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South Charleston’s annual Christmas parade Saturday

A holiday spectacle of colorful floats, cartoon characters, marching bands, and, of course, Santa Claus, will roll through the streets of South Charleston this Saturday, Dec. 10.

Literacy Volunteers conducting Elk flood-relief book drive Saturday
Literacy Volunteers conducting Elk flood-relief book drive Saturday

The Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County will collect new books -- along with monetary donations -- to restock the personal libraries of children affected by the late June flooding along the Elk River.

Nitro’s Christmas parade kicks off the holiday season on Saturday

This Saturday’s Christmas parade in Nitro will kick off the holiday season and also be a lead-in event to the Nitro Centennial Celebration in 2017.

Eric Douglas: Pearl Harbor Day is a day we will never forget
Eric Douglas: Pearl Harbor Day is a day we will never forget

Seventy-five years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, sealing the United States’ entry into World War II.

Farmer’s Table: Watergate Salad
Farmer’s Table: Watergate Salad

This is the time of year that triggers many childhood memories. My mother didn’t enjoy cooking, but every November, she took out the odd-shaped cake pans that belonged to my grandmother to prepare for the “fruitcake baking spree.”...

14th annual River Arts Show coming to Charleston’s West Side
14th annual River Arts Show coming to Charleston’s West Side

Showcasing the talents of Mountain State artisans, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host the 14th annual River Arts Show this weekend.

Eric Douglas: Have a heart: I need your help
Eric Douglas: Have a heart: I need your help

Ten months ago, I had open heart surgery. My regular readers know that as I have done my best to share my story. I’ve hoped that friends and readers would see what I have gone through and A) make lifestyle changes to avoid a similar fate or B)...

Chanukah show Sunday in Charleston

The annual Chanukah Gift-Art-Book-&-Special-Craft Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 1599 Virginia St., E., in Charleston.

KC students raise almost $300 for Heart Association
KC students raise almost $300 for Heart Association

Did you know baked goods help save lives?

Yes, you read that correctly. Just ask the students at Kanawha City Elementary School. As a Jump Rope For Heart school, the students and their third-grade teachers, Danielle Loehr and Pamela Hurst,...

CYAC to present 20th edition of rock opera ‘Mary’
CYAC to present 20th edition of rock opera ‘Mary’

When composer Mark Scarpelli and librettist Dan Kehde created their first rock opera “Mary” in 1996, neither of them expected that the Contemporary Youth Arts Company would still be producing it 20 years later.

Montgomery dentist named 2016 UKV Citizen of the Year
Montgomery dentist named 2016 UKV Citizen of the Year

Dr. Carl Lee Kennedy was selected as the 2016 Upper Kanawha Valley Senior Citizen of the Year at Montgomery General Hospital’s second annual “Live Well, Be Well” Senior Expo.

Knives commemorate Nitro Centennial
Knives commemorate Nitro Centennial

Town & Country Supply in Nitro is selling Case-brand commemorative pocket knives that mark the town’s 100-year birthday next year. There are two styles to choose from, with each model displaying an engraved logo that touts the City of...

Commode Bowl a Thanksgiving throwdown
Commode Bowl a Thanksgiving throwdown

Is there a better way to spend Thanksgiving Day than by watching a wild and wacky parade, followed by a hard-hitting, sandlot football game between grown men?

‘Hands for Hope’ pitches in to help flood victims
‘Hands for Hope’ pitches in to help flood victims

During the first weekend of November, “Hands for Hope” volunteers from around the area, state and Ohio pitched in to continue ongoing recovery efforts from the late June flooding along the Elk River.

Farmer’s Table: Sichuan Eggplant
Farmer’s Table: Sichuan Eggplant

I moved to this area in November 1975. I’d grown up on the main street of a small West Virginia town. I thought I wanted to be a hippie homesteader and live off of the land, but my dream didn’t fit my budget.

Eric Douglas: Make a list of what you’re thankful for
Eric Douglas: Make a list of what you’re thankful for

For this week, I started writing a column about Thanksgiving myths. There are a lot of things we think we know about holidays like Thanksgiving that just aren’t true.

KCHA to honor late volunteer with new walking trail
KCHA to honor late volunteer with new walking trail

On Oct. 30, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association announced the construction of a new dog walking trail on its Greenbrier Street property in honor of animal shelter volunteer Joni Adams.

Refurbish, refinish and repurpose...
Refurbish, refinish and repurpose...

Three things are very important to the owners of a new shop in St. Albans, and they all start with the letter “R.”

Fundraiser to benefit East End PRO-Kids afterschool program
Fundraiser to benefit East End PRO-Kids afterschool program

When classes dismiss daily at Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston, an afternoon of engaging activities awaits 50 or more students of the East End school.

Toastmasters to hold multistate conference this weekend
Toastmasters to hold multistate conference this weekend

Approximately 100 members of Toastmasters International are expected to convene in Charleston this week for the group’s semi-annual conference -- and they’ll have a lot of talk about.

Eric Douglas: Staying healthy for the holidays
Eric Douglas: Staying healthy for the holidays

This is my first holiday season after open-heart surgery, so I’m trying to be proactive and think ahead.

Hurricane man acts out Kanawha Valley history
Hurricane man acts out Kanawha Valley history

HURRICANE -- In 1674, Gabriel Arthur hiked through Putnam County on an assignment to explore western lands and trade with Native Americans. Historians believe he was the first white man to see the Kanawha Valley.

Kanawha Valley Youth Football League plays “Super Bowl”
Kanawha Valley Youth Football League plays “Super Bowl”

The Kanawha Valley Youth Football League played its annual Super Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the University of Charleston Stadium.

Farmer’s Table: Apple Custard Pie
Farmer’s Table: Apple Custard Pie

Americans love pie. Surveys show apple pie as the country’s favorite, often coming in at 47 percent or higher.

Deer firearms season opens Monday
Deer firearms season opens Monday

West Virginia’s 2016 traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 21.

County schools among 2016 State Marching Band Championship winners
County schools among 2016 State Marching Band Championship winners

Twenty-eight high school bands from around the state showcased their talents at the fifth annual West Virginia State Marching Band Championship at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field in Charleston on Oct. 15.

Increased training, new building among goals of Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department chief
Increased training, new building among goals of Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department chief

As cars and trucks sped by on U.S. 60, the new chief of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department talked about filling big shoes and his plans for the department’s future.

Nitro Library completes remodeling project
Nitro Library completes remodeling project

Visitors to the newly renovated Nitro Public Library are pleased with how the six-month-long project turned out, said Lynn Godby-Chin, library manager.

Family of veterans honored with memorial bridge on West Side
Family of veterans honored with memorial bridge on West Side

A road sign leading into downtown Charleston from Interstates 77 and 79 North is a visible reminder of a local family’s dedidcated military service to the United States.

Soil Tunnel helps children learn what lies beneath
Soil Tunnel helps children learn what lies beneath

Children love to play and explore — whether it’s the school playground, a park or in their own back yards.

Farmer’s Table: Thai Steamed Mussels
Farmer’s Table: Thai Steamed Mussels

Salt-water mussels are bivalves like oysters, clams and scallops. The type offered in restaurants and supermarkets are generally “Mytilus edulis,” a species that grows along the Atlantic coastline from Virginia to the Arctic. They are...

Kenyan schoolchildren receive pink pens from W.Va. Susan G. Komen chapter
Kenyan schoolchildren receive pink pens from W.Va. Susan G. Komen chapter

When Express Employment Professionals owner and general manager Tom Wirts donated several thousand pink writing pens to the Susan G. Komen West Virginia chapter as premiums in its 2016 Race for the Cure fundraiser, he never imagined some of the hands...

Kanawha City Greek Orthodox church to host annual dinner, bake sale this weekend

St. John Greek Orthodox Church, 3512 MacCorkle Ave. in Kanawha City, will usher in the coming holiday season with its annual dinner and bake sale extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13.

YWCA to host ‘Foodie Feast’ benefit brunch

In celebration of its 30th year hosting the Thanksgiving benefit dinner to raise funds for the Sojourner’s Shelter, YWCA Charleston has revamped the event, now called “Foodie Feast.”

KCHA to honor late volunteer with new walking trail
KCHA to honor late volunteer with new walking trail

On Oct. 30, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association announced the construction of a new dog walking trail on its Greenbrier Street property in honor of animal shelter volunteer Joni Adams.

30th annual Dagger’s Toy Run tabbed for Dec. 10
30th annual Dagger’s Toy Run tabbed for Dec. 10

For the 30th year, roaring cycles will substitute for reindeer-propelled sleighs in delivering Christmas toys to girls and boys, thanks to the annual Dagger’s Toy Run.

Calfee Chiropractic in Cross Lanes to host annual Patient Appreciation Day

As a way to say “thank you” to its patients, Calfee Chiropractic in Cross Lanes will have its annual Patient Appreciation Day on Saturday, Nov. 12, at its headquarters, 5390 Big Tyler Road.

‘Battle at the Bank II’ boxing bound for East Bank Middle
‘Battle at the Bank II’ boxing bound for East Bank Middle

Hometown Heroes Boxing has announced its next featured event will be “The Battle at the Bank II,” happening at East Bank Middle School in East Bank on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Open enrollment available for affordable health care

Affordable health care is something that all Americans deserve. Before the Affordable Care Act, millions of people and their families were at risk of financial ruin because they were uninsured. Health insurance companies could also deny health...

Eric Douglas: Do it ‘for the children’
Eric Douglas: Do it ‘for the children’

My daughters are growing up way too fast.

I know every parent says that. I’m sure my parents said it about my brother and me, too. (Although, I am just as sure there were times they wondered if we would ever grow up. Maybe that’s...

Toys for Tykes Car Show relocating to Patrick Street

Old cars will park at a new location at the 27th annual Toys for Tykes Car Show.

Farmers Table: Roasted Carrot Salad
Farmers Table: Roasted Carrot Salad

My husband had good luck growing carrots this year.

No excuses -- go vote!
No excuses -- go vote!

By Eric Douglas

Yes, I know, the last couple months of politics have been absolutely awful.

‘Shop ‘til U Drop’ event Saturday in Pinch

A “Shop ‘til U Drop’ fundraiser will be held for the 15th year, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, 100 Jackson Drive, Pinch.

Concert to benefit Jericho House in St. Albans

A concert of traditional brass quintet music is on tap to benefit Jericho House, a shelter for women, children and families, in St. Albans.

South Charleston Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Until Parted by Death’

An interactive murder mystery dinner theater is coming to South Charleston on Friday, Nov. 4, sponsored by the South Charleston Chamber of Commerce.

West Virginia State University to host High School Science Bowl competition Friday

Sixteen teams from eight area high schools will compete in the annual Dr. James E. Brimhall RESA III Science Bowl in Hamblin Hall on the campus of West Virginia State University in Institute.

West Virginia State to host 20th annual Criminal Justice Educators Conference

With a theme of “Realities of Crime and Criminal Justice,” the 20th annual conference of the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Association will take place Nov. 3-4 at West Virginia State University in Institute.

Wagging Tails Chili Challenge for Dog Bless set for St. Albans Saturday

Fire up your taste buds for the third annual Wagging Tails Chili Challenge.

Riverside High hosts JROTC Raider competition
Riverside High hosts JROTC Raider competition

Over the weekend of Oct. 22-23, the Junior ROTC team at Riverside High School in Belle hosted its first Raider competition of the season.

Cross Lanes United Methodist Women Craft Day celebrates 25th anniversary
Cross Lanes United Methodist Women Craft Day celebrates 25th anniversary

Unique craft and gift items, good food and health checkups are part of this Saturday’s Cross Lanes United Methodist Women Craft Day, which is in its 25th year at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church on Frontier Drive.

Graziano’s Pizza Express Dunbar celebrating 20th anniversary
Graziano’s Pizza Express Dunbar celebrating 20th anniversary

When Craig Newton flips the sign from “closed” to “open” on the door of his Graziano’s Pizza Express Dunbar, things get busy in a hurry.

Secret Santa Foundation seeking holiday sponsors
Secret Santa Foundation seeking holiday sponsors

While hundreds of families around the Kanawha Valley were distributing Halloween candy, a longtime area agency opened its telephone lines to collect Christmas treats for children -- and families -- in need.

Alban Arts Center to present latest installment of ‘Three Things’ speaker series

The seventh installment of the Alban Arts Center’s “Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future” will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Alban, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans.

Clendenin boxing club battles in pair of bouts
Clendenin boxing club battles in pair of bouts

The Elk River Boxing Club and Elk River MMA were back in action on Oct. 8 in their home base of Clendenin and in Raleigh County.

South Charleston Library hosts pumpkin decorating party
South Charleston Library hosts pumpkin decorating party

They came, they glued, they glittered and smiled during a pumpkin decorating party Oct. 11 at the South Charleston Public Library.

Jun Shin Do Martial Arts School to present ‘Taekyon Self-Defense’ class

Martial arts instructor Doug Day of the Jun Shin Do Martial Arts School will begin a four-week introductory “Taekyon Self-Defense” class on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 342 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., South Charleston.

Tyler Mountain VFD annual craft show Nov. 5

Crafts, baked goods and a drawing for gift cards from Cabela’s Sporting Goods are among the attractions at this year’s Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department craft show.

Poetry Out Loud registrations being accepted

The 2017 West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state competition registration deadline is set for Dec. 1.

New ‘doughboy’ street signs celebrate Nitro’s Centennial
New ‘doughboy’ street signs celebrate Nitro’s Centennial

In the coming weeks, Nitro city workers will be replacing street signs along First Avenue with new signs that help focus attention on the city’s World War I heritage.

Clendenin artist’s work on exhibit at MU South Charleston campus
Clendenin artist’s work on exhibit at MU South Charleston campus

Marshall University alumna Sonja Adkins, a resident of Clendenin, who grew up on a farm in Wayne County, has her work on exhibit at Marshall University’s Library and Research Commons on the South Charleston campus.

Bark for Life fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society
Bark for Life fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society

No matter how big or small your dog is sizewise, he or she can make a huge difference in the fight against cancer in Kanawha County.

Mountain Mission opens West Side soup kitchen
Mountain Mission opens West Side soup kitchen

A ceremony to mark the official opening of the Mountain Mission Soup Kitchen took place on the morning of Oct. 18 on Charleston’s West Side.

Schedule announced for eighth annual HallowEast activities on East End
Schedule announced for eighth annual HallowEast activities on East End

Numerous, spooky HallowEast 8 events have been scheduled for Oct. 26 through Oct. 29 on Charleston’s East End. Here’s the line-up of events:

Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Saturday
Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Saturday

The 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s-Charleston will begin and end Saturday, Oct. 29 at Appalachian Power Park, 600 Morris St. on Charleston’s East End.

Farmer’s Table: Char Siu Pork
Farmer’s Table: Char Siu Pork

Char siu is a popular Cantonese method of flavoring and preparing roasted pork. The term “char siu” means “fork burn/roast,” which was the traditional cooking method for this dish. Seasoned pieces of pork were skewered on...

Eric Douglas: Be wary of lights on the road ahead!
Eric Douglas: Be wary of lights on the road ahead!

We took the family to the farmers market last week to buy pumpkins for carving.

Appalachian Victuals dinner Monday in Malden
Appalachian Victuals dinner Monday in Malden

The Appalachian Victuals dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, 4797 Midland Drive in Malden, with author Ronni Lundy and chef Ian Boden.

Poetry Out Loud registrations being accepted

The 2017 West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state competition registration deadline is set for Dec. 1.

St. Paul United Methodist in South Charleston welcomes first female pastor
St. Paul United Methodist in South Charleston welcomes first female pastor

The Rev. Cindy Briggs-Biondi was a bit anxious when she delivered her first sermon a few months ago at St. Paul United Methodist Church in South Charleston.

FestivALL Fall to celebrate the arts Oct. 21-23
FestivALL Fall to celebrate the arts Oct. 21-23

FestivALL Charleston will celebrate FestivALL Fall for its fifth consecutive year Oct. 21 through Oct. 23.

Free genealogy classes offered Saturday

The annual Mining Your History Foundation Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center of the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Annual Coin Show coming to Civic Center

The Charleston Coin Club will sponsor its annual coin show on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Charleston Civic Center in downtown Charleston.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Final kicks for a couple of good friends
Christian’s Sports Beat: Final kicks for a couple of good friends

HUNTINGTON -- When I started writing this column over three years ago, one of the first interviews I did was with Tommy Trupo and Trevor Starcher, two sophomores at the time for the Marshall University Thundering Herd men’s soccer team.

Nitro shop has eclectic collectibles
Nitro shop has eclectic collectibles

From its perch atop a high shelf, a 3-foot-tall Superman figure has a commanding view of what some might call junk, but others would call treasures.

Haunted Trail at St. Albans City Park begins Oct. 21

In the spirit of Halloween, take a frightful walk in the park as the City of St. Albans presents its annual Haunted Trail.

Farmer’s Table: Fresh Fig Skewers
Farmer’s Table: Fresh Fig Skewers

I’ve written a lot about figs lately. Figs can be finicky to grow, but they are worth the time and effort when harvest season rolls around in September and October.

Pickers Paradise Antique Mall packs up to new, larger locale
Pickers Paradise Antique Mall packs up to new, larger locale

Paradise just became more prodigious this month for bargain and old-time beauty bounty hunters.

Montgomery General Hospital to host second annual Senior Expo
Montgomery General Hospital to host second annual Senior Expo

The second annual Live Well Be Well Senior Expo will take place in the main lobby of Montgomery General Hospital from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Eric Douglas: Get ready for the Day of Listening and save memories
Eric Douglas: Get ready for the Day of Listening and save memories

I was young, just 3 or 4 years old, when my maternal grandfather died. There are a few pictures of me sitting on his lap, but I honestly don’t remember him. I was about 10 when my grandmother remarried and I became part of a blended family.

Capital High students to perform ‘Miss Nelson is Missing’
Capital High students to perform ‘Miss Nelson is Missing’

Capital High School students will present “Miss Nelson Is Missing,” based on the popular children’s book of the same title by Harry Allard and James Marshall, this week.

W.Va. Book Festival schedule released
W.Va. Book Festival schedule released

Below is the schedule for the 2016 West Virginia Book Festival at the Charleston Civic Center and University of Charleston:

Annual St. Albans 5K Run/Walk Against Hunger slated for Oct. 29
Annual St. Albans 5K Run/Walk Against Hunger slated for Oct. 29

For more than 20 years, an annual event in St. Albans has helped to alleviate hunger and provide assistance to the less fortunate in the community.

Students learn balance with stand-up paddleboarding
Students learn balance with stand-up paddleboarding

In days of yesteryear, students dreaded the paddle, but in today’s more enlightened times, several of them took the paddle eagerly -- on the water recently.

OktoberWest returns to Charleston’s West Side this weekend
OktoberWest returns to Charleston’s West Side this weekend

Life is about to get very Bavarian again soon on the West Side of Charleston.

South Charleston First Church of Nazarene hosting fall fest ‘block party’ Sunday
South Charleston First Church of Nazarene hosting fall fest ‘block party’ Sunday

About 90,000 pieces of candy are ready to be given out this Sunday, Oct. 16, during a free block party at the South Charleston First Church of the Nazarene.

Soon-to-be-98-year-old still cooking at Christ’s Kitchen
Soon-to-be-98-year-old still cooking at Christ’s Kitchen

The person I am writing about today has a long history in the Kanawha Valley -- nearly a century’s worth.

Candidate forum Tuesday in South Charleston

The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce and the Woman’s Club of South Charleston will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 214 D St. in South Charleston.

Kanawha County youth attend Governor’s Youth Opportunity Adventure Camp
Kanawha County youth attend Governor’s Youth Opportunity Adventure Camp

School has started, but summer memories are still strong for boys and girls who attended the 2016 Governor’s Youth Opportunity Adventure Camp at Camp Horsehoe in Tucker County.

Nitro among state municipalities OK’d for ‘brunch bill’ status

MORGANTOWN -- At its meeting Oct. 3 in Morgantown, the Municipal Home Rule Board approved eight Home Rule municipalities to consider local ordinances allowing the sale of alcohol earlier on Sundays.

South Charleston Chamber to host sixth annual Boo Bash

The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce will host the sixth annual Boo Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston.

Bark for Life fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society
Bark for Life fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society

No matter how big or small your dog is sizewise, he or she can make a huge difference in the fight against cancer in Kanawha County.

AARP WV produces Video Voter Guide with gubernatorial candidate interviews
AARP WV produces Video Voter Guide with gubernatorial candidate interviews

AARP West Virginia has released its 2016 Video Voter Guide, featuring exclusive, one-on-one interviews with gubernatorial candidates Senate President Bill Cole (R) and Jim Justice (D), answering key questions on how they would improve the lives of...

Youth, Class Q/QQ and senior citizen antlerless deer season opens Saturday

The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with disabilities (Class Q/QQ permit) and senior citizens (holders of a Class XS license) will begin Saturday, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Eric Douglas: You can’t complain if you don’t vote
Eric Douglas: You can’t complain if you don’t vote

Back in the spring, after the Legislature spent more than half a million dollars before they could pass a budget, I heard a lot of people declare that they would “remember in November.”

Pratt Fall Festival to take place Saturday
Pratt Fall Festival to take place Saturday

The 31st annual Pratt Fall Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Pratt Elementary School in Pratt.

WVSU Extension Service hosting fall gardening workshop series

Although fall is here, that’s no reason to forget about gardening.

Krafty Eleganza gift shop opens on D Street in South Charleston
Krafty Eleganza gift shop opens on D Street in South Charleston

As a woman with a creative mind and the skills to turn her visions into reality, Miriam Proctor has taken the next step in her pursuit of the arts.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Putting it through the uprights
Christian’s Sports Beat: Putting it through the uprights

MORGANTOWN -- Pressure in all sports comes in various forms, like stepping up to the starting line in a race or stepping into the batter’s box with the winning run on third base or preparing to kick the possible winning field goal.

Farmer’s Table: Cajun Fried Okra
Farmer’s Table: Cajun Fried Okra

Two things inspired this week’s spicy story. A weekend get-together with a friend who lived in Louisiana made me think of some of my favorite Cajun dishes that are perfect for this time of year. And … my garden is still yielding okra, an...