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Pet of the Week: Jan. 25, 2015
Photo courtesy of MARY SUE BURNS
Pet of the Week: Jan. 25, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Maggie is a blue heeler, also known as an Australian cattle dog, who lives — and sometimes plays music — with her family in Marlinton. She’s about 7 years old.

“My husband, Mike, and I play...

Pet of the Week: Jan. 25, 2015
Pet of the Week: Jan. 25, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Maggie is a blue heeler, also known as an Australian cattle dog, who lives — and sometimes plays music — with her family in Marlinton. She’s about 7 years old.

“My husband, Mike, and I play...

W.Va. team joins snow carving contest
W.Va. team joins snow carving contest

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Think snow.

Do images of soft, white flakes blanketing trees in the dead of winter come to mind? Or a child landing on his back in a pile of fluffy stuff to make a snow angel? Or even rolling mounds together to form a...

Sunday’s Child: Looking for ‘love, care and hope’
Sunday’s Child: Looking for ‘love, care and hope’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Meet Katie. She is 8 years old and looking for a forever family. Katie is a child full of life and very open to new things. She needs a lot of attention, only because she is very observant, smart, active, energetic and full...

W.Va. woman finds unexpected history in her family tree
W.Va. woman finds unexpected history in her family tree

While growing up in West Virginia, Myra Bonham Lucas didn’t know much about her father’s family. In fact, she knew nothing.

“He was very private about his past,” she said. “Dad was secretive and would even get...

‘Sweet Charity’ dessert contest to aid the needy
‘Sweet Charity’ dessert contest to aid the needy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For some people, even the smallest household task can be daunting without a helping hand.

Take Pam (last name not disclosed), for instance.

For almost a year, she could not hang her shower curtain properly due to ...

Pet of the Week: Jan. 18, 2015
Pet of the Week: Jan. 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Olley is a schnauzer-Jack Russell mix who lives with Cliff and Karissa Workman, of Uneeda. He’s 3 years old and came into the family as a young pup when and his siblings were being “given away on the side of...

Songwriter’s ‘Smile’ is No. 1 country hit
Songwriter’s ‘Smile’ is No. 1 country hit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Dec. 15, Craig Wayne Boyd cruised to victory on the seventh season of NBC’s “The Voice” with a song called “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.”

It was a song country...

W.Va. native reaches the stars in Nashville
W.Va. native reaches the stars in Nashville

For Karri Edwards, a Lincoln County native and graduate of Duval High School, working as a manager in the country music industry is a labor of love — one that is clearly reciprocated, if a little mutual admiration from the Country Music...

Josef’s Cup, the newest coffee shop in Charleston
Josef’s Cup, the newest coffee shop in Charleston

Mitzi Jo Brammer doesn’t think of herself as a businesswoman.

Fidgeting restlessly a little in a chair at Uncork and Create, the local art business she’s leased space from, Brammer said she didn’t really know much about...

West Virginia artisans are NICHE Awards finalists
West Virginia artisans are NICHE Awards finalists

West Virginia artisans will be well represented in the finals of the national NICHE Awards, whose winners will be announced Saturday in Washington, D.C. The awards celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine...

Local musicians donate talents for veterans
Local musicians donate talents for veterans

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “I don’t wanna come across as some sort of Rambo, ’cause I’m not,” disabled veteran and musician Richard Alderson, a West Virginia native, said.

“Yes. I was sniped at running...

Bil Lepp: Strong foundation of false information

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When our kids were small we took them to Hersey, Pennsylvania. The whole town smelled of chocolate.

It was raining. As we drove past a construction site I noticed a huge, wet pile of dirt, maybe 20 feet tall. It looked ...

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