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Maria Young

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Young, Maria

Against all odds: Becoming a mom

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As a little girl growing up, riding horses and playing outdoors, Danielle Cavender Hicks was told she’d never be able to be a mom. That’s because at just six weeks of age, doctors removed a tumor from her t...

WV Supreme Court clerk bakes old-fashioned bread in self-made oven

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HUNTINGTON — Rory Perry likes to do things the hard way.

Which is the best? Naming the Tastiest Town

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Over the course of the last year or more, it’s become apparent to many of us in the features section at the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the food scene in West Virginia is (literally) growing.

Charleston native competes on Food Network’s ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’

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From his earliest years growing up in Charleston, two things were clear about Douglas Walls: he was wildly competitive — check out that 1986 Charleston Gazette photo of him leading the family in a rough-and-tumble...

Lewisburg Chocolate Festival ready to bring on the sugar rush

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LEWISBURG — Not many words can wrap around you like a blanket on a cool spring night, strong enough to offer comfort when it’s needed, still light e...

Vegans meet up for Great American Meatout at Bluegrass Kitchen

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The Gazette-Mail features department has two vegetarians, one vegan and me — someone with intimate knowledge of the virtues of Kobe beef, pan-seared tuna and, yes, chicken nuggets.

Couple renews vows in Hillbilly Hot Dogs’ new themed Weddin’ Chapel

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LESAGE — The bride was beaming — naturally — as she came down the aisle on a faded red carpet. Plastic pink flowers and worn fake garland dan...

On the Prowl: Readers share their Christmas pet photos (with gallery)

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Last year, due to the popularity of our weekly Pet of the Week, we asked — on a whim — if readers would mind sharing their pets’ Christmas photos with us. We received an avalanche of mail and photos ...