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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...

Hotel developer meets CURA deadline; expected to present plans at next meeting


A developer has met the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority’s deadline regarding the potential construction of a new hotel downtown.

KM Hotels, a company based...

Neighbors upset by vacant building


Neighbors of a vacant Quarrier Street building want the property cleaned up, and have taken their cause online.

Colleen Anderson, a resident of Arlington Court, sent a photograph of garbage strewn about the 1212 Qu...

East End board questions initial merger plan


East End Main Street board members raised questions Wednesday about the merger between Charleston’s two Main Street organizations.

East End Main Street and West Side Main Street announced in September that t...

Civic Center plans could be finalized by May


Plans for the Civic Center renovation could be set by May, City Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis said.

On Monday, Davis and Councilman Jack Harrison discussed the plan’s progress at a regular meeting of the Char...

Old rockers give ‘Mountain Stage’ audience a surprise


If you don’t like surprises, you would have hated Sunday night’s “Mountain Stage.”

If you hated Sunday night’s “Mountain St...

Water intakes back on after diesel spill fouls Lewisburg water source


LEWISBURG — Unlike a lot of people in downtown Lewisburg, Aggie Spence was open for business on Monday. But as of Monday afternoon, she said, she hadn’t had a single...

Charleston design firm to change locations


MESH Design and Development is moving from West Washington Street, but it will stay on Charleston’s West Side.

Co-founder Megan Bullock purchased the former Charleston Trophy and Engraving building in Januar...

W.Va. school gets out-of-state criticism for lesson on Islam


A Wyoming County school received angry phone calls after photos surfaced of posters from a multicultural lesson on the Middle East and Islam, but the criticism wasn’t from parents.

Westside High School Princ...

East End business wants to develop part of dog park


A business in Charleston’s East End wants to relocate to a parcel that includes part of the neighborhood’s dog park, said Charleston Urban Renewal Authority Director Jim Edwards.

The CURA board voted ...

Task forces to address Charleston alcohol sales ordinances


A task forces wants to address Charleston’s problematic bars.

“When we’ve had community meetings there on the West Side, these bars have been the subject of the discussion there,” said C...

Cop accused in racial video case resigns from force


A Charleston police officer who was suspended for allegedly making racially insensitive videos submitted his resignation on Tuesday.

Lt. Shawn Williams was placed on administrative leave in September pending an int...

Bill to add seats to urban renewal authority heads to committee


A bill that would create seats for two Charleston City Council members on the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority could soon be on its way to the state’s Municipal Home Rule Board.

Russ Young spoke in favor o...

Students compete in essay, oratorical contest


Myeshia Barrett, 13, said her grandmother’s life was very interesting.

“I asked her had she ever went to jail before, and she said yes. And usually grandmas don’t go to jail,” Myeshia sa...

Main Street shares 2014 successes, plans for 2015


West Side Main Street saw many accomplishments in 2014, which were presented on Thursday night at its annual meeting.

The economic development organization for the neighborhood’s business district fundraised...

Developer proposes lease of Holley site for hotel


KM Hotels would rather lease the property that’s the former site of the Holley Hotel than purchase it, Jack Cavender, chairman of the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority board, said Wednesday.


Boulevard building to serve home, work


Another mixed-use space is coming to downtown Charleston.

Frank Baer III, CEO of Commercial Insurance Services, said he wanted to join the handful of developers who are buying up empty warehouses and office buildin...

CURA to consider hotel development agreement


A developer and the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority can take the next steps in negotiating a deal to build a new hotel in downtown Charleston.

Richmond, Virginia-based KM Hotels, which wants to build a hotel on ...

East End historic district expanded


The East End Historic District has been expanded to include 120 additional acres.

Charleston planner Lori Brannon announced at Wednesday’s monthly Municipal Planning Commission meeting that the new part of t...

West Side cop-resident program gets first buyers


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The two Charleston police officers heading up a new community policing initiative have contracted to buy residences on the West Side.

Cpl. Errol Randle and Detective Eddie Whitehead organ...

Council approves T Center rezoning


Plans for the T Center, a residential drug rehabilitation facility, can move forward following a vote by Charleston City Council that will allow the parcel where it will sit to be rezoned as a professional medical campus...

City Council to vote on rehab center near Capital High


Charleston City Council will vote tonight on whether to approve a rezoning request at the site of a residential drug rehabilitation facility.

The facility, known as the T-Center will sit on a 44-acre plot of land t...

Charleston homeless’ Tent City numbers dwindle


Along the Elk River sits a small community made of tents and tarps.

Many of Charleston’s homeless congregate here, on the riverban...