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Douglas Imbrogno

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FestivALL 2015 oral histories subject of multimedia display

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Eric Douglas was the guy behind the microphone as he collected oral histories last June from local folks during FestivALL Charleston, the citywide arts and culture festival.

Award-winning local Siamese to compete at Civic Center cat show Saturday

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She’s a star —­ a star cat.

So, befitting a star cat, let us first introduce Adrienne by her full name: Thaifong Adrienne of Bleunote.

Whiskey named for famous feuding families coming to ArtWalk

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Wine and cheese has been the usual free fare for ArtWalk gatherings in galleries, businesses and other downtown Charleston locales on the third Thursday of every month.

Former UC coach recounts son’s struggle with schizophrenia

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It began in fifth grade when Brandon Gee was 11 years old.

Bed and breakfast owner brings home on country road back to life

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CLENDENIN — When Angela Born — then Angela McFarland — graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1995, she donned a backpack and headed eastward to wander across Eu...

New mother-daughter cafe brings unique, local options to West Side

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Elaine Abdalla, 23, has had thoughts of leaving West Virginia, as have so many other twenty-somethings in search of new opportunities.

Looking back on the vibrantly artistic life of Anne Shreve

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Anne Shreve had a deeply colorful life.

That is to say the vibrant hues of the artwork Shreve left behind when she died April 15 at age 89 in Naples, Florida, are a colorful legacy for one of West Virginia’...

Tracing the arc of WV Symphony maestro Grant Cooper's baton

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Grant Cooper hit the big stage for the very first time as a very small guy.

A step back in time: Lifetime of antique collecting goes up for sale

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Loretta Craddock knew what she liked, although she wasn’t always sure where it was going to go.

Holistic Health and Wellness Fair: A day of healing in Charleston

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Dr. Hassan Amjad doesn’t hold back when he speaks of the reigning medical system in the United States.

Locally sourced food hits the road in Heirloom Mobile Kitchen

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HUNTINGTON — It is said there are three key guidelines to the successful launch of any new restaurant: location, location and location.

A stitch in time: Roberta Farmer’s art and craft of the quilt

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Roberta Farmer grew up poor in the coalfields of Wyoming County. Her family lived so far out that some features of modern life took years to present themselves to her.

WV Symphony Gala fundraiser to honor Maestro Grant Cooper

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West Virginia Symphony Maestro Grant Cooper, who last fall announced his retirement from the West Virginia Symphony, will get a tasteful and tasty send-off on May 1 at the Clay Center, in a gala dinner featuring food and...

Huntington ‘slow-food’ cafe prides itself on locally sourced menu

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HUNTINGTON — It was one of those moments that spoke volumes.

Professional painter holds workshop on business side of art world

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Our culture sends out many negative messages about artists, said Jackie Battenfield.

Food trucks convene in Putnam County festival

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When Shawn Whittington first took to the area streets three years ago, he counted his parrot-green Island Teriyaki food truck as the first food truck in Putnam County.

‘Pillow ladies’ sew up comfort for cancer patients

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They call her “the Pillow Lady.”

It’s easy to see how Jennie Mangus Jividen earned that nickname as she shows up monthly at the Charleston Area Medical Center Cancer Center in Kanawha City, ca...

Celebration honors cultural, historical Irish anniversaries

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There will be a full serving of Irish culture and history starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Marriott Town Center hotel, as one of Ireland’s greatest writers and a key event in Ireland’s history ...

Barboursville’s Appalachia Barbecue drives on after devastating fire

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It was a windy day in late February and the smell of fresh brisket smoking in an outdoor meat smoker filled the air as Brian Fridley headed out to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things.

Pilot program brings international students to Williamson

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WILLIAMSON — There could not have been a more unusual group gathered anywhere in West Virginia on March 18 as the one standing on an old strip mine site, near a new chicken coop.

Business is booming for Bridge Road shops

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In recent years, the Bridge Road shops in the South Hills have shuffled in and out, with new stores not seen before as well as new stores carrying on a long tradition of eclecticism.

Not a Sound: The quiet life of a nun who can't stop talking

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There are several distinct places you might pick up the tale of Sister Mary Pellicane's long life and hard-scrabble roots.

Culture and color: Bollywood Night fundraiser dances into sixth year

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“Bollywood Night,” one of the largest and most colorful fundraisers of the year in Charleston, comes to the Civic Center on April 30, with tickets now on sale for one of the state’s biggest multicult...

‘Beer Blizzard’ inventors stay cool during ‘Shark Tank’ pitch

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Two old friends with West Virginia roots, Mike Robb and Tom “Ozzy” Osborne, believe a little invention of theirs called the Beer Blizzard has dealt a decisive blow to...

Charleston Rotary Club teams up with Slovak sister club

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Google Maps pegs the distance at 4,716 miles between the capital city of West Virginia and the city of Banska Bystrica in Slovakia’s heartland.

In defense of baboons: WVU professor profiles protector of a ‘pariah primate’

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It was a most unlikely encounter beside a crocodile-filled river in South Africa in 2007.

Heart-healthy seafood campaign in area renewed

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The national nonprofit Seafood Nutrition Partnership has renewed its campaign in the Kanawha Valley to encourage area residents to increase consumption of seafood to improve the healthiness of their diets. Charleston is ...

State’s only cidery wants to ‘kickstart’ operations

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Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead, in the former Watt’s Roost Vineyard in Lewisburg, is the state’s first hard cider-making operation. But a Kickstarter campaign now under...

Communication Gap: Letter between friends arrives 71 years later

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Dusty Spelsberg, age 92, got a letter recently from one of her oldest friends, Edith Anthony, also 92.

Little Lecture series kicks off with author Glenn Taylor

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The 2016 W.Va. Humanities Council Little Lecture series starts at 2 p.m. on March 6 at the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House with the presentation “A Place Called Solid: West Virginia Re-Imagined in the Novel ...

Farm-raised venison shows up in WV restaurants and grocery shelves

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In February 2015, the state Legislature passed a law allowing for the commercial sale of West Virginia farm-raised venison in Mountain State outlets.

From Charleston to Havana: Direct travel to Cuba takes big step forward

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Travel by Americans to Cuba took a big step forward last week with the announcement of an official deal permitting direct flights to resume for the first time in a half-century, according to

After the fire: Huntington restaurants rise again

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Drew and Megan Hetzer were running errands when they got a most unwanted call on the Sunday morning of July 27, 2014. The historic Morris Building, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street in downtown Huntington, ...

Growing healthy congregations in West Virginia

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HUNTINGTON — Chef Jason Oesterreicher knifed through an avocado down to the seed. He cut all the way around and twisted the avocado open into perfect halves.

Black History Month event contemplates changing face of philanthropy

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The word “philanthropy” often conjures images of big organizations like the Ford Foundation or wealthy establishment figures such as Bill Gates or Warren Buffett.

Charleston Restaurant Week 2016: A tasty success

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Deno Stanley’s experience with Charleston Restaurant Week was perhaps emblematic of the successes other area restaurants reported from a week of showcase meals for $30 per diner from Jan. 25-30.

Looking at activism in West Virginia, past and present

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