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Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center to host Healthy Taste Festival Saturday
Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center to host Healthy Taste Festival Saturday

Foodies, unite!

The first-time, projected-to-be-annual Healthy Taste Festival and Culinary Challenge and Food Truck Expo will take place from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center on Charleston’s...

Muzzleloader event planned near Tornado

A group of muzzleloader owners, affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police, will host a muzzleloading event for the public, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

‘Hooverpalooza’ to benefit Clendenin area high school programs
‘Hooverpalooza’ to benefit Clendenin area high school programs

The Herbert Hoover High School Red and Blue Booster Club will host Hooverpalooza, a community fundraiser for the flood-impacted school, from 4 until 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the University of Charleston Stadium/Laidley Field in Charleston.

Eric Douglas: Fall has fallen (or will tomorrow)
Eric Douglas: Fall has fallen (or will tomorrow)

Depending on where you live, where you’re from or how contentious you like to be, tomorrow may or may not be the first day of autumn.

S.C. Chamber to host murder-mystery dinner theater

The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce will host “Speak Easy of Murder,” an interactive murder-mystery dinner theater at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Comedy Zone Charleston located at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston...

Dunbar’s annual fall festival this weekend

The City of Dunbar is welcoming autumn with its annual Fall Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-18.

Free E-Cycle recycling event Friday in South Charleston

The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Chamber members Associated Systems Professionals and Bluegrass E-Cycling will host an E-Cycle recycling event this week.

WVU Tech students start school year with spirit of service in Belle
WVU Tech students start school year with spirit of service in Belle

New West Virginia University Tech students had a busy week recently.

WVSU sponsoring first ‘Fall Festival on the Quad’

The inaugural Fall Festival on the Quad will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, on the campus of West Virginia State University.

Saturday event at Capitol Complex to raise awareness of ovarian cancer
Saturday event at Capitol Complex to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

The CAMC Cancer Center, Cabin Creek Health Systems and Malden-based Good Living Assisted Living, along with many community volunteers, will sponsor a first-time ovarian cancer awareness program this weekend at the state Capitol Complex in...

Woolwine memorial football game at Capital High Friday
Woolwine memorial football game at Capital High Friday

Beginning with the 2012 football season and continuing annually since, Capital High School has chosen to recognize the late Coach Jack D. Woolwine Jr.’s more than two decades of teaching and coaching dedication to the students of Capital High...

Eric Douglas: Anger when drugs take another young life
Eric Douglas: Anger when drugs take another young life

I’m angry this week.

I won’t go into details, but my stepdaughter lost her best friend to drug use. Twenty-two years old, talented, funny and enthusiastic. Now she’s gone.

‘Pedal with Purpose’ fundraiser set for Sept. 17
‘Pedal with Purpose’ fundraiser set for Sept. 17

Presented by Zenergy Cycling, “Pedal with Purpose” is an upcoming fundraiser to benefit Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley.

Shockacon to scare up excitement in October
Shockacon to scare up excitement in October

The fifth annual ShockaCon, a horror and science-fiction culture event, will possess Charleston Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Beni Kedem Shrine Center on Quarrier Street.

Pilot Club of St. Albans honors remaining charter member
Pilot Club of St. Albans honors remaining charter member

On the day she turned 99, Helen Bowles was as happy as a 9-year-old.

Nitro Boom Days this weekend

A parade, antique cars and live music are a few of the events highlighting the annual Nitro Boom Town Days, with events starting this Thursday and continuing into the weekend in Nitro.

Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Farmer’s Table: Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

This was a great year for growing cucumbers, so I made a lot of pickles.

Kanawha Obedience Training Club offering classes in Dunbar
Kanawha Obedience Training Club offering classes in Dunbar

A well-trained dog makes for a happy dog owner.

The Kanawha Obedience Training Club wants a lot of happy dog owners, and, beginning this Sunday, Sept. 11, the nonprofit club will begin another series of obedience classes in the Dunbar Recreation...

Artisans gather for Dunbar marketplace
Artisans gather for Dunbar marketplace

Despite temperatures in the mid-90s and high humidity, shoppers turned out for the City of Dunbar’s outdoor Artisan Marketplace on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Shawnee Park.

Sissonville church sponsoring free health-care mini-series
Sissonville church sponsoring free health-care mini-series

A free health-care empowerment mini-series, “What I Wish I Knew,” will start on Monday, Sept. 12 and continue weekly through late October at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sissonville.

Eric Douglas: Get out and walk!
Eric Douglas: Get out and walk!

For the last seven months, I’ve talked a lot about my personal battle with heart disease and my recovery from open-heart surgery. The reason for that is twofold.

Save the Children supports EMS students with fishing equipment, financial donations
Save the Children supports EMS students with fishing equipment, financial donations

In post-June flood relief efforts engineered robustly by Charleston native and Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner, Save the Children has supported the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley in helping Elk River area youth rebound from the disaster.

Local author releases end-of-summer novella
Local author releases end-of-summer novella

Author Eric Douglas, of Pinch, has released the latest story in the Mike Scott thriller series.

Volunteers sought for United Way Day of Caring

Celebrating its 11th Annual Day of Caring Sept. 21, United Way of Central West Virginia’s volunteers will help nonprofit agencies stock kitchen pantries, paint, clean, landscape and perform construction work.

Mountaineer faithful gear up for another season of Morgantown bus round-trips
Mountaineer faithful gear up for another season of Morgantown bus round-trips

For West Virginia University Mountaineer football fans who want to forgo the I-79 drive, parking and massive Morgantown traffic hassles involved with coming and going to Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturdays, a local club, of sorts, offers a...

Summerfest draws crowds for 20th year
Summerfest draws crowds for 20th year

Live entertainment, food, fireworks and a car show add up to another family-friendly Summerfest celebration in South Charleston.

Towne ‘N Country Lanes in Nitro hosting youth bowling league
Towne ‘N Country Lanes in Nitro hosting youth bowling league

Youth league bowling is gearing up at Towne ‘N Country Lanes in Nitro.

WVSU chapter of Psi Chi named a model chapter
WVSU chapter of Psi Chi named a model chapter

The West Virginia State University student chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology, has received a Model Chapter award from the organization’s Board of Directors.

Redhead Festival debuts Saturday
Redhead Festival debuts Saturday

How many redheads can Shawnee Park in Dunbar accommodate?

Alban Arts Center opening new location in Kanawha City

The St. Albans-based Alban Arts and Conference Center is expanding its 12-week Alban Arts Academy to 3624 MacCorkle Ave. in Kanawha City, joining the Teays Valley site to make a third location.

Farmer’s Table: Zucchini Rollatini
Farmer’s Table: Zucchini Rollatini

The first harvest of zucchini has ended and new plants are beginning to bear a second crop.

Eric Douglas: Weber W. Seabald part of nature now
Eric Douglas: Weber W. Seabald part of nature now

I remember being a kid, in the ‘70s, seeing the aging sternwheeler half submerged and resting against the bank of the Kanawha River.

Editor’s Desk: A library’s last days
Editor’s Desk: A library’s last days

Old books have a distinctive smell, and it hit me as soon as I walked into the large first-floor space that used to be the school library at Nitro High School.

Tuxes and Tails fundraiser to benefit KCHA
Tuxes and Tails fundraiser to benefit KCHA

Tickets can be purchased now for Tuxes and Tails 2016, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association’s largest fundraising event of the season.

Registrations being accepted for St. Albans citywide yard sale

St. Albans residents have until 4 p.m. Sept. 13 to have their addresses added to a yard sale map that will help guide shoppers during a citywide yard sale event on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Hawaiian hula classes added to S.C. studio’s dance offerings
Hawaiian hula classes added to S.C. studio’s dance offerings

Samadhi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, in South Charleston, has added Hawaiian hula to its class offerings this fall.

Local man competes in ‘Train to Hunt’ challenge
Local man competes in ‘Train to Hunt’ challenge

David Powell of Teays Valley has been an outdoorsman all his life. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, upland bird hunting, even a few holes of golf from time to time.

Farmer’s Table: Roasted Pepper Cheese Spread
Farmer’s Table: Roasted Pepper Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese Spread, considered a quintessential Southern food, is often referred to as “Southern Pâté” or “Caviar of the South,” yet it originated in New York.

Dunbar’s Artisan Marketplace takes place Saturday at Shawnee Park
Dunbar’s Artisan Marketplace takes place Saturday at Shawnee Park

On what is hoped to be a series of beautiful Saturdays through the end of September, visitors to Shawnee Park in Dunbar will find an eclectic mix of arts and crafts made by local artisans.

Community fair scheduled in Elkview
Community fair scheduled in Elkview

Recognizing this summer has been a difficult one for many Elk River residents affected by the June floods, Elk River Community Center officials will host a Community Fair this weekend, to offer some fun and games and laughter for all ages.

Eric Douglas: Coming full circle, underwater
Eric Douglas: Coming full circle, underwater

For nearly 20 years, I’ve made a career in scuba diving. It has taken me all over the world and away from West Virginia for 14 years, first to California and then to North Carolina. Since I’ve been back, I still write about diving...

St. Albans hosts Night Out
St. Albans hosts Night Out

The sixth annual St. Albans Night Out took place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, on the parking lot of Mayberry’s Family Restaurant.

Nitro Memorial Park project on track for a fall completion
Nitro Memorial Park project on track for a fall completion

Claire Hemme’s mural design is coming to life in all its red, white and blue glory in Nitro.

Founder of Lem’s Meat Varnish opens barbecue eatery in S.C.
Founder of Lem’s Meat Varnish opens barbecue eatery in S.C.

You can trust a man who invented his own line of barbecue sauce to know what it takes to produce good, barbecued meats.

Riverside High graduates receive Thad Snodgrass Memorial Scholarships
Riverside High graduates receive Thad Snodgrass Memorial Scholarships

The Thad Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships of $3,000 each to seven members of the 2016 Riverside High School graduating class.

Heart & Soul Summerfest coming to East End
Heart & Soul Summerfest coming to East End

The first-ever Heart & Soul Summerfest will be served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the East End Bazaar, corner of Ruffner and Washington streets, on Charleston’s East End.

Farmer’s Table: Spiced Bulgar Wheat Salad
Farmer’s Table: Spiced Bulgar Wheat Salad

Syrian cuisine has been influenced by many cultures and is one of the oldest cooking traditions in the world.

5K Glow Run Saturday in Charleston
5K Glow Run Saturday in Charleston

The 2016 5K Glow Run will step off at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Charleston.

Belle-Rand Lions Club presents flood relief check to Union Mission
Belle-Rand Lions Club presents flood relief check to Union Mission

As a community outreach mission to help flood victims, the Belle-Rand Lions Club presented a check for $775 recently to the Union Mission of Charleston.

Belly dance classes return in September to West Side studio
Belly dance classes return in September to West Side studio

On a recent, sun-dappled summer evening on Charleston’s West Side, several women were practicing intricate, high-spirited “navel maneuvers” in an upstairs studio of the Academy of Arts at January’s.

Eric Douglas: An Olympic-sized example of how to behave
Eric Douglas: An Olympic-sized example of how to behave

For the last week and a half, I’ve been a self-proclaimed expert in televised sports that I wouldn’t normally watch.

Applications available for 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas
Applications available for 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas

Applications for the 2016 antlerless deer season limited-permit areas are available online at www.wvhunt.com, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Alban Arts Academy announces classes in Putnam, Kanawha

The Alban Arts Academy, with locations in St. Albans, Teays Valley and Kanawha City, will offer 60 classes in the coming months for students from pre-kindergarten through adults.

Farmer’s Table: Leek Pie
Farmer’s Table: Leek Pie

I had an opportunity to visit the Fayette County Farmers Market recently. It is always interesting to see what farmers in other areas of West Virginia are growing.

Kanawha Players to present ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’
Kanawha Players to present ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’

The Kanawha Players will present “Elvis Has Left the Building” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston.

Lee’s Studio of Dance in Charleston celebrating 15th anniversary
Lee’s Studio of Dance in Charleston celebrating 15th anniversary

Performers from Lee’s Studio of Dance are still basking in the glow of title wins in the recent VIP Dance Nationals in Sandusky, Ohio.

Hurricane pinstripe artist to give demos at Summerfest car show
Hurricane pinstripe artist to give demos at Summerfest car show

Finding no pinstripes on Milt Wheeler’s car is like finding no photographs on Ansel Adams’ walls.

Redneck Truck Show, parade on tap for 2016 Pinch Reunion this weekend
Redneck Truck Show, parade on tap for 2016 Pinch Reunion this weekend

Opening ceremonies and an evening of free, traditional bluegrass music will kick off the 115th annual Pinch Reunion at the Reunion Grounds Wigwam at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12.

Rock Steady boxing classes provide exercise, therapy for those with Parkinson’s
Rock Steady boxing classes provide exercise, therapy for those with Parkinson’s

People fighting Parkinson’s disease don’t pull many punches most Monday afternoons at the Hometown Heroes Boxing and Fitness Gym in North Charleston.

Poca outdoor-adventure emporium making a splash with high-end kayaks
Poca outdoor-adventure emporium making a splash with high-end kayaks

For the past 15 years, Casey Turley has had what many football fans would consider a dream job.

Eric Douglas: Hoover provided a sense of community ‘up Elk’
Eric Douglas: Hoover provided a sense of community ‘up Elk’

There is no question in anyone’s mind that the June floods have nearly destroyed several small towns in West Virginia. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild them without a lot of help from the greater community. Some will decide...

West Virginia American Water hosting free community water festival

Experience the wonderful world of water at West Virginia American Water Company’s Waterfest event in Charleston.

Thomas Health System offering free sports physicals

Thomas Health System is providing free sports physicals in any one of the Thomas Care Clinic locations or at St. Francis First in Charleston.

WVU Tech appoints Director of Development
WVU Tech appoints Director of Development

West Virginia University Tech has announced the addition of Susan Shew, Director of Development, to the Montgomery school’s executive team.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School introduces Specialized Learning program
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School introduces Specialized Learning program

To meet the needs of special education students, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in St. Albans is adding a new Specialized Learning program this fall.

Newspaper participates in school drive
Newspaper participates in school drive

The Charleston Gazette-Mail recently participated in a drive to collect school supplies for the schools affected by the June floods. The supplies were delivered last week to BB&T in Charleston. Above, Tricia Washington of Dunbar (left) and Jane...

Tennis Play Days to be offered throughout Charleston

Charleston Parks and Recreation will be having weekly Tennis Play Days for ages 5 to 12 at four different facilities, beginning this month.

Farmer’s Table: Harvard Beets
Farmer’s Table: Harvard Beets

I harvested all of our beets last week. I made Polish borscht and a variety of salads, but I still had plenty left. I hadn’t made Harvard Beets in a long time and decided they would be the perfect accompaniment to a savory zucchini macaroni and...

Alum Creek Lions Club’s annual pig roast/car show slated for Aug. 13

Hog calling and face painting are just two of many family-friendly events at this year’s 34th annual Alum Creek Lions Club pig roast and car show.

Barnyard BBQ restaurant in Cross Lanes reopens after fire
Barnyard BBQ restaurant in Cross Lanes reopens after fire

Nine months after an electrical fire caused the Barnyard BBQ restaurant in Cross Lanes to close, the eatery on New Goff Mountain Road is back open with a newly remodeled interior and a spacious, covered deck.

Korean War veterans gather to mark anniversary of armistice signing
Korean War veterans gather to mark anniversary of armistice signing

A group of men in their 80s braved high temperatures and high humidity to remember a war often referred to as “the forgotten war.”

Temporary Elk Valley Express Library opens at former Big Chimney site
Temporary Elk Valley Express Library opens at former Big Chimney site

The grand opening of the Elk Valley Express Library took place on Tuesday, July 26 at a familiar location for many in the community: the previous Elk Valley Branch Library location at 4636 Pennsylvania Ave. in Big Chimney.

West Side church’s Saturday car washes support men’s shelter
West Side church’s Saturday car washes support men’s shelter

“Cleanliness is next to godliness” was coined long before there were automobiles, but a group of diligent, dedicated men steers the venerable dictum in that direction -- along with demonstrating their faith (and a lot of elbow grease)...

Family tradition continues at Andrews Floor & Wall Covering
Family tradition continues at Andrews Floor & Wall Covering

2016 has been a bittersweet year thus far at a longtime, long-valued West Side business.

Eric Douglas: Finding unexpected opportunities
Eric Douglas: Finding unexpected opportunities

As fall turned into winter last year, I tossed our collapsing carved pumpkins and decorative gourds on the ground beside a retaining wall in our yard.

New Hope Animal Rescue hosting customer appreciation day

New Hope Animal Rescue will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, at its Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

Farmer’s Table: Summer Squash Casserole
Farmer’s Table: Summer Squash Casserole

Summer squash is a short-season crop, but some farmers do succession planting to extend the season and maximize the garden’s yield. If lucky, the plants will produce for about three months.

Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance
Eric Douglas: Team Second Chance

Today is my 49th birthday.

I’m not telling you that to get attention. Realistically, my mom did all the work this day 49 years ago, so thank you, Mom!

Christian’s Sports Beat: From the field to the booth
Christian’s Sports Beat: From the field to the booth

CINCINNATI -- For as long as I can remember (and that is for only 12 years), I have enjoyed listening to sports on the radio.

Meow Cat Rescue hairstylist coming to Cross Lanes salon Thursday

A Cross Lanes hair salon is hosting the BarkAID Lomantini National Tour to benefit the Meow Cat Rescue organization.

Nitro Public Library major renovations nearly complete
Nitro Public Library major renovations nearly complete

It’s been a long summer for patrons of the Nitro Public Library, as they wait for a major renovation project to be completed.

South Charleston’s annual Summerfest celebration begins Aug. 14
South Charleston’s annual Summerfest celebration begins Aug. 14

Live entertainment, food, fireworks and a car show add up to another family-friendly Summerfest celebration in South Charleston.

Flood relief concert to take place Saturday in Charleston

A free orchestra and choir performance to benefit high school music departments in West Virginia impacted by June’s flooding will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston.

Nitro High show choir, marching band sponsoring Herbert Hoover fundraiser

Separate schools, but kindred spirits -- that’s the inspiration behind the Nitro High School Showcats show choir and marching band, as they reach out to help their fellow performers at flood-devastated Herbert Hoover High School.

Cabin Creek Health Systems offering federal black lung examinations
Cabin Creek Health Systems offering federal black lung examinations

Cabin Creek Health Systems, in Dawes, has recruited two physicians who will perform federal black lung examinations on local coal miners.

Marmet Bucket Brigade tidies townwide
Marmet Bucket Brigade tidies townwide

About two years ago, Barbara Miller and a few other civic-minded friends agreed to team up and spruce up the surroundings in their hometown of Marmet.

Farmer’s Table: Thai Spicy Eggplant with Basil
Farmer’s Table: Thai Spicy Eggplant with Basil

I can thank the lowly eggplant for the opportunity to write this weekly column.

Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there
Eric Douglas: Learning about my family from people who were there

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my grandfather being on the Dunbar City Council when the city building was built in 1941.

Belle church to host Children’s Bible Expo ‘16

The Church of Christ, 111 Kanawha St., Belle, will host a hands-on, interactive Children’s Bible Expo ‘16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center
‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Clay Center

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present the stage version of the popular animated Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans to dedicate prayer request box
First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans to dedicate prayer request box

Something new is catching the eyes of pedestrians and motorists as they pass the First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans on Kanawha Terrace.

New Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic opens
New Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic opens

The new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in South Charleston, which had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 1, is much larger and offers more services than its former location in Kanawha City.

Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall
Alban Arts Center, Academy of Arts at January’s decanting Wine-Down Wednesdays this fall

Although the Academy of Arts at January’s specializes primarily in teaching dance and movement classes for youths as young as 2, its forthcoming Wine-Down Wednesdays are for older -- and more refined -- tastes this fall. (As in 21 and...

Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”
Editor’s Desk: Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Whitechapel”

I didn’t become a devotee of Sherlock Holmes until a college roommate loaned me his two-volume set of original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle in the late ‘70s. Sure, as a kid I enjoyed the old Basil Rathbone movies on TV, but it...

Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes
Christian’s Sports Beat: Athletes helping out fellow athletes

By now, everyone is well aware of the disastrous flood that tore through many parts of West Virginia almost three weeks ago.

Weimer Elementary students have fun at ‘Camp Read-A-Lot’
Weimer Elementary students have fun at ‘Camp Read-A-Lot’

Near the end of the school year, Weimer Elementary School students attended a summer camp without having to leave the school.

Third-grade student raises nearly $1K for flood-stricken former neighbors
Third-grade student raises nearly $1K for flood-stricken former neighbors

Lola Grace Nesius is 8 years old and is going into third grade at Kenna Elementary School. She is always helping out others, especially in her Emerald Heights neighborhood. She walks dogs for people, helps neighbors with yard work and is well-known in...

Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts
Princesses bring magical moments to Elk River flood-relief efforts

June 23’s cataclysmic flooding throughout West Virginia is still wending toward happy endings -- wherever, whenever and however possible -- for hundreds of families.

Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing
Farmer’s Table: The beet goes on: Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing

In the early days of the Putnam Farmers Market, many producers grew and sold the same common items: Silver Queen corn, half-runner beans and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. There was little variety.

Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime
Eric Douglas: A few bad apples: Curbing flood-related crime

Crime has been around since the earliest recorded history. There have always been people who have decided it is easier to take what someone else has than to make it or earn it themselves. There are more than 50 references to “thief” or...