Wednesday, August 21, 2019

London, Britain's capital city, attracted around 20 million foreign tourists last year. More than 10 million British people also went to see the sights, with the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye being among the most popular attractions.

ALL PHOTOS: Young cheerleaders and cheerleader

hopefuls get in some practice before the school year

begins at River Cities Gymnastics in Teays Valley on

ALL PHOTOS: Putnam County residents

smile for photos

while waiting for the

school year to begin.

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Courtesy of Sam Sentelle

Brian Estep took the community service pledge on July 30 as a new member of Putnam Rotary.

In high school he helped form a rock band and he marched in the drum line of the Pride of the Southland band at the University of Tennessee where he graduated in 1998.

The recent heat wave breaks as some needed rainfall returns.

After another stretch of 90-plus degree weather and little rain, we're finally seeing a change in the pattern around here with a cold front approaching from the northwest.

When I started running for Hurricane Middle School's cross-country team, I quickly realized just how good Wyatt Hanshaw, then an eighth-grader, was at being a leader of my first organized cross country team.

Courtesy of Amy Howat

Phoebe was born on a Mingo County, West Virginia, strip mine and was horribly emaciated and at risk of starvation when she was rescued. Halle Berry was also emaciated when she was taken from a farm in Kanawha County where one horse had already starved to death and another was too far gone to be saved. Santiago was a sales authority, or "three strikes" mustang, written off as unadoptable by the Bureau of Land Management.

Courtesy of Elisabeth Skolny

As school starts and fall sports kick into high gear, it's a season of new beginnings. The Hurricane Civic Chorus is beginning its fall season at an open house on Aug. 27.

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The Putnam Herald

ELEANOR - The 2019-20 school year starts Thursday, Aug. 22, in Putnam County.

While some families might still be scrambling to assemble backpacks, supplies and other school necessities today, many got a leg up last week when Putnam County Schools Title I program hosted the annual Back to School Blast on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center in Eleanor.

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CHARLESTON - West Virginia American Water has announced the recipients of its sixth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program, providing more than $12,000 in financial assistance to fire departments located within the company's service area. The grants will help local fire departments purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.

WV Cupcake Festival Saturday

HURRICANE - The 6th annual WV Cupcake Festival is set for 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Putnam County Convention Center and surrounding grounds at Valley Park.

Hurricane First Church of God Revival starts

HURRICANE - The First Church of God of Hurricane invites everyone to revival services, which begin this Friday, Aug. 23 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 25.

HURRICANE - Putnam Area Community Enrichment (P.A.C.E.) Foundation has announced the beginning of the application process for its mini-grant program geared toward middle and high school art teachers, which aims to provide extra funding to help carry out art projects during the school year.

The Redskins Dance Team from Hurricane High School hold a Chick-Fil-A and Car Wash fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Advance Auto Part near Exit 39. 

As summer vacation comes to an end, Putnam County kids enjoy a pleasant day at the Hurricane Sprayground on Saturday, Aug. 17.  

WINFIELD, W.Va. — A Putnam County man was convicted Friday night of second-degree murder for hitting and killing another man with his car last year. A jury found Morgan Creed Vandergriff guilty after deliberating for about three hours Friday

HURRICANE - Hurricane City officials and citizens had an opportunity to wish a happy retirement to Axel, one of Hurricane Police Department's long-time K-9 officers, who was formally relieved from duty during the City Council meeting on Aug. 5.

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ALL PHOTOS: A little Hot Rod Car Show and Doo Wop

going on in Nitro on Friday evening as part of

the city's RiverFest celebrations. || 0814_DooWop || A little Hot Rod Car Show and Doo Wop going on in

Courtesy of

Jacob Duchaine

Putnam Aging

HURRICANE - Seniors from across Putnam County are invited to join together in a spirit of friendly competition starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, to compete in the third annual Putnam County Senior Games.

Courtesy of Meghan Tarbett

Putnam County Library

The readers of Putnam County logged over 40,000 library books during the Summer Reading program this year. Over 1,500 children, teens, and adults signed up to read all summer long and attended a variety of programs (sometimes multiple programs a day) at all Putnam Library branches during June and July.

At the same time, though, the Redskins would like to solve the power outage that hit their passing game last season. That might revitalize their offense and take some pressure off the dependable Hill.

ALL PHOTOS: Everyone enjoys the evening while waiting for "The Incredibles 2" to begin on Friday night, Aug. 9, at Valley Park.

Way back in 1861, this country was riven by civil war. In hundreds of battles, skirmishes and clashes, men were being killed or wounded and great deeds of heroism were being performed. In order to mark these gallant acts, a proposal was put to General Winfield Scott that a medal for valor should be awarded. Scott felt such medals were a European tradition and refused the suggestion but, after he retired, the proposal was resurrected. The Navy was the first branch of the service to take it up, but the Army soon followed and so the Congressional Medal of Honor came into being.

In "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," director Andre Ovredal ("Trollhunter," "Future Murder," "The Autopsy of Jane Doe") has given us a strictly adolescent horror tale that failed to scare (nor barely interest) me, although it captivated the mostly 12-to-25 audience that sat through it with me.

Relatively quiet, typical summer weather takes hold into the weekend and beyond.

In the wake of a strong cold front earlier this week, a secondary front will cross Thursday. This may generate some isolated afternoon showers or a storm, but overall it looks mostly dry. High 85.

The Putnam Herald

WINFIELD - A Putnam County man who died in April left behind some interesting properties and a lifetime's collection of antique cars and parts, collectibles, tools and countless other interesting items, and many of those items will be up for auction on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The Putnam Herald

WINFIELD - Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue is hosting a National Horse Training Competition in West Virginia. The Annual Appalachian Trainer Face Off will kick off on Aug. 23 at the Winfield Riding Stables and completes the evening of Aug. 24 with a horse adoption event.

The City of Nitro debuted its Police Bike Patrol at the 2019 Riverfest at Nitro's City Park. The officers serving on the first patrol were, from left, Patrolman Mark Haynes and Patrolman Scott Reekie. || 0814_BikePatrol || The City of Nitro debuted its Police Bike Patrol a

The Putnam Herald

HURRICANE - The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hurricane officially welcomed MedCare Physical Therapy Center to Hurricane with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Aug. 8.

The Putnam Herald

CHARLESTON - Five women - including one from Putnam County - were chosen as 2019 West Virginia Women in Agriculture for their lifetime of work in the industry. The inductees were honored by Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt during a reception at the State Fair of West Virginia on Aug. 11.

Calvary Baptist outreach forum set for Aug. 24

HURRICANE - Calvary Baptist Church will host the Calvary Cares Community Outreach Forum at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. The church is located at 3653 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane.

Democratic Women's Club to meet Aug. 17: HURRICANE — The Putnam County Democratic Women's Club will host a Luncheon Meeting at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, at First State Bank, 3754 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane. Cost is $12 per person for choice of box lunch. Bring a door prize.

HUNTINGTON — Blake Abboud is the latest in his family and one of thousands of riders who were vying for the spotlight at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Motocross National Championship at Loretta Lynn's in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, last weekend.

NITRO, W.Va. — The City of Nitro is inviting anyone who wants to participate in the Boomtown Days parade Saturday, Sept. 14, to register soon. The parade's theme is "All Things Nitro," from being a Wildcat, to a history buff or a Friend of Ridenour.

SCOTT DEPOT — Peyton Aurelio is a normal 10-year-old girl. She's about to start fifth grade at Scott Teays Elementary, and she enjoys soccer, gymnastics and being with her friends. And she doesn't mind showing off her scar. Every year since kindergarten, Peyton has raised funds for the American Heart Association, which is something very close to home.

I confess that, before I came to West Virginia, hot dogs rarely appeared on my menu. The British version tends to consist of a normal sausage, usually served on a bun with diced, fried onions and garnished with ketchup and the hot, British mustard that's very different to the sort we get here.

Teays Valley Presby returns to fall programming: TEAYS VALLEY — Pastor Dr. Kyle Key and members of Teays Valley Presbyterian Church invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for our Sunday School and Worship Service. Our 10 a.m. Worship Service is a thoughtful blend of traditional and contemporary music with Biblical preaching that speaks to our modern world. Following a short message early in the service, children may leave for "Children's Church" or remain with their family.

WINFIELD — Putnam County students have about two weeks left to make the most of summer vacation before school resumes on Thursday, Aug. 22, for the 2019-20 school year. Meanwhile, there is some business that parents and guardians need to take care of before school starts.

WINFIELD — West Virginia University Extension Service in Putnam County is accepting applications for the 2019 Putnam County Master Gardener Program, as well as MG programs in surrounding counties.