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Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season
Outdoor Pursuits: Coal River Group kayak rentals open for season

The Coal River has had a history of commerce as well as environmental concerns.

Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon
Outdoor Pursuits: Move over, Myrtle — other beaches beckon

Live in West Virginia long enough and you’ll likely hear the declaration that its unofficial 56th county is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side
Outdoor Pursuits: Trail running gets you in touch with your wild side

There’s just something magical about playing in the woods, even if your lungs are burning, your hips ache and your feet feel like they’re about to drop off.

Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State
Outdoor Pursuits: Kayak fishing catching on in Mountain State

My introduction to paddling was in a rented kayak in the Coal River Group’s Tour de Coal a few years ago. I realized I loved paddling. Because I also like to fish, combining the two seemed a natural enough endeavor.

Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction
Outdoor Pursuits: Snowshoe Bike Park earning reputation as world-class mountain bike attraction

For those hard-wired to experience an adrenalin rush while on two wheels, the Snowshoe Bike Park offers one of the best trail systems in the United States.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association
Outdoor Pursuits: WV sailing with the Sewell Mountain Sailing Association

The discographies of Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Styx and Christopher Cross display no songs referencing the glories of sailing in West Virginia.

Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish
Outdoor Pursuits: WV Musky Outfitters leads anglers to state’s most elusive fish

The muskellunge, or musky/muskie, can be one of the most elusive fish to catch in West Virginia.

Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers
Elk River club a gateway for musky anglers

The Elk River is one of the best waterways in West Virginia to haul in a big musky.

Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey
Endless Wall Trail garners top billing in ‘USA Today’ readers’ choice survey

If one needs a reminder of just how beautiful the Mountain State is, take a hike on the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge near Fayetteville.

Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options
Cabin Creek off-road pro shares know-how on optimum options

For as long as there have been motorized vehicles, people have taken advantage of them to improve their enjoyment of the outdoors.

Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations
Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament exceeds expectations

Three years ago, Scott Smith had modest expectations for the inaugural Eric Workman Memorial Muskie Tournament.

Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia
Outdoor opportunities span the summer landscape, waterways, mountains of West Virginia

Below is a calendar of just a small sampling of some of the outdoors-related activities open to the public throughout West Virginia through the end of August:

Foot golf coming to Coonskin; disc golf may be in eventual mix of links options

For the nontraditional golfer who’d prefer to move his or her legs more than his or her arms on the greens, a new foot golf course is coming soon to Coonskin Park to make it so.

Carbide Camps set to close
Carbide Camps set to close

The Union Carbide Hunting and Fishing Lodge campground on Blue Creek is facing extinction soon, after decades of being a choice, close-by, back-to-nature getaway location for generations of Union Carbide employees, their families and friends.

Central Elementary School in St. Albans hosts ‘Meet the Authors’
Central Elementary School in St. Albans hosts ‘Meet the Authors’

The second grade of Central Elementary School in St. Albans hosted a “Meet the Authors’ Celebration” on Friday, April 11, with about 75 family members of the students attending the morning celebration.

Fundraising effort underway to purchase new police dog
Fundraising effort underway to purchase new police dog

If Bullet, a K-9 service dog with the Nitro Police Department were human, he’d be 60-something and ready to retire from the high stress of police work.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Week observed on West Side
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Week observed on West Side

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Charleston on the capital city’s West Side was one of among 4,000 or so Boys & Girls Clubs around the United States who marked National Boys & Girls Club Week recently with a variety of...

South Charleston Public Library seeks presenters, sponsors for summer reading programs

The South Charleston Public Library is planning summer reading programs for children, teenagers and adults and is seeking sponsors and presenters.

Furniture Mission at First Presbyterian Church going strong
Furniture Mission at First Presbyterian Church going strong

Beginning May 23, area residents with good, usable furniture and appliances that they’d like to donate to a good cause, can do so by contacting the Furniture Mission.

DAR names St. Albans teacher named Outstanding Teacher of American History 2015
DAR names St. Albans teacher named Outstanding Teacher of American History 2015

Vickie Underwood Hensley, an American history teacher at St. Albans High School, has been selected as Outstanding Teacher of American History for 2015 by the West Virginia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Scout installing fishing line recycling stations
Scout installing fishing line recycling stations

When Devyn Dodd was fishing around for ideas for an Eagle Scout project, he remembered a family vacation in Florida a few years ago.

Bridgeport Equipment & Tool opens in South Charleston off Corridor G
Bridgeport Equipment & Tool opens in South Charleston off Corridor G

A shiny reproduction of an 1871-era Gatling gun stood outside the newly opened Bridgeport Equipment & Tool in South Charleston, drawing visitors to the store’s April 17 ribbon cutting.

Farmer’s Table: Fish Chowder
Farmer’s Table: Fish Chowder

In the past month, I have attended two conferences at Pipestem State Park. The first, the West Virginia Master Gardeners’ Conference, took place on a cold, snowy spring weekend, but there were plenty of great indoor sessions to occupy my time.

Couple donate $1 million to support UC center construction
Couple donate $1 million to support UC center construction

The University of Charleston has announced a $1 million gift from John and Fonda Elliot to support the innovation activities that will be anchored in the Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center.

Nine area schools recognized for high performance, progress

Nine schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties were honored recently for being at the top of their class.

Alum Creek clean-up celebrates 20th year of clearing litter from roadsides

Fill a bag, eat a hot dog.

Those are two activities that the Alum Creek Lions Club is hoping will draw volunteers to its 20th annual Alum Creek Clean-Up on Saturday, April 25. The purpose of the event is to pick up litter along the roads in Alum...

Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday
Fishing tournament tabbed for Tornado Saturday

The Mountain State Kayak Anglers will host a fishing tournament on Saturday, April 18, along the Coal River.

Farmer’s Table: Polish Cheesecake
Farmer’s Table: Polish Cheesecake

It has been more than 25 years since Poland’s Solidarity movement defeated the Communist Party, leading to the fall of communism across central and Eastern Europe.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsors bowling tournament

Whether you’re rolling strikes or gutter balls, homeless animals will be the winners during this Saturday’s annual Bowl-A-Thon at Venture Lanes.

Third annual fun and fitness fair Saturday in Clendenin
Third annual fun and fitness fair Saturday in Clendenin

This Saturday in Clendenin, there’s going to be a whole lot of shaking going on.

Challenger League baseball provides outlet for special needs youth
Challenger League baseball provides outlet for special needs youth

Josh Taylor sang the national anthem and received a kiss from his mother and looks of admiration from a team of young baseball players.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week
Christian’s Sports Beat: Power starts new season this week

A holiday, of sorts, is occurring this week for excited baseball fans in the Charleston region.

Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU
Christian author/homicide detective to speak in St. Albans, at MU

Ratio Christi at Marshall University will welcome J. Warner Wallace, an author, converted atheist, cold case homicide detective and apologist, to Gateway Christian Church and Marshall University on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28 for two free...

MS Walk scheduled for April 18

Over 12,000 of us in West Virginia and Virginia and untold numbers around the world need your help. We have Multiple Sclerosis.

Farmer’s Table: Bara Brith Shortbread Cookies
Farmer’s Table: Bara Brith Shortbread Cookies

This is the time of year when I am reminded of my Friendship Force trip to Wales. My hostess lived alone in a small bungalow atop a hill in Newport. She was a great cook. She baked and sold pastries once a week at the Women’s Institute Market,...

Master Gardeners educating, beautifying, feeding
Master Gardeners educating, beautifying, feeding

While the educational value of the Master Gardeners Program can’t be seen right away, you don’t have to go far in Charleston to see its work on full display.

New co-directors named to head Mountaineer Montessori School
New co-directors named to head Mountaineer Montessori School

Jennifer Carriger and Suzanne Sanders have been named co-directors of Mountaineer Montessori School at 308 20th St. in Charleston.

Pickers Paradise Antique Mall packed, stacked with quality collectibles
Pickers Paradise Antique Mall packed, stacked with quality collectibles

Plenty of prized possessions from the past pack the Pickers Paradise Antique Mall collectors’ haven between Charleston’s West Side and Sissonville on W.Va. 21.

South Charleston Public Library seeks presenters, sponsors for summer reading programs

The South Charleston Public Library is planning summer reading programs for children, teenagers and adults and is seeking sponsors and presenters.

Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday
Coal River Group hosting ‘Run for the River’ triathlon Saturday

This weekend’s “Run for the River Sprint, Spoke and Splash” triathlon will provide an early springtime challenge on land and water.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley sponsoring golf outing fundraiser

To help in its goal of promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Kanawha Valley is sponsoring the “Hot Rod” Hundley Golf Outing.

Dog obedience competition coming to Dunbar

The Kanawha Obedience Training Club invites you to experience the world of dog obedience competition this weekend.

West African brings drums and dance to South Charleston Library
West African brings drums and dance to South Charleston Library

Sogbety Diomande speaks more than 40 languages, but it’s his goatskin-covered drums that do most of the talking. The infectious beat is a language that everyone understands.

Surviving male breast cancer
Surviving male breast cancer

In the summer of 2003, while at work as a bread delivery driver, Thomas Eves, or T.L. as he is known to his friends and family, accidentally bumped his chest.

Farmer’s Table: Lamb Meatballs
Farmer’s Table: Lamb Meatballs

Sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated more than 10,000 years ago in the Middle East in what is now Turkey.

Fund drive launched to upgrade Hoover baseball facilities
Fund drive launched to upgrade Hoover baseball facilities

Supporters of Herbert Hoover High School’s baseball team are rooting for the Huskies to have a new field on which to play by the first pitch of next season.

‘Cre8 Studios Upstairs’ brings art education, creativity to children and adults
‘Cre8 Studios Upstairs’ brings art education, creativity to children and adults

Everyone has an inner artist -- just head to the second floor and let Karen Carter-Smith help you get acquainted.

Spring Home & Garden: Keep mowers buzzing along this spring and summer
Spring Home & Garden: Keep mowers buzzing along this spring and summer

Whether it requires the sprightly yank of a cord, the casual turn of a key or simply some old-school warming-up of the muscles to get moving and mowing, it will behoove you to make sure your grass cutter is primed and ready for a full spring and...

Spring Home & Garden: Tomatoes remain a garden favorite
Spring Home & Garden: Tomatoes remain a garden favorite

A common sight in just about any vegetable garden, large or small, are the beautiful, juicy red (or green) tomatoes.

Spring Home & Garden: Container gardening a growing trend
Spring Home & Garden: Container gardening a growing trend

Imagine that nice early summer evening.

Not too hot. Not too cool.

Spring Home & Garden: Composting provides nutrient-rich soil for gardens, lawns and potted plants
Spring Home & Garden: Composting provides nutrient-rich soil for gardens, lawns and potted plants

It doesn’t take a lot of money to set up a soil manufacturing facility at your home. All you need is a bit of outdoor space and a commitment of time and energy.

Spring Home & Garden: Lawn and garden decorations go beyond the gnome and norm
Spring Home & Garden: Lawn and garden decorations go beyond the gnome and norm

Many homeowners are as meticulous about what they plant above the ground as below it in their gardens. Garden decorations, both classic and contemporary, can add colorful, clever or classic touches.

Spring Home & Garden: Decks provide attractive and comfortable options for outdoor entertaining
Spring Home & Garden: Decks provide attractive and comfortable options for outdoor entertaining

A well-constructed, code-compliant deck provides a safe and attractive space for outdoor entertaining. And by using some of the newer, composite decking material, your deck could last for 20 years or longer with little maintenance required.

Spring Home & Garden: Going green a growth field for Kanawha Valley women
Spring Home & Garden: Going green a growth field for Kanawha Valley women

Women in prominent roles in landscaping are still an exception. Here are three business owners who have found success in the industry. All three are members of the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association.

Read all about it! Nellie Bly’s ‘madhouse’ exposé
Read all about it! Nellie Bly’s ‘madhouse’ exposé

Lois Lane, the world’s most famous female news reporter, has been a role model for generations of young women. True, she’s fictional. But in her multitude of media incarnations, she always embodies the intelligent, self-reliant career...

Farmer’s Table: Pear & Goat Cheese Salad
Farmer’s Table: Pear & Goat Cheese Salad

My husband and I are always on the lookout for interesting foods to try. A recent trip to northern West Virginia meant a trip to a favorite farm market just across the border in Pennsylvania, where we discovered “Red Bamboo” honey,...

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...

Penn Station East Coast Subs relocates to new Kanawha City location
Penn Station East Coast Subs relocates to new Kanawha City location

There’s a bright, new building on the Kanawha City landscape, and it’s capturing the attention of hungry motorists and pedestrians alike.

‘Centershot’ archery ministry begins March 25 in Pinch

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

Farmer’s Table: Chilcano with Peruvian Brandy
Farmer’s Table: Chilcano with Peruvian Brandy

Pisco is a strong Peruvian brandy made by distilling fermented grape juice. In 2011, Peruvian pisco won over 20 gold medals and was named the best liquor in the world at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

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.

Kanawha Valley DAR chapter selects GW student as Good Citizens contest winner
Kanawha Valley DAR chapter selects GW student as Good Citizens contest winner

Adila Fathallah, a senior at George Washington High School, has been selected as the winner of the Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution’s 2015 Good Citizens contest.

St. Albans Rotary Club organizing community garden on Sixth Avenue
St. Albans Rotary Club organizing community garden on Sixth Avenue

The St. Albans Rotary Club is ready to trade snow shovels for garden hoes, as it prepares to unveil one of its latest service projects, a community garden on Sixth Avenue.

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.

Pinch Elementary School guidance counselor wins state award from WVDE
Pinch Elementary School guidance counselor wins state award from WVDE

A recent Friday the 13th brought no bad luck to West Virginia’s 2015 West Virginia Elementary School Developmental Guidance Counselor of the Year.

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.