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.
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.
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,...
I’m not a big believer in making New Year’s resolutions.
Allen Osborne made his mark on Poca High School during his 38 years as the school’s boys head basketball coach.
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.
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.
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.
Members of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce are being reminded to reserve their seats for the chamber’s annual dinner meeting and celebration.
“Just as in life, sometimes in sports we face adversity,” Coach Bryan England told Putnam Rotarians at their Dec. 20 meeting in Hurricane.
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.
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.”
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 are undergoing some big changes, and the store in Teays Valley is at the forefront of it.
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.
New Year’s resolutions to get in shape often turn out to be empty promises.
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.
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.
For some artists, blank canvases ignite their creativity; for Scott Stephens of Nitro, a plate of 11-gauge steel serves that purpose.
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.
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.
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.
As 2016 winds to a close, the City of Hurricane has released a calendar of community events for 2017, including plenty of annual favorites.
The new executive director for the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau aims to make the county a tourist destination.
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...
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.
It looks like 2016 is going end up a lot better than it started for me and that’s being injury free.
We are in the middle of Hanukkah. It began on the evening of Dec. 24 and ends on the evening of Jan. 1.
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.
After a three-year absence, Buffalo senior Autumn Persinger returned this winter to a sport in which she once thrived.
One Putnam County man has made it his mission to connect families through research.
After my parents were married, they shared a home with my maternal grandparents, who were of German heritage.
For many people, Christmas isn’t the merriest time of the year. It’s the saddest time of the year.
The Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam will host a “Refurbish Old Furniture” workshop.
Word of Light Community Church will be conducting a live Nativity at Hurricane City Park Dec. 16, 17 and 18.
The sanctuary choir of Mount Vernon Baptist Church will perform the cantata, “Come Let Us Adore,” at 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 18.
Poca United Methodist will present its nnual Live Nativity this Saturday, Dec. 17, at the church on Main Street.
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.
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.
Santa Claus is comin’ to town -- in a fire truck from the Teays Valley Fire Department.
Dec. 21 is the longest night of the year, being that it is the Winter Solstice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
James Frye bobbed and weaved as he threw lightning-quick jabs at his father’s hands.
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...
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.
The Macholah Ballet will present “The Nativity!” this holiday season at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road in Hurricane.
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.
In and around Winfield next week, Santa Claus will be coming to town -- with Winfield Volunteer Fire Department firefighters filling in as his helpers.
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.
Brussels Sprouts Trivia: Linus Urbanec of Sweden holds the 2008 Guinness World Record for eating 31 Brussels sprouts in one minute.
Seventy-five years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, sealing the United States’ entry into World War II.
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.
Songbirds in our neck of the woods can now enjoy a mix of bird seed custom-blended for them by the Amish in Ohio.
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.
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.
The City of Hurricane is finding a way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for children throughout West Virginia.
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 owner Rich Edwards believes his business is built to last -- much like the solid wood, Amish-made furniture they sell.
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.”...
It’s sitting quietly on a rural homestead in Putnam County, this trusty steed of a vehicle.
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.
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)...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
The Putnam County Master Gardeners will be conducting their annual wreath-making class, in collaboration with the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission.
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.
Where there’s smoke, the old saying states, there’s fire.
Looking for a way to burn calories before a Thanksgiving feast, and help the community at the same time?
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.
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.
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.
West Virginia University has named Layne Veneri and Hurricane resident Julie Peng the 2016 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.
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.
The season finished strong and the future looks even brighter for one of Putnam County’s youngest and most talented runners.
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.
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...
This is my first holiday season after open-heart surgery, so I’m trying to be proactive and think ahead.
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 -- 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.
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.
Americans love pie. Surveys show apple pie as the country’s favorite, often coming in at 47 percent or higher.
West Virginia’s 2016 traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 21.
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.
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...
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.
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.
A homeschooled brother and sister from Buffalo made coal-inspired music recently at the West Virginia Makes Festival in Huntington.
Children love to play and explore — whether it’s the school playground, a park or in their own back yards.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
Old cars will park at a new location at the 27th annual Toys for Tykes Car Show.