Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Putnam Herald

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. - Gateway Church - Teays Valley, located at 195 Scott Depot Road in Scott Depot, will host "Power Up" Vacation Bible School July 7-10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each evening. Preschool children ages three and up through fifth grade students are welcome to attend.

Putnam County kids enjoy a whole lot of Dinosaurs on Tuesday, June 18, at the Buffalo Library as part of a STEM program. || 0626_StematLibrary || Putnam County kids enjoy a whole lot of Dinosaurs

POCA — "Everything we do here has a purpose," says Becky Frampton about her new Poca-based business called Service Station, an IDD Waiver agency with a unique vision that provides services for people with disabilities.

Hurricane's July 4 celebration is set: HURRICANE — Hurricane's annual Fourth of July celebration starts with a parade on Main Street at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

HUNTINGTON — Winfield returns one basketball player who averaged double figures in scoring last season and the Generals know they'll need more than senior guard Christian Frye's 11.4 points per game to compete in the Cardinal Conference.

I've lost count of the number of times I've flown across the Atlantic between the USA and Europe, but it has to be more than 20 return trips. Going east across the ocean takes between seven and eight hours these days and coming back a little longer, due to the rotation of the earth. I actually enjoy flying and, apart from the boredom of the long flight, airline food and the fact I just can't sleep on airplanes, I don't mind making the trip. It certainly beats long days spent on a ship. Not so very long ago that was the only way I could have crossed the ocean, of course, but that all changed 100 years ago this month thanks to two men who came from northwest England.

Teays Valley Presbyterian Church is very excited to announce a special family summer program for everyone in our community on Tuesday evenings in July. ENGAGE is an educational outreach for families with an interest in a spiritual solution for managing the role of social media in their lives. 

Former George Washington Patriot (now Pittsburgh Steeler) Ryan Switzer returns to West Virginia on Thursday, June 20, to sign autographs and celebrate the state's birthday at 84 Lumber in St. Albans. 

SCOTT DEPOT — Marshall Health-Teays Valley has added pediatric and adult neurology services, according to a news release. Services include general and pediatric neurology and the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases and movement disorders.

Read it now and be dazzled later but the fireworks season is upon us. While Madison's Coal Festival got the fireworks-blasting party started Saturday to welcome in summer, there's a full sky-lighting train of cool Fourth of July events loaded up and ready for blast off right behind it.

VIENNA, W.Va. — In the course of three days at the Parkersburg Country Club, David Bradshaw had more than enough to top the field — and maybe more impressively — himself, yet again.

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Hurricane hosts Ripley on Saturday afternoon, June 22, in 10-12 All-Stars baseball action at the Hurricane Little League ballfield.

CHARLESTON — A Putnam County woman who has served as magistrate for several years has been named to the West Virginia Parole Board by Gov. Jim Justice. Kim Blair will serve a term ending June 30, 2023. Justice also appointed John Sines of Wood County to a term that expires June 30, 2022.

"Band of Brothers," the best-selling book by Stephen E. Ambrose published in 1992, is the historical story of E Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne during World War Two. Decades later, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg brought the characters to life in the 10-episode miniseries by the same name. My husband's love and respect for these courageous men influenced me to read the book and watch the series. After some research, we found the perfect tour that enabled us to walk in their footsteps from their formation at Camp Toccoa in Georgia to The Eagle's Nest in Germany for the 75th anniversary of D-day.

BALTIMORE, Md.  It is the dream of lots of young boys playing little league to college baseball to someday play in the major leagues. One of the pitchers playing for the Baltimore Orioles this season is Dan Straily, who pitched for two seasons for the Marshall Thundering Herd.

WINFIELD — Volunteers are still needed for Putnam County's Energy Express program, which began Monday. Through a combination of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and learning activities, the Energy Express program aims to help the children of Putnam County avoid the "summer slide" in reading skills while providing them with nutritious meals.

Finally feeling and looking like Summer for an extended stretch.

After a wet, unsettled and mostly cool first three weeks of June, the month will end on a hotter, drier note.

FRAZIERS BOTTOM — Company and community officials this month celebrated Tasty Blend Foods Inc.'s brand-new Snak-Time manufacturing facility at the company's headquarters in Fraziers Bottom. Snak-Time is one of Tasty Blend Foods' several brands and specializes in breakfast sandwiches and biscuits.

I know that some of you good people are avid watchers of the lives, antics and history of the royal family. The pomp and ceremony surrounding them can be fascinating and so this week I want to talk about some of the odd rules, laws and traditions concerning present, and previous, British monarchs.

The Gambill Amusements carnival was a hit once again as it came into town and had Putnam County residents riding that carnival high this past Saturday evening, all courtesy of Hurricane Fire and Safety. 

The new sequel to the remake of "Shaft" by Director Tim Story ("Fantastic Four," "Think Like a Man," "Ride Along") starts off a little slow, but picks up quite a bit with the appearance of Samuel L. Jackson ("Pulp Fiction," "Snakes on a Plane," "Lakeview Terrace") as John Shaft Jr.

At the Country Roads Classic Baseball Tournament, the Coalfield Crush takes on the River Jaxx squad on Saturday, June 8, at Valley Park in Teays Valley.

WINFIELD, W.Va. — With a sound budget and healthy reserve funds, the Putnam County Health Department will begin operating independently of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department on July 1 for the first time in six years, according to Lolita Kirk, incoming administrator for the PCHD.

An active weather pattern continues with very few rain-free days ahead. Widespread showers and storms are likely Thursday with a risk for severe weather including high winds and flash flooding as a low pressure system tracks to our north. Temperatures will reach around 85 degrees.

Hurricane kicks off 4th of July with a parade: HURRICANE — Hurricane's annual 4th of July celebration starts with a parade on Main Street at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

The smell of gun smoke was replaced by the smell of the barbecue grill on Saturday, June 15, as the membership of the Putnam County Gun Club held their annual picnic at Buffalo Flats. 

Tons of sunny smiles from Putnam County and beyond, with beautiful summer weather on Saturday, June 15. 

CHARLESTON — Six students from West Virginia's nationally recognized Career Technical Education (CTE) Simulated Workplace program participated in the first-ever Simulated Workplace Career Signing Day at Dutch Miller in South Charleston on June 11.

WINFIELD, W.Va. - With a sound budget and healthy reserve funds, the Putnam County Health Department will begin operating independently of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department on July 1 for the first time in six years, according to Lolita Kirk, incoming administrator for the PCHD.

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Mayor Scott Edwards was reelected to another term during Hurricane's municipal election Tuesday.

HURRICANE, W.Va. - Mayor Scott Edwards was reelected to another term during Hurricane's municipal election Tuesday.

Edwards, who will enter his 13th year in office, received 450 votes. His opponent, James Mabon, received 57 votes, according to unofficial results from Hurricane City Hall.

HUNTINGTON — Three Putnam County officers were among law enforcement from all across the state who were recognized for their efforts in impaired driving enforcement at an awards banquet at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, West Virginia, on May 23.

Foster parent info meeting at church: WINFIELD — Want to be a foster parent and don't know where to start? You are invited to an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at Winfield Baptist Church.

NITRO — The Nitro Historic Commission and the St. Albans Historical Society are bringing the River Queen Riverboat from BB Riverboats out of Cincinnati, Ohio, to Nitro for both a Buffet Cruise and a Sightseer Cruise on June 30. These cruises will be a joint fundraising effort for both historic committees.

A taste of fall is arriving for a couple of days before heat returns this weekend. A cold front crossing early Thursday will bring some unseasonably cool air to our region Thursday, with gusty breezes and clouds and occasional showers into the afternoon. Temperatures will spend much of the day in the 60s, perhaps briefly reaching around 70. The normal for this time of year is in the lower 80s.

Despite the facts that the British government is in total chaos over their failure to agree about a plan for the country to leave the European Union and that they are now leaderless because the Prime Minister has resigned, it seems they are able to agree on some things. One of these is a new law designed to help protect the environment and, in a small way, begin to tackle the country's plastic waste problem.

WINFIELD — Putnam County Schools has announced its sponsorship of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. All meals — breakfast and lunch — are open to all children, ages 18 years and younger, who would like to participate.

NITRO — The totally refurbished City of Nitro Pool reopened for the season on Saturday, June 8. The city pool is now open 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The cream of the crop in the South Atlantic League (SAL) are headed to Appalachian Power Park in Charleston next week. The annual SAL All-Star game is set to take place in the state capital on Tuesday, June 18, the second time the game has been held at Power Park.

CHARLESTON — Thousands of West Virginians may be able to have their nonviolent felony and misdemeanor convictions removed from their records thanks to a new state law that went into effect on June 7.

WINFIELD — Winfield United Methodist Church will host Vacation Bible School, "To Mars & Beyond," June 17 to 21. It will start with a snack supper at 5:30 p.m. each day, followed by activities from 6 until 8:30 p.m.

Musicians with Mad Artist Entertainment Club perform music while shoppers browse at a yard sale/bake sale fundraiser at Putnam County Animal Shelter on Saturday to raise money for renovations for the facility's barn and parking lot.

HUNTINGTON — As the old saying goes, there is strength in numbers. For Hurricane's softball team, that statement never rang more true as the Redskins used a powerful middle of the lineup and solid pitching to earn their fifth consecutive Class AAA championship.

The Hurricane All-Stars squad takes on the Ripley All-Stars in coach/pitch softball action on June 3 at Swartz Field in Winfield. 

CHARLESTON — Despite being different ages and playing different primary positions, Herbert Hoover's Delani Buckner and Hurricane's Caiti Mathes have a lot in common. Neither has played a prep softball season that didn't end in a state championship.