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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.

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.

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...

Lahoda Brothers Auto Repair marks fifth anniversary
Lahoda Brothers Auto Repair marks fifth anniversary

For fulfilling, full-service automotive upkeep and reliable maintenance, Lahoda Brothers Auto Repair has been many drivers’ preferred destination for the past five years.

Area serviceman retires from WVANG
Area serviceman retires from WVANG

Recently retired from military service, SSG William Franklin Thaxton III was born in Charleston and graduated from South Charleston High School in 1995.

Garlic harvesting workshop coming to Charleston

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.

Flooding dampens 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion plans on Blue Creek

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.

East End Block Benefit to support flood relief

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 House assisting with flood relief

Ronald McDonald Charities of Southern West Virginia is accepting donations of baby and cleaning supplies to be distributed to area families.

Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief
Hundreds volunteering toward local flooding relief

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.

Power pros
Power pros

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.

Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend
Sherlock Holmes play debuts this weekend

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.

Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)
Farmer’s Table: Caldo Verde (Portugese Green Soup)

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.

Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time
Eric Douglas: Recovery takes a long time

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...

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Peach Pie
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Peach Pie

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...

Area youths participate in WVU music camp for visually impaired
Area youths participate in WVU music camp for visually impaired

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...

2016 Carbide Camps Reunion bound for Blue Creek

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.

Romanian native joins YMCA as business development director
Romanian native joins YMCA as business development director

Andreea Slusarciuc’s tennis prowess -- and social media -- proved to be her passport to a current home and job in Charleston.

Dunbar resident heading to South Korea to study country’s language
Dunbar resident heading to South Korea to study country’s language

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.

Editor’s Desk: Communities come together to help June flood victims
Editor’s Desk: Communities come together to help June flood victims

“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...

Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity
Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity

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 to be offered

Barn Time Horse Day Camp, for ages 5 and up, will be offered this summer at Tyler Mountain Stables in Cross Lanes.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

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.

West Virginia State hosts summer camp devoted to transportation
West Virginia State hosts summer camp devoted to transportation

Local middle school students kicked off their summer with a day camp devoted to planes, trains, automobiles and other forms of transportation.

Pinch Reunion Queens Pageant July 9

With the start of summer comes the annual Pinch Reunion Queens Pageant.

Enrollment in progress for annual Joy in Singing Music Camp
Enrollment in progress for annual Joy in Singing Music Camp

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.

National official lauds YMCA of Kanawha Valley’s West Side youth tennis program
National official lauds YMCA of Kanawha Valley’s West Side youth tennis program

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 underway
St. Albans Riverfest underway

St. Albans’ Riverfest 2016 is in progress through Sunday, June 26.

Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program
Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program

Soon, the spring air will be filled with hams.

Well, technically, and technologically, the spring airwaves.

Charleston mechanical engineering student named Redesign Challenge finalist
Charleston mechanical engineering student named Redesign Challenge finalist

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.

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad

Sweet, luscious, locally grown blueberries have arrived at farmers markets, and 2016 is proving to be a bumper year.

Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer
Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer

Now through mid-August, the Tri-County YMCA’s Camp High-Tor will be open for children finishing kindergarten through age 17.

Faith in Action, Zenergy Cycling to present ‘Pedal With Purpose’

Pedal your way to good health and help a community outreach organization at the same time by signing up for “Pedal With Purpose.”

Goalball offered at Kanawha City Community Center

If you like to play dodgeball, you’ll love goalball.

‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties
‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties

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.

Third annual Clendenin Fourth of July kayak race registration underway
Third annual Clendenin Fourth of July kayak race registration underway

The third annual Clendenin Fourth of July Kayak Race is scheduled for Saturday, July 2.

Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s
Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s

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.

Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below
Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below

I’ve always heard it said that the most militant anti-smokers are former smokers who have quit.

Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy
Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy

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...

Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts
Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts

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...

St. Albans High School to induct new members into Hall of Fame

A new class will be inducted into the St. Albans High School Sports and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 23.

Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016
Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016

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.

Montrose Elementary students dedicate Little Library near Kanawha Turnpike
Montrose Elementary students dedicate Little Library near Kanawha Turnpike

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.