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Putnam County seeks funds to prevent wave pool losses

WINFIELD — Putnam County officials took the first steps Tuesday morning to save thousands of dollars lost annually to cover temporary repairs at Hurricane’s Valley Park wave pool.

The Putnam County...

Hurricane man admits stealing dead mother’s Social Security

A Hurricane man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to stealing Social Security benefits meant for his mother, who had died.

Vallas Paul Bell, 31, pleaded guilty to fraudulently taking almost $25,000 in Social Security benefits to which...

Putnam students can take robotics classes

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County students are now able to earn credit for what some of them were doing already — building highly sophisticated robots from scratch.

On Tuesday night, the Putnam County Board of Education approved the...

South Charleston man receives $35K in crash suit

WINFIELD — A South Charleston man has received a settlement worth $35,000 over a crash involving Putnam County emergency personnel in August 2011.

Hollis B. Horton filed a civil lawsuit on June 25, 2013, ...

Putnam sheriff seeks information in copper thefts
Putnam sheriff seeks information in copper thefts

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help in identifying suspects in a copper theft ring that may be operating in Nitro.

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said that Taggart Global Electrical in Nitro has...

Hurricane voters to decide tax levy

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Hurricane voters must decide if they want to keep a tax that funds two police officers, two street department workers and the city’s two paid firefighters.

Since 1947, city voters have upheld an excess levy tax....

Buffalo officials want trash cleaned from woman’s property

BUFFALO – The Putnam County town of Buffalo wants a woman to clean up the “noxious and odorous garbage” surrounding her property, according to a public nuisance lawsuit, filed on Dec. 19.

Ruth Criner of Hurricane owns the...

Drug use in Putnam County targeted

HURRICANE, W.Va. — In 2013, about 24.4 percent of Putnam County 11th graders reported they drank alcohol in the last 30 days, according to a student survey.

About 14.6 percent reported they had used...

Robbery suspect arrested with gun, drugs
Robbery suspect arrested with gun, drugs

POCA — An early morning trailer park robbery on Christmas Day in Poca ended with one man facing decades in prison. Police say they are also looking for another unnamed man from Poca who may be involved in the...

Study commissioned to grow Putnam tourism

HURRICANE, W.Va. – Overshadowed by the urbanity of Huntington and Charleston, Putnam County doesn’t quite have renown for a booming tourism industry.

The Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau is trying to find ways to shuck...

Flags to be lowered in honor of Putnam judge

Flags at the state Capitol Complex and in Putnam County will be lowered today in honor of a longtime Putnam County judge who died last week.

O.C. “Hobby” Spaulding was a circuit judge from 1992 to 2011, and served as a county...

Putnam gives tax break for FLSmidth to create 65 jobs

WINFIELD — An international manufacturing business will stay in Putnam County for the long haul, following a new tax deal.

The Putnam County Commission has unanimously approved a tax break worth more...

Nine counties get school building money; Kanawha, Putnam among those left out

The state School Building Authority approved roughly $5.6 million in funding for building projects in nine counties Monday out of a total of about 20 that...

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