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...
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.
James Mabon wants to challenge the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries that affect many former military personnel.
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.
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.
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.
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’s year-long centennial celebration continues this week with its annual Boomtown Days festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 44-mile Paint Creek Scenic Trail has become a favorite of area cyclists, who enjoy its bucolic views that include waterfalls and wildflowers.
The centennial version of Nitro’s Boomtown Days festival will feature a wide range of musical entertainment from bluegrass to country to rock.
Most high school and middle school coaches wear two hats, one for their day job and one for when they are coaching student-athletes.
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...
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.
A trip to Philadelphia always means experiencing the city’s history. That includes sampling a Philly cheesesteak or two.
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.
With all the divisiveness, violence and hurt in the world, Branita Holbrook-Bratka turns to singing in a choir.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
This has been a great summer for growing tomatoes. They have been big, beautiful and tasty.
“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...
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.
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...
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 the Depot’s Elevate Student Ministry has one core mission: Helping teens know, love, serve and share Jesus.
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.
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.
Some of the most challenging terrain for mountain biking, paddling and running can be found in the Mountain State.
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 wants to thank its customers.
St. Francis School in St. Albans is inviting area residents to its open house and ice cream social this Sunday, Aug. 13.
As the title of his position indicates, Poca stopper Noah Luikart plays a significant role for the Dots soccer team.
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.
Regional bands will rock out at two-day Fund the Youth Fest concert coming this month to the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane.
Jim Winters and Gary Jarvis couldn’t stand to see their childhood heroes go unrecognized.
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.
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.
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...
Confession: I peeked inside my daughter’s diary once.
You don’t have to leap tall buildings in a single bound to be regarded as a super-hero.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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, 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...
“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...
Indiana wants them, and, sadly, they’ll be going back there.
“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.
My husband and I have always enjoyed trying authentic regional dishes when we travel to new locations.
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.
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.
A grand jury in Putnam County returned 61 indictments earlier this month against 67 defendants, Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia announced.
Payton Lunsford plays both sides of the football for Hurricane, yet his home lies on the defensive half of the field.
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.
From tee to green and round to round, Poca senior Mitch Hoffman maintains steady swings and scores.
For Hurricane volunteer firefighters, better equipment can mean quicker response times in emergencies and better service for people relying on them.
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.
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.
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 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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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-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.
Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
One of the largest providers of ignition interlock devices in the United States has opened a new branch in Teays Valley.
Young in age yet long on talent, sophomore Emily Reed returns this season to help lead the Winfield volleyball team.
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.
For 16-year-old Alyssa Hofmann and her dog, Zing, competing in the Putnam County Fair’s pet show has become an annual tradition.
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.
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 United Methodist Church invites children ages 3 to fifth grade to “Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School: Created by God, Built for a Purpose.”
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.
Stephen Dixon will be hard to miss -- and resist -- during three days of the upcoming Putnam County Fair.
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...
“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...
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.
Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”
It’s been said that “once a Marine, always a Marine.”
Focus fuels the path to running success for Hurricane harrier Justin Belcher.
How many adults does it take to lift and hold Freda, a 15-foot-long Burmese python?
Beneath the photo of her flooded home, my friend DeeDee’s Facebook status read: “One day can change everything.”
Applications for the 2017 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, and will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 13.