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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HYCAT swimmers claim 43rd consecutive state title

The Huntington Y Charleston Aquatic Team, or HYCAT, defended its state swim team title for the 43rd consecutive time at the recent 2016 West Virginia Short Course Swimming Championship at the University of Charleston.

North Charleston church, DNR to sponsor hunter safety/mentoring course

The Church of God in Christ of Charleston has teamed up with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to offer a hunter’s safety/mentoring course for ages 10 and up.

KCCC to host Spring Break youth hoops clinic

College basketball player Austin Coleman and Horace Mann Middle School girls basketball coach Sydney Smith will lead a free basketball clinic for youths during Kanawha County Schools’ spring break next week.

West Virginia State’s ROTC Yellow Jacket battalion participates in training exercise
West Virginia State’s ROTC Yellow Jacket battalion participates in training exercise

Members of the West Virginia State University Yellow Jacket Battalion of the Reserve Officers Training Corps participated recently in a one-day situational training exercise designed to improve cadets’ leadership skills.

SMS students continue History Bowl dominance
SMS students continue History Bowl dominance

The Sissonville Middle School Red Hawks History Bowl program has been very triumphant in claiming the RESA III regional championship for the last six years.

Spring wildflower hikes returning to St. Albans

The third annual “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” spring wildflower hikes will resume soon at the St. Albans City Park Nature Trail.

Alum Creek VFD puts new fire truck into service
Alum Creek VFD puts new fire truck into service

“Bob” is big, red and ready to help save lives in the Alum Creek area.

Ambulance authority opens new Station 30 in South Charleston
Ambulance authority opens new Station 30 in South Charleston

The Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority has opened a new station in South Charleston that should offer even speedier response times to area residents.

Open enrollment underway at Mountaineer Montessori School

Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th St., Charleston, is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year for new and transferring students ages three through eighth grade.

Alum Creek Lions Club sponsoring annual community clean-up

It’s nearly time for spring cleaning in Alum Creek.

Matador barber shop changes locations in St. Albans
Matador barber shop changes locations in St. Albans

After more than 50 years on Walnut Street in St. Albans, the Matador barber shop has moved a short distance away to a building on MacCorkle Avenue.

State BOE seeking help in feeding kids this summer

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer months.

Faith in Action schedules volunteer orientation sessions
Faith in Action schedules volunteer orientation sessions

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley has announced several new volunteer orientation training dates through the Spring.

Eric Douglas: Talking about heart disease helps others
Eric Douglas: Talking about heart disease helps others

My friend Jean calls it living life out loud.

She means talking about what is going on in your life so others can benefit from your experiences. That doesn’t mean airing your dirty laundry on Facebook to get attention. In my case, if...

West Virginia State to celebrate Founders Day on Thursday

As part of a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of its founding, West Virginia State University will hold a special Founders Day ceremony Thursday, March 17, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Doris W. and Gen. Walter F. Johnson arena in the...

UC half-marathon/5K Saturday in Charleston
UC half-marathon/5K Saturday in Charleston

The University of Charleston will host its second annual Welch Colleague Half-Marathon/5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 19.

‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’ on tap at LaBelle Theater in S.C.
‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’ on tap at LaBelle Theater in S.C.

An evening of authentic Irish music, comedy and more is on tap Friday, March 18, at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D. St. South Charleston.

GWHS student meets with senators in D.C.
GWHS student meets with senators in D.C.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) met with Arka Gupta of Charleston and Adrien Inman of Martinsburg recently, during their visit to Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. Senate Youth Program’s 54th annual...

Legislature recognizes Golden Horseshoe program with citation
Legislature recognizes Golden Horseshoe program with citation

The West Virginia House of Delegates presented a legislative citation on Feb. 8 to State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano, recognizing the longstanding Golden Horseshoe program which promotes and honors the study of West Virginia...

Cross Lanes UMC to host Good Friday cantata

The Cross Lanes United Methodist Church will present the “Palm Passion Experience” at 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 25, at the church, 5320 Frontier Drive, Cross Lanes.

Charleston gift boutique ‘corners the market’ on quirky, exceptional
Charleston gift boutique ‘corners the market’ on quirky, exceptional

On the corner of Capitol Street and Lee Street in Charleston, downtown shoppers will find a new gift boutique: Oddbird, a Gift Emporium.

KVSS benefit golf tournament is March 25

Your opportunity to play in a “senior golf tournament,” of sorts, arrives on Good Friday.

‘Redesign Your Life’ workshop coming to Dunbar

Are you still trying to figure out what you want to be when you “grow up?” Are you settling for a paycheck, when what you really want is a LIFE?

Salvation Army operates food pantry weekdays

The Salvation Army of Charleston, at 301 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, operates a food pantry from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, providing free food.

Sissonville becomes Seuss-onville in school art contest
Sissonville becomes Seuss-onville in school art contest

To honor the late children’s author Dr. Seuss on his birthday, Sissonville Elementary School students let their imaginations run rampant -- and sometimes as wacky as a plate of Green Eggs and Ham -- earlier this month.

Farmer’s Table: Sourdough English Muffins
Farmer’s Table: Sourdough English Muffins

The English muffin did not originate in Britain, as the name suggests. It was invented by a British immigrant, Samuel Bath Thomas, in New York in the late 1800s.

A half-century and counting for Abney Street Church of God candy eggs
A half-century and counting for Abney Street Church of God candy eggs

On a day when the thermometer nearly reached a spring-like 70 degrees, a group of ladies -- and one man -- were busy in the kitchen of the Abney Street Church of God in St. Albans.

Edna’s Lunch, Dinner & Sweets opens in Nitro
Edna’s Lunch, Dinner & Sweets opens in Nitro

Longtime friends Hope Postle and Elizabeth Armstrong each bring their own talents to a new restaurant they’ve opened in Nitro.

Arts group sought to bring Evans Lumber Co. paint can back to life
Arts group sought to bring Evans Lumber Co. paint can back to life

A big paint can in South Charleston needs a new coat of paint.

Anytime Fitness in Cross Lanes unveils new look and layout
Anytime Fitness in Cross Lanes unveils new look and layout

An open area for group training sessions and new paint and color scheme are among the attractions at Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour-a-day fitness facility in the Nitro Marketplace, Cross Lanes.

Cross Lanes Christian cheerleaders land Grand Champion titles in North Carolina
Cross Lanes Christian cheerleaders land Grand Champion titles in North Carolina

The first time was a double charm when the Cross Lanes Christian School middle school cheerleaders came home to West Virginia with a pair of major awards from a recent competition in the Tarheel State.

Daylight makes us happier
Daylight makes us happier

I’ll admit it. I like Daylight Savings Time.

Just a couple months ago, in the deepest, darkest days of early January, I wrote a column about feeling sad in the winter because I missed the sunlight. Now that the weather is starting to...

St. Albans History in Pictures project to capture slices of everyday life
St. Albans History in Pictures project to capture slices of everyday life

St. Albans resident Alan Rezek is a man fascinated with history, especially in the way old photographs can capture life from different eras.

South Charleston clinic offers innovative, non-invasive skin, weight loss treatments
South Charleston clinic offers innovative, non-invasive skin, weight loss treatments

Conveniently located at South Charleston’s Riverwalk Plaza, Transformations Weight Loss & Skin Clinic Inc. is living up to its name with new office treatments that improve appearance, health and well-being in myriad ways.

Clark’s Tree Service uproots to new location
Clark’s Tree Service uproots to new location

Entering its eighth year of business serving Putnam and Kanawha counties in 2016, Clark’s Tree Service LLC has transplanted its longtime Poca base of operations to a new headquarters in St. Albans (albeit at a Hurricane mailing address).

Eric Douglas: Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow ...
Eric Douglas: Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow ...

One of my pet projects, as I’ve written about on several occasions, is collecting oral histories.

Sign language hoops
Sign language hoops

On Monday evenings, Brittany Halstead laces on her sneakers and makes sure her hands are limber.

Fox Trot 5K Walk & Run, Green Chili Shoot Out coming to Capitol Market

A pair of competitions, to mutually benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research, will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Capitol Market.

Farmer’s Table: Yogurt Sourdough Starter
Farmer’s Table: Yogurt Sourdough Starter

There is no legal definition of sourdough. The term “sourdough” is often used by commercial bread companies to describe breads made of ordinary dough to which dried sourdough powder or yeast mixes have been added.

Longtime CN carrier receives customer kudos, award
Longtime CN carrier receives customer kudos, award

Steven Dempsey has been a carrier for Charleston Newspapers for more than 20 years and received the “My Carrier is the Best” award for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Ham radio buffs to host free ‘cram exam’ course for licenses

The Charleston Area VE Group will host a free cram course for amateur radio (ham) technician licenses.

Library offers online SAT preparation aids

As the year rolls on, the time has come for some high school students to take the SAT (Standard Aptitude test) required by many higher learning institutions.

New MedExpress Urgent Care center opens at Southridge
New MedExpress Urgent Care center opens at Southridge

MedExpress Urgent Care opened its newest neighborhood medical center in the Southridge Center area on Feb. 17.

Elkview youth archery tourney a big success
Elkview youth archery tourney a big success

Youth archery has increased in participation over the years.

New book teaches ‘how to’ record oral histories
New book teaches ‘how to’ record oral histories

Oral histories are recordings from everyday people about life. They are the day-to-day events that don’t fill up our history books but are just as important.

Dates established for Kanawha County kindergarten round-ups

Dates and times have been set for 2016-2017 kindergarten round-ups at Kanawha County schools, according to the Kanawha County Schools website.

Annual ‘Jesus Prom’ designed for those with special needs and their caregivers
Annual ‘Jesus Prom’ designed for those with special needs and their caregivers

Later this month, a dance floor at St. Albans High School will get quite a workout from a special group of party-goers.

Kanawha Ski Club a year-round organization for outdoor lovers
Kanawha Ski Club a year-round organization for outdoor lovers

Before there were ski resorts in West Virginia, there was the Kanawha Ski Club.

Local man tackling Appalachian Trail long-distance hike
Local man tackling Appalachian Trail long-distance hike

When Brion “Bearclaw” Woods of Chesapeake decided he wanted to hike the entire 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, he knew he would have to give some serious thought into deciding what gear to purchase.

Eric Douglas: Being heart-healthy means simple changes
Eric Douglas: Being heart-healthy means simple changes

A couple years ago, I wrote a book called “Keep on, Keepin’ on: A Breast Cancer Survivor Story” about my friend Jean Hanna Davis as she went through her second round of chemotherapy.

Bollywood Night to bolster area groups
Bollywood Night to bolster area groups

The India Center will be the lead sponsor of Bollywood Night 2016 at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Charleston Civic Center.

News from the Bennie Padilla VFW Post 4768 in Alum Creek

Over the last several months, many things have been happening at the Bennie Padilla Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4768 in Alum Creek.

Donut Connection on Spring Street in Charleston brings back green donuts March 1
Donut Connection on Spring Street in Charleston brings back green donuts March 1

Donut Connection on Spring Street in Charleston is marking a milestone in March: its eighth anniversary in baking, bustling business.