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Nine area schools recognized for high performance, progress

Nine schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties were honored recently for being at the top of their class.

Alum Creek clean-up celebrates 20th year of clearing litter from roadsides

Fill a bag, eat a hot dog.

Those are two activities that the Alum Creek Lions Club is hoping will draw volunteers to its 20th annual Alum Creek Clean-Up on Saturday, April 25. The purpose of the event is to pick up litter along the roads in Alum...

Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday
Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday

The Mountain State Kayak Anglers will host a fishing tournament on Saturday, April 18, along the Coal River.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsors bowling tournament

Whether you’re rolling strikes or gutter balls, homeless animals will be the winners during this Saturday’s annual Bowl-A-Thon at Venture Lanes.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week
Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week

A holiday, of sorts, is occurring this week for excited baseball fans in the Charleston region.

Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU
Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU

Ratio Christi at Marshall University will welcome J. Warner Wallace, an author, converted atheist, cold case homicide detective and apologist, to Gateway Christian Church and Marshall University on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28 for two free...

MS Walk scheduled for April 18

Over 12,000 of us in West Virginia and Virginia and untold numbers around the world need your help. We have Multiple Sclerosis.

New co-directors named to head Mountaineer Montessori School
New co-directors named to head Mountaineer Montessori School

Jennifer Carriger and Suzanne Sanders have been named co-directors of Mountaineer Montessori School at 308 20th St. in Charleston.

South Charleston Public Library seeks presenters, sponsors for summer reading programs

The South Charleston Public Library is planning summer reading programs for children, teenagers and adults and is seeking sponsors and presenters.

Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday
Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday

This weekend’s “Run for the River Sprint, Spoke and Splash” triathlon will provide an early springtime challenge on land and water.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley sponsoring golf outing fundraiser

To help in its goal of promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Kanawha Valley is sponsoring the “Hot Rod” Hundley Golf Outing.

Dog obedience competition coming to Dunbar

The Kanawha Obedience Training Club invites you to experience the world of dog obedience competition this weekend.

West African brings drums and dance to South Charleston Library
West African brings drums and dance to South Charleston Library

Sogbety Diomande speaks more than 40 languages, but it’s his goatskin-covered drums that do most of the talking. The infectious beat is a language that everyone understands.

Surviving male breast cancer
Surviving male breast cancer

In the summer of 2003, while at work as a bread delivery driver, Thomas Eves, or T.L. as he is known to his friends and family, accidentally bumped his chest.

Farmer’s Table: Lamb Meatballs
Farmer’s Table: Lamb Meatballs

Sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated more than 10,000 years ago in the Middle East in what is now Turkey.

Fund drive launched to upgrade Hoover baseball facilities
Fund drive launched to upgrade Hoover baseball facilities

Supporters of Herbert Hoover High School’s baseball team are rooting for the Huskies to have a new field on which to play by the first pitch of next season.

‘Cre8 Studios Upstairs’ brings art education, creativity to children and adults
‘Cre8 Studios Upstairs’ brings art education, creativity to children and adults

Everyone has an inner artist -- just head to the second floor and let Karen Carter-Smith help you get acquainted.

Spring Home & Garden: Keep mowers buzzing along this spring and summer
Spring Home & Garden: Keep mowers buzzing along this spring and summer

Whether it requires the sprightly yank of a cord, the casual turn of a key or simply some old-school warming-up of the muscles to get moving and mowing, it will behoove you to make sure your grass cutter is primed and ready for a full spring and...

Spring Home & Garden: Tomatoes remain a garden favorite
Spring Home & Garden: Tomatoes remain a garden favorite

A common sight in just about any vegetable garden, large or small, are the beautiful, juicy red (or green) tomatoes.

Spring Home & Garden: Container gardening a growing trend
Spring Home & Garden: Container gardening a growing trend

Imagine that nice early summer evening.

Not too hot. Not too cool.

Spring Home & Garden: Composting provides nutrient-rich soil for gardens, lawns and potted plants
Spring Home & Garden: Composting provides nutrient-rich soil for gardens, lawns and potted plants

It doesn’t take a lot of money to set up a soil manufacturing facility at your home. All you need is a bit of outdoor space and a commitment of time and energy.

Spring Home & Garden: Lawn and garden decorations go beyond the gnome and norm
Spring Home & Garden: Lawn and garden decorations go beyond the gnome and norm

Many homeowners are as meticulous about what they plant above the ground as below it in their gardens. Garden decorations, both classic and contemporary, can add colorful, clever or classic touches.

Spring Home & Garden: Decks provide attractive and comfortable options for outdoor entertaining
Spring Home & Garden: Decks provide attractive and comfortable options for outdoor entertaining

A well-constructed, code-compliant deck provides a safe and attractive space for outdoor entertaining. And by using some of the newer, composite decking material, your deck could last for 20 years or longer with little maintenance required.

Spring Home & Garden: Going green a growth field for Kanawha Valley women
Spring Home & Garden: Going green a growth field for Kanawha Valley women

Women in prominent roles in landscaping are still an exception. Here are three business owners who have found success in the industry. All three are members of the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association.

Read all about it! Nellie Bly’s ‘madhouse’ exposé
Read all about it! Nellie Bly’s ‘madhouse’ exposé

Lois Lane, the world’s most famous female news reporter, has been a role model for generations of young women. True, she’s fictional. But in her multitude of media incarnations, she always embodies the intelligent, self-reliant career...

Farmer’s Table: Pear & Goat Cheese Salad
Farmer’s Table: Pear & Goat Cheese Salad

My husband and I are always on the lookout for interesting foods to try. A recent trip to northern West Virginia meant a trip to a favorite farm market just across the border in Pennsylvania, where we discovered “Red Bamboo” honey,...

Area students place in Regional Math Field Day competition

Kanawha and Putnam county fourth- through ninth-grade students who placed in the 2015 Regional Math Field Day recently include:

St. Albans planning its annual Founders Day Celebration

“Remembering St. Albans” is the theme of the 10th Annual St. Albans Founders Day, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, on Main Street.

EVCS Eagles soar to state championship
EVCS Eagles soar to state championship

The Elk Valley Christian School Varsity Cheerleaders were named champions of the West Virginia Christian Education Association Division A State Cheerleading Tournament for 2015, making this the third straight year the cheerleaders earned the champion...

Penn Station East Coast Subs relocates to new Kanawha City location
Penn Station East Coast Subs relocates to new Kanawha City location

There’s a bright, new building on the Kanawha City landscape, and it’s capturing the attention of hungry motorists and pedestrians alike.

‘Centershot’ archery ministry begins March 25 in Pinch

Heritage Baptist Church in Pinch will have “Centershot” archery ministry from March 25 through May 17.

Farmer’s Table: Chilcano with Peruvian Brandy
Farmer’s Table: Chilcano with Peruvian Brandy

Pisco is a strong Peruvian brandy made by distilling fermented grape juice. In 2011, Peruvian pisco won over 20 gold medals and was named the best liquor in the world at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Curves of St. Albans conducting food drive

Recognizing that the need for donations is greater than ever at local food banks, St. Albans Curves is participating in the 2015 Curves Food Drive through March 21.

Kanawha Valley DAR chapter selects GW student as Good Citizens contest winner
Kanawha Valley DAR chapter selects GW student as Good Citizens contest winner

Adila Fathallah, a senior at George Washington High School, has been selected as the winner of the Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution’s 2015 Good Citizens contest.

St. Albans Rotary Club organizing community garden on Sixth Avenue
St. Albans Rotary Club organizing community garden on Sixth Avenue

The St. Albans Rotary Club is ready to trade snow shovels for garden hoes, as it prepares to unveil one of its latest service projects, a community garden on Sixth Avenue.

Club K9 of West Virginia marking first anniversary in new Spring Hill location
Club K9 of West Virginia marking first anniversary in new Spring Hill location

Away from the traffic and noise of MacCorkle Avenue in South Charleston, Club K9 of West Virginia’s new location offers its canine guests a distinctly quieter and safer environment.

Organizations solicited to support youth summer meal programs

The West Virginia Department of Education is looking for organizations across the state to help feed children during the summer months.

Hansford Center in St. Albans to host beginning watercolor class

Explore your artistic side by enrolling in watercolor painting classes that will start March 26 at the Hansford Center in St. Albans.

Pinch Elementary School guidance counselor wins state award from WVDE
Pinch Elementary School guidance counselor wins state award from WVDE

A recent Friday the 13th brought no bad luck to West Virginia’s 2015 West Virginia Elementary School Developmental Guidance Counselor of the Year.

Read all about it: When a news photographer tracked the Wright Brothers
Read all about it: When a news photographer tracked the Wright Brothers

In my previous two columns, I wrote about the rise of the penny press and the fight to define freedom of the press. But newspapers are more than words on paper. Newspapers also tell stories with pictures.

Cross Lanes church to present parenting workshop

“Living in Love,” a parenting workshop billed as a way to strengthen families, will be presented later this month at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church.

The Shape Shop keeps doors open by popular demand
The Shape Shop keeps doors open by popular demand

Millie Snyder decided she’d rather keep shaping up than shipping out.

Retiring Bridgeview Elementary teacher oversees her last ‘Jump Rope For Heart’
Retiring Bridgeview Elementary teacher oversees her last ‘Jump Rope For Heart’

After 25 years, Kathy Houchins knows the ropes.

Holding a microphone, Houchins, a physical education teacher at Bridgeview Elementary School in Spring Hill, turned up the volume on a portable stereo and urged a gym full of kindergarten through...

Doggone (good) hot dog sauce
Doggone (good) hot dog sauce

I am not a big fan of hot dogs, and it isn’t because I am a food snob.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Sports magic on the big screen
Christian’s Sports Beat: Sports magic on the big screen

Readers of this column know that I am a sports fan, I like to play various sports and I like watch all kinds of sports in person and on the television.

WVSU students encouraged to participate in leadership development conference
WVSU students encouraged to participate in leadership development conference

West Virginia State University students have the opportunity to participate in one of the nation’s most well-known leadership development conferences, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Annual Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is...

Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! The Colonel and the First Amendment
Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! The Colonel and the First Amendment

As I mentioned in my last column, newspapers have a rich history in this country. Like democracy itself, the history is messy at times, with more than its share of oddball personalities.

Elk River Sports and Recreation Complex provides array of indoor activities in Big Chimney
Elk River Sports and Recreation Complex provides array of indoor activities in Big Chimney

Even when the great outdoors aren’t so inviting weather-wise for recreation, entertaining or athletic training, there’s a great new indoor spot where the fun is ongoing under one roof (and, quite often, two).

Native American group relocates, creates new website

The Native American Indian Federation Inc. has moved to a new location, complete a new website and implemented new regulations for tribal membership.

Annual Goodwill dinner March 25 in Charleston

Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley’s annual dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 25, in the ballroom of the Charleston Town Center Marriott.

DNR to host public forums on proposed hunting, trapping, fishing regulations

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state next week to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2015 hunting...

Sponsors sought for Coal River Group’s Run for the River Triathlon

The second annual Run for the River Triathlon, sponsored by the Coal River Group, is seeking sponsors for the April 11 event at Meadowood Park in Tornado.

Coping with cancer

When the diagnoses is cancer, “your whole world gets turned upside down.”

Master Gardeners to host ‘Spring into Gardening’ event Saturday
Master Gardeners to host ‘Spring into Gardening’ event Saturday

“Spring into Gardening,” hosted by the Kanawha County Master Gardener Association, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Coonskin Park Clubhouse in Charleston.

Plaza Maya Mexican Restaurant makes Kanawha City culinary debut
Plaza Maya Mexican Restaurant makes Kanawha City culinary debut

In all likelihood, you have never considered 3112-B Chesterfield Ave. in Kanawha City as “south of the border” on any map or measure, but you just might soon come to think of it as such.

Cabin Creek day-care center offers 24/7 service
Cabin Creek day-care center offers 24/7 service

At the Bippity Bobbity Boo Daycare Facility in Cabin Creek, parental Prince Charmings and Cinderellas needn’t worry about the clock striking midnight.

Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous Salad
Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous Salad

Israeli couscous, also called pearl couscous, Jerusalem couscous or ptitim, are small, perfectly shaped, round, pasta-like granules made from semolina and wheat flour which are roasted in the oven, giving them a chewy, nutty flavor.

Poor Man’s Lantern Candle Company establishing presence in Nitro
Poor Man’s Lantern Candle Company establishing presence in Nitro

When it comes to candles, Jaime Absten of Hurricane and her fiancé, Bryan Krueger, are experts in the art and science of wax, wicks and fragrances.

Save-A-Lot to open soon in Cross Lanes
Save-A-Lot to open soon in Cross Lanes

Longtime Cross Lanes residents might remember when a corner building in the Tyler Plaza housed a Big Star Supermarket. The building’s lineage as a grocery store has continued over the decades but under several different banners.

Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! Newspapering presses on...
Editor’s Desk: Read all about it! Newspapering presses on...

As our regular subscribers are aware, we’ve had a production difficulty recently here at Charleston Newspapers. The result was a delay in the delivery of the morning papers on a few occasions.

Kanawha County octogenarian inducted into National Senior Softball Hall of Fame
Kanawha County octogenarian inducted into National Senior Softball Hall of Fame

Carl Nutter is still throwing heat, but at a bit slower pace.

Clendenin native, wife’s scholarship to benefit young musicians at WVU
Clendenin native, wife’s scholarship to benefit young musicians at WVU

Trombonist Bob Hamrick and his wife, harpist Anne-Marguerite Michaud, have had outstanding careers in music. They performed for many years with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and are well-known internationally. But educating young musicians has...

Charleston Elks Lodge members donate dictionaries to area schools
Charleston Elks Lodge members donate dictionaries to area schools

Call them the vanguards of vocabulary.

Charleston Elks Lodge members have recently donated nearly 500 dictionaries, through the Dictionary Project, to third-grade classes in several Kanawha County schools.

River City Youth Ballet Ensemble presents ‘Piano Barre Gala’ March 7
River City Youth Ballet Ensemble presents ‘Piano Barre Gala’ March 7

A jazz-note-filled, melodiously noteworthy evening of fundraising to support the Kanawha City-headquartered River City Youth Ballet Ensemble is tuning up and coming to the capital city.

WVSU students encouraged to participate in leadership development conference
WVSU students encouraged to participate in leadership development conference

West Virginia State University students have the opportunity to participate in one of the nation’s most well-known leadership development conferences, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Annual Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Reds caravan comes to Charleston
Christian’s Sports Beat: Reds caravan comes to Charleston

One week ago, pitchers and catchers for the Cincinnati Reds reported to the club’s spring training facility, Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona, to start preparing for the upcoming baseball season.

Lenten ‘Fryday’ fish dinners being served at St. Anthony
Lenten ‘Fryday’ fish dinners being served at St. Anthony

St. Anthony Catholic Church’s annual Lenten “Fryday” fish dinners will be prepared again for six consecutive weeks, including this Friday evening.

Farmer’s Table: Applesauce Cake
Farmer’s Table: Applesauce Cake

Several years ago, I was asked to submit recipes for possible inclusion in a cookbook featuring some of West Virginia’s best hometown cooks. I’d forgotten all about it until a complimentary copy of “The West Virginia Hometown...

St. Albans Ministerial Association sponsoring Lent services and lunches

With the theme “Loving Christ by Serving Others,” the St. Albans Ministerial Association is sponsoring a series of Lent services and lunches in the coming weeks.

Lenten speakers discuss forgiveness

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, in the South Hills section of Charleston, will once again offer a five-week Lenten series with speakers from different religions addressing a provocative religious topic.

Riverside High site of March softball clinic

Youngsters can sharpen their softball skills at a clinic coming to Riverside High School in Belle next month.

Academy Dance to celebrate 25th year Reservations due Saturday for Feb. 28 ballroom dance gala
Academy Dance to celebrate 25th year Reservations due Saturday for Feb. 28 ballroom dance gala

For the Academy Dance Club, 25 years after forming, the music has yet to stop for the ballroom dancing its members revel in and relish.

Retired South Charleston High football coach opens Holley Strength System
Retired South Charleston High football coach opens Holley Strength System

Standing amidst vintage barbells and weights, former South Charleston High School football coach John Messinger is in his element.

Streetlights being installed along MacCorkle Avenue in Community of Jefferson

By this summer, motorists driving on MacCorkle Avenue between St. Albans and Spring Hill should have a better view of the road at night.

YMCA announces programs open for public registration

The YMCA of Kanawha Valley has more than 50 program activities available, beginning Feb. 23 at its Charleston Family YMCA location.

Former Rock Lake Pool lifeguard donates vintage clock from swimming pool’s heyday
Former Rock Lake Pool lifeguard donates vintage clock from swimming pool’s heyday

It’s been said that a broken clock is right twice a day.

AARP leaders discuss 2015 legislative agenda

AARP West Virginia state leaders have detailed the organization’s legislative agenda for the 2015 West Virginia Legislature, with a focus on legislative action in the areas of caregiving, retirement security and financial security.

Streetlights being installed along MacCorkle Avenue in Community of Jefferson

By summer, motorists driving on MacCorkle Avenue between St. Albans and Spring Hill should have a better view of the road at night.

Seven years, seven riders, 70 miles
Seven years, seven riders, 70 miles

Sissonville resident Joan Newhouse Baldwin is on a roll.

Area volunteer caregivers group garners national excellence award
Area volunteer caregivers group garners national excellence award

On Jan. 26 in Georgetown, Texas, the National Volunteer Caregiving Network announced winners and honorable mention recipients of the 2015 Excellence Awards and a Kanawha Valley entry was one of the top two standouts.

Horror/sci-fi convention presents ‘Bleeding Arts’
Horror/sci-fi convention presents ‘Bleeding Arts’

There’s more “goth” than “American Gothic” adorning the walls and halls of a Kanawha City photography/art studio this month and next, but that’s pretty much the (possibly blood-tipped) point.

Cookie bake-off set for Feb. 14

Kanawha Valley Senior Services, in conjunction with Capitol Market, will host an intergenerational charity cookie bake-off on Valentine’s Day, with event proceeds benefiting Kanawha Valley senior citizens.

Kanawha Kordsmen delivering singing Valentines

This year, surprise your special person with a Singing Valentine.

Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Soup
Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Soup

Recipes for Dill Pickle Soup have intrigued me for years. I finally got around to making this thick, creamy soup last week.

Board of Education places state science standards on public comment

The West Virginia Board of Education voted on Jan. 14 to place a version of the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Science (Policy 2520.3C) which is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standardson comment for 30...

Ben and Minnie join History Alive! program
Ben and Minnie join History Alive! program

A noted author and a retired Catholic priest have joined the West Virginia Humanities Council’s stable of History Alive! actors, who portray persons of note in American history.

Crème Fraîche: French-Style Cultured Cream
Crème Fraîche: French-Style Cultured Cream

Developed in France, crème fraiche is a creamier version of sour cream.

Affordable Cremations of West Virginia opens in South Charleston
Affordable Cremations of West Virginia opens in South Charleston

With more than 30 years of experience as a licensed funeral director and cremation specialist, Michael Luikart understands the many decisions that families must make when a loved one dies.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church annual Mardi Gras celebration slated
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church annual Mardi Gras celebration slated

“Sparkle” and “dazzle” are two words that aptly describe the upcoming seventh annual Mardi Gras Celebration at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in St. Albans.

St. Francis of Assisi School unveils electronic marquee
St. Francis of Assisi School unveils electronic marquee

The late Bill Oxley had a special place in his heart for St. Francis of Assisi School in St. Albans. And now, the school, where one of his grandchildren still attends, has a lasting memorial to one of its most loyal admirers.

Friends of The Library Foundation seeking donations for annual basket auction
Friends of The Library Foundation seeking donations for annual basket auction

In a sure sign that spring can’t be far off, The Friends of The Library Foundation of Kanawha County is preparing for its annual A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket auction.

Give Kids A Smile Day to provide free dental care for youths
Give Kids A Smile Day to provide free dental care for youths

The Capital City Give Kids A Smile Day is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, at 1203 Jefferson Road in South Charleston.

Farmers Market Association launches vendor training program
Farmers Market Association launches vendor training program

Budding farmers market vendors throughout the Kanawha Valley have an upcoming, virtually all-encompassing opportunity to make their growing and selling businesses flourish.

Area school earns Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure award
Area school earns Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure award

The race was last spring, but the trophy arrived this month at Point Harmony Elementary School in Cross Lanes.

Job Corps Center celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Job Corps Center celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Charleston Job Corps Center hosted a center-wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 16 in the center’s gymnasium.

Pear Gingerbread Roll
Pear Gingerbread Roll

Pears have been beloved since the time of Ancient Rome. They are delicious when ripe.

Editor’s Desk: Outlook season a busy, exciting time at the newspaper

After the first of the year, we roll up our sleeves here at Charleston Newspapers and start planning and working on our annual Outlook sections.

McGrew Orthopedic relocates from West Side to Cross Lanes
McGrew Orthopedic relocates from West Side to Cross Lanes

Randy McGrew of McGrew Orthopedic has transplanted his longtime practice from Charleston’s West Side to Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes.

Annual ‘Ice Bowl’ disc golf tournament to raise funds for Manna Meal
Annual ‘Ice Bowl’ disc golf tournament to raise funds for Manna Meal

Organizers of the annual Ice Bowl disc golf tournament wouldn’t mind a little winter weather during the event, which takes place Feb. 7 at Shawnee Park in Dunbar.