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Public input sought on elk reintroduction


Division of Natural Resources says first public meeting showed ‘99 percent’ in favor

Coonskin logging civil suit settled


Parks commission to be paid $50,000 to resolve claim against Russell Trucking

Parks officials eying other options for Shawnee Park golf course


Is a nine-hole golf course the best use of Shawnee Park?

Officials from the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation and the city of Dunbar want to find the answer.

At Thursday’s Parks Commission meeting, b...

Charleston mayor says city will help with recycling center cleanup


Charleston mayor directs officials to aid in removal of debris at Slack Street facility

Glass no longer accepted at Slack Street recycling center


Location will no longer accept glass, operation hours also reduced

Mayor Danny Jones will seek a fourth term in office


Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd in the mayoral conference room at city hall, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones announced Tuesday he will seek a record fourth term in office.

Jones, 64, is a Republican

Dunbar streetscape project expected to be finished by the end of the year


By the end of the year, work should be completed on a project that aims to spruce up one of the main streets in Dunbar.

New sidewalks, lighting and crosswalks are being placed along 10th Street, which is the street...

Jones to reveal decision on a fourth term today


Mayor says sons, health, city’s future factor into

decision for fourth term

Council begins addressing $85M retiree healthcare liability


Faced with increasing costs for retiree health care benefits, Charleston City Council members began taking action to rein in those expenses during its meeting Monday night.

According to records provided by City Tre...

Future uncertain for Cold Spot restaurant


Light construction is taking place at the spot of a popular restaurant that was destroyed by fire, but the owner says he hasn’t decided if he’ll reopen.

In recent weeks, cinder block walls have gone u...

Piedmont struggles to recover after fire in business district


PIEDMONT — The remains of four burned-out buildings in Piedmont line a block in what is left of this Potomac River town’s central business district.

Not far from city hall and the town’s emerge...

Marlinton continues recovery from devastating blaze


MARLINTON — One year ago this week, 13 residents, four small businesses and two state offices were reeling from a massive fire that tore a hole in Marlinton’s central business district.

But before a f...

Hilton Garden Inn proposed for downtown Charleston


Developer has yet

to sign agreement, but is working to satisfy hotel chain’s requests

City to crack down on parking tickets


If you’ve racked up unpaid parking tickets in Charleston, you might want to get those paid up.

The city is poised for a crackdown after city council’s Streets and Traffic Committee passed an ordinance...

Charleston more inclusive of LGBT community than most American cities


Charleston scores 78 on Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Index

Pratt mayor arrested again on drug-related charges


Pratt Mayor Gary Fields was arrested again Tuesday night, this time for a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate C...

South Hills showed best voting turnout in county


Statewide participation edges out national average

Kanawha Commission appoints Chuck Miller temporary prosecutor


Man could serve 30 days as a new permanent county official is vetted

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to make stop in Charleston


Kanawha Valley residents will soon have a chance to see the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree as the 80-foot-tall white spruce makes a stop at Charleston Town Center on Nov. 17.

The tree will be parked on Court Street th...

Lincoln County board chairman resigns


The chairman of the Lincoln Public Service District — embroiled in controversy in recent months — has resigned, Lincoln County Commission President K.K. Matthews said Thursday.

Ron Gregory, who has be...

Kanawha sees lowest voter turnout in a decade


More than quarter

of all ballots cast

were straight ticket

Vote could cripple St. Albans fire protection


Fate of St. Albans fire department in the hands of next year’s levy vote

Local House races: Longtime delegate Wells loses seat in upset


Voters returned Nancy Guthrie and brought in Larry Row, Brad White

Hoppy Shores cruises to victory in Kanawha Commission race


Incumbent Republican Kanawha County Commissioner Hoppy Shores appeared to be on the way to be the longest-serving commissioner in Kanawha County history by winning his seventh term in office Tuesday night, leading Democr...

Charleston sales tax to rise next summer


Rate will increase by one-half cent beginning on July 1

Beckley to handle Kanawha’s recycling as private company terminates lease


Private company terminates lease; Kanawha to haul material to Raleigh

Proposed cat ordinance pulled from council agenda


Mayor says council needs more time to weigh controversial bill

Workers raise prison safety awareness


Union members use billboards to inform public of issue

Statewide Amtrak ridership down


Huntington remains busiest passenger station again; Thurmond least-used

Fishing catches on: more out-of-state residents expected to get licenses in W.Va.


Official expects more out-of-state residents to get licenses in W.Va.

Council to focus on revamped cat ordinance


Charleston City Council’s Ordinance and Rules Committee will once again take up the issue of cats in the city during a meeting Tuesday evening.

This time, however, some of the more controversial parts of the...

Solid Waste Authority to retake operations at recycling center


The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will take over operations at the Slack Street recycling center, authority officials told members of Charleston city council’s Environment & Recycling Committee Thursday...

Tracking system helps to drive down sales of pseudoephedrine


The company that operates the state’s pseudoephedrine tracking system says its software is helping to drive down sales of the drug.

In addition, a company representative and a detective from Louisiana told ...

Civic Center renovation concept features airy corridors, outdoor plaza


A renovated Charleston Civic Center could include new glassed-in corridors, an expanded convention center space and an outdoor plaza along the Elk River,

Early Civic Center plans to be revealed tonight


Design still in early stages; officials expect $50 million price tag

Kanawha parks commission votes 6-1 to retain embattled director


Kanawha parks commission voted 6-1 to retain embattled leader

Parks board to discuss controversial director’s fate


Members will decide in open session whether to fire controversial leader

Coal businessman appointed to parks board


Kanawha County Commission votes in coal businessman

County won’t pay Plants’ salary if he appeals


If appeal is filed against removal, pay will be given to interim official

Operations shake-up possible at recycling facility


Recycling center management could face housecleaning if panel approves

Panel votes to remove Plants from office


Panel’s decision to remove official has been stayed for 30 days to allow for an appeal

W.Va. county clerks grapple with same-sex marriage


Some W.Va. offices say they weren’t

notified by state

Urban agriculture grows in Charleston’s backyards


Behind an inconspicuous home on Lewis Street, there’s something becoming a more common sight in Charleston — chickens.

Eight New Hampshire red hens reside in their own coop behind the East End home of...

First same-sex couples apply for licenses in Kanawha Co.


Chris Bostic and David Epp were surprised to learn they were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in Kanawha County on Thursday.

Epp, 33, and Bostic, 34, arrived at the county courthouse about...

Additional funds set aside for Plants


Money comes from prosecutor’s drug

forfeiture account, community fund

New initiative would place officers in West Side homes


48p9 wide

with summary

Program would allow

authority to buy homes for

10 officers to deter crime

The project could improve safety, property values in neighborhood

CAMC adding on to Memorial Hospital


CAMC work will include three floors above existing

emergency room

Summers Street building on track for repairs, redevelopment


A historic and key downtown Charleston building is on track for redevelopment.

In mid-August, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority purchased the former DuPont Hotel on Summers Street for $650,000.

Now, the ...

In WV House race, Walters and Shepherd differ on energy issues


The two candidates running for the House of Delegates District 39 cite their extensive community involvement over the years, but their visions for West Virginia’s future point in different directions.


State officials celebrate partnership with Japan


Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, all D-W.Va., hosted a delegation of about 50 business leaders from the Chubu region of Japan Monday to celebrate 24 years of partnership between West Virgi...