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FestivALL Fall to feature Shakespeare group; seasonal events


Other events include Carriage Trail Leaf Walk, pumpkin-carving, ballet performance

Lofts at park almost finished


ParkView Lofts overlook Appalachian Power Park

Parks commission tables decision on director’s fate


Another committee will make decision by meeting on Oct. 16

Ribbon-cutting held for Edible Arrangements in South Charleston


Four couples who met through Generation Charleston celebrated their business venture Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Edible Arrangements in South Charleston.

The couples bought the existing franchise ...

Commission candidates talk Plants, logging debacle


Kanawha hopefuls favor low levy rates, support library levy

Charleston has lofty goals


Downtown features

variety of housing

options on display

at tonight’s Loft Walk

Charleston City Council advances sales tax increase proposal


Measure sent to Home Rule Board for approval

Project aims for Corridor G growth


South Charleston plans to extend sewer service to county line

Kanawha County worker wellness program paying off


Wellness initiative led to many Kanawha workers losing weight

Commission to bail out district


New dispatch

system to get funds; four ambulances receive approval

Charleston Area Alliance proceeds with program for downtown


12p9 wide

Group hires downtown project coordinator, plans to create district for businesses, residents

City officials pleased with renewed baseball affiliation as I-79 becomes “Pittsburgh Pirate corridor”


New field played part in Pittsburgh Pirates’ decision to stay in city

New home rule cities to be revealed Oct. 6


55p3 wide


Board will reveal which municipalities accepted on Oct. 6

New Kanawha County website goes live


The new Kanawha County website went live Friday, and while there is still work to be done, the county’s information technology director said the website is an improvement over the ...

‘Gauley Season’ begins this week


n Editor’s note: Reporter Matt Murphy accompanied Division of Tourism officials for a short trip on the New River as part of the the department’s “Go Outside and Play” campaign to publicize th...

Charleston police to buy robot


The newest addition to the Charleston police force will have a serial number instead of a badge number.

City council members unanimously approved the purchase of a more-than $35,000 robot Tuesday night.

The r...

Parks board to decide fate of director


Members express lack of confidence in leader following logging trial

United Mine Workers union endorses Tennant


Candidate spoke during rally on mine safety, social security

Parcels in Kanawha County paying taxes outside county, commission learns


Some Kanawha houses are paying taxes to Lincoln

Fewer pickup places for Charleston trashbag distribution


The next round of Charleston’s semi-annual trash bag distribution begins in just a few weeks, but only three stores have agreed to serve as pick-up points for those bags.

Shannon Milroy, purchasing director ...

Once available for free online, public documents will soon come with charge


Secretary of state will charge $5 to $10 for business license filings

Everclear to headline 10th annual Oktoberwest


Alt rock band Everclear will be the headliner at West Side Main Street’s 10th annual OktoberWest event in Charleston on Oct. 11.

The band, which produced songs like “Everything to Everyone” (19...

Grant funds awarded to owner of Staats building


Money will be used for repairs to roof

of West Side fixture

Water crisis reimbursement money flowing to WV


Reimbursements are meant to

cover costs related to water crisis

Road slips, slides cause big headaches


Residents concerned by damage; official says crews doing

their best with budget

Group compiling list of pet-friendly landlords


Frustrated over trying to find pet-friendly rental homes, a group is working to compile a list of area landlords who allow tenants to bring along their four-legged companions.

Miguella Mark-Carew, a Kanawha-Charles...

New boat ramp at Coonskin unlikely


Existing canoe launch could get significant upgrade

Hearing on mining permit wraps up


Decision on mine near state forest

expected within

one, two months

Recycling center’s cleanup comes with promise of better upkeep


Recycling cleanup comes with promise of better upkeep

Public hearing next for Charleston’s proposed sales tax increase


Charleston City Council’s Finance Committee voted Monday to submit a proposed half-cent sales tax to the state Municipal Home Rule Board for approval.

A public hearing on the tax will be held at council ...

Road salt prices on the rise


Last winter was colder, snowier than average; W.Va. cities used much more of product

Electronic recycling options available


Although Kanawha County residents can no longer take old electronics to West Virginia Recycling Services on Slack Street, there are several other ways to responsibly dispose of those items.

The Kanawha County Solid...

Officials discuss coal job losses in area


Coal and the future of the commodity as it relates Kanawha County was a discussion point at Thursday’s Kanawha County Commission meeting, just two days after an Alum Creek coal company announced it planned to lay ...

Advocate says Plants case leaving some abuse victims in limbo


Charleston residents involved in abusive relationships are waiting to leave their abusers until the Mark Plants case is resolved, a victim’s advocate told Kanawha County commissioners at a meeting Thursday.

East End apartment building might get new life


Quarrier St. building owner considering donating it to Urban Renewal Authority

East End Historic District may add section


Proposal to expand portion of neighborhood on National Register

Hearing on planned strip mine near Kanawha State Forest begins


Arguments began Monday in a hearing over whether to revoke a permit for a planned surface mine near Kanawha State Forest.

Lawyers for the state Department of Environmental Protection and Keystone Industries argued...

Future of vacant neighborhood center in question


Perched on a hill overlooking the Kanawha River and the West Side, Charleston’s Vandalia Neighborhood Center on Clifton Road sits mostly idle, as traffic zooms by on Interstate 64 below.

The center, which co...

Groups rally against mine permit


Coalition formed to oppose site near Kanawha State Forest

Popular rideshare services eye W.Va.


Uber and Lyft spokespeople say they have no major moves planned for state just yet

Opponents of state forest mountaintop removal mine to rally at Capitol


Supporters of Kanawha State Forest are planning a rally tonight at the state Capitol to show support for the park and to gather signatures opposing the approval of the permit for a mountaintop removal mine adjacent to th...

Demolition bill protecting historic Charleston properties advances


A proposed delayed demolition ordinance in Charleston passed its first test Wednesday, receiving unanimous approval from the city’s Municipal Planning Commission.

The law would delay the destruction of histo...

Cities preparing for urban deer hunts


Deer hunting season in Charleston and South Charleston city limits is fast approaching and each city is preparing for an increase in participation.

Meanwhile, Dunbar officials are considering starting an urban deer...

Bill gives city more flexibility for race costs


Measure requires events coordinator to oversee regulations

Bill aims to delay historic building demolitions


Measure would add time between permit, building destruction

Jones proposal would raise city sales tax to help cover pension obligations


Proposal would raise city’s tax to 7 percent to help cover pensions for police, firefighters

Real estate agent takes over lease negotiations for New China building


In the latest twist in the saga of the New China building on Washington Street East, a local real estate agent has been hired to find a tenant for the building — a tenant