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Eric Douglas: Poet laureate brings memories to life
Eric Douglas: Poet laureate brings memories to life

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman read selections of his poetry.

Poca Heritage Day set for Saturday

The Town of Poca’s Annual Heritage Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Muzzleloader event planned near Tornado

A group of muzzleloader owners, affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police, will host a muzzleloading event for the public, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Something fishy going on at landmark eatery near St. Albans
Something fishy going on at landmark eatery near St. Albans

There’s a big fish on MacCorkle Avenue near St. Albans that’s already catching the attention of motorists and passersby.

Eric Douglas: Fall has fallen (or will tomorrow)
Eric Douglas: Fall has fallen (or will tomorrow)

Depending on where you live, where you’re from or how contentious you like to be, tomorrow may or may not be the first day of autumn.

Fashion event to honor late volunteer, support Dress for Success
Fashion event to honor late volunteer, support Dress for Success

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Devonshire Clubhouse in Scott Depot, Dress for Success will host a fashion event, “Reflections,” honoring the late Helen Lodge of Charleston.

Eleanor 5K fundraiser to purchase all-inclusive playground equipment

To add all-inclusive recreational equipment and access to Eleanor Town Park, the Eleanor Park Board will sponsor its inaugural Walk, Run and Roll 5K fundraising event in October.

Third annual Cupcake Festival raises funds, spirits in Hurricane
Third annual Cupcake Festival raises funds, spirits in Hurricane

The third annual Cupcake Festival was held on Aug. 27 at Valley Park in Hurricane, offering confections and attractions catering to all ages.

Farmer’s Table: Raspberry Custard Cakes
Farmer’s Table: Raspberry Custard Cakes

I have a very small area of my garden devoted to red and gold raspberries. That tiny plot along a fence line produces gallons of berries, but you will never find my berries at the farmers market.

Saturday event at Capitol Complex to raise awareness of ovarian cancer
Saturday event at Capitol Complex to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

The CAMC Cancer Center, Cabin Creek Health Systems and Malden-based Good Living Assisted Living, along with many community volunteers, will sponsor a first-time ovarian cancer awareness program this weekend at the state Capitol Complex in...

Eric Douglas: Anger when drugs take another young life
Eric Douglas: Anger when drugs take another young life

I’m angry this week.

I won’t go into details, but my stepdaughter lost her best friend to drug use. Twenty-two years old, talented, funny and enthusiastic. Now she’s gone.

Hurricane First Baptist Church welcomes new senior pastor
Hurricane First Baptist Church welcomes new senior pastor

The congregation of First Baptist Church welcomed their new senior pastor, Jeff Davenport, his wife, Beth, and their family, to the downtown Hurricane church, officially, at Sunday morning services on Aug. 28.

Nitro Boom Days this weekend

A parade, antique cars and live music are a few of the events highlighting the annual Nitro Boom Town Days, with events starting this Thursday and continuing into the weekend in Nitro.

Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

This was a great year for growing cucumbers, so I made a lot of pickles.

Christian’s Sports Beat: More than just an athlete
Christian’s Sports Beat: More than just an athlete

PARKERSBURG -- When I became a member of the Hurricane Middle School cross country team last year, I quickly realized that, along with training hard and trying to finish with good times, my grades in all my classes were also very important.

New boutique opens in Putnam Village
New boutique opens in Putnam Village

Dawn Cullen is a high-energy woman, brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. It’s the perfect mix of traits for an entrepreneur whose latest venture opened last month in the Putnam Village Shopping Center.

Disney entertainer to perform at season-opening PipeSounds organ concert in Hurricane
Disney entertainer to perform at season-opening PipeSounds organ concert in Hurricane

A Hurricane church is going Hollywood this month.

World-renowned concert and recording artist Rob Richards, the house organist at Disney’s historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, will demonstrate his musical acumen at the...

Eric Douglas: Get out and walk!
Eric Douglas: Get out and walk!

For the last seven months, I’ve talked a lot about my personal battle with heart disease and my recovery from open-heart surgery. The reason for that is twofold.

Local author releases end-of-summer novella
Local author releases end-of-summer novella

Author Eric Douglas, of Pinch, has released the latest story in the Mike Scott thriller series.

Volunteers sought for United Way Day of Caring

Celebrating its 11th Annual Day of Caring Sept. 21, United Way of Central West Virginia’s volunteers will help nonprofit agencies stock kitchen pantries, paint, clean, landscape and perform construction work.

Hurricane student among WVU Robot Challenge team members prepping for NASA competition
Hurricane student among WVU Robot Challenge team members prepping for NASA competition

At the 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge, the team of engineering students from West Virginia University and their robot, Cataglyphis, came incredibly close to snagging the $1.5 million prize offered as part of NASA’s Centennial Challenge.

Putnam Homecoming: County celebration to include 9/11 tribute, talent competition
Putnam Homecoming: County celebration to include 9/11 tribute, talent competition

New and established talent alike will be on display and in full voice during the 87th Putnam County Homecoming on Main Street in Winfield.

Glass blocks key component of new BNA Construction
Glass blocks key component of new BNA Construction

The Glass Block Place, a 20-year name in the glass block industry, is now a division of the new BNA Construction in Putnam County.

WMS Archery Club to host outdoor adventure extravaganza
WMS Archery Club to host outdoor adventure extravaganza

The Winfield Middle School Archery Club will host an outdoor adventure extravaganza from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Winfield Middle School.

Farmer’s Table: Zucchini Rollatini
Farmer’s Table: Zucchini Rollatini

The first harvest of zucchini has ended and new plants are beginning to bear a second crop.

Eric Douglas: Weber W. Seabald part of nature now
Eric Douglas: Weber W. Seabald part of nature now

I remember being a kid, in the ‘70s, seeing the aging sternwheeler half submerged and resting against the bank of the Kanawha River.

Editor’s Desk: A library’s last days
Editor’s Desk: A library’s last days

Old books have a distinctive smell, and it hit me as soon as I walked into the large first-floor space that used to be the school library at Nitro High School.

Putnam Rotary Club announces scholarships
Putnam Rotary Club announces scholarships

The Putnam Rotary Club has awarded college scholarships to Zachary Jay Coleman, Allison Paige Harold and Jordan Miranda Losh.

Cub Scouts to host ‘School Night’ in Hurricane
Cub Scouts to host ‘School Night’ in Hurricane

Elementary school-age boys in the Hurricane area and their parents are invited to attend the Cub Scout Pack 236 “School Night” Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Hawaiian hula classes added to S.C. studio’s dance offerings
Hawaiian hula classes added to S.C. studio’s dance offerings

Samadhi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, in South Charleston, has added Hawaiian hula to its class offerings this fall.

Local man competes in ‘Train to Hunt’ challenge
Local man competes in ‘Train to Hunt’ challenge

David Powell of Teays Valley has been an outdoorsman all his life. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, upland bird hunting, even a few holes of golf from time to time.

Hurricane Yard Sale draws bargain hunters
Hurricane Yard Sale draws bargain hunters

People took to the streets of Hurricane on Aug. 13 to find bargains as residents and businesses hosted the annual city-wide yard sale. From furniture to back-to-school clothes, there were plenty of deals to be had. Forrest Burdette UMC also had a hot...

Farmer’s Table: Roasted Pepper Cheese Spread
Farmer’s Table: Roasted Pepper Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese Spread, considered a quintessential Southern food, is often referred to as “Southern Pâté” or “Caviar of the South,” yet it originated in New York.

Christian Deiss: A storyteller of sports
Christian Deiss: A storyteller of sports

Every two weeks, I get to share sports stories that I come across that I think will be interesting for the readers of this column.

Upcoming running events
Upcoming running events

For those who run, walk, stroll, gambol or ramble for exercise (and those who don’t but heartily support those who do), a few events, for good causes, are coming up in the area to consider.

Eric Douglas: Coming full circle, underwater
Eric Douglas: Coming full circle, underwater

For nearly 20 years, I’ve made a career in scuba diving. It has taken me all over the world and away from West Virginia for 14 years, first to California and then to North Carolina. Since I’ve been back, I still write about diving...

Eleanor library hosts ‘Wonderful World of Water’ day camp
Eleanor library hosts ‘Wonderful World of Water’ day camp

Plunging their hands into a big tub of water, children reached for rubber duckies as part of a lesson on the many ways water affects our lives.

Petco specialty retailer opens in Liberty Square shopping center
Petco specialty retailer opens in Liberty Square shopping center

Judging by her spirited barks, Charm, a border collie owned by Debbie Nauman, was duly impressed with the new Petco store in the Liberty Square shopping center, which is just off the Winfield exit of Interstate 64.

Putnam Rotary Club announces scholarships
Putnam Rotary Club announces scholarships

The Putnam Rotary Club has awarded college scholarships to Zachary Jay Coleman, Allison Paige Harold and Jordan Miranda Losh.

Farmer’s Table: Spiced Bulgar Wheat Salad
Farmer’s Table: Spiced Bulgar Wheat Salad

Syrian cuisine has been influenced by many cultures and is one of the oldest cooking traditions in the world.

5K Glow Run Saturday in Charleston
5K Glow Run Saturday in Charleston

The 2016 5K Glow Run will step off at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Charleston.

Eric Douglas: An Olympic-sized example of how to behave
Eric Douglas: An Olympic-sized example of how to behave

For the last week and a half, I’ve been a self-proclaimed expert in televised sports that I wouldn’t normally watch.

Applications available for 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas
Applications available for 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas

Applications for the 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas are available online at www.wvhunt.com, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Alban Arts Academy announces classes in Putnam, Kanawha

The Alban Arts Academy, with locations in St. Albans, Teays Valley and Kanawha City, will offer 60 classes in the coming months for students from pre-kindergarten through adults.

Tri-County YMCA to host Truck Bryant basketball camp next week
Tri-County YMCA to host Truck Bryant basketball camp next week

The Tri-County YMCA will host the Truck Bryant Basketball Skills Camp at its Carls Lane facility in Scott Depot next week.

Farmer’s Table: Leek Pie
Farmer’s Table: Leek Pie

I had an opportunity to visit the Fayette County Farmers Market recently. It is always interesting to see what farmers in other areas of West Virginia are growing.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane runners getting ready
Christian’s Sports Beat: Hurricane runners getting ready

This is an important time of the year for cross country runners, as the high school and middle school fall running seasons are quickly approaching.

Kanawha Players to present ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’
Kanawha Players to present ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’

The Kanawha Players will present “Elvis Has Left the Building” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston.

2016 Back-to-School Blast Friday in Eleanor
2016 Back-to-School Blast Friday in Eleanor

Putnam County Schools’ Title I program will host its 2016 Back-to-School Blast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center.

Hurricane pinstripe artist to give demos at Summerfest car show
Hurricane pinstripe artist to give demos at Summerfest car show

Finding no pinstripes on Milt Wheeler’s car is like finding no photographs on Ansel Adams’ walls.

Poca outdoor-adventure emporium making a splash with high-end kayaks
Poca outdoor-adventure emporium making a splash with high-end kayaks

For the past 15 years, Casey Turley has had what many football fans would consider a dream job.

Eric Douglas: Hoover provided a sense of community ‘up Elk’
Eric Douglas: Hoover provided a sense of community ‘up Elk’

There is no question in anyone’s mind that the June floods have nearly destroyed several small towns in West Virginia. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild them without a lot of help from the greater community. Some will decide...

‘Pets at the Park Day’ Power game to benefit KCHA
‘Pets at the Park Day’ Power game to benefit KCHA

Take your four-legged friends out to the ballgame with you at “Pets at the Park Day.”

Equine-program volunteer speaks to Rotarians
Equine-program volunteer speaks to Rotarians

Attorney Lanette Anderson held registered nursing licenses in five states, but when she retired last month from her post as executive director of the state Board of Examiners for LPNs, she wanted a change of pace.

Milton woman appointed Marshall registrar
Milton woman appointed Marshall registrar

Marshall University has appointed Dr. Sonja G. Cantrell of Milton as the university registrar, effective Aug. 1.

Putnam library, PBS to host open house for pre-K, kindergarten students

West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Putnam County Library are hosting an open house for pre-K and kindergarten students who are starting school this year.

DNR’s Outdoors-Woman fall workshop planned at North Bend

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program invites women to give new outdoor interests a try with a little help from knowledgeable instructors.

County senior centers hosting workshops for caregivers

Providing care for an infirm family member or other individual on a regular basis can be present myriad challenges, particularly for those with little or no training in health care and other components of caregiving.

3rd annual Cupcake Festival coming to Hurricane
3rd annual Cupcake Festival coming to Hurricane

The third annual Cupcake Festival will be in sweet, full swing, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Rotary president reviews year of service
Rotary president reviews year of service

As Bob Alexander presided over his last meeting as President of the Putnam Rotary Club -- at least for a year or so -- on June 28, he expressed appreciation for the teamwork which had made his turn at the helm a time of action and new direction.

Teays Valley Church of God having free carnival

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is throwing Teays Valley a party!

Thomas Health System offering free sports physicals

Thomas Health System is providing free sports physicals in any one of the Thomas Care Clinic locations or at St. Francis First in Charleston.

Newspaper participates in school drive
Newspaper participates in school drive

The Charleston Gazette-Mail recently participated in a drive to collect school supplies for the schools affected by the June floods. The supplies were delivered last week to BB&T in Charleston. Above, Tricia Washington of Dunbar (left) and Jane...

Farmer’s Table: Harvard Beets
Farmer’s Table: Harvard Beets

I harvested all of our beets last week. I made Polish borscht and a variety of salads, but I still had plenty left. I hadn’t made Harvard Beets in a long time and decided they would be the perfect accompaniment to a savory zucchini macaroni and...

Eric Douglas: Finding unexpected opportunities
Eric Douglas: Finding unexpected opportunities

As fall turned into winter last year, I tossed our collapsing carved pumpkins and decorative gourds on the ground beside a retaining wall in our yard.

New Hope Animal Rescue hosting customer appreciation day

New Hope Animal Rescue will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, at its Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

Winfield student a repeat 4-H winner at Putnam County Fair
Winfield student a repeat 4-H winner at Putnam County Fair

Pampering a pig named Princess has paid off for a Winfield girl.

Putnam County Schools offering HIV/AIDS education

An HIV/AIDS education program will be conducted by health teachers in health education classes in grades seven, eight and nine in Putnam County Schools.

Teays Valley Fire Department receives federal grant for equipment, protective clothing
Teays Valley Fire Department receives federal grant for equipment, protective clothing

On July 8, the Teays Valley Fire Department was awarded a federal grant for $404,378 for the purchase of 35 self-contained breathing apparatus, four 12 lead cardiac monitor/defibrillators, one Lucas Automated CPR device and seven complete ensembles of...

Farmer’s Table: Summer Squash Casserole
Farmer’s Table: Summer Squash Casserole

Summer squash is a short-season crop, but some farmers do succession planting to extend the season and maximize the garden’s yield. If lucky, the plants will produce for about three months.

Farmers market vouchers available to Putnam County seniors

The Department of Agriculture has provided this year’s West Virginia Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, worth $28 each, to the Putnam County Aging Program for distribution to Putnam County seniors ages 60-plus based on household size...

Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance
Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance

Today is my 49th birthday.

I’m not telling you that to get attention. Realistically, my mom did all the work this day 49 years ago, so thank you, Mom!

Christian’s Sports Beat: From the field to the booth
Christian’s Sports Beat: From the field to the booth

CINCINNATI -- For as long as I can remember (and that is for only 12 years), I have enjoyed listening to sports on the radio.

Nitro Public Library major renovations nearly complete
Nitro Public Library major renovations nearly complete

It’s been a long summer for patrons of the Nitro Public Library, as they wait for a major renovation project to be completed.

Woman relates experiences of demonic harassment to Putnam Rotary
Woman relates experiences of demonic harassment to Putnam Rotary

Paranormal activity is nothing new for Point Pleasant.

Farmer’s Table: Thai Spicy Eggplant with Basil
Farmer’s Table: Thai Spicy Eggplant with Basil

I can thank the lowly eggplant for the opportunity to write this weekly column.

Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there
Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my grandfather being on the Dunbar City Council when the city building was built in 1941.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center
‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present the stage version of the popular animated Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

Hurricane church’s interim pastor begins final month in pulpit
Hurricane church’s interim pastor begins final month in pulpit

A longtime, briefly retired Charleston clergyman is in the final weeks of more than a year of “fill-in” ministry at First Baptist Church of Hurricane.

New Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic opens
New Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic opens

The new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in South Charleston, which had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 1, is much larger and offers more services than its former location in Kanawha City.

Farmers market vouchers available to Putnam County seniors

The Department of Agriculture has provided this year’s West Virginia Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, worth $28 each, to the Putnam County Aging Program for distribution to Putnam County seniors ages 60-plus based on household size...

Cabell County Fair opens Saturday
Cabell County Fair opens Saturday

The 2016 Cabell County Fair begins Saturday, July 23 at Pumpkin Park in Milton and other venues and continues daily through Saturday, July 30.

Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall
Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall

Although the Academy of Arts at January’s specializes primarily in teaching dance and movement classes for youths as young as 2, its forthcoming Wine-Down Wednesdays are for older -- and more refined -- tastes this fall. (As in 21 and...

Owners of TCBY in Teays Valley seek to sell longtime yogurt shop
Owners of TCBY in Teays Valley seek to sell longtime yogurt shop

After nearly 20 years of operating the TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) shop in Teays Valley, owner Adam Sponaugle, his wife, Carol, and daughter, Lorra, are ready to move on.

Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”
Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”

I didn’t become a devotee of Sherlock Holmes until a college roommate loaned me his two-volume set of original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle in the late ‘70s. Sure, as a kid I enjoyed the old Basil Rathbone movies on TV, but it...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes
Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes

By now, everyone is well aware of the disastrous flood that tore through many parts of West Virginia almost three weeks ago.

Teays Valley Christian conducts basketball clinics
Teays Valley Christian conducts basketball clinics

Ryan Arrowood, boys basketball coach at Teays Valley Christian School, conducted his Be Better Today basketball clinics last week for grade school and middle school students.

Putnam, Cabell students graduate from Marshall University

According to the Marshall University website, the following Putnam and Cabell county residents, within the Metro Putnam circulation area, received degrees from the Huntington school at a May commencement ceremony:

This week’s Putnam County Fair schedule
This week’s Putnam County Fair schedule

The 2016 Putnam County Fair continues this week at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts
Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts

June 23’s cataclysmic flooding throughout West Virginia is still wending toward happy endings -- wherever, whenever and however possible -- for hundreds of families.

Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing
Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing

In the early days of the Putnam Farmers Market, many producers grew and sold the same common items: Silver Queen corn, half-runner beans and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. There was little variety.

Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime
Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime

Crime has been around since the earliest recorded history. There have always been people who have decided it is easier to take what someone else has than to make it or earn it themselves. There are more than 50 references to “thief” or...

Garlic harvesting workshop coming to Charleston

The West Virginia State University Extension Service will sponsor a free, hands-on garlic harvesting workshop on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at Hudson Farms, 69 Silo St. in Charleston.

Hurricane caboose gets new home
Hurricane caboose gets new home

The City of Hurricane’s vintage train caboose, which was displayed for years on Main Street, has a new home in Hurricane City Park.

Flooding dampens 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion plans on Blue Creek

Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion was scheduled weeks ago for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.

Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief
Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief

The American Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter, meals, cleaning supplies, help and hope to those affected by the June 23 flooding across West Virginia.

Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend
Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend

Fans of the fictional, Victorian-era detective Sherlock Holmes will have a new mystery to enjoy, beginning this weekend at the Alban Arts Center on Olde Main Street in St. Albans.

Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)
Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)

Larry Foster, owner of Foster Farm in Putnam County, is one of my favorite farmers. He sells eggs, pork and assorted vegetables at the Putnam Farmers Market. Last week, my husband purchased smoked ham slices from Foster Farm.

Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time
Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time

The outpouring of support and donations for our friends and neighbors who have had their homes destroyed and lives turned upside down by the floods of June 23 and 24 was simply amazing, even though it was no surprise. West Virginians have a long...