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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Farmers Table: Roasted Carrot Salad
Farmers Table: Roasted Carrot Salad

My husband had good luck growing carrots this year.

No excuses -- go vote!
No excuses -- go vote!

By Eric Douglas

Yes, I know, the last couple months of politics have been absolutely awful.

$15 million upgrade in the works for Hurricane’s Valley Park
$15 million upgrade in the works for Hurricane’s Valley Park

A $15 million renovation of Valley Park in Hurricane was announced by the Putnam County Commission on Oct. 18 in Winfield.

‘Appalachian Autumn’ event on tap in Scott Depot Thursday
‘Appalachian Autumn’ event on tap in Scott Depot Thursday

Award-winning storyteller Suzi Whaples and musician Amanda Bridgette are teaming up to present an evening of Appalachian stories and music, “Appalachian Autumn,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Teays Valley Church of God, 6979 Teays...

Hurricane student among WVU Ms. Mountaineer finalists
Hurricane student among WVU Ms. Mountaineer finalists

Hurricane resident Julie Peng is among the finalists for the 2016 West Virginia University Ms. Mountaineer title, to be bestowed on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Morgantown.

West Virginia State University to host High School Science Bowl competition Friday

Sixteen teams from eight area high schools will compete in the annual Dr. James E. Brimhall RESA III Science Bowl in Hamblin Hall on the campus of West Virginia State University in Institute.

Wagging Tails Chili Challenge for Dog Bless set for St. Albans Saturday

Fire up your taste buds for the third annual Wagging Tails Chili Challenge.

Two fields of dreams
Two fields of dreams

By Christian Deiss

I enjoy playing various sports. While cross-country and track rank number one with me, I also enjoy playing soccer, so I understand that it takes time to try to do everything I like to do, while also keeping my grades up.

Tri-County YMCA spotlights its after-school programs
Tri-County YMCA spotlights its after-school programs

When the school day ends, many parents, because of their work schedules, are unable to pick up their children or be home for them when the youngsters arrive from their respective elementary schools.

Alban Arts Center to present latest installment of ‘Three Things’ speaker series

The seventh installment of the Alban Arts Center’s “Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future” will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Alban, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans.

Running Dead 5K to be held in Barboursville Friday
Running Dead 5K to be held in Barboursville Friday

Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc., will host the third annual Running Dead 5K, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Barboursville Park.

Registration underway for WVU/4-H Basketball Day
Registration underway for WVU/4-H Basketball Day

The Putnam County West Virginia University Extension Service has announced that registration for 2016 WVU/4-H Basketball Day is open.

Hurricane Police Department seeks donations for ‘Shop with a Cop’ holiday program
Hurricane Police Department seeks donations for ‘Shop with a Cop’ holiday program

The Hurricane Police Department is on the lookout for citizen help to brighten children’s December holiday season.

HHS students win national game design competition
HHS students win national game design competition

Three Hurricane High School students were among nearly 50 youths nationwide who garnered wins in the 2016 Globey Game Design Competition.

Hurricane girl claims world title in racking horse competition
Hurricane girl claims world title in racking horse competition

At Pleasant View Stables in Hurricane, a 10-year-old girl is loaded down with ribbons and trophies and awash in love and admiration from her parents and grandparents.

Jun Shin Do Martial Arts School to present ‘Taekyon Self-Defense’ class

Martial arts instructor Doug Day of the Jun Shin Do Martial Arts School will begin a four-week introductory “Taekyon Self-Defense” class on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 342 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., South Charleston.

Poetry Out Loud registrations being accepted

The 2017 West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state competition registration deadline is set for Dec. 1.

New ‘doughboy’ street signs celebrate Nitro’s Centennial
New ‘doughboy’ street signs celebrate Nitro’s Centennial

In the coming weeks, Nitro city workers will be replacing street signs along First Avenue with new signs that help focus attention on the city’s World War I heritage.

Farmer’s Table: Char Siu Pork
Farmer’s Table: Char Siu Pork

Char siu is a popular Cantonese method of flavoring and preparing roasted pork. The term “char siu” means “fork burn/roast,” which was the traditional cooking method for this dish. Seasoned pieces of pork were skewered on...

Eric Douglas: Be wary of lights on the road ahead!
Eric Douglas: Be wary of lights on the road ahead!

We took the family to the farmers market last week to buy pumpkins for carving.

Pet Halloween costume contest/benefit Sunday in Hurricane
Pet Halloween costume contest/benefit Sunday in Hurricane

To benefit New Hope Animal Rescue, the 20th annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Hurricane.

Poetry Out Loud registrations being accepted

The 2017 West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state competition registration deadline is set for Dec. 1.

FestivALL Fall to celebrate the arts Oct. 21-23
FestivALL Fall to celebrate the arts Oct. 21-23

FestivALL Charleston will celebrate FestivALL Fall for its fifth consecutive year Oct. 21 through Oct. 23.

Free genealogy classes offered Saturday

The annual Mining Your History Foundation Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center of the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Annual Coin Show coming to Civic Center

The Charleston Coin Club will sponsor its annual coin show on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Charleston Civic Center in downtown Charleston.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Final kicks for a couple of good friends
Christian’s Sports Beat: Final kicks for a couple of good friends

HUNTINGTON -- When I started writing this column over three years ago, one of the first interviews I did was with Tommy Trupo and Trevor Starcher, two sophomores at the time for the Marshall University Thundering Herd men’s soccer team.

Heat Wave: HHS ignites all-girls show choir
Heat Wave: HHS ignites all-girls show choir

When 39 singing and dancing Hurricane High School girls take to the stage, they’re certain to generate a lot of show biz heat.

Nitro shop has eclectic collectibles
Nitro shop has eclectic collectibles

From its perch atop a high shelf, a 3-foot-tall Superman figure has a commanding view of what some might call junk, but others would call treasures.

Toyota West Virginia celebrates 20th anniversary in Buffalo
Toyota West Virginia celebrates 20th anniversary in Buffalo

When Tim Bennett completed his eight-year service in the U.S. Army, there was only one place he wanted to raise his family: back home in West Virginia.

Farmer’s Table: Fresh Fig Skewers
Farmer’s Table: Fresh Fig Skewers

I’ve written a lot about figs lately. Figs can be finicky to grow, but they are worth the time and effort when harvest season rolls around in September and October.

Eric Douglas: Get ready for the Day of Listening and save memories
Eric Douglas: Get ready for the Day of Listening and save memories

I was young, just 3 or 4 years old, when my maternal grandfather died. There are a few pictures of me sitting on his lap, but I honestly don’t remember him. I was about 10 when my grandmother remarried and I became part of a blended family.

Farmer’s Table: The Wild Ramp’s first farm to table dinner
Farmer’s Table: The Wild Ramp’s first farm to table dinner

The Wild Ramp hosted its first farm to table dinner recently.

Pet parade event in Hurricane to raise domestic violence awareness on Sunday
Pet parade event in Hurricane to raise domestic violence awareness on Sunday

An upcoming Sunday walk in the park is designed in part for outdoor fun, exercise and fellowship, but there’s a serious social mission at its core.

Disc golf course puts sporty spin on life in Eleanor
Disc golf course puts sporty spin on life in Eleanor

Cam Clendenin has been a longtime Frisbee aficionado.

W.Va. Book Festival schedule released
W.Va. Book Festival schedule released

Below is the schedule for the 2016 West Virginia Book Festival at the Charleston Civic Center and University of Charleston:

OktoberWest returns to Charleston’s West Side this weekend
OktoberWest returns to Charleston’s West Side this weekend

Life is about to get very Bavarian again soon on the West Side of Charleston.

Putnam Extension to host four-week ‘Dining with Diabetes’ program

The West Virginia University Putnam Extension Office of Families and Health will present a four-session class, “Dining with Diabetes: A Program for Adults with Diabetes and Their Families,” beginning next week.

Culloden VFD receives federal grant
Culloden VFD receives federal grant

The Culloden Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a federal grant for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus in September.

Hurricane High grad garners GMAC honors
Hurricane High grad garners GMAC honors

Alderson Broaddus University senior soccer forward Brittany Minor was selected as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week last week, following a stellar performance against Davis & Elkins College the previous weekend.

Running Dead 5K to be held in Barboursville
Running Dead 5K to be held in Barboursville

Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc., will host the third annual Running Dead 5K, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Barboursville Park.

AARP WV produces Video Voter Guide with gubernatorial candidate interviews
AARP WV produces Video Voter Guide with gubernatorial candidate interviews

AARP West Virginia has released its 2016 Video Voter Guide, featuring exclusive, one-on-one interviews with gubernatorial candidates Senate President Bill Cole (R) and Jim Justice (D), answering key questions on how they would improve the lives of...

Youth, Class Q/QQ and senior citizen antlerless deer season opens Saturday

The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with disabilities (Class Q/QQ permit) and senior citizens (holders of a Class XS license) will begin Saturday, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Eric Douglas: You can’t complain if you don’t vote
Eric Douglas: You can’t complain if you don’t vote

Back in the spring, after the Legislature spent more than half a million dollars before they could pass a budget, I heard a lot of people declare that they would “remember in November.”

Poca golf team competes at state tournament
Poca golf team competes at state tournament

Congratulations to the Poca High School golf team, which was scheduled to make its ninth consecutive appearance at the State Golf Tournament in Wheeling Oct. 4 and 5, after placing second in the Region 4 Golf Tournament on Sept. 26. Players include...

Winfield VFD awarded $50K FEMA grant
Winfield VFD awarded $50K FEMA grant

On Sept. 16, Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced $1,095,694 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for fire safety in Bruceton Mills, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Princeton, Weston and Winfield.

Teays Valley Presbyterian to host fall festival on Sunday
Teays Valley Presbyterian to host fall festival on Sunday

As a community outreach, Teays Valley Presbyterian Church will host a fall festival from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, on the church grounds, 5339 Teays Valley Road, next to Teays Valley Manor.

Buffalo Fall Fun 5K Run/Walk to support backpack snack program

Running and walking can benefit the health and well-being of others besides those participating in the 2016 Buffalo Fall Fun 5K Run/Walk this month.

Winfield church hosts child safety seat clinic
Winfield church hosts child safety seat clinic

Four-year-old Colton Hill was quite patient as a safety expert leaned over him to check that the child safety seat he was strapped into in the back of his mother’s SUV was properly installed and secure.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Putting it through the uprights
Christian’s Sports Beat: Putting it through the uprights

MORGANTOWN -- Pressure in all sports comes in various forms, like stepping up to the starting line in a race or stepping into the batter’s box with the winning run on third base or preparing to kick the possible winning field goal.

Farmer’s Table: Cajun Fried Okra
Farmer’s Table: Cajun Fried Okra

Two things inspired this week’s spicy story. A weekend get-together with a friend who lived in Louisiana made me think of some of my favorite Cajun dishes that are perfect for this time of year. And … my garden is still yielding okra, an...

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery expands in Charleston
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery expands in Charleston

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, the largest plumbing distributor in the United States, introduced the public to the remodel of its West Virginia showroom in Charleston with an open house celebration on Sept. 29.

Eric Douglas: Understanding breast cancer, to end it
Eric Douglas: Understanding breast cancer, to end it

The number two cause of death of women in the United States is cancer, behind heart disease. In some specific ethnic groups, like Native Americans or Asian and Pacific Islanders, it is the number one cause of death, according to the Centers for...

2016 Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop schedule
2016 Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop schedule

Here is the 2016 Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop schedule of events (subject to change):

Hurricane Harvest Festival set for Oct. 8

The annual Hurricane Harvest Festival is scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Scott Depot engineering firm marks 40th year in business
Scott Depot engineering firm marks 40th year in business

Randolph Engineering may have turned 40 years old this year, but the professional consulting engineering firm is far from over the hill.