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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...

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.

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.

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...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Going out strong
Christian’s Sports Beat: Going out strong

One of the best young runners in the region is saying goodbye to the area he lived and competed in his first 14 years.

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus and Ham Quiche
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus and Ham Quiche

The asparagus season is about to come to an end. I don’t remember a year when the yield has been greater.

Eric Douglas: Stay safe in summer pools

Summer is here, and, judging by the number of pools I see for sale at local retailers, the demand for home pools is growing.

Winfield high jumper soars to new heights at state track tourney
Winfield high jumper soars to new heights at state track tourney

Winfield High School high jumper Carly Hinkle ended her high school career at the Class AA track and field state championship, but she left her mark in the record books as she advances to the college ranks.

Scott Depot church to break ground on 74-acre campus
Scott Depot church to break ground on 74-acre campus

At a May 17 meeting at the Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, church members voted overwhelmingly to move forward to break ground on their 74-acre campus, just one mile east of their current location at 8056 Teays Valley Road.

Putnam Teacher of the Year shares agriculture, life-skills lessons with students
Putnam Teacher of the Year shares agriculture, life-skills lessons with students

Danielle Grant is a lot of things -- a mother, a cattle farmer and a wife, to name a few.

GW students plant flowers at Eleanor Church
GW students plant flowers at Eleanor Church

The Lighthouse Team at George Washington Elementary School got their hands dirty on a recent Friday morning, but everyone was happy about it.

Food Truck Fridays return to Hurricane this week
Food Truck Fridays return to Hurricane this week

The City of Hurricane will present Food Truck Fridays again in 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street by the gazebo. Food and dessert trucks -- or “eats” and “sweets” -- will be on site as follows:

Subdivision Donation Drive to continue through summer and early fall
Subdivision Donation Drive to continue through summer and early fall

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s recent donation drive that focused on some of Putnam County’s residential subdivisions was so successful that the pilot project will now continue through the summer, ending in late...

Reptile Expo slithers into St. Albans July 16
Reptile Expo slithers into St. Albans July 16

The West Virginia Reptile Expo is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16, at The Arena, 6400 MacCorkle Ave., S.W., in St. Albans.

Corridor G: Road to adventure and fun
Corridor G: Road to adventure and fun

Corridor G (U.S. 119), like all corridors throughout the region, was built to open up rural areas of the state with easy-access, four-lane highways.

Hike new trails at Forks of Coal
Hike new trails at Forks of Coal

In the year that the Forks of Coal State Natural Area has been open to hikers and nature lovers, a number of improvements have been made.

Updated West Virginia State Parks season golf passes available
Updated West Virginia State Parks season golf passes available

Now is a good time to clean up the golf clubs and buy a season pass to West Virginia State Parks golf courses. Season passes encourage play by those new to the sport and encourage those who haven’t played in a while to return to the course.

Night Glow 5K Run/Walk Sunday in Hurricane
Night Glow 5K Run/Walk Sunday in Hurricane

For a good time that’s untimed to let everyone compete -- and complete -- at his or her own pace, the third annual Night Glow 5K Run/Walk will light up Hurricane City Park on Sunday, May 28.

Winfield McDonald’s employee awarded scholarship
Winfield McDonald’s employee awarded scholarship

Winners named in Nitro All-Horse Parade

The City of Nitro has awarded prizes to a dozen people who participated in the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade on May 13.

Buffalo Heritage Days highlights pioneer skills
Buffalo Heritage Days highlights pioneer skills

Buffalo Heritage Days brought the area’s pioneering past to life for students at Buffalo Elementary School earlier this month.

Hurricane hurler brings heat, heart to the mound in each outing
Hurricane hurler brings heat, heart to the mound in each outing

In the heart of baseball’s postseason, Hurricane High School senior Garrett Gress plays each game with intensity, not because each contest may be his last, but it’s the mark that makes him successful.

Law enforcement officers -- and Lucky Duck -- share safety information at local schools
Law enforcement officers -- and Lucky Duck -- share safety information at local schools

A Lucky Duck told of “Stranger Danger” at a pool of schools throughout Putnam County recently.

Google economic impact report lauds metal building/electrical firm
Google economic impact report lauds metal building/electrical firm

Parkline Inc., a Putnam County metal building and electrical business, created a spark in Google’s 2016 Economic Impact Report.

Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets
Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets

Every year, I make a batch of fruity pepper jams and jelly. I’ve used many types of fruit depending on what is available at the time. Favorite flavors have included Strawberry Pepper Jelly and Fig Pepper Jam.

Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance
Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance

Memorial Day became an official American holiday in 1971 to honor the men and women who died in service to the United States.

From back yards to fields to woodlands
From back yards to fields to woodlands

The challenge and joy of bird watching can begin in your own back yard or a nearby field or woodland.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace
Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace

The season got off to a slow start for the West Virginia Power last month, as the single-A farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their first six games before getting one in the win column.

Patriotic theme to mark annual county seniors’ picnic
Patriotic theme to mark annual county seniors’ picnic

Putnam County residents ages 60 and older, along with their friends and families, are invited to report for this year’s Putnam County Senior Picnic.

Upcoming fundraisers to benefit Katie Cobb
Upcoming fundraisers to benefit Katie Cobb

Along with Saturday’s Lemonade Day 5K fundraiser in Winfield, “Team Katie” community efforts to support a teenage cancer patient Katie Cobb of Winfield and her family continue in coming days:

Hurricane senior eyes finish line at end of stellar athletic career
Hurricane senior eyes finish line at end of stellar athletic career

This week, Hurricane High senior Anna Gordon races to the finish not only of a state championship track event, but a successful high school career.

WES class to donate Lemonade Day proceeds to WMS cancer patient
WES class to donate Lemonade Day proceeds to WMS cancer patient

One Winfield Elementary School class is organizing a large-scale fundraiser for a middle schooler with childhood cancer.

Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday
Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday

Do you often wonder what bird is singing, or what are the trees you’re standing under?

Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF
Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF

The second annual Mountain Mission 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder
Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder

This is the time of year when I need to use frozen vegetables from last year’s garden to create space for this year’s crop. I also had to find a spot for some frozen whole trout that a friend delivered last week. To make room for the...

Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway
Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway

A week from today, summer begins. At least for the kids in Kanawha County Schools. Putnam County Schools are in session until June 1. (To make things a bit more confusing, most people think of Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, while...

Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal
Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal

In an old, black-and-white photo, you can see the quiet determination in her eyes, the resolve to finally take a stand, or, in this case, to remain seated.

The region’s top marinas for full-throttle fun
The region’s top marinas for full-throttle fun

“Let’s go boating!” are favorite words for many outdoor recreationists. Here in southern/central West Virginia, there are several top-tier marinas that can help you make waves on the water this summer.