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Mayoral candidate refiles election complaint


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mayoral primary candidate Janet “JT” Thompson has served a notice of election contest to the city of Charleston and Kanawha County, alleging the two entities violated the state&#x...

General manager: Civic Center project unique


Dozens of attendees heard details of Charleston’s Civic Center project at the West Virginia Design Expo on Thursday.

John Robertson, general manager of the Civic Center, said the project is unique in that at...

East End gets recycling compactors


Monsters are invading Charleston’s East End.

The five environmentally minded characters -- Chuck, [re]Vive, [re]Cycle, [re]Use and [re]Duce -- are featured on new solar-powered compactors throughout the busi...

Civic Center price tag increases


Charleston’s Civic Center renovations are going to cost about $30 million more than previously reported.

City Manager David Molgaard said the $59 million project would likely push $85 million from start to f...

Study: Kanawha Valley prime for sports tourism


The Kanawha Valley is well situated to benefit from the competitive sports travel market -- the area’s top tourism market -- according to a sports market study conducted in the fall.

Don Schumacher, executiv...

East End Main Street agrees to West Side link


East End Main Street board members voted Wednesday in favor of an “administrative connection” between the group and West Side Main Street.

The two organizations will come together to form a larger Cha...

Charleston kicks off bike-trail project


The city of Charleston kicked off a 10-month plan on Tuesday that officials hope will create more attractive outdoor recreational opportunities.

The Bike and Trail Master Plan project will take note of Charleston&#...

Council looks at Slack Plaza redesign presented


The latest and likely final design concept for Slack Plaza would create a green island in the center of Charleston’s urban downtown.

Candidate changes party affiliation


A Charleston mayoral candidate changed his party registration leading up to the May general election.

William “Bill” Carpenter, was previously registered as a Democrat, but had filed to run for office...

Independent mayoral candidate a registered Democrat


William “Bill” Carpenter is running in Charleston’s mayoral race as an independent candidate, but he’s actually a registered Democrat.

“The Secretary of State’s office said...

CURA enters development agreement for former Holley site


The company that wants to build a new hotel on the former Holley Hotel site in Charleston now has 120 days to finalize its plans, after Charleston Urban Renewal Authority commissioners voted Wednesday to sign a developme...

West Side board approves collaboration with East End


West Side Main Street board members voted on Tuesday to accept an action plan that lays the framework for what is being called an “administrative connection” between the organization and East End Main Stree...

Primary over, candidates look toward Charleston’s general election


With the conclusion of Charleston’s primary election, winning candidates now move their focus to May’s general election, with some seeing the most dangerous race behind them and some anticipating the ȁ...

Top-O-Rock design competition begins


Those with design ideas for the future of famed Charleston home Top-O-Rock may win cash prizes in a competition that has recently launched.

Sarah Halstead, a community and economic development specialist at West V...

Jones, Monroe win primaries in Charleston mayor’s race


Three-term Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and former city councilman Paul Monroe won their respective primaries in the city’s election on Saturday and will square off for the mayor’s post in the general elect...

Charleston candidates miss campaign finance deadline


With only days leading up to Charleston’s primary election, 21 candidates haven’t turned in their pre-primary finance reports.

Among those candidates are Republican mayoral candidate Joshua Scott and ...

Planning Commission revisits alley closure


Charleston’s Municipal Planning Commission had to revisit a decision made last month to close an alley on the West Side, because of a procedural error, Planning Director Dan Vriendt said.

“We notifie...

Mayoral candidate wants Charleston revival


Republican mayoral candidate Joshua Scott wants Charleston to be a bustling city.

The 33-year-old Fayette County native said Charleston’s present feels less lively than its past.

“Charleston was...

Councilman wants flat raises for city employees


One city councilman wants to amend Charleston’s proposed budget to include flat raises, but the administration is unsure if it’s possible to do so without affecting all other department budgets.


Ward 7 candidates see diverse needs


Charleston’s City Council race Ward 7 is packed with candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primary races.

Democrat Archie Chestnut, a former city councilman, said Ward 7 is diverse and has diverse...

Charleston council candidates have had run-ins with law


Three Charleston City Council candidates have criminal histories that weren’t addressed during interviews regarding their campaigns.

Bernard Allen Slater Jr., Obi Henderson and Ivan H. Lee have all had run-i...

Two Democrats vie for East End council seat


One of the candidates for Charleston City Council’s new Ward 10 wants more people moving back to the area, while the other believes the East End area is often neglected by city officials. Democrats Wanda Hightower...

Candidates want more attention paid to wards


Both Democratic candidates in Ward 1 say North Charleston has been shut out from City Hall over the last four years, while two Republicans in Ward 2 are running against each other for the second time in four years.

Crime and cleanliness are West Side council candidate priorities


City Council candidates on Charleston’s West Side want to see it become a cleaner, safer place to live.

Ward 3 Democratic incumbent Joe Deneault was appointed to his first term on council in 2008 after then-...

Charleston introduces proposed budget


The city is budgeting about a half million dollars more in expenditures for next year’s budget, but City Finance Director Joe Estep said it could pay for those without transferring money from its stabilization fun...

Ward 6 candidates want attractive neighborhoods


The Democratic candidates in the race for Charleston City Council’s Ward 6 -- Mike Ferrell, Justin Marlowe and Ed Talkington -- say they want to make Charleston’s West Side a more desirable place for people...

Original play highlights black history, frustrations


Four years ago, Rev. Lloyd Allan Hill decided to host a service commemorating black history at The Father’s House, so he asked members of his congregation to come in character of famous African-Americans, alive or...

Cold weather chills W.Va.; more snow may be on the way


West Virginia residents faced some of the coldest temperatures in years Thursday, and they could get more snow over the weekend, mixed with sleet and freezing rain.

Water pipes burst throughout the area Thursday. W...

City garbage pickup delays expected


Charleston residents may continue to experience delays in trash and recycling pickup as temperatures are expected to drop later in the week, Mayor Danny Jones said on Tuesday.

During a Finance Committee meeting, Jo...

Seeking fourth term, Jones says job as mayor isn’t done


Charleston Mayor Danny Jones wants a fourth term because his job isn’t done yet, he told Charleston Gazette editors last week

“I think we’re still clicking over there. I think we’re oper...

Democratic mayor candidates want change


Two Democrats vying for the top spot at Charleston City Hall say the city needs change.

Paul Monroe is a West Side resident and former city councilman elected to one term in 2003.

“I couldn’t ge...

Board sends hotel deal back to developer


A deal that would put a new hotel in downtown Charleston was sent back to the developer Wednesday after Charleston Urban Renewal Authority commissioners found it to be unsatisfactory.

CURA director Jim Edwards told...

Safety a top priority for at-large Charleston candidates


Making Charleston safer, in many senses of the word, is a top priority for Democratic City Council at-large candidates.

“Just as water, safety is what makes a community real …...

Land Trust recommends city acquire preserve


The Charleston Land Trust wants the city to acquire the Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve, so that it may take over maintenance and development of the South Hills trail system.

The group voted Monday night to recomme...

Charleston excess levy up for renewal


Charleston’s decades-old excess levy is up for renewal in this year’s municipal election.

The levy has been in effect since the 1930s.

Finance director Joe Estep said the levy is expected to bri...

Big differences reported in campaign funds for Charleston mayor’s race


Mayor Danny Jones has spent $11,123 on his campaign for re-election to Charleston’s highest office so far, and has $48,982 to spare.

Meanwhile, his opponent, Joshua Scott, has spent about $1,157, all but $25...

West Side unhappy about Staats alley closure plan


At Wednesday’s Municipal Planning Commission meeting, West Side business and property owners spoke out against a proposal to permanently close an alley that runs behind the Staats Hospital Bui...

Shen Yun delivers lyrical, storied performance


The audience gasped as the curtain rose for the first of two performances from Shen Yun Performing Arts — a New York-based group that focuses on traditional Chinese culture.

What caught the audience’s...

Charleston finds budget much healthier this year


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Compared to last year, the city’s budget is looking healthier, said Charleston Finance Director Joe Estep.

“We’re doing much better,” he said.

Estep said...

CURA bill heads to state Home Rule board


There could be two more seats on the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board if an amendment to the city’s Home Rule plan is approved next month.

Charleston City Council on Monday approved the amendment...