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Demolition could jeopardize Beckley historic district

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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

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Grocery chain spending $4 million to remodel Kanawha City location

Montgomery residents discuss future of city

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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

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New building to be constructed on property

Victim named, suspects sought in fatal shooting

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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

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

Staats Hospital may gain new life after renovation

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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

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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

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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...

Embattled Charleston police officer to resign today

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Embattled police officer Lt. Shawn Williams has resigned effective today.

Williams, who has been on administrative leave since September, was scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing before the Charleston Police De...

Plans move ahead to tear down Solid Waste Authority building

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As the bulk of the cleanup at the Slack Street recycling winds down, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority still plans to tear down the century-old building on the property and build a new transfer building for recycl...

Future uncertain for WVU Tech campus in Montgomery

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West Virginia University’s president won’t say whether WVU’s Institute of Technology will remain in Montgomery as WVU moves forward with its offer to purchase the defunct Mountain State University ca...

West Side Main Street hopes for more positive change in 2015

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As West Side Main Street transitions into an affiliation with East End Main Street this year, organizers hope 2015 will bring more positive...

Kanawha Parks Commission developing long-range plan for parks

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The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission is trying to come up with a multi-year plan for maintenance and upkeep projects in Coonskin Park.

At Thursday’s parks commission meeting, board member Stuar...

Snow awaits at state ski resorts

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Officials hope locals, visitors take advantage of West Virginia’s winter activities

New construction planned for part of East End dog park

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New planned construction in the commercial corridor of Charleston’s East End will add new retail and residential or office space, but part of the East End Dog Park will need to be closed to make way for the new bu...

Repairs identified for 2nd Avenue Community Center

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Major upgrades could finally be coming to the 2nd Avenue Community Center on Charleston’s West Side.

At Wednesday’s Charleston Urban Renewal Authority meeting, representatives of ZMM Architects presen...

W.Va. mayors hopeful with Republican Legislature

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Danny Jones said he was worried group would be ‘anti-urban’

Motive released in Cross Lanes killing; 3 charged with murder

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Police say suspects knew victim from

childhood, attempted to rob him of winnings

Filing for elections in several Kanawha municipalities starts today

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Filing for elections in at least four Kanawha County municipalities begins today.

Residents in Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow and South Charleston can begin filing for elected offices today.

In addition, Cedar...

Coal River Group looks to future after its first decade

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Coal River Group looks to future after first decade revitalizing watershed area

One year later: Kanawha County, Charleston reflect on Freedom leak

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Kanawha to map

possible contamination sites along river to increase available data

Turnpike tolls, drugs and infrastructure on commission’s 2015 legislative agenda

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Removing tolls from the West Virginia Turnpike, fixing the state’s obsolete and deficient bridges and addressing methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse are among the Kanawha County Commission’s nine pr...

East End Historic District expansion approved

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Much of the East End is now officially “historic” after the National Park Service approved a boundary expansion for the East End Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Part of ...

T-Center zoning gets final approval

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Rezoning for a proposed drug treatment center in Charleston — known as the T-Center — passed city council Monday night with one member voting against the measure.

The change, which reclassifies a more...

Hearing scheduled Jan. 14 in lawsuit against South Charleston

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A hearing is scheduled next week concerning a civil lawsuit in which South Charleston’s former mayor is suing the current mayor over access to city financial records.

Former South Charleston mayor Richie Rob...

Urban hunts maintain popularity though deer kills remain stagnant

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Year first for Dunbar; permit numbers for three cities rose to 150, up from 139 in 2013

Quarrier Street hotel proposal meets development agreement deadline

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A new hotel project set for a historic hotel site in downtown Charleston still is a go after the developer met the deadline set by the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority.

Authority Director Jim Edwards said Friday ...

Charleston Courtyard by Marriott to open this month

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The new Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Charleston is expected to be open for business within the next couple weeks, the hotel’s developer said Wednesday.

Located at 100 Kanawha Blvd. E., the hotel w...

South Charleston readies for election

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Election season is gearing up for Kanawha County’s second-largest city.

In a little over a week, residents in South Charleston will be eligible to file to run in the city election later this year.

Fili...

South Charleston prepares for elections

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Election season is gearing up for Kanawha County’s second-largest city.

In a little over a week, residents in South Charleston will be eligible to file to run in the city election later this year.

Fili...

New Year’s Eve parties, ‘First Day Hikes’ set for W.Va. state parks

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Festivities include New Year’s Eve parties, ‘First Day Hikes’

Kanawha City developments nearing completion

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Two new commercial spaces in Kanawha City are scheduled to be complete in the next few months, increasing the amount of space available on the neighborhood’s MacCorkle Avenue corridor.

The first building sch...

Charleston wants residents to complete housing survey

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Charleston residents will have a say in where some housing-related grant funds are directed over the next five years.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development is asking city residents to take...

Christmas delays trash pickup 1 day

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It’s no secret that the amount of trash Americans chuck to the curb increases exponentially during the Christmas season.

In Charleston, Public Works Director Gary Taylor said the city is prepared every year ...

City ready for extra holiday trash

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It’s no secret that the amount of trash Americans chuck to the curb increases exponentially during the holiday season.

In Charleston, Public Works Director Gary Taylor said the city is prepared every year fo...

Goodwill’s West Side ‘Prosperity Center’ to be complete in March

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Old rail yard on Virginia Street West revamped into ‘Prosperity Center’

Departing Kanawha prosecutor’s office employees to get hefty sum for unused vacation hours

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As new prosecutor takes office, workers set to cash in about

500 hours of leave time

Charleston fire captain chosen as state fire marshal

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Official seeks to reduce number

of fatal fires in West Virginia

Council committee approves rezoning for T-Center

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Rezoning for a proposed drug treatment center in Charleston unanimously passed city council’s Planning Committee Monday night, leaving just a vote by the full council before the rezoning becomes official.

Th...

Recycling center reduces types of plastic accepted

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Residents will only be permitted to recycle plastics Nos. 1 and 2 at Slack Street

Protective order blocks Williams videos from being shown

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Racially charged videos involving a Charleston police officer and his daughter are now prohibited from being disclosed or disseminated to the public, according to a protective order issued Friday.

The order, signed...

Land Trust wants to improve South Hills nature preserve

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Land trust asks Parks Commission to allow updates at 52-acre property

Kanawha to dissolve economic agency

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Kanawha County commissioners plan to dissolve an economic development agency it helped create in Eastern Kanawha County.

For the last several years, the commission has financially supported the Upper Kanawha Valley...

Commission wants to help keep recycling alive in Kanawha County

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Commission hopes to keep public service going, does not know exactly how to do so

Charleston Council sees racially charged videos involving officer

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Charleston City Council members got to see controversial videos involving a suspended city police officer at a meeting Monday.

Council members watched the racially charged videos produced by Lt. Shawn Williams dur...

Kanawha Parks Commission to consider name change for Coonskin Park

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A proposal to change the name of a popular Kanawha County park has drawn outcry from the public.

Thursday’s Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission agenda lists “discussion on changing the name...

Safety conditions at Charleston recycling center haven’t changed

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Recycling center issues remain after two years, concern for those removing materials

4 candidates now in race for Charleston mayor

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In primary, Josh Scott will face incumbent mayor Danny Jones

Charleston works to be bike-friendly

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City searching for firm to develop

‘Trail Master Plan’