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Night Glow 5K Run/Walk Sunday in Hurricane
Night Glow 5K Run/Walk Sunday in Hurricane

For a good time that’s untimed to let everyone compete -- and complete -- at his or her own pace, the third annual Night Glow 5K Run/Walk will light up Hurricane City Park on Sunday, May 28.

Winfield McDonald’s employee awarded scholarship
Winfield McDonald’s employee awarded scholarship

Winners named in Nitro All-Horse Parade

The City of Nitro has awarded prizes to a dozen people who participated in the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade on May 13.

Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets
Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets

Every year, I make a batch of fruity pepper jams and jelly. I’ve used many types of fruit depending on what is available at the time. Favorite flavors have included Strawberry Pepper Jelly and Fig Pepper Jam.

Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance
Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance

Memorial Day became an official American holiday in 1971 to honor the men and women who died in service to the United States.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace
Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace

The season got off to a slow start for the West Virginia Power last month, as the single-A farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their first six games before getting one in the win column.

Patriotic theme to mark annual county seniors’ picnic
Patriotic theme to mark annual county seniors’ picnic

Putnam County residents ages 60 and older, along with their friends and families, are invited to report for this year’s Putnam County Senior Picnic.

Upcoming fundraisers to benefit Katie Cobb
Upcoming fundraisers to benefit Katie Cobb

Along with Saturday’s Lemonade Day 5K fundraiser in Winfield, “Team Katie” community efforts to support a teenage cancer patient Katie Cobb of Winfield and her family continue in coming days:

Hurricane senior eyes finish line at end of stellar athletic career
Hurricane senior eyes finish line at end of stellar athletic career

This week, Hurricane High senior Anna Gordon races to the finish not only of a state championship track event, but a successful high school career.

WES class to donate Lemonade Day proceeds to WMS cancer patient
WES class to donate Lemonade Day proceeds to WMS cancer patient

One Winfield Elementary School class is organizing a large-scale fundraiser for a middle schooler with childhood cancer.

Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday
Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday

Do you often wonder what bird is singing, or what are the trees you’re standing under?

Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF
Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF

The second annual Mountain Mission 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder
Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder

This is the time of year when I need to use frozen vegetables from last year’s garden to create space for this year’s crop. I also had to find a spot for some frozen whole trout that a friend delivered last week. To make room for the...

Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway
Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway

A week from today, summer begins. At least for the kids in Kanawha County Schools. Putnam County Schools are in session until June 1. (To make things a bit more confusing, most people think of Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, while...

Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal
Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal

In an old, black-and-white photo, you can see the quiet determination in her eyes, the resolve to finally take a stand, or, in this case, to remain seated.

Valley Car Wash provides hand washing and self-serve bays on Teays Valley Road
Valley Car Wash provides hand washing and self-serve bays on Teays Valley Road

From his building, businessman Charlie Johnson kept noticing the long-dormant car wash facility next door on busy Teays Valley Road in Hurricane.

Leading the Bison
Leading the Bison

Few command the presence or the talent like Buffalo’s Brooke Persinger, and this year she’s again guiding the Bison softball team with leadership and statistics.

Hurricane resident scraps to capture state kickboxing title
Hurricane resident scraps to capture state kickboxing title

Laura Byrnes achieved a phenomenal feat with her feet -- and fists -- recently.

Buffalo Heritage Days to be held this weekend
Buffalo Heritage Days to be held this weekend

In celebration of the Town of Buffalo’s rich history that dates to the late 17th century, the annual Buffalo Heritage Days will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Buffalo Academy in...

Cub writer
Cub writer

When Christian Deiss stands in a group of fellow sports reporters, he usually stands out in the crowd.

First Responders Appreciation Day scheduled in Hurricane

In honor of National Police Week May 15-21, Financial Resources & Consulting and Henderson Insurance will host a First Responders Appreciation Day on Friday, May 19.

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus with Hazelnut Gremolata
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus with Hazelnut Gremolata

This is the time of year when we have an abundance of fresh asparagus. I am always looking for new ways to prepare it.

Eric Douglas: Don’t forget Mom this weekend!

Thinking about Mother’s Day (it’s this weekend, don’t forget!), I decided to learn a bit more about the celebration and where it came from.

Kanawha Trail Club celebrating 75th anniversary of hiking adventures
Kanawha Trail Club celebrating 75th anniversary of hiking adventures

On July 26, 1942, 35 intrepid men and women gathered at Mission Hollow, near Kanawha City, to undertake what would be the first-ever hike of the Kanawha Trail Club.

Photographer shares tips for capturing state’s scenic beauty
Photographer shares tips for capturing state’s scenic beauty

You don’t have to travel far to find inspiration for capturing West Virginia’s scenic beauty. From the Potomac Highlands to the New River Gorge, West Virginia offers numerous areas for any adventurous photographer. There is so much to...

Dots senior brings multitasking prowess to diamond
Dots senior brings multitasking prowess to diamond

Poca senior Bubba Hill plays a lot of positions, and his versatility makes him a great asset to the Dots baseball team.

Winfield junior dominating on tennis courts

With a cool head and steady hand, Winfield girls tennis player Brittany Gray has successfully dispatched each of her opponents this regular season.

Valley Park leasing produce-growing beds

Valley Park in Hurricane is offering leased space for individuals, families, friends, organizations and schools to grow their own produce.

Nitro to celebrate centennial with all-horse parade

The City of Nitro will celebrate a century of history on Saturday, May 13, with the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade.

Nitro church to hold youth camp fundraisers

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, Nitro Church of the Nazarene will have a vendor/craft show, with vendors from LuLaRoe, Posh, Scentsy and Paparazzi; handmade items; a silent auction and more.

Kanawha, Putnam high school graduation dates announced

Below is the schedule for the 2017 graduation ceremonies of public high schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties:

Farmer’s Table: Quinoa and Rice Salad with Herbs
Farmer’s Table: Quinoa and Rice Salad with Herbs

Some herbs thrive in cool spring temperatures. My cilantro reseeded and I have a beautiful patch in the middle of the garden. Cilantro adds flavor to Mexican and Asian dishes. It is quick to bolt when the weather warms, and I won’t get another...

Eric Douglas: The environment is good for business

Earth Day was about a week and a half ago. Day events are helpful, because they focus attention and provide a rallying point for supporters.

St. Mary’s brings GoNoodle exercise program to Rock Branch Elementary School
St. Mary’s brings GoNoodle exercise program to Rock Branch Elementary School

Rock Branch Elementary School students gave a moving presentation to visitors at the Nitro school on April 27.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Overcoming the challenge
Christian’s Sports Beat: Overcoming the challenge

The last time I caught up with Caleb Bowen, the assistant coach for Marshall University’s track and cross country teams, he had just won the Marshall Marathon last November.

Hidden Creek Mercantile brings new life, art to historic Hurricane site
Hidden Creek Mercantile brings new life, art to historic Hurricane site

One historic Hurricane building has been brought back to life as a store featuring local and female artisans, meeting space and a cafe.

Marshall Health-Teays Valley location makes debut in Scott Depot
Marshall Health-Teays Valley location makes debut in Scott Depot

A year after acquiring the property, the Marshall Health-Teays Valley location has opened to serve its patients in Putnam County under one roof.

‘Sad Mad Glad’ children’s book series celebrates 10th anniversary
‘Sad Mad Glad’ children’s book series celebrates 10th anniversary

It was a rainy morning at Ruffner Elementary School in Charleston, but when the authors of an award-winning series of books about character development showed up, the mood lightened among the fourth-graders who had gathered to hear them.

TRAVEL: Tours and tastings available at Appalachian Distillery
TRAVEL: Tours and tastings available at Appalachian Distillery

Former coal miner Dwayne Freeman drew upon his mountain roots -- and family tree -- to launch the Appalachian Distillery three years ago, and business is still brewing and booming.

Winfield’s Mary Lawman wins Doug Huff Award for intangible contributions
Winfield’s Mary Lawman wins Doug Huff Award for intangible contributions

Anytime Winfield girls soccer coach Marshall Hoff spoke of his team this season, the phrase, “You’ve got to hate to lose more than you love to win” was guaranteed to come up somewhere.

Smokey brings fire-prevention message to children at Putnam library
Smokey brings fire-prevention message to children at Putnam library

It was Earth Day all week at the Putnam County Public Library in Hurricane.

County students shine at Regional Math Field Day

The 2017 RESA III Regional Math Field Day was held at the University of Charleston on March 24. Putnam County winners included:

Marshall to host GenCyber summer camp for high schoolers
Marshall to host GenCyber summer camp for high schoolers

Marshall University has been selected by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to host the first GenCyber Camp in the mid-Appalachian region for high school students interested in cybersecurity and careers in the...

Farmer’s Table: Pasta with Morels and Ramps
Farmer’s Table: Pasta with Morels and Ramps

Many of my friends are ramp and morel enthusiasts. Both are in season now in our area.

Eric Douglas: Lighthouse of Learning is a beacon for kids

There’s a small private school in Charleston’s Elk District called the Lighthouse of Learning. It is essentially a one-room schoolhouse for middle and high school students.

Kanawha Valley Doll & Miniature Club hosting luncheon, sale in St. Albans

The Kanawha Valley Doll and Miniature Club is hosting the annual the Tri-State Doll luncheon and sale May 5 and 6 in St. Albans.

Autism support group meets monthly in Hurricane
Autism support group meets monthly in Hurricane

A new autism support and social group is assembling monthly in Hurricane, forging bonds and developing a broader outreach around the region.

Autism advocate receives Jefferson Award
Autism advocate receives Jefferson Award

Autism advocate and Autism Society of West Virginia Putnam County Chapter President Nathalie Henchey is scheduled to receive a Jefferson Award today for her work in raising autism awareness.

Charges filed in animal abuse case

Charges have been filed against a Putnam County farmer accused of animal abuse.

Get Active program to expand in New River Gorge
Get Active program to expand in New River Gorge

By Rick Steelhammer

Staff writer

A program launched last year that used the New River Gorge National River’s recently restored Camp Brookside as a campus for free public instruction in activities ranging from yoga and tai chi to...

Outdoorswoman runs, pedals and paddles to victory
Outdoorswoman runs, pedals and paddles to victory

Deb Bauer is an outdoorswoman for all seasons.

During the winter, Bauer, who just turned 52 and works in the aerospace industry, likes to cross country ski, especially around the mountains near her home in Spokane, Washington.

Editor’s Desk: When it comes to animal rescue, good intentions not enough
Editor’s Desk: When it comes to animal rescue, good intentions not enough

The situation that came to a head last week at A&A Farms in Confidence appears to be another case of good intentions gone bad.

Hurricane pitching ace aims for state title in senior stanza
Hurricane pitching ace aims for state title in senior stanza

Hurricane High School senior Aaron Perry paved his path to the next level with pitching, and this season he looks to cap his high school career as a state champion.

Lakeside Elementary principal receives state PTA award
Lakeside Elementary principal receives state PTA award

When Lisa Lewis, the principal of Lakeside Elementary School, walked into a school assembly earlier this month, she thought she was watching of a new Parent Teacher Association fundraiser to the school.

Two-day operation removes animals from farm
Two-day operation removes animals from farm

The owner of A&A Farms at Confidence said he wanted his place to be a sanctuary for unwanted animals. But something, somewhere, went wrong.

Eric Douglas: Don’t say there’s nothing to do
Eric Douglas: Don’t say there’s nothing to do

Driving through downtown a few days ago, on a bright and sunny spring day, I noted a large group of people (mostly women) walking/jogging on their lunch hour near the West Virginia Power ballpark.

Farmer’s Table: Baked Doughnuts
Farmer’s Table: Baked Doughnuts

I like doughnuts. I like sugary glazed doughnuts, cake doughnuts, chocolate doughnuts, doughnuts with or without holes, cream-filled doughnuts, jelly doughnuts, yeast or raised doughnuts, beaver tails, malasadas and bar doughnuts.

‘Marcellus Shale’ to be presented at Alban Arts Center
‘Marcellus Shale’ to be presented at Alban Arts Center

“Marcellus Shale,” a topical play addressing the environmental and personal impact of fracking, will be presented on stage at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21 and also at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main Plaza in...

Eric Douglas: Osterhase brings eggs for Easter
Eric Douglas: Osterhase brings eggs for Easter

At one time or another, pretty much everyone has asked the question, “What does a rabbit who brings eggs have to do with Easter?”

Farmer’s Table: Shrimp Tacos
Farmer’s Table: Shrimp Tacos

Most people are familiar with tacos, a traditional Mexican food. Tacos are made with soft or hard corn or wheat tortillas containing a variety of fillings. They are often garnished with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, salsa, cheese or guacamole. Beef and...

Go camping with the Herd this summer
Go camping with the Herd this summer

Have a child looking to improve his or her game on the court?

Competitive spirit powers Winfield senior’s pitching, field performance
Competitive spirit powers Winfield senior’s pitching, field performance

Win or lose, Winfield’s Cartney Schoolcraft competes every play for the Generals softball team.

Hurricane Clean-Up Day tabbed for April 19
Hurricane Clean-Up Day tabbed for April 19

A clean sweep is on the calendar -- specifically, Wednesday, April 19 -- for Main Street in downtown Hurricane.

State Police program teaches parent awareness techniques at Winfield High
State Police program teaches parent awareness techniques at Winfield High

Hidden in Plain Sight, a program from the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, made a stop at Winfield

Christian Deiss: From the track to the kitchen
Christian Deiss: From the track to the kitchen

I have been writing my column for the last couple of months at a local café on Main Street in Hurricane called Books & Brews.

Buffalo runner working to get back on track for sophomore year
Buffalo runner working to get back on track for sophomore year

A year removed from success and injury, Buffalo track standout Madi Michels returns healthy and ready to re-create her freshman success.

Officials, contractors discuss Buffalo Elementary renovations
Officials, contractors discuss Buffalo Elementary renovations

Plans for renovations at Buffalo Elementary School are moving forward after a mandatory pre-bid hearing at the school Wednesday, March 29.

Friendships, life skills bloom in blended Buffalo High classes
Friendships, life skills bloom in blended Buffalo High classes

A classroom partnership at Buffalo High School is creating friendships, while teaching students life skills.

Farmer’s Table: Classic Macaroni Salad
Farmer’s Table: Classic Macaroni Salad

The weather is getting warmer and soon it will be time for backyard cookouts, picnics, graduation parties and potluck events. That means you’ll probably be seeing a pasta salad or two.

Eric Douglas: Are you ready for some baseball?

The West Virginia Power’s website has a countdown clock, reflecting the days, hours and minutes until opening day. Hint: the first pitch of the 2017 home opener gets thrown tomorrow.

West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders raises funds, hope for families
West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders raises funds, hope for families

They say one good turn deserves another, but a good spin can also reap positive benefits.

Run for the River Triathlon returning to Tornado
Run for the River Triathlon returning to Tornado

The Coal River Group has announced it will host the third annual Run for the River Triathlon at Meadowood Park in Tornado on Saturday, April 15.

Winfield marketing agency/Putnam Princess Parties to host grand opening event
Winfield marketing agency/Putnam Princess Parties to host grand opening event

It’s a royal occasion as two new Putnam County businesses open their doors officially.

W.Va. Home Show returns

The Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston will sponsor the 2017 West Virginia Home Show this weekend.

Free prom gowns available at Ronda’s Closet
Free prom gowns available at Ronda’s Closet

A virtual rite of spring for decades now, prom season will be returning to area high schools in coming weeks.

DNR hosts 12th annual state archery tournament

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources hosted the 12th Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Saturday, March 25.

Entries sought for Spring Festival talent contest in Hurricane

Got talent?

Get prizes!

The City of Hurricane is seeking entries for the talent show that will take place during the Spring Festival Saturday, May 6 on Main Street.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsoring eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon

New Hope Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal sanctuary, is sponsoring its eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon for Animals on Sunday, April 2, at Town N Country Lanes in Nitro.

Students win Putnam SWA recycling contest

The Putnam County Solid Waste Authority held a recent recycling contest that was open to all students who reside in Putnam County.

Wonderland Easter egg hunt slated in Hurricane
Wonderland Easter egg hunt slated in Hurricane

There’s only one rabbit that moves faster than the Easter Bunny -- and that’s the White Rabbit when he’s looking for Easter eggs with his Wonderland friends.

BHS football players sign with Wesleyan
BHS football players sign with Wesleyan

A pair of Buffalo High School football standouts signed on March 22 to play at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Fullback/linebacker Jacob Hanshaw and offensive/defensive lineman Hunter Allen both signed with the Bobcats last week.

Local students on target at Ripley archery tourney

Several Putnam County school students competed in an archery tournament in Ripley on March 18.

Poca senior finds new role as impact pitcher for Dots
Poca senior finds new role as impact pitcher for Dots

Poca High School senior Sarah Fisher again figures a prominent position for the Dots softball team this season, though this year in a new role.

Storybook icons, S.T.E.A.M. benefit camp on tap Saturday in Scott Depot
Storybook icons, S.T.E.A.M. benefit camp on tap Saturday in Scott Depot

Magic and science will merge for a fun-providing, thought-provoking and fundraising day Saturday, April 1 at St. John United Methodist Church in Scott Depot.

Poca Middle School rolls out the red carpet for Leadership Day open house
Poca Middle School rolls out the red carpet for Leadership Day open house

It was big day at Poca Middle School on Friday, March 24.

Community members, officials endeavoring to convert ‘Eleanor house’ into museum
Community members, officials endeavoring to convert ‘Eleanor house’ into museum

When Marlane Crockett Carr moved to Eleanor at age 4, the town was nothing more than a few homes and dirt roads -- but to her, it was paradise.

Eric Douglas: Take time to listen to other ‘truths’

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to two men speak and what they said still resonates with me.

Farmer’s Table: Easy White Chili
Farmer’s Table: Easy White Chili

Some would argue that White Chili is not chili at all, just as there are those who say red chili should never contain beans. Chili lovers have strong opinions about what constitutes a good chili.

Hurricane church to host Spring Festival, Easter ‘eggs-travaganza’

The annual Spring Festival, sponsored by the United Methodist Women at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane, will be held Saturday, April 8, at the church.

FestivALL returning for 13th year
FestivALL returning for 13th year

FestivALL Charleston, named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society again for 2017, celebrates its 13th year June 16-25.

Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show coming to Charleston

The 27th annual Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Woman’s Club of Charleston headquarters, 1600 Virginia St., E., Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Banana Cheesecake
Farmer’s Table: Banana Cheesecake

Bananas are one of the most popular and widely consumed fruits in the world. They are a staple food crop for millions of people in developing countries. They are considered critical to global food security and serve as a valuable, year-round food...

Eric Douglas: Bagging the bags (Part 2)
Eric Douglas: Bagging the bags (Part 2)

Judging from the emails and comments I received from the column two weeks ago about getting rid of plastic bags, I touched a nerve.

Winfield SADD Club participates in Project Sticker Shock at Fruth Pharmacy
Winfield SADD Club participates in Project Sticker Shock at Fruth Pharmacy

Project Sticker Shock, a program for the prevention of underage drinking, continues to be active in Putnam County.

Registration available for WVGA 2017 golf tournaments
Registration available for WVGA 2017 golf tournaments

The West Virginia Golf Association is accepting registrations for 2017 tournaments, some of which will be held in Kanawha and Putnam counties. To register and find out more about each event, go to: www.wvga.org

Senior starters expected to steer Redskins softball season to success
Senior starters expected to steer Redskins softball season to success

Leadership and success follow hand-in-hand with the Hurricane softball program, and this year’s team figures to feature more of the same behind returning senior starters Katie Adams and Paige Scruggs.

High school rodeo competition riding into Winfield March 31-April 2
High school rodeo competition riding into Winfield March 31-April 2

More than 100 young riders from throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland will saddle up to compete in a rodeo contest later this month in Winfield.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Runners, on your mark
Christian’s Sports Beat: Runners, on your mark

For the most part, this winter has been relatively mild when it comes to temperature and precipitation, which has really helped the middle and high school track and field athletes prepare for the upcoming track season.

Politics a family affair for county couple, son
Politics a family affair for county couple, son

Ron Foster didn’t intend to pursue politics.

He had spent his whole life working in engineering, eventually moving on to owning his own business, Scott Depot-based Foster Supply.

Native bees workshop planned Saturday
Native bees workshop planned Saturday

If you thought honey bees were beneficial, sit back and listen to Rob O’Quinn fill you in on the importance of mason bees and leafcutter bees, which are native to North America.