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Eric Douglas: Clio reveals history all around us
Eric Douglas: Clio reveals history all around us

I will be the first to admit that I’m a history buff. I am intrigued by the notable events that have happened all around us. So much happened that will never make it into a history book, but it is still interesting and important.

Winfield ends phone-in credit card payments

Effective Jan. 4, the City of Winfield is no longer processing credit card payments over the phone, due to massive nationwide credit card theft and fraud.

Farmer’s Table: Sea Scallops in Coconut-Basil Sauce
Farmer’s Table: Sea Scallops in Coconut-Basil Sauce

Large sea scallops are a rare treat. I recently found some nice ones during the holidays. Dry scallops would have been preferred, but they are hard to obtain in our area. The ones I purchased had been packed in water, which keeps the scallops plump,...

Eric Douglas: First Day Hike starts year off right
Eric Douglas: First Day Hike starts year off right

I’m not a big believer in making New Year’s resolutions.

Poca High names basketball court after longtime coach
Poca High names basketball court after longtime coach

Allen Osborne made his mark on Poca High School during his 38 years as the school’s boys head basketball coach.

A Poca High pie in the eye...
A Poca High pie in the eye...

Teachers and staff at Poca High School recently volunteered to be targets for a pie in the face. The event raised money for the school’s archery team.

UC to unveil new athletic facility with official opening Saturday
UC to unveil new athletic facility with official opening Saturday

The official opening of the University of Charleston’s new, state-of-the-art athletic facility will tip off with a pair of college basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 14 on the UC campus at 2300 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., in Charleston.

Tickets available for fifth annual FestivALL fundraiser
Tickets available for fifth annual FestivALL fundraiser

For the fifth year in a row, FestivALL Charleston will host a food and beverage-themed fundraiser, “FeastivALL,” a gourmet dinner with wine and beer pairing, on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Putnam Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting Jan. 27
Putnam Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting Jan. 27

Members of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce are being reminded to reserve their seats for the chamber’s annual dinner meeting and celebration.

WHS basketball coach shares lessons on dealing with adversity
WHS basketball coach shares lessons on dealing with adversity

“Just as in life, sometimes in sports we face adversity,” Coach Bryan England told Putnam Rotarians at their Dec. 20 meeting in Hurricane.

Thirtieth annual Geri Olympics in the planning stages for April

The Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living planning team are getting ready for the 30th annual Geri Olympics on April 21 at the South Charleston Community Center.

Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous with Mushrooms
Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous with Mushrooms

Israeli couscous is a type of pasta made from wheat flour and semolina. It has a small, round shape about the size of small pearls. It is also called “pearl couscous.”

Eric Douglas: You can’t blame time -- it just is
Eric Douglas: You can’t blame time -- it just is

As I sat down to write this column, I was thinking about all the entertainers we’ve lost this year and all the significant things that have happened. It has been quite a year. Contrary to a lot of people, I didn’t blame the year and I...

Sears Hometown Stores in Teays Valley renovated
Sears Hometown Stores in Teays Valley renovated

Sears Hometown Stores are undergoing some big changes, and the store in Teays Valley is at the forefront of it.

Winfield senior seeks to make up for lost time
Winfield senior seeks to make up for lost time

This season, the basketball court presents a welcome opportunity for Winfield senior Tate Hancock to finally prove himself after missing much of last year to injury.

Tri-County YMCA personal trainer offers advice for meeting fitness goals
Tri-County YMCA personal trainer offers advice for meeting fitness goals

New Year’s resolutions to get in shape often turn out to be empty promises.

GoodNight celebration to ring in 2017
GoodNight celebration to ring in 2017

Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 will be ushered out and 2017 will be welcomed in with 42 musical performances around the city of Charleston.

WVU farm dinner meeting scheduled in Winfield

The Putnam County Farm Bureau will host a West Virginia University dinner meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Winfield Community Center, #2 Garfield St., next to Roy Kuhl Sports along the river.

Celtic Mountain Iron in Nitro creates custom-designed metalwork
Celtic Mountain Iron in Nitro creates custom-designed metalwork

For some artists, blank canvases ignite their creativity; for Scott Stephens of Nitro, a plate of 11-gauge steel serves that purpose.

Uncork & Create painting event Friday in Teays Valley
Uncork & Create painting event Friday in Teays Valley

A “Winter Walk” painting session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at Uncork & Create at Area 34, 971 W.Va. 34 in Hurricane.

Putnam Career & Technical Center shows off ‘tiny house’ destined for flood victims
Putnam Career & Technical Center shows off ‘tiny house’ destined for flood victims

It’s a small house built in a small amount of time, but it will soon make a big difference to a family left homeless by the June floods.

Poca High softball star also shines on basketball court
Poca High softball star also shines on basketball court

Casey Skeens earned her name and Division I scholarship on the softball field. Yet during the winter, the Poca senior leaves her mark on the hardwood.

City of Hurricane releases 2017 calendar of events

As 2016 winds to a close, the City of Hurricane has released a calendar of community events for 2017, including plenty of annual favorites.

New Putnam CVB executive director touting county’s tourism opportunities
New Putnam CVB executive director touting county’s tourism opportunities

The new executive director for the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau aims to make the county a tourist destination.

Forrest Burdette Church’s new Family Life Center on track for fall, 2017 opening
Forrest Burdette Church’s new Family Life Center on track for fall, 2017 opening

As construction of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church’s new Family Life Center continues, children in the church’s pre-school classroom have a bird’s-eye view of the trucks, heavy equipment and workers moving around...

Farmer’s Table: Oyster Mushrooms Rockefeller
Farmer’s Table: Oyster Mushrooms Rockefeller

Several years ago, our neighbor cut a tree on the property line before it tumbled into his house. He left the stump. What most people would view as an eyesore became an asset to my husband. He inoculated the wood with oyster mushroom spawn.

Christian’s Sports Beat: The heart of the community
Christian’s Sports Beat: The heart of the community

It looks like 2016 is going end up a lot better than it started for me and that’s being injury free.

Eric Douglas: Celebrating Hanukkah
Eric Douglas: Celebrating Hanukkah

We are in the middle of Hanukkah. It began on the evening of Dec. 24 and ends on the evening of Jan. 1.

Eric Douglas: Revisiting ‘Silent Night’
Eric Douglas: Revisiting ‘Silent Night’

Like everything else, things come and go. Fashion becomes fashionable and then it is out-of-style and then it is retro. We have short memories.

Buffalo track star returns to hoops for senior year
Buffalo track star returns to hoops for senior year

After a three-year absence, Buffalo senior Autumn Persinger returned this winter to a sport in which she once thrived.

Putnam genealogy researcher helps connect families
Putnam genealogy researcher helps connect families

One Putnam County man has made it his mission to connect families through research.

Farmer’s Table: Hazelnut Spritz Cookies
Farmer’s Table: Hazelnut Spritz Cookies

After my parents were married, they shared a home with my maternal grandparents, who were of German heritage.

St. Timothy’s In-The-Valley offering ‘Blue Christmas’ service this evening
St. Timothy’s In-The-Valley offering ‘Blue Christmas’ service this evening

For many people, Christmas isn’t the merriest time of the year. It’s the saddest time of the year.

Habitat for Humanity to host furniture refurbishing workshop
Habitat for Humanity to host furniture refurbishing workshop

The Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam will host a “Refurbish Old Furniture” workshop.

Hurricane church to host live Nativity at City Park

Word of Light Community Church will be conducting a live Nativity at Hurricane City Park Dec. 16, 17 and 18.

Mount Vernon Baptist Church to present Christmas cantata

The sanctuary choir of Mount Vernon Baptist Church will perform the cantata, “Come Let Us Adore,” at 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 18.

Live Nativity planned Saturday at Poca UMC

Poca United Methodist will present its nnual Live Nativity this Saturday, Dec. 17, at the church on Main Street.

Generals’ state champion swimmer focusing on more titles in senior season
Generals’ state champion swimmer focusing on more titles in senior season

The drive to excel and the gift of endurance continue to propel Winfield swimmer Alyssa Rittinger, as she caps her senior season in the pool.

Charleston Wedding Expo returns Jan. 8
Charleston Wedding Expo returns Jan. 8

Save the date: The 13th annual Charleston Wedding Expo will be held from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Teays Valley Fire Department to transport Santa through the area this week
Teays Valley Fire Department to transport Santa through the area this week

Santa Claus is comin’ to town -- in a fire truck from the Teays Valley Fire Department.

Hurricane church to hold Blue Christmas service

Dec. 21 is the longest night of the year, being that it is the Winter Solstice.

WVU Extension Service 2017 garden calendar available
WVU Extension Service 2017 garden calendar available

Enhance your gardening and culinary skills with tips and resources offered in the 2017 West Virginia University Extension Service Garden Calendar, available now at county WVU Extension Service offices.

Uncork & Create hosting ‘Frosty’ art program Friday
Uncork & Create hosting ‘Frosty’ art program Friday

A “Frosty the Snowman” art program will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Area 34, 971 W.Va. 34, Hurricane.

Farmer’s Table: Blue Cheese & Date Cheese Ball
Farmer’s Table: Blue Cheese & Date Cheese Ball

Cheese balls have long been considered the chic party food and are wildly popular during the holidays. They are easy to make, but even easier to purchase ready-made.

Christian’s Sports Beat: First time out of the gate
Christian’s Sports Beat: First time out of the gate

I don’t have much of a bucket list, since I am only 12 years old, but there are a few things that I know I want to do in the future.

Boxing Fit in Nitro provides ring-worthy conditioning to clients of all ages
Boxing Fit in Nitro provides ring-worthy conditioning to clients of all ages

James Frye bobbed and weaved as he threw lightning-quick jabs at his father’s hands.

Eric Douglas: Why we bring trees into our homes
Eric Douglas: Why we bring trees into our homes

I’m always interested in the origins of our traditions. Relatively speaking, the United States is still a relatively young nation, and most of our traditions arrived here with immigrants and the connections we still had to the “Old...

Was it the cornbread? Red House rescue dog has 10-puppy litter
Was it the cornbread? Red House rescue dog has 10-puppy litter

Nowhere in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas” does it mention “10 pups a-barking,” but that’s been the case for a Red House couple recently.

Hurricane church to host Macholah Ballet’s ‘The Nativity!’
Hurricane church to host Macholah Ballet’s ‘The Nativity!’

The Macholah Ballet will present “The Nativity!” this holiday season at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road in Hurricane.

HHS Red Hot Show Choir to kick off season with dinner theater
HHS Red Hot Show Choir to kick off season with dinner theater

For more than 20 years, the Hurricane High School Red Hot Show Choir has been entertaining audiences across the nation with its award-winning shows -- and 2017 will be no exception.

Winfield VFD announces Santa visit schedule

In and around Winfield next week, Santa Claus will be coming to town -- with Winfield Volunteer Fire Department firefighters filling in as his helpers.

Nitro’s Christmas parade kicks off the holiday season on Saturday

This Saturday’s Christmas parade in Nitro will kick off the holiday season and also be a lead-in event to the Nitro Centennial Celebration in 2017.

Farmer’s Table: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pumpkin Salad
Farmer’s Table: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pumpkin Salad

Brussels Sprouts Trivia: Linus Urbanec of Sweden holds the 2008 Guinness World Record for eating 31 Brussels sprouts in one minute.

Eric Douglas: Pearl Harbor Day is a day we will never forget
Eric Douglas: Pearl Harbor Day is a day we will never forget

Seventy-five years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, sealing the United States’ entry into World War II.

HHS junior forward beefs up for basketball season
HHS junior forward beefs up for basketball season

Nick Muto sees the basketball floor like few other players, and, with his sights set on success, the Hurricane junior forward looks to lead the Redskins this season.

Teays Valley shop offers custom Appalachian bird seed blend
Teays Valley shop offers custom Appalachian bird seed blend

Songbirds in our neck of the woods can now enjoy a mix of bird seed custom-blended for them by the Amish in Ohio.

Area cemeteries to participate in Wreaths Across America
Area cemeteries to participate in Wreaths Across America

At noon on Saturday, Dec. 17, cemetries across the United States will participate in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, which honors deceased members of the military.

Parks and Recreation welcomes new executive director
Parks and Recreation welcomes new executive director

Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission Executive Director Jarrod Dean sees a bright future for the county in his new role, with plenty of respect included for Putnam’s past.

Hurricane mailbox heightens holiday spirit
Hurricane mailbox heightens holiday spirit

The City of Hurricane is finding a way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for children throughout West Virginia.

Poca High senior steps up as leader entering last Dots basketball season
Poca High senior steps up as leader entering last Dots basketball season

This year marks the final season in the hallowed career of one of Poca High School’s all-time best boys basketball players and, for Luke Frampton, the opportunity to again lead the Dots to the state tournament.

Village Heirlooms triples size of Amish furniture showroom in Hurricane
Village Heirlooms triples size of Amish furniture showroom in Hurricane

Village Heirlooms owner Rich Edwards believes his business is built to last -- much like the solid wood, Amish-made furniture they sell.

Farmer’s Table: Watergate Salad
Farmer’s Table: Watergate Salad

This is the time of year that triggers many childhood memories. My mother didn’t enjoy cooking, but every November, she took out the odd-shaped cake pans that belonged to my grandmother to prepare for the “fruitcake baking spree.”...

Have Vanagon -- Will Travel
Have Vanagon -- Will Travel

It’s sitting quietly on a rural homestead in Putnam County, this trusty steed of a vehicle.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Coaching is a family affair
Christian’s Sports Beat: Coaching is a family affair

Recently, my dad showed me a post on Hurricane High School boys basketball coach Lance Sutherland’s Facebook page that gave me an idea for this week’s column.

Eric Douglas: Have a heart: I need your help
Eric Douglas: Have a heart: I need your help

Ten months ago, I had open heart surgery. My regular readers know that as I have done my best to share my story. I’ve hoped that friends and readers would see what I have gone through and A) make lifestyle changes to avoid a similar fate or B)...

Chanukah show Sunday in Charleston

The annual Chanukah Gift-Art-Book-&-Special-Craft Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia St., E., in Charleston.

CYAC to present 20th edition of rock opera ‘Mary’
CYAC to present 20th edition of rock opera ‘Mary’

When composer Mark Scarpelli and librettist Dan Kehde created their first rock opera “Mary” in 1996, neither of them expected that the Contemporary Youth Arts Company would still be producing it 20 years later.

Knives commemorate Nitro Centennial
Knives commemorate Nitro Centennial

Town & Country Supply in Nitro is selling Case-brand commemorative pocket knives that mark the town’s 100-year birthday next year. There are two styles to choose from, with each model displaying an engraved logo that touts the City of...

Editor’s Desk: Putnam Review’s debut a hit with readers
Editor’s Desk: Putnam Review’s debut a hit with readers

Here’s a shout-out to all those who called or emailed saying they liked last week’s debut of Putnam Review, our new Putnam County newspaper. Our goal is to continue to impress you week by week as we go forward.

Winfield sophomore achieves accolades in two fall sports
Winfield sophomore achieves accolades in two fall sports

It’s no rare feat for high school athletes to succeed in multiple sports, but Winfield sophomore Savannah Hoff finds passion and success in two fall sports that recently concluded with top accolades.

Putnam Master Gardeners to sponsor wreath-making class
Putnam Master Gardeners to sponsor wreath-making class

The Putnam County Master Gardeners will be conducting their annual wreath-making class, in collaboration with the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Winfield Elementary students showcase leadership skills, honor local heroes
Winfield Elementary students showcase leadership skills, honor local heroes

Famous authors, athletes and noted figures from history paid a visit to Winfield Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to talk to parents and other visitors about the importance of leadership.

City of Hurricane, VFD supplying, installing free smoke detectors

Where there’s smoke, the old saying states, there’s fire.

Flex before you feast at Tri-County YMCA Thanksgiving Day workout
Flex before you feast at Tri-County YMCA Thanksgiving Day workout

Looking for a way to burn calories before a Thanksgiving feast, and help the community at the same time?

Farmer’s Table: Sichuan Eggplant
Farmer’s Table: Sichuan Eggplant

I moved to this area in November 1975. I’d grown up on the main street of a small West Virginia town. I thought I wanted to be a hippie homesteader and live off of the land, but my dream didn’t fit my budget.

Eric Douglas: Make a list of what you’re thankful for
Eric Douglas: Make a list of what you’re thankful for

For this week, I started writing a column about Thanksgiving myths. There are a lot of things we think we know about holidays like Thanksgiving that just aren’t true.

Toastmasters to hold multistate conference this weekend
Toastmasters to hold multistate conference this weekend

Approximately 100 members of Toastmasters International are expected to convene in Charleston this week for the group’s semi-annual conference -- and they’ll have a lot of talk about.

Hurricane resident crowned 2016 Ms. Mountaineer
Hurricane resident crowned 2016 Ms. Mountaineer

West Virginia University has named Layne Veneri and Hurricane resident Julie Peng the 2016 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.

Country Gatherings & Floral to host November Business After Hours

The next Business After Hours, sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, will take place at Country Gatherings & Floral, 11756 Winfield Front Road in Winfield, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

HHS freshman runner concludes season with gusto
HHS freshman runner concludes season with gusto

The season finished strong and the future looks even brighter for one of Putnam County’s youngest and most talented runners.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Former, current Hurricane runners shine in Huntington event
Christian’s Sports Beat: Former, current Hurricane runners shine in Huntington event

HUNTINGTON -- The sport of running continues to thrive throughout the region, and a good example of that was the results from the 16th Marshall University/St. Mary’s Medical Center Marathon, that also included a half-marathon and 5K.

Tri-County Y official named W.Va. Afterschool Ambassador
Tri-County Y official named W.Va. Afterschool Ambassador

The West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network has announced that Angel Anderson, the Family Services Director at the Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot, has been selected to serve as a 2016-2017 West Virginia Afterschool Ambassador. Anderson is one of...

Eric Douglas: Staying healthy for the holidays
Eric Douglas: Staying healthy for the holidays

This is my first holiday season after open-heart surgery, so I’m trying to be proactive and think ahead.

Rock Branch Elementary installing ‘high tunnel’ garden for raising vegetables
Rock Branch Elementary installing ‘high tunnel’ garden for raising vegetables

The framework is up, and the raised garden beds are taking shape at Rock Branch Elementary School’s new high tunnel garden, which is on a parcel of land next to the school.

Hurricane man acts out Kanawha Valley history
Hurricane man acts out Kanawha Valley history

HURRICANE -- In 1674, Gabriel Arthur hiked through Putnam County on an assignment to explore western lands and trade with Native Americans. Historians believe he was the first white man to see the Kanawha Valley.

Tri-County YMCA to host free Thanksgiving Day workout
Tri-County YMCA to host free Thanksgiving Day workout

The Tri-County YMCA, 200 Carls Lane in Scott Depot, will be helping everyone create a little more space for their Thanksgiving feast by providing a free Thanksgiving Day Workout to everyone in the community.

Farmer’s Table: Apple Custard Pie
Farmer’s Table: Apple Custard Pie

Americans love pie. Surveys show apple pie as the country’s favorite, often coming in at 47 percent or higher.

Deer firearms season opens Monday
Deer firearms season opens Monday

West Virginia’s 2016 traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 21.

Ribbon cut, open house held for Area 34 co-working space in Hurricane
Ribbon cut, open house held for Area 34 co-working space in Hurricane

With a quick snip of oversized scissors and a boisterous round of applause, Area 34 opened officially for business -- large and small -- on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Sheriff’s department, Winfield church collecting holiday food donations

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Winfield Church of the Nazarene, is collecting nonperishable food items, along with five-pound bags of potatoes, ham or turkeys, to fill the local food banks for the holidays for...

County schools among 2016 State Marching Band Championship winners
County schools among 2016 State Marching Band Championship winners

Twenty-eight high school bands from around the state showcased their talents at the fifth annual West Virginia State Marching Band Championship at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field in Charleston on Oct. 15.

Manchin visits WMS to launch statewide drug prevention initiative
Manchin visits WMS to launch statewide drug prevention initiative

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined other elected officials and community leaders at Winfield Middle School, during National Red Ribbon Week, on Oct. 25, unveiling a statewide drug prevention initiative.

Buffalo youths win Great Innovator Award at West Virginia Makes Festival
Buffalo youths win Great Innovator Award at West Virginia Makes Festival

A homeschooled brother and sister from Buffalo made coal-inspired music recently at the West Virginia Makes Festival in Huntington.

Soil Tunnel helps children learn what lies beneath
Soil Tunnel helps children learn what lies beneath

Children love to play and explore — whether it’s the school playground, a park or in their own back yards.

Farmer’s Table: Thai Steamed Mussels
Farmer’s Table: Thai Steamed Mussels

Salt-water mussels are bivalves like oysters, clams and scallops. The type offered in restaurants and supermarkets are generally “Mytilus edulis,” a species that grows along the Atlantic coastline from Virginia to the Arctic. They are...

HMS science teacher receives presidential recognition
HMS science teacher receives presidential recognition

Putnam County science teacher Maureen Miller received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Recognition award on Sept. 8 at the White House in Washington, D.C.

30th annual Dagger’s Toy Run tabbed for Dec. 10
30th annual Dagger’s Toy Run tabbed for Dec. 10

For the 30th year, roaring cycles will substitute for reindeer-propelled sleighs in delivering Christmas toys to girls and boys, thanks to the annual Dagger’s Toy Run.

Open enrollment available for affordable health care

Affordable health care is something that all Americans deserve. Before the Affordable Care Act, millions of people and their families were at risk of financial ruin because they were uninsured. Health insurance companies could also deny health...

Eric Douglas: Do it ‘for the children’
Eric Douglas: Do it ‘for the children’

My daughters are growing up way too fast.

I know every parent says that. I’m sure my parents said it about my brother and me, too. (Although, I am just as sure there were times they wondered if we would ever grow up. Maybe that’s...

Toys for Tykes Car Show relocating to Patrick Street

Old cars will park at a new location at the 27th annual Toys for Tykes Car Show.