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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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

Eric Douglas: Make smoke alarms a Christmas gift for your home

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.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane baseball trio sign contracts
Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane baseball trio sign contracts

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.

Word of Light Community Church to host live Nativity

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).

‘TubaChristmas’ concert bound for Huntington Mall Saturday
‘TubaChristmas’ concert bound for Huntington Mall Saturday

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.

Nitro hosting holiday decoration contest

The City of Nitro will be having a Christmas decoration contest for both homes and businesses within the Nitro city limits this month.

Salvation Army announces kettle donations down this year

With increasing requests for assistance and a lagging economy, Salvation Army’s leadership in Charleston is worried about a decrease in Christmas Kettle donations.

Xspec Power bringing peace of mind to homeowners, businesses
Xspec Power bringing peace of mind to homeowners, businesses

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.

Self-service pet wash offers help with four-legged family members
Self-service pet wash offers help with four-legged family members

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.

Deer hunters have slow opener due to windy, warm weather
Deer hunters have slow opener due to windy, warm weather

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.

Maranatha Fellowship Church presents ‘Christmas Around the World’

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.

Putnam’s annual Yuletide in the Park ushers in holiday
Putnam’s annual Yuletide in the Park ushers in holiday

This holiday season, visitors to Valley Park in Hurricane will experience a Victorian-theme Christmas during the annual Yuletide in the Park.

Dagger’s Toy Run slated for Dec. 13 at St. Albans Moose
Dagger’s Toy Run slated for Dec. 13 at St. Albans Moose

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.

Eric Douglas: Winter is coming

A group of characters in the book/television series “Game of Thrones” that represent “the north” have the family catchphrase “Winter is coming.”

BridgeValley CTC enrolling for ACT prep classes

BridgeValley Community and Technical College has open enrollment for an ACT Test Prep class for high school juniors and seniors, starting in January.

Nitro Convention & Visitors Bureau invites Christmas parade participation

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).

Cranberry Cherry Sauce
Cranberry Cherry Sauce

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.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Keeping the record in the family
Christian’s Sports Beat: Keeping the record in the family

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...

Drumstick Dash 5K to benefit Union Mission
Drumstick Dash 5K to benefit Union Mission

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.

Thai Valley Kitchen a Teays Valley treat
Thai Valley Kitchen a Teays Valley treat

Back in February, a couple of new additions were about to make their way into the lives of Brett and KiKi Morris.

K.C. Lions Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to Civic Center
K.C. Lions Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to Civic Center

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.

Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance opens in Hurricane
Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance opens in Hurricane

Whether it’s in sports, life or work, Excel Physical Therapy & Sports Performance can help you reach your goals.

Putnam 4-H hosting holiday craft workshop, cookie exchange

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 archers in tournament
Confidence archers in tournament

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...

Children’s consignment sale this week in Charleston

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...

Applesauce Cheesecake
Applesauce Cheesecake

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,...

Holidays are special at Still Meadows Farm in southern Roane County
Holidays are special at Still Meadows Farm in southern Roane County

For a unique way to get into the holiday spirit, visit a working farm.

Winfield Scotts 4-H Club participates in First Lego League Scrimmage
Winfield Scotts 4-H Club participates in First Lego League Scrimmage

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.

Glenwood Center to promote scholarship in the humanities

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...

Area high school musicians among state Marching Band Invitational winners

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.

Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County planning open house Nov. 11

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.

Paws and Shop Thrift Store to host Christmas open house this week
Paws and Shop Thrift Store to host Christmas open house this week

The Paws and Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane is letting you be the lead dog in tackling this year’s holiday shopping list.

Isan Thai Cuisine
Isan Thai Cuisine

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...

Site preparation work done for church ’s community center
Site preparation work done for church ’s community center

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.

WVSU Student Film Festival accepting submissions

The third annual Tower Student Film Festival, hosted by West Virginia State University, is accepting submissions from area high school and college students.

UUC offering discounted weddings through November

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.

Mt. Calvary Baptist to host ‘The Married People Experience’
Mt. Calvary Baptist to host ‘The Married People Experience’

“Marriage was created to be a blast even when it feels like the rest of life is going to explode.”

Hurricane dance studio to offer ballet-intensive workshop

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.

Marco’s Pizza opens third area location in Hurricane
Marco’s Pizza opens third area location in Hurricane

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.

Winfield Hardware closing its doors
Winfield Hardware closing its doors

It’s a place where a wrench and a shovel serve as door handles and where two cats named Yahoo and Google groom themselves quietly next to the check-out counter.

I-77 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Ripley celebrates grand opening
I-77 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Ripley celebrates grand opening

Under sunny, autumn skies, the new I-77 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Ripley held its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 24.

Pumpkin Cream Puffs
Pumpkin Cream Puffs

A call from the produce distributor generally means the grape juice for wine-making has arrived and a quick trip to Columbus, Ohio, is in order.

Editor’s Desk: Library levy would restore critical funding

Growing up as I did in rural Ohio, a trip to the county library was an eagerly awaited treat. The library was situated on a quiet street in town in a stately, old building.

Eric Douglas: Let me hear you SCREAM!

A week or so ago, I went to the Lake Shawnee Haunted Amusement Park just north of Princeton with my wife and stepdaughter.

Emily Jones: Restorative yoga synonymous with stress relief

Does life sometimes feels like a tangle of pressing to-do lists, everybody wanting or needing something, and a whole bundle of stress?

Column: A coal poem

In the fall of 1990, as the United States prepared for the first Gulf War, I was the editor of a weekly newspaper in Matewan.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

For several years, the pumpkin craze has been a fall food obsession and there is no indication that people are getting bored of the gourd. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice are the star ingredients in everything from beer to cookies.

Retired Eleanor police chief discusses law enforcement career
Retired Eleanor police chief discusses law enforcement career

Deputy Bill Mullins was on patrol about 2:30 in the morning.

Third annual W.Va. Marching Band Invitational Saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 25, 34 high school marching bands from across the state will gather in Charleston for the third annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.

Alzheimer’s Awareness: A son’s story of caring for his mother
Alzheimer’s Awareness: A son’s story of caring for his mother

Just as he had entered retirement three years ago, Steve Arnett, of St. Albans, discovered life had another major change in store for him and his loved ones.

Alzheimer’s Awareness: Faith, love, companionship buoy couple’s lives with Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Awareness: Faith, love, companionship buoy couple’s lives with Alzheimer’s

When South Charleston husband and wife Jody and Ro DeBias met, he was a Catholic priest and she was dealing with a family issue in which he became involved for advice and counsel.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Charleston scheduled for Oct. 25
Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Charleston scheduled for Oct. 25

The 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Charleston fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsoring annual Halloween costume contest

Frightening or funny, it’s costume time for your favorite four-legged friend.

‘Monster Run’ part of Nitro’s Fest-For-All Halloween activities

In a foot race, fear is a great motivator.

For competitors in this Saturday’s inaugural 5K Monster Run in Nitro, having a variety of ghouls hot on their heels, will no doubt contribute to some record-setting finishing times.

Column: A century of service and counting

By Channing Persinger

A few weeks ago, I attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mongolian Beef
Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is said to be a classic American-Chinese dish, but there are those in the United Kingdom who claim it was invented there. It really doesn’t matter. One thing is clear. It is popular -- and for good reason.

Kanawha Players’ ‘The Evil Dead -- The Musical’ opens Friday
Kanawha Players’ ‘The Evil Dead -- The Musical’ opens Friday

The Kanawha Players will debut its 2014 public performances of “The Evil Dead -- The Musical” on Friday, Oct. 17, at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St. on Charleston’s East End.

Rock and gem show/sale this weekend in South Charleston

Searching for that unique gift for someone or looking for the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping?

Nitro disabilities advocate, others create unique emergency-response app
Nitro disabilities advocate, others create unique emergency-response app

Clear communication can be a life-or-death matter in emergency response during a time of crisis. An employee of the Appalachian Center for Independent Living in Big Chimney and others have created an innovative, modern-day way to improve the odds for...

AmeriCorps workers repair, paint Town of Buffalo playground equipment
AmeriCorps workers repair, paint Town of Buffalo playground equipment

On a recent, chilly morning, Christopher Pierson of Chicago was standing on a step ladder in Buffalo, spreading blue paint on some well-worn playground equipment.

KPCC named W.Va. Counseling Center of the Year
KPCC named W.Va. Counseling Center of the Year

The West Virginia Counselors Association has awarded the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center West Virginia Counseling Center of the Year distinction for 2014.

A Hero’s SALUTE! fundraiser to benefit state veterans
A Hero’s SALUTE! fundraiser to benefit state veterans

A time machine needn’t be your mode of travel to salute (and support) West Virginia’s military veterans this month. It just may seem like it. (You’ll actually have to use a shuttle service.)

Charleston native to offer lecture, book-signing this week
Charleston native to offer lecture, book-signing this week

Taylor Books will host a free book-signing and reception for the recently published short story collection, “Ladies in Low Places,” by Charleston native and South Carolina author Mary Ann Henry, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

Column: October is Pink Ribbon Month
Column: October is Pink Ribbon Month

Last year, at the beginning of October, this column included the first of a series of articles about Jean Hanna Davis and her struggle with breast cancer and chemotherapy for the second time in 10 years. Hoping to inspire other women in the same...

Faith in Action oversees volunteer caregiving services in Kanawha, Putnam counties
Faith in Action oversees volunteer caregiving services in Kanawha, Putnam counties

A nonprofit, interfaith ministry launching officially this week, Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley provides an array of free services to elderly and disabled residents of Kanawha and Putnam counties, based on the availability of volunteer...

ATVs, UTVs give hunters easier access
ATVs, UTVs give hunters easier access

Over the years, ATVs and UTVs have become an important tool for hunters across the region.

Buffalo High FFA students ready for national competition

As members of the Buffalo High School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America begin their third year of existence as the only FFA chapter in Putnam County, it’s important to recognize how much they have accomplished in so little time.

Walking on the wild side
Walking on the wild side

In 1968, administrators at North Bend State Park and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources contacted the Little Kanawha Regional Council to see if they could recommend a speaker who would attract enough participants to fill the park lodge,...

Touching up the trail: Mary Ingles Trail gets needed maintenance
Touching up the trail: Mary Ingles Trail gets needed maintenance

At twilight, Bob Weiford can stand on a small field overlooking his property near Winfield and imagine the glow of campfires, the laughter and the conversations that came every September from a primitive encampment next to his house.

Learning fun and safety
Learning fun and safety

Samera Nance smiled with glee as another metal target went down.

‘The heart of your community’
‘The heart of your community’

For more than 20 years, the Tri-County YMCA has been an important part of the Putnam County community, offering programs benefiting mind and body.

Putnam book club selects fall reading list

At its first fall meeting Sept. 16, the St John United Methodist Church Book Club chose the following books to read and discuss:

Rotarians donate back packs to Poca Elementary
Rotarians donate back packs to Poca Elementary

The Putnam Rotary Club delivered back packs loaded with school supplies for students at Poca Elementary School on Sept. 16.

Fix ‘Em 5K Run/2-Mile Fun Walk set at Coonskin
Fix ‘Em 5K Run/2-Mile Fun Walk set at Coonskin

The Charleston Regional Spay Neuter Center has announced the launch of its inaugural Fix ‘Em 5K Run/2-Mile Fun Walk fall fundraiser.

Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo
Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo

Gumbo is a dish that originated in southern Louisiana with the Creoles during the early 18th century. Louisiana Creoles descended from the colonial settlers of French, Spanish and African descent.

Educating young -- and young-at-heart -- hunters
Educating young -- and young-at-heart -- hunters

For many West Virginians, fall hunting season is like Christmas, Thanksgiving and their best childhood birthdays all rolled into one.

Buffalo Octoberfest slated for Oct. 18

The 27th annual Buffalo Octoberfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Buffalo, one mile north of the Toyota plant.

Going strong at 72
Going strong at 72

A hiking club that began in 1942 is still motivating adventurous souls to get out and commune with nature.