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Innerviews: Super Santa reflects on a colorful life beyond Christmas
F. BRIAN FERGUSON | Gazette
Innerviews: Super Santa reflects on a colorful life beyond Christmas

Believe it or not, Santa Claus does have a life beyond Clausing.

When he isn’t making lists and checking them twice, overseeing the elves, oiling sled runners and making the rounds at holiday parties, he substitute-teaches and sings in a...

Homeless for the holidays: Families try to celebrate
Homeless for the holidays: Families try to celebrate

“Home for the holidays” is a constant theme of Christmas music and the holiday season.

But what if your family doesn’t have a home?

Homelessness, of course, doesn’t take a break for the holidays — and...

Holiday Cocktails Made in W.Va.: ’Tis the seasonal
Holiday Cocktails Made in W.Va.: ’Tis the seasonal

This is the third in a series on holiday cocktails made with local ingredients.

By Bill Lynch

Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite the overwhelming variety of possible alcohol-related combinations, not everyone wants...

Innerviews: Super Santa reflects on a colorful life beyond Christmas
Innerviews: Super Santa reflects on a colorful life beyond Christmas

Believe it or not, Santa Claus does have a life beyond Clausing.

When he isn’t making lists and checking them twice, overseeing the elves, oiling sled runners and making the rounds at holiday parties, he substitute-teaches and sings in a ...

Sherry Hill: The fallen angel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — My late great-aunt used to say that things were things.

In my mind I know that and yet I have always been attached to “things.”

It has to do with my childhood, which I am sure was about as...

Gail Black Kopf: The heart of Christmas

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of...

Have a made-in-West Virginia Christmas
Have a made-in-West Virginia Christmas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — From jams and jellies to fine art to vacation cabins in the woods, a made-in-West Virginia Christmas has infinite possibilities.

A quick Internet search will get you to the West Virginia Department of Commerce website, ...

Volunteers help struggling families in Logan
Volunteers help struggling families in Logan

LOGAN, W.Va. — Coming to the aid of out-of-work coal miners and the families of soldiers deployed at Christmas comes naturally to the volunteers at the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary.

Through their...

Sean Alvis: Andy Williams lied

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Andy Williams is a liar.

Yes, the classic Christmas-song crooner and perpetual purveyor of holiday joy is a liar.

This epiphany hit me as the ghost of Andy Rooney descended upon me, while walking through the mall....

Tourism survey highlights W.Va. strengths, weaknesses

West Virginia’s image as a tourism destination gets high marks for outdoor recreation opportunities, scenery and affordability, but rates low as being exciting, unique, for having must-see destinations or luxurious accommodations and for...

Evelyn R. Smith: A Roane County Christmas, 1935

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I don’t know the connection between the famous singer Jenny Lind and the construction of our farmhouse, but I remember hearing it called “Jenny Lind” when I was a child.

The entire outer wall...

WV Design Team: Nursery design for the future
WV Design Team: Nursery design for the future

Today’s design feature comes from Steve and Beth Pugh, owners of the Pugh Furniture Warehouse Showroom, a third-generation family business that was started in 1917.

By Steve and Beth Pugh

WV Design Team

CHARLESTON, W.Va....

Smell the Coffee: Fat cats throw weight around

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sully, our long-haired black cat, has always had a bit of a swagger. It’s partly that he’s strikingly handsome — the feline version of Tom Selleck — but he’s also a...

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