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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips
KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips

The recently launched KC Ready phone app supplies free, virtually instantaneous information on how to more safely respond to severe weather conditions and other disasters and emergencies when they occur -- often with little to no warning -- in the...

Kanawha Players to present ‘The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’’

The Kanawha Players will present West Virginia playwright Jean Battlo’s “The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 9 in the LaBelle Theater on D Street, South Charleston.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley offering free tennis lessons for city youth

The YMCA of Kanawha Valley will be offering free, personalized youth tennis lessons for eight weeks this summer.

PCTC students among culinary arts award winners

ProStart teams from James Rumsey Technical Institute and Carver Career Center in Malden placed first at the 2016 Hospitality Cup-West Virginia’s State ProStart Competition in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively.

WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life
WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life

A new initiative by West Virginia State University Extension Service seeks to create longer-lasting fruits and vegetables by providing the state’s small farmers with education and resources regarding cold chain technology.

WVSU 4-H youth camp connects STEM learning, transportation careers

Trains, planes and automobiles will come into play during the annual National Summer Transportation Institute 4-H Camp at West Virginia State University.

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.

Spring Hill ‘Spring Fest’ offers family-friendly fun, music

They’ve traded pumpkins for petunias.

This Saturday, June 11, the first Spring Hill Spring Fest kicks off at 10 a.m. in the vicinity of Chestnut Street in Spring Hill. The event will take place rain or shine and will run until 2 p.m.

Pickleball, anyone?
Pickleball, anyone?

It’s been described as the fastest growing sport in the United States, and you’ll get no arguments from Marie Terry of Nitro.

Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday
Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the second annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Sunday, June 12.

Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week
Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week

A seasonal feasting favorite is back in all of its saucy, glorious, smoke-filled splendor this week, when Ribfest returns from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12, at Oakes Field in South Charleston.

Diamond salon/boutique provides pet-pampering grooming, high-end canine couture
Diamond salon/boutique provides pet-pampering grooming, high-end canine couture

If your family canine has become a bit of a scruffy diamond in the ruff -- er, rough, a Diamond pet grooming business can polish him or her right up to pristine pooch perfection.

Chesapeake Elementary archers headed to world tourney

Chesapeake Elementary Schools’ Wildcats Archery Team of 19 students and Coach Stephen Erskine traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, May 12 to May 14 to compete in the U.S. Nationals competition.

Registration underway for MU youth summer program at Elk Elementary

Registration is being accepted to enroll students in grades K to 12 in Marshall University’s five-week-long summer K-12 program at Elk Elementary Center in Charleston.

Applicants sought for W.Va. Food and Farm Trail

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages industry partners to submit events, attractions and/or destinations to be considered for the West Virginia Food and Farm Trail which will highlight agritourism in the state.

Entenmann’s Bakery joins Salvation Army to mark National Donut Day Friday

Entenmann’s Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, is again partnering with the Salvation Army for National Donut Day, celebrated this year on Friday, June 3, at the Transit Mall in downtown Charleston.

Registration underway for WVU summer Engineering Challenge camps

Registration is open for this summer’s West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps.

East End church to conduct youth summer camps

Christ Church United Methodist will host a series of weeklong day camps over the summer for children in grades incoming first through five.

Anne Bailey Elementary School seeks to replace aging sign
Anne Bailey Elementary School seeks to replace aging sign

The aging sign in front of Anne Bailey Elementary School near St. Albans is deteriorating and needs to be replaced.

Farmer’s Table: Chicken Lombardy Casserole
Farmer’s Table: Chicken Lombardy Casserole

Customers often go to the farmers market to find foods reminiscent of their childhood. Producers hear complaints that modern foods just don’t taste like they used to. Many say store-bought chickens lack flavor.

From cornstalk to bottle, Ripley distillery specializes in W.Va.-made moonshine
From cornstalk to bottle, Ripley distillery specializes in W.Va.-made moonshine

Not quite two years ago, a coal miner traded his underground drills and skills for an above-board still to launch the Appalachian Distillery in Ripley, specializing in original Appalachian Moonshine products for those of legal age and resolute...

Eric Douglas: When one door closes ...
Eric Douglas: When one door closes ...

This week, I’ve completed my cardiac rehab and I feel ready for the next phase of my life.

Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home
Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home

No matter where you grew up, you have memories of home.

GKV Foundation, Extension Service bringing STEM programming to youths this summer

A grant provided by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will give college students in seven West Virginia counties, including Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell, the opportunity to educate and mentor youths this summer through the West Virginia...

Farmer’s Table: Strawberries with Tequila Cream
Farmer’s Table: Strawberries with Tequila Cream

Several years ago, I attended a series of workshops on small fruit production, provided by West Virginia State University Extension Service.

Hoover High student named 2016 WVU Foundation Scholar
Hoover High student named 2016 WVU Foundation Scholar

Ready to take on the world, West Virginia University’s latest class of Foundation Scholars were announced on May 17, representing top high school seniors from across the state. All five will be pursuing science-based careers, using their...

Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe
Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe

More than 200 eighth-grade students, from across West Virginia, were dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe, during a May 6 recognition ceremony at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Children’s clothing shop opens in South Charleston
Children’s clothing shop opens in South Charleston

When Alicyn Spencer was trying to come up with a name for her new children’s clothing store, it was her husband, Dereck, who had a moment of inspiration.

South Charleston Library to kick off Summer Reading program
South Charleston Library to kick off Summer Reading program

Come talk to the animals this Saturday and sign up for a fun summer of reading at the South Charleston Public Library.

UC ‘Pharmacy Bootcamp’ slated in June

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates to a “pharmacy bootcamp” in June.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley announces new golf program

An indoor, high-tech golf lab at the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, and outdoor group golf instruction at Coonskin Park in Charleston, highlight a new golf program of the YMCA and the Golf Academy of West Virginia.

KCHA opens onsite spay/neuter clinic
KCHA opens onsite spay/neuter clinic

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association opened an internal spay/neuter clinic at its Greenbrier Street facility in Charleston April 25.

Belle-Rand Lions pitch in for BES field trip
Belle-Rand Lions pitch in for BES field trip

Pete Conley of the Belle-Rand Lions Club presented Belle Elementary School Counselor Chelena McCoy with a $240 donation recently, to help BES students visit and experience the Newport Aquarium on a field trip.

Registration underway for WVU summer Engineering Challenge camps

Registration is open for this summer’s West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps.

Vandalia Gathering returns May 27 to Charleston
Vandalia Gathering returns May 27 to Charleston

West Virginia’s yearly, home-grown homage to its heritage, the Vandalia Gathering, will take place Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29 throughout the grounds of the state Capitol Complex on Charleston’s East End.

American Red Cross hosting Women Who Care reception

The American Red Cross West Virginia Region will host its annual Women Who Care Networking Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall Rotunda.

KCHA opens onsite spay/neuter clinic
KCHA opens onsite spay/neuter clinic

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association opened an internal spay/neuter clinic at its Greenbrier Street facility in Charleston April 25.

Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically
Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically

Now that the primary election is over, I have to quote that sage for the ages Charlie Brown by saying, “Good grief!”

Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms
Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms

Only cultivated mushrooms can be sold at West Virginia farmers markets, which greatly restricts the number of varieties available to the consumer. The most prevalent types found at local markets are shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Unity of Kanawha Valley to host garden party with workshops Saturday

Unity of Kanawha Valley will be home to a garden party outdoors in the parking lot, with a hot dog sale inside, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

S.C. Library to kick off summer reading program

The South Charleston Public Library will kick off its 2016 summer reading program with a party beginning at noon Saturday, May 28.

Small business workshop slated May 26
Small business workshop slated May 26

A workshop on business fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 26, in Charleston.