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Kanawha commission to intervene in water rate hike case


Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted Tuesday to intervene in West Virginia American Water Company’s request for a $35.5 million rate increase before the state Public Service Commission.


Kanawha County will continue paying prevailing wage


Members of the Kanawha County Commission are expected to vote Tuesday to keep paying prevailing wage rates for all county construction projects.

In March, the Legislature passed a bill eliminating prevailing wage r...

Chesapeake mayor retiring from politics


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chesapeake Mayor Damron Bradshaw, an eastern Kanawha County dynamo and political leader, is retiring after almost 45 years of public service.

Bradshaw, 72, said he is not running again an...

East End corrections center opening


Work-release inmates are expected to move in to the new Charleston Correctional Center on the city’s East End on Friday.

The complex, located in a 40,000-square-foot former warehouse on Hansford Street, is r...

Kanawha deputies look for vehicle used in thefts


Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a vehicle they believe may have been involved in several thefts from a Greenbrier Street business.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys said a work truck was stolen on Feb. ...

New Charleston city police officers are second- and third-generation cops


The Charleston Police Department’s two newest officers are no strangers to law enforcement.

Seth Johnson, 21, is the son of Charleston Police Lt. and Metro Drug Unit chief Eric Johnson, and Travis Bailes, 25...

County looks at repurposing church activities building for recycling


Part of a church destroyed in the recent Yeager Airport landslide could have new life as part of the county recycling center.

Kanawha County solid waste officials may be able to reduce their costs if they decide to...

Beckley VA accused of illegally swapping out drugs


Staff members at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center swapped out new mental health drugs for older, cheaper medications to save money, federal officials alleged Wednesday.

A VA whistleblower told officials ...

County Commission asks for hearing on Hughes Creek


Members of the Kanawha County Commission are asking West Virginia’s congressional delegation to hold a congressional field hearing to talk about flooding concerns from abandoned mines on Hughes Creek.


Coonskin bridge construction ahead of schedule


Construction crews working on a new bridge across the Elk River into Coonskin Park are ready to pour the concrete bridge decking and are running ahead of schedule on the $6.2 million project.

“We got fortuna...

Supreme Court throws out appeals over Kanawha cell tower


A Kanawha County man who went all the way to the state Supreme Court to fight a cell tower being built near his Big Chimney home has struck out.

On Friday, the Supreme Court denied two appeals by Big Chimney reside...

South Charleston to hold primary election on Saturday


South Charleston election officials aren’t expecting a very high turnout for Saturday’s city primary election.

City Clerk Margie Spence said only about 200 of the city’s approximately 6,000 reg...

Longtime broadcaster Jule “Mr. Cartoon” Huffman dies


Longtime television broadcaster and weatherman Jule Huffman, known to generations of children as “Mr. Cartoon,” died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Huntington. He was 91.

Huffman worked as...

KRT adopts flat fare for bus service


It’s about to get a lot easier for passengers and drivers to figure out how much it costs to ride a bus in Kanawha County.

Starting in July, it will cost riders $1.50 one way to take the bus anywhere the Kan...

KRT adopts flat fare for bus service


It’s about to get a lot easier for passengers and drivers to figure out how much it costs to ride a bus in Kanawha County.

Starting in July, it will cost riders $1.50 one way to take the bus anywhere the Kan...

Airport and parks officials stand behind decision to widen Coonskin Park trail


Officials for Yeager Airport are standing behind a decision to widen and gravel the Elk River Trail through Coonskin Park.

Yeager spokesman Mike Plante said the airport’s governing board voted to widen, grad...

Buckhannon man arrested, charged with blasting through DOH work zone


BUCKHANNON, W.Va. -- A Buckhannon man allegedly high on synthetic marijuana was arrested Tuesday after allegedly speeding through a West Virginia Division of Highways work zone, smashing into two trees and trying to flee...

Rains again bring flooding to region


Heavy rains and high water threatened roads and homes throughout the state on Tuesday, but emergency officials said the water had largely gone down by late afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood...

Movement detected on Yeager hillside


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Paul Mullins spent part of the day Monday helping his father, Solomon Mullins, move furniture out of his lifelong home at 214 Keystone Drive. Paul Mullins said his parents can’t start th...

Police, schools team up for Kanawha’s 10th Operation Graduate Prom Alive


Ten years ago, Kent Carper and Kanawha County emergency officials started Operation Graduate Prom Alive to try to keep the county’s teenagers safer on prom and graduation night. Carper can’t prove the progr...

Kanawha County man charged with shooting BB gun at police cruiser


Man arrested after BBs shot at sheriff’s cruiser

A Kanawha County man was arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting out the windows of several Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department police cruisers with a...

Kanawha commission funds several community projects


Members of the Kanawha County Commission agreed Thursday to provide funding to help several community projects.

Commissioners Kent Carper, Dave Hardy and Hoppy Shores voted at a regular meeting to give $20,000 to t...

Sign for iconic car dealership discovered during construction work


Workers renovating the facade of the Goodwill office building on Virginia Street West in Charleston found something they weren’t expecting recently. They discovered the building had once housed one of the city...

Emergency repairs scheduled for Brounland Road slip


Emergency repairs are scheduled to start Wednesday on a slip on Brounland Road, state highways officials said.

Officials with the state Division of Highways asked for emergency funding last month to speed up the re...

Ex-911 worker wins paid leave, attorney fees


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Kanawha County Metro 911 operations director Laura Wilson will be allowed to take an extended paid leave under a court settlement made with county officials over the weekend.


Camp Horseshoe provides sense of family


Morgan, 11, was afraid she wouldn’t be able to make friends at Camp Horseshoe. She had been in foster care until she was 4, but then her adoptive mother died. She was adopted again, but her father left.

By t...

I-64 bridge repairs mean big traffic changes


A project to upgrade bridges and ramps on Interstate 64 in Charleston will create major traffic changes for the next six or eight months, state highways officials said.

An $18 million project to replace bridge deck...

Deputy, SWAT commander taking over security for Kanawha schools


The head of the SWAT team and bomb squad for the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department is retiring to take a job as chief of security for Kanawha County Schools.

Capt. Keith Vititoe will start work Monday as t...

Monroe County students fundraise to participate in D-Day parade


A group of Monroe County high school students is trying to raise money to participate in a prestigious parade marking the anniversary of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944.

Sixteen students from the Junior Reser...

Plane lands at Yeager after report of smoke in cockpit


A passenger plane landed at Yeager Airport in Charleston on Friday morning after its electrical system temporarily failed and had to be reset, Yeager Airport officials said.

The airplane, United Express 5012 from D...

Marmet mayor wants to know who’s in charge


Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley wants to know who wears the pants in town politics.

On Monday, Pauley filed a request for declaratory judgment in Kanawha County Circuit Court, asking for clarification on whether he, or Ma...

Family member: Shooter killed daughter-in-law, wounded her ex


A Lincoln County man shot and killed his daughter-in-law and wounded her ex-husband early Monday, according to family of one of the victims.

Andrew Staggs, 48, of Tornado, faces murder and malicious wounding charge...

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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