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Non-profit to open gardening, learning center on West Side

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A vacant house on Grant Street in Charleston is on its way to revitalization over the next year.

The modest, two-story home with old yellow siding is slated to become Keep Your Faith Corporation’s Gardening ...

Developer may buy Chamberlain Court homes on East End

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A set of vacant East End row houses might one day house families again if a Charleston developer decides to take up the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority on its option to buy the houses.

Chris Sadd, with Grant Str...

Civic Center redo could help city hotels

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A renovated Civic Center could help Charleston’s hotels, which have seen an up tick in revenue this year, said facility manager John Robertson during a monthly meeting of Charleston’s Convention and Visitor...

Speaker: social media changing politics, life

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President Obama recently got his own Twitter account.

Harvard professor Timothy McCarthy recounted an exchange between Obama and former President Bill Clinton, who tweeted, &...

Sponsors of Charleston mayor raise bill say it’s deserved

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Charleston City Council members who sponsored a bill that would give the West Virginia capital’s mayor a raise think the job is worth the money — and so does Mayor Danny Jones.

Proposed bill gives Mayor Danny Jones $20K raise

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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones could get a $20,000 raise if City Council passes a bill introduced on Monday night.

Polls open on Saturday for Charleston election

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Polls open early on Saturday for Charleston’s general election.

All of the city’s elected positions are open for filling.

Running for mayor are incumbent Mayor Danny Jones, a Republican, and Dem...

Cornucopia couple to retire, hope to sell store

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After 28 years in business on Bridge Road, Nancy and Mike Ward are ready to retire.

“We’ve been working seven days a week for several years, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we&#x...

Dilapidated Ott building in downtown Charleston soon could meet its end

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The Ott building, an eyesore in the heart of downtown Charleston, could be torn down if a deal with the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority goes through.

“It’s very complicated, because there’s ...

City election attracts statewide, national interest

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Though city elections are largely described as local politics, a number of statewide and national organizations have taken an interest in Charleston’s own general election.

Regenerate WV, a political action ...

Ward 11 candidates want to be present for constituents

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Redistricting has changed the boundaries of Ward 11, but its candidates for Charleston City Council want to be present in all its corners.

Democrat Shannon Snodgrass is running in her first election for City Counci...

Ward 5 candidates want to improve city’s present, future

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Candidates in Charleston City Council’s Ward 5 want their neighbors to live in a vibrant city that’s also attractive to future residents.

Republican Matthew Bonar is a newcomer to city politics, but h...

Ward 2 candidates want safer streets

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City Council candidates in Charleston’s Ward 2 want to see less crime and more progress in the area.

Incumbent Democrat Bobby Haas is running for a third term on council, because people want him to, he said....

Country club sues Charleston city council candidate over fees

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A candidate for Charleston City Council has been sued by a local country club over past dues.

Bobby Johnson, a Republican candidate for an at-large council seat, allegedly breached his contract with Berry Hills Cou...

Charleston Civic Center renovation request approved

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Charleston’s Municipal Planning Commission approved a permit needed for planned Civic Center renovations during its monthly meeting on Wednesday.

Such an application — called a major development of si...

West Side council candidates want safer, cleaner streets

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City Council candidates in Ward 6 on Charleston’s West Side want to see safer and cleaner streets for their constituents.

Republican challenger Gina Seabolt said she’s running for the position, becaus...

City could buy Middle East Mart near Slack Plaza

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The owner of Middle East Mart, a deli and convenience store next to Slack Plaza, had few words Tuesday about the city’s potential purchase of the building he has been located in for years.

It’s in th...

Charleston Council has questions about MCHM dumping

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Some members of Charleston City Council have questions about a potential deal to dump about 800 tons of MCHM-contaminated soil in the city landfill.

In a conversation during Monday night’s City Council Finan...

Cycling group launches safety campaign

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Cycling advocates rolled out a bicycle-safety campaign on Monday in honor of National Bike Month.

West Virginia Connecting Communities’ “Give ‘Em 3 Feet” campaign focuses on a portion of...

Candidates committed to quiet neighborhood

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Charleston’s Fort Hill area is a quiet place, say candidates for Ward 12’s City Council seat.

The neighbors are nice; there isn’t a lot of crime.

It’s generally a good place to liv...

Charleston mayor Jones no stranger to service

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Danny Jones has a history of service.

Jones served his country in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Jones served his customers in a variety of bars and restaurants.

And Jones, a longtime Republican, be...

Mayoral challenger campaigns on ‘normal guy’ image

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Paul Monroe’s building on West Washington Street is hard to miss.

The storefront of 320 Washington St. West is covered side-to-side and top-to-bottom with his name and slogan: Paul Monroe, The People’...

East End Yard Sale in its 25th year

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In its 25th year, the East End Yard Sale — set for Saturday, May 9 — is still going strong.

“It’s like a carnival. It’s wonderful,” said Les Wilkerson, president of the Eas...

Ward 8 candidates approach changed district in city election

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Both candidates for Ward 8’s City Council seat say they want to represent the people in their district, changed by recent redistricting throughout Charleston.

“It’s going to be different in the...

Combined Main Streets group holds first meeting

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Charleston Main Streets President Adam Krason flipped a coin on Monday that would decide where the new organization would have its primary office.

“303 Washington Street West,” said Executive Director...

Charleston Independent candidates run for citywide office

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Two independent candidates are running for citywide office in Charleston’s general election.

William “Bill” Carpenter, 70, threw his hat into the mayor’s race.

Shawn Taylor, a Char...

Early voting in Charleston general starts May 1

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Early voting in Charleston’s general election is set to begin next month, and all but eight races are uncontested.

Ward 7 candidates want revitalization

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Ward 7’s candidates for Charleston City Council are both experienced, but where do they differ beyond political party?

Republican incumbent Adam Knauff described several initiatives that he believes would re...

Ousted prosecutor gave to Scott mayor campaign

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Republican primary candidate Joshua Scott received $1,000 from ousted Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants during his campaign earlier this year, according to a long-overdue campaign finance report.

Scott also go...

Council candidates say city improved, but needs more work

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Charleston has made improvements over the last decade, at-large City Council candidates said on Wednesday. But most agreed there is still work to be done.

Eight of the 10 at-large City Council candidates met with t...

Downtown Charleston lacks housing, study finds

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A lack of available housing in downtown Charleston’s is “stymieing growth,” according to an assessment by a national group released Tuesday.

Patrick Bowen, president of Bowen National Research,...

BBL Carlton, ZMM chosen to lead Civic Center project

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Local firms BBL Carlton and ZMM Architects and Engineers, along with Atlanta, Georgia-based firm tvsdesign, could be spearheading renovations of the Civic Center, provided contract negotiation with the city is successful...

Civic Center design team to be revealed

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Charleston officials will reveal the design team they’ve chosen to renovate the Civic Center at today’s City Council Finance Committee meeting.

City Manager David Molgaard said designs submitted by t...

West Side restaurant wants outside dining

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Owners of Mi Cocina de Amor, a Mexican restaurant on Charleston’s West Side, have proposed expanding onto property owned by the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority.

CURA Director Jim Edwards told commissioner...

Oil worker shot in Lincoln County

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A gas company employee was shot in Lincoln County on Monday afternoon, Chief Sheriff’s Deputy J.J. Napier said Tuesday.

A man dressed in camouflage with his face painted black approached Mark Miller, an empl...

Black heritage/arts camp helps kids create

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Many young people who have walked through the halls of West Virginia University have their own success stories, including some who aren’t even students.

For 31 years, the African American Arts and Heritage A...

Charleston Democratic mayoral candidate turns down debate invite

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One of Charleston’s three mayoral candidates said he won’t participate in a televised debate prior to next month’s general election.

Democrat Paul Monroe, a former city councilman, told the Gaz...

Museum chronicles history of segregated W.Va. high school

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MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. — If no one talks about history, it never happened, said Jean Evansmore, founder of DuBois on Main — a museum dedicated to collecting the history of a se...

Options to save Top-O-Rock considered

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What if?

That was the question of a discussion held at Top-O-Rock on Tuesday about the iconic Charleston home’s future, if it has one.

The home, found to be

Paving in Charleston could begin next week

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Paving in Charleston could start as early as next week, said city traffic engineer Chris Knox on Monday night.

During a City Council Finance Committee meeting, Knox said West Virginia Paving Inc. won’t be ab...

Candidates continue to miss finance report deadlines

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It has been more than 30 days since city candidates’ preprimary finance reports were due and five candidates, including one who ran for mayor, still haven’t turned them in.

The Charleston city clerk&#...

Mayoral candidate refiles election complaint

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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

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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...