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Upcoming running events
Upcoming running events

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.

Petco specialty retailer opens in Liberty Square shopping center
Petco specialty retailer opens in Liberty Square shopping center

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.

Putnam Rotary Club announces scholarships
Putnam Rotary Club announces scholarships

The Putnam Rotary Club has awarded college scholarships to Zachary Jay Coleman, Allison Paige Harold and Jordan Miranda Losh.

5K Glow Run Saturday in Charleston
5K Glow Run Saturday in Charleston

The 2016 5K Glow Run will step off at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Charleston.

Eric Douglas: An Olympic-sized example of how to behave
Eric Douglas: An Olympic-sized example of how to behave

For the last week and a half, I’ve been a self-proclaimed expert in televised sports that I wouldn’t normally watch.

Applications available for 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas
Applications available for 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas

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.

Alban Arts Academy announces classes in Putnam, Kanawha

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.

Tri-County YMCA to host Truck Bryant basketball camp next week
Tri-County YMCA to host Truck Bryant basketball camp next week

The Tri-County YMCA will host the Truck Bryant Basketball Skills Camp at its Carls Lane facility in Scott Depot next week.

Farmer’s Table: Leek Pie
Farmer’s Table: Leek Pie

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.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane runners getting ready
Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane runners getting ready

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.

Kanawha Players to present ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’
Kanawha Players to present ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’

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.

2016 Back-to-School Blast Friday in Eleanor
2016 Back-to-School Blast Friday in Eleanor

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.

Hurricane pinstripe artist to give demos at Summerfest car show
Hurricane pinstripe artist to give demos at Summerfest car show

Finding no pinstripes on Milt Wheeler’s car is like finding no photographs on Ansel Adams’ walls.

Poca outdoor-adventure emporium making a splash with high-end kayaks
Poca outdoor-adventure emporium making a splash with high-end kayaks

For the past 15 years, Casey Turley has had what many football fans would consider a dream job.

Eric Douglas: Hoover provided a sense of community ‘up Elk’
Eric Douglas: Hoover provided a sense of community ‘up Elk’

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...

‘Pets at the Park Day’ Power game to benefit KCHA
‘Pets at the Park Day’ Power game to benefit KCHA

Take your four-legged friends out to the ballgame with you at “Pets at the Park Day.”

Equine-program volunteer speaks to Rotarians
Equine-program volunteer speaks to Rotarians

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.

Milton woman appointed Marshall registrar
Milton woman appointed Marshall registrar

Marshall University has appointed Dr. Sonja G. Cantrell of Milton as the university registrar, effective Aug. 1.

Putnam library, PBS to host open house for pre-K, kindergarten students

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.

DNR’s Outdoors-Woman fall workshop planned at North Bend

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program invites women to give new outdoor interests a try with a little help from knowledgeable instructors.

County senior centers hosting workshops for caregivers

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.

3rd annual Cupcake Festival coming to Hurricane
3rd annual Cupcake Festival coming to Hurricane

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.

Rotary president reviews year of service
Rotary president reviews year of service

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 having free carnival

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is throwing Teays Valley a party!

Thomas Health System offering free sports physicals

Thomas Health System is providing free sports physicals in any one of the Thomas Care Clinic locations or at St. Francis First in Charleston.

Newspaper participates in school drive
Newspaper participates in school drive

The Charleston Gazette-Mail recently participated in a drive to collect school supplies for the schools affected by the June floods. The supplies were delivered last week to BB&T in Charleston. Above, Tricia Washington of Dunbar (left) and Jane...

Farmer’s Table: Harvard Beets
Farmer’s Table: Harvard Beets

I harvested all of our beets last week. I made Polish borscht and a variety of salads, but I still had plenty left. I hadn’t made Harvard Beets in a long time and decided they would be the perfect accompaniment to a savory zucchini macaroni and...

Eric Douglas: Finding unexpected opportunities
Eric Douglas: Finding unexpected opportunities

As fall turned into winter last year, I tossed our collapsing carved pumpkins and decorative gourds on the ground beside a retaining wall in our yard.

New Hope Animal Rescue hosting customer appreciation day

New Hope Animal Rescue will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, at its Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

Winfield student a repeat 4-H winner at Putnam County Fair
Winfield student a repeat 4-H winner at Putnam County Fair

Pampering a pig named Princess has paid off for a Winfield girl.

Putnam County Schools offering HIV/AIDS education

An HIV/AIDS education program will be conducted by health teachers in health education classes in grades seven, eight and nine in Putnam County Schools.

Teays Valley Fire Department receives federal grant for equipment, protective clothing
Teays Valley Fire Department receives federal grant for equipment, protective clothing

On July 8, the Teays Valley Fire Department was awarded a federal grant for $404,378 for the purchase of 35 self-contained breathing apparatus, four 12 lead cardiac monitor/defibrillators, one Lucas Automated CPR device and seven complete ensembles of...

Farmer’s Table: Summer Squash Casserole
Farmer’s Table: Summer Squash Casserole

Summer squash is a short-season crop, but some farmers do succession planting to extend the season and maximize the garden’s yield. If lucky, the plants will produce for about three months.

Farmers market vouchers available to Putnam County seniors

The Department of Agriculture has provided this year’s West Virginia Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, worth $28 each, to the Putnam County Aging Program for distribution to Putnam County seniors ages 60-plus based on household size...

Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance
Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance

Today is my 49th birthday.

I’m not telling you that to get attention. Realistically, my mom did all the work this day 49 years ago, so thank you, Mom!

Christian’s Sports Beat: From the field to the booth
Christian’s Sports Beat: From the field to the booth

CINCINNATI -- For as long as I can remember (and that is for only 12 years), I have enjoyed listening to sports on the radio.

Nitro Public Library major renovations nearly complete
Nitro Public Library major renovations nearly complete

It’s been a long summer for patrons of the Nitro Public Library, as they wait for a major renovation project to be completed.

Woman relates experiences of demonic harassment to Putnam Rotary
Woman relates experiences of demonic harassment to Putnam Rotary

Paranormal activity is nothing new for Point Pleasant.

Farmer’s Table: Thai Spicy Eggplant with Basil
Farmer’s Table: Thai Spicy Eggplant with Basil

I can thank the lowly eggplant for the opportunity to write this weekly column.

Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there
Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my grandfather being on the Dunbar City Council when the city building was built in 1941.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center
‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present the stage version of the popular animated Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

Hurricane church’s interim pastor begins final month in pulpit
Hurricane church’s interim pastor begins final month in pulpit

A longtime, briefly retired Charleston clergyman is in the final weeks of more than a year of “fill-in” ministry at First Baptist Church of Hurricane.

New Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic opens
New Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic opens

The new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in South Charleston, which had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 1, is much larger and offers more services than its former location in Kanawha City.

Farmers market vouchers available to Putnam County seniors

The Department of Agriculture has provided this year’s West Virginia Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, worth $28 each, to the Putnam County Aging Program for distribution to Putnam County seniors ages 60-plus based on household size...

Cabell County Fair opens Saturday
Cabell County Fair opens Saturday

The 2016 Cabell County Fair begins Saturday, July 23 at Pumpkin Park in Milton and other venues and continues daily through Saturday, July 30.

Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall
Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall

Although the Academy of Arts at January’s specializes primarily in teaching dance and movement classes for youths as young as 2, its forthcoming Wine-Down Wednesdays are for older -- and more refined -- tastes this fall. (As in 21 and...

Owners of TCBY in Teays Valley seek to sell longtime yogurt shop
Owners of TCBY in Teays Valley seek to sell longtime yogurt shop

After nearly 20 years of operating the TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) shop in Teays Valley, owner Adam Sponaugle, his wife, Carol, and daughter, Lorra, are ready to move on.

Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”
Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”

I didn’t become a devotee of Sherlock Holmes until a college roommate loaned me his two-volume set of original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle in the late ‘70s. Sure, as a kid I enjoyed the old Basil Rathbone movies on TV, but it...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes
Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes

By now, everyone is well aware of the disastrous flood that tore through many parts of West Virginia almost three weeks ago.

Teays Valley Christian conducts basketball clinics
Teays Valley Christian conducts basketball clinics

Ryan Arrowood, boys basketball coach at Teays Valley Christian School, conducted his Be Better Today basketball clinics last week for grade school and middle school students.

Putnam, Cabell students graduate from Marshall University

According to the Marshall University website, the following Putnam and Cabell county residents, within the Metro Putnam circulation area, received degrees from the Huntington school at a May commencement ceremony:

This week’s Putnam County Fair schedule
This week’s Putnam County Fair schedule

The 2016 Putnam County Fair continues this week at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts
Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts

June 23’s cataclysmic flooding throughout West Virginia is still wending toward happy endings -- wherever, whenever and however possible -- for hundreds of families.

Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing
Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing

In the early days of the Putnam Farmers Market, many producers grew and sold the same common items: Silver Queen corn, half-runner beans and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. There was little variety.

Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime
Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime

Crime has been around since the earliest recorded history. There have always been people who have decided it is easier to take what someone else has than to make it or earn it themselves. There are more than 50 references to “thief” or...

Garlic harvesting workshop coming to Charleston

The West Virginia State University Extension Service will sponsor a free, hands-on garlic harvesting workshop on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at Hudson Farms, 69 Silo St. in Charleston.

Hurricane caboose gets new home
Hurricane caboose gets new home

The City of Hurricane’s vintage train caboose, which was displayed for years on Main Street, has a new home in Hurricane City Park.

Flooding dampens 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion plans on Blue Creek

Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion was scheduled weeks ago for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.

Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief
Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief

The American Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter, meals, cleaning supplies, help and hope to those affected by the June 23 flooding across West Virginia.

Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend
Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend

Fans of the fictional, Victorian-era detective Sherlock Holmes will have a new mystery to enjoy, beginning this weekend at the Alban Arts Center on Olde Main Street in St. Albans.

Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)
Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)

Larry Foster, owner of Foster Farm in Putnam County, is one of my favorite farmers. He sells eggs, pork and assorted vegetables at the Putnam Farmers Market. Last week, my husband purchased smoked ham slices from Foster Farm.

Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time
Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time

The outpouring of support and donations for our friends and neighbors who have had their homes destroyed and lives turned upside down by the floods of June 23 and 24 was simply amazing, even though it was no surprise. West Virginians have a long...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Time to get training
Christian’s Sports Beat: Time to get training

This is the last week of a three-week training period allowed by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission for high school and middle school student athletes across the state. This is the second time that I have been involved in this...

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Peach Pie
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Peach Pie

My friend, John Porter, the Charleston Gazette-Mail Garden Guru, wrote an article earlier in the year about blueberries. He said blueberries purchased in the grocery store pale in comparison to those grown in the home garden. As always, he is...

SmithFit Training LLC moves into larger facility in Hurricane
SmithFit Training LLC moves into larger facility in Hurricane

As heavy rain fell from a dark sky, all was bright and cheery inside the new SmithFit Training gym and fitness center in Hurricane.

Area youths participate in WVU music camp for visually impaired
Area youths participate in WVU music camp for visually impaired

Twenty-nine blind and visually impaired children from across West Virginia are sharpening their musical skills – and learning important life lessons – at the West Virginia University Eye Institute’s Children’s Vision...

2016 Carbide Camps Reunion bound for Blue Creek

Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion is scheduled for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.

Scott Depot man sells wide variety of organic coffees, teas online
Scott Depot man sells wide variety of organic coffees, teas online

Loren Jordan sells no average Joe.

At Jordan’s Scott Depot-based Mountain Boys Coffee Shop, the java collection, available for online purchases, is 100 percent organic and virtually global in source.

Editor’s Desk: Communities come together to help June flood victims
Editor’s Desk: Communities come together to help June flood victims

“Homeless flood victim....Those words still seem surreal to me. I lay my head down at night in a bed that doesn’t belong to me, and when the panic attacks stop, I wake the next morning to find the nightmare is real and we start...

Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity
Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the obesity problem, and one way to determine if you are at an elevated risk for heart disease by measuring your waist size.

Barn Time Horse Day Camp to be offered

Barn Time Horse Day Camp, for ages 5 and up, will be offered this summer at Tyler Mountain Stables in Cross Lanes.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

St. Albans Riverfest underway
St. Albans Riverfest underway

St. Albans’ Riverfest 2016 is in progress through Sunday, June 26.

Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program
Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program

Soon, the spring air will be filled with hams.

Well, technically, and technologically, the spring airwaves.

Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps
Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps

The West Virginia Board of Education recognized two outstanding programs that have received statewide recognition from policymakers and other industries, on May 9 in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad

Sweet, luscious, locally grown blueberries have arrived at farmers markets, and 2016 is proving to be a bumper year.

Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer
Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer

Now through mid-August, the Tri-County YMCA’s Camp High-Tor will be open for children finishing kindergarten through age 17.

General Hardware opens in Winfield
General Hardware opens in Winfield

When Winfield Hardware, a neighborhood staple for more than 40 years, closed in 2014, it meant that local residents had to travel to big box stores in Teays Valley for their hardware needs.

‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties
‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties

Area doctors aren’t exactly making house calls in a new, free health initiative, but they are stepping out from their offices, aiming to make great strides with their fellow Kanawha and Putnam countians.

Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s
Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s

Providing dance education for the past 30 years, the Academy of Arts at January’s is warming up for another summertime season of instruction, engagement and involvement.

Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below
Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below

I’ve always heard it said that the most militant anti-smokers are former smokers who have quit.

Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy
Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy

A few weeks ago, I was running around town with my youngest daughter. We were in Dunbar and had a few minutes to kill before an appointment, so we stopped by the Dunbar City Building to take a picture. I knew what we would find when we got there, but...

Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps to state Board of Education
Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps to state Board of Education

The West Virginia Board of Education recognized two outstanding programs that have received statewide recognition from policymakers and other industries, on May 9 in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts
Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts

I allocate one small row at the end of a raised bed each year for growing romaine lettuce. I usually buy small plants at the greenhouse, since that will provide an ample springtime supply. I try to find assorted heirloom varieties, which add visual...

St. Albans High School to induct new members into Hall of Fame

A new class will be inducted into the St. Albans High School Sports and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 23.

Princess Summer Camp coming to Bancroft in July
Princess Summer Camp coming to Bancroft in July

Scott Depot-based Putnam Princess Parties LLC will host the inaugural Princess Summer Camp in Bancroft.

West Teays Elementary’s artist-in-residence leads pottery classes
West Teays Elementary’s artist-in-residence leads pottery classes

In the waning days of the school year, clay was on the minds -- and in the hands -- of fourth-graders at West Teays Elementary School.

Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016
Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016

If you’re looking for a vacation getaway this year that maximizes your leisure time and travel budget and minimizes the headaches that sometimes accompany getting there and back, a local expert has some timely tips to consider.

KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips
KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips

The recently launched KC Ready phone app supplies free, virtually instantaneous information on how to more safely respond to severe weather conditions and other disasters and emergencies when they occur -- often with little to no warning -- in the...

Kanawha Players to present ‘The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’’

The Kanawha Players will present West Virginia playwright Jean Battlo’s “The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 9 in the LaBelle Theater on D Street, South Charleston.

Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrates second anniversary
Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrates second anniversary

Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrated its second anniversary recently at Gritts Farm in Eleanor.

PCTC students among culinary arts award winners

ProStart teams from James Rumsey Technical Institute and Carver Career Center in Malden placed first at the 2016 Hospitality Cup-West Virginia’s State ProStart Competition in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively.

WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life
WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life

A new initiative by West Virginia State University Extension Service seeks to create longer-lasting fruits and vegetables by providing the state’s small farmers with education and resources regarding cold chain technology.

WVSU 4-H youth camp connects STEM learning, transportation careers

Trains, planes and automobiles will come into play during the annual National Summer Transportation Institute 4-H Camp at West Virginia State University.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday
Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the second annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Sunday, June 12.

Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week
Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week

A seasonal feasting favorite is back in all of its saucy, glorious, smoke-filled splendor this week, when Ribfest returns from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12, at Oakes Field in South Charleston.

Tri-Y’s Camp High-Tor to open June 13
Tri-Y’s Camp High-Tor to open June 13

The Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot has announced its summer camp, Camp High-Tor, will open on Monday, June 13 and continue through mid-August.

Applicants sought for W.Va. Food and Farm Trail

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages industry partners to submit events, attractions and/or destinations to be considered for the West Virginia Food and Farm Trail which will highlight agritourism in the state.

MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project
MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project

She may be several years away from applying to medical school or even college, but Lakshmi Sundaram, a sophomore at Hurricane High School, is well on her way to a science career.