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Douglas Imbrogno

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Charleston man hopes to bring the music to blighted Detroit

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At the tender age of 21, Sam Saunders has set himself a daunting task, but needs some help to accomplish it.

Saunders, who grew up in Charleston from age 9 and taught music at the Roosevelt Center while still in hi...

Exhibit tells untold story of Greenbrier County’s African-American history

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Janice Cooley grew up in Lewisburg in the 1950s and ’60s. She left to attend Marshall University in Huntington at age 18 and it would be decades before she returned to her Greenbrier County hometown.

In the ...

Dip dinner helps feed after-school programs

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The East End Family Resource Center, at 502 Ruffner Ave., is a community hub on Charleston’s East End that provides a wide host of services to young and old.

Those services —...

Nursing student fights bitter chill by giving away scarves, gloves

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The drab concrete environment of Slack Plaza near the downtown transit mall never looked quite so colorful as it did this past Saturday morning.

Starting at about 10...

City native sculpts ice for parties, competition

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most people’s up-close experience with ice come from cracking cubes from a freezer tray into a drink or chipping away at their windshield on a frosty winter morning.

For Charleston...

W.Va. attorney advises Afghans on legal system

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In 2010, Charleston attorney Barron Helgoe made a pretty momentous personal decision.

He would go to Afghanistan to work.

“I went for three reasons,” Helgoe, now 53, r...

Audience listens at Sowell’s open-mic show

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ron Sowell’s Open Stage has been going strong for 17 years, held the second Friday of each month at Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road.

One of the few “listening room&...

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...