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Retiring National Guard officer: Leadership should have done more in sexual assault case

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A high-ranking female officer in the West Virginia National Guard said leadership didn’t do enough to discipline a male officer accused of sexually assaulting and sexually harassing female soldiers.

But Maj....

DOH hopes to speed up repair schedule for Brounland Road slip

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State highways officials are asking for money to fix a large slip on Brounland Road sooner rather than later.

Residents of the area near Alum Creek have been asking to have the slip fixed for more than a year. The ...

South Charleston icon coming down

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A South Charleston icon will come down Friday morning when the giant metal paint can is removed from the roof of the former Evans Lumber Company building on D Street.

“It’s sentimental to a lot of peo...

Carper asks for emergency funding to fix Brounland Road slip

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Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper wants state highways officials to provide emergency funding for a slip on Brounland Road in Alum Creek.

“The residents have been asking for help for over a yea...

Marmet budget meeting going down to the wire

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Members of Marmet Town Council are holding an 11th hour meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to approve the town’s 2015-16 budget.

Mayor Bill Pauley expects the budget to come in at about $1 million.

“It m...

Marmet council fires city attorney

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Members of Marmet Town Council are in the market for a new lawyer after voting to fire City Attorney Richie Robb at a contentious meeting last week.

Town Councilman Jerry McGhee said council voted to fire Robb at t...

County won’t wait months on Yeager Airport settlements

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Kanawha County officials say they will not wait months and months to help people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by last week’s hillside collapse at Yeager Airport.

County Commissioners Kent Carper, Da...

Arrests made in Rand shootings

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Two men have been arrested in connection with a pair of shootings in Rand earlier this year.

Authorities rushed to Starling Drive in Rand about 5 a.m. Jan. 23 after receiving multiple reports of gunshots. Once on t...

Close call prompts work zone safety reminder

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John Stover heard a crashing sound Tuesday and looked up to see a jackknifed tractor trailer heading straight for him and his Division of Highways work crew.

“We had probably three seconds of warning to get ...

Marmet mayor, council fighting over street commissioner

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Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley and members of town council are still at war over the salary of Street Commissioner Johnny Walker. And the battles are getting worse.

“We’ve had a lot of hot meetings, but [Mo...

Bid awarded for demolition of Slack Street recycling center

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Kanawha County solid waste officials hope to start tearing down the crumbling Slack Street recycling center within the next 20 days.

The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority’s board of directors voted unanim...

Ferguson fallout: Police, pastors to form crisis team

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston police and local emergency officials want to work with church and community leaders to set up a response team to head off racial violence like that which flared up in Ferguson, Misso...

Animal shelter sets up temporary shop in Camp Virgil Tate horse barn

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Kanawha County’s animal shelter has set up temporary shop in a Camp Virgil Tate horse barn until state and local officials clear up a massive landslide at Yeager Airport.

“It’s not an ideal sit...

KRT fares to rise, one way or another

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Officials of the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority aren’t talking about if they’ll raise fares for riding the bus. They’re talking about when.

“We’re going to have ...

Woman starts fund to rebuild Elk homeless camp

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A Kanawha City woman has started an Internet funding campaign to help rebuild Tent City, a semi-permanent homeless encampment on the banks of the Elk River near Charleston’s Spring Street bridge.

Jen McClung...

Several rivers expected to crest above flood stage

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Daniel Todd was keeping close tabs on the water level in the Greenbrier River on Wednesday.

Todd, who owns a house overlooking the river at the end of Second Avenue in Marlinton, was worried about flooding from Tue...

KRT to host second public hearing on bus fares

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Officials for the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority are holding a public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center to discuss raising fares.

The hearing, originally scheduled for Marc...

Fatal Clendenin fire under investigation

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Visitors bureau chief marks 50 years of public service

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When Bob Anderson speaks, the words come cascading out in a torrent, like the embers from a child’s sparkler. A mover and a shaker, master of the shuck and jive, Anderson has rubbed elbows with celebrities, organi...

Thousands remain without power in W.Va.

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Almost 70,000 West Virginians remained without electricity Friday afternoon following a week of rain and snow, and power company officials said it would likely be late Saturday before service is restored to most people i...

County parks, animal shelter to get budget increases

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission bucked a trend Thursday and approved significant budget increases for the county parks system and the Kanawha-Charleston Animal Shelter.

County commissioners Kent Carper, Da...

Causeway washout leaves about 100 stranded in Logan County

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NEIBERT — Robert Caldwell had just parked his truck on the Neibert Bottom side of the Guyandotte River on Wednesday and walked across a temporary bridge to his mobile home on the...

Dunbar, South Charleston to crack down on property owners

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City officials in Dunbar and South Charleston have a new weapon against messy property owners now that the state Home Rule Board has given them permission to write tickets to property owners on the spot for violations of...

Solid waste officials open bids to tear down Slack Street center

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Kanawha County solid waste officials opened bids Monday on the demolition of the nearly 100-year-old Slack Street recycling center.

The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority wants to tear down the crumbling structur...

KRT to hold public hearings on raising fares

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Officials for the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority will hold public hearings Wednesday and Thursday to get public reaction to changes in the bus fare system that may involve raising rates.

Public he...

Kanawha County grand jury returns indictments against 91

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A Kanawha County grand jury returned indictments against 91 people on Friday, prosecutor Chuck Miller announced.

The indictments Miller announced are not a finding of fact; it means only that grand jurors have deci...

N’Awlins invades Clay Center

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The first few pages of online audience reviews of Harry Connick Jr.’s concerts are almost invariably negative, talking about phoned-in performances, not enough singing, late starts and short shows.

Apparentl...

Huntington community icon Mike Perry dies

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Former Marshall University interim president and Huntington business and community leader Mike Perry died Wednesday following a more than year-long battle with cancer. He was 78.

Perry, a Huntington native, graduat...

Water service delays frustrating for business, residents

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Joy Gunnoe is far from happy.

The owner and president of Gunnoe Farm Sausage & Salad at the end of Oakridge Drive in Charleston has been without water since Saturday, when pipes all over the city burst as a res...

Repair crews gear up to tend yearly crop of potholes

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Take two weeks of ice and snow, some freezing and thawing, add some 16-ton snowplows and thousands of pounds of salt on heavily traveled roads, and you’ve got a recipe for a bumper crop of potholes.

And stat...

Repairs to water system taking longer than expected

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Restoring water service to several thousand people in Kanawha and Boone counties is taking longer than expected.

Officials for West Virginia American Water said service has been restored to about 1,000 customers ar...

Record lows hit W.Va.

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Most of the folks who have worked outside for any length of time over the past week have figured out the most important rule of dealing with cold temperatures during some of the most bitter weather in state history: Bund...

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

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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...

County in preliminary budget discussions

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission talked with several elected officials Thursday night as they put together the county’s 2015-2016 budget.

Most county officials are asking for little or no budget incr...

Pharmacist who shot robber: “Why did you make me do this?”

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PINCH, W.Va. — A Kanawha County pharmacist shot and killed a masked, would-be robber who walked into his business Wednesday morning and pulled out a gun.

Good Family Pharmacy employee Chris Monk said pharmac...

Day after derailment, cleanup and restoration begin

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MOUNT CARBON — Cleanup crews began removing the hulks of derailed and burned-out railroad tank cars Tuesday evening, and residents began to get water and electricity back, after ...

Governor declares State of Emergency after oil train derails, sets house ablaze

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A train carrying crude oil derailed in Fayette County on Monday afternoon, sending at least one car into the water where a tributary meets the Kanawha River, setting a house on fire, leading to the evacuation of nearby r...

Storm, cold cover roads throughout region

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Most people stayed off the dangerous, snow-covered roads on Monday, after several inches of snow fell in Kanawha County and the surrounding region.

“The snow’s coming down pretty good, but thank God, ...

‘American Sniper’ kept watch over West Virginia soldiers

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There’s a scene in the film “American Sniper,” and the book of the same name, where U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is helping to guard soldiers building a 2-mile wall in Baghdad.

The soldiers Kyle w...

Longtime Gazette photographer Lawrence Pierce dies

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Longtime Charleston Gazette photographer Lawrence Pierce, of Charleston, died Friday at CAMC Memorial Hospital following a short illness. The veteran newsman was 72.

Pierce celebrated his 50th anniversary at the Ga...

W.Va. Symphony cutting performances to save costs

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Later this year, officials for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will cut performances at the Clay Center by half and do away with family concerts in an attempt to rein in the orchestra’s $3.5 million budget.

Early deadline Sunday for FestivALL artists

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Sunday is the early deadline for artists and craftspeople who want to take part in this summer’s FestivALL Capitol Street Art Fair.

Betty Rivard, producer of the two-day art fair and a member of the seven-pe...

Capital High suspends student accused of rape

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A student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at Capital High School last week has been suspended from school.

On Jan. 26, the 17-year-old male allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old girl in a school stairwe...

Cedar Grove police chief arrested again

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The police chief of Cedar Grove allegedly threatened to shoot his wife and her brother during a fight early Tuesday morning — less than a year after he assaulted and threatened a man in a separate incident.

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Kanawha commissioners OK $30,000 for recycling program

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted Tuesday to give another $30,000 to help get the county’s crippled recycling program back on its feet.

The program has been severely cut back after businessman G...

South Charleston voters asked to renew decades-old levies

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Voters in South Charleston are being asked to renew a series of excess tax levies that have been in place so long even city officials aren’t sure how old they are.

“Some of these provisions go back to...

Former South Charleston mayor wants lawsuit reopened

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Former South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb has filed two petitions asking a judge to reconsider dismissing his lawsuit against the city.

Robb, who is running against current South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens in t...

Plunging gasoline prices a bump in the road for compressed natural gas

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Plummeting gasoline prices have been a bump in the road for state and local government plans to convert vehicles to run on compressed natural gas.

But officials in Kanawha County and at the state Department of Admi...

Two convicted in connection with three-state robbery spree

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Two men involved in a three-state robbery spree that included a 2012 South Hills robbery in which the victim was shot and stabbed were convicted by a federal jury this week on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of jus...

County Commission may sue former recycler

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The Kanawha County Commission may sue an Ohio-based businessman who left the county’s recycling program in the lurch when he pulled out of the Slack Street recycling center in Charleston late last year.

Kana...