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Douglas Imbrogno

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Thursday’s West Side Block Party celebrates a hopeful future


Charleston’s West Side more often than not gets branded as the negative news side of town, but Thursday’s West Side Block Party is one big effort to get people talking positively and lo...

Wiepper family seeks to sell portrait of street personality


Charleston portrait artist and sculptor Bernie Wiepper left behind several public pieces around the city when he collapsed and died in 2009 at age 84 in the midst of doing a painting at his West Side home.

Most not...

Orthodontist has a purpose for going back to the land


UNION — Donna Panucci and her husband, Jim Shannon, had for years been on the hunt for a rural West Virginia property. But with one caveat.

“I had said no further th...

Pinwheel patches sprout in W.Va. to help weed out child abuse


April has brought more than just the usual surge of redbud blossoms and many-colored tulips and crocuses. Across West Virginia, nearly 20,000 blue and silver pinwheels hav...

UC Builders luncheon features area artists


The UC Builders “Artists Among Us” luncheon at noon Wednesday in the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall, will feature three area artists whose work is on view in the build...

Women revel in educational travel adventures


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pamela Bowen had never been on one. Rose Marie Ritter had been on 45.

So it was that last May 21, Ritter set out to share with Bowen just why she was hooked on traveling the country and t...

Wind symphony tour promises musical riches


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Robert Boudreau has set his sights on West Virginia.

A world traveler who has carved out a unique niche in the symphonic world with his floating musical barge, Boudreau plans to embark on...

Making changes through transitional living


At age 18, Holly decided she’d had enough. It was time to get out and leave home.

“I just knew it was the right decision, just to remove myself from a toxic environment and push myself harder than wha...

Daymark Gala is group’s biggest fundraiser of the year


Daymark’s “Masquerade Gala: Pandora’s Mystery” is the group’s major fundraiser of the year, taking place April 18 at the Charleston Civic Center with music by Qiet,...

Book chronicles W.Va. country music in photos


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ivan M. Tribe packed hundreds of photos into the newly released book “West Virginia’s T...

Film, CD project tries to build bridge between West Virginian and Ugandan Jews


Documentary filmmaker and Charleston native Jon Matthews has set himself an ambitious task that pairs a most unlikely group of performers drawn from two continents but the same spiritual world.

Matthews is in the m...

Turley Richards sings out the tale of his life


Charleston native Turley Richards’ crazy-quilt, up-and-down life and performing career reads like a book.

Which is good since the 73-year-old blind singer-songwri...

Choreographer ‘maps’ his identity with dance


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dancer and choreographer Adam McKinney has a richly mixed family heritage not easily encapsulated in a few swift words. He is the son of a mother descended from Eastern and Western European Jew...

Bollywood Night features music, dance, food


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of Charleston’s biggest fundraising evenings of the year approaches on May 1 with Bollywood Night, presented by the India Center.

Now in its fifth year, the event, which will t...