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Orchard being planted on West Side


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In about three years, Charleston will see the fruits of labor from its newly planted “food forest,” or urban orchard, on the West Side.

Rico Montenegro, an arborist with the...

Tax proposal sent to home rule board


Beth Pugh, of Pugh Furniture Warehouse Showroom, said she worries Charleston’s proposed sales tax hike could be “the nail in the coffin” for local businesses.

Beth Pugh, along with Steve Pugh a...

City wants more recycling done, but lacks data


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A City Council committee wants to increase participation in the city’s recycling program, but Charleston has done no formal surveys of neighborhoods to figure out how many people are put...

Alliance taking inventory of downtown businesses, parking


Imagine Charleston’s downtown task forces are putting together an inventory of businesses and properties in downtown Charleston, said Susie Salisbury, Charleston Area Alliance vice president of community developme...

Candidates talk children’s issues at forum


All four West Virginia candidates vying for federal office who attended a Charleston forum Tuesday night say they support the continued funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The federal program...

Sales tax public hearing to be held next week


People will get a chance to express their opinions next week on Charleston’s pending sales tax increase.

City Council’s finance committee passed during its Sept. 2 meeting a bill that would bring Char...

State facing senior housing needs


West Virginia, like much of the rest of the nation, is on the brink of an elder housing crisis. With an ever aging population -- 20 percent of whom are expected to be over the age of 65 by 2025, according to Keren Wilson...

Charleston council passes delayed-demolition bill


More of Charleston’s historic buildings could be spared from demolition after the City Council passed Tuesday evening a delayed-demolition ordinance.

The bill originated with the Strong Neighborhoods Task Fo...

Local artist hopes project builds community


The idea started with two bottles. One filled with Gatorade, the other filled with water.

“The lightbulb went off,” artist Wes Eary said, after he put the water bottle through a chain link fence outsi...

Recycling subcommittee formed on City Council


A subcommittee of Charleston City Council’s environment and recycling committee was formed Thursday evening in order to address a lack of recycling participation in public housing and schools, among others.


Mayor says ‘time to move on’ in case involving justice’s son


Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said Thursday that “it’s time to move on” from a case in which the son of a state Supreme Court justice was accused of beating up his sister and leaving her in a ditch, a...

Charleston mayor says special prosecutor could look at Gardner case


Charleston Mayor Danny Jones called for a second look at malicious wounding charges dropped last week by the Kanawha County prosecutor’s office against the son of a state Supreme Court justice.

“It ju...

Charleston hoteliers question need for more lodging


Hotel operators aren’t so sure the Charleston-area market can sustain another inn.

Georgette Rashid George, who owns three hotels, said Charleston’s market has been “soft” for more than ...

Planning committee passes demolition bill


A proposed stay of demolition ordinance for historically designated structures in Charleston is on the way to City Council. Council’s planning committee passed the bill Monday evening.

The bill, first introd...

Littlepage tenants get wait list priority


Littlepage Terrace residents will get preference when applying for tax credit properties, should they end up on a wait list. The Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority board approved the resolution Monday during its monthl...

City leaders outline West Side investments


While some community organizers have publicly criticized the city of Charleston’s involvement, or lack thereof, on its West Side, city officials say they have been invested in the neighborhood.

Earlier this ...

Committee approves sales tax, public hearing to be held


Charleston City Council will hold a public hearing about a proposed bill to increase the city’s sales tax to 1 percent during its Sept. 2 meeting. Members of the Finance Committee approved the bill Monday during t...

Councilman wants to amend sales tax bill


One Charleston city councilman warns that revenue from a proposed increased sales tax could be used for projects other than funding the city’s unfunded police and fire pension plans. However, City Manager David Mo...

700 runners to get Dirty Girl refunds


It’s official: All registrants who signed up for last month’s canceled Dirty Girl Mud Run should be getting refunds.

The state’s Attorney General’s office entered into

CURA hopes to rehab Quarrier Street building


A brick-and-shingle house turned apartment complex sits empty on Quarrier Street with busted windows and plywood doors, but the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority hopes it can be rehabilitated eventually.


City to propose sales tax ordinance to state board


Members of Charleston’s City Council will have only one opportunity to make amendments to a proposed sales tax bill before it is considered by the state’s Municipal Home Rule Board.

In an email to cit...

“Light at the end of the tunnel” for some city pension woes


There is “a light at the end of the tunnel” for cities that chose to close their former firefighter and police officer pension plans, said Municipal Pension Oversight Board director Blair Taylor. In doing s...

Planning commission passes demolition bill


The Municipal Planning Commission unanimously approved Wednesday a bill that would allow demolition to be delayed for properties in Charleston with a historic designation. The bill, which originated with the Strong Neigh...

Mayor proposes increased sales tax


Though Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said in May there would be no additional tax or sales tax increase in his current term, Jones proposed Monday night the city double its half-cent sales tax.

Jones was asked durin...

Committee passes race fee bill


Race organizers soon may have to pay fees to the city of Charleston, after its Parks and Recreation committee passed Monday a bill outlining rules to do so.

Several racing groups and charity organizations contested...

CURA confident new hotel would be ‘upscale’


Although a developer’s past projects lean toward suburban budget hotels, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority is confident that’s not part of the plan for the former site of the Holley Hotel on Quarrier S...

WVU to study West Side community data


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia University School of Public Health has begun to examine research collected and work completed by community groups on Charleston’s West Side.

“What weȁ...

October opening eyed for hotel on Boulevard


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Rough winter weather delayed completion of Charleston’s newest hotel, but the Courtyard by Marriott should be ready to open in October, said developer Charlie Wendell.

“We j...

Charleston’s angered Dirty Girl registrants will get refunds, W.Va. A.G. says


Refunds will be issued to registrants of Charleston’s Dirty Girl Mud Run, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.

Eventbrite &#...

Low occupancy rates at downtown hotels don’t deter plan for new one


Charleston doesn’t fill the hotel rooms it has — and more could be on the way.

Negotiations will soon take place between the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority and Richmond, Virginia-based KM Hotels t...

Dirty Girl Mud Run won’t issue refunds


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and hundreds of them took to social media Wednesday to let Dirty Girl Mud Run organizers know just how upset they are that the Charleston race, set for Saturday, was canceled just ...

Dirty Girl Mud Run canceled this weekend


This weekend’s Dirty Girl Mud Run was washed out on Tuesday, after city officials and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau decided to cancel the event.

A statement from the bureau said Park Tours, a...

UPDATED: Fate of this weekend’s Dirty Girl Mud Run unclear


This weekend’s Dirty Girl 5k Mud Run is in jeopardy. City officials and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau said Monday the noncompetitive obstacle course race was canceled because of “financial i...

Charleston to consider raising fees


A bill introduced at Monday night’s Charleston City Council meeting would increase fire and refuse fees, bringing in an additional $3.1 million in annual revenue.

Fire protection fees would double, while the...