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Girls Night Out fundraiser Saturday at Culture Center
Girls Night Out fundraiser Saturday at Culture Center

Declared and designed as a party with a purpose, Girls Night Out 2017 will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Culture Center.

St. Francis of Assisi School having open house, ice cream social Sunday

St. Francis School in St. Albans is inviting area residents to its open house and ice cream social this Sunday, Aug. 13.

Two-day concert event to support Foster Adventure, Hurricane youth activity center
Two-day concert event to support Foster Adventure, Hurricane youth activity center

Regional bands will rock out at two-day Fund the Youth Fest concert coming this month to the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane.

Drag Racers Hall of Fame opens in Winfield, honors local glory days, drivers
Drag Racers Hall of Fame opens in Winfield, honors local glory days, drivers

Jim Winters and Gary Jarvis couldn’t stand to see their childhood heroes go unrecognized.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Starting the journey...
Christian’s Sports Beat: Starting the journey...

I know injuries are part of sports, but I also know battling back from a severe injury and participating in the sport you love, can be rewarding.

Farmer’s Table: Tomatillo Salsa
Farmer’s Table: Tomatillo Salsa

This is the time of year when I try to use last year’s frozen produce to make room for this year’s bountiful harvest.

Eric Douglas: Back to school is the happiest time of the year!

I’m not a big fan of television commercials, but a memorable one from a couple years ago is the office supply store, showing happy parents skipping through the establishment singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the...

Diane Tarantini: Confessions of a former neat freak
Diane Tarantini: Confessions of a former neat freak

Confession: I peeked inside my daughter’s diary once.

WV Health Right to host Super-Hero Run/Walk
WV Health Right to host Super-Hero Run/Walk

You don’t have to leap tall buildings in a single bound to be regarded as a super-hero.

Town tours augment train trips at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Town tours augment train trips at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Visitors of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County are invited to take a tour showcasing the park’s past when it was a thriving company town of 2,000 residents during the peak logging years of the early 20th century.

Diane Tarantini: What to do with a bounty of basil
Diane Tarantini: What to do with a bounty of basil

I have good news and bad news about my garden.

The good news is it’s thriving, despite the fact that I was nearly a month late getting it in the ground.

Farmer’s Table: Rosemary Garlic Biscuits
Farmer’s Table: Rosemary Garlic Biscuits

I make biscuits a few times a year. Most of the time I use commercial biscuit mixes, since a breakfast of biscuits and gravy is often a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Eric Douglas: Why are men afraid of strong women in fiction?

Why are men afraid of strong women -- in fiction?

I’m not trying to start an argument. I’m really not. I just don’t get it.

Alford named president of Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
Alford named president of Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

The Board of Directors of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce has appointed Ashley Alford as the new chamber president.  Alford, a Putnam County native, joined the chamber staff in June of 2010 and has served in many roles, most...

Registration, open house dates announced for county schools
Registration, open house dates announced for county schools

Putnam County Schools has released a schedule of registration and open house dates for new elementary, middle and high school students for the 2017-18 academic year.

Winfield senior Grant Dickson likes to get down and dirty in the trenches
Winfield senior Grant Dickson likes to get down and dirty in the trenches

Some football players live for the thrill of racing down the sidelines or hauling in a deep pass, but Winfield senior Grant Dickson finds his joy toiling among the offense’s front line.

Summer academy focuses on STEM activities
Summer academy focuses on STEM activities

For three weeks in July, lab coats, goggles, science, art and music filled the halls of Winfield Middle School, during Putnam County School’s “Mad Scientist” summer academy.

Area 34 offering coworking spaces
Area 34 offering coworking spaces

Area 34, the new headquarters of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is touting its coworking space as a convenient, state-of-the-art venue for business startups, individuals, home-based...

Robert Saunders: The best view
Robert Saunders: The best view

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

So goes one of those inspirational sayings that frequently finds its way into Internet memes. Before social media, you’d see it on posters with words emblazoned across a...

Scouts and Venturing youth volunteer at Valley Park in Hurricane
Scouts and Venturing youth volunteer at Valley Park in Hurricane

Indiana wants them, and, sadly, they’ll be going back there.

Diane Tarantini: Give (financial) peace a chance

“If only we had more money.”

Just 10 years ago, I was saying that line on a weekly basis, since there was always more week than money. That all changed when Tony Bear and I found Financial Peace.

Farmer’s Table: Pipikaula
Farmer’s Table: Pipikaula

My husband and I have always enjoyed trying authentic regional dishes when we travel to new locations.

Eric Douglas: Looking at 50
Eric Douglas: Looking at 50

I turned 31 the year that Jimmy Buffett’s book “A Pirate Looks at Fifty” came out. I read it with enthusiasm hoping to learn about a life well-lived and make a plan for my next 20 years. That was 1998.

Christian’s Sports Beat: The team behind the team
Christian’s Sports Beat: The team behind the team

As many of you know, I participate in many team sports, such as running and soccer, and I understand the value of being a team member.

Putnam grand jury indicts 67

A grand jury in Putnam County returned 61 indictments earlier this month against 67 defendants, Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia announced.

Defensive side preference of versatile Redskin linebacker/running back
Defensive side preference of versatile Redskin linebacker/running back

Payton Lunsford plays both sides of the football for Hurricane, yet his home lies on the defensive half of the field.

Pets get ‘family-style’ treatment at new grooming salon
Pets get ‘family-style’ treatment at new grooming salon

When clients bring their pets to Flawless Pet Salon, Gail Shabdue doesn’t see it as just another dog to groom. The way she sees it, she said clients are entrusting her with a member of their family.

Poca senior brings consistency to links play
Poca senior brings consistency to links play

From tee to green and round to round, Poca senior Mitch Hoffman maintains steady swings and scores.

Hurricane VFD obtains $800 WVAW grant for supplies
Hurricane VFD obtains $800 WVAW grant for supplies

For Hurricane volunteer firefighters, better equipment can mean quicker response times in emergencies and better service for people relying on them.

Winfield Middle School hosting Putnam County Summer Academy
Winfield Middle School hosting Putnam County Summer Academy

For more than 20 years, the Putnam County Summer Academy has been instrumental in keeping students academically engaged over summer break with fun, hands-on activities.

Diane Tarantini: Breaking up is hard to do
Diane Tarantini: Breaking up is hard to do

It was about this time last year when I ended a friendship. I blame Andy Stanley for making me do it. Stanley is a popular pastor out of Atlanta, Georgia, and from time to time, I work his messages into my podcast schedule.

Hurricane church to recognize 50-years-plus married couples Sunday
Hurricane church to recognize 50-years-plus married couples Sunday

While it’s been a half-century or more since they could be called newlyweds, several area couples are still going strong as husbands and wives.

Habitat for Humanity seeks workshop leaders
Habitat for Humanity seeks workshop leaders

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam’s Master Homeowner Program is always looking for people to lead a workshop in any subject under the categories of home and garden; décor, furnishings, room makeover, organizing,...

Farmer’s Table: Wineberry Coffee Cake
Farmer’s Table: Wineberry Coffee Cake

Note: Credit for the photo of wineberries is attributed to William Pattison, who grew up in my hometown of Chester and now lives in North Carolina. He graciously gave permission to use his photo with this column. He captured the beautiful, jewel-like...

Eric Douglas: A big sign Elk River area is getting back on its feet

A few days ago, I drove to the grocery store.

Living in Pinch, that’s a lot more problematic than it used to be. For more than a year now, we’ve been without access to the local Kroger, Kmart, a number of restaurants, a hotel, a...

Renowned storyteller onstage at Blackwater Falls State Park July 20
Renowned storyteller onstage at Blackwater Falls State Park July 20

DAVIS, W.Va. — Bil Lepp, a nationally renowned storyteller and five-time West Virginia Liars’ Contest champion, will bring his outrageous and humorous tall tales to Blackwater Falls State Park for a free, family friendly performance July...

OBX by bike -- or bust!
OBX by bike -- or bust!

In June, adventure mountain biker Joe DeGaetano biked from Fayetteville to the Outer Banks. During portions of the trip, he rode with companions; other times, he rode alone. He followed hiking trails, 4-wheeler paths, horse trails and back roads all...

Diane Tarantini: All-in
Diane Tarantini: All-in

For more than a quarter of each year, I am a football widow on the weekends, not because my husband is an avid fan, but because he is an excellent Division I collegiate football official.

Red House greenhouse to host fairy garden workshop at Capitol Market
Red House greenhouse to host fairy garden workshop at Capitol Market

Red House-based Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse will host a fairy garden workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 22, at Capitol Market, 800 Smith St., Charleston.

Pinch author releases latest in thriller series
Pinch author releases latest in thriller series

Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”

20th annual W.Va. School of Gospel Music to be held next week

The 20th annual West Virginia School of Gospel Music is scheduled for Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 at Fisher Memorial Church, north of Sissonville.

Local DAR chapter receives top distinction for Vietnam War display at D.C. event
Local DAR chapter receives top distinction for Vietnam War display at D.C. event

The Anne Bailey Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, received first-place recognition last month at the national level for creating the best chapter display for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Driving for number three
Christian’s Sports Beat: Driving for number three

Usually when I go to the dentist’s office, I am the one answering all the questions. But I got to turn the tables on Hurricane dentist Sam O’Dell last week and find out about him winning the West Virginia Amateur golf title for the third...

Farmer’s Table: Shchi -- Russian Cabbage Soup
Farmer’s Table: Shchi -- Russian Cabbage Soup

I don’t often think about making soup during the summer, but last week’s cooler temperatures seemed like the perfect time to try a traditional Russian recipe for Shchi. I had all of the essential ingredients in the garden.

Eric Douglas: Who is really in charge of our health?

Recently, I changed health insurance providers. And my new company decided it needed to make a change to a medicine I take. Not some doctor at the company identifying a way to improve my health or something that would improve my care.

Smart Start alcohol monitoring company opens branch in Putnam County
Smart Start alcohol monitoring company opens branch in Putnam County

One of the largest providers of ignition interlock devices in the United States has opened a new branch in Teays Valley.

Net gains expected for Winfield sophomore
Net gains expected for Winfield sophomore

Young in age yet long on talent, sophomore Emily Reed returns this season to help lead the Winfield volleyball team.

Energy Express rolls into Poca, provides fun, learning to lessen ‘summer slide’
Energy Express rolls into Poca, provides fun, learning to lessen ‘summer slide’

One morning earlier this month, seven children sat in inflatable inner tubes on the floor of a Poca Elementary School classroom as a “princess” in a pink, flowing dress read to them.

‘Wiggles & Wags’ 4-H dog project veteran returns to this year’s Putnam County Fair
‘Wiggles & Wags’ 4-H dog project veteran returns to this year’s Putnam County Fair

For 16-year-old Alyssa Hofmann and her dog, Zing, competing in the Putnam County Fair’s pet show has become an annual tradition.

What’s SUP? Weekend warriors wild about stand-up paddle boarding
What’s SUP? Weekend warriors wild about stand-up paddle boarding

Evan Young of Scott Depot fell in love with stand-up paddle boarding on a beach in Puerto Rico. It was also the occasion when he proposed to his girlfriend.

Eric Douglas: Keep active -- even when you don’t feel like it
Eric Douglas: Keep active -- even when you don’t feel like it

By Eric Douglas

A week or so ago, I ran in a 5K race. It had been five months since I had participated in a 5K. Honestly, my head wasn’t in it, and I finished two minutes slower than I did in my first 5K race on essentially the same...

Poca UMC to host ‘Maker Fun Factory’ VBS program

Poca United Methodist Church invites children ages 3 to fifth grade to “Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School: Created by God, Built for a Purpose.”

PCTC named National Model of Excellence for third consecutive year
PCTC named National Model of Excellence for third consecutive year

The SkillsUSA chapter at the Putnam Career & Technical Center in Eleanor was recently named among the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally as a Model of Excellence recipient for the third year in a row.

Zoot Suit Magician to bedazzle Putnam County Fair-goers
Zoot Suit Magician to bedazzle Putnam County Fair-goers

Stephen Dixon will be hard to miss -- and resist -- during three days of the upcoming Putnam County Fair.

Farmer’s Table: Choizon Sweet Potato Hash
Farmer’s Table: Choizon Sweet Potato Hash

By Susan Maslowski

My husband volunteered to head up MIA Recovery Missions in Vietnam and Laos in his final years as an archeologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The missions were to achieve accounting of Americans missing during the...

Diane Tarantini: Three and done: How I do dinner
Diane Tarantini: Three and done: How I do dinner

“What should I make for supper?”

That panicked question probably gets repeated millions of times every week. Such a basic requirement can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow this easy formula: protein...

Students immerse themselves in Japanese culture, customs at Scott Depot camp
Students immerse themselves in Japanese culture, customs at Scott Depot camp

Alyssa Coleman and Abbi McCord can proudly read their names, tell you their favorite colors (blue and green) and identify certain body parts -- all in Japanese.

Pinch author releases latest in thriller series
Pinch author releases latest in thriller series

Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”

Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Marine Corps League Detachment turns 70 years old
Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Marine Corps League Detachment turns 70 years old

It’s been said that “once a Marine, always a Marine.”

Hurricane cross country runner honing skills this summer
Hurricane cross country runner honing skills this summer

Focus fuels the path to running success for Hurricane harrier Justin Belcher.

Snakes Alive! 35th anniversary tour makes stops at Nitro, Hurricane libraries
Snakes Alive! 35th anniversary tour makes stops at Nitro, Hurricane libraries

How many adults does it take to lift and hold Freda, a 15-foot-long Burmese python?

Diane Tarantini: Lessons from the thousand-year flood
Diane Tarantini: Lessons from the thousand-year flood

Beneath the photo of her flooded home, my friend DeeDee’s Facebook status read: “One day can change everything.”

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

Applications for the 2017 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, and will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 13.

Eric Douglas: The reason we celebrate independence

The day we all celebrate, the day that this country officially began moving forward as an independent nation, is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. It’s actually not the day it we declared ourselves free.

Farmer’s Table: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pie

Consumers may be surprised that the farmers who grow beautiful produce often have very unhealthy diets. I am proud that I grow much of what we eat, but sometimes I don’t have time to make every meal from scratch.

Pinch author releases latest in thriller series
Pinch author releases latest in thriller series

Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”

HVFD Explorers club recruiting new youth members
HVFD Explorers club recruiting new youth members

Area boys and girls ages 10 and older are invited to “join” the Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department, through the HVFD’s Explorers Post/Club #800.

Buffalo High QB to spearhead new offensive system for Bison
Buffalo High QB to spearhead new offensive system for Bison

Senior Ethan Burgess again returns at quarterback this year to lead the Buffalo football team, and this year he’ll be directing a new offensive look.

Dalton Gang General Store opens in Hurricane
Dalton Gang General Store opens in Hurricane

From rustic to whimsical, to collectibles and edibles, you’ll find it at the Dalton Gang General Store in Hurricane.

Pastor crafts miniature replica of church as new Little Free Library in Eleanor
Pastor crafts miniature replica of church as new Little Free Library in Eleanor

Debbie and the Rev. John Yeager call it their church’s “mini me.”

Christian’s Sports Beat: Time for summer running
Christian’s Sports Beat: Time for summer running

It’s now summer and that means everyone will be seeing more runners and walkers out there on the roads and trails in the area. It’s the time of the year when those who exercise outdoors need to remember a few very important things that...

Girl Scout volunteer information session coming to Hurricane
Girl Scout volunteer information session coming to Hurricane

The Putnam County segment of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is looking for more than a few smart cookies to assist its programs.

Poca basketball player aims to raise her game for senior season
Poca basketball player aims to raise her game for senior season

A familiar face, rising senior Aubrey Chandler, now factors a more prominent role for the Poca girls basketball.

Hurricane business to host local artist studio sale
Hurricane business to host local artist studio sale

Hidden Creek Mercantile in Hurricane will host a pair of music- and art-related events this week and next, as part of its monthly series of programs to highlight area artists for the general community.

Wednesdays in Winfield: BBQ smoker parks near courthouse weekly
Wednesdays in Winfield: BBQ smoker parks near courthouse weekly

Every Wednesday, winds wafting through Winfield carry the fragrance of smoked barbecue.

Camp High-Tor heightens summer fun, learning opportunities for youths
Camp High-Tor heightens summer fun, learning opportunities for youths

After a day full of swimming, hiking, science, crafts and games, 9-year-old Gabby Epling is exhausted. But, that’s not going to stop her from waking up bright and early the next morning to come back to her favorite summer spot: Camp High-Tor.

Diane Tarantini: How to make a life you love

During my second pregnancy, I experienced difficulty in a relationship, one with another young mother.

Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- go do it!

There are three “summers.”

There is the unofficial beginning of summer that happens on Memorial Day. There is meteorological summer that begins on June 1 and then there is today: June 21 – astronomical summer. Today is the...

North Fork trout quest at Harman’s Cabins
North Fork trout quest at Harman’s Cabins

I’m a self-taught fly fisher, and sometimes it shows.

Coal River community float celebrates importance of WV’s waterways
Coal River community float celebrates importance of WV’s waterways

While barely three dozen paddlers turned out for the first Tour De Coal community float event in 2005, more than 1,000 people made the 11-mile drift from the base of Upper Falls of the Coal River at Meadowood Park near Tornado to the Gateway Shopping...

Editor’s Desk: Leadership class a golden opportunity for business professionals
Editor’s Desk: Leadership class a golden opportunity for business professionals

In one of life’s little ironies, the day President Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, I was 18 stories high standing on a metal grate at the coal-fired John E. Amos Plant.

Winfield track ace continues pace with summer cross country training
Winfield track ace continues pace with summer cross country training

The transition from track to cross country transpires quickly and Winfield runner Aaron Withrow looks to remain on top in both sports as the seasons change.

Teays Valley Church of God breaks ground for multipurpose community center
Teays Valley Church of God breaks ground for multipurpose community center

Members of Teays Valley Church of God have been focused on one central mission for years: connecting their community to Christ.

Bengals, beauties and more in store for 2017 Putnam County Fair
Bengals, beauties and more in store for 2017 Putnam County Fair

You may want to reserve some vacation time now to allow yourself all the time you need to visit the 2017 Putnam County Fair this summer.

Leadership Putnam County graduates 17 members of the class of 2017
Leadership Putnam County graduates 17 members of the class of 2017

After nine weeks of delving into the inner workings of Putnam County, graduates of the latest Leadership Putnam County program have a better understanding of the county in which they live or work.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Three-peat

There is a saying in sports when a team wants to make a statement and that is “Leave No Doubt.”

Diane Tarantini: I bleed green – and blue and gold
Diane Tarantini: I bleed green – and blue and gold

To me, living in West Virginia these days can feel a bit like Civil War times. Because of the division between Marshall and West Virginia University sports fans.

Eric Douglas: Family memories for West Virginia Day

It’s amazing how often we have to remind people from outside West Virginia that we are actually a state.

Farmer’s Table: Lemon Blueberry Tiramisu
Farmer’s Table: Lemon Blueberry Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert. The name tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian. Tiramisu is most commonly made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a mascarpone cheese and whipped cream filling and dusted with cocoa.

Scott Depot veteran named director at Marshall
Scott Depot veteran named director at Marshall

Marshall University’s new director of military and veterans affairs may not have had a long career in the military, but he certainly knows the challenges military and veteran students and dependents face on campus.

Marshall Health center to host Teays Valley grand opening celebration Saturday
Marshall Health center to host Teays Valley grand opening celebration Saturday

Marshall Health, a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will celebrate the opening of a clinical center in Teays Valley on Saturday, June 10.

Master Homeowner Workshops offered

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam will host a pair of upcoming Master Homeowner Workshops.

Small business workshop slated in Hurricane

Helping entrepreneurs start a small business is the aim of a Business Fundamentals workshop in Hurricane

Events announced for Hurricane July 4 celebration

The City of Hurricane has released details about its annual Independence Day celebration for 2017.

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Upside-down Cake
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Upside-down Cake

Baking a cake “upside down” is an old technique. Centuries ago, cakes were baked in cast iron skillets and were often referred to as “skillet cakes.” Fruit and sugar were placed in the bottom of the pan and the batter was...

Eric Douglas: Celebrate World Oceans Day in West Virginia
Eric Douglas: Celebrate World Oceans Day in West Virginia

Just about everyone I know loves the ocean. Whether it is the annual family outing to Myrtle Beach or someplace more exotic, most of my friends head to the ocean as often as they can. There are some of you who prefer the mountains or don’t take...

Centerfielder Landers helped lead Redskins to another state title
Centerfielder Landers helped lead Redskins to another state title

Hurricane again captured the Class AAA softball state championship this season for the fourth time in five years, with junior standout Kiersten Landers among the new class of Redskins champions.

Valley Park community gardens growing food, providing therapy
Valley Park community gardens growing food, providing therapy

Red, white and blue pinwheels line more than two dozen raised wooden garden beds off Sunnybrook Drive in Hurricane.

Kanawha Valley disc golf tournament reflects sport’s growing popularity
Kanawha Valley disc golf tournament reflects sport’s growing popularity

Amateur and professional disc golf players from around the region will converge on the Kanawha Valley next week for the third annual Kanawha Valley Regional Disc Golf Tournament.

‘Trails day’ can be any day in these state parks and forests
‘Trails day’ can be any day in these state parks and forests

A 10-mile hike along the Bluestone National Scenic River and a 7.5-mile round-trip bike ride along the North Bend Rail Trail between North Bend State Park and the Ritchie County town of Cairo were among thousands of National Trails Day events that...