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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...

Harvest a Christmas tree for a holiday memory
Harvest a Christmas tree for a holiday memory

GRIFFITHSVILLE, W.Va. — On a busy Saturday at Wilkerson Christmas Tree Farm, dozens of families had traveled many miles to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Families harvesting a Christmas tree is ...

Steelhammer: What’s in a name? Lately, it’s been a place

They may not be as popular as Aiden or Emma, but baby names with a southern theme were on the rise on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line during 2014, according to a report by BabyCenter.com that was making the rounds along the soft news circuit last...

Cooking with the Stars: Rich Rosendale’s deep roots
Cooking with the Stars: Rich Rosendale’s deep roots

This is the third in a series of articles about celebrity chefs from West Virginia with nationally televised cooking shows. Each cook shares their favorite Mountain State holiday memories and cookie recipes.

By Judy E....

Mistletoe: Holiday tradition plays hard to get
Mistletoe: Holiday tradition plays hard to get

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Like true love, mistletoe is elusive. The evergreen naturally grows high on the branches of hardwood trees in every West Virginia county, but getting your hands on it isn’t so easy.

“I used to shoot it...

TRIPLE THREAT: 24-year-old is firefighter, paramedic and business owner
TRIPLE THREAT: 24-year-old is firefighter, paramedic and business owner

At just 24 years old, Dwight Shorter is a firefighter, paramedic and business owner. In 2013, he started Shorter’s Carpet Care.

He said, “I’ve always had a business mindset. Business always keeps me interested — not...

Bil Lepp: Learning how to read the bedspread

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You’ve heard the joke “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you”? A similar doctrine is applicable to husbandhood. You don’t have to be the best husband, you just need to...

Considering a pet? Foster one for the holidays
Considering a pet? Foster one for the holidays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready for the responsibility of a pet, then the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association has the solution for you this holiday season.

Instead of surprising a loved...

Pet of the Week: Dec. 14, 2014
Pet of the Week: Dec. 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This week’s Pet of the Week is Mr. Frank Sinatra, an orange male tabby cat who was rescued, literally, eight years ago at the Culture Center. “The famous Capitol hawk was chasing him and he ran directly to me,...

WV DIY Team: Wrap holiday gifts beautifully
WV DIY Team: Wrap holiday gifts beautifully

In this week’s DIY feature, we get step-by-step instructions for wrapping a beautiful holiday gift package. Elisa Payne is the owner of Eggplant, a unique gift store located in Charleston’s South Hills shopping district. Elisa and her...

WV Travel Team: Go van Gogh in 2015
WV Travel Team: Go van Gogh in 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low,” wrote...

Holiday cocktails: A zest for making liqueur
Holiday cocktails: A zest for making liqueur

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

By Bill Lynch

Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bloomery SweetShine got its start after Maryland residents Linda Losey and her...

Community Notes

Local authors Eliot Parker and Robin L. Ramey will sign copies of their recent novels at Books-A-Million at the Charleston Town Center location, on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Parker is the author...

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