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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WVU Extension Service to sponsor teen arts camp

Budding teenage artists will get the opportunity to blossom at West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy July 22-25 in Morgantown.

UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp
UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors and seniors and college undergraduates to participate in an intensive, three-day summer camp for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy.

Waves of Fun pool open for another season of fun
Waves of Fun pool open for another season of fun

On a recent Tuesday morning, the water was calm at the Waves of Fun swimming pool at Valley Park, but by this weekend, the facility in Hurricane will be churning up waves as the summer swim season gets into full swing.

Christian’s Sports Beat: A sport for everyone
Christian’s Sports Beat: A sport for everyone

A local soccer chapter has been helping United States Youth Soccer this spring, bringing the game of soccer to some young players who might not have gotten the opportunity to play soccer without the chapter’s help.

Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston
Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston

The smokers will be stoked and sizzling, the sauces will be stirred and seasoned expertly, and the senses will be spellbound for the 17th year next week at Ribfest.

Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie
Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie

When faced with a choice, I usually choose pie over cake for dessert.

Putnam schools grow vegetables for garden-based learning
Putnam schools grow vegetables for garden-based learning

They’re the gardeners “who wouldn’t give up.”

That’s how Chuck Talbott, Putnam County West Virginia University Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources, describes the students and...

Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids
Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids

If Freddy the Fish was a real brook trout, he wouldn’t have been too happy swimming in a polluted aquarium, but for a group of fifth-grade students from St. Albans and Tornado, the annual Coal River Water Festival was an all-around good...

Poca High’s show choir to appear on national television show
Poca High’s show choir to appear on national television show

Visual Volume, Poca High School’s multiple award-winning show choir, will be going extremely visual later this year.

Protecting your pets from outdoor threats
Protecting your pets from outdoor threats

An agile, young outdoorswoman named Annie didn’t fare quite the same way as Marvel comic book character Peter Parker when she was bitten by a spider a few months ago.

Buffalo players sign letters of intent
Buffalo players sign letters of intent

The Buffalo High School softball team has been the most dominant in Class A over the past few seasons.

Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre
Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre

Now in its third year of ministry on Charleston’s West Side, Living Water Worship Center declares itself “A place you can come and thirst no more.”

Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

“The West Virginia Farmers Market Vendor Guide,” produced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia Farmers Market Association, outlines the items that may be...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power
Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power

The shortstop for the West Virginia Power this season, Cole Tucker, comes to the team with excellent playing credentials.

Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season
Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season

The Coal River has had a history of commerce as well as environmental concerns.

Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon
Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon

Live in West Virginia long enough and you’ll likely hear the declaration that its unofficial 56th county is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side
Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side

There’s just something magical about playing in the woods, even if your lungs are burning, your hips ache and your feet feel like they’re about to drop off.

Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State
Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State

My introduction to paddling was in a rented kayak in the Coal River Group’s Tour de Coal a few years ago. I realized I loved paddling. Because I also like to fish, combining the two seemed a natural enough endeavor.

Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction
Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction

For those hard-wired to experience an adrenalin rush while on two wheels, the Snowshoe Bike Park offers one of the best trail systems in the United States.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association
Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association

The discographies of Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Styx and Christopher Cross display no songs referencing the glories of sailing in West Virginia.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish
Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish

The muskellunge, or musky/muskie, can be one of the most elusive fish to catch in West Virginia.

Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers
Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers

The Elk River is one of the best waterways in West Virginia to haul in a big musky.

Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey
Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey

If one needs a reminder of just how beautiful the Mountain State is, take a hike on the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge near Fayetteville.

Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options
Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options

For as long as there have been motorized vehicles, people have taken advantage of them to improve their enjoyment of the outdoors.

Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations
Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations

Three years ago, Scott Smith had modest expectations for the inaugural Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament.

Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia
Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia

Below is a calendar of just a small sampling of some of the outdoors-related activities open to the public throughout West Virginia through the end of August:

Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp
Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp

Soon ramp season will be over, but don’t fret. Green garlic, another hallmark of spring, is ready for harvest.

Triathlons bring out best in athletes
Triathlons bring out best in athletes

Triathlons promote perhaps some of the most challenging athletic endeavors in the world.

Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember
Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember

Many runners agree that the Super Bowl of running events is the Boston Marathon, held every year on the third Monday of April, when everyone in Boston celebrates Patriots Day.

Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember
Christian’s Sports Beat: A race to remember

Many runners agree that the Super Bowl of running events is the Boston Marathon, held every year on the third Monday of April, when everyone in Boston celebrates Patriots Day.

Carbide Camps set to close
Carbide Camps set to close

The Union Carbide Hunting and Fishing Lodge campground on Blue Creek is facing extinction soon, after decades of being a choice, close-by, back-to-nature getaway location for generations of Union Carbide employees, their families and friends.