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Committee approves sales tax, public hearing to be held

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Executiv...

City to propose sales tax ordinance to state board

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Task force passes delayed demolition ordinance

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After three months of discussion, the Strong Neighborhoods Task Force approved Wednesday a proposed delayed demolition ordinance that would allow the Charleston Historic Landmarks Commission to place a waiting period on ...

CVB faces hurdles, has hope

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The city of Charleston is entering “a renaissance,” Convention and Visitors Bureau President Alisa Bailey said during the 2014 annual board meeting Wednesday. Citywide improvements and new construction have...

Kroger could put gas station at long-vacant lot

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Kroger has a contract to buy a corner lot that’s been vacant for years on the city’s West Side, and could put a gas station there, a real estate agent said this week.

The empty lot at the corner of Pe...

Large Charleston sinkhole not an isolated incident

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Last week’s sinkhole on Quarrier Street wasn’t the first the Charleston Sanitary Board has repaired, and it likely won’t be the last, said general manager Larry Roller.

“We’re goi...

East End bakery to change name, expand offerings

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East End bakery Frutcake plans to expand its offerings and change its name, said owner Keeley Steele.

Charleston’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved a conditional use permit Thursday that will allow the quirk...

McCabe prods CURA to improve West Side housing

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The West Side of Charleston seems to be on the minds of many these days, and the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority is no different. Commissioners voted Wednesday to pursue a grant that would fund improvements at the Sec...

Some Charleston stores drop trash bag distribution

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Two of five retailers that volunteered to distribute trash bags and recycling bags for the city of Charleston won’t participate this year.

The City Council approved Monday a $390,000 contract with North Caro...

Mayor calls on council to raise fees

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The city of Charleston must raise some of its fees, and Mayor Danny Jones said he wants it to happen by next July.

“We’re going to raise the fees. We’re going to raise something. We have to rai...

Charleston paving nears completion

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It’s midway through summer paving season, and the city of Charleston is nearly finished with this year’s paving projects.

Paving inspector Greg Hayson said crews started work in late April because the...

Life for women during Civil War wasn’t all ‘Gone with the Wind’

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RIPLEY — Independence Day can be celebrated in any number of ways, but one group of re-enactors chose to do it by showing attendees of the Mountain State Art & Craft Fair in Ripley...

What’s old is New again

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PRINCE — By the time volunteers completed their float down the New River, they likely had enough car parts — break pads, rotors, a variety of tires — to build their...

Golf entertains kids at Greenbrier Classic

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Reagan Pyle had three goals on Youth Day at the Greenbrier Classic: to get autographs from Tom Watson, Bubba Watson and Nick Faldo. As of 1:30 p.m....

Private trash bag distribution still being considered by city

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Despite last’s year’s initial struggles with the private distribution of refuse and recycling bags, the city hasn’t ruled it out as an option in its latest bid for the bags, said City Manager David M...

Developer homes in on plan for Staats building

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Remnants of days past are still inside the Staats Hospital building. Medical supplies litter its paint-peeled halls. Hospital gowns are crumpled in corners. A plaque directing patients to regis...

Group looks to sustain business innovation

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Green drinks aren’t just for health nuts. They’re good for businesses, too.

The West Virginia State University Economic Development Center, located on Kanawha Boulevard West in Charleston, hosts a net...

Top-O-Rock site secured

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The view from Top-O-Rock is changing, as plywood boards fill its once-expansive wall of glass windows that overlooked the capital city.

Building Commissioner Tony Harmon said Wednesday the work began last Friday an...

Housing authority chair steps down

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Katherine “Kitty” Dooley stepped down as chair of the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority Monday after 10 years in the position.

“I wanted my life’s work to help people, to do some good...

GWHS signs illustrates that state not subject to city zoning

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A flashing sign on George Washington High School’s football field has been an annoyance to its neighbors, but there’s nothing the city of Charleston can do about it, despite a prohibition on electronic and ...