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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...

Charleston City Council approves funds for new Power Park field


Funding for Power Park project comes from unforeseen tax revenue in June

Dunbar, Nitro and South Charleston make the WV home rule cut


Dunbar, Nitro, S.C. among those approved; cities must schedule hearings for ordinances

Home rule board OKs Charleston’s proposed city sales tax


Charleston’s proposed half-cent sales tax will go back before city council for final approval after the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board gave the green light for the tax Monday morning.

The city is pr...

St. Albans city revenues spike during winter water crisis


St. Albans one of few areas unaffected by

‘do not use’ order

St. Albans councilman misses dozens of meetings


Mayor says no one has pushed for member to vacate

New water line project in works


Funds in place for

design, engineering phase; line affects parts of Alum Creek, Olcott

With power plant closure, Glasgow tax revenue to drop


In 1953, Glasgow was rich — really rich.

The Kanawha River town’s 900 residents were driving on newly paved streets and walking on brand-new sidewalks, all in the shadow of a new coal-fired power plan...

Candidate talks emergency preparedness, economy


n Editor’s note: Third-party candidate for Kanawha County Commission Diana Strickland was inadvertently left out of

Commission approves coal runoff plan for Slaughters Creek


The Kanawha County Commission gave preliminary approval Thursday to an ordinance change that will allow Patriot Coal to divert treated coal runoff from being deposited in Slaughters Creek to the Kanawha River.

The ...

Hearing tonight for coal runoff project


A public hearing is scheduled tonight on a proposed project to divert treated coal runoff from being deposited in Slaughter Creek to the Kanawha River.

The hearing will be during the Kanawha County Commissionȁ...

East End, West Side Main Street groups intend to merge


Boards members for East End Main Street and West Side Main Street voted Wednesday to merge

FestivALL Fall to feature Shakespeare group; seasonal events


Other events include Carriage Trail Leaf Walk, pumpkin-carving, ballet performance

Lofts at park almost finished


ParkView Lofts overlook Appalachian Power Park

Parks commission tables decision on director’s fate


Another committee will make decision by meeting on Oct. 16

Ribbon-cutting held for Edible Arrangements in South Charleston


Four couples who met through Generation Charleston celebrated their business venture Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Edible Arrangements in South Charleston.

The couples bought the existing franchise ...

Commission candidates talk Plants, logging debacle


Kanawha hopefuls favor low levy rates, support library levy

Charleston has lofty goals


Downtown features

variety of housing

options on display

at tonight’s Loft Walk

Charleston City Council advances sales tax increase proposal


Measure sent to Home Rule Board for approval

Project aims for Corridor G growth


South Charleston plans to extend sewer service to county line

Kanawha County worker wellness program paying off


Wellness initiative led to many Kanawha workers losing weight

Commission to bail out district


New dispatch

system to get funds; four ambulances receive approval

Charleston Area Alliance proceeds with program for downtown


12p9 wide

Group hires downtown project coordinator, plans to create district for businesses, residents

City officials pleased with renewed baseball affiliation as I-79 becomes “Pittsburgh Pirate corridor”


New field played part in Pittsburgh Pirates’ decision to stay in city

New home rule cities to be revealed Oct. 6


55p3 wide


Board will reveal which municipalities accepted on Oct. 6

New Kanawha County website goes live


The new Kanawha County website went live Friday, and while there is still work to be done, the county’s information technology director said the website is an improvement over the ...

‘Gauley Season’ begins this week


n Editor’s note: Reporter Matt Murphy accompanied Division of Tourism officials for a short trip on the New River as part of the the department’s “Go Outside and Play” campaign to publicize th...

Charleston police to buy robot


The newest addition to the Charleston police force will have a serial number instead of a badge number.

City council members unanimously approved the purchase of a more-than $35,000 robot Tuesday night.

The r...

Parks board to decide fate of director


Members express lack of confidence in leader following logging trial

United Mine Workers union endorses Tennant


Candidate spoke during rally on mine safety, social security

Parcels in Kanawha County paying taxes outside county, commission learns


Some Kanawha houses are paying taxes to Lincoln

Fewer pickup places for Charleston trashbag distribution


The next round of Charleston’s semi-annual trash bag distribution begins in just a few weeks, but only three stores have agreed to serve as pick-up points for those bags.

Shannon Milroy, purchasing director ...

Once available for free online, public documents will soon come with charge


Secretary of state will charge $5 to $10 for business license filings