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Miracle oil: The story behind Hanukkah
Miracle oil: The story behind Hanukkah

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hanukkah is a minor Jewish holiday that, in America, has grown more elaborate largely because of its proximity to Christmas, says Rabbi Victor Urecki of the B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston.

“Location, ...

Top-O-Rock inspires oral history, design project
Top-O-Rock inspires oral history, design project

Although Charleston’s once beloved glass house on the hill has had its windows shuttered with sheets of plywood, some still see potential in Top-O-Rock.

Sarah Halstead, of the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center, is ...

Statehouse Beat: House clerk’s expertise will be hard to replace

As noted previously, it will be interesting to see if the new Republican leadership in the Legislature is cooperative or vindictive with Democrats.

To that end, the decision to replace longtime House Clerk Greg Gray with former Kanawha County...

December antlerless seasons become holiday traditions
December antlerless seasons become holiday traditions

Foul weather might have wreaked havoc with West Virginia’s recent buck season, but wildlife officials say there are still opportunities to put venison in the freezer.

The state’s so-called “family antlerless-deer...

Harvest a Christmas tree for a holiday memory
Harvest a Christmas tree for a holiday memory

GRIFFITHSVILLE, W.Va. — On a busy Saturday at Wilkerson Christmas Tree Farm, dozens of families had traveled many miles to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Families harvesting a Christmas tree is ...

Laid-off coal miners hear of retraining opportunities
Laid-off coal miners hear of retraining opportunities

MOUNT GAY — Nearly 75 coal miners who recently lost their jobs attended a meeting about retraining for new careers held Friday at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College....

Sculptor believes statue brings comfort in times of death
Sculptor believes statue brings comfort in times of death

When Bob Roach made his nearly 1,000-pound stainless steel Jesus statue 20 years ago, he meant for it to sit by his parents’ graves in a New Haven cemetery.

But fear of vandalism kept the statue in his garage until he decided to loan it...

Funerals for: December 14, 2014

Blankenship, Donald G. 1 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home Chapel, Eleanor.

Bundy, Linda 3 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Christian, Christine A. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg....

Barbara Postalwait

Barbara Jean Hines Postalwait, 79, of Webster Springs, died Fri., Dec. 12, 2014. Service to celebrate Barbara's life will be held 1 p.m. Wed., at Dodd and Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tues., Dec. 16 at the...

Helen Suttler

Helen Irene Suttler, 81, of Round Lake Beack, Ill., died Dec. 9, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Mon., Dec. 15, at the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Alisha Anne Jones

Alisha Anne Jones, 27, of Cross Lanes, died Mon., Dec. 8, 2014. The family will have a private service at a later date. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca is serving the Jones family.

Jeffrey Sheppard

Jeffrey Sheppard, 59, of Andover, Ohio, formerly of Ravenswood, died Dec. 10, 2014. There will be a private family service at Roush Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville.

Condolences may be sent to the...

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