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Douglas Imbrogno

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Tracing the roots of Kwanzaa and what it celebrates


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


“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


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


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


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


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.

Reaching out to help Slovakia from Charleston


You wouldn’t think the disturbing election of a neo-Fascist politician in Slovakia, in Central Europe, would have anything to do with the capital city of West Virginia.

But, in fact, some Charleston resident...

Pocahontas County High School forestry students take second place in national competition


Many people look at a forest and just see a nice stand of trees. But the award-winning forestry students of Pocahontas County High School see a whole lot more.

The school’s four-member Future Farmers of Amer...

Family hopes to learn fate of WWII soldier


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The family has only the slimmest of leads — a time-worn photograph of a good-looking, smiling World War II soldier, an Army paratrooper.

But with that yellowed photo and a scant fe...

Friends hope to grill up a business after winning Instagram contest


Michael Linkenhoker, of Fayetteville, was scrolling through Twitter one day and noticed a contest tweet for Ball Park brand hot dog’s Finest Grillmaster contest.

Man brews up nationwide online coffee business from his W.Va. home


Loren Jordan had his first cup of coffee when he was 12, with his dad. He has never lost the taste for it.

“I’ve always ha...

Take a spin through the Mountain State’s wind farms


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — From their inception, wind farms in West Virginia have generated controversy, even while presenting the promise of an energy source that is greener than the coal-fired economy which has so long...

Little India marks Divali with special buffet


Diwali or Deepawali, the Indian “festival of lights,” was celebrated this year on Oct. 22 or 23, depending on the region. But Charleston’s Little India restaurant, 1604 Washington St. E., will be mar...

Huntington photo album: Historic flea-market find


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Once he got the box home, John Witek knew immediately he’d found something significant.

Witek had gone to a flea market in Chesapeake, Ohio, where he noticed something interesting ...