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Diane Tarantini: Lessons from the thousand-year flood
Diane Tarantini: Lessons from the thousand-year flood

Beneath the photo of her flooded home, my friend DeeDee’s Facebook status read: “One day can change everything.”

Applications available for antlerless deer season limited permit areas
Applications available for antlerless deer season limited permit areas

Applications for the 2017 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, and will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 13.

Kanawha branch libraries to present program on early Native Americans

The early belief that West Virginia was used as strictly hunting grounds for Native Americans with no permanent inhabitants is now being debunked.

Elizabeth’s Attic in Nitro a one-stop gift boutique on 21st Street
Elizabeth’s Attic in Nitro a one-stop gift boutique on 21st Street

There are no forgotten cast-offs in this attic.

It’s Elizabeth’s Attic in Nitro, celebrating its 15th anniversary under owner Vikki Hamilton. Located at 107 21st St., Elizabeth’s Attic is an inviting gift boutique that...

Eric Douglas: The reason we celebrate independence

The day we all celebrate, the day that this country officially began moving forward as an independent nation, is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. It’s actually not the day it we declared ourselves free.

Farmer’s Table: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pie

Consumers may be surprised that the farmers who grow beautiful produce often have very unhealthy diets. I am proud that I grow much of what we eat, but sometimes I don’t have time to make every meal from scratch.

Pinch author releases latest in thriller series
Pinch author releases latest in thriller series

Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”

Stories, experiments highlight ‘Science Tellers’ at Cross Lanes library
Stories, experiments highlight ‘Science Tellers’ at Cross Lanes library

Shara Donohue arrived at the Cross Lanes Branch Library in a Hyundai loaded with the stuff of science.

Diane Tarantini: How to make a life you love

During my second pregnancy, I experienced difficulty in a relationship, one with another young mother.

‘Weimer On Wheels’ helps kids avoid ‘summer slide’
‘Weimer On Wheels’ helps kids avoid ‘summer slide’

Weimer Elementary School staff and volunteers went into the St. Albans-area community recently, reading to and with students as part of the school’s efforts to reduce the “summer slide.” (The summer slide is when students’...

KCPL to host teen ‘escape room’-themed events

As part of the 2017 Summer Library Club, Kanawha County Public Library is offering a unique, interactive event for teenagers.

Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- go do it!

There are three “summers.”

There is the unofficial beginning of summer that happens on Memorial Day. There is meteorological summer that begins on June 1 and then there is today: June 21 – astronomical summer. Today is the...

Camp Virgil Tate hosts Kanawha County 4-H’ers for weeklong activities
Camp Virgil Tate hosts Kanawha County 4-H’ers for weeklong activities

Who knew a dripping, wet sponge could be so much fun?

Mermaids, dragons to converge at West Side dance/arts studio
Mermaids, dragons to converge at West Side dance/arts studio

Children ages 4 to 9 are invited to exercise their bodies and imaginations next week at the Academy of Arts at January’s on Charleston’s West Side.

Elk River Boots and Saddle Club rebounds following floods
Elk River Boots and Saddle Club rebounds following floods

With the heat beating down, Rick Starcher carried a barrel onto the main horse ring at the Elk River Boots and Saddle Club in Elkview.

Diane Tarantini: I bleed green – and blue and gold
Diane Tarantini: I bleed green – and blue and gold

To me, living in West Virginia these days can feel a bit like Civil War times. Because of the division between Marshall and West Virginia University sports fans.

Riverside graduates receive EBHS Alumni scholarships
Riverside graduates receive EBHS Alumni scholarships

At the 17th awards ceremony at Riverside High School on May 11, the East Bank High School Alumni Association awarded 25 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 to each graduating recipient.

Elk Valley Library Association obtains $1K Dollar General grant

Earlier this month, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Elk Valley Library Association Inc. a grant to support summer literacy.

Eric Douglas: Family memories for West Virginia Day

It’s amazing how often we have to remind people from outside West Virginia that we are actually a state.

Farmer’s Table: Lemon Blueberry Tiramisu
Farmer’s Table: Lemon Blueberry Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert. The name tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian. Tiramisu is most commonly made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a mascarpone cheese and whipped cream filling and dusted with cocoa.

Faith Missionary Baptist Church near St. Albans celebrating 50 years
Faith Missionary Baptist Church near St. Albans celebrating 50 years

In 1967, members of a newly formed church started meeting in an abandoned appliance store.

South Charleston Middle School students create centennial-themed collage for city
South Charleston Middle School students create centennial-themed collage for city

A colorful fabric collage that captures the spirit of South Charleston will be on display at various venues throughout the city this year, during the town’s 100th anniversary.

Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant opens in South Charleston
Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant opens in South Charleston

When it comes to cooking, “love is always there,” said Denise Jones, owner of a new eatery in South Charleston that specializes in soul food.

Skateboarding, skating event for prizes set for Sunday in Charleston
Skateboarding, skating event for prizes set for Sunday in Charleston

The Charleston Parks and Recreation Department will host a rollicking, rolling scavenger hunt on Sunday, June 18 in downtown Charleston.

Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’ for volunteer gardening
Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’ for volunteer gardening

The Cabin Creek Health Center would like you to get down and dirty this summer -- and reap what you sow in the process.

Three St. Albans churches join forces for vacation Bible school

With a theme “GLOW for Jesus,” three St. Albans area churches are collaborating to provide a special community vacation Bible school from June 19 through June 23.

Former South Charleston High distance runner, now motivational speaker, to appear at LaBelle Theater
Former South Charleston High distance runner, now motivational speaker, to appear at LaBelle Theater

An old newspaper headline reads: “Determined Imhoff overcomes obstacles.”

Charleston Parks & Recreation sponsoring ‘Go Skate Charleston’

Charleston Parks & Recreation is inviting skateboard enthusiasts to go on a Sunday, June 18 scavenger hunt on wheels.

Charleston Christian Women to host luncheon

The Charleston WV Christian Women will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the Charleston Women’s Club headquarters, 1600 Virginia St., E., Charleston.

Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’
Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’

The Cabin Creek Health Center is once again planting vegetables for a healthy growing season. Through the generosity of the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, the Cabin Creek Health Center is able to expand its growing...

Master Homeowner Workshops offered

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam will host a pair of upcoming Master Homeowner Workshops.

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Upside-down Cake
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Upside-down Cake

Baking a cake “upside down” is an old technique. Centuries ago, cakes were baked in cast iron skillets and were often referred to as “skillet cakes.” Fruit and sugar were placed in the bottom of the pan and the batter was...

Eric Douglas: Celebrate World Oceans Day in West Virginia
Eric Douglas: Celebrate World Oceans Day in West Virginia

Just about everyone I know loves the ocean. Whether it is the annual family outing to Myrtle Beach or someplace more exotic, most of my friends head to the ocean as often as they can. There are some of you who prefer the mountains or don’t take...

Little Creek Golf Course offers world-class play in South Charleston
Little Creek Golf Course offers world-class play in South Charleston

Golf enthusiasts don’t have to leave the Kanawha Valley to enjoy a fun and challenging 18-hole course.

First Presbyterian’s Furniture Mission kicks off another season
First Presbyterian’s Furniture Mission kicks off another season

The storage building behind First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston is a little empty at the moment, but that’s likely to change in the coming weeks, as the church’s Furniture Mission gears up for another season.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley to offer free youth tennis lessons

Stonewall Jackson Middle School now has a girls’ tennis team, thanks in large measure to the YMCA of Kanawha Valley’s free tennis lessons, which debuted last summer at the nearby Edgewood Drive tennis courts.

Fisher Chapel steps back for old-time VBS
Fisher Chapel steps back for old-time VBS

It’s the season for vacation Bible schools, and at Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church in Sissonville, VBS participants will take a trip back in time. They’ll get a sense of what life was like when the church was founded in 1893.

Kanawha Valley disc golf tournament reflects sport’s growing popularity
Kanawha Valley disc golf tournament reflects sport’s growing popularity

Amateur and professional disc golf players from around the region will converge on the Kanawha Valley next week for the third annual Kanawha Valley Regional Disc Golf Tournament.

Charleston Christian author releases book on creative writing
Charleston Christian author releases book on creative writing

Charleston resident Dahveed Bar-Daniel has released his fifth book, entitled “Mastering Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide.”

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus and Ham Quiche
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus and Ham Quiche

The asparagus season is about to come to an end. I don’t remember a year when the yield has been greater.

Eric Douglas: Stay safe in summer pools

Summer is here, and, judging by the number of pools I see for sale at local retailers, the demand for home pools is growing.

Reptile Expo slithers into St. Albans July 16
Reptile Expo slithers into St. Albans July 16

The West Virginia Reptile Expo is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16, at The Arena, 6400 MacCorkle Ave., S.W., in St. Albans.

Relay for Life this weekend at Camp Virgil Tate
Relay for Life this weekend at Camp Virgil Tate

The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Kanawha Valley fundraiser will be held from 7 p.m. Friday, June 2 through 7 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Camp Virgil Tate in Charleston (between Cross Lanes and Sissonville).

Walk with Ease program steps off Tuesday in Charleston

The City of Charleston Parks and Recreation Department will begin a free Walk with Ease program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6.

City of Nitro closes on new headquarters for police station, council meetings
City of Nitro closes on new headquarters for police station, council meetings

Finding a new location for the Nitro Police Department, and for Nitro City Council meetings and municipal court, has been one of Mayor Dave Casebolt’s primary goals since being elected to office.

WVDA to host Beef for Fathers Day event at Capitol Market

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will host the annual Beef for Fathers’ Day event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at the Capitol Market in Charleston.

Backpack Blessings to host vendor sale fundraiser in Pinch Saturday
Backpack Blessings to host vendor sale fundraiser in Pinch Saturday

Backpack Blessings, a nonprofit food support program that feeds Kanawha and Clay county children along the Elk River when school is not in session, will host a fundraising vendor sale with food, games and door prizes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,...

Corridor G: Road to adventure and fun
Corridor G: Road to adventure and fun

Corridor G (U.S. 119), like all corridors throughout the region, was built to open up rural areas of the state with easy-access, four-lane highways.

Hike new trails at Forks of Coal
Hike new trails at Forks of Coal

In the year that the Forks of Coal State Natural Area has been open to hikers and nature lovers, a number of improvements have been made.

Updated West Virginia State Parks season golf passes available
Updated West Virginia State Parks season golf passes available

Now is a good time to clean up the golf clubs and buy a season pass to West Virginia State Parks golf courses. Season passes encourage play by those new to the sport and encourage those who haven’t played in a while to return to the course.

Winners named in Nitro All-Horse Parade

The City of Nitro has awarded prizes to a dozen people who participated in the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade on May 13.

Google economic impact report lauds metal building/electrical firm
Google economic impact report lauds metal building/electrical firm

Parkline Inc., a Putnam County metal building and electrical business, created a spark in Google’s 2016 Economic Impact Report.

Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets
Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets

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.

Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance
Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance

Memorial Day became an official American holiday in 1971 to honor the men and women who died in service to the United States.

West Side Montessori school enrolling for youth Summer Art Colony camps
West Side Montessori school enrolling for youth Summer Art Colony camps

Charleston Montessori School’s annual Summer Art Colony camps in June are enrolling children ages 3 years through fifth grade.

Marmet City Council OKs resolution for visitors’ center
Marmet City Council OKs resolution for visitors’ center

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.

Boho Spa opens on Jefferson Road in South Charleston
Boho Spa opens on Jefferson Road in South Charleston

With a range of services designed for relaxation and beauty enhancement, it’s quite possible to enter the Boho Spa in South Charleston and emerge as a new person.

Artists assemble at ReStore weekly for creative expression
Artists assemble at ReStore weekly for creative expression

Artists of all experience levels congregate to create each week at the John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner and Education Center.

From back yards to fields to woodlands
From back yards to fields to woodlands

The challenge and joy of bird watching can begin in your own back yard or a nearby field or woodland.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace
Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace

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.

Gyro/baklava sale returns to Kanawha City on Saturday
Gyro/baklava sale returns to Kanawha City on Saturday

To paraphrase the late David Bowie, you can eat gyros for just one day.

Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday
Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday

Do you often wonder what bird is singing, or what are the trees you’re standing under?

Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF
Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF

The second annual Mountain Mission 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston.

Sips & Sweets coming to East End
Sips & Sweets coming to East End

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.

West Side youth creates Thumbprint design for Relay for Life
West Side youth creates Thumbprint design for Relay for Life

Young entrepreneur Breeânna Love Kiser is using her talents to help others fighting a dehabilitating disease -- just as she does herself.

Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder
Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder

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...

Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway
Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway

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...

Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal
Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal

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.

FlyLikeUs urban clothing store opens on Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans
FlyLikeUs urban clothing store opens on Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans

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.

Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day Sunday
Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day Sunday

The second annual Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day will start at noon Sunday, May 21, at the 57th Street Kanawha City bicycle trailhead.

The region’s top marinas for full-throttle fun
The region’s top marinas for full-throttle fun

“Let’s go boating!” are favorite words for many outdoor recreationists. Here in southern/central West Virginia, there are several top-tier marinas that can help you make waves on the water this summer.

A 700-mile bikepacking journey across the Mountain State
A 700-mile bikepacking journey across the Mountain State

About three years ago, life caught up to me, and I found myself desperately trying to sequester time to fulfill my obsession with rock climbing to no real avail. There was no way I could sustain my climbing level and obsessive psyche AND balance my...

58th annual South Charleston Armed Forces Day Parade set for May 20
58th annual South Charleston Armed Forces Day Parade set for May 20

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.

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus with Hazelnut Gremolata
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus with Hazelnut Gremolata

This is the time of year when we have an abundance of fresh asparagus. I am always looking for new ways to prepare it.

Eric Douglas: Don’t forget Mom this weekend!

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.

St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser set for May 13
St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser set for May 13

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.

Young soccer player goes to Spain
Young soccer player goes to Spain

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.

Mountaineer Montessori School to mark 40th year with ‘Paint the Town’ fundraiser
Mountaineer Montessori School to mark 40th year with ‘Paint the Town’ fundraiser

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.

Elk River Boxing Club member gets her kicks, wins state title
Elk River Boxing Club member gets her kicks, wins state title

Laura Byrnes of the Elk River Boxing Club in Clendenin achieved a phenomenal feat with her feet -- and fists -- recently.

Kanawha Trail Club celebrating 75th anniversary of hiking adventures
Kanawha Trail Club celebrating 75th anniversary of hiking adventures

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.

Photographer shares tips for capturing state’s scenic beauty
Photographer shares tips for capturing state’s scenic beauty

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...

Nitro to celebrate centennial with all-horse parade

The City of Nitro will celebrate a century of history on Saturday, May 13, with the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade.

Nitro church to hold youth camp fundraisers

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 underway for Kanawha 4-H summer camps

Registration is open for summer 2017 4-H camps in Kanawha County.

Elkview auto repair/sales business marking 30 years with customer celebration
Elkview auto repair/sales business marking 30 years with customer celebration

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.

Kanawha, Putnam high school graduation dates announced

Below is the schedule for the 2017 graduation ceremonies of public high schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties:

Farmer’s Table: Quinoa and Rice Salad with Herbs
Farmer’s Table: Quinoa and Rice Salad with Herbs

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...

Eric Douglas: The environment is good for business

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.

Southland Trophy in South Charleston marking 75 years in business
Southland Trophy in South Charleston marking 75 years in business

If longevity deserves a trophy, make it a big one for Southland Trophy, Sign & Billiards in South Charleston.

Camp Appalachia to offer summer enrichment programs to South Charleston youth
Camp Appalachia to offer summer enrichment programs to South Charleston youth

Various South Charleston agencies are pooling their resources to sponsor Camp Appalachia for at-risk youth in the city this summer.

Derby-themed fundraiser to benefit Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center
Derby-themed fundraiser to benefit Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center

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.

New fitness facility in St. Albans caters to women of all ages
New fitness facility in St. Albans caters to women of all ages

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.

‘Sad Mad Glad’ children’s book series celebrates 10th anniversary
‘Sad Mad Glad’ children’s book series celebrates 10th anniversary

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.

TRAVEL: Tours and tastings available at Appalachian Distillery
TRAVEL: Tours and tastings available at Appalachian Distillery

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.

Zumbathon and raffle set for Saturday at Elk Elementary Center

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 to host GenCyber summer camp for high schoolers
Marshall to host GenCyber summer camp for high schoolers

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...

Farmer’s Table: Pasta with Morels and Ramps
Farmer’s Table: Pasta with Morels and Ramps

Many of my friends are ramp and morel enthusiasts. Both are in season now in our area.

Eric Douglas: Lighthouse of Learning is a beacon for kids

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.

Kanawha Valley Doll & Miniature Club hosting luncheon, sale in St. Albans

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.

UUC hosting holistic health and wellness fair Saturday

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.