Sunday, August 18, 2019

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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.

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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.

Putnam Shoes For Children is gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year and is encouraging parents to take advantage of the opportunity to become a recipient of our organization. Not all the schools in Putnam County participate in our partnering program.

ELEANOR — It was all things Jeep in Eleanor on Aug. 2-4 for West Virginia JeepFest 2019. Jeep enthusiasts showed off their driving skills on obstacle courses for stock, modified and extreme off-road vehicles. Group trail rides through scenic environments were also part of the event, along with the usual festival offerings of food, drinks, vendors and live music.

Hurricane Church of Christ and the River Ridge Church teams goes head-to-head in Church League playoff action on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Valley Park. 

Nova Salon to host grand opening: HURRICANE — Nova Salon and Spa is having a grand opening from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 at 3520 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane. There will be free salon services, a food truck, and prizes.

HURRICANE — The red-braided, freckle-faced Wendy's logo has been iconic for hamburgers since 1969 in Columbus, Ohio, and for several decades in Hurricane. Wendy herself showed up to help cut the ribbon on a new Wendy's restaurant at 30 Pointe Place, Hurricane, on Monday, July 29. 

August is arriving on a seasonably quiet note before heat increases again. In the wake of a washed-out cold front, August arrives Thursday with quiet, seasonable weather. The normal high is around 85 degrees for Aug. 1 and that's what we can expect with a mix of sun and clouds.

Teays Valley Church of God hosts services, classes: SCOTT DEPOT — Teays Valley Church of God, located at 185 Connection Point, Scott Depot, just east of Rocky Step Road, welcomes you for services on Sundays at 10:15 a.m.

Putnam County ball players get to put their recent training to good use at the end of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Camp on Thursday, July 25, in Valley Park.

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Just call them "The Comeback Kids." Hurricane had to fight its way out of the losers bracket, then had to score two come-from-behind wins over a talented Man team to win the West Virginia 10-12 Little League Baseball state championship — its first since going back-to-back in 2008 and 2009.

The Macholah Ballet performed "Ballet on the High Seas" at the Main Library in Putnam County on Thursday, July 25, to a full house of fans.

Two hundred and forty-two years ago today, the second Continental Congress passed a resolution that was to have a profound effect on the Revolutionary War and the future of the fledgling United States. It was just a year after the Declaration of Independence and the new country was in desperate need of aid and allies. The army had been chased out of New York by the British, they'd won a couple of small battles at Trenton and Princeton, but they were desperately short of experienced officers and equipment. It may well have been these needs that persuaded the delegates in Congress to pass this particular resolution.

The following is a synopsis of the July 23 Putnam Rotary meeting. Putnam Rotary meets at noon on Tuesdays at Area 34 in Hurricane. In their meeting this morning, Putnam Rotary heard from County Manager Jeremy Young, who keeps track of local government operations for the elected county commissioners.

NITRO, W.Va. — You've heard of crowd sourcing for funds; consider this crowd sourcing for images. Nitro leaders are calling on residents to help document the community's many activities by participating in a new project to photograph those activities all around the city during a single, 24-hour period on Aug. 1.

To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross through Aug. 29 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood.