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SCHS students ‘reaching for space,’ Rotarians learn
SCHS students ‘reaching for space,’ Rotarians learn

NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative provides opportunities for auxiliary payloads to fly on rockets in upcoming launches.

“It’s a way for NASA to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers,” Joe Oliver told...

W.Va. School of Gospel Music accepting enrollment applications

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The 18th annual West Virginia School of Gospel Music is scheduled to take place Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1 at Fisher Memorial Church, in Goldtown, Jackson County, north of Sissonville and the Kanawha and Putnam county...

South Charleston native develops Vixen Vodka, now available in West Virginia
South Charleston native develops Vixen Vodka, now available in West Virginia

A South Charleston native has founded one of the few female-owned spirits companies in the country, and the brand, Vixen Vodka, is now available in the Mountain State.

LeeAnn Maxwell, 54, chief executive officer of Vixen Vodka, based in...

Summer a good time to tune up with yoga
Summer a good time to tune up with yoga

“I really hate the way yoga keeps my body youthful and fit,” said absolutely no one EVER.

And why would they? Everywhere you look, there are new products being sold claiming to burn fat, remove the muffin top and magically grow...

Area Upward Bound youth attend Teen Summit Against Drugs at WVSU
Area Upward Bound youth attend Teen Summit Against Drugs at WVSU

The dangers of drug abuse among teenagers were brought into sharp focus during the first Teen Summit Against Drugs at West Virginia State University.

The event on Wednesday, July 2, in the Wilson Student Union was sponsored by the WVSU Upward...

Fourth annual FAN Night tabbed for July 11 at Power Park
Fourth annual FAN Night tabbed for July 11 at Power Park

The JeffersonWhitney Foundation, a Hurricane-based, nonprofit organization that advocates for the special needs community, is presenting its fourth annual FAN Night at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston on Friday, July 11.

FAN, similar to...

CAMC to offer tour, sibling ‘prep’ class Thursday
CAMC to offer tour, sibling ‘prep’ class Thursday

If you’re expecting a new family member in the near future, the staff at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital can offer some preliminary preparation (and reassurance) for the new arrival.

On Thursday, July 3, the CAMC Women and...

Soccer’s popularity growing in the Kanawha Valley
Soccer’s popularity growing in the Kanawha Valley

As soccer continues to grow in the United States, it does so in West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley, as well.

More than 18 million watched the U.S. against Portugal in the World Cup on ESPN on June 22, setting a record as the most-viewed soccer...

West Virginia State University students earn top honors for graphic narratives

A trio of West Virginia State University students swept top honors in the graphic narrative category in the annual writing competition sponsored by West Virginia Writers Inc.

Scotty White, Frank Larnerd and Katarina Dedicova finished first,...

Bows and arrows, Mongolian-style
Bows and arrows, Mongolian-style

Archery is a sport that appeals to many, but when Michael Kane and Keith Mosteller get out their bows and arrows, they use equipment of a style dating to ancient Asia.

The two friends use Mongolian-style bows from the period of Ghenghis Khan.

Southridge Church volunteers return from mission trip to Nicaragua
Southridge Church volunteers return from mission trip to Nicaragua

A recent trip to the Central American country of Nicaragua was a bonding experience for 11 members of Southridge Church in South Charleston.

Southridge Church Lead Pastor Marc Sundstrom led the group of volunteers; they departed June 5 and...

Nitro teacher leaves legacy in hearts and minds of students
Nitro teacher leaves legacy in hearts and minds of students

The stands at the Nitro football field were filled with hundreds of people, but there was no cheering.

On Monday evening, June 30, students, teachers and other members of the Nitro community gathered for a memorial and candlelight vigil...

4-H Horse Camp teaches riding disciplines, horse care
4-H Horse Camp teaches riding disciplines, horse care

From beginners to seasoned riders, the Southern District 4-H Horse Camp at Camp Virgil Tate teaches the young participants everything from how to ride a horse to the proper care and feeding of one.

The annual camp, which ran the week of June 15,...

Secret Santa Foundation to host benefit golf tournament Aug. 4

The first week of August may seem a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but not for the Secret Santa Foundation.

To help hundreds of local children in December, the foundation will host a fundraising golf tournament on Monday, Aug. 4,...

Ms. Groovy’s moving on up with catered cuisine
Ms. Groovy’s moving on up with catered cuisine

After nearly three years in business on Charleston’s West Side, Ms. Groovy’s Cafe and Catering keeps on trucking -- all over the Mountain State.

Proprietor Jeni Pettigrew Burns is focusing more on the catering aspect of her...

Former WVU standout stars for USA in the World Cup
Former WVU standout stars for USA in the World Cup

Once every four years, the global sport of football, or soccer as its known here in the United States, takes center stage for the planet’s most watched sporting event.

For many Americans it’s the only time the sport is given any...

Bacon Ranch Pea Salad
Bacon Ranch Pea Salad

I cannot begin to count the number of times my mother would tell me to “eat your peas,” when I was a child. She implied they were good for me.

The peas my mother served were usually straight from the can. They didn’t taste...

Elkview-based martial artists triumph at Parkersburg tourney
Elkview-based martial artists triumph at Parkersburg tourney

Members of the Dueling Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Elkview attended the Battle of Champions Karate and Jujitsu Tournament in Parkersburg on June 14, returning with an impressive array of trophies for their skills.

Students Jake Nichols and...

Rock Lake Arts Camp in July to feature arts, crafts, drama and dance
Rock Lake Arts Camp in July to feature arts, crafts, drama and dance

Drama, dance, singing, arts and crafts -- it’s all free at the Rock Lake Arts Camp in South Charleston.

The fourth annual Rock Lake Arts Camp is gearing up for its July 28 start, but organizers are getting a jump on the event by...

St. Albans Riverfest kicks off Thursday, June 26 at Roadside Park
St. Albans Riverfest kicks off Thursday, June 26 at Roadside Park

The bridge is back, and so is the St. Albans Riverfest.

The 20th version of the annual event kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Roadside Park, and continues through Sunday, June 29.

The four-day, family-friendly festival features a...

Richmond Elementary School principal wins statewide recognition
Richmond Elementary School principal wins statewide recognition

Richmond Elementary School Principal Terry Sauvageot doesn’t like being in the spotlight, preferring instead to shower attention on her students and staff.

But at the end of the school year, the veteran educator happily accepted a...

Quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at Culture Center
Quilt and wall hanging exhibition on display at Culture Center

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s annual exhibition, “Quilts and Wall Hangings 2014,” was unveiled in the Great Hall of the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on May 23.

The juried...

Church youth volunteers, adult leaders to visit St. Albans for outreach work

Approximately 85 to 100 young work camp volunteers and adult leaders will be visiting the St. Albans area over the next several weeks to work on home repairs for the needy.

The five groups, under the ministry of the Advocacy & Workcamps...

South Charleston High student selected for Duke University summer business institute
South Charleston High student selected for Duke University summer business institute

Studying business at an Ivy League school is the dream of Donovan “D.J.” Spencer, a rising senior at South Charleston High School.

That goal is getting a boost this summer, as Donovan is learning about the business world at a...

St. Francis School expanding its preschool program
St. Francis School expanding its preschool program

In collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, St. Francis School at 525 Holley St., St. Albans, is adding another preschool class for 4-year-olds for the 2014-2015 school year.

Principal Erin Sikora said, “The demand in St. Albans for...

Asian Sugar Snap Peas
Asian Sugar Snap Peas

I like traditional flat snow peas and my husband likes sugar snap peas, a cultivar group of peas with rounded, edible pods. This year, we grew both. The rabbits in the neighborhood also prefer the flat peas, so we have an abundant crop of sugar snap...

Vendors, parade participants still sought for Chesapeake Town Fair

The third annual Chesapeake Town Fair will take place on Saturday, July 5.

An 11 a.m. parade will start at Chesapeake Elementary School, with line-up beginning at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entrants (floats, marching groups,...

Children gather at Beyond the Backyard Outdoor Adventure Camp
Children gather at Beyond the Backyard Outdoor Adventure Camp

Ashton Young felt the excitement when he pulled in a nice-sized catfish.

The St. Albans boy was one of many kids who stood in line for, at times, nearly an hour to get his chance to haul in a big one under the fishing tent at the Beyond the...

Soap Box Derby marks 45th year at Little Creek Park in South Charleston
Soap Box Derby marks 45th year at Little Creek Park in South Charleston

On a sun-splashed Saturday morning, the excitement kept building.

Wheels were spun, car bodies were polished and weighed and helmets were adjusted prior to the start of the Kanawha Valley Soap Derby Association races on June 7.

According...

‘Woofstock’ grooves into Coonskin
‘Woofstock’ grooves into Coonskin

Hundreds tuned in, turned on and took part (and their pets) in the first-time “Woofstock” happening June 15 at the Schoenbaum Amphitheater in Coonskin Park, Charleston.

Inspired partially by the renowned Woodstock concert of August...

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This is the time of year when strawberries and rhubarb are in season and at their peak. I like to combine them in jams, compotes and pie.

I wasn’t always a fan of rhubarb, a species of plant in the Polygonaceae family, with crisp stalks...

Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro celebrates grand re-opening in new store
Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro celebrates grand re-opening in new store

Those comfy rocking chairs and friendly faces are still there at the new location of Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro.

On Friday, June 6, Fruth Pharmacy officials and local dignitaries participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the grand...

St. Paul’s United Methodist in Nitro offering new summer program for children

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Nitro will lead children on a world tour this summer, but they won’t have to venture from the church on 20th Street.

The church is introducing a new summer program for children ages 4 through...

Giving broken skateboards a new purpose
Giving broken skateboards a new purpose

When some people are bored, they set around, dabbling in this and that, whatever to occupy the mind.

It is during these times that a person’s creativity tends to come out, either in the form of a piece of art on a sheet of paper or...

Community garden taking shape at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
Community garden taking shape at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Soon, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables will be growing in a new community garden that is being installed at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church.

The raised bed garden is a program of the Healthy Cross Lanes Initiative, a collaborative...

Kanawha Valley Chapter DAR to re-dedicate Daniel Boone marker

The Daniel Boone historic marker at Daniel Boone Park in Charleston will be re-dedicated Saturday, June 14, by the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The ceremony will start at 1 p.m. at Daniel Boone Park, which...

The Vintage Vaporium in South Charleston offers alternative to cigarettes
The Vintage Vaporium in South Charleston offers alternative to cigarettes

The world of electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” encompasses much more than the products you might find on display at the corner convenience store.

The Vintage Vaporium at 610 1/2 D St. in South Charleston is a recently...

The Vintage Vaporium in South Charleston offers alternative to cigarettes
The Vintage Vaporium in South Charleston offers alternative to cigarettes

The world of electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” encompasses much more than the products you might find on display at the corner convenience store.

The Vintage Vaporium at 610 1/2 D St. in South Charleston is a recently...

St. Albans native pens crime thrillers set in familiar locales
St. Albans native pens crime thrillers set in familiar locales

To gaze at Bob Maroney’s bookshelves, one might think he’s got a definite dark side. But the books about murders and serial killers are just research materials for this new author’s crime thrillers.

Maroney, who grew up in...

Senior Corps hosting yard sale June 7
Senior Corps hosting yard sale June 7

The Senior Corps volunteers of United Way will sponsor a yard sale on Saturday, June 7, at the corner of Court and Smith streets in downtown Charleston.

The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available...

South Charleston Fire Department’s station No. 3 re-opens near Weberwood
South Charleston Fire Department’s station No. 3 re-opens near Weberwood

During the derecho wind storm two years ago, a large tree fell on the South Charleston Fire Department’s station No. 3, which covers the Weberwood and Montrose areas of the city.

Luckily, with the on-duty firefighters out on a call when...

County’s public pools provide cooling summer succor
County’s public pools provide cooling summer succor

If you need some summertime diversion with a swimming pool immersion, but you don’t belong to a private club or have a rustic, Norman Rockwellesque swimmin’ hole nearby, there are some affordable public options throughout the area. Below...

Kanawha County Public Library system announces summer reading programs

The Kanawha County Public Library system has some tasty reading choices planned for its annual summer reading programs.

If you love reading, gardening and making healthy choices, you’ll want to join one of the library’s three...

St. Albans Success Clubs spreading strategies for success throughout community
St. Albans Success Clubs spreading strategies for success throughout community

In St. Albans, there are signs of success everywhere -- literally.

Thanks to the efforts of the St. Albans Success Club, “success signs” bearing words of wisdom and strategies for attaining good character and success in life are...

‘Open Stage’ bridges church, community on West Side
‘Open Stage’ bridges church, community on West Side

There’s area talent being mined and refined in a “cavern” every month on Charleston’s West Side.

The talent might be a gifted musical soloist, duo, trio or band. A deft-of-hand magician. A wry, insightful comedian. A...

Local girls a hit in the ring
Local girls a hit in the ring

On a warm Wednesday evening, at a nondescript warehouse just off Patrick Street, a number of young boxers prepare for another intense training session, sweat already forming on their brows.

Standing at one end of the gym (erected in October by...

Youth 4-H summer day camps coming to Coonskin Park

The 4-H Science Camp for youths ages 9 to 12 and the 4-H Cloverbud Camp for ages 5 to 8 will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 to June 27 at Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Each day camp costs $75, which includes a daily lunch.

The...

Local author releases new adventure novel
Local author releases new adventure novel

Charleston adventure author Eric Douglas’ latest novel, “Heart of the Maya,” is now available.

The book is the fifth in the Mike Scott adventure series. In this story, murder, kidnapping and the theft of an ancient Mayan...

Enjoy a spring delicacy with Asparagus Salad
Enjoy a spring delicacy with Asparagus Salad

Asparagus is a spring delicacy that should be planted in more West Virginia gardens, according to the West Virginia University Extension Service.

It is not difficult to grow and the plants will yield tasty stalks for 15 years or...

St. Francis School offering open enrollment for 2014-15 school year

St. Francis School, 525 Holley St., St. Albans, is accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for grades preschool through five.

An open house is planned from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Preschool programs are offered...

Local mother seeks to raise awareness of controversial, little-known disorder
Local mother seeks to raise awareness of controversial, little-known disorder

Hurricane Middle School student Jaiden Reed is an exemplary student, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, and a gifted musician, an All-State saxophone player, eighth chair in the county.

And, for the past year and a half, until recently, her...

Hensons find Joy with new addition
Hensons find Joy with new addition

She is now known as Joy, a bright and happy 14-year old girl living in a good home with a caring family.

Last summer, however, that was not the case.

She was living in a broken, dysfunctional home and alone most of the time caring for...

Giving a child a home
Giving a child a home

Due in no fault of their own, many children throughout the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia find themselves taken from their homes and biological families for their own safety and well-being.

Usually at play here are drugs and/or abuse, both...

West Side native publishes third fiction novel
West Side native publishes third fiction novel

“Write what you know” is terse advice budding authors are given frequently by instructors, and West Side native Eliot Parker has taken that axiom to heart -- and to print -- on plenty of occasions.

Parker, the son of Tonya Parker,...

Mothers honored at CJCC event
Mothers honored at CJCC event

The Charleston Job Corps Center held its second annual Student Mother’s Day Celebration on Friday, May 9, hosted by CJCC Business Community Liaison Tia Welch.

Six student mothers were recognized with a reception in the Center Director...

Green scholar
Green scholar

Furniture Mission kicks off at First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston
Furniture Mission kicks off at First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston

Volunteers with strong backs and kind hearts are gearing up for another season of service with the Furniture Mission, an outreach program of First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston and Heart and Hand of South Charleston.

The Furniture...

East End transformed into outdoor mall
East End transformed into outdoor mall

For one day every May, the East End of Charleston becomes the largest outdoor mall in West Virginia.

The Old Colony Realtors’ East End Yard Sale on May 10 was more than just area residents selling various items perhaps found in their...

Anytime Fitness studio to open this summer in St. Albans Mall
Anytime Fitness studio to open this summer in St. Albans Mall

A St. Albans native is bringing another of his successful, 24-hour-a-day fitness studios to his hometown.

Daniel Miller, a franchisee for Anytime Fitness, said he expects to open his latest studio sometime in late June or early July in the St.

Shopping at the Farmers Market
Shopping at the Farmers Market

The Putnam Farmers Market is now open for the season. During the month of May, it is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In June, the schedule will change with additional hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The market is a great place to...

School gardening made perennial education tool
School gardening made perennial education tool

How can school children improve self-esteem and academic test scores while gaining a positive view toward healthy foods?

The answer takes root in something as simple as a school garden, according to West Virginia University Extension...

Riverside parent extols Special Education teacher’s skills
Riverside parent extols Special Education teacher’s skills

Deborah Humphries, a parent whose 16-year-old son, Brett, attends Special Education classes at Riverside High School in Belle, felt the work her son’s teacher performed over the past academic year, deserved special recognition.

The Belle...

Extension Service to sponsor 4-H overnight camps for youths

Young people who are looking for something fun to do this summer should check out this year’s exciting 4-H Overnight Camps sponsored by Kanawha County WVU Extension Service.

The 4-H Older Residential Camp is for youths ages 13 to 21 and...

West Side woman to serve as 2014 Kanawha County Belle
West Side woman to serve as 2014 Kanawha County Belle

Wearing pioneer clothing and embodying the hardy spirit of settler days, a West Side woman will have the honor and responsibility of representing Kanawha County next month at the West Virginia Folk Festival.

The Kanawha County CEOS (Community...

Colonial-era history on display
Colonial-era history on display

When the term “historical reenactor” is mentioned, the first thing that will come to the minds of most, at least in this country, anyhow, will be the Civil War.

However, there are a group of reenactors in the area that take their...

Abney Street Church of God in St. Albans dedicates new Youth House
Abney Street Church of God in St. Albans dedicates new Youth House

The words “Anything is possible when you believe” hold true for Abney Street Church of God in St. Albans.

As a reminder to never lose faith, that inspirational message is printed on a clock face inside the church’s new Youth...

Charleston Art Group trio’s work gains acceptance into Tamarack
Charleston Art Group trio’s work gains acceptance into Tamarack

For a trio of artists from the Charleston Art Group, divergent things and situations have led them on journeys of creativity. Think mischievous cats, shattered CDs and even a husband with a serious illness.

From those, the three artists, Brenda...

SpeakEasy Singles to host reunion/anniversary dance

The SpeakEasy Singles social group, open to all residents of the Kanawha Valley, has planned a variety of socializing opportunities in May and beyond.

The group will have its Dancing Thru the Decades Reunion/Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May...

Ninth annual St. Albans Founders’ Day kicks off on Saturday, May 10
Ninth annual St. Albans Founders’ Day kicks off on Saturday, May 10

“Early Frontier Days” is the theme of this year’s St. Albans Founder’s Day event, which takes place this Saturday, May 10, on Main Street.

Sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, Founder’s Day honors...

UTVs becoming the choice for off-road riders
UTVs becoming the choice for off-road riders

For years ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, dominated the West Virginia countryside as a main choice for off-road adventurers.

The 4-wheelers gave riders free rein over some of the state’s hilly, rough terrain, especially for those who were...

Bancroft student makes comeback after near-death experience
Bancroft student makes comeback after near-death experience

In early 2005, David Milhorn II was at a high-point in his life.

Milhorn, a 22-year old student at Ben Franklin Career and Technical Center in Dunbar, had just won a gold medal at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Skills Conference, a competition...

Upcoming area reunions

Below are upcoming or ongoing class, family and group/business reunions and meetings; dates and locations (when and where determined); and contact persons/information. If you have not received information about a reunion or have names and addresses of...

India Center to present Bollywood Night in Charleston
India Center to present Bollywood Night in Charleston

The South Charleston-based India Center will present its fourth annual Bollywood Night on Saturday, May 17, at the Charleston Civic Center.

This year’s theme is “Bellies, Bodies & Brains.”

All proceeds from the...

S.C. prepares for 55th annual Armed Forces Day Parade
S.C. prepares for 55th annual Armed Forces Day Parade

When the 55th annual Armed Forces Day Parade starts next month in South Charleston, some very special women will be the guests of honor.

American Gold Star Mothers, whose children died while in military service or as a result of military...

Escaping W.Va.’s winter woes deep in the heart of toasty Texas

The distance from St. Albans to Crosby, Texas, and back is looong and getting looooonger as I get older. I am safely back home after three and a half months in that small town just 15 miles northeast of Houston. It is 1,240 miles one way and...

Sissonville resident readies to hike, bike 60 miles
Sissonville resident readies to hike, bike 60 miles

Sissonville resident Joan Newhouse Baldwin is a “doer.”

Not one to be satisfied with the normal fundraising activities of the Mad Hatters Relay For Life of Sissonville team she is a member of, she has to take her duties to a...

Nitro ShowCats show choir earns Grand Champions title in Indiana competition
Nitro ShowCats show choir earns Grand Champions title in Indiana competition

The Nitro High School ShowCats show choir ended the competition season on a high note.

On March 15, the group won Grand Champions-Overall and Grand Champions-Mixed Division in the Southwestern Ohio Valley Showcase in Hanover, Ind.

As...

Yoga requires time, patience for optimum results

Time and patience are key to cultivating the important areas of life and a yoga practice is no exception.

Recently some students at the studio were discussing some professional photos I had taken by a local photographer. The postures were...

CAMC Foundation Gala raises funds for Women & Children’s Hospital
CAMC Foundation Gala raises funds for Women & Children’s Hospital

It’s billed as “the biggest party of the year,” and the good times support a worthy cause -- Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital.

The 2014 CAMC Foundation Gala begins at 6:30 p.m.

Polish Radish Salad
Polish Radish Salad

Radishes are an early cool-season spring vegetable. Radish seeds can sprout in as little as three days, if weather conditions are right. The name “radish” is derived from the Greek name of the genus Raphanus, which means...

Dutch Miller of Charleston bringing Kia, Dodge, Ram to Kanawha Valley
Dutch Miller of Charleston bringing Kia, Dodge, Ram to Kanawha Valley

As a temporary banner was unfurled identifying the new Dutch Miller of Charleston dealership, strong spring breezes kept knocking over the stanchions holding a soon-to-be-cut ribbon.

Despite the mischievous weather, there was no shortage of...

State park hikes slated during New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend
State park hikes slated during New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend

Some of West Virginia’s state parks will participate in the National Park Service’s 11th annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 25-27, by scheduling several special hikes.

All are free to the public.

Full program...

West Side Neighborhood Association readying for pair of May community activities
West Side Neighborhood Association readying for pair of May community activities

A pair of activities to promote community pride and renewal are being cultivated on Charleston’s West Side.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, the third annual West Side Fundraiser Dinner will be served at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1401 Washington...

Craftsmanship, quality products hallmark of Alan & Rose Windows and Doors
Craftsmanship, quality products hallmark of Alan & Rose Windows and Doors

Alan and Rose Maddox have an easy commute to work -- their Teays Valley home is their office, and it’s also a showroom for the products and services they offer.

Their company is called Alan & Rose Windows and Doors, a business that...

Breakthrough for Brieanna
Breakthrough for Brieanna

Brieanna Stamper, a 24-year-old from Charleston, could not even walk a flight of stairs without being out of breath at such a young age.

Being 5-foot-10-inches, and at her heaviest weight of 275 pounds, she was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic back...

Warm weather brings the crowds to Scarlet Oaks Country Club
Warm weather brings the crowds to Scarlet Oaks Country Club

The rite of passage for spring can be many things: flowers in bloom, singing birds at sunrise or the smell of fresh cut grass. For some, it’s the pendulum swing of a metal club back and forth across plush, green landscapes, over water, trees...

Hernshaw teen rolls nearly perfect game at Kanawha City lanes
Hernshaw teen rolls nearly perfect game at Kanawha City lanes

At age 4, Daniel Hudson II picked up a bowling ball and threw it down the lane for the first time.

Nearly 10 years later, the 13-year-old Hernshaw youth is still at it, enjoying the game that become a big part of his childhood.

“It...

Near 70, Hurricane man living his racing dream
Near 70, Hurricane man living his racing dream

To say that Rick Norris has a passion for fixing, building and driving Corvairs is like saying that fish like to swim or ancient Vikings liked to plunder and pillage.

For nearly 50 years, Norris has followed his passion in one form or another...