Andrea Lannom, a consumer representative from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office, will conduct mobile office hours throughout Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties through this month.
The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. In February, these events include:
The Kanawha County Public Library is partnering with the organizers of the Celtic Calling to celebrate the rich and unique Irish and Scottish cultures.
Nine marching bands from Kanawha and Putnam county high schools will head northward to make beautiful music together at the 37th annual Invitational High School Honor Bands event next week on West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus.
It seemed pre-ordained that the Rev. Dr. Kyle W. Key would leave a church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to become the new pastor at Teays Valley Presbyterian Church.
Two area men are among 50 individuals to be honored on Friday, Jan. 29, as West Virginia History Heroes during a History Day program and ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston.
Most of the time when I write this column it’s about physical sports, like soccer, running, football and baseball.
It’s a small book, but it contains a strategy for investing in the stock market that its author, Bill Hollis, says has been successful for him.
I was introduced to Thai cuisine when I was a student at Glenville State College. The school had five international students at the time and they were all from Thailand.
Under the aegis of the Charleston-based Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center, Dr. Jack Stringfellow leads a support group -- for friends, family members and colleagues of drug addicts -- that began last week on the city’s East End.
You would think it would be easy to get enough sleep this time of year. The nights are long. It’s cold out. It’s easy to snuggle under a blanket or your favorite Afghan and get some solid rest.
Not that everyone follows it, but there is a saying among scuba divers that we should take only pictures and leave only bubbles. One of the most frustrating things to see on a dive is trash that someone carelessly dropped overboard from a boat.
Beginning next school year, St. Francis School in St. Albans will offer a Specialized Learning Program, taught by Maria Phillips.
Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 5-12 in Washington, D.C.
It was cold outside, but in the kitchen at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, things were heating up.
Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage that is comprised of a cluster of leaves that are not compact like regular cabbage. The bulb-like portion on the bottom stays crisp when cooked. The dark green, leafy portion on top wilts and has a soft, silky...
At the age of 4, Dylan Ferrell’s basketball career tipped off on a less-than-spectacular note.
Promoting power to the people by way of pedals, West Virginia Connecting Communities will host the inaugural West Virginia Bike Summit on Sunday, Jan. 24 and Monday, Jan. 25 at the Marriott Town Center in downtown Charleston.
When it comes to needles and thread, sewing machines, quilts and alterations, Rebecca “Gabby” Chapman is in her element.
Pears are one of my favorite fall and winter fruits, and this is the time to take advantage of their availability at the supermarket.
Growing up, Charleston artist Larry Wolfe loved the classic stories spun by authors of their time -- “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped” and James Fennimore Cooper’s “Leatherstocking” tales.
I was less than a year old on April 4, 1968, the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered.
As I was getting ready for to call it a night recently, I heard my favorite baseball song, “Centerfield” by John Fogerty, and it gave me an idea for this column, with the West Virginia Power’s first game of the season less than...
Kanawha County Public Library is now offering patrons the ability to stream entire albums every day as part of its free, online music offering.
Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley will hold its second annual Sweet Charity fundraising event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Columbia Pipeline Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., Charleston.
If you’re looking for something different, diverse, distinct or distinguished, the place you might want to consider finding it first is Lil’ Bit of Everything in North Charleston.
The Belle-Rand Lions Club surprised Valerie Harper, principal of Riverside High School, recently with a donation to the Belle school’s clothing fund.
In an ongoing effort to bring the Cross Lanes community together, the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, 5320 Frontier Drive, is presenting its 2016 Community Music Concert Series.
Bill Smeedy stood outside his new Cold Spot restaurant and convenience store in Dunbar and expressed gratitude for the support of the community and his loyal customers.
The West Virginia International Auto Show takes over Charleston with hundreds of new model vehicles Friday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 24.
The Upward Bound program at WVU Tech in Montgomery, which celebrated its 50th year over the summer, brings area high school students to campus to prepare them for college and keep them academically engaged throughout the school year.
One of my favorite bands, that you’ve probably never heard of, is called The Subdudes. Officially, The Subdudes are an American roots rock group from New Orleans. They play a blend of American folk, New Orleans rhythm and blues, cajun/zydeco,...
April Hamilton recently featured a za’atar chicken recipe in her weekly Gazette-Mail cooking column. This is a spice blend I keep on hand at all times, so I was delighted to find a new use for it.
The St. Albans Branch of the Kanawha County Public Library system will feature local author Dan Foster as the January speaker in its monthly “St. Albans Writes ...” series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.
As a naturally curious man, Scott Blake likes to leave no stone unturned when his inquistive mind is teased with a mystery.
At J.E. Robins Elementary School in 2014, teacher Debby Edmonds witnessed police climbing onto the Charleston West Side’s school’s roof to determine with laser whether a recent shooting was within 1,000...
It comes to my attention that our elected officials are trying to fix something that doesn’t need fixing once again.
A project to improve erosion control in the community has earned an Andrew Jackson Middle School teacher a state championship in a national contest sponsored by Samsung.
Talking to my youngest daughter a few days before Christmas, I asked her if she was ready. She said she was, but then said she was a little scared, too.
Apple cider is a seasonally produced, unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage made from apples. It is more opaque and a bit tangier than apple juice. It is the state beverage of New Hampshire.
During October, Tudor’s Biscuit World employees and customers throughout the state worked together to raise over $45,000 in an effort to help grant more than 11 wishes of local West Virginia children diagnosed with life-threatening medical...
Do you have a belt in karate but no dojo? Have you ever wanted to try yoga? How about watercolor painting? Do you have questions about your bonsai tree?
The family-friendly, free New Year’s Eve GoodNight celebration will continue to ring in the new year rhapsodically in 2015, at various sites throughout Charleston from 6 until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.
Ready for a new year? The Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music and Dance is welcoming 2016 with “Good Rid-Dance 2015.”
Every writer I know (myself included), whether they admit it or not, thinks about their legacy. They hope to create something that will live forever, something that high school kids will have to diagram and analyze, learning to hate us forever…...
Opening a drug store in a former bank building has its advantages, not the least of which is a very secure, walk-in safe.
Registration is open for the West Virginia Bike Summit, scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Feast of the Seven Fishes celebration in Fairmont. The celebration is held annually on the second weekend in December.
West Virginia state parks have become popular places to bring in the New Year and they will offer a variety of dinners and dances and packaged options to close out 2015.
Artists from Huntington, Morgantown and Wheeling won the top prizes in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 19th West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which opened on Nov. 8 at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia in Beckley.
Next week brings the most important day of the year for me. It is a holiday celebrated around the world.
After I married my husband, I looked forward to receiving packages from his parents at Easter and Christmas time. The contents were always the same: a walnut roll and a poppy seed roll made by the ladies at The Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Weirton.
The Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission would like to thank everyone who participated in the 14th annual Reindog Parade held at Valley Park on Dec. 5.
From rich desserts to healthy entrees to appetizers, a new cookbook of family recipes from Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston has something to please everyone.
A new book by a retired Marshall University psychology professor explores the darker side of human behavior, while also serving as a primer in the field of forensic psychology.
The air was chilly, the ice was cold and the excitement was building as members of the West Virginia Wild Sled Hockey team arrived for a Monday evening practice session at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena.
For approximately 15 years, the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association and Charleston Newspapers have partnered to sponsor a yearly holiday coat drive for those in need of warm, durable outerwear in winter.
On Black Friday, the supposed biggest shopping day of the year (which actually turned out to be Cyber Monday rather than Black Friday, making this even more relevant), I woke up to an email telling me that my credit card company noticed...
Looking for that perfect holiday gift?
Look no further. Goldenseal magazine is a great solution to your last-minute gift-giving needs and offers hours of reading enjoyment with stories about West Virginia traditional life.
Santa Claus will have some competition again this year in South Charleston’s annual Christmas parade, which starts at noon Saturday, Dec. 12.
Customers at Young’s on Charleston’s West Side are giving rave reviews to the store’s modern, new look that took nearly a half-year to complete.
The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration is soliciting entries for the third annual NO School Spirits Public Service Announcement contest, open to high school students throughout the state.
When Jayme Burnsworth moved to St. Albans, she saw it as the perfect town for a big city-style boutique.
In a backyard treehouse filled with leaves, a grandfather found inspiration -- and his grandson learned a valuable life lesson.
As the use of all-terrain and utility-task vehicles reaches its yearly peak, so does the number of preventable ATV accidents and fatalities occurring in West Virginia, according to West Virginia University Extension Service Mingo County 4-H Agent Mark...
Three girls from Montrose Elementary School and a boy from Ruthlawn Elementary School will be packing their bags soon for a trip to Pittsburgh.
Five students from the Charleston Job Corps Center were selected to participate in the Long’s Chapel Restoration Project. Other students from Muhlenberg and Carl D. Perkins participated.
Looking to a future of increased tourism and recreational opportunities, Nitro city officials are pondering a major upgrade to Nitro City Park.
Runners throughout the area are getting ready for running in the cold winter as the temperature has started to drop. It’s a time of the year when runners have to convince themselves to train when the weather is a bit chilly.
One of my stronger Christmas memories comes from a time when I was alone.
Lexi Bautista, an eighth-grade student at Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha City, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist.
Two years ago, when Shanon Thomas took over John Cook Jewelers from his father-in-law, John Cook III, he knew that trust and customer service are the keys to business success.
My hometown had a corner newsstand. I am among those who sentimentalize its closing. Local businessmen made it their first morning stop to pick up a copy of the East Liverpool Review or Pittsburgh Press.
Featuring 25 West Virginia artists, the13th River Arts Show and Sale will take place this week at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Charleston’s West Side.
Cabin Creek Health Systems dentist Dr. Hillary J. Homburg was chosen as a 2015 Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute ambassador and spent three days training in St. Louis earlier this fall.
Ray Thomas’ first visit to West Virginia left a lasting impression on the staff and customers of Smith’s Carpet One in Big Chimney.
The Nitro Convention & Visitors Bureau invites businesses, schools, churches and and other organizations to sign up for the town’s annual Christmas parade, which is slated for Saturday, Dec. 12.
The Charleston Light Opera Guild will produce the musical version of a holiday favorite film, “A Christmas Story.”
As a show of gratitude occurring not only at Thanksgiving time but year round, the staff and management of the Cabin Creek Health Center treated several area emergency medical technicians and personnel to a sumptuous lunch on Nov. 12.
There are children throughout the area that come from homes riddled with drug and alcohol addiction, abuse and a number of other problems.
Josh and Chloe Loudermilk’s home in South Charleston is a lively place.
I grew up in West Virginia’s northernmost county. The area is well known for manufacturing steel and pottery, but there was a time when Hancock County, which is the state’s smallest county, was known for its apple production. The apples...
Recent events around the world, and at home, have made a lot of people bitter, confused and angry. There is violence and terror. It feels like evil is taking over and innocent people are dying at the hands of religious zealots. At a time like this, it...
First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin unveiled the 2015 West Virginia Governor’s Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament, the sixth in the series of her annual holiday ornament collection, on Nov. 4.
Hey, folks, St. Nicholas is coming to St. Albans on Nov. 30.
Upon reaching 25 years as a professional hairstylist, Melinda McDerment decided on a “blow-out” for her landmark anniversary.
Every Tuesday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in St. Albans, a group of women gather to sew quilt tops. They call themselves the St. Andrew Piece Makers.
To win one state championship is pretty tough, but to win two or four can be incredibly difficult.
There are several great pork producers in the Metro area, so it is not difficult to obtain quality cuts of pork.
Maybe it’s just the political season or maybe it’s the encroachment of Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving, but I feel the need to be extra thankful this year.
Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre continues its 2015-2016 theatre season with a production of the classic Charles Dickens work “A Christmas Carol” in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall’s...
The Kanawha Valley Railroad Association will present its 2015 Christmas Model Train Open House in November and December at Coonskin Park.
From Staff Reports
Nearly three dozen high school bands from around the Mountain State showcased their talents in the fourth annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Oct . 24 at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History opened its biennial exhibition, the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2015, on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Tamarack The Best of West Virginia in Beckley.
Hope Village, a fair trade gift shop, has opened for the holidays inside First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Street and Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston.
Marmet Tire opened on Sept. 1 in Marmet and the business is rolling in, thanks to personal, professional service and positive word-of-mouth endorsements from satisfied customers.
After completely remodeling his new restaurant, Justin Browning was ready to do what he does best: cook.
On a misty July morning at a community clinic, health-care workers gathered in a conference room to take a look at the big picture.
Cabin Creek Health Systems, in collaboration with the Kanawha Valley Village People, and the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, celebrated the Go4Life Exercise Challenge Sept. 26 at Hale House in Malden.
I do some of my grocery shopping at Putnam County discount stores. During October, I was able to stock up on German and Italian products. I found mustards, cookies, meats and assorted pastas that are often difficult to obtain locally.