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Douglas Imbrogno

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More than 40 years later, Mountaineer Opry going strong

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MILTON — Blankets, pads and sheets drape over more than 30 of the chairs near the stage at the Mountaineer Opry House.

It’s not laundry day — the drapery signifies...

Tamarack seeks pottery, quilts, other arts

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Approximately 1,600 West Virginia artisans have their original work currently juried onto the shelves of Tamarack near Beckley, the state’s premier showcase for homegrown West Virginia c...

Film: Toddler years vital for learning

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first 1,000 days of life are not just a time for baby rattles, sippy cups and bedtime stories.

A wide body of research shows that those 1,000 days — approximately the first thr...

Local start-up business is really testing the waters

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Sarah Halstead was angry. It was in the distressing days after the Jan. 9, 2014, leak into the Elk River of more than 10,000 gallons of chemicals from a Freedom Industries storage tank.

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Taylor Books to debut used-book shop

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Joe Solomon used to run an Internet used-book shop out of one room of a two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, New York. The 32-year-old Long Island native would hunt up books from estate sales and...

West Virginia artisans are NICHE Awards finalists

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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...

Pets find homes through holiday foster program

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DUNBAR, W.Va. — Sam and Jennifer Batman, of Dunbar, decided to get a part-time dog for the holidays.

Jennifer had recently begun volunteering for the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association and learned about t...

The literature of love: St. Albans cop proposes to book lover at library

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Kristin Earley cracked open the door of a room on the second floor of the St. Albans Library on Dec. 13. Glimpsing a crowd, she thought she’d wandered into someone else’s event.

Her friend, Danielle M...

Ex-homeless man chases dreams, helps others as well

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — What a difference a couple of years have made in the life of Obi Henderson.

The Chicago native and 2009 graduate of Alabama A&M first came to Charleston a few years ago at age 25 to p...

Oral history project looks back on Ronceverte

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Parkersburg native Arabeth Balasko has moved around quite a bit in her 30 years of life.

She lived in Alaska for 10 years when younger, got a masters in history and archiving from the University of Massachusetts in...

Tracing the roots of Kwanzaa and what it celebrates

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Starting 2 p.m. Friday, the Heritage Towers and Culture Center, 612 Virginia St. E., will once again mark the start of the seven-day African American holiday of Kwanzaa.

“It’s an African American holi...

Homeless for the holidays: Families try to celebrate

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“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 fo...

Film will bring Vietnam War’s ‘Donut Dollies’ into spotlight

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Martinsburg native Jane Dorset Hoogland Anderson was a 23-year-old college graduate in July 1968 when she made an unusual and rather brave decision.

She decided to g...

Miracle oil: The story behind Hanukkah

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hanukkah is a minor Jewish holiday that, in America, has grown more elaborate largely because of its proximity to Christmas, says Rabbi Victor Urecki of the B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Char...

Beckley doctor’s book teaches better eating through stories

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Dr. Shrikant Bembalkar grew up in Mumbai, India, eating in an Old World-style, his family gathering individual ingredients from the markets and his mother whipping up vegetarian meals from scratch.

W.Va. native at forefront of computer technology

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If the counselor at Williamson Junior High School had simply tossed the letter she got back in the mid-1970s into the trash can, Rod Van Meter might not be the world-traveling, cutting-edge professor he is these days.