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Fruth Pharmacy brings back Free Vitamins for Kids program

Fruth Pharmacy is back with its Free Vitamins for Kids program.

WHS dance team to conduct youth clinic
WHS dance team to conduct youth clinic

Winfield High School’s dance team will offer a clinic for youths on Thursday, Sept. 10.

McCallister clan holds family reunion in Southside
McCallister clan holds family reunion in Southside

The family of William and Jane McCallister and other McCallisters (whatever the spelling) held its annual family reunion on Aug. 1 at the Junior Mechanics’ Lodge in Southside, Mason County.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

As schools are starting again, it’s important to know that studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school.

Teays Valley Newcomers & Neighbors Club welcomes ‘newbies’ to Putnam

After a brief summer hiatus, the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighbors Club will resume regular meetings and other social activities next month.

Hansford Center in St. Albans to offer watercolor classes

Watercolor classes for beginners and advanced beginners will be offered soon at the Hansford Center in St. Albans.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Speaking with the ‘Voice of the Reds’ for 42 years
Christian’s Sports Beat: Speaking with the ‘Voice of the Reds’ for 42 years

If you are a baseball fan, especially a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, I know you would recognize the voice of the Reds’ radio network’s Marty Brennaman, who has been behind the microphone since the 1974 season.

Canada goose, mourning dove hunting seasons open Tuesday
Canada goose, mourning dove hunting seasons open Tuesday

West Virginia’s 2015–2016 migratory game bird seasons will begin statewide Tuesday, Sept. 1, with the opening of the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the...

Grand prize winners named in summer reading program
Grand prize winners named in summer reading program

The totals are in: Putnam County patrons read more than 25,000 library books during the Putnam County Library’s Summer Reading program.

Automobile dealers group donates to Ben Franklin program
Automobile dealers group donates to Ben Franklin program

A donation in memory of the late Jim Love, founder of C&O Motors in St. Albans, to the Ben Franklin Career & Technical Center automotive technology program will help ensure its continued success.

Mary Ingles encampment bound for Beech Fork Sept. 18-20
Mary Ingles encampment bound for Beech Fork Sept. 18-20

The Mary Ingles Trail Associates will present the 2015 Legacy of Mary Ingles encampment and living history event at Beech Fork State Park Sept. 18-20.

Roy Kuhl Sports adds batting cages, indoor workout area
Roy Kuhl Sports adds batting cages, indoor workout area

Every once in a while, someone will walk into Roy Kuhl Sports in Winfield looking for screwdrivers, nuts or bolts. What they find instead is a large selection of sporting goods, clothing and accessories.

Regency Place hosting Nitro bowling tournament to benefit Alzheimer’s

Regency Place, a senior and independent-living community in Scott Depot, will host a bowling tournament, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Sunday, Aug. 30, at Town & Country Lanes in Nitro.

Farmer’s Table: Rhubarb Custard Pie
Farmer’s Table: Rhubarb Custard Pie

Last week, West Virginia Public Broadcasting hosted a Rhubarb Pie Contest in honor of Garrison Keillor’s Charleston stop on his “America the Beautiful (Farewell) Tour.” There were 20 entries.

Inaugural 5K ‘Glow Run’ to light up Hurricane City Park
Twilight event to raise funds for American Cancer Society
Inaugural 5K ‘Glow Run’ to light up Hurricane City Park Twilight event to raise funds for American Cancer Society

Lights in the darkness will have additional, metaphorical meaning during the 5K “Glow Run” (and Walk) on the evening and night of Friday, Sept. 18, at City Park in Hurricane.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Winding up for victory
Christian’s Sports Beat: Winding up for victory

The West Virginia Power came out of the gate strong to start the second half of their South Atlantic League season and haven’t look back going into the final regular-season games.

Cupcake Festival returns for seconds Aug. 29 at Valley Park in Hurricane
Cupcake Festival returns for seconds Aug. 29 at Valley Park in Hurricane

If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.

Cupcakes, that is.

A sweet send-off to August, the second annual Cupcake Festival will be held -- come rain or shine -- on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Valley Park (Wave Pool) in Hurricane.

West Teays students to take part in ‘Lemonade Days’ at Power Park
West Teays students to take part in ‘Lemonade Days’ at Power Park

Fourth-grade students from West Teays Elementary School in Hurricane are teaming up with the Wright Minds Foundation for “Lemonade Days at Appalachian Power Park” on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Volunteer orientations slated for Faith in Action of Greater Kanawha Valley community services

The Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley nonprofit organization will host a series of volunteer orientation training sessions in coming weeks, through late October, at libraries and churches in Putnam and Kanawha counties.

Putnam Rotary to host 20th Fall Classic golf fundraiser

“Golf is a good walk spoiled,” Mark Twain may (or may not) have said, but an upcoming golfing event is indisputably for a good cause -- no matter what anyone says.

Putnam Master Gardener Program accepting applications

The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is accepting applications for the 2015 Putnam County Master Gardener Program.

Ford Driving Skills for Life clinic comes to Charleston Saturday
Ford Driving Skills for Life clinic comes to Charleston Saturday

Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life program will be conducted twice on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the West Virginia Air National Guard Armory adjacent to Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Medical forms distributed in Winfield
Medical forms distributed in Winfield

In certain instances of time-sensitive uncertainty, a single sheet of paper can be, literally, a matter of life or death.

Putnam Bridge to Ridge Bicycle Tour gearing up for September

The 10th annual Putnam County Bridge to Ridge Bicycle Tour will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.

Poca food pantry seeks donations
Poca food pantry seeks donations

A $20 bill arrived in the mail from somewhere in Tennessee, and it brought Drema Ward to tears.

Marshall, New River CTC ink agreements
Marshall, New River CTC ink agreements

Marshall University and New River Community and Technical College have entered into two agreements that will allow students of New River CTC to apply up to 72 of their credits earned to bachelor’s degrees at Marshall.

Kanawha Players to stage ‘Dearly Departed’ at LaBelle Theater
Kanawha Players to stage ‘Dearly Departed’ at LaBelle Theater

The Kanawha Players will perform “Dearly Departed,” by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, on Aug. 21-22 and 28-29 at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston.

Commissioners nix Winfield annexation

On July 30, Putnam County’s trio of commissioners voted unanimously against a request for the annexation of two tracts of land, totaling 223 acres, to Winfield’s current city limits.

Water day camp on tap in Eleanor

West Virginia American Water and the Putnam County Library will co-host and conduct an inaugural Wonderful World of Water Day Camp next week in Eleanor.

Farmer’s Table: Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Farmer’s Table: Buffalo Chicken Pasta

There are several versions about the origin of Buffalo chicken wings. One thing is certain: They originated in Buffalo, New York.

NOW to host golf clinic in Hurricane

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s Network of Women -- or NOW -- will host a golf clinic next week in Hurricane.

Outdoor Pursuits: ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop coming
Outdoor Pursuits: ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop coming

Registration is underway for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ fall “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” workshop at Watoga State Park in Marlinton Sept. 18-20.

West Teays students to take part in ‘Lemonade Days’ at Power Park
West Teays students to take part in ‘Lemonade Days’ at Power Park

Fourth-grade students from West Teays Elementary School in Hurricane are teaming up with the Wright Minds Foundation for “Lemonade Days at Appalachian Power Park” on Saturday, Aug. 22.

FOOTMAD: Variety of traditional mountain music and dance on tap
FOOTMAD: Variety of traditional mountain music and dance on tap

The Kanawha Valley Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance -- widely and better known as FOOTMAD among its members and legion of followers -- will sponsor a “Wandering Minstrel House Concert” with Baltimore-based artist Arty Hill and...

Putnam Farmers Market to celebrate National Farmers Week on Saturday
Putnam Farmers Market to celebrate National Farmers Week on Saturday

Stop by the Putnam County Farmers Market this Saturday at Valley Park, Hurricane, and toast your good health with some “fruit-infused water.”

Dive into a ‘Mermaiden’ swim party Saturday in Eleanor
Dive into a ‘Mermaiden’ swim party Saturday in Eleanor

In the pages of Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” saga, ill-fated mobster Luca Brasi, notoriously, “swam with the fishes.”

WVU scholarships help dentist set up shop in Poca
WVU scholarships help dentist set up shop in Poca

Poca and three other communities in West Virginia have new dentists this summer, thanks in part to scholarships from the West Virginia University Institute for Community and Rural Health.

New Hope Animal Rescue plans customer Appreciation Day

New Hope Animal Rescue’s Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, is hosting Customer Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Hot tips for runners
Christian’s Sports Beat: Hot tips for runners

During the summer, runners are either training for the upcoming cross-country season or upcoming races in the various communities in the area.

2015 Putnam County Homecoming shaping up for 86th year
2015 Putnam County Homecoming shaping up for 86th year

At age 86, the Putnam County Homecoming hasn’t lost a step as a favorite annual destination of its residents to reunite, reminisce and revel in the county’s rich heritage.

Mock Crab Cakes
Mock Crab Cakes

Our garden is bursting with zucchini. With such wet weather, I cannot always get into the garden without sinking knee deep in soil that is comparable to quicksand. When I can finally reach the plants, the zucchini are often much bigger than I like.

Poca High standout repeats as Gatorade’s W.Va. Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Poca High standout repeats as Gatorade’s W.Va. Track & Field Athlete of the Year

Poca High School’s first-ever Gatorade West Virginia Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year came back recently with seconds.

Hurricane author to autograph books at The Greenhouse of Teays Valley
Hurricane author to autograph books at The Greenhouse of Teays Valley

Area author Kathy Roberts will meet and greet old fans and new -- with literary works old and new -- at a book-signing event early next month in Teays Valley.

Farmer’s Table: Mixed Berry Pie Birds
Farmer’s Table: Mixed Berry Pie Birds

As many readers know, I am a potter. I specialize in utilitarian ware. I have always enjoyed making ceramic items that I can use in the kitchen.

Forrest Burdette quilt marks church’s 100th anniversary
Forrest Burdette quilt marks church’s 100th anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, on the occasion of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church’s 75th anniversary, a group of church women made a quilt to commemorate the event.

Scott Depot entrepreneur creates Kayak Kaddy trailers for floating and fishing trips
Scott Depot entrepreneur creates Kayak Kaddy trailers for floating and fishing trips

Fishing or floating on the rivers and streams in the area can be both fun and challenging.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Young Power players start second half strong
Christian’s Sports Beat: Young Power players start second half strong

The West Virginia Power has started the second half of the South Atlantic League season playing an inspiring style of baseball. The Power’s roster has young players from top to bottom, which this season’s coaching staff enjoys teaching...

Charleston Newspapers carrier retiring at age 90
Charleston Newspapers carrier retiring at age 90

William L. Grover of Cross Lanes is about ready to retire from a job he loves, even though it requires him to get out of bed by 1 or 2 a.m. and then drive in darkness, rain, snow, sleet, hail and anything else Mother Nature throws at him.

Marco Cornhole Classic debuts Aug. 1 at Marshall
Marco Cornhole Classic debuts Aug. 1 at Marshall

A new event, featuring fun for the whole family and a spirited cornhole tournament, is coming to Marshall University’s Huntington campus on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Farmer’s Table: Sour Cream Gooseberry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Sour Cream Gooseberry Pie

Gooseberries are not a popular fruit. In fact, a lot of people have neither seen nor tasted gooseberries. They are not available in supermarkets and, only occasionally, can they be found at farmers markets.

Putnam County Fair open this weekend

The wet weather has had an impact on this year’s Putnam County Fair, but the fair is open this weekend (July 17-19) as planned. Highlights include carnival rides, food vendors, a high-wire act, 4-H displays, live entertainment and much more is...

Coal River Group hires full-time program manager
Coal River Group hires full-time program manager

The Coal River Group has announced the hiring of the organization’s first full-time employee.

Nitro Museum begins moving artifacts into new location
Nitro Museum begins moving artifacts into new location

The City of Nitro’s museum, which features a collection of military memorabilia, is in the process of moving from its former home in the old Nitro High School, into a bigger, more visible space inside the old A-1 Carpet building on 20th...

Aging monument to Battle of Scary Creek to relocate
Aging monument to Battle of Scary Creek to relocate

Gasoline-powered weed whackers buzzed along W.Va. 817 in Putnam County recently, as young workers with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps cleared a parcel of land for a relocated Civil War monument.

Future career choices explored at STEM Summer Academy for Girls
Future career choices explored at STEM Summer Academy for Girls

West Virginia University Tech opened its doors, dorms and laboratories last week for a first-time, gender-specific week of academic exploration and career possibilities.

Tri-County YMCA’s Camp High-Tor equals ‘Best. Summer. Ever.’
Tri-County YMCA’s Camp High-Tor equals ‘Best. Summer. Ever.’

A sign at the entrance to Camp High-Tor provides a gentle reminder to parents: “Your children will get dirty at camp!!”

Kanawha Trace 50K/25K/10K Trail Run accepting applications
Kanawha Trace 50K/25K/10K Trail Run accepting applications

Registration is in progress for the fifth annual Kanawha Trace 50K/25K/10K Trail Run on Saturday, Aug. 8, which encompasses Putnam, Cabell and Mason counties, with many portions of the course traveled as American Indian and bison trails in centuries...

Nutritionist outlines healthy eating strategies
Nutritionist outlines healthy eating strategies

“I hear this all the time,” Mandy Curry told Putnam Rotarians at their June 23 luncheon meeting, “the mom who spends $250 at the grocery store and the next night still eats Taco Bell.

VBS registration underway at Hurricane church

Students who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade can register for “Huck Finn & the Great Escape,” the unique Vacation Bible School event at Redeemer Church (PCA) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Monday, July 27 through Friday, July...

Christian’s Sports Beat: The running U.S. Senator
Christian’s Sports Beat: The running U.S. Senator

Everyone, including young people like me, has a busy and stressful life. But can you imagine being a U.S. Senator and the amount of stress that comes with that job?

Putnam County Fair takes place July 10-18 in Eleanor
Putnam County Fair takes place July 10-18 in Eleanor

The Putnam County Fair returns for 2015 Friday, July 10 through Saturday, July 18 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

Putnam County 4-H Camp leads up to annual county fair in Eleanor
Putnam County 4-H Camp leads up to annual county fair in Eleanor

As Putnam County 4-H members finished up their annual summer camp at Camp Virgil Tate last week, they had another big event to look forward to: the annual Putnam County Fair, which runs from July 10 through 18 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

Zucchini Pizza with Basil
Zucchini Pizza with Basil

There are lots of jokes about zucchini, but I have to admit I like this vegetable and look forward to the first from the garden.

Skateboarders react to Hurricane skate park’s sudden closing; group seeks to reclaim remnants
Skateboarders react to Hurricane skate park’s sudden closing; group seeks to reclaim remnants

For years, the Hurricane skate park had been a home away from home for Nate Jones and the many friends he made there.

Volunteers sought for Buffalo Fourth decorating

The Buffalo Citizens Action Committee is seeking volunteers to decorate street signs for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, July 4.

Panera Bread premieres in Putnam
Panera Bread premieres in Putnam

A national dining favorite now has a hometown presence in the heart of Putnam County.

Hurricane announces schedule for Fourth of July festivities
Hurricane announces schedule for Fourth of July festivities

A Yankee Doodle Dandy time for all is in the (fire)works for Saturday, July 4 in Hurricane.

Teays Physical Therapy celebrates 25 years in Putnam County
Teays Physical Therapy celebrates 25 years in Putnam County

Twenty-five years ago, Cindy Skiles followed her heart and went into private practice as a physical therapist.

Leadership Putnam County graduates recognized at breakfast ceremony

Graduates of the Leadership Putnam County program were recognized June 12 during a breakfast meeting at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane.

Putnam County participates in Lemonade Day
Putnam County participates in Lemonade Day

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce presented awards to students and teachers for their participation in the West Virginia Lemonade Day Program earlier this year.

County students shine in ‘Agriculture’ poster contest

The Putnam County Farm Bureau, a chapter of the West Virginia Farm Bureau, has announced the winners of the 2015 “Agriculture in West Virginia” poster contest.

Community joins forces for Backpack Buddies program

More than 700 Putnam County students will receive food and hygiene packs during the summer, thanks to volunteers who contributed to, filled and prepared the packs earlier this month and sponsors who supported the Backpack Buddies program.

Nitro, Hurricane soccer players obtain Green Memorial Scholarships

The third annual recipients of the Richard (Dick) Green Memorial Scholarships are Lauren London from Hurricane High School and Mariah Cook from Nitro High School.

New chapel at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital provides quiet space for prayer, contemplation
New chapel at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital provides quiet space for prayer, contemplation

The chapel at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital is in a new location. The quiet and well-appointed room provides a calm, intimate place for reflection and prayer.

Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters
Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters

The 19th annual Regional Teen Institute will be held Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2 at the Rippling Waters Campgrounds in Romance in southern Jackson County.

Farmer’s Table: Strawberry Amaretto Pie
Farmer’s Table: Strawberry Amaretto Pie

The peak season for locally grown fresh strawberries is May through June. There is nothing better than a soft, deep-red, sun-warmed strawberry plucked right off the plant.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Playing with the pros
Christian’s Sports Beat: Playing with the pros

For the second time in three years, Sam O’Dell of Hurricane has captured the West Virginia State Amateur, winning the golf tournament late last month at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.

Poca 5th-Grade All-Stars win third-straight Kanawha Valley Youth Basketball League tournament
Poca 5th-Grade All-Stars win third-straight Kanawha Valley Youth Basketball League tournament

West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association comes to the aid of stranded Army National Guard sergeant and family
West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association comes to the aid of stranded Army National Guard sergeant and family

A soldier and his family on their way home to Illinois last March from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, got some much needed help in Putnam County when their Chevrolet Yukon developed transmission problems on Interstate 64.

Toyota subsidizing Putnam arts camp scholarships

The cost of Artistic Discovery Camp to be held in July in Hurricane is $150 per student. Toyota has announced it will provide $100 scholarships for the 50 students who attend, making the cost of the creative camp $50 per camper.

Toyota subsidizing Putnam arts camp scholarships

The cost of Artistic Discovery Camp to be held in July in Hurricane is $150 per student. Toyota has announced it will provide $100 scholarships for the 50 students who attend, making the cost of the creative camp $50 per camper.

Notification from Putnam County Assessor Sherry Hayes

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

If you will be 65 years of age before June 30 of next year or 100 percent totally and permanently disabled and not gainfully employed, you are eligible to sign up July 1 through Dec. 1 of this year.

Farmer’s Table: Sriracha Shrimp
Farmer’s Table: Sriracha Shrimp

Some people are surprised to learn that I have eaten freshwater shrimp, more properly called freshwater prawn, raised near Athens,Ohio.

233 West Virginia students dubbed Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

Two-hundred-thirty-three eighth-grade students from across West Virginia received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture on May 1.

Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century
Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century

Adults and children may debate from now ‘til the end of time the existence of Santa Claus.

Putnam County residents invited to participate in ‘Summer Steps’ program

The West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is urging residents to take a walk toward better health by participating in the Summer Steps program.

WV Treble Makers gearing up for summer camp
WV Treble Makers gearing up for summer camp

For children who love to sing, the WV Treble Makers, a Putnam County-based youth choral group, is “harnessing the power of music” to mold young lives.