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South Charleston Chamber of Commerce to host murder mystery/dinner theater

The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce will host “A Murderous Reunion,” an interactive murder mystery dinner theater, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Comedy Zone Charleston, in the Holiday Inn & Suites...

Funeral Parade set for South Charleston on Sept. 19

Let your hair down, put on some beads and join the fun at the annual Funeral Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 19, in South Charleston.

Hansford Center in St. Albans to offer watercolor classes

Watercolor classes for beginners and advanced beginners will be offered soon at the Hansford Center in St. Albans.

Canada goose, mourning dove hunting seasons open Tuesday
Canada goose, mourning dove hunting seasons open Tuesday

West Virginia’s 2015–2016 migratory game bird seasons will begin statewide Tuesday, Sept. 1, with the opening of the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the...

Elkview martial artists compete in Ohio
Elkview martial artists compete in Ohio

Eight students and staff members of the Elkview-based Dueling Dragon Seiei Kan Martial Arts attended the American Karate and Jujitsu Union Nationals at Ohio University Chillicothe in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Aug. 15.

Oktoberfest 2015 gearing up in Montgomery

This year’s Oktoberfest is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. During those 12 hours, activities to excite the entire family will be in full display.

Regency Place hosting Nitro bowling tournament to benefit Alzheimer’s

Regency Place, a senior and independent-living community in Scott Depot, will host a bowling tournament, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Sunday, Aug. 30, at Town & Country Lanes in Nitro.

Artist’s watercolors on display at Gallery Eleven
Artist’s watercolors on display at Gallery Eleven

Gallery Eleven’s Featured Artist of the Month for August is JoeAnn Crawford, an award-winning West Virginia artist who is included in several state, national and corporate collections.

West Side artist unveils coloring book for grown-ups
West Side artist unveils coloring book for grown-ups

Move over, Trix cereal -- crayons aren’t just for kids anymore, either.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Winding up for victory
Christian’s Sports Beat: Winding up for victory

The West Virginia Power came out of the gate strong to start the second half of their South Atlantic League season and haven’t look back going into the final regular-season games.

Community park coming to Clendenin
Community park coming to Clendenin

Ground has been broken for a new recreational opportunity for Clendenin’s citizens and visitors.

Restaurant to host free ‘Mayberry Day’
Restaurant to host free ‘Mayberry Day’

Mayberry’s Family Restaurant in St. Albans will be hosting its fourth annual “Mayberry’s Day” on Saturday, Aug. 22, with a day filled with free activities for the community, including a cake and pie contest, Mayberry...

Batman portrayer at South Charleston’s Summerfest dies in traffic accident
Batman portrayer at South Charleston’s Summerfest dies in traffic accident

Lenny Robinson was Batman in appearance and in heart.

‘Doctor Dolittle’ continues this weekend at Alban Arts Center in St. Albans

Based on a classic children’s book, the play “Dr. Dolittle” continues this weekend at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans.

Belle kids have back-to-school bash
Belle kids have back-to-school bash

Belle kids enjoyed the second annual back-to-school bash Aug. 1 at Mount Juliet United Methodist Church in Belle. Along with face-painting, there were inflatables for children to enjoy along with free sno-cones, hot dogs and beverages.

South Charleston’s Summerfest kicks off 15th year this week
South Charleston’s Summerfest kicks off 15th year this week

Schools have started, but summer hasn’t ended.

As a reminder of that, the City of South Charleston is hosting its annual Summerfest event, which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 12, through Saturday, Aug. 15, downtown “Around the...

Ford Driving Skills for Life clinic comes to Charleston Saturday
Ford Driving Skills for Life clinic comes to Charleston Saturday

Ford Motor Company’s Driving Skills for Life program will be conducted twice on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the West Virginia Air National Guard Armory adjacent to Coonskin Park in Charleston.

New disc golf course open and playable
New disc golf course open and playable

Resembling a Frisbee, a “golf disc” ricocheted off a tree and landed in some brush, as dappled sunlight sparkled “Hole” No. 8 at St. Albans City Park’s new disc golf course.

Bus safety emphasized with school back in session
Bus safety emphasized with school back in session

Caution is paramount for motorists and students alike every hour of every day schools are in session.

Sites listed for Sunday hunting petition signings

Individuals working to get Sunday hunting approved in Kanawha County by voters in the May 2016 primary election will hold petition signings at the following locations:

Kanawha Valley Neighbors changing back to Metro!

For many of our readers, this week’s print edition will look somewhat different -- yet somehow familiar.

WVU Tech new-student orientation scheduled for next week in Montgomery
WVU Tech new-student orientation scheduled for next week in Montgomery

All work and no play can put a bit of a damper on the excitement and challenges of a new school year. As such, a variety of diversions (all this and S’mores!) is included with next week’s new-student orientation enrollment and move-in...

Kanawha Players to stage ‘Dearly Departed’ at LaBelle Theater
Kanawha Players to stage ‘Dearly Departed’ at LaBelle Theater

The Kanawha Players will perform “Dearly Departed,” by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, on Aug. 21-22 and 28-29 at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Farmer’s Table: Buffalo Chicken Pasta

There are several versions about the origin of Buffalo chicken wings. One thing is certain: They originated in Buffalo, New York.

114th annual Pinch Reunion returns this weekend
114th annual Pinch Reunion returns this weekend

With unseasonably frequent rainstorms this summer keeping us guessing, one thing remains as predictable as it has for the past 113 years: the annual Pinch Reunion will be held yet again, this time on Aug. 7-9 in Pinch.

Outdoor Pursuits: ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop coming
Outdoor Pursuits: ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop coming

Registration is underway for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ fall “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” workshop at Watoga State Park in Marlinton Sept. 18-20.

Free e-cycle event to be held at South Charleston Community Center

The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Chamber members Associated Systems Professionals and Bluegrass E-Cycling are hosting a free e-cycle event in South Charleston.

FOOTMAD: Variety of traditional mountain music and dance on tap
FOOTMAD: Variety of traditional mountain music and dance on tap

The Kanawha Valley Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance -- widely and better known as FOOTMAD among its members and legion of followers -- will sponsor a “Wandering Minstrel House Concert” with Baltimore-based artist Arty Hill and...

CLOG presents ‘Cabaret’
CLOG presents ‘Cabaret’

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play.

Hansford Senior Center celebrates 35 years, introduces Tai Chi classes

It’s 35 years and counting for the Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans.

Dunbar church plants wildflowers to attract butterflies
Dunbar church plants wildflowers to attract butterflies

here’s magic in the milkweed.

That’s the hope of children who planted a butterfly garden behind First Presbyterian Church of Dunbar, where milkweed plants are ready to attract monarch butterflies.

Rock Lake Arts Camp celebrates fifth year of summer fun
Rock Lake Arts Camp celebrates fifth year of summer fun

A “monster flower” took shape just outside the Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston, as children and youth gathered for the fifth annual Rock Lake Arts Camp.

WVSU announces reduced early enrollment tuition for high school students

West Virginia State University has announced it is lowering early enrollment tuition for high school students taking courses to $25 per credit hour.

Nitro food pantry moves into larger facility
Nitro food pantry moves into larger facility

Bill and Fran Fortune, co-directors of the Nitro Community Food Pantry, walked through the pantry’s new location and marveled at all the space.

New Hope Animal Rescue plans customer Appreciation Day

New Hope Animal Rescue’s Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, is hosting Customer Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Mock Crab Cakes
Mock Crab Cakes

Our garden is bursting with zucchini. With such wet weather, I cannot always get into the garden without sinking knee deep in soil that is comparable to quicksand. When I can finally reach the plants, the zucchini are often much bigger than I like.

Mink Shoals vape shop goes ‘ape’ with nicotine-replacement gear
Mink Shoals vape shop goes ‘ape’ with nicotine-replacement gear

There’s a breath of somewhat-fresher air in the Mink Shoals/Charleston area these days.

Farmer’s Table: Mixed Berry Pie Birds
Farmer’s Table: Mixed Berry Pie Birds

As many readers know, I am a potter. I specialize in utilitarian ware. I have always enjoyed making ceramic items that I can use in the kitchen.

St. Albans restoring historic C&O train depot
St. Albans restoring historic C&O train depot

As towns across West Virginia seek ways to prosper now and in the future, tourism is coming to the forefront as sectors such as coal and chemicals continue to wane.

Scott Depot entrepreneur creates Kayak Kaddy trailers for floating and fishing trips
Scott Depot entrepreneur creates Kayak Kaddy trailers for floating and fishing trips

Fishing or floating on the rivers and streams in the area can be both fun and challenging.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Young Power players start second half strong
Christian’s Sports Beat: Young Power players start second half strong

The West Virginia Power has started the second half of the South Atlantic League season playing an inspiring style of baseball. The Power’s roster has young players from top to bottom, which this season’s coaching staff enjoys teaching...

City of St. Albans christens new picnic shelter at its city park
City of St. Albans christens new picnic shelter at its city park

Although it’s been open for about a year, a new picnic shelter at St. Albans City Park was officially recognized during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Charleston Newspapers carrier retiring at age 90
Charleston Newspapers carrier retiring at age 90

William L. Grover of Cross Lanes is about ready to retire from a job he loves, even though it requires him to get out of bed by 1 or 2 a.m. and then drive in darkness, rain, snow, sleet, hail and anything else Mother Nature throws at him.

Marco Cornhole Classic debuts Aug. 1 at Marshall
Marco Cornhole Classic debuts Aug. 1 at Marshall

A new event, featuring fun for the whole family and a spirited cornhole tournament, is coming to Marshall University’s Huntington campus on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Farmer’s Table: Sour Cream Gooseberry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Sour Cream Gooseberry Pie

Gooseberries are not a popular fruit. In fact, a lot of people have neither seen nor tasted gooseberries. They are not available in supermarkets and, only occasionally, can they be found at farmers markets.

Putnam County Fair open this weekend

The wet weather has had an impact on this year’s Putnam County Fair, but the fair is open this weekend (July 17-19) as planned. Highlights include carnival rides, food vendors, a high-wire act, 4-H displays, live entertainment and much more is...

Coal River Group hires full-time program manager
Coal River Group hires full-time program manager

The Coal River Group has announced the hiring of the organization’s first full-time employee.

Cross Lanes Community Development Council sponsoring food drive

Unlike the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, summer is a time when donations to local food banks tend to fall off, as schools aren’t in session and vacations are on the minds of many.

Nitro Museum begins moving artifacts into new location
Nitro Museum begins moving artifacts into new location

The City of Nitro’s museum, which features a collection of military memorabilia, is in the process of moving from its former home in the old Nitro High School, into a bigger, more visible space inside the old A-1 Carpet building on 20th...

Fisher Memorial to host W.Va. School of Gospel Music Camp
Fisher Memorial to host W.Va. School of Gospel Music Camp

Fisher Memorial Church, located in southern Jackson County, a few miles north of Sissonville, will host the 19th West Virginia School of Gospel Music Camp Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31.

Sissonville High School getting summer makeover
Sissonville High School getting summer makeover

While Sissonville High School students are out for the summer, construction workers from Putnam County-based MIRC Construction Services are in, giving a new, fresh look to the home of the Indians.

Future career choices explored at STEM Summer Academy for Girls
Future career choices explored at STEM Summer Academy for Girls

West Virginia University Tech opened its doors, dorms and laboratories last week for a first-time, gender-specific week of academic exploration and career possibilities.

Christian’s Sports Beat: The running U.S. Senator
Christian’s Sports Beat: The running U.S. Senator

Everyone, including young people like me, has a busy and stressful life. But can you imagine being a U.S. Senator and the amount of stress that comes with that job?

Putnam County Fair takes place July 10-18 in Eleanor
Putnam County Fair takes place July 10-18 in Eleanor

The Putnam County Fair returns for 2015 Friday, July 10 through Saturday, July 18 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

Art group forges friendships
Art group forges friendships

or a group of artists, Tuesday means packing up their brushes and watercolors and heading to the Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans.

Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston to refurbish mini-golf course
Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston to refurbish mini-golf course

Weeds reach the giraffe’s knees at a former Putt-Putt golf course at the Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley names new CEO
YMCA of Kanawha Valley names new CEO

Beginning Aug. 1, Monty Warner will assume responsibility as chief executive officer at the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, which operates facilities and programs throughout the county.

Area senior veterans raising money for trip to Scotland in September

A group of area senior veterans and support staff hope to raise enough money to pay for a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, in September. The mission is to participate in a cross-cultural event to promote healthy lifestyles among senior citizens.

Proposed propane school buses tested throughout county
Proposed propane school buses tested throughout county

Propelled by a West Virginia Division of Energy grant via the state Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation, Kanawha County Schools tested propane-powered buses throughout the county last month.

Zucchini Pizza with Basil
Zucchini Pizza with Basil

There are lots of jokes about zucchini, but I have to admit I like this vegetable and look forward to the first from the garden.

Sissonville High graduate receives JROTC medal, certificate
Sissonville High graduate receives JROTC medal, certificate

Brianna Eden, a 2015 Sissonville High School graduate, received a JROTC medal and certificate in May from John Young Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution representative Linda Bibbee.

Elk River man recreates ‘60s-era ambulance
Elk River man recreates ‘60s-era ambulance

For approximately 50 years in the 20th century, Hafer Funeral Home and other funeral homes in the Elk River area frequently provided ambulance service to residents in need, driving passengers to the nearest hospital or other professional medical care.

County’s Summer Food Service Program launched at Elk Elementary Center
County’s Summer Food Service Program launched at Elk Elementary Center

Kanawha County’s Summer Food Service Program had a special opening course at the Elk Elementary Center in Elk Hills last week.

Local Soap Box Derby winners preparing for international race in Akron, Ohio
Local Soap Box Derby winners preparing for international race in Akron, Ohio

Twelve-year-old Chance Peck of St. Albans has achieved a milestone not equaled by many others.

Street fair, author appearance among upcoming library events

The following is a list of upcoming events scheduled at Kanawha County Public Library locations. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.kanawhalibrary.org.

St. Albans Riverfest kicks off this week at Roadside Park

Sternwheelers, live music and more will greet visitors to St. Albans Riverfest, which kicks off Thursday, June 25, and continues through Sunday, June 28 at Roadside Park in St. Albans.

Nitro, Hurricane soccer players obtain Green Memorial Scholarships

The third annual recipients of the Richard (Dick) Green Memorial Scholarships are Lauren London from Hurricane High School and Mariah Cook from Nitro High School.

Charleston Montessori to host Children’s Art Colony camp

Charleston Montessori School will offer a one-week camp for rising first- through sixth-grade students the week of July 27-31.

Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters
Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters

The 19th annual Regional Teen Institute will be held Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2 at the Rippling Waters Campgrounds in Romance in southern Jackson County.

EBHS Alumni Association awards 25 scholarships to Riverside graduates

At the 16th annual awards ceremony at Riverside High School May 14, the East Bank High School Alumni Association awarded scholarships of $4,000 each to 25 RHS graduating seniors.

Farmer’s Table: Strawberry Amaretto Pie
Farmer’s Table: Strawberry Amaretto Pie

The peak season for locally grown fresh strawberries is May through June. There is nothing better than a soft, deep-red, sun-warmed strawberry plucked right off the plant.

St. Albans Garden Club celebrating 80th anniversary; formed in 1935
St. Albans Garden Club celebrating 80th anniversary; formed in 1935

On a warm spring day in May, a group of St. Albans ladies wearing elegant hats captured a bygone era of genteel formality, teas and social graces.

‘Little Free Library’ opens at Mountaineer Montessori Middle School in South Hills
‘Little Free Library’ opens at Mountaineer Montessori Middle School in South Hills

Nestled in a woodsy setting near the Carriage Trail in Charleston’s South Hills, is a small cabinet filled with knowledge, adventure and imagination.

Farmer’s Table: Sriracha Shrimp
Farmer’s Table: Sriracha Shrimp

Some people are surprised to learn that I have eaten freshwater shrimp, more properly called freshwater prawn, raised near Athens,Ohio.

233 West Virginia students dubbed Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

Two-hundred-thirty-three eighth-grade students from across West Virginia received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture on May 1.

Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century
Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century

Adults and children may debate from now ‘til the end of time the existence of Santa Claus.

WVSU 4-H camp for youth set

The annual National Summer Transportation Institute 4-H camp for students entering seventh through ninth grades continues to accept applications for the June 15-26 camp hosted by West Virginia State University Extension Service.

Piedmont kindergarten teacher gets bubbly send-off
Piedmont kindergarten teacher gets bubbly send-off

Bubbles burst like gentle kisses on the face of Piedmont Elementary School kindergarten teacher Janet Lutz.

Ground broken for Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream near Shops At Trace Fork
Ground broken for Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream near Shops At Trace Fork

Construction has begun on what will become Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream, a new, family-owned business between the Shops At Trace Fork and Dudley Farms Plaza in South Charleston.

Judge grants halt to managed-care mental-health expansion

Representatives from one of West Virginia’s Medicaid managed care organizations fear that a court order barring them from expanding their coverage into behavioral health services will negatively impact patient care coordination for thousands of...

WVU Extension Service to sponsor teen arts camp

Budding teenage artists will get the opportunity to blossom at West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy July 22-25 in Morgantown.

UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp
UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors and seniors and college undergraduates to participate in an intensive, three-day summer camp for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy.