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Purchase saves pup from certain death


When Katie Jochum went to PetSmart July 18, 2011, she wasn’t even planning on buying anything for herself. Her future mother-in-law and aunt were visiting from England and wanted to pick up some fun American toys ...

Murder, stalking, selfishness and romance in this week’s TV premieres


It’s a double dose of light and dark with this week’s four network series premieres. There are two sinister crime dramas and two light-hearted rom-coms.

For good measure, I’ve also thrown in a...

Adopted boxer pup saved from Death Row


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Melissa Scarberry, of Ripley, saved her dog, Bay, from certain death.

When she adopted the 3-year-old boxer from the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association in August 2011, the dog was crit...

Highly-anticipated ‘Gotham’ among week’s premieres


This week starts the fall network season in earnest with a half dozen series premieres between Sunday and Wednesday. Here’s a look at what’s new:

“Madam Secretary,” 8:30...

Longtime supporters are allies for the arts


As many arts groups prepare to begin their new seasons, renewed interest is paid to them and their offerings. But there’s one group that gets left out of the attention: their supporters.

It’s true tha...

Teenage piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick plays Clay Center Sunday


It seems like there are endless stories about children being forced by their children to take music lessons. Less often do you hear about kids wanting to take lessons but being denied.

That was initially the case ...

Let the fall network TV season begin


The first new shows of the networks’ fall season premiere Wednesday.

There are just two, plus a few other season premieres. It’s the week starting Sept. 21 that things really kick into gear. Until th...

Charleston pup finds new home in Ohio


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All it took was one look.

When Suzanne Shriver saw the picture of two Shih-Tzu puppies on the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association’s Facebook page, she knew she had to have them.<...

TV stands up to cancer Friday night


The biggest event on TV this week isn’t a finale or a premiere, it’s a special. The “Stand Up to Cancer” special, to be precise.

At 8 p.m. Friday, a dozen networks (and...

Labor Day weekend marathons lacking


It’s another holiday weekend, so that, of course, means another round of holiday weekend marathons in TV land. And, unfortunately, it’s more of the same old, same old.

That means networks showing a l...

Canine cancer companion is all heart


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Instead of her sleeve, Connie wears her heart on her side.

The 9-year-old rat terrier has a patch of black fur on her left side that’s shaped like a heart. It’s a unique loo...

New ‘Doctor Who’ arrives on BBC America this weekend


The new season of “Doctor Who,” with Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, premieres Saturday, and BBC America is going all out for it.

First, on Friday, there’s the ...

Stranger picks right yard to place stray dog


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The little black puppy didn’t know it at the time, but his whole life was about to change. Last year, he just appeared one day, out of the blue, in Cathy McClung’s daughter’...

Few TV tributes planned for Robin Williams this week


Of all the celebrities tweeting and speaking out about Robin Williams’ death this week, “Glee” star Chris Colfer’s was one that really stood out to me. It said, in part, “You know someo...

One-eyed pup doesn’t let handicap get him down


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tracy Goodson said it was love at first sight when she met her 2-year-old Shih Tzu in April. And it was quite the sight.

The dog was missing his left eye when he came to the Kanawha/Charl...

Binge on ‘Breaking Bad’ — with extras — starting Sunday


The lone new drama premiering this week is not only the only show premiering this week, it’s also the only new show premiering for the rest of the month (at least according to my sources). Also, many of the shows ...