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Council to mull pay raise options for city employees


Charleston’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget could be approved next Monday, but disagreement exists on city council as to how to give pay raises to city employees.

Currently, the budget proposal from Mayor Danny ...

Bids received for demolishing Slack Street building


Rodney Loftis and Son was the low bidder for the project to tear down the century-old building at the Slack Street recycling center.

In January, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority

Mayoral candidates discuss Charleston issues


Jones faces newcomer, two Democrats in race to lead Charleston

Morgantown restaurant creates edible protest to anti-LGBT bill


A Morgantown restaurant known for supporting its employees has created an edible way to express opposition to

Mayors criticize anti-LGBT bill


The house bill that would eliminate municipal employment and housing protections for gays and lesbians across West Virginia has drawn criticism from the mayors of the state’s two largest cities.

In Charlesto...

City council hopefuls set goals


Democratic candidates for Charleston city council’s six at-large seats identified a variety of issues they’d like to see addressed if elected.

Incumbent at-large candidates Mary Jean Davis, Andy Richa...

Senate bill would enable alternate recycling for businesses


A bill moving through the Senate may make recycling feasible for small businesses and individuals who cannot afford to pay for commercial recycling services under existing regulations.

Senate Bill 352 would allow b...

Bids to tear down recycling center building due Monday


Final decision on who will demolish Slack Street center to be made in March

Snodgrass unopposed for Charleston Ward 11


The representative for the Oakridge Drive area of Charleston said she’s on board for a second term as councilwoman to continue to help her neighborhood and be a liaison between her ward and the city.


Charleston Ward 12 candidates say infrastructure is city’s most pressing issue


The candidates for the ward covering Charleston’s Fort Hill neighborhood say infrastructure is the most pressing issue facing their neighborhood and the city.

Democrat Joseph Jenkins is challenging incumbent...

Charleston begins to set $89M budget for FY2016


Jones wants to give Charleston employees pay raises, increase capital expenditures

DNR receives grant to jumpstart elk restoration


Date still not set for bringing

animals to W.Va. from Kentucky

Steele, Hightower to battle for Ward 10 seat


The battle to represent a district that stretches from the heart of the East End’s business district to the hollow of Wertz Avenue features candidates with dramatically different perspectives of the ward — ...

No charges for pharmacist who shot would-be robber


Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller confirmed Friday morning that no charges will be filed in the shooting death of a 25-year-old Quick resident who allegedly was trying to rob a pharmacy in Pinch at gunpoint earlier ...

Hoover to represent Charleston’s Ward 9


District covers most of downtown, East End

KRT wants input on possible route changes


Passengers who use KRT bus service are being asked for input on proposed future route changes.

In a couple of weeks, the transit service will hold two public hearings — one in Belle and one in Charleston &#x...

County officials make budget requests


It’s budget season, and the Kanawha County Commission began its first round of budget hearings at its meeting Thursday afternoon.

County elected officials made their cases before the commission for their ann...

Charleston Ward 8 races pits newcomer against two-term incumbent


Democrat Brian Thompson is challenging two-term councilman Cubert Smith, an independent, to represent the ward covering the East End flats and the hilly neighborhoods above most of the East End.

Thompson and Smith ...

Amtrak suspends service between Cincinnati and Charlottesville


Disruption affects all W.Va. stations on the Cardinal route

Charleston sets budget hearing schedule


Charleston’s city council began its annual budget process Tuesday night, scheduling three meetings over the next few weeks to give council members a chance to review the budget and make suggestions of changes.


Charleston garbage service delayed this week


Temperatures set to dip below 0 degrees Thursday night

Charleston Ward 7 race has contested primary and general elections


Race packed with candidates who have numerous city involvements

Crude oil train derails in Fayette County, WV


Explosion heard, felt around area; residents evacuated, one person treated for inhalation

Four candidates seek to represent Ward 6 on Charleston’s West Side


One Republican and three Democrats are seeking to represent Charleston’s Ward 6, an area that includes parts of the West Side that have seen the most new commercial development in the neighborhood in recent years....

Charleston Ward 5 one of most hotly contested wards


Charleston’s Ward 5 is one of the two most-contested wards in the 2015 city council race.

Three Democrats are challenging incumbent Democrat Mike Nichols in the primary election. The winner will face Republi...

Hotel developer, CURA sorting out development terms


Negotiations continue for proposed Homewood Suites on Holley Hotel site on Quarrier Street

Charleston Area Alliance plans more improvements for downtown


Efforts include facade grant for former Cafe de Paris building, upgrade to Virginia Street

Raw milk passes newsroom taste test


Beverage, three cheeses

from Pa. dairy farm get mostly positive reviews

Farm reveals raw milk process


Clover Creek Cheese Cellar says business growing as more people embrace product

Slate set for South Charleston election.


Voters to choose mayor, city clerk, municipal judge

3 challengers up against incumbent in Ward 3 race


Incumbent faces three Democratic hopefuls on March 7

Charleston Ward 2 race pits newcomer against two incumbents


Redistricting puts current Ward 1


in Ward 2 race

Work expected to start on new credit union branch in 2016


Construction is expected to begin next year on Pioneer Federal Credit Union’s new headquarters and branch building on Charleston’s East End.

In the last few months, the credit union has torn down the ...

St. Albans, South Charleston levies receive voter approval


Voters in both St. Albans and South Charleston reapproved their respective property tax levies in special elections held Saturday.

In both cities, the levies received more than 95 percent approval.

For St. Al...

Charleston Ward 1 candidates say youth is a priority


Applicants for Ward 1 council seat left vacant after redistricting

discuss ideas for area

Alley closure for Staats Hospital building moves forward


Board OKs request to close alley to connect parking lot, structure

Cedar Grove mayor says police chief facing charges will resign


An eastern Kanawha County police chief who was arrested early Tuesday morning has said he will resign.

Cedar Grove Mayor James Hudnall said Aaron Roop told him yesterday he plans to step down as the head of the tow...

Senate bill allows municipal home rule expansion in W.Va.


Measure immediately lets all W.Va. cities with more than 2,000 people apply if they so choose

Cedar Grove police chief arrested again


The chief of the Cedar Grove Police Department has been arrested again on domestic related charges.

Aaron Roop, 32, was arrested by Montgomery police at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday following a 911 call to a home at 704 3rd A...

Council moves ahead with plan to increase CURA board


Charleston city council moved forward with trying to get two of its members on the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board after voting to pass and submit an ordinance to that effect at its meeting Monday night.


St. Albans, South Charleston levy votes set for Saturday


Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on at individual precinct voting locations

Demolition could jeopardize Beckley historic district


BECKLEY — A decision could come next week on a proposal to tear down three buildings in Beckley to make way for a parking lot and future retail development.

If the demolition is approved, though, the loss of...

Kanawha City Kroger to get $4 million remodel


Grocery chain spending $4 million to remodel Kanawha City location

Montgomery residents discuss future of city


MONTGOMERY – As rumors about the future of West Virginia University’s Institute of Technology swirl, a group of Montgomery residents and city leaders spent Tuesday night looking toward the future of the cit...

Solid Waste Authority to bid out building demolition


New building to be constructed on property

Victim named, suspects sought in fatal shooting


At least one person has been charged in connection with a Friday morning fatal shooting in Rand, and deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office have detained “several” others in possible conne...

Alderson group trying to start grocery store


Organization starts fundraiser to convert building after Alderson lost only store last year

Staats Hospital may gain new life after renovation


A year from now, it’s possible retail will return to the first floor of the old Staats Hospital building in the 100 block of Washington Street West.

A few years beyond that, there could be new residences or ...

Fingerprint scans a go for Bridge Day 2015


FAYETTEVILLE – The Bridge Day Commission will go ahead with requiring participants and vendors to have fingerprint scans for the 2015 event, despite threats from BASE jumpers to take their parachutes and jump from...

Council approves consulting firm for Bicycle Trail Master Plan


Bicyclists in Charleston could eventually enjoy a network of trails in and around the city once a”Bicycle Trail Master Plan” is complete next fall.

Monday, Charleston council members approved spending...