Tickets can be purchased now for Tuxes and Tails 2016, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association’s largest fundraising event of the season.
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.
The sixth annual St. Albans Night Out took place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, on the parking lot of Mayberry’s Family Restaurant.
Claire Hemme’s mural design is coming to life in all its red, white and blue glory in Nitro.
You can trust a man who invented his own line of barbecue sauce to know what it takes to produce good, barbecued meats.
The Thad Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships of $3,000 each to seven members of the 2016 Riverside High School graduating class.
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.
The 2016 5K Glow Run will step off at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in downtown Charleston.
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.
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.
For the last week and a half, I’ve been a self-proclaimed expert in televised sports that I wouldn’t normally watch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding no pinstripes on Milt Wheeler’s car is like finding no photographs on Ansel Adams’ walls.
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.
People fighting Parkinson’s disease don’t pull many punches most Monday afternoons at the Hometown Heroes Boxing and Fitness Gym in North Charleston.
For the past 15 years, Casey Turley has had what many football fans would consider a dream job.
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...
Experience the wonderful world of water at West Virginia American Water Company’s Waterfest event in Charleston.
Thomas Health System is providing free sports physicals in any one of the Thomas Care Clinic locations or at St. Francis First in Charleston.
West Virginia University Tech has announced the addition of Susan Shew, Director of Development, to the Montgomery school’s executive team.
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.
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...
Charleston Parks and Recreation will be having weekly Tennis Play Days for ages 5 to 12 at four different facilities, beginning this month.
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...
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.
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.
A group of men in their 80s braved high temperatures and high humidity to remember a war often referred to as “the forgotten war.”
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.
“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)...
2016 has been a bittersweet year thus far at a longtime, long-valued West Side business.
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 will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 6, at its Paws and Shop thrift store, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.
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.
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!
CINCINNATI -- For as long as I can remember (and that is for only 12 years), I have enjoyed listening to sports on the radio.
A Cross Lanes hair salon is hosting the BarkAID Lomantini National Tour to benefit the Meow Cat Rescue organization.
It’s been a long summer for patrons of the Nitro Public Library, as they wait for a major renovation project to be completed.
Live entertainment, food, fireworks and a car show add up to another family-friendly Summerfest celebration in South 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.
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, in Dawes, has recruited two physicians who will perform federal black lung examinations on local coal miners.
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.
I can thank the lowly eggplant for the opportunity to write this weekly column.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my grandfather being on the Dunbar City Council when the city building was built in 1941.
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.
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.
Something new is catching the eyes of pedestrians and motorists as they pass the First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans on Kanawha Terrace.
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.
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...
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...
By now, everyone is well aware of the disastrous flood that tore through many parts of West Virginia almost three weeks ago.
Near the end of the school year, Weimer Elementary School students attended a summer camp without having to leave the school.
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...
June 23’s cataclysmic flooding throughout West Virginia is still wending toward happy endings -- wherever, whenever and however possible -- for hundreds of families.
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.
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...
For fulfilling, full-service automotive upkeep and reliable maintenance, Lahoda Brothers Auto Repair has been many drivers’ preferred destination for the past five years.
Recently retired from military service, SSG William Franklin Thaxton III was born in Charleston and graduated from South Charleston High School in 1995.
The West Virginia State University Extension Service will sponsor a free, hands-on garlic harvesting workshop on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at Hudson Farms, 69 Silo St. in Charleston.
Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion was scheduled weeks ago for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.
Charleston Main Streets-East End, The Empty Glass, Bluegrass Kitchen, the Red Carpet Lounge, Tricky Fish, Starling’s Coffee & Provisions, Electric 102.7FM and Little India Restaurant of West Virginia will participate jointly in an East End...
Ronald McDonald Charities of Southern West Virginia is accepting donations of baby and cleaning supplies to be distributed to area families.
The American Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter, meals, cleaning supplies, help and hope to those affected by the June 23 flooding across West Virginia.
As West Virginians continue to clean up from the recent devastating floods, the problems faced by those who lose their electrical power during such disasters is again at the forefront.
Fans of the fictional, Victorian-era detective Sherlock Holmes will have a new mystery to enjoy, beginning this weekend at the Alban Arts Center on Olde Main Street in St. Albans.
Larry Foster, owner of Foster Farm in Putnam County, is one of my favorite farmers. He sells eggs, pork and assorted vegetables at the Putnam Farmers Market. Last week, my husband purchased smoked ham slices from Foster Farm.
The outpouring of support and donations for our friends and neighbors who have had their homes destroyed and lives turned upside down by the floods of June 23 and 24 was simply amazing, even though it was no surprise. West Virginians have a long...
My friend, John Porter, the Charleston Gazette-Mail Garden Guru, wrote an article earlier in the year about blueberries. He said blueberries purchased in the grocery store pale in comparison to those grown in the home garden. As always, he is...
Twenty-nine blind and visually impaired children from across West Virginia are sharpening their musical skills – and learning important life lessons – at the West Virginia University Eye Institute’s Children’s Vision...
Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion is scheduled for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.
Andreea Slusarciuc’s tennis prowess -- and social media -- proved to be her passport to a current home and job in Charleston.
A recent South Charleston High School graduate has left for a six-week stay in South Korea, where she will study that country’s language.
“Homeless flood victim....Those words still seem surreal to me. I lay my head down at night in a bed that doesn’t belong to me, and when the panic attacks stop, I wake the next morning to find the nightmare is real and we start...
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the obesity problem, and one way to determine if you are at an elevated risk for heart disease by measuring your waist size.
Barn Time Horse Day Camp, for ages 5 and up, will be offered this summer at Tyler Mountain Stables in Cross Lanes.
The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.
Local middle school students kicked off their summer with a day camp devoted to planes, trains, automobiles and other forms of transportation.
With the start of summer comes the annual Pinch Reunion Queens Pageant.
The annual Joy in Singing Music Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. daily July 11-15 at the Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church, located 1/4 mile on the road to Rippling Waters Campground, Sissonville.
At the inaugural members’ meeting at Coonskin Park June 22, YMCA of Kanawha Valley officers, supporters and, of course, members congregated to celebrate the past, regale in the present and look toward the future.
St. Albans’ Riverfest 2016 is in progress through Sunday, June 26.
Soon, the spring air will be filled with hams.
Well, technically, and technologically, the spring airwaves.
A West Virginia University student has been named a top 10 finalist in Stratasys’ 2016 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge for his innovative 3D Bone Fixation System.
Sweet, luscious, locally grown blueberries have arrived at farmers markets, and 2016 is proving to be a bumper year.
Now through mid-August, the Tri-County YMCA’s Camp High-Tor will be open for children finishing kindergarten through age 17.
Pedal your way to good health and help a community outreach organization at the same time by signing up for “Pedal With Purpose.”
If you like to play dodgeball, you’ll love goalball.
Area doctors aren’t exactly making house calls in a new, free health initiative, but they are stepping out from their offices, aiming to make great strides with their fellow Kanawha and Putnam countians.
The third annual Clendenin Fourth of July Kayak Race is scheduled for Saturday, July 2.
Providing dance education for the past 30 years, the Academy of Arts at January’s is warming up for another summertime season of instruction, engagement and involvement.
I’ve always heard it said that the most militant anti-smokers are former smokers who have quit.
A few weeks ago, I was running around town with my youngest daughter. We were in Dunbar and had a few minutes to kill before an appointment, so we stopped by the Dunbar City Building to take a picture. I knew what we would find when we got there, but...
I allocate one small row at the end of a raised bed each year for growing romaine lettuce. I usually buy small plants at the greenhouse, since that will provide an ample springtime supply. I try to find assorted heirloom varieties, which add visual...
A new class will be inducted into the St. Albans High School Sports and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 23.
If you’re looking for a vacation getaway this year that maximizes your leisure time and travel budget and minimizes the headaches that sometimes accompany getting there and back, a local expert has some timely tips to consider.
Summer reading just got easier in South Charleston, with the addition of a “Little Library” in a garden near the intersection of Montrose Drive and Kanawha Turnpike.