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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...

‘Centershot’ archery ministry begins March 25 in Pinch

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

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.

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.

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.

Planet Fitness opens health club in Cross Lanes
Planet Fitness opens health club in Cross Lanes

Gyms can be intimidating places, filled with muscular guys and women with Barbie doll figures and the confidence to match.

WVU college hosting engineering essay contest
WVU college hosting engineering essay contest

High school students across the state of West Virginia will have the opportunity to explore the role engineering plays in their day-to-day lives as well as their future, as part of an essay contest being held at West Virginia University.

Calligraphers Guild teaches ‘art of beautiful writing’
Calligraphers Guild teaches ‘art of beautiful writing’

In an age when computers and keyboards are supplanting pens and paper, there remains a group dedicated to preserving the art of beautiful writing.

Farmer’s Table: Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas
Farmer’s Table: Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

The history of enchiladas can be traced to pre-Colombian times when the Mayans created the tortilla. People in the Valley of Mexico lake region rolled corn tortillas around small fish.

Next ‘St. Albans Writes’ speaker series features retired foreign language educator
Next ‘St. Albans Writes’ speaker series features retired foreign language educator

“St. Albans Writes,” a speaker series featuring authors who graduated from St. Albans High School, will welcome Samuel Drury Owens to its Feb. 10 presentation in the St. Albans Public Library.

South Charleston Little League announces sign-ups

South Charleston Little League will have sign-ups for T-ball, baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4 through 16 at the South Charleston Community Center on the following dates:

Area school show choirs to compete in 2015 Poca MusicFest

The shows -- and showmanship -- will go on for the 16th edition of the Poca High School Music Fest Show Choir Competition, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at PHS.

Simpson Dental Associates to host implant seminar
Simpson Dental Associates to host implant seminar

According to Dr. Mark Simpson of Simpson Dental Associates on Charleston’s West Side, dental implants are one of the fastest growing segments of dentistry.

Habitat for Humanity sponsoring Taste of 2015

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties is excited to bring one of West Virginia’s top-rated restaurants to Charleston for a special event, The Taste of 2015.

St. Albans church hosting Christian apologetic classes
St. Albans church hosting Christian apologetic classes

Christian apologetic classes are being held each Sunday through May 31 at Gateway Christian Church in St. Albans.

C&O Motors, I-77 salesmen among those honored by GM at W.Va. auto show
C&O Motors, I-77 salesmen among those honored by GM at W.Va. auto show

GM saluted numerous area dealership sales team members as top sales people in their area during the 2015 West Virginia International Auto Show last weekend at the Charleston Civic Center.

HHS and Treasury Department announce changes to tax returns
HHS and Treasury Department announce changes to tax returns

In preparation for the 2015 tax filing season, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department are putting in place resources to provide tax filers with the information and resources they need to get their questions...

S.C. woman pens award-winning children’s book, writes sequel
S.C. woman pens award-winning children’s book, writes sequel

Sam Harshbarger was only 29 when he died, but the noted, regional hip hop artist, who performed under the stage name “Meuwl,” is being remembered and honored in two children’s books written by his mother.

Clendenin Elementary School honor roll

The following Clendenin Elementary School students were named to the honor roll, all-”S” list or achieved perfect attendance for the second nine-week quarter of classes:

Christian’s Sports Beat: New ‘Field of Dreams’ coming true in Charleston
Christian’s Sports Beat: New ‘Field of Dreams’ coming true in Charleston

After 10 seasons and over 1,000 games, the baseball field at Appalachian Power Park, the home of the West Virginia Power, has been replaced this off-season. The face-lift will allow the minor league baseball team to have one of the newest fields in...

‘Too Many Cooks’
‘Too Many Cooks’

“Too Many Cooks” is the fifth Nero Wolfe detective novel written by American mystery writer Rex Stout. The story takes place at the Kanawha Spa, which the reader soon recognizes as The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West...

2015 W.Va. International Auto Show rolls into Charleston this weekend
2015 W.Va. International Auto Show rolls into Charleston this weekend

The 2015 West Virginia International Auto Show will fill the Charleston Civic Center with hundreds of new model vehicles Friday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, Jan. 18.

New Healthy Steps class at Dunbar Recreation Center features ‘LeBed Method’
New Healthy Steps class at Dunbar Recreation Center features ‘LeBed Method’

As Mother Nature blew her chilly breath on Dunbar, a group of older residents was staying warm thanks to a new exercise program inside the Dunbar Recreation Center.

Teays Valley author to autograph copies of latest book
Teays Valley author to autograph copies of latest book

Do you want to reclaim a childlike joy in 2015? Author Laura Boggess, of Teays Valley, will be signing copies of her new release, “Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World,” at two area bookstores this month.

Enhancements to West Virginia Veterans Home announced
Enhancements to West Virginia Veterans Home announced

The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance and the Huntington VA Medical Center have announced enhancements to the West Virginia Veterans Home’s transitional unit, a collaborative housing initiative known as Project 214.

Cookie bake-off set for Feb. 14
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.

CPD enrolling for Citizens’ Police Academy sessions

The Charleston Police Department is accepting applications for enrollment into the department’s 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy.

Bananas Foster French Toast
Bananas Foster French Toast

Bananas Foster is a dessert made with bananas and a buttery brown sugar, cinnamon, boozy sauce that is ignited before serving. The dish is said to have originated at the legendary Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans.

Shag Society donates $1,500 in food to Union Mission
Shag Society donates $1,500 in food to Union Mission

While shag dancing is typically considered a swaying, summertime diversion, local fans of the South Carolina-bred dance style were busy this winter performing charitable deeds off the dance floor.

St. Albans Fire Department’s Smoke Alarm Program moving ahead in new year
St. Albans Fire Department’s Smoke Alarm Program moving ahead in new year

In the wake of several fatal home fires, the St. Albans Fire Department is on a mission to ensure that every home within the St. Albans city limits has a working smoke alarm.

Scott Depot woman wins holiday truck from Tudor’s Biscuit World
Scott Depot woman wins holiday truck from Tudor’s Biscuit World

On Dec. 23, Tudor’s Biscuit World held the annual holiday truck drawing at their new restaurant location in MacArthur.

Nitro touting WWI heritage as a way to market the town
Nitro touting WWI heritage as a way to market the town

Designated by the 97th U.S. Congress as a “Living Memorial to World War I,” the City of Nitro is moving forward with plans to capitalize on its wartime heritage.

Ferguson Waterworks breaks ground on new South Charleston headquarters
Ferguson Waterworks breaks ground on new South Charleston headquarters

On a frigid Friday morning, ceremonial shovels of dirt flew through the air as ground was broken on Ferguson Waterworks’ new South Charleston headquarters.

Exit 54 Automotive offers pre-owned vehicles in an indoor setting
Exit 54 Automotive offers pre-owned vehicles in an indoor setting

Savvy vehicle shoppers won’t mind crawling under the cars to check things out at the new Exit 54 Automotive in South Charleston.

Kanawha Valley’s ‘HARD’ skaters roll into Class C league status
Kanawha Valley’s ‘HARD’ skaters roll into Class C league status

With enough grit, guts and focused determination, going in circles can put you on the fast track to international recognition.

20th annual GoodNight celebration lineup announced
20th annual GoodNight celebration lineup announced

For the 20th New Year’s Eve, the last night of 2014 will be filled with music and other arts performances throughout Charleston during four hours of GoodNight.

Farmer’s Table: Serbian Nut Crescents
Farmer’s Table: Serbian Nut Crescents

One of the biggest adjustments I had to make when moving to this part of West Virginia from the northernmost tip was the lack of multicultural diversity.