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.
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.
The Putnam County 4-H Special Lambs project is seeking participants for 2015.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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...
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” 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Studying the arts opens “footsteps” to many other subjects, says Homaira Ahmed, owner of the Arts & Thoughts Studio in Teays Valley.
On Dec. 23, Tudor’s Biscuit World held the annual holiday truck drawing at their new restaurant location in MacArthur.
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.
Savvy vehicle shoppers won’t mind crawling under the cars to check things out at the new Exit 54 Automotive in South Charleston.
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...
With enough grit, guts and focused determination, going in circles can put you on the fast track to international recognition.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to competing in marathons, Pastor Jeff Ranson has hit the ground running in 48 states.
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 past five years have been ones of great change within the West Virginia University athletic program, and the world of college sports in general.
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.
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.
“Self-defense classes? We offer them,” Mike Mullins told Putnam Rotarians earlier this month at their weekly meeting in Hurricane.
It didn’t take Tyler Carter long to find design inspiration for this year’s Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia holiday greeting card.
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...
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...
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...
Santa’s elves have been busy at Hurricane Middle School.
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...
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...
It’s not too early to think about New Year’s resolutions, and a good one would be to get outdoors more often.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College is having open enrollment for a Certified Bookkeeper course starting in January.
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...
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.
The Putnam County Master Gardeners are conducting a Fruit Tree Fundraiser during through Dec. 20.
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.
I was talking to an acquaintance a few days ago. He is a newspaper photographer and had just come from a devastating house fire where a young couple lost everything -- with the exception of their lives.
A Hurricane baseball trio had a dream come true last month as they signed commitments to major Division I colleges in and out of the Mountain State.
American hazelnut shrubs line the moist, well-drained stream banks at our farm. I have also transplanted several near the house, so I can keep an eye on them as the nuts mature.
Word of Light Community Church will conduct a live Nativity at the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Yuletide in the Park Dec. 4, 5, 6 and 19 (weather permitting).
Sounds of the area’s low brass will be filling the Huntington Mall with holiday cheer at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, as the city celebrates the 40th anniversary of TubaChristmas.
The City of Nitro will be having a Christmas decoration contest for both homes and businesses within the Nitro city limits this month.
With increasing requests for assistance and a lagging economy, Salvation Army’s leadership in Charleston is worried about a decrease in Christmas Kettle donations.
With the “Farmer’s Almanac” predicting a harsh winter ahead, the sales and installation teams at Xspec Power don’t have much down time these days.
If company’s coming this holiday season, it may be an appropriate time to give the family pets a little “refresher course” before the relatives arrive.
Poca native Joe Wood returned to his Putnam County roots last week to do some deer hunting, but on day two of his hunt, he was a bit disappointed to bag a young doe and not a buck.
A trip to Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida was the inspiration for this weekend’s “Christmas Around the World” event at Maranatha Fellowship Church in St. Albans.
This holiday season, visitors to Valley Park in Hurricane will experience a Victorian-theme Christmas during the annual Yuletide in the Park.
Motorcycles aren’t required for the 28th annual Dagger’s Motorcycle Toy Run, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the St. Albans Moose Lodge No. 868, 7101 MacCorkle Ave., S.W.
A group of characters in the book/television series “Game of Thrones” that represent “the north” have the family catchphrase “Winter is coming.”
BridgeValley Community and Technical College has open enrollment for an ACT Test Prep class for high school juniors and seniors, starting in January.
Businesses, schools, organizations and church groups are invited to participate in the City of Nitro’s annual Christmas parade on Dec. 13 (rain date is Dec. 15).
This week, I picked the last of the cranberries in my tiny garden plot. These tart red berries are a hint that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
A familiar last name in this region for soccer is Trupo, with Tommy now playing for Marshall University after a standout high school career at Charleston Catholic, and now his younger brother, Joey, is continuing the family tradition at the same...
Before you sit down and indulge (or overindulge) at the Thanksgiving dinner table, stand up, get moving and make room for those extra calories -- and assist the community -- by participating in the 2014 Drumstick Dash.
Back in February, a couple of new additions were about to make their way into the lives of Brett and KiKi Morris.
Holiday gift and home decor handiworks that bring dividends of major community benefits have been an anticipated, annual tradition since 1968 at the Kanawha City Lions Club’s yearly Capital City Art and Craft Show.
Whether it’s in sports, life or work, Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance can help you reach your goals.
The annual 4-H Holiday Craft Workshop and Cookie Exchange will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Eleanor Fire House’s upstairs room in Eleanor.
Confidence Elementary School students took part in the National Archery in the School program tournament Oct. 20-24. The winners from their respective classes are, from left to right, (front row, kneeling) Garrett McCormick, Taylor Myers, Corey...
Moderate- and low-income families, once priced out of the name brand markets, are now able to purchase name brand clothing and baby gear for a fraction of the retail price, thanks to Another Mother’s Treasure Children’s Consignment...
This is the time of the year that evokes childhood memories of trips to the apple salesroom at Hillcrest Farms located east of Chester, West Virginia. It was an autumn ritual for our family to select an assortment of apples and a jug of clear,...
For a unique way to get into the holiday spirit, visit a working farm.
In only its “rookie season” as a 4-H Lego robotics team, the Clover STEMs, based in Winfield, placed high in a competition held at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.
The Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities, a public-private partnership involving Marshall University, West Virginia State University and the Historic Glenwood Foundation, has been launched in an effort to promote scholarship in the...
Thirty-four high school bands from 27 counties showcased their talents in the third annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Oct. 25.
As the cultural landscape in Putnam County and elsewhere has changed over the years, Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County now finds that its serving more students who need help with English as a Second Language.
The Paws and Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane is letting you be the lead dog in tackling this year’s holiday shopping list.
This summer, my husband received an invitation to analyze the cord-marked pottery from the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, a UNESCO site located in northeast Thailand dating to 2100 B.C. It is considered the most important prehistoric settlement that...
When Pastor Melissa Pratt of the Teays Valley Church of God stands on a breezy, wide-open expanse of land not far from the church, she sees the future.
The third annual Tower Student Film Festival, hosted by West Virginia State University, is accepting submissions from area high school and college students.
To celebrate the recent legal actions that have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston will make their facility available for all marriage ceremonies at a reduced rate through November.
“Marriage was created to be a blast even when it feels like the rest of life is going to explode.”
Arts in Action in Hurricane will open its doors for dancers to attend a ballet workshop on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.
If you’re finding yourself hungry in Hurricane or its general vicinity, there’s now an appealing, authentically Italian-flavored solution for your cravings, located across from the city park.