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WVSU professor recognized by Football Coaches Association
WVSU professor recognized by Football Coaches Association

A longtime West Virginia State University associate professor and one-time Yellow Jacket football coach has been honored by the American Football Coaches Association with the organization’s 2016 Trailblazer Award.

Eric Douglas: Clio reveals history all around us
Eric Douglas: Clio reveals history all around us

I will be the first to admit that I’m a history buff. I am intrigued by the notable events that have happened all around us. So much happened that will never make it into a history book, but it is still interesting and important.

Civic Center gets Rowdy
Civic Center gets Rowdy

The 21st annual Rough ‘N Rowdy Brawl at the Charleston Civic Center this weekend has about 100 area fighters ready to punch, brawl and -- for the first time -- kick. This year the fighting competition is allowing kickboxing. “Nothing...

Farmer’s Table: Sea Scallops in Coconut-Basil Sauce
Farmer’s Table: Sea Scallops in Coconut-Basil Sauce

Large sea scallops are a rare treat. I recently found some nice ones during the holidays. Dry scallops would have been preferred, but they are hard to obtain in our area. The ones I purchased had been packed in water, which keeps the scallops plump,...

Gift baskets galore at Not Too Shabby
Gift baskets galore at Not Too Shabby

Valentine’s Day is about a month away, but visitors to the new Not Too Shabby gift shop in Dunbar can already find something swell for their sweeties, namely in the form of custom-designed gift baskets.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Pat White’s journey from gridiron athlete to athlete counseling
Christian’s Sports Beat: Pat White’s journey from gridiron athlete to athlete counseling

When I first started watching college football, the first player I idolized was Pat White of the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

East End church to host MLK commemoration Monday
East End church to host MLK commemoration Monday

Dr. Carolyn Stuart, executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission, has announced the plans for the annual commemoration and celebration of the life of the Rev.

Eric Douglas: First Day Hike starts year off right
Eric Douglas: First Day Hike starts year off right

I’m not a big believer in making New Year’s resolutions.

UC to unveil new athletic facility with official opening Saturday
UC to unveil new athletic facility with official opening Saturday

The official opening of the University of Charleston’s new, state-of-the-art athletic facility will tip off with a pair of college basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 14 on the UC campus at 2300 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., in Charleston.

KUDOS youth participate in ‘hands-on’ toolbox, bike challenge
KUDOS youth participate in ‘hands-on’ toolbox, bike challenge

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. is an organization of current and retired educators in Kanawha and Putnam counties, dedicated to promoting the highest ideas of teaching as a profession and encouraging the development of Kanawha Valley...

Tickets available for fifth annual FestivALL fundraiser
Tickets available for fifth annual FestivALL fundraiser

For the fifth year in a row, FestivALL Charleston will host a food and beverage-themed fundraiser, “FeastivALL,” a gourmet dinner with wine and beer pairing, on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Wild Poppy Caterers Sandwich Shop opens in Dunbar
The Wild Poppy Caterers Sandwich Shop opens in Dunbar

Although Autumn Gardner earned a degree in marketing and business management in college, her heart has always been in the kitchen.

Annual W.Va. Hunting & Fishing Show returns this month
Annual W.Va. Hunting & Fishing Show returns this month

For the 30th year, the Charleston Civic Center will offer an outstanding, outdoors-oriented extravaganza indoors: the West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show.

Thirtieth annual Geri Olympics in the planning stages for April

The Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living planning team are getting ready for the 30th annual Geri Olympics on April 21 at the South Charleston Community Center.

Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous with Mushrooms
Farmer’s Table: Israeli Couscous with Mushrooms

Israeli couscous is a type of pasta made from wheat flour and semolina. It has a small, round shape about the size of small pearls. It is also called “pearl couscous.”

Eric Douglas: You can’t blame time -- it just is
Eric Douglas: You can’t blame time -- it just is

As I sat down to write this column, I was thinking about all the entertainers we’ve lost this year and all the significant things that have happened. It has been quite a year. Contrary to a lot of people, I didn’t blame the year and I...

Riverside High swim team splashes into second season of competition
Riverside High swim team splashes into second season of competition

The Riverside High School swim team is virtually a family affair this year, but its coach foresees higher numbers of divers and swimmers on the aquatic roster in seasons to come.

YMCA youth sports programs begin next week
YMCA youth sports programs begin next week

The YMCA of Kanawha Valley, at 100 YMCA Drive in Charleston, is continuing enrollment this week for a variety of winter sessions for youths.

Relay for Life kickoff event scheduled in Charleston

Organizers of the annual Relay for Life, a fundraising event to benefit the American Cancer Society, will host a kickoff event this month in Charleston.

South Charleston Public Library announces winter storytime sessions

Signups for the South Charleston Public Library’s winter storytime sessions begin Monday, Jan. 9. Storytimes will start on Jan. 23.

Coal River Group looks back on successful projects in 2016
Coal River Group looks back on successful projects in 2016

Officials with the Coal River Group report that 2016 was a successful year for the watershed group that strives to keep rivers and streams clean.

St. Albans Historical Society selling 2017 calendars
St. Albans Historical Society selling 2017 calendars

As the year 2017 approaches, it’s not too late for St. Albans residents and those with ties to the community, to stay in touch with the town’s past.

Kanawha City Montessori school planning ‘Journey and Discovery’ experience
Kanawha City Montessori school planning ‘Journey and Discovery’ experience

Go back in time -- figuratively -- in early 2017.

Mountaineer Montessori School, at 308 20th St. in Kanawha City, will host a special event, the “Montessori Journey and Discovery,” on Saturday, Jan. 8.

GoodNight celebration to ring in 2017
GoodNight celebration to ring in 2017

Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 will be ushered out and 2017 will be welcomed in with 42 musical performances around the city of Charleston.

Celtic Mountain Iron in Nitro creates custom-designed metalwork
Celtic Mountain Iron in Nitro creates custom-designed metalwork

For some artists, blank canvases ignite their creativity; for Scott Stephens of Nitro, a plate of 11-gauge steel serves that purpose.

Farmer’s Table: Oyster Mushrooms Rockefeller
Farmer’s Table: Oyster Mushrooms Rockefeller

Several years ago, our neighbor cut a tree on the property line before it tumbled into his house. He left the stump. What most people would view as an eyesore became an asset to my husband. He inoculated the wood with oyster mushroom spawn.

Dog obedience classes destined for Dunbar
Dog obedience classes destined for Dunbar

The Kanawha Obedience Traning Club will offer dog obedience classes, starting Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Dunbar Recreation Center.

Eric Douglas: Celebrating Hanukkah
Eric Douglas: Celebrating Hanukkah

We are in the middle of Hanukkah. It began on the evening of Dec. 24 and ends on the evening of Jan. 1.

Eric Douglas: Revisiting ‘Silent Night’
Eric Douglas: Revisiting ‘Silent Night’

Like everything else, things come and go. Fashion becomes fashionable and then it is out-of-style and then it is retro. We have short memories.

Putnam genealogy researcher helps connect families
Putnam genealogy researcher helps connect families

One Putnam County man has made it his mission to connect families through research.

Cross Lanes pastor shares his love of model railroading with parishioners
Cross Lanes pastor shares his love of model railroading with parishioners

A giant model train layout in the basement of the Rev. Gary Nelson’s parsonage in Cross Lanes captured the imaginations of both young and old during a recent holiday open house.

Farmer’s Table: Hazelnut Spritz Cookies
Farmer’s Table: Hazelnut Spritz Cookies

After my parents were married, they shared a home with my maternal grandparents, who were of German heritage.

Berry Hills Country Club collecting toys and coats
Berry Hills Country Club collecting toys and coats

As a way to give back to the community this holiday season, the Berry Hills Country Club at 1 Berry Hills Road, Charleston, is conducting a coat and toy drive now through Dec. 23.

WVU Extension Service 2017 garden calendar available
WVU Extension Service 2017 garden calendar available

Enhance your gardening and culinary skills with tips and resources offered in the 2017 West Virginia University Extension Service Garden Calendar, available now at county WVU Extension Service offices.

Chess clubs making the right moves at local middle schools
Chess clubs making the right moves at local middle schools

Strategy-minded students from Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha City ventured to Stonewall Jackson Middle School, on Charleston’s West Side, to duel their SJMS counterparts in a chess scrimmage on Dec. 8.

Habitat for Humanity to host furniture refurbishing workshop
Habitat for Humanity to host furniture refurbishing workshop

The Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam will host a “Refurbish Old Furniture” workshop.

Marmet Rec Center holding toy drive, hosting holiday dances

The Marmet Recreation Center, 8505 MacCorkle Ave., Marmet, is collecting toys through Saturday, Dec. 17, for children of area flood victims.

From lunches to Bible studies, Family Resource Center offers common ground
From lunches to Bible studies, Family Resource Center offers common ground

Senior citizens from Charleston’s East End and surrounding areas have a common ground to convene regularly on Ruffner Avenue.

Pepperoni Grill baking up rave reviews in Kanawha City
Pepperoni Grill baking up rave reviews in Kanawha City

Since opening its doors and firing its ovens on July 26, the Pepperoni Grill has established a palate-pleased, avid following.

Charleston Wedding Expo returns Jan. 8
Charleston Wedding Expo returns Jan. 8

Save the date: The 13th annual Charleston Wedding Expo will be held from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Charleston Civic Center.

WVU Extension Service 2017 garden calendar available
WVU Extension Service 2017 garden calendar available

Enhance your gardening and culinary skills with tips and resources offered in the 2017 West Virginia University Extension Service Garden Calendar, available now at county WVU Extension Service offices.

Farmer’s Table: Blue Cheese & Date Cheese Ball
Farmer’s Table: Blue Cheese & Date Cheese Ball

Cheese balls have long been considered the chic party food and are wildly popular during the holidays. They are easy to make, but even easier to purchase ready-made.

Andrews Heights Elementary students practice coding, robotics in new technology club
Andrews Heights Elementary students practice coding, robotics in new technology club

Stretched out on beanbag chairs and working at tables, students at Andrews Heights Elementary School in Tornado were busy on computers and iPads as they spent a recent afternoon engaged in technology.

Boxing Fit in Nitro provides ring-worthy conditioning to clients of all ages
Boxing Fit in Nitro provides ring-worthy conditioning to clients of all ages

James Frye bobbed and weaved as he threw lightning-quick jabs at his father’s hands.

Eric Douglas: Why we bring trees into our homes
Eric Douglas: Why we bring trees into our homes

I’m always interested in the origins of our traditions. Relatively speaking, the United States is still a relatively young nation, and most of our traditions arrived here with immigrants and the connections we still had to the “Old...

Was it the cornbread? Red House rescue dog has 10-puppy litter
Was it the cornbread? Red House rescue dog has 10-puppy litter

Nowhere in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas” does it mention “10 pups a-barking,” but that’s been the case for a Red House couple recently.

Holiday comedy ‘On the Worst Day of Christmas’ begins run Friday at Alban Arts Center
Holiday comedy ‘On the Worst Day of Christmas’ begins run Friday at Alban Arts Center

Adam MacAfee will tell you that Appleville is a quiet, all-American town, full of peace year round. Everything about the annual church Christmas pageant is hunky-dory, until the church on the other side of town gets a real, live camel for their...

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.

West Side garden club to assist flood-stricken Clay County elementary
West Side garden club to assist flood-stricken Clay County elementary

The Hillsdale Garden Club has selected Clay County’s H.E. White Elementary School PTO to receive the West Side club’s annual holiday donation.

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.

Montessori School Buddy Bench meant to promote ‘unity, friendship and thankfulness’
Montessori School Buddy Bench meant to promote ‘unity, friendship and thankfulness’

At a time when schools and communities are seeking to build unity and a culture of kindness, Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th St. in Kanawha City, dedicated a student-built “buddy bench” with a special ceremony on Nov. 22.

Cross Lanes Library hosting The Giving Tree
Cross Lanes Library hosting The Giving Tree

The warm lights of The Giving Tree beckon to those with hearts to help others, especially children, during the holiday season.

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.

Farmer’s Table: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pumpkin Salad
Farmer’s Table: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pumpkin Salad

Brussels Sprouts Trivia: Linus Urbanec of Sweden holds the 2008 Guinness World Record for eating 31 Brussels sprouts in one minute.

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.

Area cemeteries to participate in Wreaths Across America
Area cemeteries to participate in Wreaths Across America

At noon on Saturday, Dec. 17, cemetries across the United States will participate in the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony, which honors deceased members of the military.

Cookie’s Upscale Consignment offers brand-name women’s clothing at affordable prices
Cookie’s Upscale Consignment offers brand-name women’s clothing at affordable prices

Shoppers hunting for bargains at Cookie’s Upscale Consignment might be surprised to find brand-name women’s clothing with the tags still on them. Such new, but never worn, items crop up fairly frequently in the shop at 501 D St. in South...

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.