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Willow Shields shares how ‘Hunger Games’ launched her career during recent mall visit
Willow Shields shares how ‘Hunger Games’ launched her career during recent mall visit

While most 15-year-olds are probably worried about math tests and earning their learner’s permit, Willow Shields is preparing for her next multimillion dollar film to hit the big screens.

Shields stars as Primrose Everdeen in...

Willow Shields shares how ‘Hunger Games’ launched her career during recent mall visit
Willow Shields shares how ‘Hunger Games’ launched her career during recent mall visit

While most 15-year-olds are probably worried about math tests and earning their learner’s permit, Willow Shields is preparing for her next multimillion dollar film to hit the big screens.

Shields stars as Primrose Everdeen in...

Feeling fall fashions
Feeling fall fashions

Area teens hit the runway Aug. 22 to model new fall fashions during the Charleston Town Center’s back-to-school event held in the mall’s Center Court. The event was themed #Girlzrising and also featured a meet and greet with actress...

Kellie Pickler impresses at Braxton Co. Fair
Kellie Pickler impresses at Braxton Co. Fair

Although she’s expanded her career — dabbling in dancing and reality television — Kellie Pickler’s original passion, singing, is still going strong.

As an avid “American Idol” fan, when I found out that ...

‘Hunger Games’ actress visits Charleston Town Center mall today
‘Hunger Games’ actress visits Charleston Town Center mall today

The Charleston Town Center Mall’s back-to-school event today will feature a teen fashion show and an opportunity to meet actress Willow Shields in the mall’s Center Court.

Beginning at 12:15 p.m. today, the fall fashion show will...

Wing Commander of WV Air National Guard prepares for retirement, reflects on career
Wing Commander of WV Air National Guard prepares for retirement, reflects on career

Editor’s Note: For as long as this reporter has known her father, Col. Jerome Gouhin, he’s served in the Air National Guard. From fighting in the Gulf War to becoming Wing Commander of the 130th Airlift Wing, Rachel, her mother,...

Small town guy hopes to make it big in Country music
Small town guy hopes to make it big in Country music

From the hollers of West Virginia to the creeks of Kentucky, the music of local musician Bill Dotson, also known as Big Country, celebrates and reflects his life in Appalachia.

“I’m a true believer in coal mining. My grandpa was a ...

Mall announces teen art competition winners

On June 30, the Charleston Town Center Mall announced the winners of the 2015 Teen Art Search: FestivALL’s Quest for Xtreme Teen Artists.

The winners are:

Best in Show — James Petit

Purchase Award — Sam Slater...

First-time submitter wins $500 Purchase Award
First-time submitter wins $500 Purchase Award

Working as a security officer at the Charleston Town Center Mall, Sam Slater learned of its upcoming art competition for people ages 13 to 23.

With a love for drawing, he decided to take the leap and submit.

“I can’t really ...

Charleston native takes Best Photography title in teen art competition
Charleston native takes Best Photography title in teen art competition

Jenna Nichols was 11 when she took the photograph that would later earn her the Best Photography Award in the 2015 Teen Art Search: FestivALL’s Quest for Xtreme Teen Artists.

Nichols, now 13, won for an image she took of the West...

Winner of high school division in teen art competition inspired by front-yard family
Winner of high school division in teen art competition inspired by front-yard family

For her winning artwork, Sarah Hopkins said she found inspiration in her front yard.

“I was looking in my front yard and thought ‘Well I’ll just use him.’”

It was her family’s new rooster, which...

Lindsey Taylor’s ‘Lion’ takes middle school category at teen art competition
Lindsey Taylor’s ‘Lion’ takes middle school category at teen art competition

During FestivALL, the Charleston Town Center Mall held the 2015 Teen Art Search: FestivALL’s Quest for Xtreme Teen Artists.

John Adams Middle School student, Lindsey Taylor, noticed their advertisement and answered the mall’s call ...

Capitol St. painting wins Crowd Favorite at teen art competition
Capitol St. painting wins Crowd Favorite at teen art competition

Ethan Park, 16, of Putnam County won the Crowd’s Favorite award at FestivALL Charleston.

Park said this is the second art competition he’s entered.

“A friend showed me an ad for FestivALL around a week before the...

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