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Maria Young

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Against all odds: Becoming a mom


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


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

Which is the best? Naming the Tastiest Town


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’


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


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


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


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)


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 ...