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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
The City of Dunbar is welcoming autumn with its annual Fall Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-18.
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.
New West Virginia University Tech students had a busy week recently.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Presented by Zenergy Cycling, “Pedal with Purpose” is an upcoming fundraiser to benefit Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley.
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.
On the day she turned 99, Helen Bowles was as happy as a 9-year-old.
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.
This was a great year for growing cucumbers, so I made a lot of pickles.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author Eric Douglas, of Pinch, has released the latest story in the Mike Scott thriller series.
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.
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...
Live entertainment, food, fireworks and a car show add up to another family-friendly Summerfest celebration in South Charleston.
Youth league bowling is gearing up at Towne ‘N Country Lanes in Nitro.
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.
How many redheads can Shawnee Park in Dunbar accommodate?
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.
The first harvest of zucchini has ended and new plants are beginning to bear a second crop.
I remember being a kid, in the ‘70s, seeing the aging sternwheeler half submerged and resting against the bank of the Kanawha River.
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.
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.
Samadhi Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, in South Charleston, has added Hawaiian hula to its class offerings this fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Syrian cuisine has been influenced by many cultures and is one of the oldest cooking traditions in the world.
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...