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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...

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.

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.

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.

Beginners’ watercolor classes to be held in March, April

On Feb. 28, limited enrollment will get underway for spring beginning watercolor classes at the Hansford Center.

New associate pastor to be installed Sunday in Hurricane
New associate pastor to be installed Sunday in Hurricane

Well traveled professionally and well versed in ministry, Mount Vernon Baptist Church’s new associate pastor of Youth and Music, the Rev. Monty Foster, will be installed formally in his new role this weekend.

Nitro businessman, community volunteer wins Mayo Lester award
Nitro businessman, community volunteer wins Mayo Lester award

In recognition of his long history of service and leadership in Putnam County, Nathan Wills, owner of Town & Country Supply in Nitro, has won the Mayo Lester Community Service award for 2016, presented by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Depot-based youth chorus to sing in Manhattan in March
Scott Depot-based youth chorus to sing in Manhattan in March

Singing at Carnegie Hall is an honor many singers work a lifetime toward. For students at a Putnam-County based chorus, the dream is becoming reality next month.

Farmer’s Table: Washington’s Tart and Sweet Cherry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Washington’s Tart and Sweet Cherry Pie

February is National Cherry Month. It seems like an odd time to celebrate cherries, since much of the country is experiencing cold weather.

Eric Douglas: Sugar comes with real costs for the state
Eric Douglas: Sugar comes with real costs for the state

I’ll begin by saying I’m sure a fair number of you are going to disagree with this: West Virginia needs a tax on sugary drinks.

Annual Give Kids a Smile Day slated for Saturday
Annual Give Kids a Smile Day slated for Saturday

To promote dental health, for the 15th year, the Kanawha Valley Dental Society will sponsor the annual Give Kids a Smile event this weekend.

Hurricane church hosting PipeSounds silent movie
Hurricane church hosting PipeSounds silent movie

Silent movie fans can see one of the genre’s legendary stars, Harold Lloyd, in “Hot Water,” at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane.

Christian’s Sports Beat: A new face in the Power dugout
Christian’s Sports Beat: A new face in the Power dugout

When the West Virginia Power, the single-A farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, open the 2017 baseball season, there will be a new manager heading up the Minor League squad.

Bison senior delays surgery to complete basketball season
Bison senior delays surgery to complete basketball season

Surgery waits for Buffalo’s Austin Starcher, though, in the meantime, the senior plans to make the most of his final high school basketball season.

Poca Elementary students rally to support classmate undergoing lymphoma treatment
Poca Elementary students rally to support classmate undergoing lymphoma treatment

Poca Elementary School’s Leadership Day later this month was supposed to be centered around the Founding Fathers. Instead of learning about Colonial heroes, they’re showcasing leadership by helping a classmate with cancer.

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.

Farmer’s Table: Bourbon Chicken
Farmer’s Table: Bourbon Chicken

The Chinese New Year has begun and it lasts until Feb. 15, 2018. The New Year follows the lunisolar Chinese calendar and the date changes from year to year.

Eric Douglas: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner: a public service
Eric Douglas: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner: a public service

There are just a few more shopping days until Valentine’s Day. Are you going to step up your game this year? Or are you going to run out at the last minute and get a card and some form of candy/flowers?

River City Youth Ballet Ensemble hosting Valentine’s Day Gala fundraiser in Charleston
River City Youth Ballet Ensemble hosting Valentine’s Day Gala fundraiser in Charleston

For a Valentine’s Day date that includes dancing with your sweetheart -- and dance education benefits for youths, consider being a guest at the Valentine’s Day Gala hosted by the Kanawha City-based River City Youth Ballet Ensemble.

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.

Fraziers Bottom resident among WVU Tech MLK Day volunteers
Fraziers Bottom resident among WVU Tech MLK Day volunteers

On Jan. 16, more than 40 West Virginia University Tech students, staff and faculty gathered on the Beckley campus.

2017-2018 kindergarten registration dates set for county elementary schools
2017-2018 kindergarten registration dates set for county elementary schools

Putnam County families with children who will be 5 years old prior to Sept. 1, 2017, can register the youngsters for kindergarten in the fall, starting later this month and continuing into March.

HMS Band to host concert/dinner

The Hurricane Middle School Band will host its 2017 solo and ensemble performances and dinner at 1 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the school.

Free tax preparation offered at Hurricane City Hall

Free tax preparation will be available this tax season at Hurricane City Hall for those who qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit.

West Virginia State University begins spring Creators Program sessions

West Virginia State University has kicked off its spring Creators Program sessions, which are held at the WVSU Economic Devlopment Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd., W, in Charleston.

Black History Month activities scheduled at Marshall
Black History Month activities scheduled at Marshall

Marshall University’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum in Huntington will assume responsibility for programs observing Black History Month at the university, with support from the following Marshall units: Academic Affairs, College of Arts and...

Poca senior ascends from sixth-man role to starter, leader on Dots squad
Poca senior ascends from sixth-man role to starter, leader on Dots squad

Through the years, Poca basketball player J.P. Phillips bided his time and practiced against some of the program’s all-time best players, and now he’s looking to leave his mark, too.

Farmer’s Table: Loco Moco with Mushroom Gravy
Farmer’s Table: Loco Moco with Mushroom Gravy

Loco Moco is one of Hawaii’s distinctive regional dishes. The basic Loco Moco starts with a mound of white rice topped with a firm but tender hamburger patty, fried egg and brown gravy. Today, there are many gourmet variations.

Project Sticker Shock targets underage drinking
Project Sticker Shock targets underage drinking

The beer cooler at Stokes Grocery store in Buffalo is off limits to minors.

Hurricane Baptists, community members helping Richwood church rebuild after flooding
Hurricane Baptists, community members helping Richwood church rebuild after flooding

One Putnam County church is leading the efforts to help rebuild a church flooded this summer.

Eric Douglas: Heart Month isn’t just about Valentine’s Day
Eric Douglas: Heart Month isn’t just about Valentine’s Day

There is a month for everything any more. I did a quick search online and found a list that averaged five different observances for every month, except for one. For some reason, July only has one month-long observance. July is National Ice Cream...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Going big fuels monster truck driver’s mojo
Christian’s Sports Beat: Going big fuels monster truck driver’s mojo

Any student athlete knows that he or she has to make grades not only in the classroom, but also in the sport that he or she plays.

Off-season efforts paying dividends for Winfield High wrestler
Off-season efforts paying dividends for Winfield High wrestler

Better technique and a larger frame figure to propel Winfield junior Alex Hale to greater heights this wrestling season.

Hurricane native turns passion for old treasures into new business on Main Street
Hurricane native turns passion for old treasures into new business on Main Street

For Hurricane native Sherry Graley, collecting historical items has become more than a hobby.

Hayes Middle School Wrestling Invitational results
Hayes Middle School Wrestling Invitational results

Led by three individual champions, Elkview Middle School won the Hayes Middle School Invitational wrestling tournament in St. Albans Jan. 14.

Farmer’s Table: Korean Bulgogi Tacos
Farmer’s Table: Korean Bulgogi Tacos

Bulgogi tacos are a full-flavored Mexican/Korean fusion dish that occasionally appear on restaurant or food truck menus, but they are not difficult to make at home.

Eric Douglas: The one-year anniversary of a failed stress test
Eric Douglas: The one-year anniversary of a failed stress test

One year ago today, I began a journey that I never expected. It has changed my life.

‘W.Va. Travel Guide’ available for 2017
‘W.Va. Travel Guide’ available for 2017

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia unveiled its new “2017 West Virginia Travel Guide” Jan. 9 at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Haulin’ in the Holler: 50K, 25K, 5K and kids’ runs coming in March
Haulin’ in the Holler: 50K, 25K, 5K and kids’ runs coming in March

Whether you’re up for a 5K, 25K or 50K trail run, you can take it in stride at the 2017 Haulin’ in the Holler, to be held Saturday, March 25 at Eleanor Park in Eleanor.

‘Dachshund Through the Snow’ 5K Sunday at KSF
‘Dachshund Through the Snow’ 5K Sunday at KSF

The “Dachshund Through the Snow” 5K Run/Walk, the second leg of the 2016-17 Kanawha Valley 5K Winter Series, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston.

Archery program encourages marksmanship for hunting, competition and fun
Archery program encourages marksmanship for hunting, competition and fun

Launching an arrow toward its intended target is a great stress reliever, said Poca High School archery team member Baily Hobbs, as she and two other members of the team practiced in the high school’s gym.

School for rookie softball umpires scheduled to begin this month
School for rookie softball umpires scheduled to begin this month

If calling balls and strikes is a calling -- or at least a sideline -- you might have considered, you can learn how to call them as you see them at an upcoming training program.

Sled Hockey events being planned for March
Sled Hockey events being planned for March

Charleston Sled Hockey, a division of USA Disabled Hockey, is a small sled hockey team based at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena, 20 RHL Boulevard, South Charleston, with 2017 play expected to begin around mid-March.

Nitro begins year of 100th anniversary events
Nitro begins year of 100th anniversary events

The Nitro World War I Museum houses mementos of the town’s born-of-the-war past, so it was a fitting venue recently to recognize its heritage and to look forward to its future.

Farmer’s Table: Turkey Kielbasa and Quinoa
Farmer’s Table: Turkey Kielbasa and Quinoa

I ate quinoa in the ‘70s, before quinoa became cool. My eventual husband who was studying anthropology at the time introduced me to this ancient grain.

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.

Habitat for Humanity to host ‘A Taste of Rocco’s Restaurante’ at Clay Center in February
Habitat for Humanity to host ‘A Taste of Rocco’s Restaurante’ at Clay Center in February

Rocco’s Ristorante will be the featured restaurant at Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam’s annual “A Taste of ... in Charleston” fundraising event.

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,...

Buffalo High wrestlers strive toward state tournament titles in senior year
Buffalo High wrestlers strive toward state tournament titles in senior year

To succeed in the heart of the winter, two Buffalo wrestlers toiled during the dog days of summer to prepare for this year’s season on the mat.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Pat White’s journey from gridiron athlete to athlete counseling
Christian’s Sports Beat: Pat White’s journey from gridiron athlete to athlete counseling

When I first started watching college football, the first player I idolized was Pat White of the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

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.