Putnam fire dept. gets nearly $50K grant

Washington, D.C. — The Putnam County Route 34 Volunteer Fire Department has received $49,550 in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program (AFG) to local fire departments in the Second Congressional District to help purchase safety gear and equipment.

“These grants are crucial in helping the local fire departments keep our communities safe,” Rep. Alex W. Mooney, R-WV, said in a news release. “First responders put their lives on the line every day and I am going to keep fighting for funding to make sure that they have the resources needed to be safe and to continue to save lives.”

Students join largest incoming class at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky welcomed the largest incoming class in its history, comprised of 5,396 incoming freshmen, who began their college career the Fall 2019 semester. The following area students are part of the 1,661 incoming freshmen in UK’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Nnachi Nnachi of Hurricane, biology

Lauren Duespohl of Hurricane, mathematical economics

Julia Acevedo of Hurricane, neuroscience Ashlyn Pechon of Hurricane, psychology

University of Kentucky students come from all 120 counties of the Commonwealth, all 50 states, and more than 100 countries.

UK is ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of the breadth and depth of discoveries that have changed lives and communities.

Newcomers meet on second Thursday’s monthly

TEAYS VALLEY — The Teays Valley Newcomers & Neighbors will meet for monthly luncheons on the second Thursday of each month through May. Meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral on Goff Mountain Road, and include a brief business meeting, program and lunch buffet.

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club is a nonprofit women’s social group with activities such as bowling, cards, bunco, and movies, and is open to women in the area who want to expand their social group. If you are interested in attending the luncheon, make a reservation by calling Pat at 304-562-2100. For more information, visit www.newcomerswv.com.

Show choirs host bingo fundraiser on Sept. 21

HURRICANE — The Hurricane Show Choirs are hosting a Bins and Bags Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the High School. Doors open at 5 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available (no outside concessions permitted). Lots of good game prizes and door prizes.

Come out for an evening of fun and support the Hurricane show choirs. Red Hot is the current West Virginia State Champion Overall and Heat Wave placed first in its class at the state competition.

Hurricane Civic Chorus seeking new members

HURRICANE — Do you like to sing?

The Hurricane Civic Chorus invites music lovers from all over the area to join them this fall. The HCC meets every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Forrest Burdette UMC, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

Men and women 15 years old and older are welcome to attend. Directed by Dr. Ilse Renee-Long, the HCC sings a wide variety of music, welcomes all singers without requiring auditions, and performs two concerts a year.

For more information, contact hurricanecivicchorus@gmail.com and check them out on Facebook.

Mt. Vernon Baptist hosting Fall Harvest Festival

HURRICANE — Mt. Vernon Baptist Church at 2150 Mt. Vernon Road, Hurricane, will have a Fall Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. There will be food, games, auction, crafts and vendor booths.

If you are interested in having a booth to rent, the cost is $25. Contact the church office for more details at 304-757-9110 or Rachel Dailey at 304-419-4466.

Dr. Hatfield to host author talk and book signing

HURRICANE —Author of the newly-released book “The Battle of Hurricane Bridge,” Dr. Philip Hatfield, will speak about his research into this pivotal Civil War battle and his new book during an author talk and book signing from 6:30 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Hurricane Municipal Building, 3255 Teays Valley Road.

The book will be available for sale at the event, and Dr. Hatfield will sign copies.

Poca Heritage Day planned for Sept. 28

POCA — The annual Poca Heritage Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Poca Heritage Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. To participate in the parade, send an email to pocaheritageday@gmail.com for a form to be completed and returned no later than Sept. 16.

Contact Poca Town Hall for a vendor form if you plan on having a booth. Spots are first come, first served. Fees need to be submitted beforehand, to hold a vendor spot.

For more information, contact Poca Town Hall at 304-755-5482.

Square dance lessons offered on Thursdays

HURRICANE — Square dance lessons are offered from 7 until 9 p.m. on Thursdays at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. The Sept. 26 class is free. Beginners are welcome.

All are invited for “Great fun, great exercise and good friends.”

For more information, call 304-389-4861 or 304-586-1131.

Hurricane Harvest Festival is set for Sept. 28

HURRICANE — Hurricane Harvest Festival is set for 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Hurricane City Park.

Visitors will find vendors, crafts, chili cook-off, games, prizes, food, live entertainment and more fall fun.

For a vendor application, visit www.hurricanewv.com. Click “Things to Do,” then “Events.”

Food Truck Fridays continue through September

HURRICANE — Food Truck Fridays continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday through September by the Main Street Gazebo in Hurricane.

Take a break from the office, or plan to meet up with friends to sample food from one or more of the area’s most popular food trucks and sweet treat trucks.

Putnam farmers market open through October

HURRICANE — Putnam County Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through October in front of the Valley Park Conference Center.

All vendors are local, within a 100-mile radius, or from West Virginia. You’ll find in-season produce, locally raised meat, farm fresh eggs, home baked goods, local honey, fresh flowers, berries, handmade jewelry and crafts, and so much more from local farmers and artisans. https://www.pfmwv.com/.

Chair Yoga for those with limited mobility

SCOTT DEPOT — Want to work on your balance and increase your flexibility, but getting down on the floor is difficult? Try chair yoga! Thursdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot. Cost is a donation.

Call Debbie Jones at 304-545-0203 for details.

Beginner Yoga Series

HURRICANE — Want to learn yoga from the ground up? Trinity Yoga in Hurricane offers a five-week Beginners Series. $60 for series. Classes meet once a week for one hour. Watch Facebook for details or call Trinity Yoga at 304-545-0203 to find out how to register.

Boy Scout Troop 36 now meets at St. Timothy’s

HURRICANE — Boy Scout Troop 36, based in Hurricane, invites area youth to come to a meeting and learn more about scouting. The troop stays active with camp outs, summer camp, games, food drives, community service projects and more. The troop meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Timothy-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 3434 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane.

For more information, call Dallas Hinchcliffe at 304-617-6908, or Steve Caldwell at 304-562-9233.

Trinity Yoga offers Intimacy with God classes for beginners

HURRICANE — Intimacy with God through the practice of yoga is what Trinity Yoga is all about.

Located at 3465 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane, Trinity Yoga offers mostly gentle and beginner’s yoga classes for all ages that improve flexibility, improve sleep, and quiet the mind. All classes are gentle and great for beginners. Cost is $10 per class.

Check out the class schedule on Facebook (Trinity Yoga of WV) or contact Debbie Jones, RYT, at 304-545-0203.

Addiction support group offered in Putnam County

SCOTT DEPOT — Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is hosting an addiction support group ministry called “Made New Ministries.” The group meets on Friday nights at 7 p.m. in the youth building on the east side of the church.

“We have to be part of the solution to the epidemic in our area,” the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt, said in a news release. “Addiction has led to brokenness and hopelessness which are both of great concern to God and us as His followers. Life is being stolen from people, and it isn’t ok for us to sit back and watch people fall into destruction.”

The group is led by someone who knows first-hand what the use of drugs and alcohol can do to a person’s life. Leader Mike McCormick is now four-and-a-half years sober. He is living proof lives can be restored.

The church is located at 6979 Teays Valley Road, just east of exit 40 off I-64, up on the hill. For more information call 304-757-9222.

Putnam Union PSD to meet on first Wednesdays

TEAYS VALLEY — The 2017 Putnam Union PSD water meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the W.Va. 34 Fire Department.

Loved One’s Support Group of Hurricane meets Tuesdays

HURRICANE — A new support group for family members affected by addiction will meet at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Hurricane Church of Christ in Hurricane, located on the hill just past the Hurricane Middle School.

According to a news release from the group, “Addiction is a family issue and will affect 8 to 10 other people. As we deal with the drug and alcohol addiction crisis there is no “one size fits all” method. Every individual is unique; therefore, the more we can learn the better chance we have of truly helping our loved one enter treatment and recovery.”

The group will offer education, encouragement and support.

“We not only encourage family members and loved ones to attend, but also the community, so that we all can better understand how to approach this crisis,” the group stated in the release.

For more information, contact Ed Covert at 304-206-1285.

Winfield Church of the Nazarene hosts food pantry

WINFIELD — On the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon, the Winfield Church of the Nazarene, 10822 Winfield Road, Winfield, hosts a food pantry and USDA commodities for those who qualify based on gross monthly income and household size.

Families that qualify may receive food once a month.

For more information, call the church at 304-586-2180.

In accordance with civil rights policy, the USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against by any USDA related activity should write to the USDA, Director: Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., 20250-9410.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets monthly at Broadmore

HURRICANE — Broadmore Assisted Living is hosting Alzheimer’s Support Group meetings at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Broadmore Assisted Living is located at 4000 Outlook Drive, Hurricane. There’s a lot to learn and remember when faced with the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Led by the team at Broadmore Senior Living, monthly support group meetings are designed to educate, encourage and empower the family and friends of people living with memory loss due to dementia. You’ll learn techniques for dealing with challenging behaviors, how to better navigate the practical daily needs of dementia, and much more. No cost to attend.

For more information call 304-757-4778 or email info@broadmore-teaysvalley.com.

Putnam food inspection reports available online

WINFIELD — The Putnam County Health Department is now posting food inspection reports online at the Putnam County Health Department website, http://pchd.wv.gov.

According to Nasandra Wright, director of environmental services, “Our goal is to educate the public and our permitted facilities. Posting our reports makes our system more transparent.”

Rock & Gem Club invites new members

The Kanawha Rock & Gem Club invites new members and guests. Great for families, fun and educational. No major time commitment, monthly meeting on fourth Sunday. Like us on Facebook. For more information email polina215@frontier.com.

Community Cupboard continues service

HURRICANE — The Christian Community Cupboard continues its service to individuals and families living in Hurricane and surrounding Putnam County communities. The Cupboard distributes food and personal care items to those meeting U.S. Department of Agriculture criteria.

The Cupboard, located behind the Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church at 2843 Virginia Ave., Hurricane, is open from 10 a.m. until noon each Tuesday and Friday throughout the year. USDA food commodities are provided in accordance with federal law and USDA policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write Regional Civil Rights Director, USDA/ FNS, 300 Corporate Boulevard, Robbinsville, NJ 08691- 1598, or to the USDA, Director of Civil Rights, Room 326-W Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 202-720-5964.

Al-Anon meetings offered at St. John’s

SCOTT DEPOT — If you need someone to talk to or just to listen, you are invited to Al-Anon meetings at 8 p.m. Fridays at St. John’s Methodist Church, 4013 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot. Meetings are in the lower part of the building. “Don’t hesitate to attend because you feel you’re a stranger; don’t wait. You will find understanding, support and warmhearted people. Help is in Al-Anon,” the group said in a statement. Call 304-757-7698.

Putnam Adult Learning Center is enrolling

HURRICANE — The Putnam Adult Learning Center is open for enrollment. Looking to improve your skills to obtain the new high school equivalency diploma for West Virginia? We can help. Call today to start working toward your future, 304-586-2411.

Writers’ Group meets on third Thursdays

HURRICANE — A Writers’ Group is meeting from 5-6:45 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Putnam County Library, 4219 W.Va. 34, Hurricane. The group is led by a published writer. Writers of all levels — whether previously published or aspiring to become published- are invited to this free group. Bring samples of your work for voluntary reading and group critique.

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