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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.

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.

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.

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.

Gateway Christian Church pastor running 50 marathons in 50 states
Gateway Christian Church pastor running 50 marathons in 50 states

When it comes to competing in marathons, Pastor Jeff Ranson has hit the ground running in 48 states.

Farmer’s Table: Curried Onions
Farmer’s Table: Curried Onions

I attended Glenville State College in the 1960s. It was a suitcase school and everyone went home on weekends, except the international students; older, male students on the GI Bill and me.

Community support sought for CES archery program
Community support sought for CES archery program

During the fall of 2014, archers from Chesapeake Elementary in Kanawha County attended two different individual archery tournaments.

Seventh New Year’s Eve gospel gathering set for Riverside High
Seventh New Year’s Eve gospel gathering set for Riverside High

The seventh annual New Year’s Eve gospel sing gala at Riverside High School in Belle is in the works, on the way, and, judging from its history, sure to draw an enthusiastic, end-of-the-year crowd.

The Butchmeister: Luck was the right AD at the right time

The past five years have been ones of great change within the West Virginia University athletic program, and the world of college sports in general.

Wedding Expo returns to Charleston Civic Center

Attention, all brides! The 11th annual Charleston Wedding Expo is being held on Sunday, Jan. 4, from noon until 4 p.m., at the Charleston Civic Center.

Wonderful West Virginia magazine unveils new look, features for 2015
Wonderful West Virginia magazine unveils new look, features for 2015

The new year brings a new look to Wonderful West Virginia magazine and a chance for subscribers to enjoy a getaway vacation at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

Oakridge Bible Church to present ‘The Trials of Christmas’
Oakridge Bible Church to present ‘The Trials of Christmas’

Gathering around the flat-screen TV will give way soon to gathering around the radio, when Oakridge Bible Church in Charleston presents a radio play for the holidays titled “The Trials of Christmas.”

MLK Unity Essay: Speak up and be heard
MLK Unity Essay: Speak up and be heard

Obi Henderson knows how to fight the good fight.

As the reigning Rough & Rowdy Brawl Heavyweight Champion, “Big O”, his ring name, has fought his fair share of battles in and out of the ring.

HepCatz for Christmas
HepCatz for Christmas

You’ve probably heard of Toonces, the driving cat.

Well, now you have Mr. Fluffy Butt, smoking a cigarette, wearing a fez and probably listening to some tunes as the wind flows through his fur...

‘Lights of Bethlehem’ begins 19th year at Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene
‘Lights of Bethlehem’ begins 19th year at Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene

From the cozy warmth of your car, you can turn the clock back 2,000 years and see the “Lights of Bethlehem.”

Eric Douglas: Shop small and local; avoid the stress

December brings with it an interesting paradox. We go out of our way to give gifts and make charitable efforts for the needy in our community, donating toys for children or food for foodbanks. We also exhibit every greedy, rude and callous behavior...

Bridgeview Candles features upscale spirit-bottle creations
Bridgeview Candles features upscale spirit-bottle creations

One-of-a-kind candles that you might, for a moment or two, think you can decant -- along with unique statement home goods, vibrant interior design ideas and exquisitely crafted furniture -- are available at an ideal time for the holidays at a recently...

Kanawha State Forest among venues hosting ‘First Day Hikes’
Kanawha State Forest among venues hosting ‘First Day Hikes’

It’s not too early to think about New Year’s resolutions, and a good one would be to get outdoors more often.

BVCTC enrolling for certified bookkeeper course

BridgeValley Community and Technical College is having open enrollment for a Certified Bookkeeper course starting in January.

West Side barber keeps working at a steady clip
West Side barber keeps working at a steady clip

If you’re in need of a straightforward, straight-up haircut or one of the current looks that takes a bit more sartorial prowess, Cooper’s Barber Shop on the West Side is a destination likely to make you a repeat customer -- even if...

Seniors’ tai chi classes underway on West Side
Seniors’ tai chi classes underway on West Side

Twice a week on Charleston’s West Side, stress dissipates in measured, graceful motion at the Tiskelwah Center.

Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet Potato Salad

I planted a row of sweet potatoes in my garden this year. I chose a variety with compact vines so they would not take too much space. The leaves that were not nibbled by deer remained healthy all season long, so I was anxious to see what the harvest...

A Home for the Holidays (and the rest of the year, too)
A Home for the Holidays (and the rest of the year, too)

Being home for the holidays takes on a new meaning when a family doesn’t have a home, or a safe home, anyhow, to call their own.

Nautilus keeps members happy, healthy and fit for the holidays
Nautilus keeps members happy, healthy and fit for the holidays

With Christmas and the new year fast approaching, many people spend the holidays packing on pounds. Why not focus on fitness instead? A gym membership is a great gift for yourself, a friend or family member. That stair step machine could be the first...

Alban Arts Center presenting classic ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Alban Arts Center is presenting the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, adapted by John Jakes.

KCHA’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ encourages foster care for homeless animals
KCHA’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ encourages foster care for homeless animals

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association encourages local families to join its new foster program, “Home for the Holidays.”

Eric Douglas: Make smoke alarms a Christmas gift for your home

I was talking to an acquaintance a few days ago. He is a newspaper photographer and had just come from a devastating house fire where a young couple lost everything -- with the exception of their lives.

Hazelnut Gorgonzola Baked Apples
Hazelnut Gorgonzola Baked Apples

American hazelnut shrubs line the moist, well-drained stream banks at our farm. I have also transplanted several near the house, so I can keep an eye on them as the nuts mature.

S.C. Lions to serve annual pancake breakfast with Santa

The South Charleston Lions Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Friends will take place from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Dunbar United Methodist Church Activity Building, 1401 Myers Ave., in Dunbar.

Nitro hosting holiday decoration contest

The City of Nitro will be having a Christmas decoration contest for both homes and businesses within the Nitro city limits this month.

Cabin Creek Clinic marks first anniversary of pulmonary rehabilitation program
Cabin Creek Clinic marks first anniversary of pulmonary rehabilitation program

Cabin Creek Clinic celebrated its first Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program anniversary with a picnic on Oct. 24.

Salvation Army announces kettle donations down this year

With increasing requests for assistance and a lagging economy, Salvation Army’s leadership in Charleston is worried about a decrease in Christmas Kettle donations.

Holiday activities abound throughout county this month
Holiday activities abound throughout county this month

Santa Claus is coming to town -- and all around Kanawha County. So are the Mountaineer and Thundering Herd basketball squads, Jacob Marley’s ghost, the Charleston Ballet and many others this month.

Xspec Power bringing peace of mind to homeowners, businesses
Xspec Power bringing peace of mind to homeowners, businesses

With the “Farmer’s Almanac” predicting a harsh winter ahead, the sales and installation teams at Xspec Power don’t have much down time these days.

Seniors’ tai chi classes underway on West Side
Seniors’ tai chi classes underway on West Side

Twice a week on Charleston’s West Side, stress dissipates in measured, graceful motion at the Tiskelwah Center.

Deer hunters have slow opener due to windy, warm weather
Deer hunters have slow opener due to windy, warm weather

Poca native Joe Wood returned to his Putnam County roots last week to do some deer hunting, but on day two of his hunt, he was a bit disappointed to bag a young doe and not a buck.

Maranatha Fellowship Church presents ‘Christmas Around the World’

A trip to Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida was the inspiration for this weekend’s “Christmas Around the World” event at Maranatha Fellowship Church in St. Albans.

South Charleston’s annual Christmas parade set for Saturday, Dec. 13
South Charleston’s annual Christmas parade set for Saturday, Dec. 13

It’s a safe bet that “Olaf,” the snowman character from the popular animated film “Frozen,” will be hoping for freezing temperatures during South Charleston’s annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 13.

A variety of holiday events highlight Christmas in St. Albans
A variety of holiday events highlight Christmas in St. Albans

The Christmas season is proving to be an exciting one for the town of St. Albans. Like the writing of a beautiful Christmas card, planning of this year’s festivities has been going on through most of the year with a lot of imagination, talent...

Andrew Jackson Middle has unbeaten season
Andrew Jackson Middle has unbeaten season

After losing seven of 11 starters from last year, the Andrew Jackson Middle School Knights soccer team still completed a third consecutive, undefeated regular season this year.

Dagger’s Toy Run slated for Dec. 13 at St. Albans Moose
Dagger’s Toy Run slated for Dec. 13 at St. Albans Moose

Motorcycles aren’t required for the 28th annual Dagger’s Motorcycle Toy Run, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the St. Albans Moose Lodge No. 868, 7101 MacCorkle Ave., S.W.

Eric Douglas: Winter is coming

A group of characters in the book/television series “Game of Thrones” that represent “the north” have the family catchphrase “Winter is coming.”

BridgeValley CTC enrolling for ACT prep classes

BridgeValley Community and Technical College has open enrollment for an ACT Test Prep class for high school juniors and seniors, starting in January.

Nitro Convention & Visitors Bureau invites Christmas parade participation

Businesses, schools, organizations and church groups are invited to participate in the City of Nitro’s annual Christmas parade on Dec. 13 (rain date is Dec. 15).

Cranberry Cherry Sauce
Cranberry Cherry Sauce

This week, I picked the last of the cranberries in my tiny garden plot. These tart red berries are a hint that Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

First Presbyterian Church’s Hope Village opens for the holiday season

A showcase of fair trade items from around the world can again be found at Hope Village inside the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.

Drumstick Dash 5K to benefit Union Mission
Drumstick Dash 5K to benefit Union Mission

Before you sit down and indulge (or overindulge) at the Thanksgiving dinner table, stand up, get moving and make room for those extra calories -- and assist the community -- by participating in the 2014 Drumstick Dash.

K.C. Lions Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to Civic Center
K.C. Lions Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to Civic Center

Holiday gift and home decor handiworks that bring dividends of major community benefits have been an anticipated, annual tradition since 1968 at the Kanawha City Lions Club’s yearly Capital City Art and Craft Show.

Fresh from the oven
Fresh from the oven

Young chefs got to the “core” of the matter during a recent meeting of the 4-H Cooking Club, sponsored by the West Virginia University Kanawha County Extension Service.

W.Va. PTA announces statewide student healthy recipe challenge

The West Virginia PTA has announced its statewide student healthy recipe challenge that allows children at all grade levels of public schools in West Virginia to submit their recipes in this contest.

Children’s consignment sale this week in Charleston

Moderate- and low-income families, once priced out of the name brand markets, are now able to purchase name brand clothing and baby gear for a fraction of the retail price, thanks to Another Mother’s Treasure Children’s Consignment...

WVU Tech names Alumni of the Year, Athletic Hall of Fame honorees for 2014
WVU Tech names Alumni of the Year, Athletic Hall of Fame honorees for 2014

In an annual tradition of honoring distinguished alumni, WVU Tech has announced Dr. Aaron Morris and Sarah “Sally” Smith as 2014 Alumni of the Year and will induct Doug Epling, Dameion Mills, Mike Morrison, Dr. Leonard C. Nelson and...

Glasgow church serving free Sunday suppers

Glasgow United Methodist Church has launched a community outreach program entitled “Feed My Sheep,” offering a free evening supper from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Sunday to anyone who comes to the church.

Applesauce Cheesecake
Applesauce Cheesecake

This is the time of the year that evokes childhood memories of trips to the apple salesroom at Hillcrest Farms located east of Chester, West Virginia. It was an autumn ritual for our family to select an assortment of apples and a jug of clear,...

CHKA hosts second health fair on West Side
CHKA hosts second health fair on West Side

The Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority conducted its second annual health fair on Oct. 23 at the Switzer Center on Charleston’s West Side.

Holidays are special at Still Meadows Farm in southern Roane County
Holidays are special at Still Meadows Farm in southern Roane County

For a unique way to get into the holiday spirit, visit a working farm.

Red Cross conducting vehicle donation campaign

Through Dec. 31, the American Red Cross West Virginia Region is promoting a vehicle donation program that converts unneeded vehicles into Red Cross donations to help those in need.

Quarry Manor Auxiliary holding holiday poinsettia sale
Quarry Manor Auxiliary holding holiday poinsettia sale

The Quarry Manor Friends and Family Auxiliary is selling holiday poinsettias for the next few weeks to raise funds to purchase equipment to enhance the activities for the residents of Quarry Manor Assisted Living on South Park Road in Kanawha City.

Kanawha County libraries staging range of November events

Kanawha County libraries are hosting the following activities through the remainder of November:

First Presbyterian Church’s Hope Village opens for the holiday season

A showcase of fair trade items from around the world can again be found at Hope Village inside the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.

WVU alumni golf event to aid area childhood cancer awareness group
WVU alumni golf event to aid area childhood cancer awareness group

Golfing in a Caribbean paradise seems an improbable way to help West Virginia families dealing with childhood cancer, but an area advocate, West Virginia University alumni and some former gridiron stars are committed to making it happen.

Glenwood Center to promote scholarship in the humanities

The Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities, a public-private partnership involving Marshall University, West Virginia State University and the Historic Glenwood Foundation, has been launched in an effort to promote scholarship in the...

Area high school musicians among state Marching Band Invitational winners

Thirty-four high school bands from 27 counties showcased their talents in the third annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Oct. 25.

Isan Thai Cuisine
Isan Thai Cuisine

This summer, my husband received an invitation to analyze the cord-marked pottery from the Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, a UNESCO site located in northeast Thailand dating to 2100 B.C. It is considered the most important prehistoric settlement that...

Site preparation work done for church ’s community center
Site preparation work done for church ’s community center

When Pastor Melissa Pratt of the Teays Valley Church of God stands on a breezy, wide-open expanse of land not far from the church, she sees the future.

WVSU Student Film Festival accepting submissions

The third annual Tower Student Film Festival, hosted by West Virginia State University, is accepting submissions from area high school and college students.

Virginian Rubber Co. subject of St. Albans Historical Society talk on Sunday
Virginian Rubber Co. subject of St. Albans Historical Society talk on Sunday

Motorists driving past the historic Morgan’s Kitchen cabin on MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans might not realize that the site, prior to the highway being built, was once home to a large manufacturing plant.

Dunbar’s new amphitheater ready for special events at Wine Cellar Park
Dunbar’s new amphitheater ready for special events at Wine Cellar Park

Set amidst the changing seasons of nature, the City of Dunbar’s new amphitheater at Wine Cellar Park provides an inviting venue for everything from weddings to band concerts.

UC School of Pharmacy hosting Diabetes Awareness Day Saturday
UC School of Pharmacy hosting Diabetes Awareness Day Saturday

The University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy will conduct a Diabetes Awareness Day Saturday, Nov. 8, on the UC campus.

UUC offering discounted weddings through November

To celebrate the recent legal actions that have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston will make their facility available for all marriage ceremonies at a reduced rate through November.

Mt. Calvary Baptist to host ‘The Married People Experience’
Mt. Calvary Baptist to host ‘The Married People Experience’

“Marriage was created to be a blast even when it feels like the rest of life is going to explode.”

Hurricane dance studio to offer ballet-intensive workshop

Arts in Action in Hurricane will open its doors for dancers to attend a ballet workshop on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Edgewood Elementary to host Harvest Festival

The Edgewood Elementary School PTO will host its inaugural community Harvest Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the school.

Shoals students go ‘old-school’ in national postcard quest
Shoals students go ‘old-school’ in national postcard quest

Several students at Shoals Elementary School in Mink Shoals are traveling vicariously across the United States via their penmanship and the U.S. Postal Service.

Buddies barbering on Bigley Avenue
Buddies barbering on Bigley Avenue

Former classmates Chris Green and Mark Barrier are now business partners, working at a busy clip at the Bigley Avenue Barber Shop.