem in West Virginia. Aaron Wood told Putnam Rotarians on June 10 that two out of five children of elementary school age are pre-diabetic.

“Fewer and fewer kids are participating in extracurricular...

Asian Sugar Snap Peas
Asian Sugar Snap Peas

I like traditional flat snow peas and my husband likes sugar snap peas, a cultivar group of peas with rounded, edible pods. This year, we grew both. The rabbits in the neighborhood also prefer the flat peas, so we have an abundant crop of sugar snap...

Hurricane basks in championship glory
Hurricane basks in championship glory

Hurricane native honored as Bethany College valedictorian
Hurricane native honored as Bethany College valedictorian

Valedictorian Cameron A. Cooper of Hurricane, who completed his college career with a perfect 4.0 GPA, was recognized during Bethany College’s 2014 Commencement ceremony on May 17.

Dr. Katrina L. D’Aquin, Interim Vice President...

Milton Rotary president-elect speaks to Putnam counterparts
Milton Rotary president-elect speaks to Putnam counterparts

Brian Harless had worked for Bell Atlantic and Verizon without much thought to “service above self” or civic duty as a personal responsibility.

Now, as a technical supervisor with Frontier Communications, he finds himself as the...

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This is the time of year when strawberries and rhubarb are in season and at their peak. I like to combine them in jams, compotes and pie.

I wasn’t always a fan of rhubarb, a species of plant in the Polygonaceae family, with crisp stalks...

Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro celebrates grand re-opening in new store
Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro celebrates grand re-opening in new store

Those comfy rocking chairs and friendly faces are still there at the new location of Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro.

On Friday, June 6, Fruth Pharmacy officials and local dignitaries participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the grand...

Redeemer Church begins VBS registration

Students who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade can begin registering for “Sherlock Holmes & the Greatest Mystery,” the unique vacation Bible school event at Redeemer Church (PCA) in Hurricane.

The VBS will be held...

St. Paul’s United Methodist in Nitro offering new summer program for children

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Nitro will lead children on a world tour this summer, but they won’t have to venture from the church on 20th Street.

The church is introducing a new summer program for children ages 4 through...

Fifth-grade students increase H2O knowledge at Children’s Water Festival
Fifth-grade students increase H2O knowledge at Children’s Water Festival

Hundreds of fifth-grade students from a number of Putnam County schools were led to water last week -- and drank in a veritable wellspring of knowledge as a result.

The Children’s Water Festival took place on June 4 at the Wave Pool at...

Giving broken skateboards a new purpose
Giving broken skateboards a new purpose

When some people are bored, they set around, dabbling in this and that, whatever to occupy the mind.

It is during these times that a person’s creativity tends to come out, either in the form of a piece of art on a sheet of paper or...

Gabriel Project opens site at St. Timothy’s in Hurricane
Gabriel Project opens site at St. Timothy’s in Hurricane

It’s been said that babies aren’t born with instructions, but the Gabriel Project continues to do its part to provide pregnant women and new mothers with valuable information to help them raise healthy, happy children.

The Gabriel...

Buffalo softball dynasty wins fourth consecutive title

In the history of sports competition some teams go beyond the normal classification of champion. They stretch out one glorious season into another and another, until the winning ways become an addiction, an expectation.

It’s those teams...

Jazz-MU-Tazz youth summer camp coming to Marshall

The 16th annual Jazz-MU-Tazz event for students in grades seven through 12 kicks off Monday, June 9, in Marshall University’s Jomie Jazz Center on the Huntington campus.

It will end with a finale concert Saturday, June 14, at Pullman...

Red House Church to host annual animation next week
Red House Church to host annual animation next week

Wannabe Walt Disneys and other young, creative types are invited to tap their muses, computer mouses and color markers for the annual Red House Church Animation Camp that begins this weekend.

Now in its 11th year, the Animation Camp will take...

Local girls a hit in the ring
Local girls a hit in the ring

On a warm Wednesday evening, at a nondescript warehouse just off Patrick Street, a number of young boxers prepare for another intense training session, sweat already forming on their brows.

Standing at one end of the gym (erected in October by...

Local author releases new adventure novel
Local author releases new adventure novel

Charleston adventure author Eric Douglas’ latest novel, “Heart of the Maya,” is now available.

The book is the fifth in the Mike Scott adventure series. In this story, murder, kidnapping and the theft of an ancient Mayan...

Enjoy a spring delicacy with Asparagus Salad
Enjoy a spring delicacy with Asparagus Salad

Asparagus is a spring delicacy that should be planted in more West Virginia gardens, according to the West Virginia University Extension Service.

It is not difficult to grow and the plants will yield tasty stalks for 15 years or...

Wave Pool opens with improvements, bigger splash Putnam County residents to get discount each Wednesday

A favorite summertime destination of Putnam Countians and guests reopened on Saturday, and it is making a bigger splash than ever -- literally.

The Wave Pool at Valley Park in Hurricane opened to the public for the summer season on May 24,...

St. Francis School offering open enrollment for 2014-15 school year

St. Francis School, 525 Holley St., St. Albans, is accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for grades preschool through five.

An open house is planned from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Preschool programs are offered...

Longtime John Henson Senior Center director retiring at end of May
Longtime John Henson Senior Center director retiring at end of May

As director of the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane for the past 12 years, Sally Halstead has made lots of friends, heard plenty of laughter and helped improve the lives of seniors who walk through the doors.

It’s a job she loves...

Local mother seeks to raise awareness of controversial, little-known disorder
Local mother seeks to raise awareness of controversial, little-known disorder

Hurricane Middle School student Jaiden Reed is an exemplary student, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, and a gifted musician, an All-State saxophone player, eighth chair in the county.

And, for the past year and a half, until recently, her...

Hensons find Joy with new addition
Hensons find Joy with new addition

She is now known as Joy, a bright and happy 14-year old girl living in a good home with a caring family.

Last summer, however, that was not the case.

She was living in a broken, dysfunctional home and alone most of the time caring for...

Giving a child a home
Giving a child a home

Due in no fault of their own, many children throughout the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia find themselves taken from their homes and biological families for their own safety and well-being.

Usually at play here are drugs and/or abuse, both...

Former NFL star discusses pro career at Rotary meeting
Former NFL star discusses pro career at Rotary meeting

Carl Lee was at the top of his game after 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings.

“When you walk into a locker room and you are a starter,” he said, “there’s no question about you’re right, and you’re good...

Shopping at the Farmers Market
Shopping at the Farmers Market

The Putnam Farmers Market is now open for the season. During the month of May, it is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In June, the schedule will change with additional hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The market is a great place to...

School gardening made perennial education tool
School gardening made perennial education tool

How can school children improve self-esteem and academic test scores while gaining a positive view toward healthy foods?

The answer takes root in something as simple as a school garden, according to West Virginia University Extension...

Teays Valley native praised for teaching skills
Teays Valley native praised for teaching skills

Deborah Humphries, a parent whose 16-year-old son, Brett, attends Special Education classes at Riverside High School in Belle, felt the work her son’s teacher performed over the past academic year, deserved special recognition.

The Belle...

Andes defeats challenger for county commission seat

Putnam County Commission President and incumbent Steve Andes defeated his Republican challenger by a virtual 2-1 margin in May 13’s primary election.

Andes received 2,444 votes to challenger Jerry Dials’ 1,223 votes.

With no...

Hurricane studio offers belly dancing, performance art instruction
Hurricane studio offers belly dancing, performance art instruction

There’s an open and inviting new space on Main Street in Hurricane that can be just about anything you want it to be. Hence, its name: The Blank Slate.

Located at 2759 Main St., The Blank Slate, under the direction of Jennifer McQuerrey...

Colonial-era history on display
Colonial-era history on display

When the term “historical reenactor” is mentioned, the first thing that will come to the minds of most, at least in this country, anyhow, will be the Civil War.

However, there are a group of reenactors in the area that take their...

GWES named 2014-2015 School of Excellence

George Washington Elementary School in Eleanor and two other West Virginia schools have been named Schools of Excellence for the 2014-2015 school year.

Brandywine Elementary School in Pendleton County and Maxwell Hill Elementary in Raleigh...

Charleston Art Group trio’s work gains acceptance into Tamarack
Charleston Art Group trio’s work gains acceptance into Tamarack

For a trio of artists from the Charleston Art Group, divergent things and situations have led them on journeys of creativity. Think mischievous cats, shattered CDs and even a husband with a serious illness.

From those, the three artists, Brenda...

SpeakEasy Singles to host reunion/anniversary dance

The SpeakEasy Singles social group, open to all residents of the Kanawha Valley, has planned a variety of socializing opportunities in May and beyond.

The group will have its Dancing Thru the Decades Reunion/Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May...

Winfield to build new sewer treatment plant in response to ammonia pollution
Winfield to build new sewer treatment plant in response to ammonia pollution

The city of Winfield is hoping to break ground on a new sewer treatment plant by 2016 after years of having excessive ammonia dumped into the Kanawha River.

The city’s current sewer plant, which was built in the mid-1980s when Winfield...

UTVs becoming the choice for off-road riders
UTVs becoming the choice for off-road riders

For years ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, dominated the West Virginia countryside as a main choice for off-road adventurers.

The 4-wheelers gave riders free rein over some of the state’s hilly, rough terrain, especially for those who were...

Bancroft student makes comeback after near-death experience
Bancroft student makes comeback after near-death experience

In early 2005, David Milhorn II was at a high-point in his life.

Milhorn, a 22-year old student at Ben Franklin Career and Technical Center in Dunbar, had just won a gold medal at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Skills Conference, a competition...