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Buffalo, Poca seniors named DAR Good Citizens winners
Buffalo, Poca seniors named DAR Good Citizens winners

For more than 80 years, the Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has participated in the NSDAR Good Citizens program to recognize and reward male and female high-school seniors who exemplify the qualities of a good citizen:...

Putnam County Library Summer Reading sign-ups begin June 1

“On Your Mark, Get Set -- Read!” is the theme of the Putnam County Public Library system’s Summer Reading program, which begins with sign-ups on June 1.

Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home
Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home

No matter where you grew up, you have memories of home.

GKV Foundation, Extension Service bringing STEM programming to youths this summer

A grant provided by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will give college students in seven West Virginia counties, including Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell, the opportunity to educate and mentor youths this summer through the West Virginia...

Applications being taken for Hurricane Fourth of July Parade
Applications being taken for Hurricane Fourth of July Parade

Entries are being accepted for the City of Hurricane’s annual Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4.

Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe
Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe

More than 200 eighth-grade students, from across West Virginia, were dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe, during a May 6 recognition ceremony at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston.

UC ‘Pharmacy Bootcamp’ slated in June

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates to a “pharmacy bootcamp” in June.

Registration underway for WVU summer Engineering Challenge camps

Registration is open for this summer’s West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps.

American Red Cross hosting Women Who Care reception

The American Red Cross West Virginia Region will host its annual Women Who Care Networking Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall Rotunda.

Energy Express program seeking helping hands this summer
Energy Express program seeking helping hands this summer

To counteract the effects of the out-of-school “summer slide” learning lag or lapse -- and give children in the county a memorable and productive summer experience, the Energy Express program is seeking mentors and other helpers in...

Mary Fletcher Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Sunday in Cross Lanes

Mary Fletcher is described as an inspiration to those who know her -- and with good reason. She is a cancer survivor.

Winfield students to host Lemonade Day Fun 5K Run/Walk Saturday

Teacher Jessie Hescht’s fifth-grade class at Winfield Elementary School will host the second annual Lemonade Day Fun 5K Run/Walk at Snap Fitness in Winfield on Saturday, May 21.

Fruth baby contest raises estimated $4,700 for children’s charities

Twenty-three Fruth Pharmacy locations held a baby contest recently to raise donations for local area charities.

Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically
Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically

Now that the primary election is over, I have to quote that sage for the ages Charlie Brown by saying, “Good grief!”

Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms
Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms

Only cultivated mushrooms can be sold at West Virginia farmers markets, which greatly restricts the number of varieties available to the consumer. The most prevalent types found at local markets are shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Scott Depot church collecting 7,500 shoes

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is trying to obtain 7,500 pairs of lightly used and new shoes to help an entrepreneur in an underdeveloped country begin a shoe sales business which will create a micro-economy there.

Small business workshop slated May 26
Small business workshop slated May 26

A workshop on business fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 26, in Charleston.

‘Rocking the Kanawha’ presentation set for Thursday

Terry Lowry, historian and musician, will present “Rocking the Kanawha: The Golden Age of Music in the Kanawha Valley” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, on Thursday, May 19.

Free arts event set for St. Albans Saturday

Maranatha Fellowship, 2910 Kanawha Terrace in St. Albans, will be the site for Arts in Action’s Arts Celebration on Saturday, May 21.

Newcomer to join school board

As reported in the May 11 Charleston Gazette-Mail, Bruce Knell defeated an incumbent for a spot on Putnam County’s Board of Education during the primary election held the day before, marking the first time an incumbent county Board of Education...

CFA Allbreed Cat Show coming to Charleston

Pedigreed cats from around the country will compete at the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Allbreed Cat Show on Saturday, May 21, at the Charleston Civic Center.

Alban Arts Center presenting new monthly series featuring creative thinkers

The Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans, is embarking on a mission to expand the understanding of the arts in the community and to showcase the talents of those living and working here.

Installation for new Presbyterian pastor Sunday in Scott Depot
Installation for new Presbyterian pastor Sunday in Scott Depot

An installation service for Dr. Kyle W. Key will get underway at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, 5339 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot.

Community participates in countywide Drug Take Back Day
Community participates in countywide Drug Take Back Day

Members of the Putnam Wellness Coalition partnered with local and county law enforcement officials to help with collections during the National Drug Take Back Day held in Putnam County on April 30.

Scott Depot church collecting 7,500 shoes

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is trying to obtain 7,500 pairs of lightly used and new shoes to help an entrepreneur in an underdeveloped country begin a shoe sales business which will create a micro-economy there.

Hurricane student receives Cam Henderson Scholarship
Hurricane student receives Cam Henderson Scholarship

Marshall University men’s soccer redshirt junior midfielder Trevor Starcher, of Hurricane, received the Cam Henderson Scholarship on April 23 at the 79th Annual Marshall Alumni Awards Banquet.

Toyota workers volunteer for Arbor Day
Toyota workers volunteer for Arbor Day

“How’s this for an action shot?” joked Tim Hollander, as he leaned against a shovel in front of Eleanor Town Hall.

Eagle Scout blazes hiking/running trail in Scott Depot
Eagle Scout blazes hiking/running trail in Scott Depot

R.J. Weiford, a senior at Winfield High School and active member of Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, found a way to bless his church and community through his Eagle Scout project.

Farmer’s Table: Lavender Brownies
Farmer’s Table: Lavender Brownies

I have always enjoyed the scent of lavender, but have never had the greatest luck growing it. To my surprise, all of my plants survived this winter. One clump is quite vigorous and healthy.

Eric Douglas: Picking up other people’s trash
Eric Douglas: Picking up other people’s trash

I recently joined a group of my neighbors for a roadside clean-up on Reunion Road in Pinch.

MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project
MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project

She may be several years away from applying to medical school or even college, but Lakshmi Sundaram, a sophomore at Hurricane High School, is well on her way to a science career.

Kanawha Valley students among 2016 WVU Bucklew Scholars
Kanawha Valley students among 2016 WVU Bucklew Scholars

The students in the 2016 class of Bucklew Scholars are all tireless workers, curious explorers and analytical thinkers, bound by a love of their home state and a fierce determination to make a difference in the world in which they live.

Annual Rotary benefit 5K run/walk slated for May 28
Annual Rotary benefit 5K run/walk slated for May 28

The Putnam Rotary Club’s annual Chet Marshall Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held this year at Valley Park in Hurricane on Saturday, May 28.

Kanawha City Orthodox church hosting ‘Big, Fat Gyro & Baklava Sale’
Kanawha City Orthodox church hosting ‘Big, Fat Gyro & Baklava Sale’

Gyro lovers, rejoice -- you can eat gyros, just for one day.

CFA Allbreed Cat Show coming to Charleston

Pedigreed cats from around the country will compete at the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Allbreed Cat Show on Saturday, May 21, at the Charleston Civic Center.

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

Rhubarb is a seasonal herbaceous perennial vegetable that grows from rhizomes. It is one of the first plants to emerge in the spring. It belongs to the same family as buckwheat and sorrel.

Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world
Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world

As the father of two teenage girls, I heard something recently that I almost never hear.

Buffalo farm to host ‘Go Red’ fundraiser in May
Buffalo farm to host ‘Go Red’ fundraiser in May

In mid-May, many are expected to kick up their boot heels and “party with a purpose” at Gritt’s Farm.

Putnam Career Center students earn medals in 3D printing competition
Putnam Career Center students earn medals in 3D printing competition

A team of two students from the Putnam County Career and Technical Center in Eleanor took home silver medals in the first-ever Additive Manufacturing competition at the SkillsUSA state championships in Bridgeport on April 16.

Christian Deiss: Stacking up the competition
Christian Deiss: Stacking up the competition

Usually in my column, the sports topics I write about are sports that most people can easily relate to, such as soccer, football, baseball, running, etc.

Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston
Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston

More than 40 breweries, offering 150 craft and other beers, will be serving those 21 and older at the Foam at the Dome event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the University of Charleston stadium (former Laidley Field).

Poca Percussion Ensemble wins championship
Poca Percussion Ensemble wins championship

The warmup in the echo chamber that is the Poca Middle School gym got the attention of everyone and whetted their appetites for what was to follow.

Valley Campus church thriving at The Commons
Valley Campus church thriving at The Commons

Two years ago, the Randolph Street Baptist Church on Charleston’s West Side decided to make things easier for its parishioners who were driving to the Charleston church from areas west of the capital city.

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus Barleyotto
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus Barleyotto

My local discount grocery store continues to offer more organic and healthy food options.

Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’
Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’

For the first time in its century-plus history, the Charleston Elks Lodge #202 will have a woman leading the herd.

Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’
Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’

I still remember going to Watt Powell Park as a kid to see a baseball game. It had to be in the mid-1970s. The Charleston Charlies took the field that night. (Six different teams called that park home during its lifetime.)

W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday
W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday

The West Virginia Youth Symphony will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. in Charleston.

National Travel and Tourism Week events slated around the state

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, in collaboration with local partners, will host a series of events showcasing the many wild, wonderful activities in West Virginia, to celebrate the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week May...

Sponsors sought for Teays Valley cinemas’ free summer kids’ series

The Frank Theatres Free Summer Kids Series is the perfect place for camp field trips and family fun days. This special promotion runs entirely off of sponsorships and gives local businesses as well as national chains the opportunity to showcase their...

Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May
Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May

Run For The Wall will arrive 400 motorcycles strong at the Wave Pool Park in Hurricane at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring student PSA, billboard contests
Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring student PSA, billboard contests

The Putnam Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a pair of student contests to counter drug abuse this month.

Plans unveiled for 2016 Putnam County Fair
Plans unveiled for 2016 Putnam County Fair

“We are the only county fair in the state that runs from Saturday to Saturday -- a full eight days,” Derek Casto told Putnam Rotary members in Hurricane on April 19.

Arts in Action to host Princess Academy in July
Arts in Action to host Princess Academy in July

Imagination, creativity, interactive play, movement through dance, crafts and music will all be part of the princess experience at Hurricane’s Arts in Action studios this summer.

Putnam Career and Technical Center medal winners announced

The following Putnam Career and Technical Center students earned medals in the recent SkillsUSA state competition:

Putnam students graduate from WVU
Putnam students graduate from WVU

According to the West Virginia University website, the following Putnam County residents graduated from WVU in December:

Eric Douglas: We all live on the same Earth
Eric Douglas: We all live on the same Earth

My wife is reading “Some Are Born Great” by author Adela Rogers St. John from 1974.

Batman, local law enforcement officials salute Hurricane High leukemia patient, classmates
Batman, local law enforcement officials salute Hurricane High leukemia patient, classmates

In a team-up of fictional and real-life crimefighters, the Batman teamed with Hurricane High School, the Cabell and Putnam County Sheriff’s Departments, West Virginia State Police and the Milton and Hurricane Police Departments recently to...

Farmer’s Table: Creasy Greens
Farmer’s Table: Creasy Greens

It was about this time, 40 years ago, when my elderly neighbor knocked on the door and handed me a brown paper “poke.” He was grinning from ear to ear.

Christian Deiss: Time to play ball!
Christian Deiss: Time to play ball!

The 2016 baseball season for the West Virginia Power began earlier this month when the Minor League club opened up on the road against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Tri-County Y plans Healthy Kids Day
Tri-County Y plans Healthy Kids Day

In keeping with its “Heart of the Community” mission, the Tri-County YMCA, in Scott Depot, will again conduct a free “Healthy Kids Day” this spring.

Sheriff’s Department unveils Miller Award for DUI prevention efforts
Sheriff’s Department unveils Miller Award for DUI prevention efforts

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who was killed in a DUI-related car crash in 2006, will be remembered through a new award that was unveiled at a Putnam County Commission meeting on April 12.

W.Va. Urban Ag Conference returning for third year
W.Va. Urban Ag Conference returning for third year

Registration is in progress for the third annual West Virginia Urban Ag Conference, which will take place on the West Virginia State University campus in Institute, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30.

Area students graduate from Marshall
Area students graduate from Marshall

December 2015 Marshall University graduates have been listed on the MU website. Graduates from the Metro Putnam circulation area include:

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

A heart for helping: The Furniture Mission begins another season of aid
A heart for helping: The Furniture Mission begins another season of aid

As the door to a storage shed was opened, a shaft of sunlight revealed a collection of used furniture ready to brighten the lives of the less fortunate.

Farmer’s Table: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton
Farmer’s Table: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton

Mirlitons are funny, green, slightly wrinkled, pear-shaped squash, technically a member of the gourd family. The plant is native to Mexico and was once the principal food of the Aztecs and Mayans.

Eric Douglas: Learning what I don’t know
Eric Douglas: Learning what I don’t know

I am self-aware enough to know that I don’t know everything, even when I think I do.

Editor’s Desk: GM Outdoor Pursuits coming in May
Editor’s Desk: GM Outdoor Pursuits coming in May

I had meant to go see “The Revenant” even before Leo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for his role in it.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

Entries being accepted for Hurricane Spring Festival talent show

If you gotta sing, gotta dance or got another crowd-pleasing talent, get into the act for the talent show at Hurricane’s 2016 Spring Festival now.

Teen Cuisine cooking classes coming to Winfield
Teen Cuisine cooking classes coming to Winfield

A six-session series of free, interactive basic cooking and nutrition classes for pregnant teenagers, young single parents, independent teens and at-risk youth ages 16 to 21 will be held weekly in Winfield, beginning later this month.

Hometown students make blankets for cancer patient
Hometown students make blankets for cancer patient

As an expression of love and caring, students at Hometown Elementary School have been busy recently making tied blankets for a young cancer patient, hospitalized children and residents of the veterans’ home in Barboursville.

KOTC to host obedience trials, rally competition
KOTC to host obedience trials, rally competition

The nonprofit Kanawha Obedience Training Club will host its 72nd and 73rd annual American Kennel Club-licensed obedience trials and 20th and 21st annual AKC-licensed rally obedience trials this weekend in Dunbar.

Hurricane firm longstanding gateway to temporary, permanent staffing for legal, other fields
Hurricane firm longstanding gateway to temporary, permanent staffing for legal, other fields

Legal Temporary Services Corporation in Hurricane continues to galvanize its longstanding reputation as the Mountain State’s premier staffing provider for the legal, oil and gas and other industries.

Putnam archers compete at state tourney
Putnam archers compete at state tourney

The Winfield Middle School archery team is an example of the growth of the sport at the youth level in the state.

Christian’s Sports Beat: 50 marathons in 50 states
Christian’s Sports Beat: 50 marathons in 50 states

Someday I want to run a full or half-marathon, but, in the meantime, I recently met a local runner who has run a marathon in all 50 states.

Inaugural W.Va. Food Truck Festival destined for Hurricane park
Inaugural W.Va. Food Truck Festival destined for Hurricane park

The first-time West Virginia Food Truck Festival will roll into Valley Park in Hurricane and serve up savory specialties from 1 until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Farmer’s Table: Pickled Pineapple
Farmer’s Table: Pickled Pineapple

Food historians believe the pineapple originated in Brazil. Christopher Columbus is thought to be the first European to have tasted the fruit.

Eric Douglas: Peeps of the world, unite!
Eric Douglas: Peeps of the world, unite!

Easter Sunday, I went to a family dinner with my in-laws.

West Virginia International Film Festival slated at LaBelle

The West Virginia International Film Festival’s 32nd annual Spring Film Festival takes place this month in the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston.

WHS show choir offers ‘School House Rock!’ sneak peek to Rotarians
WHS show choir offers ‘School House Rock!’ sneak peek to Rotarians

The award-winning Winfield High General Admission show choir gave Putnam Rotary Club members a preview glimpse recently of this weekend’s “School House Rock!” stage show.

Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May
Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May

Run For The Wall will arrive 400 motorcycles strong at the Wave Pool Park in Hurricane at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Winning students announced in solid waste authority’s recycling contest

The following Putnam County students had winning entries in the Putnam County Solid Waste Authority’s recycling contest:

Prom Experience contest underway in Putnam

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Department and Angela’s on the River are teaming up to provide a Prom Experience contest for Putnam County students.

Buckskin Council Pinewood Derby slated for April 16

Visit the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston on Saturday, April 16, and watch as carefully prepared wooden cars race down a gravity track.

Spring Fling dance Saturday on singles’ group’s April agenda

The SpeakEasy Singles social group will host a public Spring Fling Dance on Saturday, April 9 in the Wilson Student Union of West Virginia State University in Institute.

TOPSoccer offering spring program at Milton Middle for kids with disabilities
TOPSoccer offering spring program at Milton Middle for kids with disabilities

A soccer program designed to provide kids ages 5-14 with disabilities an environment filled with meaningful learning, developmental and physical participation opportunities through the game of soccer is again available this spring in the area.

FestivALL schedule released
FestivALL schedule released

The 12th annual FestivALL will take place in June, prefaced by a preview weekend in May 27-29.

Farmer’s Table: Creamy, Crunchy Egg Salad
Farmer’s Table: Creamy, Crunchy Egg Salad

Classic egg salad is an uncomplicated dish. The primary ingredients are hard-boiled eggs, celery and onion blended with mayonnaise and seasoned with salt and pepper.

U.S. Kids Golf  comes to Mountain State
U.S. Kids Golf comes to Mountain State

Maddox Potter has been golfing nearly half of his entire life.

Eric Douglas: A good day to laugh at yourself
Eric Douglas: A good day to laugh at yourself

I remember when my daughters were much younger and heard about April Fool’s Day. They were afraid to go to school for fear that someone would prank them. Of course, this was elementary school, so you never know what’s going to happen...

Coal River Group seeking sponsors for ‘Run for the River’ triathlon

Sponsors are needed for the Coal River Group’s third annual “Run for the River” triathlon, which will take take place on Saturday, April 16 at Meadowood Park in Tornado.

Tickets available for Covenant House Chef’s Challenge

The sixth annual Chef’s Challenge, to benefit Covenant House in Charleston, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia Home Show takes place this weekend in Charleston
West Virginia Home Show takes place this weekend in Charleston

The 2016 West Virginia Home Show will be in full springtime blossom at the Charleston Civic Center Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3.

Robotics open house
Robotics open house

There was high technology in the Old Courtroom.

The Clover STEMs, a 4-H First Lego League robotics team based in Putnam County, hosted an open house Thursday evening, March 17, in the Old Courtroom of the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.

Hurricane author launches ‘Ouija Board Summer’ series
Hurricane author launches ‘Ouija Board Summer’ series

Hurricane author L. Stewart Lucas will autograph copies of her first novel, “Ouija Board Summer, Book 1” next month at a book launch and reception in her hometown.

Hurricane entrepreneur named RCBI Vanguard winner
Hurricane entrepreneur named RCBI Vanguard winner

A Hurricane entrepreneur is the winner of the 2016 Vanguard Agriculture Competition sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing at Marshall University.

Christian’s Sports Beat: It’s spring running time
Christian’s Sports Beat: It’s spring running time

With the temperatures getting warmer, that means you will be seeing more runners hitting the roads and trails, as most have put away their cold weather running gear, with smiles on the faces.

Farmer’s Table: Crispy Oven-Baked Fries
Farmer’s Table: Crispy Oven-Baked Fries

French fries are described as elongated strips of potatoes that are deep-fried. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) concert to benefit Regional Teen Institute
Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) concert to benefit Regional Teen Institute

At 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, the Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) benefit concert for the Regional Teen Institute will begin at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston.