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WVSU announces reduced early enrollment tuition for high school students

West Virginia State University has announced it is lowering early enrollment tuition for high school students taking courses to $25 per credit hour.

New Hope Animal Rescue plans customer Appreciation Day

New Hope Animal Rescue’s Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, is hosting Customer Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Young Power players start second half strong
Christian’s Sports Beat: Young Power players start second half strong

The West Virginia Power has started the second half of the South Atlantic League season playing an inspiring style of baseball. The Power’s roster has young players from top to bottom, which this season’s coaching staff enjoys teaching...

City of St. Albans christens new picnic shelter at its city park
City of St. Albans christens new picnic shelter at its city park

Although it’s been open for about a year, a new picnic shelter at St. Albans City Park was officially recognized during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Charleston Newspapers carrier retiring at age 90
Charleston Newspapers carrier retiring at age 90

William L. Grover of Cross Lanes is about ready to retire from a job he loves, even though it requires him to get out of bed by 1 or 2 a.m. and then drive in darkness, rain, snow, sleet, hail and anything else Mother Nature throws at him.

Marco Cornhole Classic debuts Aug. 1 at Marshall
Marco Cornhole Classic debuts Aug. 1 at Marshall

A new event, featuring fun for the whole family and a spirited cornhole tournament, is coming to Marshall University’s Huntington campus on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Farmer’s Table: Sour Cream Gooseberry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Sour Cream Gooseberry Pie

Gooseberries are not a popular fruit. In fact, a lot of people have neither seen nor tasted gooseberries. They are not available in supermarkets and, only occasionally, can they be found at farmers markets.

Putnam County Fair open this weekend

The wet weather has had an impact on this year’s Putnam County Fair, but the fair is open this weekend (July 17-19) as planned. Highlights include carnival rides, food vendors, a high-wire act, 4-H displays, live entertainment and much more is...

Coal River Group hires full-time program manager
Coal River Group hires full-time program manager

The Coal River Group has announced the hiring of the organization’s first full-time employee.

Cross Lanes Community Development Council sponsoring food drive

Unlike the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, summer is a time when donations to local food banks tend to fall off, as schools aren’t in session and vacations are on the minds of many.

Fisher Memorial to host W.Va. School of Gospel Music Camp
Fisher Memorial to host W.Va. School of Gospel Music Camp

Fisher Memorial Church, located in southern Jackson County, a few miles north of Sissonville, will host the 19th West Virginia School of Gospel Music Camp Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31.

Sissonville High School getting summer makeover
Sissonville High School getting summer makeover

While Sissonville High School students are out for the summer, construction workers from Putnam County-based MIRC Construction Services are in, giving a new, fresh look to the home of the Indians.

Future career choices explored at STEM Summer Academy for Girls
Future career choices explored at STEM Summer Academy for Girls

West Virginia University Tech opened its doors, dorms and laboratories last week for a first-time, gender-specific week of academic exploration and career possibilities.

Christian’s Sports Beat: The running U.S. Senator
Christian’s Sports Beat: The running U.S. Senator

Everyone, including young people like me, has a busy and stressful life. But can you imagine being a U.S. Senator and the amount of stress that comes with that job?

Putnam County Fair takes place July 10-18 in Eleanor
Putnam County Fair takes place July 10-18 in Eleanor

The Putnam County Fair returns for 2015 Friday, July 10 through Saturday, July 18 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor.

Art group forges friendships
Art group forges friendships

or a group of artists, Tuesday means packing up their brushes and watercolors and heading to the Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans.

Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston to refurbish mini-golf course
Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston to refurbish mini-golf course

Weeds reach the giraffe’s knees at a former Putt-Putt golf course at the Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley names new CEO
YMCA of Kanawha Valley names new CEO

Beginning Aug. 1, Monty Warner will assume responsibility as chief executive officer at the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, which operates facilities and programs throughout the county.

Area senior veterans raising money for trip to Scotland in September

A group of area senior veterans and support staff hope to raise enough money to pay for a trip to Glasgow, Scotland, in September. The mission is to participate in a cross-cultural event to promote healthy lifestyles among senior citizens.

Proposed propane school buses tested throughout county
Proposed propane school buses tested throughout county

Propelled by a West Virginia Division of Energy grant via the state Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation, Kanawha County Schools tested propane-powered buses throughout the county last month.

Zucchini Pizza with Basil
Zucchini Pizza with Basil

There are lots of jokes about zucchini, but I have to admit I like this vegetable and look forward to the first from the garden.

Sissonville High graduate receives JROTC medal, certificate
Sissonville High graduate receives JROTC medal, certificate

Brianna Eden, a 2015 Sissonville High School graduate, received a JROTC medal and certificate in May from John Young Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution representative Linda Bibbee.

Elk River man recreates ‘60s-era ambulance
Elk River man recreates ‘60s-era ambulance

For approximately 50 years in the 20th century, Hafer Funeral Home and other funeral homes in the Elk River area frequently provided ambulance service to residents in need, driving passengers to the nearest hospital or other professional medical care.

County’s Summer Food Service Program launched at Elk Elementary Center
County’s Summer Food Service Program launched at Elk Elementary Center

Kanawha County’s Summer Food Service Program had a special opening course at the Elk Elementary Center in Elk Hills last week.

Local Soap Box Derby winners preparing for international race in Akron, Ohio
Local Soap Box Derby winners preparing for international race in Akron, Ohio

Twelve-year-old Chance Peck of St. Albans has achieved a milestone not equaled by many others.

Street fair, author appearance among upcoming library events

The following is a list of upcoming events scheduled at Kanawha County Public Library locations. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.kanawhalibrary.org.

St. Albans Riverfest kicks off this week at Roadside Park

Sternwheelers, live music and more will greet visitors to St. Albans Riverfest, which kicks off Thursday, June 25, and continues through Sunday, June 28 at Roadside Park in St. Albans.

Nitro, Hurricane soccer players obtain Green Memorial Scholarships

The third annual recipients of the Richard (Dick) Green Memorial Scholarships are Lauren London from Hurricane High School and Mariah Cook from Nitro High School.

Charleston Montessori to host Children’s Art Colony camp

Charleston Montessori School will offer a one-week camp for rising first- through sixth-grade students the week of July 27-31.

Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters
Regional Teen Institute leadership camp returns to Rippling Waters

The 19th annual Regional Teen Institute will be held Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2 at the Rippling Waters Campgrounds in Romance in southern Jackson County.

EBHS Alumni Association awards 25 scholarships to Riverside graduates

At the 16th annual awards ceremony at Riverside High School May 14, the East Bank High School Alumni Association awarded scholarships of $4,000 each to 25 RHS graduating seniors.

Farmer’s Table: Strawberry Amaretto Pie
Farmer’s Table: Strawberry Amaretto Pie

The peak season for locally grown fresh strawberries is May through June. There is nothing better than a soft, deep-red, sun-warmed strawberry plucked right off the plant.

St. Albans Garden Club celebrating 80th anniversary; formed in 1935
St. Albans Garden Club celebrating 80th anniversary; formed in 1935

On a warm spring day in May, a group of St. Albans ladies wearing elegant hats captured a bygone era of genteel formality, teas and social graces.

‘Little Free Library’ opens at Mountaineer Montessori Middle School in South Hills
‘Little Free Library’ opens at Mountaineer Montessori Middle School in South Hills

Nestled in a woodsy setting near the Carriage Trail in Charleston’s South Hills, is a small cabinet filled with knowledge, adventure and imagination.

Farmer’s Table: Sriracha Shrimp
Farmer’s Table: Sriracha Shrimp

Some people are surprised to learn that I have eaten freshwater shrimp, more properly called freshwater prawn, raised near Athens,Ohio.

233 West Virginia students dubbed Knights of the Golden Horseshoe

Two-hundred-thirty-three eighth-grade students from across West Virginia received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture on May 1.

Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century
Valley Woodworkers building toys and other projects for nearly a quarter of a century

Adults and children may debate from now ‘til the end of time the existence of Santa Claus.

WVSU 4-H camp for youth set

The annual National Summer Transportation Institute 4-H camp for students entering seventh through ninth grades continues to accept applications for the June 15-26 camp hosted by West Virginia State University Extension Service.

Piedmont kindergarten teacher gets bubbly send-off
Piedmont kindergarten teacher gets bubbly send-off

Bubbles burst like gentle kisses on the face of Piedmont Elementary School kindergarten teacher Janet Lutz.

Ground broken for Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream near Shops At Trace Fork
Ground broken for Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream near Shops At Trace Fork

Construction has begun on what will become Zippy’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream, a new, family-owned business between the Shops At Trace Fork and Dudley Farms Plaza in South Charleston.

Judge grants halt to managed-care mental-health expansion

Representatives from one of West Virginia’s Medicaid managed care organizations fear that a court order barring them from expanding their coverage into behavioral health services will negatively impact patient care coordination for thousands of...

WVU Extension Service to sponsor teen arts camp

Budding teenage artists will get the opportunity to blossom at West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy July 22-25 in Morgantown.

UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp
UC School of Pharmacy hosting summer camp

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors and seniors and college undergraduates to participate in an intensive, three-day summer camp for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy.

Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston
Ribfest runs June 4-7 in South Charleston

The smokers will be stoked and sizzling, the sauces will be stirred and seasoned expertly, and the senses will be spellbound for the 17th year next week at Ribfest.

Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie
Farmer’s Table: Berry Rhubarb Pie

When faced with a choice, I usually choose pie over cake for dessert.

Family-friendly Greenbrier Pool open for season in Kanawha City
Family-friendly Greenbrier Pool open for season in Kanawha City

For those seeking a bit of wooded seclusion and spirited recreation in a highly family-oriented atmosphere, Greenbrier Pool in Kanawha City is a trusty summertime destination.

Church’s 5K nets footwear for needy
Church’s 5K nets footwear for needy

Numerous individuals laced up their shoes earlier this month for a brisk morning exercise at the fourth annual Shoes 4 Strangers 5K race at Kanawha State Forest.

Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids
Coal River Water Festival a hit with kids

If Freddy the Fish was a real brook trout, he wouldn’t have been too happy swimming in a polluted aquarium, but for a group of fifth-grade students from St. Albans and Tornado, the annual Coal River Water Festival was an all-around good...

Protecting your pets from outdoor threats
Protecting your pets from outdoor threats

An agile, young outdoorswoman named Annie didn’t fare quite the same way as Marvel comic book character Peter Parker when she was bitten by a spider a few months ago.

South Carolina author pens book about Morgan family history
South Carolina author pens book about Morgan family history

After gathering material for most of her life and almost four years in the writing and production processes, 81-year-old Mary Griffith Bird has published her pictorial history book, “The Lives and Adventures of Our Morgan Pioneers,”...

Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre
Former Hurricane man has growing ministry at Living Water Worship Centre

Now in its third year of ministry on Charleston’s West Side, Living Water Worship Center declares itself “A place you can come and thirst no more.”

Shawnee Clubhouse Grill opens at Shawnee Park in Dunbar
Shawnee Clubhouse Grill opens at Shawnee Park in Dunbar

Sitting near the big, stone fireplace in the Shawnee Park Lodge, Executive Chef Wayne Poythress talked about sandwiches that exceed expectations and his larger vision for his new restaurant, the Shawnee Clubhouse Grill.

Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
Farmer’s Table: Hot Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

“The West Virginia Farmers Market Vendor Guide,” produced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia Farmers Market Association, outlines the items that may be...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power
Christian’s Sports Beat: Pirates first-round draft pick learning sport with Power

The shortstop for the West Virginia Power this season, Cole Tucker, comes to the team with excellent playing credentials.

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.

Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp
Farmer’s Table: Pizza with Green Garlic and Shrimp

Soon ramp season will be over, but don’t fret. Green garlic, another hallmark of spring, is ready for harvest.

Triathlons bring out best in athletes
Triathlons bring out best in athletes

Triathlons promote perhaps some of the most challenging athletic endeavors in the world.

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.