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The Butchmeister: I’m a Strat-O-Matic Baseball nerd
The Butchmeister: I’m a Strat-O-Matic Baseball nerd

I’m a nerd.

No, I’m not one of those that would suffer humiliation through high school (well, maybe a little) only to later form a multi-million-dollar Internet startup.

Buffalo Octoberfest: 27 years and still growing

It has been 27 years since the Buffalo Octoberfest began as a small, community event on the grounds of what was once the largest general store this side of the Mississippi River.

Editor’s Desk: Time to huddle up with high school football
Editor’s Desk: Time to huddle up with high school football

Fall is almost a month away, according to the calendar, but one of the sure signs that summer days are waning is the start of high school football season, which kicked off last weekend.

MU opens new academic support resource center
MU opens new academic support resource center

Marshall University celebrated the grand opening of the Towers Learning Center, a new academic support resource for students, with a ribbon cutting Aug. 26 in the Twin Towers East lobby on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

Applications being accepted for Putnam Master Gardener program

The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is accepting applications for the 2014 Putnam County Master Gardener Program, a service organization.

Youths honored for summer reading success
Youths honored for summer reading success

The Putnam County Library Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” concluded another popular year with the awarding of prizes recently.

Pick a peck of poblano peppers
Pick a peck of poblano peppers

Poblano peppers are one of the most popular peppers grown in Mexico. They are large, somewhat heart-shaped, dark, shiny green chile peppers used in Mexican and Southwestern cooking.

BridgeValley CTC to offer certified personal trainer instruction

BridgeValley Community and Technical College has an upcoming class to train people to become a nationally certified personal fitness trainer.

Taking a bite out of crime
Taking a bite out of crime

With an extra spring in his step, Rich White took off running across a field near Valley Park in Hurricane. In hot pursuit was Bella, a heat-seeking missile of a police dog intent on catching him.

Old Winfield Town Hall razed
Building opened in 1940s for town’s water treatment facilities
Old Winfield Town Hall razed Building opened in 1940s for town’s water treatment facilities

The Winfield Town Hall was built in the 1940s and would expand over time.

Foster care program NECCO sponsoring first-time golf scramble
Foster care program NECCO sponsoring first-time golf scramble

Area therapeutic foster care company NECCO will host its first golf scramble on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Little Creek Golf Course in Charleston.

The Butchmeister: Marshall looks at new-look Conference USA for rivals

When the Marshall University football team takes the field this season, they will be competing in a conference nowhere near the one they joined in 2005.

Tuscan Tomato Bean Soup
Tuscan Tomato Bean Soup

Four years ago, I purchased a packet of Italian tomato seeds at an Italian grocery store in Steubenville, Ohio. I’d forgotten about them until this year.

Cupcake Festival coming to Hurricane

Tasty treats are coming to Hurricane on Saturday, Sept. 6, and the proceeds from the confection convention, going toward a worthy cause, are simply icing on the (cup)cake.

Scott Depot Christ Fellowship serves God, community as ‘The Depot’
Scott Depot Christ Fellowship serves God, community as ‘The Depot’

Under the leadership of a self-confessed, former atheist, Scott Depot Christ Fellowship has grown into one of Putnam County’s largest churches, in physical and spiritual size.

Kanawha State Forest hosts first enduro bike race
Kanawha State Forest hosts first enduro bike race

It is said that what goes up, must come down.

When it comes to the enduro, a kind of a mix of downhill and cross country mountain bicycle racing that is becoming more popular in the United States, truer words were never spoken.

On Aug. 9,...

Appalachian Children’s Chorus expanding into Putnam County
Appalachian Children’s Chorus expanding into Putnam County

The 24-year-old, Charleston-based Appalachian Children’s Chorus is increasing its outreach, presence and volume (by more than one definition of the word) into Putnam County in coming weeks.

The new Putnam County Choir will be open to boys...

Putnam County Master Gardener Program accepting applications

The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is accepting applications for the 2014 Putnam County Master Gardener Program.

The program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with...

Fennel Vichyssoise
Fennel Vichyssoise

I like to introduce farmers market customers to “new” items. I recently harvested several bulbs of fennel, which seemed to interest a lot of people. However, I couldn’t convince a single person to buy a bulb. It is one of those...

Poca food pantry offers material support to those in need
Poca food pantry offers material support to those in need

The reasons for the need can be many, but the resources may be seemingly few for certain Putnam County residents.

Food, personal hygiene products, such as soap, toothpaste, and shampoo, or basic household items, such as cleaning supplies, may...

Hurricane performing arts studio receives Red Wagon Award
Hurricane performing arts studio receives Red Wagon Award

Founder of Arts in Action Joni Cantrell couldn’t have been more surprised and thrilled to hear the news that her Hurricane-based performing arts school, Arts in Action, was this year’s recipient of West Virginia’s Promise...

Editor’s Desk: Images from abroad

Got a call from a well-known Putnam County personality the other day.

Bill Ellis of Scott Depot rang to say how much he enjoyed the Readers’ Gallery in Metro Putnam (it also runs in our Kanawha Valley Neighbors sections). Each week, the...

Hurricane performing arts studio receives Red Wagon Award
Hurricane performing arts studio receives Red Wagon Award

Founder of Arts in Action Joni Cantrell couldn’t have been more surprised and thrilled to hear the news that her Hurricane-based performing arts school, Arts in Action, was this year’s recipient of West Virginia’s Promise...

4-H sponsoring frozen food sale

Do you know that you can get the best buys on frozen fruits, meat, vegetables and appetizers while at the same time supporting the Putnam County 4-H program?

The Putnam County 4-H Leaders Association, in cooperation with Wilson’s Zero...

Electronics recycling day planned in Winfield

The Putnam County Solid Waste Authority will conduct an electronics recycling day at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield later this month.

Recyclable items will be accepted at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.

Monsanto lawsuit settlement finalized

Thomas V. Flaherty, of the Nitro Class Action Settlement Administrators, LLC, the court-appointed administrator of the Monsanto Nitro Class Action, opened an office in Nitro on July 8.

The settlement will provide benefits for people who owned...

Active Medical LLC in Hurricane provides mobility solutions, expert care
Active Medical LLC in Hurricane provides mobility solutions, expert care

Helping people stay mobile and independent in spite of medical conditions is just one of the new Active Medical LLC’s specialties.

The locally owned home medical equipment company opened earlier this year at 3475 Teays Valley Road,...

Teen writes political thriller with faith-based message
Teen writes political thriller with faith-based message

Not many teenagers are writing books at age 14, especially not political fiction.

Joshua Higginbotham, though, has written has three such novels, the first one when he was 14. Having just turned 18, Higginbotham’s latest book,...

Cucumber Kimchee
Cucumber Kimchee

This is the time of year when we have too much produce. When I stumbled upon a recipe for Cucumber Kimchee, I was ecstatic, because I could use up some of the cucumbers I’d harvested in a new and different manner.

Kimchee is a spicy,...

Ribfest sizzles into Shawnee Park this month
Ribfest sizzles into Shawnee Park this month

Several seasoned, world-class chefs will be doing far, far more than just blowing smoke in and around Dunbar in a few days.

That impending, smoky, sizzling haze over Shawnee Park, located between Institute and Dunbar on W.Va. 25, will be a...

Summer Squash makes tasty dish from garden favorites
Summer Squash makes tasty dish from garden favorites

The ripe fruits and vegetables in our garden often inspire our summer meals. There is no need to go to the grocery store when every thing needed for a healthy meal is right outside the back door.

Some crops are always more prolific than others,...

Anytime Fitness sponsoring 5K run/walk

Anytime Fitness will sponsor a 5K run/walk to help an area couple with medical treatment costs for their 1-month-old daughter.

The 5K event will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the University of Charleston.

The entry fee is $25 per...

‘Back to School Blast’ bound for Eleanor; backpacks to be distributed

The Putnam County Schools Title I program will have its annual “Back to School Blast” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center in Eleanor.

Community members will be providing...

Annual state Church of God camp meeting Sunday
Annual state Church of God camp meeting Sunday

With its proclaimed theme of “Identity,” the annual West Virginia State Camp Meeting of the Church of God will get underway at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, and continue through Friday, Aug. 8.

The camp meeting will be held at the...

Putnam Rotary to host 19th annual golf tournament

For the 19th year, the Rotary Club of Putnam County will host a fundraising afternoon of fun in the sun (hopefully) for golfers next month.

The 19th annual Putnam Rotary Golf Tournament will be played at Little Creek Country Club in South...

EKG/ECG training course offered at BridgeValley CTC

BridgeValley Community and Technical College will offer an EKG/ECG Technician Certification Training course that will prepare students to function as EKG technicians and to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician’s Electrocardiograph...

Annual 25177 Foundation golf outing Aug. 9 at Big Bend

The 11th Annual 25177 Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado.

This two-person scramble golf outing will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $75 per golfer or $150 for a...

Tri-County YMCA’s Wild Waves swim team gearing up for fall season
Tri-County YMCA’s Wild Waves swim team gearing up for fall season

The swimming pool at the Tri-County YMCA is ready for some waves -- some Wild Waves, that is.

The Tri-County YMCA’s Wild Waves swim team is getting ready for its fall season, which starts in early September. Wild Waves Coach Phil Berry...

A ‘blue collar artist’
A ‘blue collar artist’

Susan Tschantz describes herself a “blue collar artist,” a woman whose natural art talent was honed in trade school, rather than a school of fine arts.

The Scott Depot resident’s artworks will be on display in August at Main...

Paws & Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane plans open house
Paws & Shop Thrift Store in Hurricane plans open house

The Paws & Shop Thrift Store in downtown Hurricane wants to say “thank you” to its many loyal customers, whose shopping dollars go toward New Hope Animal Rescue’s mission of building a no-kill animal shelter and other...

Season’s right for Blueberry Peach Upside Down Cake
Season’s right for Blueberry Peach Upside Down Cake

The third most important fruit crop in the United States is the peach crop. (The first is apple. The second is orange.)

Peaches are an important agricultural crop in the Mountain State. The state is ranked 14th in U.S. production. Most are...

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...

Extension Service offering canning & preserving workshops
Extension Service offering canning & preserving workshops

Keeping pace with a renewed interest in eating locally and growing vegetables in home gardens, the West Virginia University Kanawha County Extension Service office is offering workshops on canning and preserving homegrown, or locally purchased produce...

Putnam County Summer-Fall Gardening series begins Aug. 2
Putnam County Summer-Fall Gardening series begins Aug. 2

If it’s gardening advice you need, Town & Country Supply in Nitro employs a staff of experts who enjoy getting their hands dirty.

“We’re all Master Gardeners here,” said Town & Country Supply owner Nathan...

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...

2014 Putnam County Fair: Video
2014 Putnam County Fair: Video

The 2014 Putnam County Fair wrapped Saturday. Watch Metro Putnam’s five-minute short taken at the fair.

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...

Fregola Salad with Broccoli and Onions
Fregola Salad with Broccoli and Onions

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, I purchased a bag of fregola (also fregula). It is commonly referred to as a type of pasta, although there are those who disagree. Pasta is generally made of flour and a liquid, while fregola is made of coarse...

Hernshaw teenager fighting Lyme disease for past five years
Hernshaw teenager fighting Lyme disease for past five years

While mowing his family’s yard at his Hernshaw home in July 2009, Caleb Norman was bitten on the ankle by a deer tick. A bulls-eye rash surfaced on his ankle a few hours later, and he began experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Five years...

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...

Red House native serving aboard USS Harry S Truman aircraft carrier
Red House native serving aboard USS Harry S Truman aircraft carrier

NORFOLK, Va. – A 1998 Poca High School graduate and Red House native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Chief Petty Officer Dustin Withrow is a mass...

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...