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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘Rocking the Kanawha’ presentation set for Thursday

Terry Lowry, historian and musician, will present “Rocking the Kanawha: The Golden Age of Music in the Kanawha Valley” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, on Thursday, May 19.

WVSU Board of Governors announces new university president
WVSU Board of Governors announces new university president

The West Virginia State University Board of Governors has named Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins as the 11th president of West Virginia State University.

Free arts event set for St. Albans Saturday

Maranatha Fellowship, 2910 Kanawha Terrace in St. Albans, will be the site for Arts in Action’s Arts Celebration on Saturday, May 21.

Elk River boxers win awards at state amateur tourney in Clendenin
Elk River boxers win awards at state amateur tourney in Clendenin

The Elk River Boxing Club competed in the West Virginia State Amateur Boxing Championships May 7 at the former Clendenin Middle School in Clendenin, winning several bouts and titles.

CFA Allbreed Cat Show coming to Charleston

Pedigreed cats from around the country will compete at the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Allbreed Cat Show on Saturday, May 21, at the Charleston Civic Center.

First annual Kenneth ‘Timer’ Hess Memorial Motorcycle Ride planned
First annual Kenneth ‘Timer’ Hess Memorial Motorcycle Ride planned

A longtime Alum Creek resident, who was a decorated World War II veteran, will be remembered with a motorcycle ride that will help to raise funds for a community center in Alum Creek.

Alban Arts Center presenting new monthly series featuring creative thinkers

The Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans, is embarking on a mission to expand the understanding of the arts in the community and to showcase the talents of those living and working here.

Farmer’s Table: Lavender Brownies
Farmer’s Table: Lavender Brownies

I have always enjoyed the scent of lavender, but have never had the greatest luck growing it. To my surprise, all of my plants survived this winter. One clump is quite vigorous and healthy.

Registration underway for Mountain Mission benefit golf tournament
Registration underway for Mountain Mission benefit golf tournament

Registration is in progress for the “Tee Off Fore Mountain Mission” benefit golf tournament, to be held Monday, May 23 at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston.

Eric Douglas: Picking up other people’s trash
Eric Douglas: Picking up other people’s trash

I recently joined a group of my neighbors for a roadside clean-up on Reunion Road in Pinch.

Riverside Army JROTC captures state distinction
Riverside Army JROTC captures state distinction

Riverside High School’s Junior ROTC Raider team has set new records and standards in recent weeks.

Registration open for Charleston Montessori School Art Colony

Registration is open for the 2016 Charleston Montessori School Art Colony summer camp.

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.

Genesis Fellowship moves from Cross Lanes to South Charleston
Genesis Fellowship moves from Cross Lanes to South Charleston

A long-vacant church building in South Charleston is now home to a new congregation.

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.

Kanawha Valley students among 2016 WVU Bucklew Scholars
Kanawha Valley students among 2016 WVU Bucklew Scholars

The students in the 2016 class of Bucklew Scholars are all tireless workers, curious explorers and analytical thinkers, bound by a love of their home state and a fierce determination to make a difference in the world in which they live.

Charley West BBQ Fest to benefit West Side after-school program
Charley West BBQ Fest to benefit West Side after-school program

Skills on the grills will be on smoky, appetite-coaxing display and dished out this Saturday afternoon at the Charley West BBQ Fest.

First annual Kenneth ‘Timer’ Hess Memorial Motorcycle Ride planned
First annual Kenneth ‘Timer’ Hess Memorial Motorcycle Ride planned

A longtime Alum Creek resident, who was a decorated World War II veteran, will be remembered with a motorcycle ride that will help to raise funds for a community center in Alum Creek.

Kanawha City Orthodox church hosting ‘Big, Fat Gyro & Baklava Sale’
Kanawha City Orthodox church hosting ‘Big, Fat Gyro & Baklava Sale’

Gyro lovers, rejoice -- you can eat gyros, just for one day.

CFA Allbreed Cat Show coming to Charleston

Pedigreed cats from around the country will compete at the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Allbreed Cat Show on Saturday, May 21, at the Charleston Civic Center.

Farmer’s Table: Rhubarb Berry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Rhubarb Berry Pie

Rhubarb is a seasonal herbaceous perennial vegetable that grows from rhizomes. It is one of the first plants to emerge in the spring. It belongs to the same family as buckwheat and sorrel.

Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world
Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world

As the father of two teenage girls, I heard something recently that I almost never hear.

Yard, rummage sales abound throughout the valley this week

A bounty of bargains and second-hand treasures can be found throughout the Kanawha Valley this week at yard, rummage and similar sales. Many will include refreshments, such as hot dogs, baked goods and other food offerings, as well.

Bethel Baptist Church in Spring Hill observing 70th anniversary
Bethel Baptist Church in Spring Hill observing 70th anniversary

With an eye to the future, Bethel Baptist Church in South Charleston honored its past as it observed its 70th anniversary last weekend with a variety of family events.

Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston
Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston

More than 40 breweries, offering 150 craft and other beers, will be serving those 21 and older at the Foam at the Dome event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the University of Charleston stadium (former Laidley Field).

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus Barleyotto
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus Barleyotto

My local discount grocery store continues to offer more organic and healthy food options.

West Virginia Wildfire women’s football team to play at Little Creek Park
West Virginia Wildfire women’s football team to play at Little Creek Park

The West Virginia Wildfire, a nonprofit, women’s semi-professional football team, will be playing games this season at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.

Dunbar Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team heading to world finals
Dunbar Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team heading to world finals

A team of gifted students at Dunbar Middle School will be putting their problem-solving skills to the test soon in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals at Iowa State University.

Fundraising campaign underway for St. Albans train depot
Fundraising campaign underway for St. Albans train depot

As the railroad tracks next to the St. Albans train depot begin to rumble and a far-off train whistle gets steadily louder, Gary Burdette smiles and remembers the “hustle and bustle” of the depot’s heyday.

Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’
Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’

For the first time in its century-plus history, the Charleston Elks Lodge #202 will have a woman leading the herd.

Spring into Gardening coming to Coonskin
Spring into Gardening coming to Coonskin

To learn about the birds and the bees -- literally -- and other agricultural matters, the Kanawha County Extension Service Master Gardeners will host a Spring into Gardening event on Saturday, May 7 at Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’
Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’

I still remember going to Watt Powell Park as a kid to see a baseball game. It had to be in the mid-1970s. The Charleston Charlies took the field that night. (Six different teams called that park home during its lifetime.)

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.

W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday
W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday

The West Virginia Youth Symphony will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. in Charleston.

National Travel and Tourism Week events slated around the state

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, in collaboration with local partners, will host a series of events showcasing the many wild, wonderful activities in West Virginia, to celebrate the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week May...

State Board of Education honors Riverside High JROTC champions

On April 20 in Charleston, the West Virginia Board of Education recognized Riverside High School and other winning teams in the state’s first-ever sanctioned JROTC championship events.

Cato to showcase ‘Parks at Dark’

Cato Park will be extending its hours for a night of free, family fun at the West Side venue.

Eric Douglas: We all live on the same Earth
Eric Douglas: We all live on the same Earth

My wife is reading “Some Are Born Great” by author Adela Rogers St. John from 1974.

West Virginia Wildfire women’s football team to play at Little Creek Park
West Virginia Wildfire women’s football team to play at Little Creek Park

The West Virginia Wildfire, a nonprofit, women’s semi-professional football team, will be playing games this season at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Creasy Greens
Farmer’s Table: Creasy Greens

It was about this time, 40 years ago, when my elderly neighbor knocked on the door and handed me a brown paper “poke.” He was grinning from ear to ear.

Christian Deiss: Time to play ball!
Christian Deiss: Time to play ball!

The 2016 baseball season for the West Virginia Power began earlier this month when the Minor League club opened up on the road against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

W.Va. Urban Ag Conference returning for third year
W.Va. Urban Ag Conference returning for third year

Registration is in progress for the third annual West Virginia Urban Ag Conference, which will take place on the West Virginia State University campus in Institute, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30.

Youth participate in hunter safety sessions at North Charleston church
Youth participate in hunter safety sessions at North Charleston church

The Church of God in Christ in Charleston, in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, hosted a hunter’s safety/mentoring course for ages 10 and older at the church on April 7-9.

West Virginia State launches Healthy Grandfamilies initiative

A support program to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren is being introduced by West Virginia State University.

Late Hillbreed musician remembered by community, family members
Late Hillbreed musician remembered by community, family members

A late Sissonville-area musician who gave much of her talent on stage and more of it out of the spotlight has garnered recollections and remembrances from fellow performers, who were also close friends and relatives.

Save-A-Lot supermarket in Sissonville to open April 27
Save-A-Lot supermarket in Sissonville to open April 27

Sissonville area residents will soon have a new choice in grocery shopping when a Save-A-Lot supermarket opens on Wednesday, April 27.

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.

New entrance enhances safety at historic Teays Hill Cemetery
New entrance enhances safety at historic Teays Hill Cemetery

As Memorial Day nears, visitors to the Teays Hill Cemetery just west of St. Albans will notice a big improvement as they enter the property from Coal River Road.

A heart for helping: The Furniture Mission begins another season of aid
A heart for helping: The Furniture Mission begins another season of aid

As the door to a storage shed was opened, a shaft of sunlight revealed a collection of used furniture ready to brighten the lives of the less fortunate.

Farmer’s Table: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton
Farmer’s Table: Shrimp-Stuffed Mirliton

Mirlitons are funny, green, slightly wrinkled, pear-shaped squash, technically a member of the gourd family. The plant is native to Mexico and was once the principal food of the Aztecs and Mayans.

Eric Douglas: Learning what I don’t know
Eric Douglas: Learning what I don’t know

I am self-aware enough to know that I don’t know everything, even when I think I do.

Editor’s Desk: GM Outdoor Pursuits coming in May
Editor’s Desk: GM Outdoor Pursuits coming in May

I had meant to go see “The Revenant” even before Leo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for his role in it.

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.

Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital expansion benefits area pets
Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital expansion benefits area pets

The doctors and staff at Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital in Kanawha City had found themselves in tight surroundings.

KOTC to host obedience trials, rally competition
KOTC to host obedience trials, rally competition

The nonprofit Kanawha Obedience Training Club will host its 72nd and 73rd annual American Kennel Club-licensed obedience trials and 20th and 21st annual AKC-licensed rally obedience trials this weekend in Dunbar.

Nitro High raising funds for ‘Hall of Achievement’ in Commons area
Nitro High raising funds for ‘Hall of Achievement’ in Commons area

As students chatted while eating lunch, Nitro High School Principal Jason Redman pointed to a mostly blank back wall in the school’s Commons area and visualized what will become a school focal point.

Christian’s Sports Beat: 50 marathons in 50 states
Christian’s Sports Beat: 50 marathons in 50 states

Someday I want to run a full or half-marathon, but, in the meantime, I recently met a local runner who has run a marathon in all 50 states.

Elk River Boxing Club teaches youths about stealthy moves, healthy meals -- and more
Elk River Boxing Club teaches youths about stealthy moves, healthy meals -- and more

Marking its first anniversary in July, the Elk River Boxing Club staff members teach not only self-defense skills, but self-respect and self-improvement lessons, too, at twice-weekly classes conducted in Big Chimney.

Annual Geri Olympics program to feature international visitors
Annual Geri Olympics program to feature international visitors

The Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living’s yearly Geri Olympics program for seniors and supporters will have a distinctively international flavor amid the upcoming local field of competitors this month.

Nitro High’s Showcats show choir wins first state title in Beckley
Nitro High’s Showcats show choir wins first state title in Beckley

The Bearded Lady and the Pinhead Twins had plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Wildflower walk in St. Albans to feature photo hike
Wildflower walk in St. Albans to feature photo hike

“Take A Walk on the Wild Side,” and bring your camera with you.

Farmer’s Table: Pickled Pineapple
Farmer’s Table: Pickled Pineapple

Food historians believe the pineapple originated in Brazil. Christopher Columbus is thought to be the first European to have tasted the fruit.

Eric Douglas: Peeps of the world, unite!
Eric Douglas: Peeps of the world, unite!

Easter Sunday, I went to a family dinner with my in-laws.

West Virginia International Film Festival slated at LaBelle

The West Virginia International Film Festival’s 32nd annual Spring Film Festival takes place this month in the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston.

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.

Pickleball now offered at the Charleston Family YMCA

It’s got nothing to do with pickles, but there’s a new sport sweeping the nation called pickleball, and it’s available now at the Charleston Family YMCA.

St. Albans announces spring clean-up dates

The City of St. Albans has announced the dates for its annual, 10-day, ward-by-ward Spring Clean-Up.

Buckskin Council Pinewood Derby slated for April 16

Visit the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston on Saturday, April 16, and watch as carefully prepared wooden cars race down a gravity track.

Spring Fling dance Saturday on singles’ group’s April agenda

The SpeakEasy Singles social group will host a public Spring Fling Dance on Saturday, April 9 in the Wilson Student Union of West Virginia State University in Institute.

Fourth-graders’ Lego home construction projects on display at Home Show
Fourth-graders’ Lego home construction projects on display at Home Show

Brick by brick, or, in this case, Lego by Lego, fourth-grade students in Kanawha County are learning all about the home construction process.

FestivALL schedule released
FestivALL schedule released

The 12th annual FestivALL will take place in June, prefaced by a preview weekend in May 27-29.

Farmer’s Table: Creamy, Crunchy Egg Salad
Farmer’s Table: Creamy, Crunchy Egg Salad

Classic egg salad is an uncomplicated dish. The primary ingredients are hard-boiled eggs, celery and onion blended with mayonnaise and seasoned with salt and pepper.

U.S. Kids Golf  comes to Mountain State
U.S. Kids Golf comes to Mountain State

Maddox Potter has been golfing nearly half of his entire life.

Eric Douglas: A good day to laugh at yourself
Eric Douglas: A good day to laugh at yourself

I remember when my daughters were much younger and heard about April Fool’s Day. They were afraid to go to school for fear that someone would prank them. Of course, this was elementary school, so you never know what’s going to happen...

Coal River Group seeking sponsors for ‘Run for the River’ triathlon

Sponsors are needed for the Coal River Group’s third annual “Run for the River” triathlon, which will take take place on Saturday, April 16 at Meadowood Park in Tornado.

Kanawha City Lions Club honors Lion of the Year
Kanawha City Lions Club honors Lion of the Year

Earlier this month, the Kanawha City Lions Club selected member Chuck Denham as its 2016 Lion of the Year, for his dedicated service to the organization.

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.

Tickets available for Covenant House Chef’s Challenge

The sixth annual Chef’s Challenge, to benefit Covenant House in Charleston, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia Home Show takes place this weekend in Charleston
West Virginia Home Show takes place this weekend in Charleston

The 2016 West Virginia Home Show will be in full springtime blossom at the Charleston Civic Center Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3.

Farmer’s Table: Crispy Oven-Baked Fries
Farmer’s Table: Crispy Oven-Baked Fries

French fries are described as elongated strips of potatoes that are deep-fried. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) concert to benefit Regional Teen Institute
Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) concert to benefit Regional Teen Institute

At 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, the Three Men and a Baby* (*Grand) benefit concert for the Regional Teen Institute will begin at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston.

Nitro firm performing automobile recycling

West Virginia Cashin has added a new option for area residents to get rid of unwanted items and receive some money for their efforts.

CYAC brings ‘Bert Hellmunn Fights the Demons of the Stage’ to Capitol Center

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company is bringing a play that’s been described as “a struggle between art and commerce” to the Capitol Center Theater in Charleston.

Charleston church to host drawing classes

Sharon Mullins, a former art instructor at George Washington High School, will lead a five-week “Learn to Draw” class at the Unity of Kanawha Valley church, 804 Myrtle Road in Charleston.

Peace for the Easter season
Peace for the Easter season

This weekend marks the beginning of what school children all over the country consider to be the most important time of 2016 so far: Spring Break.