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Marmet mayor accused of driving out-of-towners to vote

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Ethics complaint alleges Marmet

chief allowed non-residents to vote

Kanawha officials blast water company over its operations

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Kanawha County officials blasted West Virginia American Water Tuesday over a thrice-repeated water outage that has left an estimated 25,000 customers without water in Kanawha and Putnam counties since last week as the co...

Search to begin for new meal vendor for Kanawha seniors

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The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services is beginning the search for a new vendor for senior meals in Kanawha County.

Robert Roswell, the commissioner of the agency, told Kanawha County commissioners Thursday ni...

New water leak reported in Dunbar; residents could face a 36-hour outage

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Not more than a few days after a large water outage left 25,000 Kanawha and Putnam county customers without water, those same residents were faced with an outage again following a new water main break discovered Monday m...

Nitro police looking for Ridenour Park vandals

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Nitro police are looking for those responsible for vandalism at Ridenour Memorial Park.

Most of the damage happened at the park’s gazebo, where lights were torn off and 86 of the decorative posts were destro...

A fix, but more problems after Dunbar main break

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West Virginia American Water crews were able to repair a broken 36-inch water transmission main overnight, returning service to thousands of customers west of Charleston who had been

Water main break affects western Kanawha County and Putnam County (video)

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(On our app? See video here)

More than 25,000 customers in Kanawha and Putnam counties were without water Tuesday ...

New North Bend program offers guided adventure sports

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Want to kayak, but aren’t ready to drop $400 on a boat?

Want to backpack, but don’t have any gear?

Want to mountain bike, but don’t know how to begin?

North Bend State Park in Ritch...

Mural a splash of color on East End

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A local artist is brightening up an otherwise drab block in the East End, and you’re invited to help.

Located on the b...

Tour de Coal rescheduled for July

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After postponing the event last weekend due to the threat of severe weather, the annual Tour de Coal is back on and rescheduled for July 11.

The July event will be identical to the usual Tour de Coal, but simply wi...

Funding to end for Charleston-Huntington commuter bus

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Transit officials say money has not yet been found to renew commuter service

KRT prepares for fare, schedule changes

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KRT officials are preparing for next month’s change to a flat-fare system, a switch that is expected to make riding the bus simpler and ...

‘Lifelike’ marionettes to perform at Clay Center

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The Cashore Marionettes will arrive at the Clay Center on Saturday, but this is far from your elementary school’s puppet show.

Puppeteer Joe Cashore’s handmade marionettes are lifelike in movement wit...

Former school, business incubator up for auction

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Upper Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community building in Chelyan to sell into private sector

Hearing for Putnam Wal-Mart grocery store lasts hours

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Update: Four hours after the meeting began, the Putnam County Board of Zoning Appeals voted to table further deliberation and a decision on the special use permit for a future meeting. Board members said they wanted time...

Charleston reduces types of plastics accepted for city pickup

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Charleston makes limits after agency says it can’t find a buyer for items

Jones wants increase in street paving

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In his first speech of his newest term, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he would ask city council to inject $1.1 million from the city’s stabilization fund into street paving to take place this summer.

The...

Cost of city trash bags continues to rise

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The price is going up again for Charleston’s residential trash bag program.

Monday, city council entered into a $410,000 agreement with Waste Zero to provide and distribute the trash bags for the next fiscal...

Three-judge panel to hear petition to remove Jones

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Petitioners believe Charleston mayor should be removed from office

Charleston eyes future of downtown parking

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Officials mull best

use of revenue for downtown upgrades

For 2015, Multifest to move to downtown Charleston

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Festival celebrating cultural diversity relocates after 25 years at Capitol complex

New pharmacy in works for eastern Kanawha County

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A new pharmacy may be coming to the Witcher Creek area in eastern Kanawha County.

Thursday, Kanawha County Commissioners approved closing Eastbrook Lane and East 20th Street near Witcher Creek Road and U.S. 60, pen...

Canadian wildfires cloud skies over W.Va.

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If the sky looked a little yellow or hazy this week, you weren’t seeing things.

Blame Canada.

Six large wildfires burning in northern Alberta created a smoke plume that was carried south by the jet str...

Authority will acquire dilapidated apartment building by Arlington Court

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The abandoned apartment building adjacent to the Arlington Court row homes will come under control of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority after that agency’s board voted Wednesday to accept the donation of the s...

Kanawha town elections decided

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Several of Kanawha County’s smaller municipalities will have new mayors following town elections Tuesday night.

All results are unofficial until each town conducts the canvass of its vote, which is when resu...

Elections upcoming for Kanawha towns

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Six municipalities go to polls today

Capitol City Biker Bash begins this week

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Boulevard will be closed Wednesday through Saturday for Capitol City Bike Bash

Mullens wins re-election for South Charleston mayor

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Mayor Frank Mullens, a Republican, survived a challenge from former mayor Richie Robb, a Democrat, in South Charleston’s general election Saturday.

My first 100: Hitting the trail in W.Va.’s state parks

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I recently completed my first 100 miles hiking in West Virginia’s state parks and forests — a feat that took much longer than I expected.

Now that’s nothing compared to the multitude of experie...

Ground broken for Civic Center renovations

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Manager says project will be most significant in past decade in city

Offer made for city renewal group to buy vacant apartment building

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A vacant East End apartment building adjacent to Arlington Court could soon end up in the hands of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority.

Robert Johns, an attorney who is affiliated with the building’s owne...

Parkersburg mayor retires before hearing on removal petition

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Embattled Parkersburg official was to face public petition citing ‘adultery,’ ‘waste of public funds’

Charleston welcome sign being installed along Interstate 64

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Drivers on eastbound Interstate 64 may have recently noticed a bit of excavation on the hill above the highway after the Montrose Drive exit.

That site will soon be the home of a large new sign welcoming travelers ...

Pratt mayor indicted by federal grand jury

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Pratt Mayor Gary Fields has been arrested again, just days before the town’s election.

This time, Fields is facing a federal charge of distributing oxycodone.

According to information from the Kanawha ...

Pratt mayor indicted by federal grand jury

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Pratt Mayor Gary Fields has been arrested again, just days before the town’s election.

This time, Fields is facing a federal charge of distributing oxycodone.

According to information from the Kanawha ...

Jones has strong support among South Hills voters; Monroe was supported by West Side

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South Hills voters were the strongest supporters of Republican Mayor Danny Jones in the May 2015 city general election, while Paul Mon...

Charleston council approves $100M in bond financing for Civic Center renovations

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Charleston city council gave the green light Monday night for the first bit of work to renovate the Charleston Civic Center and also authorized $100 million in bond financing for the project.

Because of those two a...

W.Va. home rule board will accept new applicants in July

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia cities can begin submitting applications for home rule status after July 1, but there’s no set deadline for applications this go-round.

Earlier this year, the state Legislat...

Mayor’s salary should be on par with level of responsibility, councilman says

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If a salary increase is approved, Charleston’s mayor will remain the highest-paid mayor in the state and will be paid at a rate not unusual for full-time mayors in cities with populations much larger than Charlest...

Parks commission moves forward with Coonskin disc golf course

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A new disc golf course at Coonskin Park is on its way to becoming reality as long as funds can be raised for the course equipment.

Thursday, the Kanawha County Parks Commission authorized Steve Koepsel, a leader of...

Top-O-Rock competition rescheduled after shakeup at W.Va. State

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The design competition for the famed Top-O-Rock home in Charleston has been postponed and the original sponsor of the event, West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center, is no longer affiliated wi...

Debate continues over gun ban at Kanawha parks

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Kanawha County Commissioners and the president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League spent more than an hour Thursday night debating the legality and merit of a firearms ban at parks operated by the Kanawha County...

Historic East End row homes could get new life

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Vacant for years, a dilapidated line of historic East End row houses has a shot at new life.

Thursday, board members of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority voted after an executive session to give local develope...

Helicopter to spread ATV safety awareness

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HealthNet Aeromedical Services, the nonprofit that operates medical helicopters in the area, is joining with local hospitals and Hatfield & McCoy Trails system to bring the message of all-terrain vehicle safety to th...

Demolition of recycling center could make way for new beginning

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As the century-old building at the Slack Street recycling center is reduced to a pile of bricks, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is moving forward with its plans to restart a sustainable recycling program...

Newly re-elected Danny Jones could receive $20,000 raise under proposed bill

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Mayor Danny Jones would get a $20,000 pay raise under a bill introduced in city council Monday night.

As proposed, the salary for the mayor would rise from $100,000 annually to $120,000 annually and would take effe...

Soon to close, Kanawha River Plant employees share memories at farewell picnic

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Faster than anyone else in the group, Jeanne Sheets climbed the stairs at Appalachian Power’s Kanawha River Plant to reach the office she had for decades as an assistant to the plant manager.

It’s not...

Danny Jones wins historic fourth term as Charleston mayor

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Becky Ceperley and Karan Ireland earn council seats as new at-large candidates

Charleston city election set for Saturday

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Residents to determine fates of incumbent Danny Jones, city council ward leaders

Police say teens who broke into Top-O-Rock site have been identified

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Charleston police are working with the owners of Top-O-Rock on a case of teenage vandalism of the iconic structure.

Earlier this week, two groups of what appear to be teenagers were caught on security camera breaki...