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Former prosecutor, national gun group, Berkeley delegate among mayoral candidate Scott’s biggest donors


Former Republican mayoral candidate Josh Scott submitted his pre-primary campaign finance report today – exactly two months after that form was due.

Scott’s submission leaves only one Charleston prima...

Opposition to Wal-Mart market in Putnam continues


A number of Putnam County residents remain fired up about a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market proposed for the Teays Valley area.

Thursday evening, Wal-Mart representatives held a public open house in council chambers ...

Misunderstanding may have affected outcome of tight S.C. council race


A possible misunderstanding may have affected the outcome of a ward race in South Charleston’s primary, a representative of the city’s Democratic Executive Committee said.

During the primary election ...

Smoking, vaping could be banned at Charleston parks


Smoking tobacco and using electronic cigarettes could be banned in all facilities operated by the Charleston’s Parks Department.

The proposal to create such a ban, still in draft form, was discussed during a...

Meeting scheduled in Elkview for Blue Creek Bridge replacement


A public open house is scheduled Monday for residents to voice opinions about the West Virginia Division of Highways’ plan to replace the 90-year-old Blue Creek Bridge in Elkview.

While construction isn ...

Solid Waste Authority close to termination agreement with former tenant


Authority close to terminating lease with former Slack Street tenant

Kanawha not feeling the punch of declining coal severance tax


Declining coal

severance tax does not affect county as much as others

Counties, cities set property tax rates for 2015-16


Residents in Kanawha and Putnam counties won’t see property tax rate increases next year from their respective counties after each county’s commission voted to keep tax rates the same on Tuesday.


Design team picked for Civic Center renovations


A team consisting of BBL Carlton, ZMM Architects and national firm tvsdesign is the winning design team for the Charleston Civic Center renovations, city council learned Monday.

The team was one of three finalists ...

Cause of Hughes Creek blowout threat still undetermined


Hughes Creek residents evacuated in March because of mine threat

40 Charleston streets scheduled for new asphalt this season


Parts of 40 streets throughout Charleston are set to get a fresh coat of asphalt this season as part of the city’s annual street paving program.

Most of the city’s efforts this year will be focused on...

Coonskin Park aims for disc golf


Proposal would follow trails behind Coonskin; would be fifth in the Kanawha Valley

South Charleston primary election set for Saturday


Three of South Charleston’s eight council seats will be decided this Saturday in the city’s primary election.

Residents in wards 1, 2 and 3 only have candidates from one party on the ballot, meaning t...

Summers Street building redevelopment moving forward


A downtown building the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority purchased last August is close to the next step in redevelopment.


Settlement reached in landfill MCHM case


Agreement ends lawsuit filed last year against landfill that accepted Freedom spill chemicals

Some Putnam residents concerned about traffic from proposed Walmart grocery store


A group of Putnam County residents is concerned the development of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Teays Valley will upend the “residential appeal” of their community.

More than 35 people gathered at...

County to join in airport slide-related legal actions


Making good on a promise made last month, the Kanawha County Commission will join in on any legal action Yeager Airport takes against insurance companies that so far have not been responsive to claims over the airport hi...

After being threatened with lawsuit, Romney fire department silences siren


Citizen threatened to sue over night whistle; no alarm could cause damage

East End woman accused of killing roommate pleads not guilty


The woman accused of stabbing her roommate to death on Charleston’s East End last fall over living arrangements, spilled alcohol and a crackpipe pleaded not guilty to the crime at a hearing Thursday morning.

Yeager Airport officials ‘frustrated’ by progress of insurance companies


As the investigation into the cause of the Yeager Airport landslide continues, airport officials are frustrated that the various insurance companies involved are not moving faster in addressing issues of property owners ...

Alderson’s new grocery store offers fresh, local produce


ALDERSON — The drought is over for this food desert in eastern West Virginia.

After months of planning, building and fundraising, a nonprofit group in Alderson opened the town’s new grocery store la...

Civic leaders planning for Top-O-Rock's future


It's been almost a year since the iconic Top-O-Rock home in Kanawha City was threatened with the wrecking ball, but while a public effort t...

Charleston’s inaugural craft beer festival set for Saturday


If you haven’t already heard from excited local beer connoisseurs or West Virginia Power fans, Charleston’s first craft beer festival is set for Saturday.

BrewFest CharlieWest will combine the capital...

Streetscape upgrades in the works for MacCorkle Avenue


Charleston City Council took the first step toward improving the MacCorkle Avenue corridor in Kanawha City, voting to begin design services for a portion of the thoroughfare Monday night.

Council entered into a $53...

Charleston wins grant for Magic Island splash pad


Charleston has been awarded a $150,000 grant to go toward a splash pad at Magic Island.

Tonight, city council will vote on — and most likely pass — a resolution accepting the grant from the National R...

Civic Center design may be selected by May


Selection committee to meet with three design teams, review submissions

Jones’ election war chest dwarfs Monroe’s in mayor race


Incumbent reports having $35,546; Democrat Paul Monroe has $240 in the bank

Montgomery water plant to close by the end of the year


Water for Smithers, Montgomery soon to be served by Elk

Charleston election candidates facing fines over missing forms


The Charleston City Clerk’s office is warning city election candidates of potentially expensive fines and criminal penalties if campaign finance forms aren’t turned in soon.

As of Tuesday, 19 candidat...

Former Charleston mayoral candidate files election complaint


Former mayoral candidate Janet “JT” Thompson is contesting Charleston’s March 7 primary election, claiming the city and Kanawha County clerks’ offices violated election law.

Thompson, a ...

Landslide causing financial issues for Yeager Airport


Yeager refinances bond debt to help pay for expenses following March 12 catastrophe

Freedom may enter DEP remediation program


Freedom Industries may not be able to afford remediation on Barlow Drive

Marmet budget on hold after discrepancies found


Mayor Bill Pauley quickly recessed a budget-focused city council meeting Tuesday because of discrepancies revealed by a state auditor.

City Councilman Bill Tardy told a Daily Mail reporter the special session of ci...

Kanawha Solid Waste Authority mulls buying equipment from Monongalia County


Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority officials are hoping to snag some equipment left after the recent troubles of the Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority.

Earlier this year, the Monongalia County authority cea...

Eight Charleston primary candidates still missing financial forms


Final campaign statement due today, many still haven’t filed

Growing garden gains gear


“High tunnel” allows growing to begin one month earlier, last one month later than usual

Charleston-Huntington bus service losing funding

- Funding will run out this year for the bus service between Charleston and Huntington, but transit officials are hoping to fund a way to keep that service operational.

Commission pressuring insurance companies to help airport slide victims


County commission

pushing insurance agencies to aid displaced residents

Bus service could move to ‘flat fare’ system


KRT riders would pay $1.50 for each trip, regardless of distance

Consultant says Kanawha Valley wins at luring sports events — but could do better


Consultant said Kanawha Valley doing well at drawing events, needs more venues

East End group approves merger with West Side counterpart


The administrative merger of East End Main Street and West Side Main Street into a combined “Charleston Main Streets” is all but certain after East End Main Street’s board of directors approved the m...

City residents, organizations honored at annual Alliance awards


The Clay Center’s outgoing president, the city manager for Charleston and new lofts overlooking Appalachian Power Park were among the 14 recipients of the Charleston Area Alliance’s “We Love Our Comm...

Consultants begin analysis of Charleston’s bicycling atmosphere


Public open house scheduled today

Kanawha Solid Waste Authority approves contractor for Slack Street demolition


Tear down will be complete this spring

Design revealed for Slack Plaza


After years of plans and concepts, Charleston officials say they have a final design in place for a renovated Slack Plaza and Brawley Walkway.

A tan, brick walkway will stretch from the front doors of the Charlest...

Count craft beer, baseball history among 2015 Power promotions


From pint glasses to a New River Gorge Bridge replica to a Charleston Wheelers T-shirt, baseball fans will have plenty of one-of-a-kind promotions to choose from this year as the West Virginia Power begins its 11th seaso...

Legislature provides financial bump for East End businesses


Neighborhood gets small financial bump as officials, citizens patronize businesses

CURA to determine fate of West Side building


Authority also signed development deal for extended-stay hotel

Dental office planned for part of dog park property


By this time next year, Dr. Ashley Patnoe hopes her patients — and their parents — will be able to make their appointments in a brand-new building on Washington Street East.

Patnoe, who operates Charl...

Low turnout means provisional ballots could change ward race


Only two votes split candidates Slater, Jones in city’s Ward 1