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Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world
Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world

As the father of two teenage girls, I heard something recently that I almost never hear.

Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston
Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston

More than 40 breweries, offering 150 craft and other beers, will be serving those 21 and older at the Foam at the Dome event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the University of Charleston stadium (former Laidley Field).

Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’
Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’

For the first time in its century-plus history, the Charleston Elks Lodge #202 will have a woman leading the herd.

Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’
Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’

I still remember going to Watt Powell Park as a kid to see a baseball game. It had to be in the mid-1970s. The Charleston Charlies took the field that night. (Six different teams called that park home during its lifetime.)

W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday
W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday

The West Virginia Youth Symphony will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. in Charleston.

National Travel and Tourism Week events slated around the state

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, in collaboration with local partners, will host a series of events showcasing the many wild, wonderful activities in West Virginia, to celebrate the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week May...

Sponsors sought for Teays Valley cinemas’ free summer kids’ series

The Frank Theatres Free Summer Kids Series is the perfect place for camp field trips and family fun days. This special promotion runs entirely off of sponsorships and gives local businesses as well as national chains the opportunity to showcase their...

Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May
Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May

Run For The Wall will arrive 400 motorcycles strong at the Wave Pool Park in Hurricane at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring student PSA, billboard contests
Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring student PSA, billboard contests

The Putnam Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a pair of student contests to counter drug abuse this month.

Plans unveiled for 2016 Putnam County Fair
Plans unveiled for 2016 Putnam County Fair

“We are the only county fair in the state that runs from Saturday to Saturday -- a full eight days,” Derek Casto told Putnam Rotary members in Hurricane on April 19.

Arts in Action to host Princess Academy in July
Arts in Action to host Princess Academy in July

Imagination, creativity, interactive play, movement through dance, crafts and music will all be part of the princess experience at Hurricane’s Arts in Action studios this summer.

Putnam Career and Technical Center medal winners announced

The following Putnam Career and Technical Center students earned medals in the recent SkillsUSA state competition:

Putnam students graduate from WVU
Putnam students graduate from WVU

According to the West Virginia University website, the following Putnam County residents graduated from WVU in December:

Eric Douglas: We all live on the same Earth
Eric Douglas: We all live on the same Earth

My wife is reading “Some Are Born Great” by author Adela Rogers St. John from 1974.

Batman, local law enforcement officials salute Hurricane High leukemia patient, classmates
Batman, local law enforcement officials salute Hurricane High leukemia patient, classmates

In a team-up of fictional and real-life crimefighters, the Batman teamed with Hurricane High School, the Cabell and Putnam County Sheriff’s Departments, West Virginia State Police and the Milton and Hurricane Police Departments recently to...

Farmer’s Table: Creasy Greens
Farmer’s Table: Creasy Greens

It was about this time, 40 years ago, when my elderly neighbor knocked on the door and handed me a brown paper “poke.” He was grinning from ear to ear.

Christian Deiss: Time to play ball!
Christian Deiss: Time to play ball!

The 2016 baseball season for the West Virginia Power began earlier this month when the Minor League club opened up on the road against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Tri-County Y plans Healthy Kids Day
Tri-County Y plans Healthy Kids Day

In keeping with its “Heart of the Community” mission, the Tri-County YMCA, in Scott Depot, will again conduct a free “Healthy Kids Day” this spring.

Sheriff’s Department unveils Miller Award for DUI prevention efforts
Sheriff’s Department unveils Miller Award for DUI prevention efforts

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who was killed in a DUI-related car crash in 2006, will be remembered through a new award that was unveiled at a Putnam County Commission meeting on April 12.

W.Va. Urban Ag Conference returning for third year
W.Va. Urban Ag Conference returning for third year

Registration is in progress for the third annual West Virginia Urban Ag Conference, which will take place on the West Virginia State University campus in Institute, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30.

Area students graduate from Marshall
Area students graduate from Marshall

December 2015 Marshall University graduates have been listed on the MU website. Graduates from the Metro Putnam circulation area include:

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.

A heart for helping: The Furniture Mission begins another season of aid
A heart for helping: The Furniture Mission begins another season of aid

As the door to a storage shed was opened, a shaft of sunlight revealed a collection of used furniture ready to brighten the lives of the less fortunate.

Farmer’s Table: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton
Farmer’s Table: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton

Mirlitons are funny, green, slightly wrinkled, pear-shaped squash, technically a member of the gourd family. The plant is native to Mexico and was once the principal food of the Aztecs and Mayans.

Eric Douglas: Learning what I don’t know
Eric Douglas: Learning what I don’t know

I am self-aware enough to know that I don’t know everything, even when I think I do.

Editor’s Desk: GM Outdoor Pursuits coming in May
Editor’s Desk: GM Outdoor Pursuits coming in May

I had meant to go see “The Revenant” even before Leo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for his role in it.

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.

Entries being accepted for Hurricane Spring Festival talent show

If you gotta sing, gotta dance or got another crowd-pleasing talent, get into the act for the talent show at Hurricane’s 2016 Spring Festival now.

Teen Cuisine cooking classes coming to Winfield
Teen Cuisine cooking classes coming to Winfield

A six-session series of free, interactive basic cooking and nutrition classes for pregnant teenagers, young single parents, independent teens and at-risk youth ages 16 to 21 will be held weekly in Winfield, beginning later this month.

Hometown students make blankets for cancer patient
Hometown students make blankets for cancer patient

As an expression of love and caring, students at Hometown Elementary School have been busy recently making tied blankets for a young cancer patient, hospitalized children and residents of the veterans’ home in Barboursville.

KOTC to host obedience trials, rally competition
KOTC to host obedience trials, rally competition

The nonprofit Kanawha Obedience Training Club will host its 72nd and 73rd annual American Kennel Club-licensed obedience trials and 20th and 21st annual AKC-licensed rally obedience trials this weekend in Dunbar.

Hurricane firm longstanding gateway to temporary, permanent staffing for legal, other fields
Hurricane firm longstanding gateway to temporary, permanent staffing for legal, other fields

Legal Temporary Services Corporation in Hurricane continues to galvanize its longstanding reputation as the Mountain State’s premier staffing provider for the legal, oil and gas and other industries.

Putnam archers compete at state tourney
Putnam archers compete at state tourney

The Winfield Middle School archery team is an example of the growth of the sport at the youth level in the state.

Christian’s Sports Beat: 50 marathons in 50 states
Christian’s Sports Beat: 50 marathons in 50 states

Someday I want to run a full or half-marathon, but, in the meantime, I recently met a local runner who has run a marathon in all 50 states.

Inaugural W.Va. Food Truck Festival destined for Hurricane park
Inaugural W.Va. Food Truck Festival destined for Hurricane park

The first-time West Virginia Food Truck Festival will roll into Valley Park in Hurricane and serve up savory specialties from 1 until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Farmer’s Table: Pickled Pineapple
Farmer’s Table: Pickled Pineapple

Food historians believe the pineapple originated in Brazil. Christopher Columbus is thought to be the first European to have tasted the fruit.

Eric Douglas: Peeps of the world, unite!
Eric Douglas: Peeps of the world, unite!

Easter Sunday, I went to a family dinner with my in-laws.

West Virginia International Film Festival slated at LaBelle

The West Virginia International Film Festival’s 32nd annual Spring Film Festival takes place this month in the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston.

WHS show choir offers ‘School House Rock!’ sneak peek to Rotarians
WHS show choir offers ‘School House Rock!’ sneak peek to Rotarians

The award-winning Winfield High General Admission show choir gave Putnam Rotary Club members a preview glimpse recently of this weekend’s “School House Rock!” stage show.

Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May
Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May

Run For The Wall will arrive 400 motorcycles strong at the Wave Pool Park in Hurricane at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Winning students announced in solid waste authority’s recycling contest

The following Putnam County students had winning entries in the Putnam County Solid Waste Authority’s recycling contest:

Prom Experience contest underway in Putnam

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Department and Angela’s on the River are teaming up to provide a Prom Experience contest for Putnam County students.

Buckskin Council Pinewood Derby slated for April 16

Visit the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston on Saturday, April 16, and watch as carefully prepared wooden cars race down a gravity track.

Spring Fling dance Saturday on singles’ group’s April agenda

The SpeakEasy Singles social group will host a public Spring Fling Dance on Saturday, April 9 in the Wilson Student Union of West Virginia State University in Institute.

TOPSoccer offering spring program at Milton Middle for kids with disabilities
TOPSoccer offering spring program at Milton Middle for kids with disabilities

A soccer program designed to provide kids ages 5-14 with disabilities an environment filled with meaningful learning, developmental and physical participation opportunities through the game of soccer is again available this spring in the area.

FestivALL schedule released
FestivALL schedule released

The 12th annual FestivALL will take place in June, prefaced by a preview weekend in May 27-29.

Farmer’s Table: Creamy, Crunchy Egg Salad
Farmer’s Table: Creamy, Crunchy Egg Salad

Classic egg salad is an uncomplicated dish. The primary ingredients are hard-boiled eggs, celery and onion blended with mayonnaise and seasoned with salt and pepper.

U.S. Kids Golf  comes to Mountain State
U.S. Kids Golf comes to Mountain State

Maddox Potter has been golfing nearly half of his entire life.

Eric Douglas: A good day to laugh at yourself
Eric Douglas: A good day to laugh at yourself

I remember when my daughters were much younger and heard about April Fool’s Day. They were afraid to go to school for fear that someone would prank them. Of course, this was elementary school, so you never know what’s going to happen...

Coal River Group seeking sponsors for ‘Run for the River’ triathlon

Sponsors are needed for the Coal River Group’s third annual “Run for the River” triathlon, which will take take place on Saturday, April 16 at Meadowood Park in Tornado.

Tickets available for Covenant House Chef’s Challenge

The sixth annual Chef’s Challenge, to benefit Covenant House in Charleston, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia Home Show takes place this weekend in Charleston
West Virginia Home Show takes place this weekend in Charleston

The 2016 West Virginia Home Show will be in full springtime blossom at the Charleston Civic Center Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3.

Robotics open house
Robotics open house

There was high technology in the Old Courtroom.

The Clover STEMs, a 4-H First Lego League robotics team based in Putnam County, hosted an open house Thursday evening, March 17, in the Old Courtroom of the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.

Hurricane author launches ‘Ouija Board Summer’ series
Hurricane author launches ‘Ouija Board Summer’ series

Hurricane author L. Stewart Lucas will autograph copies of her first novel, “Ouija Board Summer, Book 1” next month at a book launch and reception in her hometown.

Hurricane entrepreneur named RCBI Vanguard winner
Hurricane entrepreneur named RCBI Vanguard winner

A Hurricane entrepreneur is the winner of the 2016 Vanguard Agriculture Competition sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing at Marshall University.

Christian’s Sports Beat: It’s spring running time
Christian’s Sports Beat: It’s spring running time

With the temperatures getting warmer, that means you will be seeing more runners hitting the roads and trails, as most have put away their cold weather running gear, with smiles on the faces.

Farmer’s Table: Crispy Oven-Baked Fries
Farmer’s Table: Crispy Oven-Baked Fries

French fries are described as elongated strips of potatoes that are deep-fried. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) concert to benefit Regional Teen Institute
Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) concert to benefit Regional Teen Institute

At 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, the Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) benefit concert for the Regional Teen Institute will begin at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston.

Nitro firm performing automobile recycling

West Virginia Cashin has added a new option for area residents to get rid of unwanted items and receive some money for their efforts.

Peace for the Easter season
Peace for the Easter season

This weekend marks the beginning of what school children all over the country consider to be the most important time of 2016 so far: Spring Break.

HYCAT swimmers claim 43rd consecutive state title

The Huntington Y Charleston Aquatic Team, or HYCAT, defended its state swim team title for the 43rd consecutive time at the recent 2016 West Virginia Short Course Swimming Championship at the University of Charleston.

Spring wildflower hikes returning to St. Albans

The third annual “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” spring wildflower hikes will resume soon at the St. Albans City Park Nature Trail.

State BOE seeking help in feeding kids this summer

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer months.

Faith in Action schedules volunteer orientation sessions
Faith in Action schedules volunteer orientation sessions

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley has announced several new volunteer orientation training dates through the Spring.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Like father, like son
Christian’s Sports Beat: Like father, like son

In 1985, my dad, a reporter for the Virginia News Network, interviewed a sophomore forward for the Virginia Military Institute Keydets at the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament in Asheville, North Carolina, after the...

West Teays coach discusses rise of archery competition at area schools
West Teays coach discusses rise of archery competition at area schools

The National Archery in the Schools Program began in Kentucky in 2001, Kim Taylor told Putnam Rotarians at their March 1 meeting in Hurricane.

Poca student among recipients of engineering scholarship
Poca student among recipients of engineering scholarship

Three Marshall University engineering students, including one from Poca, were awarded scholarships at the annual Discover Engineers Week Scholarship and Celebration Dinner on Feb. 23 in Charleston.

Putnam Animal Shelter taking orders for ‘memory bricks’
Putnam Animal Shelter taking orders for ‘memory bricks’

For those who’d like to pay tribute to a deceased pet or family member, the Putnam County Animal Shelter is reminding area residents that there is still plenty of space at the shelter for special bricks engraved with names and sentiments.

Irish Boxty
Irish Boxty

Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan; if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man.

Hometown students explore ups and downs of roller coaster design
Hometown students explore ups and downs of roller coaster design

Call it Kings Island on a small scale.

Students at Hometown Elementary School participated recently in a National Engineering Week project by designing and building roller coasters.

Village Heirlooms moves to new location in Teays Valley
Village Heirlooms moves to new location in Teays Valley

Village Heirlooms, a store specilizing in handcrafted, Amish-made furniture, has moved to a new, more visible location not far from its old building on Teays Valley Road.

Farmer’s Table: Sourdough English Muffins
Farmer’s Table: Sourdough English Muffins

The English muffin did not originate in Britain, as the name suggests. It was invented by a British immigrant, Samuel Bath Thomas, in New York in the late 1800s.

Edna’s Lunch, Dinner & Sweets opens in Nitro
Edna’s Lunch, Dinner & Sweets opens in Nitro

Longtime friends Hope Postle and Elizabeth Armstrong each bring their own talents to a new restaurant they’ve opened in Nitro.

Putnam pair craft winning DAR essays
Putnam pair craft winning DAR essays

The Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has announced the seventh- and eighth-grade chapter winners of the American History Essay Contest for 2016.

Eric Douglas: Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow ...
Eric Douglas: Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow ...

One of my pet projects, as I’ve written about on several occasions, is collecting oral histories.

Sign language hoops
Sign language hoops

On Monday evenings, Brittany Halstead laces on her sneakers and makes sure her hands are limber.

Fox Trot 5K Walk & Run, Green Chili Shoot Out coming to Capitol Market

A pair of competitions, to mutually benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research, will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Capitol Market.

Farmer’s Table: Yogurt Sourdough Starter
Farmer’s Table: Yogurt Sourdough Starter

There is no legal definition of sourdough. The term “sourdough” is often used by commercial bread companies to describe breads made of ordinary dough to which dried sourdough powder or yeast mixes have been added.

Longtime CN carrier receives customer kudos, award
Longtime CN carrier receives customer kudos, award

Steven Dempsey has been a carrier for Charleston Newspapers for more than 20 years and received the “My Carrier is the Best” award for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Registration underway for third annual Dog Jog
Registration underway for third annual Dog Jog

It’s only March, but there’s a healthful way to help the Putnam County Animal Shelter this May.

Ham radio buffs to host free ‘cram exam’ course for licenses

The Charleston Area VE Group will host a free cram course for amateur radio (ham) technician licenses.

Milton library to host Family Coloring Night, join in Japan-themed fundraiser this month
Milton library to host Family Coloring Night, join in Japan-themed fundraiser this month

The Milton Public Library will be among the beneficiaries of the Cabell County Public Library system’s primary outreach fundraiser of the year, Gala 2016, this month.

‘GriefShare’ support group forming in Scott Depot

Teays Valley Church of God will be the host site of a new “GriefShare” weekly support group, beginning from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.

New book teaches ‘how to’ record oral histories
New book teaches ‘how to’ record oral histories

Oral histories are recordings from everyday people about life. They are the day-to-day events that don’t fill up our history books but are just as important.

Kindergarten registrations underway for 2016-17 Developmental screenings offered Friday in Teays Valley

Registration for 2016-17 kindergarten classes is in progress at Putnam County elementary schools.

Kanawha Ski Club a year-round organization for outdoor lovers
Kanawha Ski Club a year-round organization for outdoor lovers

Before there were ski resorts in West Virginia, there was the Kanawha Ski Club.

Local man tackling Appalachian Trail long-distance hike
Local man tackling Appalachian Trail long-distance hike

When Brion “Bearclaw” Woods of Chesapeake decided he wanted to hike the entire 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, he knew he would have to give some serious thought into deciding what gear to purchase.

Eric Douglas: Being heart-healthy means simple changes
Eric Douglas: Being heart-healthy means simple changes

A couple years ago, I wrote a book called “Keep on, Keepin’ on: A Breast Cancer Survivor Story” about my friend Jean Hanna Davis as she went through her second round of chemotherapy.

WMS Lady Generals generate undefeated basketball season
WMS Lady Generals generate undefeated basketball season

Winfield Middle School’s girls basketball team achieved seasonal perfection and a conference title on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Scott Depot man on mission to introduce game of bridge to wider audience
Scott Depot man on mission to introduce game of bridge to wider audience

Bridge, the card game, has a reputation for being difficult to learn, but a Scott Depot man has developed a simple sheet of basic pointers to help beginners get started.

Inaugural 5K run/walk at Valley Park to benefit veterans
Inaugural 5K run/walk at Valley Park to benefit veterans

The inaugural Rally Point 5K Run/Walk, to benefit veterans by assisting them with their health-care needs, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Running for the lead
Christian’s Sports Beat: Running for the lead

It’s always fun to watch a fellow runner grow and get better in the sport.

Kids’ gameroom opens in Nitro
Kids’ gameroom opens in Nitro

A small storefront on First Avenue in Nitro is rapidly turning into a popular hangout for kids and teens of all ages.

‘GriefShare’ support group forming in Scott Depot

Teays Valley Church of God will be the host site of a new “GriefShare” weekly support group, beginning from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.

Farmer’s Table: Lavender Shortbread
Farmer’s Table: Lavender Shortbread

The Wild Ramp, a local year-round indoor farmers market in Huntington’s Old Central City, recently hosted a Lavender Tea.

UUC to host River Music Show March 2

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, at 520 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, will host a River Music Show on Wednesday, March 2.

Butter It Up, touting locally sourced foods, opens in Hurricane
Butter It Up, touting locally sourced foods, opens in Hurricane

A new eatery, devoted to locally sourced ingredients and that offers 100 percent gluten-free food selections, has opened in Hurricane.

Eric Douglas: Making the whole state entrepreneurial
Eric Douglas: Making the whole state entrepreneurial

When I end up yelling at the television for the fourth or fifth time about the same topic, it is a pretty safe bet that my “complaint” is going to end up as a column.

Marshall Winter Jazz Festival this weekend
Marshall Winter Jazz Festival this weekend

The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre will present the 47th Annual Winter Jazz Festival Feb. 18-20, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

‘Make It Shine’ cleanup applications available
‘Make It Shine’ cleanup applications available

Through the end of the month, West Virginians can volunteer for an annual litter cleanup, co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Highways.