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Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Putnam obits

LOIS JEAN BILLUPS HATHAWAY, 85, of Hurricane, died March 30, 2014, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Kenova on March 14, 1929. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rush and Elma (Dean) Billups; brothers, Howard, Glen and Joseph Billups; her husband of 50 years, Robert (Bob) Hathaway Sr.; son, Robert (Bobby) Hathaway Jr.; and foster-son, John Ballentine. Surviving are her children, Rodney (Joan) Hathaway of Culloden, Karen (Steve) Ward of Hurricane, Nancy (Paul) Drake of Scott Depot; Helen (Russ) Cook of Hurricane, Mary Beth (Paul) Bednar of Pittsboro, N.C., and foster-son Roger Elliott of Hurricane. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Josiah and Marissa Drake, Kristen and Bing Ward and Andrew and Mary Ann Bednar. She had many nieces and nephews whom she loved. Lois had lived in the Hurricane community for more than 55 years. She graduated from Marshall College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Teachers. She had been a teacher in Boone, Lincoln and Putnam counties. She had been a member of the Kanawha-Putnam Association for Retarded Children (the ARC) and helped pioneer special education programs in Putnam County in the 1960s. She was a special-needs foster parent for 38 years and a lifelong advocate of the disabled. Lois always said about her own life, "I meant well and tried hard." She will be missed by many. Funeral service was Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Allen Funeral Home Chapel, 2837 Main St., Hurricane, with the Minister Thomas Malcolm officiating. Burial followed in Valley View Memorial Park in Hurricane. Visiation was Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home Memorial. Contributions may be sent to Mt. Salem United Methodist Church, c/o Kent Hill, 4088 US Rt. 60, Hurricane, WV 25526.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Tea Party will benefit Make-a-Wish

HURRICANE -- Some seats still remain for the "Chasing Butterflies" Tea Party set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Valley Park Recreation Center.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Scientists say water is safe

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Almost three months after tainted tap water became part of 300,000 West Virginians' daily lives, independent scientists reviewed lab rat studies and hospital reports to reassure residents their water is safe, even if it still contains trace chemicals.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Billy Summers: The rumors are true: 'Noah' strays far from biblical story

I went and saw two different adventure comedies this weekend -- "The Muppets: Most Wanted" and "Noah."


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Courtney Rogers of Hurricane High receives top honors

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Courtney Rogers of Hurricane High School.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Bill Ellis: April is the month when new life emerges

The days are becoming longer and warmer, the nights shorter and not so cold. Around our house, plants are growing noticeably overnight. Spring has come and new life is showing itself each day.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Putnam weather

The weekend will start out with partly cloudy skies along with dry conditions on Saturday. The high temperature will be a seasonable 59 degrees.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Derek Coleman: Today is the anniversary of the storied American flag

Today, Friday, April 4, marks the anniversary of something we all know well. It is something we see every day as we go about our normal business; it is the symbol of this nation and what it stands for. It is, of course, the flag.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Spring Festival set for April 12

HURRICANE -- The annual Spring Festival hosted by the United Methodist Women at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.


Apr. 01, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

Billy Summers: 'Divergent' better than first 'Hunger Games'

A lot of discussion about the new Neil Burger ("The Illusionist," "The Lucky Ones," "Interview with the Assassin") movie, "Divergent," will be a comparison with that other teen movie franchise-in-the-making, "The Hunger Games."