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Water intakes back on after diesel spill fouls Lewisburg water source


LEWISBURG — Unlike a lot of people in downtown Lewisburg, Aggie Spence was open for business on Monday. But as of Monday afternoon, she said, she hadn’t had a single...

Charleston design firm to change locations


MESH Design and Development is moving from West Washington Street, but it will stay on Charleston’s West Side.

Co-founder Megan Bullock purchased the former Charleston Trophy and Engraving building in Januar...

W.Va. school gets out-of-state criticism for lesson on Islam


A Wyoming County school received angry phone calls after photos surfaced of posters from a multicultural lesson on the Middle East and Islam, but the criticism wasn’t from parents.

Westside High School Princ...

East End business wants to develop part of dog park


A business in Charleston’s East End wants to relocate to a parcel that includes part of the neighborhood’s dog park, said Charleston Urban Renewal Authority Director Jim Edwards.

The CURA board voted ...

Task forces to address Charleston alcohol sales ordinances


A task forces wants to address Charleston’s problematic bars.

“When we’ve had community meetings there on the West Side, these bars have been the subject of the discussion there,” said C...

Cop accused in racial video case resigns from force


A Charleston police officer who was suspended for allegedly making racially insensitive videos submitted his resignation on Tuesday.

Lt. Shawn Williams was placed on administrative leave in September pending an int...

Bill to add seats to urban renewal authority heads to committee


A bill that would create seats for two Charleston City Council members on the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority could soon be on its way to the state’s Municipal Home Rule Board.

Russ Young spoke in favor o...

Students compete in essay, oratorical contest


Myeshia Barrett, 13, said her grandmother’s life was very interesting.

“I asked her had she ever went to jail before, and she said yes. And usually grandmas don’t go to jail,” Myeshia sa...

Main Street shares 2014 successes, plans for 2015


West Side Main Street saw many accomplishments in 2014, which were presented on Thursday night at its annual meeting.

The economic development organization for the neighborhood’s business district fundraised...

Developer proposes lease of Holley site for hotel


KM Hotels would rather lease the property that’s the former site of the Holley Hotel than purchase it, Jack Cavender, chairman of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board, said Wednesday.


Boulevard building to serve home, work


Another mixed-use space is coming to downtown Charleston.

Frank Baer III, CEO of Commercial Insurance Services, said he wanted to join the handful of developers who are buying up empty warehouses and office buildin...

CURA to consider hotel development agreement


A developer and the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority can take the next steps in negotiating a deal to build a new hotel in downtown Charleston.

Richmond, Virginia-based KM Hotels, which wants to build a hotel on ...

East End historic district expanded


The East End Historic District has been expanded to include 120 additional acres.

Charleston planner Lori Brannon announced at Wednesday’s monthly Municipal Planning Commission meeting that the new part of t...

West Side cop-resident program gets first buyers


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The two Charleston police officers heading up a new community policing initiative have contracted to buy residences on the West Side.

Cpl. Errol Randle and Detective Eddie Whitehead organ...

Council approves T Center rezoning


Plans for the T Center, a residential drug rehabilitation facility, can move forward following a vote by Charleston City Council that will allow the parcel where it will sit to be rezoned as a professional medical campus...

City Council to vote on rehab center near Capital High


Charleston City Council will vote tonight on whether to approve a rezoning request at the site of a residential drug rehabilitation facility.

The facility, known as the T-Center will sit on a 44-acre plot of land t...

Charleston homeless’ Tent City numbers dwindle


Along the Elk River sits a small community made of tents and tarps.

Many of Charleston’s homeless congregate here, on the riverban...

Traffic light timing to improve, city says


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials are hoping to get the kinks worked out of Charleston’s traffic signals by the end of next month, city traffic engineer Allen Copley said.

The city has been getting compla...

Homeowners: Top-O-Rock damages devastating


Mitchell and Kamilla Rashid were out of town over Easter weekend for their son’s birthday when they heard the news: Top-O-Rock had been broken into and vandalized.

“Kamilla and I were devastated by th...

Family in need finds home for holidays


Shouting, laughter and the sound of children running throughout the East End fixer-upper was background music for the display of generosity the Paynes have experienced over the last five or so weeks.

On Christmas D...

Charleston commission considering Vanderwilt memorial


Former city councilwoman and Beautification Commission chairwoman Mary Jane Vanderwilt left a lasting impression on Charleston.

And the commission hopes it can honor her legacy with a memorial somewhere in the city...

Downtown hotel plan lacks franchise agreement


A franchise agreement between a developer and the Hilton brand still hasn’t been solidified, said Charleston Urban Renewal Authority Director Jim Edwards.

CURA expected on Dec. 19 to see a franchise agreemen...

PSC rules water company must provide more information about leak response


West Virginia American Water withheld too much information from the public when it turned over documents to the state Public Service Commission as part of an investigation into the water company’s response to the ...

Judge bars release of racially charged videos


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At the request of Charleston officials, a Kanawha County judge has issued an order saying that the city shouldn’t release a video that got a city police officer suspended.

City At...

Dixon pleads not guilty to killing informant


A Charleston man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to murder charges in the killing of a police informant — a crime that could get him executed by the federal government.

Marlon Dewayne “Ice” Dixo...

Alleged Rand shooter arrested; victim may not survive


A man was arrested for shooting another man in the head in Rand on Wednesday morning.

Leonard Dewayne Thomas, 44, was arrested for malicious wounding, said Kanawha County Sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Humphreys. The ...

West Side man killed in morning shooting


A West Side man was shot and killed in front of his residence Wednesday morning.

Winston Thomas, 47, was shot multiple times in front of his home on Hunt Avenue and died on his porch, Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of det...

Jones to show council videos that got officer suspended


Tonight, Charleston City Council members will see the videos that got a Charleston police officer suspended, Mayor Danny Jones said.

But members of the public won’t see the videos, which were allegedly taken...

Councilwoman: watching videos ‘exploits’ girl


Charleston Councilwoman Shannon Snodgrass (D-Ward 12) and Councilman Mike Nichols (D-Ward 5) chose not to stay in the room to view videos that got a police lieutenant suspended.

During an executive session of the ...

Top-O-Rock inspires oral history, design project


Although Charleston’s once beloved glass house on the hill has had its windows shuttered with sheets of plywood, some still see potential in Top-O-Rock.

Sarah Halstead, of the West Virginia State University ...

Sculptor believes statue brings comfort in times of death


When Bob Roach made his nearly 1,000-pound stainless steel Jesus statue 20 years ago, he meant for it to sit by his parents’ graves in a New Haven cemetery.

But fear of vandalism kept the statue in his garag...

Jones gets a challenger as Charleston’s municipal lineups gel


Republican Josh Scott has filed to run against Mayor Danny Jones in the upcoming Charleston election, according to the City Clerk’s Office. Scott, 33, first announced his intention to run in O...

With one day left to file, Jones only candidate in mayor race


With one day remaining for most candidates to file for Charleston’s city election, one person had officially filed to run for mayor — three-term incumbent Danny Jones.

Mayor blasts CURA over downtown hotel plan


Mayor Danny Jones delivered a public scolding Wednesday to the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board over its decision to allow a hotel to be built on Quarrier Street, in the capital’s down...

Shop hopes used books make for ‘beloved resource’


It started with a back room that had only a cat and a mountain of cardboard inside.

With a little vision and some elbow grease, Taylor Books has changed that ignored spaced into a used book room.

Joe Solomon,...

Closed Vandalia center could become resident artist space


The former Vandalia Community Center could host a visiting artist if Charleston is awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Committee Chairwoman Susie Salisbury suggested using the building as the ...

Clergy, cops gather to talk race and community


Ferguson, Missouri, where protests and riots have followed the shooting of Michael Brown, a black male, by white police officer Darren Wilson, has left religious leaders in the Kanawha Valley and beyond wondering how to ...

CURA leaders surprised by board expansion proposal


When Mayor Danny Jones proposed adding two members to the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority’s board -- and filling those seats with City Council members -- it came as a surprise to CURA officials.


Newcomers file for council seats in Charleston race


More candidates have stepped up to put their names into a hat full of incumbent City Council members running in Charleston’s 2015 municipal election.

Democrats Becky Ceperley and Karan Ireland filed Thursday...

Drug-rehab center near Capital High moving forward


A residential substance-abuse rehab facility could have its home in Charleston because of the Municipal Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of a rezoning request on Wednesday.

A 44-acre piece of land th...

Review: Bonamassa brings cool to Clay



Blues performer Joe Bonamassa blasted off at the Clay Center Tuesday night to a mostly full concert hall.

The floor and first balcony were filled, while fans were scattered along the walls in box seats ...

Planning Commission to hear T Center request


The T-Center project is progressing, said Scott Miller, chairman of the board for the residential drug rehabilitation center to be built across Route 114 from Capital High School.

The city Planning Commission will ...

Mayor wants council reps on CURA board


A bill introduced at Charleston City Council’s meeting Monday night would create two additional positions specifically for council members on the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board of commissioners.


Kanawha GOP chairman seeks challengers for Jones


Fred Joseph, chairman of the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee, said he’s actively recruiting candidates to run against Jones, who announced last month that he would run for a fourth term as Charleston...

Council members drawn together by redistricting


Six of Charleston’s City Council ward representatives would have to compete against an incumbent in this spring’s general election, if they choose to run again.

In June, City Council agreed to redistr...