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Christmas delays trash pickup 1 day


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


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


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


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

500 hours of leave time

Charleston fire captain chosen as state fire marshal


Official seeks to reduce number

of fatal fires in West Virginia

Council committee approves rezoning for T-Center


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.


Recycling center reduces types of plastic accepted


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

Protective order blocks Williams videos from being shown


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


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

Kanawha to dissolve economic agency


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


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

Charleston Council sees racially charged videos involving officer


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


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


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

4 candidates now in race for Charleston mayor


In primary, Josh Scott will face incumbent mayor Danny Jones

Charleston works to be bike-friendly


City searching for firm to develop

‘Trail Master Plan’

New app to offer East End discounts, information


Visitors to Charleston’s East End will soon be able to join a loyalty program catered to businesses in the neighborhood.

The program will be a smartphone-based application and will allow users to check into ...

New outdoor classroom planned in Charleston


Phase one of project ongoing; final steps to come if funding

is secured

Yeager Airport looks to generate energy from solar panels


Yeager Airport is in the sky business, and airport officials are hoping to get electricity from the heavens as well.

Wednesday, the airport’s board of directors moved forward with a proposal to place three a...

Mayor questions downtown hotel deal


Hilton says it would now like to build a Homewood Suites instead of Garden Inn at long-vacant site

Empty neighborhood center could become hub for artists


Committee seeks grant for artist-in-residence program at vacant South Hills center

Race, law enforcement focus of Charleston conference


Charleston officials open dialogue about relationship between officers, minorities

Six city council wards remain open


Though some positions on Charleston City Council have several candidates filed to run in the spring primary, others remain open.

As of Friday evening, 24 candidates had filed for seats on council, but six wards sti...

Clay Center appoints new leader


Performing violinist, ‘science geek’ to combine passions in new role

Rehab center moves forward


Commission approves rezoning of property for controversial facility to be built near school

State officials checking for evidence of invasive carp in Kanawha River


Environmental DNA from the invasive Asian carp has been found in the Kanawha River, state Division of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday.

Though the environmental DNA, or eDNA, could mean the fish have made...

Recycling drop off hours cut back amid cleanup


Public drop-off hours for the Slack Street recycling center in Charleston are reduced beginning this week.

The center will now be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be closed Saturdays and Su...

Newest WV senator will only be on the job a few weeks


West Virginia’s newest senator has had a lifelong love of government and politics, having been on her party’s county and state executive committees for years, worked under several governors in state governm...

Hearing set for rehab center zoning


A controversial drug rehabilitation center will get a hearing before the Charleston Municipal Planning Commission this week.

Known as the T-Center, the proposed facility would be located across Greenbrier Street fr...

Candidates start to file for Charleston election


Ten incumbent Charleston city council members filed to run for reelection on Monday, the first day of filing for the city’s primary race in March.

As of 4:45 p.m., West Side Republican Bill Kirk and West Sid...

Filing period for city election starts today


The filing period for Charleston’s citywide primary election begins today.

Candidates seeking a political party’s nod for office have until Dec. 12 to file at the city clerk’s office or mail el...

Kanawha County to assist with recycling center cleanup


Solid Waste Authority to receive $15,000 to help tidy the mess at Slack Street center

City sales taxes poised to become more common in W.Va.


Municipalities with taxes could triple

under proposals

Public Service Commission seeks firms for building repairs


The state Public Service Commission is seeking qualified firms to conduct repairs at its headquarters on Brooks and Quarrier streets.

The project, planned to be a final fix for the building’s failing facade,...

Kanawha Public Service asks for increase


Citing financial woes, Kanawha Public Service District has formally asked the state Public Service Commission for a 17.9 percent rate increase.

Should the increase be approved as requested, a 4,000 gallon bill woul...

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