The City of Nitro has awarded prizes to a dozen people who participated in the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade on May 13.
Every year, I make a batch of fruity pepper jams and jelly. I’ve used many types of fruit depending on what is available at the time. Favorite flavors have included Strawberry Pepper Jelly and Fig Pepper Jam.
Memorial Day became an official American holiday in 1971 to honor the men and women who died in service to the United States.
Charleston Montessori School’s annual Summer Art Colony camps in June are enrolling children ages 3 years through fifth grade.
At its May 15 meeting at Marmet City Hall, Marmet City Council members discussed and approved a proposed resolution to begin construction of a visitors’ center.
The season got off to a slow start for the West Virginia Power last month, as the single-A farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their first six games before getting one in the win column.
To paraphrase the late David Bowie, you can eat gyros for just one day.
Do you often wonder what bird is singing, or what are the trees you’re standing under?
The second annual Mountain Mission 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston.
The East End Bazaar-Open-Air Artisan Market will host Sips & Sweets, from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at 1428 Washington St., E., in Charleston.
This is the time of year when I need to use frozen vegetables from last year’s garden to create space for this year’s crop. I also had to find a spot for some frozen whole trout that a friend delivered last week. To make room for the...
A week from today, summer begins. At least for the kids in Kanawha County Schools. Putnam County Schools are in session until June 1. (To make things a bit more confusing, most people think of Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, while...
In an old, black-and-white photo, you can see the quiet determination in her eyes, the resolve to finally take a stand, or, in this case, to remain seated.
When Ian McGill went on tour with some local rap artists, he saw in bigger cities the fashion styles that were capturing the attention of young people, especially on the West Coast.
The second annual Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day will start at noon Sunday, May 21, at the 57th Street Kanawha City bicycle trailhead.
A giant “cake” will be one of the highlights of this year’s annual South Charleston Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital Armed Forces Day Parade, which begins at noon Saturday, May 20.
This is the time of year when we have an abundance of fresh asparagus. I am always looking for new ways to prepare it.
Thinking about Mother’s Day (it’s this weekend, don’t forget!), I decided to learn a bit more about the celebration and where it came from.
Visitors to St. Albans Founders Day this Saturday, May 13, can fuel their energy by beginning the day at the St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on B Street.
A section of fence in Caden Salango’s back yard is broken, a testament to the 9-year-old’s leg power when it comes to kicking soccer balls.
With more than a few strokes of paint, genius and creative flair, Kanawha City’s Mountaineer Montessori School is celebrating its 40th anniversary in a colorful, one-of-a-kind way this month.
Laura Byrnes of the Elk River Boxing Club in Clendenin achieved a phenomenal feat with her feet -- and fists -- recently.
On July 26, 1942, 35 intrepid men and women gathered at Mission Hollow, near Kanawha City, to undertake what would be the first-ever hike of the Kanawha Trail Club.
You don’t have to travel far to find inspiration for capturing West Virginia’s scenic beauty. From the Potomac Highlands to the New River Gorge, West Virginia offers numerous areas for any adventurous photographer. There is so much to...
The City of Nitro will celebrate a century of history on Saturday, May 13, with the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, Nitro Church of the Nazarene will have a vendor/craft show, with vendors from LuLaRoe, Posh, Scentsy and Paparazzi; handmade items; a silent auction and more.
Registration is open for summer 2017 4-H camps in Kanawha County.
Jeff’s Auto Parts on Quick Road in Elkview is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an automotive business mainstay with a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, May 5.
Below is the schedule for the 2017 graduation ceremonies of public high schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties:
Some herbs thrive in cool spring temperatures. My cilantro reseeded and I have a beautiful patch in the middle of the garden. Cilantro adds flavor to Mexican and Asian dishes. It is quick to bolt when the weather warms, and I won’t get another...
Earth Day was about a week and a half ago. Day events are helpful, because they focus attention and provide a rallying point for supporters.
If longevity deserves a trophy, make it a big one for Southland Trophy, Sign & Billiards in South Charleston.
Various South Charleston agencies are pooling their resources to sponsor Camp Appalachia for at-risk youth in the city this summer.
On the same evening as the 143rd Run for the Roses takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, the 12th annual Night at the Races Derby Fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Edgewood Country Club.
When the Curves for Women fitness facility closed suddenly in St. Albans, loyal member Larissa Gatens decided to take the lead in keeping a similar venue in place on Olde Main Plaza.
It was a rainy morning at Ruffner Elementary School in Charleston, but when the authors of an award-winning series of books about character development showed up, the mood lightened among the fourth-graders who had gathered to hear them.
Former coal miner Dwayne Freeman drew upon his mountain roots -- and family tree -- to launch the Appalachian Distillery three years ago, and business is still brewing and booming.
Join a Zumbathon or purchase tickets for basket raffles from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Elk Elementary Center. Proceeds will benefit Herbert Hoover High School’s Project Graduation 2017.
Marshall University has been selected by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to host the first GenCyber Camp in the mid-Appalachian region for high school students interested in cybersecurity and careers in the...
Many of my friends are ramp and morel enthusiasts. Both are in season now in our area.
There’s a small private school in Charleston’s Elk District called the Lighthouse of Learning. It is essentially a one-room schoolhouse for middle and high school students.
The Kanawha Valley Doll and Miniature Club is hosting the annual the Tri-State Doll luncheon and sale May 5 and 6 in St. Albans.
A Holistic Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd., W., in Charleston.
The third annual “Blessing of the Pets” is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Ruffner Memorial Park on Kanawha Boulevard, E., in Charleston (near the corner of Elizabeth Street and the boulevard).
The Kanawha Valley Senior Services Annual Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled to tee off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado.
After 44 years of affiliation with the Weight Watchers program, Millie Snyder sold her interest in a local WW franchise in 2013.
Students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School on Charleston’s West Side have been artistically active and pervasively creative during the current academic year.
The environment and climate literacy were on the minds of visitors to West Virginia State University on April 20. It was Earth Day, and the university hosted a variety of activities in the Wilson Student Union.
Preschool students at Pratt Elementary School showed a lot of good “cents” and fundraising moxie for a good cause recently.
It wouldn’t be springtime in St. Albans without the city’s annual Founders Day celebration.
By Rick Steelhammer
A program launched last year that used the New River Gorge National River’s recently restored Camp Brookside as a campus for free public instruction in activities ranging from yoga and tai chi to...
Deb Bauer is an outdoorswoman for all seasons.
During the winter, Bauer, who just turned 52 and works in the aerospace industry, likes to cross country ski, especially around the mountains near her home in Spokane, Washington.
Driving through downtown a few days ago, on a bright and sunny spring day, I noted a large group of people (mostly women) walking/jogging on their lunch hour near the West Virginia Power ballpark.
I like doughnuts. I like sugary glazed doughnuts, cake doughnuts, chocolate doughnuts, doughnuts with or without holes, cream-filled doughnuts, jelly doughnuts, yeast or raised doughnuts, beaver tails, malasadas and bar doughnuts.
The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association has announced it will open a public spay/neuter clinic this summer.
“Marcellus Shale,” a topical play addressing the environmental and personal impact of fracking, will be presented on stage at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21 and also at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main Plaza in...
Authors, artists, musicians, and craftspeople are invited to display and sell their work at a Meet the Artists program from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1000 Sixth St., on Charleston’s West Side.
Attention, monarch butterflies: on your migration north from Mexico, you might want to make a pit stop at St. Albans City Park.
The West Side Neighborhood Association and West Side 360 community organizations will oversee the fourth annual West Side Spring Cleanup Day on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.
Under the aegis of the Kanawha County Extension Master Gardener Association, “Spring into Gardening” instructional sessions will take place on Saturday, April 22, in the Coonskin Park Clubhouse in Charleston.
There was a cozy hearth, briar pipes ready for smoking and tales of mystery shared by two old friends.
Well-behaved dogs will be demonstrating their best manners this weekend in Dunbar, as the Kanawha Obedience Training Club hosts its yearly obedience andl rally trials at the Dunbar Recreation Center on Fairlawn Avenue.
The Village Chapel Presbyterian Church will be the starting point for a community Procession of the Cross Friday, April 14, throughout Kanawha City.
At one time or another, pretty much everyone has asked the question, “What does a rabbit who brings eggs have to do with Easter?”
Most people are familiar with tacos, a traditional Mexican food. Tacos are made with soft or hard corn or wheat tortillas containing a variety of fillings. They are often garnished with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, salsa, cheese or guacamole. Beef and...
Trent Waugh and Karen Cogar have exalted the past -- with an ever-searching eye in the present -- for nearly the past 10 years at Country Crossing Country Primitives and Homespun Gifts.
Runners and walkers alike can show their “true colors” during the inaugural “100 Mile Club Color Fun Run” Saturday, May 6, at Ridenour Lake in Nitro.
The weather is getting warmer and soon it will be time for backyard cookouts, picnics, graduation parties and potluck events. That means you’ll probably be seeing a pasta salad or two.
The West Virginia Power’s website has a countdown clock, reflecting the days, hours and minutes until opening day. Hint: the first pitch of the 2017 home opener gets thrown tomorrow.
A time portal to childhood, of sorts, is located on Charleston’s West Side (around the block from Mount Calvary Baptist Church and across the street from the Garrison Avenue ballfields).
As one of the area’s largest, independently owned firearms, fishing, hunting and archery stores, Spring Hill Rod & Gun has developed a loyal customer base over its 23-year existence.
One could call Bob Anderson the eyes and ears of South Charleston.
They say one good turn deserves another, but a good spin can also reap positive benefits.
The Coal River Group has announced it will host the third annual Run for the River Triathlon at Meadowood Park in Tornado on Saturday, April 15.
The 2017 RESA III Regional Math Field Day was held on March 23 at the University of Charleston.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston will sponsor the 2017 West Virginia Home Show this weekend.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources hosted the 12th Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Saturday, March 25.
New Hope Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal sanctuary, is sponsoring its eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon for Animals on Sunday, April 2, at Town N Country Lanes in Nitro.
John Smith likes to talk about how clean and orderly he keeps his mailroom at the main offices of Kanawha County Schools.
For the upcoming spring break, the Charleston Family YMCA is offering a tennis camp for ages 6 through 15.
The students listed below were winners in the Kanawha County Schools 2016-2017 Young Writers Contest. These students will be recognized at a KCS Young Writers Tea event on April 18 at South Charleston High School.
West Side-based Alto Design Character Parties will host an extraordinary Easter Egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Sissonville High School.
The Upper Kanawha Valley Revitalization Group will host a three-day series of listening sessions, entitled “Seizing Opportunities: Your Voices ... Your Valley,” to provide area residents with a voice in advancing emerging opportunities,...
Always wanted to be in the spotlight and show your musical talents? Here is your chance to sing your way to the top.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to two men speak and what they said still resonates with me.
Some would argue that White Chili is not chili at all, just as there are those who say red chili should never contain beans. Chili lovers have strong opinions about what constitutes a good chili.
FestivALL Charleston, named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society again for 2017, celebrates its 13th year June 16-25.
Last year, they were brushing snow off spring’s early bloomers.
The 27th annual Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Woman’s Club of Charleston headquarters, 1600 Virginia St., E., Charleston.
Charleston Sled Hockey, a team organized in 2015 for people with physical disabilities, is inviting area physically disabled veterans to get involved in the Paralympic sport that is sanctioned by USA Hockey.
At 64, John Smith hits the gym regularly, working out four days a week.
David Malcomb and Mason McCann from the Elk River Boxing Club in Clendenin competed in the 15th annual Elkins Toughman Contest held at Elkins High School on March 10 and 11.
Bananas are one of the most popular and widely consumed fruits in the world. They are a staple food crop for millions of people in developing countries. They are considered critical to global food security and serve as a valuable, year-round food...
Judging from the emails and comments I received from the column two weeks ago about getting rid of plastic bags, I touched a nerve.
The West Virginia Golf Association is accepting registrations for 2017 tournaments, some of which will be held in Kanawha and Putnam counties. To register and find out more about each event, go to: www.wvga.org
More than 100 young riders from throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland will saddle up to compete in a rodeo contest later this month in Winfield.
From mop heads to soda straws, to plastic cups and hand sanitizers, Anchor Supply Company in Dunbar has it.
If you thought honey bees were beneficial, sit back and listen to Rob O’Quinn fill you in on the importance of mason bees and leafcutter bees, which are native to North America.
The recently organized Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club will meet for gamesmanship and fellowship at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23 on the fifth floor of the Odd Fellows Building, 717 Lee St. in Charleston.
As Nitro’s yearlong centennial celebration continues, a group of citizens has prepared a play that summarizes the town’s history and pays homage to those who contributed to its longevity.