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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...

Covenant House provides shelter, other needs, for homeless


Willie Leach was on his way to Seattle when he hopped off the Greyhound bus he was riding and decided Charleston would be his home.

“I saw that water, that Kanawha River …” Leach said. “...

Covenant House fills gap after benefit cuts


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After the federal budget cuts known as “the sequester” took effect in 2013, millions of Americans lost benefits, including SNAP — a federal assistance program also known as...

St. Paul and the Broken Bones rock ‘Mountain Stage’


Paul Janeway brought the gospel to Charleston, as he and his band St. Paul and the Broken Bones shook Mountain Stage with thunderous spirit on Sunday night.

Janeway, from Alabama, was brought up in the Pentecostal ...

Recyclable materials to be taken to Charleston landfill


The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will have to start hauling some of the materials at Slack Street — the county’s recycling facility — to the city’s landfill beginning today, said its d...

Housing authority director, staff get raises


The agency’s director, Mark Taylor, will also get his first raise in five years.

“The whole time that Mark has been our executive director or CEO, we’ve done a great deal of work. He’s b...

Charleston CVB conducting sports marketing study


The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau launched this week a market study to figure out how the city and county can benefit from its largest tourism market--competitive sports.

CVB President and CEO Alisa Bai...

East End developing smartphone app


Getting access to and information about the offerings of Charleston’s East End could get easier after the first of the year. That’s when East End Main Street hopes to launch its smartphone application, said...

Council could change sick leave accrual citywide


Three bills introduced at Monday’s Charleston City Council meeting would change sick leave and overtime for city employees.

Under the proposed ordinances, Charleston city employees, including firefighters an...

Kroger wants gas station lot by end of year


Kroger wants to close on a contract to purchase a long-vacant corner lot on Charleston’s West Side before the end of the year, Great Expectations realtor Duke Jordan said.

“Everybody’s waiting ...

Hilton hotel could come to downtown Charleston


Charleston Urban Renewal Authority is waiting for an official agreement between a developer and the Hilton chain before selling property on Quarrier Street in downtown Charleston.

CURA Director Jim Edwards confirme...

Summit digs into persistence of U.S. racism


The United States is becoming more diverse, said Mike Wenger, researcher and professor of race at George Washington University.

Wenger, who spoke at Tuesday’s Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia, said it&#x...

Race summit to grow conversation in state


Tara Martinez, director of the West Virginia Women’s Coalition, said her job with the state’s Department of Agriculture became more difficult after she changed her last name to her biologi...

Votes against city sales tax could lead to new mayor, council


Some City Council members’ attempts at re-election hinge on whether Mayor Danny Jones runs for a fourth term — while Jones says City Council’s support of his proposals might impact his decision.


Seeking shelter: Large families struggle to find affordable housing in Kanawha Valley


Two days after he was born on June 21 at CAMC Women and Children’s, Nathon Payne joined his parents and five young siblings in a single room at Sojourner’s Shelter, a 75-bed, temporary housing facility for ...

Daymark founder honored, earning $25,000 for group


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Daymark founder Ardath Francke has been named one of the winners of a national award, and the group she founded will get $25,000 as a result.

Francke was one of eight honorees chosen for ...

Council passes sales tax hike


Charleston City Council raised the city’s sales tax to 1 percent on Monday night.

The measure passed 17-8, with dissenting votes from council members Chris Dodrill, Adam Knauff, Samuel Minardi, Mike Nichols,...

Catholic diocese to hike rent at Riverview Terrace; tenants not happy


Current and former tenants of Riverview Terrace Apartments believe the rents are becoming too high, as the building’s owner — the local Catholic diocese — continues to work to convert the Kanawha Bou...

Morrisey sues owner of Dirty Girl Mud Run


Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit on Friday against Human Movement Management, the Colorado-based company charged with imple...

State Supreme Court upholds firefighter overtime pay decision


The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Kanawha Circuit Court decision that ruled that the city’s Firemen’s Civil Service Commission correctly stated it did not have jurisdiction to address Charleston ...

Cat ordinance removed from Charleston City Council agenda


Charleston City Council’s proposed nuisance cat ordinance has been pulled from Monday’s full council meeting agenda, Mayor Danny Jones said on Thursday.

“I pulled the bill to give myself and a ...

Director: 2014 HallowEast was the best yet


This year’s HallowEast was the most successful one to date, said East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender.

Cavender told board members during the group’s monthly meeting Wednesday that all of the we...

City Council panel passes nuisance cat ordinance


Organizations charged with implementing parts of a proposed nuisance cat ordinance in Charleston said they lack the resources to do so.

But Charleston City Council’s ordinance and rules committee passed the ...

Summit on racial issues to be held next month


Conversations about race and racism in the United States often take place in the wake of incidents like the recent shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Some West Virginians hope to have a quieter talk abou...

Kanawha Solid Waste Authority to take over Slack Street facility


The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority has severed its ties with the company that ran the county’s recycling center on Slack Street.

Instead, the authority will take over the facility itself, Charleston Ci...

Building commissioner: vacant structure law already making impact


The city should focus on tearing down vacant and dilapidated properties, rather than placing liens upon them, Building Commissioner Tony Harmon said during Wednesday’s Strong Neighborhoods Task Force meeting.


Proposed Civic Center redesigns “embrace” river


The first renderings of Charleston Civic Center upgrades — unveiled at a meeting of the City Council finance committee Monday — show glass facades, lofty walkways and enhanced riverfront landscaping. While ...

Yoga studio holds benefit for owner


Sometimes a person does everything right: regular exercise, a healthy diet. Sometimes it doesn’t matter.

That’s what April Woody, owner of The Folded Leaf yoga studio at Bridge Road in Charleston, lea...