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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.”

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...

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.

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...

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.

Chasing the Olympic dream
Chasing the Olympic dream

If there’s Olympic gold in Evan Moore’s future, he went prospecting for it, with leaps and bounds, for the first time earlier this month.

I-77 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Ripley celebrates grand opening
I-77 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Ripley celebrates grand opening

Under sunny, autumn skies, the new I-77 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Ripley held its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 24.

Grano inspires healthy eating with fresh vegetables
Grano inspires healthy eating with fresh vegetables

Ammar Krayem is a man who finds pleasure in the smaller things in life, like the smile of a satisfied customer at his Grano restaurant in South Charleston.

Pumpkin Cream Puffs
Pumpkin Cream Puffs

A call from the produce distributor generally means the grape juice for wine-making has arrived and a quick trip to Columbus, Ohio, is in order.

Editor’s Desk: Library levy would restore critical funding

Growing up as I did in rural Ohio, a trip to the county library was an eagerly awaited treat. The library was situated on a quiet street in town in a stately, old building.

Eric Douglas: Let me hear you SCREAM!

A week or so ago, I went to the Lake Shawnee Haunted Amusement Park just north of Princeton with my wife and stepdaughter.

Emily Jones: Restorative yoga synonymous with stress relief

Does life sometimes feels like a tangle of pressing to-do lists, everybody wanting or needing something, and a whole bundle of stress?

Cross Lanes Christian offers unique opportunities
Cross Lanes Christian offers unique opportunities

On Oct. 4, Cross Lanes Christian School held its annual Homecoming festivities with students, faculty and alumni gathering to celebrate the small, school.

Column: A coal poem

In the fall of 1990, as the United States prepared for the first Gulf War, I was the editor of a weekly newspaper in Matewan.

‘Twilight Tuesday’ 5K race tabbed for Oct. 28
‘Twilight Tuesday’ 5K race tabbed for Oct. 28

Three rigorous and vigorous months in the making for some of its young, area racers, the “Twilight Tuesday” 5K Run will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the University of Charleston.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

For several years, the pumpkin craze has been a fall food obsession and there is no indication that people are getting bored of the gourd. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice are the star ingredients in everything from beer to cookies.

Ten-year-old gymnast vies for Olympics training opportunity
Ten-year-old gymnast vies for Olympics training opportunity

If there’s Olympic gold in Evan Moore’s future, he went prospecting for it, with leaps and bounds, for the first time earlier this month.

St. George Orthodox annual dinner Oct. 26 in Charleston

The St. George Orthodox Cathedral’s annual Middle Eastern-cuisine dinner will be served from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Column: It’s October!

As I write this, it’s 1:30 in the afternoon on the first of October, and I’m at the Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Florida.

Third annual W.Va. Marching Band Invitational Saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 25, 34 high school marching bands from across the state will gather in Charleston for the third annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.

Alzheimer’s Awareness: A son’s story of caring for his mother
Alzheimer’s Awareness: A son’s story of caring for his mother

Just as he had entered retirement three years ago, Steve Arnett, of St. Albans, discovered life had another major change in store for him and his loved ones.

Alzheimer’s Awareness: Faith, love, companionship buoy couple’s lives with Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s Awareness: Faith, love, companionship buoy couple’s lives with Alzheimer’s

When South Charleston husband and wife Jody and Ro DeBias met, he was a Catholic priest and she was dealing with a family issue in which he became involved for advice and counsel.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Charleston scheduled for Oct. 25
Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Charleston scheduled for Oct. 25

The 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s -- Charleston fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Yarn and love
Yarn and love

If there’s one thing knitters seem to have in common, it’s a calm personality, especially when yarn and knitting needles are moving softly in their hands.

Pumpkin party
Pumpkin party

They had glitter -- and they weren’t afraid to use it.

‘Monster Run’ part of Nitro’s Fest-For-All Halloween activities

In a foot race, fear is a great motivator.

For competitors in this Saturday’s inaugural 5K Monster Run in Nitro, having a variety of ghouls hot on their heels, will no doubt contribute to some record-setting finishing times.

St. Albans Parks & Recreation sponsoring annual ‘Haunted Trail’
St. Albans Parks & Recreation sponsoring annual ‘Haunted Trail’

Every year at this time, St. Albans City Park sheds its sunshine and wildflowers image and begins to show its darker side.

Column: A century of service and counting

By Channing Persinger

A few weeks ago, I attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Column: An idea to revitalize Patrick Street
Column: An idea to revitalize Patrick Street

Why is good architecture reserved for the wealthy or for ceremonial spaces?

Mongolian Beef
Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is said to be a classic American-Chinese dish, but there are those in the United Kingdom who claim it was invented there. It really doesn’t matter. One thing is clear. It is popular -- and for good reason.

Kanawha Players’ “The Evil Dead -- The Musical’ opens Friday
Kanawha Players’ “The Evil Dead -- The Musical’ opens Friday

The Kanawha Players will debut its 2014 public performances of “The Evil Dead -- The Musical” on Friday, Oct. 17, at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St. on Charleston’s East End.

St. George Orthodox annual dinner Oct. 26 in Charleston

The St. George Orthodox Cathedral’s annual Middle Eastern-cuisine dinner will be served from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Rock and gem show/sale this weekend in South Charleston

Searching for that unique gift for someone or looking for the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping?

Nitro disabilities advocate, others create unique emergency-response app
Nitro disabilities advocate, others create unique emergency-response app

Clear communication can be a life-or-death matter in emergency response during a time of crisis. An employee of the Appalachian Center for Independent Living in Big Chimney and others have created an innovative, modern-day way to improve the odds for...

KPCC named W.Va. Counseling Center of the Year
KPCC named W.Va. Counseling Center of the Year

The West Virginia Counselors Association has awarded the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center West Virginia Counseling Center of the Year distinction for 2014.

A Hero’s SALUTE! fundraiser to benefit state veterans
A Hero’s SALUTE! fundraiser to benefit state veterans

A time machine needn’t be your mode of travel to salute (and support) West Virginia’s military veterans this month. It just may seem like it. (You’ll actually have to use a shuttle service.)

Dunbar Intermediate student designs winning T-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dunbar Intermediate student designs winning T-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There were plenty of “super-heroes” dressed in pink during Thomas Health System’s kick-off of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct. 1 at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston.

Charleston native to offer lecture, book-signing this week
Charleston native to offer lecture, book-signing this week

Taylor Books will host a free book-signing and reception for the recently published short story collection, “Ladies in Low Places,” by Charleston native and South Carolina author Mary Ann Henry, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

First Presbyterian Church of Charleston presenting ‘Lay Academy of Religion’
First Presbyterian Church of Charleston presenting ‘Lay Academy of Religion’

Science, faith, evolution and atheism are the topics of two, free public lectures at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. The lectures of part of the church’s Lay Academy of Religion.

Nitro Development Authority/CVB moves into new headquarters
Nitro Development Authority/CVB moves into new headquarters

Although the Nitro Development Authority was created 24 years ago, not many residents were aware of its existence, perhaps due to its nearly hidden offices inside the old Nitro High School on 21st Street.

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.

Column: October is Pink Ribbon Month
Column: October is Pink Ribbon Month

Last year, at the beginning of October, this column included the first of a series of articles about Jean Hanna Davis and her struggle with breast cancer and chemotherapy for the second time in 10 years. Hoping to inspire other women in the same...

Faith in Action oversees volunteer caregiving services in Kanawha, Putnam counties
Faith in Action oversees volunteer caregiving services in Kanawha, Putnam counties

A nonprofit, interfaith ministry launching officially this week, Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley provides an array of free services to elderly and disabled residents of Kanawha and Putnam counties, based on the availability of volunteer...

ATVs, UTVs give hunters easier access
ATVs, UTVs give hunters easier access

Over the years, ATVs and UTVs have become an important tool for hunters across the region.

Walking on the wild side
Walking on the wild side

In 1968, administrators at North Bend State Park and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources contacted the Little Kanawha Regional Council to see if they could recommend a speaker who would attract enough participants to fill the park lodge,...

Katie’s Country Crafts nears first anniversary in Marmet
Katie’s Country Crafts nears first anniversary in Marmet

A tiny, painted saying located quite discreetly above a wooden doorway at Katie’s Country Crafts reads, in delicate script, “Happiness is Homemade.”

Touching up the trail: Mary Ingles Trail gets needed maintenance
Touching up the trail: Mary Ingles Trail gets needed maintenance

At twilight, Bob Weiford can stand on a small field overlooking his property near Winfield and imagine the glow of campfires, the laughter and the conversations that came every September from a primitive encampment next to his house.