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Editor’s Desk: When it comes to animal rescue, good intentions not enough
Editor’s Desk: When it comes to animal rescue, good intentions not enough

The situation that came to a head last week at A&A Farms in Confidence appears to be another case of good intentions gone bad.

Lakeside Elementary principal receives state PTA award
Lakeside Elementary principal receives state PTA award

When Lisa Lewis, the principal of Lakeside Elementary School, walked into a school assembly earlier this month, she thought she was watching of a new Parent Teacher Association fundraiser to the school.

Eric Douglas: Don’t say there’s nothing to do
Eric Douglas: Don’t say there’s nothing to do

Driving through downtown a few days ago, on a bright and sunny spring day, I noted a large group of people (mostly women) walking/jogging on their lunch hour near the West Virginia Power ballpark.

Farmer’s Table: Baked Doughnuts
Farmer’s Table: Baked Doughnuts

I like doughnuts. I like sugary glazed doughnuts, cake doughnuts, chocolate doughnuts, doughnuts with or without holes, cream-filled doughnuts, jelly doughnuts, yeast or raised doughnuts, beaver tails, malasadas and bar doughnuts.

Eric Douglas: Osterhase brings eggs for Easter
Eric Douglas: Osterhase brings eggs for Easter

At one time or another, pretty much everyone has asked the question, “What does a rabbit who brings eggs have to do with Easter?”

Farmer’s Table: Shrimp Tacos
Farmer’s Table: Shrimp Tacos

Most people are familiar with tacos, a traditional Mexican food. Tacos are made with soft or hard corn or wheat tortillas containing a variety of fillings. They are often garnished with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, salsa, cheese or guacamole. Beef and...

Competitive spirit powers Winfield senior’s pitching, field performance
Competitive spirit powers Winfield senior’s pitching, field performance

Win or lose, Winfield’s Cartney Schoolcraft competes every play for the Generals softball team.

Hurricane Clean-Up Day tabbed for April 19
Hurricane Clean-Up Day tabbed for April 19

A clean sweep is on the calendar -- specifically, Wednesday, April 19 -- for Main Street in downtown Hurricane.

State Police program teaches parent awareness techniques at Winfield High
State Police program teaches parent awareness techniques at Winfield High

Hidden in Plain Sight, a program from the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, made a stop at Winfield

Christian Deiss: From the track to the kitchen
Christian Deiss: From the track to the kitchen

I have been writing my column for the last couple of months at a local café on Main Street in Hurricane called Books & Brews.

Buffalo runner working to get back on track for sophomore year
Buffalo runner working to get back on track for sophomore year

A year removed from success and injury, Buffalo track standout Madi Michels returns healthy and ready to re-create her freshman success.

Officials, contractors discuss Buffalo Elementary renovations
Officials, contractors discuss Buffalo Elementary renovations

Plans for renovations at Buffalo Elementary School are moving forward after a mandatory pre-bid hearing at the school Wednesday, March 29.

Friendships, life skills bloom in blended Buffalo High classes
Friendships, life skills bloom in blended Buffalo High classes

A classroom partnership at Buffalo High School is creating friendships, while teaching students life skills.

Farmer’s Table: Classic Macaroni Salad
Farmer’s Table: Classic Macaroni Salad

The weather is getting warmer and soon it will be time for backyard cookouts, picnics, graduation parties and potluck events. That means you’ll probably be seeing a pasta salad or two.

Eric Douglas: Are you ready for some baseball?

The West Virginia Power’s website has a countdown clock, reflecting the days, hours and minutes until opening day. Hint: the first pitch of the 2017 home opener gets thrown tomorrow.

West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders raises funds, hope for families
West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders raises funds, hope for families

They say one good turn deserves another, but a good spin can also reap positive benefits.

Run for the River Triathlon returning to Tornado
Run for the River Triathlon returning to Tornado

The Coal River Group has announced it will host the third annual Run for the River Triathlon at Meadowood Park in Tornado on Saturday, April 15.

Winfield marketing agency/Putnam Princess Parties to host grand opening event
Winfield marketing agency/Putnam Princess Parties to host grand opening event

It’s a royal occasion as two new Putnam County businesses open their doors officially.

W.Va. Home Show returns

The Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston will sponsor the 2017 West Virginia Home Show this weekend.

Free prom gowns available at Ronda’s Closet
Free prom gowns available at Ronda’s Closet

A virtual rite of spring for decades now, prom season will be returning to area high schools in coming weeks.

DNR hosts 12th annual state archery tournament

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources hosted the 12th Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Saturday, March 25.

Entries sought for Spring Festival talent contest in Hurricane

Got talent?

Get prizes!

The City of Hurricane is seeking entries for the talent show that will take place during the Spring Festival Saturday, May 6 on Main Street.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsoring eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon

New Hope Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal sanctuary, is sponsoring its eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon for Animals on Sunday, April 2, at Town N Country Lanes in Nitro.

Students win Putnam SWA recycling contest

The Putnam County Solid Waste Authority held a recent recycling contest that was open to all students who reside in Putnam County.

Wonderland Easter egg hunt slated in Hurricane
Wonderland Easter egg hunt slated in Hurricane

There’s only one rabbit that moves faster than the Easter Bunny -- and that’s the White Rabbit when he’s looking for Easter eggs with his Wonderland friends.

BHS football players sign with Wesleyan
BHS football players sign with Wesleyan

A pair of Buffalo High School football standouts signed on March 22 to play at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Fullback/linebacker Jacob Hanshaw and offensive/defensive lineman Hunter Allen both signed with the Bobcats last week.

Local students on target at Ripley archery tourney

Several Putnam County school students competed in an archery tournament in Ripley on March 18.

Poca senior finds new role as impact pitcher for Dots
Poca senior finds new role as impact pitcher for Dots

Poca High School senior Sarah Fisher again figures a prominent position for the Dots softball team this season, though this year in a new role.

Storybook icons, S.T.E.A.M. benefit camp on tap Saturday in Scott Depot
Storybook icons, S.T.E.A.M. benefit camp on tap Saturday in Scott Depot

Magic and science will merge for a fun-providing, thought-provoking and fundraising day Saturday, April 1 at St. John United Methodist Church in Scott Depot.

Poca Middle School rolls out the red carpet for Leadership Day open house
Poca Middle School rolls out the red carpet for Leadership Day open house

It was big day at Poca Middle School on Friday, March 24.

Community members, officials endeavoring to convert ‘Eleanor house’ into museum
Community members, officials endeavoring to convert ‘Eleanor house’ into museum

When Marlane Crockett Carr moved to Eleanor at age 4, the town was nothing more than a few homes and dirt roads -- but to her, it was paradise.

Eric Douglas: Take time to listen to other ‘truths’

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to two men speak and what they said still resonates with me.

Farmer’s Table: Easy White Chili
Farmer’s Table: Easy White Chili

Some would argue that White Chili is not chili at all, just as there are those who say red chili should never contain beans. Chili lovers have strong opinions about what constitutes a good chili.

Hurricane church to host Spring Festival, Easter ‘eggs-travaganza’

The annual Spring Festival, sponsored by the United Methodist Women at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane, will be held Saturday, April 8, at the church.

FestivALL returning for 13th year
FestivALL returning for 13th year

FestivALL Charleston, named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society again for 2017, celebrates its 13th year June 16-25.

Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show coming to Charleston

The 27th annual Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Woman’s Club of Charleston headquarters, 1600 Virginia St., E., Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Banana Cheesecake
Farmer’s Table: Banana Cheesecake

Bananas are one of the most popular and widely consumed fruits in the world. They are a staple food crop for millions of people in developing countries. They are considered critical to global food security and serve as a valuable, year-round food...

Eric Douglas: Bagging the bags (Part 2)
Eric Douglas: Bagging the bags (Part 2)

Judging from the emails and comments I received from the column two weeks ago about getting rid of plastic bags, I touched a nerve.

Winfield SADD Club participates in Project Sticker Shock at Fruth Pharmacy
Winfield SADD Club participates in Project Sticker Shock at Fruth Pharmacy

Project Sticker Shock, a program for the prevention of underage drinking, continues to be active in Putnam County.

Registration available for WVGA 2017 golf tournaments
Registration available for WVGA 2017 golf tournaments

The West Virginia Golf Association is accepting registrations for 2017 tournaments, some of which will be held in Kanawha and Putnam counties. To register and find out more about each event, go to: www.wvga.org

Senior starters expected to steer Redskins softball season to success
Senior starters expected to steer Redskins softball season to success

Leadership and success follow hand-in-hand with the Hurricane softball program, and this year’s team figures to feature more of the same behind returning senior starters Katie Adams and Paige Scruggs.

High school rodeo competition riding into Winfield March 31-April 2
High school rodeo competition riding into Winfield March 31-April 2

More than 100 young riders from throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland will saddle up to compete in a rodeo contest later this month in Winfield.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Runners, on your mark
Christian’s Sports Beat: Runners, on your mark

For the most part, this winter has been relatively mild when it comes to temperature and precipitation, which has really helped the middle and high school track and field athletes prepare for the upcoming track season.

Politics a family affair for county couple, son
Politics a family affair for county couple, son

Ron Foster didn’t intend to pursue politics.

He had spent his whole life working in engineering, eventually moving on to owning his own business, Scott Depot-based Foster Supply.

Native bees workshop planned Saturday
Native bees workshop planned Saturday

If you thought honey bees were beneficial, sit back and listen to Rob O’Quinn fill you in on the importance of mason bees and leafcutter bees, which are native to North America.

Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club meets Thursday
Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club meets Thursday

The recently organized Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club will meet for gamesmanship and fellowship at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23 on the fifth floor of the Odd Fellows Building, 717 Lee St. in Charleston.

TVCS senior performs solo at WVYS chamber concert
TVCS senior performs solo at WVYS chamber concert

Teays Valley Christian School senior Chance Messer was scheduled to perform a solo piece at the West Virginia Youth Symphony’s annual chamber concert this past weekend.

Marshall University engineering professor named Distinguished Educator
Marshall University engineering professor named Distinguished Educator

As a builder at heart, it’s no surprise that Wael Zatar, Ph.D, chose engineering for a career.

Farmer’s Table: Salmon Patties
Farmer’s Table: Salmon Patties

Salmon patties are a perfect pantry meal for those occasions when you don’t have a dinner plan or you are short on time. They are a fairly inexpensive, quick stovetop meal.

Eric Douglas: Conversation starters about St. Patrick
Eric Douglas: Conversation starters about St. Patrick

For many people, St. Patrick’s Day is about shamrocks, drinking green beer and parties. Most people don’t realize who St. Patrick was.

Art Outside the Walls event to showcase local students’ talents
Art Outside the Walls event to showcase local students’ talents

Putnam County high school students can express their talents and vie for scholarships at the Art Outside the Walls Student Show coming to Hurricane in mid-April.

Winfield High catcher poised for breakout year at, behind plate
Winfield High catcher poised for breakout year at, behind plate

From behind the plate, Winfield catcher Aaron Blackwell sees the entire baseball field, and this season his coach envisions a breakout year.

Winfield Elementary students aligning with learning sign language skills
Winfield Elementary students aligning with learning sign language skills

Producing Winfield Elementary’s morning announcements used to be a pretty simple affair. Every fifth-grader was given a chance to read the announcements out loud over the school intercom, holding a phone to his or her ear while reading a...

Elk River Boots & Saddle Club to host spring show/fundraiser in Winfield Saturday
Elk River Boots & Saddle Club to host spring show/fundraiser in Winfield Saturday

The Elk River Boots & Saddle Club will host a Kicking in Spring 2017 program to prepare horses and their riders for the upcoming season.

Community activist wins Young Leader Award
Community activist wins Young Leader Award

Dusty Hurley describes herself as a “professional helper.”

Christian’s Sports Beat: Detroit Tigers pitcher, Hurricane native playing at World Baseball Classic
Christian’s Sports Beat: Detroit Tigers pitcher, Hurricane native playing at World Baseball Classic

A former Hurricane High School Redskins pitcher, now a member of the Detroit Tigers, is playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, which began earlier this week when Israel and Korea played in Seoul, South Korea.

Farmer’s Table: Poppy Seed Yeast Bread
Farmer’s Table: Poppy Seed Yeast Bread

I’ve tested many new recipes through the years. I try to make notes indicating those that are worth saving. Sometimes I file the recipes in a binder. Sometimes I file them on the computer. Many times I lose them … forever.

Toyota donates $250K to Clay Center for STEM exhibits
Toyota donates $250K to Clay Center for STEM exhibits

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia has donated $250,000 to the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston to help create a new series of STEM-related exhibits.

Mountaineer football legends coming to Teays Valley Saturday to meet, greet fans
Mountaineer football legends coming to Teays Valley Saturday to meet, greet fans

A “major” occurrence is happening in Putnam County this weekend, along with a visit from the winningest football coach in West Virginia University history.

Area students compete in W.Va. Poetry Out Loud finals

Five area students were among 39 from across West Virginia who recited poems by Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Maya Angelou, Charleston native Rita Mae Reese and others during the 2017 state Poetry Out Loud state finals competition March 3 and 4...

Area residents receive WVU degrees
Area residents receive WVU degrees

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

Gateway Christian’s Tenth annual Jesus Prom moves to SAHS
Gateway Christian’s Tenth annual Jesus Prom moves to SAHS

It’s got all the makings of a big night, and it’s for a very special group of people.

Eric Douglas: Bagging plastic bag use
Eric Douglas: Bagging plastic bag use

I recently read about a new grocery store that wraps everything in plastic before you take it home. You are supposed to remove the plastic wrap before you put your things away. They have a bin at the store entrance where you can bring the wrapping...

Poca High student creates first-place design for Capitol Market mural contest
Poca High student creates first-place design for Capitol Market mural contest

Capitol Market’s 20th anniversary murals were unveiled to the public on March 1.

Breast cancer survivor seeking a few good ‘Peeps’ for Komen walk
Breast cancer survivor seeking a few good ‘Peeps’ for Komen walk

Breast cancer survivor Patty Shirk is on the lookout for those with able feet, giving spirits and kind hearts to join her at the 17th annual Susan G. Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure this spring.

Bison senior centerfielder optimistic about 2017 season
Bison senior centerfielder optimistic about 2017 season

Connor Fields and the Buffalo baseball team look this season to make a jump on the competition.

Pink Ladies powering up for robotics competition
Pink Ladies powering up for robotics competition

It all started with some Legos and a plan.

Now, five Mountain View Elementary School students are preparing for a trip to California to compete in an international Lego robotics competition.

Free prom gowns available at Ronda’s Closet
Free prom gowns available at Ronda’s Closet

A virtual rite of spring for decades now, prom season will be returning to area high schools in coming weeks.

Sweet Charity dessert competition being served for third year on Thursday
Sweet Charity dessert competition being served for third year on Thursday

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley will hold its third annual Sweet Charity event from 7 until 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Columbia Pipeline Group auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., Charleston.

Putnam Tastes and Talents Month gets underway

Putnam Tastes and Talents Month kicks off Wednesday, March 1, with restaurants offering specials, various events and classes happening throughout the month.

Poca High students capture 2017 Math Field Day honors
Poca High students capture 2017 Math Field Day honors

The Poca High School team won its first Math Field Day competition in 40 years, taking the top prize on Feb. 1.

Rockin’ robots: Robotics teams participate in open house
Rockin’ robots: Robotics teams participate in open house

It was an evening for robots during the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team 3492 Putnam Area Robotics Team’s open house Feb. 21 at the Putnam County Career & Technical Center in...

County 911/OEM becomes Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
County 911/OEM becomes Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

From derechos to droughts, weather conditions have been occasionally unpredictable and sometimes rapidly ferocious in arrival and impact in recent years.

Incoming county manager embraces challenges, Putnam’s growth potential
Incoming county manager embraces challenges, Putnam’s growth potential

Jeremy Young has always been good with numbers. It’s why he became an accountant after graduating from college. It’s the reason he now works as Putnam County’s assistant county manager, a job he’s had since 2014.

Poca senior shifts from basketball to track in no time flat
Poca senior shifts from basketball to track in no time flat

From the thrill of postseason basketball to the daily grind of track conditioning, Poca senior Chase Dotson annually makes a quick transition between his athletic pursuits.

Farmer’s Table: Tapenade Pinwheels
Farmer’s Table: Tapenade Pinwheels

Tapenade is one of my favorite condiments. I usually keep a jar on hand, because it makes a quick appetizer or snack spread atop cream cheese and a cracker or toasted bread.

Eric Douglas: Don’t lose weight for summer -- get healthy
Eric Douglas: Don’t lose weight for summer -- get healthy

Lately, I’ve already seen an uptick in commercials for “diet” plans and weight-loss formulas showing young people frolicking on the beach.

Nitro Day at the Legislature
Nitro Day at the Legislature

It was Nitro Day at the Legislature on Monday, Feb. 20, and the city, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, was represented by city officials, organizations and businesses on the second floor of the state Capitol.

Dodgeball tournament enrolling teams
Dodgeball tournament enrolling teams

Dodgeball is a sport perhaps best known as the bruise-inducing bane of many youngsters in school Phys.Ed. classes and on playgrounds -- or in a more twisted turn with adult players from the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn 2004 film comedy, “DodgeBall:...

Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring billboard contest for students

Putnam County students are invited to use their creativity in designing billboards that deliver anti-underage drinking messages.

Editor’s Desk: Outdoor Pursuits digital newsletter to be launched March 7

In a recent poll by Blue Ridge Outdoors, a regional travel magazine that covers nine states, West Virginia claimed the top spot in the “2017 Best of the Blue Ridge” readers’ choice awards.

WV Chaos soccer team to hold tryouts in Charleston
WV Chaos soccer team to hold tryouts in Charleston

The West Virginia Chaos, the state’s first Premier Development League soccer team, will be holding open tryouts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at Schoenbaum Stadium at Coonskin Park in Charleston. The cost to try...

Wholesale distributor to open Milton facility
Wholesale distributor to open Milton facility

The West Virginia Department of Commerce has announced that one of the largest wholesale distributors in the United States, H.T. Hackney Company, will open a warehouse and distribution facility in the city of Milton.

Winfield police chief shares Life-Saving Award
Winfield police chief shares Life-Saving Award

Winfield Police Department’s chief and four other local first responders were honored with the Life-Saving Award for their actions in saving a heart attack victim’s life at the Huntington Mall last year, at a January meeting of the...

Hurricane grapplers: Gibson advances, Talbott out with injury
Hurricane grapplers: Gibson advances, Talbott out with injury

One season ended abruptly and prematurely, and another continues, but for two Hurricane wrestling captains, this year has been one to remember.

County gets recognition for floodplain management
County gets recognition for floodplain management

Putnam County’s planning department has received a national distinction for floodplain management.

‘Atelier Inge’ antiques, art and gift shop moves to Buffalo from Hurricane
‘Atelier Inge’ antiques, art and gift shop moves to Buffalo from Hurricane

After seven years in Hurricane, the Atelier Inge antiques, art and gift shop has moved to Buffalo, where shop owner Inge Klein lives.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Taking it to the next level
Christian’s Sports Beat: Taking it to the next level

A local soccer standout will soon be taking her skills to Huntington to play for the Marshall Thundering Herd’s women’s soccer team.

Rotary news: Hurricane businessman discusses growing role of drones in Putnam
Rotary news: Hurricane businessman discusses growing role of drones in Putnam

What’s overhead in Putnam County air space?

It could be a helicopter headed for Valley Park. Or a private plane. Or a hot air balloon drifting over from Fox Fire Resort.

Farmer’s Table: Molasses Cornbread
Farmer’s Table: Molasses Cornbread

Molasses is an ingredient that I associate with cold-weather baking.

Eric Douglas: We have a lot to celebrate when it comes to Black History Month
Eric Douglas: We have a lot to celebrate when it comes to Black History Month

The problem with months to recognize things is they usually start out strong, but by the middle of the month, everyone has moved on. It’s hard to keep up the momentum.

JADCO show conveys anti-bullying message
JADCO show conveys anti-bullying message

Music, movement and a contemporary message will mesh when The Academy of Arts at January’s JADCO Contemporary Dance Company presents its spring 2017 concert, “Second Sara,” on March 23 and 24 at the Culture Center Theater in...

Swimmers practice at Tri-County YMCA for state meet
Swimmers practice at Tri-County YMCA for state meet

This week, swimmers from several local high schools will be in Morgantown for the state high school swim championships. Prior to the state meet, swimmers practiced and trained at the Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot and at the Charleston Family YMCA.

Generation West Virginia official discusses opportunities for younger state residents
Generation West Virginia official discusses opportunities for younger state residents

“Statistics show that three out of four WVU college graduates leave our state within five years of graduation.” Natalie Roper told Putnam Rotarians during their Feb. 7 luncheon meeting in Hurricane.

Sisters’ court skills contribute to Generals’ hoop season success
Sisters’ court skills contribute to Generals’ hoop season success

A special bond unites two Winfield girls basketball players, and their effort continues to fuel the Generals’ march into the postseason.

Scott Depot church to host ‘Beloved’ conference for teen, collegiate females
Scott Depot church to host ‘Beloved’ conference for teen, collegiate females

On Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot will host a “Beloved” conference, geared for teen and college-age females.

WVSU Extension Service to host aquaponics workshop at Buffalo High

The West Virginia State University Extension Service will host an aquaponics workshop Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Buffalo High School greenhouse, 3680 Buffalo Road, Buffalo.

Hurricane to hold first Easter parade in March

At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, the City of Hurricane will have its first Easter parade.

GWES students lauded for Lego creations
GWES students lauded for Lego creations

George Washington Elementary School in Eleanor hosted its annual spaghetti dinner on Jan. 26.

Trout Unlimited president to speak at annual Ernie Nester chapter banquet
Trout Unlimited president to speak at annual Ernie Nester chapter banquet

The president and chief executive officer of Trout Unlimited, Chris Wood, will be the guest speaker at the Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s annual fundraising banquet March 14 in Charleston.