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On Thursday morning, March 19, at Eastbrook Elementary School, staff passes out educational packets, meals and library books to students stuck at home during the Putnam County Schools shutdown.

In their duet titled “A Bad Goodbye,” Clint Black and Wynonna Judd sing: “Goodbye / There’s no good when you’re the one / whose goodbye you swore would never come/ and in my goodbye you’re finding none.”

While not a real fan of sports movies, nor much of a fan of films centered around recovery from addictions, “The Way Back” turned out to be a really decent movie for me to watch.

Under normal circumstances, on the day you read this I would be sorting through my closet, trying to decide what I’m going to pack for my biennial trip across the Atlantic to England. It’s usually a hard decision, I have to have enough clothes for a couple of weeks but I also have to save sp…

Temperatures are warming again, but with increasing thunderstorm risks as well into the weekend.

HUNTINGTON - On Wednesday evening, the Big Green Scholarship Foundation announced the postponement of several future events, including the Big Green Endowment Dinner featuring speaker Bobby Bowden, as the coronavirus shutdown leaves planning uncertain.

The 2019-20 West Virginia University men’s basketball team had its fair share of youth and inexperience to overcome, and despite some rough stretches at times, there was plenty on display to make fans optimistic about the state of the program in the immediate future.

Fresh air and sunshine proved very therapeutic on a fantastic Spring day at the Hurricane High School football field on Friday afternoon, March 20.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

HURRICANE — A Putnam County information technology firm has launched an initiative to help small- to medium-size businesses across West Virginia obtain the network capacity and bandwidth they need to support their remote workers.

HURRICANE — Even before Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order for West Virginia residents on Monday, signs were evident around Putnam County that local government and residents were already taking a proactive approach to curb the spread of COVID-19, or the novel coronovirus.

BUFFALO, W.Va. — Toyota Motor Co. has extended its suspension of operations at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including its plant in Buffalo, according to a news release from the company.

n WINFIELD — All recycling at the Putnam County Courthouse and other recycling programs sponsored by the Putnam County Solid Waste Authority are temporarily suspended as of Monday, according to a news release from Charity Fellure, the authority’s executive director.

Not all work was yet to shut down in Putnam County, as some blue collar workers continue producing last week in fields other than retail and service industries.

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Reinvention is a great buzzword, but it takes creativity, energy and resolve to actually do it. To embrace reinvention, you have to be unafraid to make mistakes and stray from the common “We’ve always done it this way” mindset.

ALL PHOTOS: Smiles still abound in Putnam County, although (with a couple of pre-precaution group shots) they are harder to locate, due to everyone following CDC suggestions to limit outside activities.

HURRICANE — “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The proverb dating back to the mid-1600s — but perhaps more recognizable to fans of “The Shining” — is clear in its meaning: A person who spends all his or her time working will become bored and boring.

BARBOURSVILLE — With more and more seniors moving away from the long-term care facilities model, preferring instead to remain in their homes and have caregivers visit them on a weekly or daily schedule, the home health care industry is booming.

There's never been a better time to work in tech, particularly for those who have a knack or affinity for computer operations and networks.

KINGWOOD, W.Va. — In rural Preston County, West Virginia, potter Mel Sword’s house is located at the end of a gravel road, near a road called “Wildflower Way” and a creek that feeds into the Cheat River. His home nestles rolling fields of green grass, and behind that are mounds of dirt, clay…

HUNTINGTON — Between knife making, candle making, glassblowing and more, these days anyone can be an expert for a day in creating their own personalized keepsakes instead of buying from the store.

BARBOURSVILLE — The Huntington Mall isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With next year being the mall’s 40th anniversary, Joe Bell, director of corporate communications for the mall’s parent company, Cafaro, said it’s just going to continue to grow.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The recruiting strategist ERE Recruiting Intelligence estimates that 250 resumes are submitted for each corporate job opening, and the first submission occurs within 200 seconds after a position is posted. In such an environment, procrastination can be costly.

HUNTINGTON — Mountain Health Network has implemented visitation restrictions at both Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center amid growing cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in surrounding areas.

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, has been chosen to participate in the 2020 Rural Innovation Initiative, a technical assistance program supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy.

While there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within West Virginia by the Putnam Herald print deadline, surrounding states have been affected and health officials here say it’s nearly inevitable — we will see the coronavirus within our state.

HUNTINGTON — With a looming 2020 Census about to reduce the Mountain State’s population, so much so that the state will most likely lose a seat in the House of Representatives, finding ways to retain Mountain Mama’s best and to recruit new mountaineers into her peaks and valleys must be top …

West Virginia passed legislation in 2002 requiring the state to expand access to preschool education programs in order to make pre-kindergarten available to all 4-year-olds in the state by the 2012-13 school year. The state’s preschool program, called West Virginia Universal Pre-K, is availa…

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognized 104 educators Tuesday, March 10, as part of this year’s National Board Certification (NBC) Recognition Celebration at the West Virginia Culture Center. The honorees represent the 51 new National Board Certified Teachers…