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Christian’s Sports Beat: Four years to remember
Christian’s Sports Beat: Four years to remember

I never know when an idea for a column will pop into my head, and this week’s occurred when I was running through the neighbor adjacent to Valley Park recently and crossed paths with Barkley Castro, a Winfield native and currently a member of...

Eric Douglas: Donor fatigue can be a problem

We’ve had two catastrophic hurricanes in recent weeks. They devastated not just portions of the United States, but the Caribbean, as well. There was a huge earthquake (and a hurricane) in Mexico, flooding in Bangladesh and wildfires are...

Diane Tarantini: Get it in writing

In case you haven’t noticed, DNA testing is enjoying a moment. There are a number of testing kits on the market right now—Ancestry.com and 23 and Me, for instance.

Nitro Elementary School kicks off its 100 Mile Club
Nitro Elementary School kicks off its 100 Mile Club

Judging by the noise level in the Nitro Elementary School cafeteria, there will be no shortage of energy when students embark on their 100 Mile Club walking goals this year.

New CEO adding community-oriented events to family entertainment center
New CEO adding community-oriented events to family entertainment center

James Mabon wants to challenge the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries that affect many former military personnel.

Chili cooks sought for Hurricane Harvest Festival
Chili cooks sought for Hurricane Harvest Festival

Amateur chefs are invited to add their own simmering brand of awesome to autumn at the Hurricane Harvest Festival’s Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 14, at City Park in Hurricane.

Winfield runner pulls for team success in senior season
Winfield runner pulls for team success in senior season

By Nick Brockman

For Putnam Review

More than a personal record or individual accomplishment, Winfield runner Luke Lumadue seeks fulfillment through his team’s achievements.

Diane Tarantini: Put it in writing

When Tony Bear and I married, his parents gave us three wedding gifts: a food processor and two pasta cutters — one for making spaghetti and fettucine, the other for cavatelli.

Eric Douglas: Friends lost to overdose not forgotten

A year ago, I wrote that I was angry at the loss of a young woman, my step-daughter’s best friend, to drugs.

Nitro churches to have centennial homecoming services on Sunday
Nitro churches to have centennial homecoming services on Sunday

Nitro’s year-long centennial celebration continues this week with its annual Boomtown Days festival.

County library director joins W.Va. Humanities Council board of directors
County library director joins W.Va. Humanities Council board of directors

The way Megan Tarbett sees it, participating in humanities programs are an essential part of being a “well-rounded” and successful member of a community.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Smart training equals smart results
Christian’s Sports Beat: Smart training equals smart results

After a strong showing during his freshman cross country and track seasons, a Hurricane High School runner knows continued hard work will pay off in the long run.

HHS senior captain pivotal to soccer team’s record of success
HHS senior captain pivotal to soccer team’s record of success

In recent memory, the Hurricane girls soccer team has made its name on defense, and for the past four seasons, Jenna Adams has played a pivotal role in helping the squad earn that reputation.

Inaugural Kanawha Falls Festival to feature world-class kayak competitors
Inaugural Kanawha Falls Festival to feature world-class kayak competitors

Some of America’s best professional whitewater athletes will challenge the feisty, frothy waters -- and each other -- at the first-time Kanawha Falls Festival Thursday, Sept. 14, at the falls site near Gauley Bridge.

Pedaling Paint Creek from Pratt to Pax
Pedaling Paint Creek from Pratt to Pax

The 44-mile Paint Creek Scenic Trail has become a favorite of area cyclists, who enjoy its bucolic views that include waterfalls and wildflowers.

Musical line-up named for Nitro Boomtown Days
Musical line-up named for Nitro Boomtown Days

The centennial version of Nitro’s Boomtown Days festival will feature a wide range of musical entertainment from bluegrass to country to rock.

Christian’s Sports Beat: State’s chief executive still loves coaching
Christian’s Sports Beat: State’s chief executive still loves coaching

Most high school and middle school coaches wear two hats, one for their day job and one for when they are coaching student-athletes.

Diane Tarantini: A child’s independence day

I love the first day of school, be it kindergarten, middle school or college. Once the kids walk out the door, there is both silence and a guaranteed span of time in which messes will not be made. The clean quiet makes me feel like I belong to me...

Eric Douglas: Seeking to entertain, even during difficult times

I end up writing for a lot of different reasons. I write for a scuba magazine, I write this column, I write for clients and I write fiction. Sometimes I hope to inform, others I hope to entertain. Ideally, a little of both.

Farmer’s Table: Philly Sloppy Joes
Farmer’s Table: Philly Sloppy Joes

A trip to Philadelphia always means experiencing the city’s history. That includes sampling a Philly cheesesteak or two.

Senior defender focusing on sixth straight title for WHS girls soccer squad
Senior defender focusing on sixth straight title for WHS girls soccer squad

The Winfield girls soccer team ranks among the all-time elite and most consistent high school programs in the Mountain State, and this season, as in years prior, Cami Frye lists among the squad’s most dependable players.

New director aims to rebuild Hurricane Civic Chorus, honor late predecessor
New director aims to rebuild Hurricane Civic Chorus, honor late predecessor

With all the divisiveness, violence and hurt in the world, Branita Holbrook-Bratka turns to singing in a choir.

Rescued horses trot to the showring
Rescued horses trot to the showring

Horses and their riders will strut their stuff and show their mutual skills during the fifth annual Open Fun Show and Appalachian Trainer Face Off, scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Winfield Riding...

New family-friendly programs coming to Pipestem Resort State Park
New family-friendly programs coming to Pipestem Resort State Park

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Sundays at 3p is a new event format at Pipestem State Park. The free monthly programs will start at 3 p.m. at Pipestem’s McKeever Lodge and will last about an hour. The family friendly programs will feature wildlife...

North Bend State Park hosting wild foods event Sept. 15-17
North Bend State Park hosting wild foods event Sept. 15-17

CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 15-17, 2017, with a special celebration of renowned natural...

Carbide Camps reunion coming next month to Charleston, Blue Creek
Carbide Camps reunion coming next month to Charleston, Blue Creek

The yearly reunion of Carbide Campers is slated for Sept. 22-24, for those who attended the Union Carbide-sponsored summer programs during the 1940s to 1980s, and their guests.

Diane Tarantini: A scaredy-cat’s guide to travel
Diane Tarantini: A scaredy-cat’s guide to travel

When I was growing up, most of our family vacations involved two days to drive from Huntington to Myrtle Beach, a week in a hotel, then two days to drive home.

Farmer’s Table: Mexican Meatball Soup
Farmer’s Table: Mexican Meatball Soup

This has been a great summer for growing tomatoes. They have been big, beautiful and tasty.

Eric Douglas: Right to speak freely comes with responsiblity

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government...

Christian author hosts book launch party in Hurricane
Christian author hosts book launch party in Hurricane

In celebration of the release of her debut Young Adult Christian novel, “Anticipation,” area author S.D. Thomas hosted a book launch party Monday, Aug. 14 in The Copper Room at Hidden Creek Mercantile in Hurricane.

The Hallmark shop in Liberty Square under new ownership
The Hallmark shop in Liberty Square under new ownership

Businessman Rich Edwards hadn’t planned on owning a Hallmark store when he visited the one in Liberty Square in Putnam County a little more than a year ago. The owner of the Village Heirlooms furniture store near Hurricane, and several other...

Booth expected to play almost every down for Buffalo this season
Booth expected to play almost every down for Buffalo this season

Stephen Booth rarely misses a down for the Buffalo football team, and in playing many roles, he leaves a significant mark on the field.

Church at Depot Student Ministry spends summer in service to others close to home
Church at Depot Student Ministry spends summer in service to others close to home

Church at the Depot’s Elevate Student Ministry has one core mission: Helping teens know, love, serve and share Jesus.

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.

Hikes for tykes: Some trails to tackle for younger legs
Hikes for tykes: Some trails to tackle for younger legs

A hike can be a conducive conduit to health for all ages, most everyone will agree, but too far or challenging a trail can tax younger family members’ stamina and endurance.

New River Gorge Games draw competitors, outdoor lovers
New River Gorge Games draw competitors, outdoor lovers

Some of the most challenging terrain for mountain biking, paddling and running can be found in the Mountain State.

Topwater lures a top choice for midsummer bass
Topwater lures a top choice for midsummer bass

It’s hot. I mean really hot. Summertime in Appalachia typically has a few guarantees and a couple of those are heat and humidity. There are any number of activities that people can do to beat the summer heat, but few are as fun...

New Hope Animal Rescue to host Customer Appreciation Day
New Hope Animal Rescue to host Customer Appreciation Day

New Hope Animal Rescue wants to thank its customers.

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.

Luikart playing key role for Poca soccer team
Luikart playing key role for Poca soccer team

As the title of his position indicates, Poca stopper Noah Luikart plays a significant role for the Dots soccer team.

Monteia’s Academy of Performing Arts brings dance enjoyment to children and adults
Monteia’s Academy of Performing Arts brings dance enjoyment to children and adults

For more than three decades Monteia Childers has been introducing children, teens and adults to the joys of dance. Her Monteia’s Academy of Performing Arts in Putnam County is a busy hub of activity as students arrive for lessons.

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?