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Fayette County mother shares home for the holidays

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Whenever Grace Bare Rogers gets together with her children — be it one or all 10 — she invariably ends up around the kitchen table, playing cards.

“She usually wins,” said Peggy McCarty,...

Police chief wants suspended officer fired, sources say

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Police Chief Brent Webster has recommended how to discipline a suspended Charleston police officer accused of making racially insensitive videos.

Webster said this morning he couldn’t disclose his recommenda...

County agrees to help with Slack Street cleanup

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Kanawha County commissioners voted Tuesday to provide $15,000 to help with cleanup at Charleston’s Slack Street Recycling Center.

James Young, director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority, told Commi...

Recycling center dealing with big, rotting mess

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority Executive Director James Young said he hopes to have most of the piles of soggy, moldering junk choking the Slack Street recycling center cleared out by the...

Gazette Charities: Woman takes in sister’s 7 kids, but means are limited

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The Union Mission helps people from all over.

People like Shelley, who agreed to take in her sister’s seven children and raise them along with her own three kids when the sister got into trouble and faced lo...

Kanawha County may help bail out recycling program

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Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy believes commissioners and other county officials are going to have to pitch in to save the county’s failing recycling program.

Earlier this month, members of the gover...

Kanawha parks officials settle with Coonskin logger

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Kanawha County parks officials voted today to accept a $50,000 court settlement from a logger who cut down more than 300 trees in Coonskin Park during May and June of 2013.

Members of the Kanawha County Parks and R...

Recycling center to cut hours, stop taking glass

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston’s Slack Street recycling center will stop accepting glass and cut back on hours to help cut costs, members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board decided Tuesday.

Miller sworn in as Kanawha prosecutor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Longtime federal prosecutor Charles “Chuck” Miller was named by Kanawha County commissioners Monday morning to fill the last two years of the term of ousted county Prosecuting Att...

Water company replacing 80-year-old water lines

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West Virginia American Water spokeswoman Laura Jordan stood on a mound of dirt overlooking a massive trench, where construction crews struggled to fit a 20-inch pipe joint on a water line in the town of Belle.

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Equipment removed from Slack Street recycling center

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A massive baler and other heavy equipment needed to sort and package recyclable materials were removed Wednesday from Kanawha County’s Slack Street recycling center.

James Young, executive director of the Ka...

She also served: Belle honors female veteran

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Not every veteran of World War II served on the front lines.

Mildred Yates, of Belle, served on the home front, helping build aircraft parts for the war effort and later packing parachutes and equipment for the U.S...

Charleston mayor’s son charged with drug possession

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The son of Charleston Mayor Danny Jones was arrested on Monday and charged with simple possession of prescription drugs, the mayor confirmed this morning.

Jones said he did not know details of the arrest, but confi...

Sculptor recounts history of W.Va. veterans memorial

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For Charleston sculptor Joe Mullins, building a memorial to honor West Virginia’s war dead turned out to be a more than 10-year battle.

Mullins recounted the sometimes tumultuous history of the West Virginia...

Good News garage gets new digs

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Staff members at Charleston’s Good News Mountaineer Garage were running around like ants Thursday, getting their new West Side facility ready for a grand-opening party and auction this weekend.

“It&#x...

Gregory resigns as chairman of Lincoln PSD

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Longtime Kanawha and Lincoln County political figure Ron Gregory has resigned as chairman of the controversy-steeped Lincoln Public Service District.

Gregory informed members of the Lincoln County Commission of his...

No charges anticipated against man who shot intruder

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Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies don’t intend to file criminal charges against a Campbell’s Creek man who fatally shot an intruder in his home early Wednesday.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kana...

Shores wins seventh term as Kanawha commissioner

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Kanawha County Commissioner Hoppy Shores easily won a seventh term on Tuesday.

With unofficial votes tallied for all of Kanawha County’s 165 precincts, Shores, a Republican, was well ahead of Democratic ...

Second harassment lawsuit filed against director of Lincoln PSD

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A second employee of the Lincoln Public Service District has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against PSD chairman Ron Gregory.

Last month, Gregory was charged with assault in Kanawha County Magistrate Court after...

Boone man in custody following standoff with deputies

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UNEEDA — Boone County sheriff’s deputies safely ended a standoff early this morning with a man whom they said was suicidal.

Boone County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Chad...

Parts of W.Va. to see season’s first snowfall

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia will flirt with its first real snowfall of the season this weekend, but forecasters think most of the snow will be south of Charleston.

“I can’t rule out the o...

Police urge vigilance following rash of Charleston car break-ins

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Charleston police are urging drivers to hide purses, wallets, phones and other valuables when they park, following a rash of car break-ins around the city.

Chief of detectives Lt. Steve Cooper said there have been ...

National Guard leaders from around U.S. in W.Va. to discuss budget cuts

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National Guard leaders from across the nation are in West Virginia this week to talk about how to deal with federally mandated budget cuts.

Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, West Virginia’s adjutant general, said adjut...

Deputies say they know what caused gun to go off in deputy’s holster

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Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies have been able to recreate a series of events that allowed a deputy’s gun to go off in the holster on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Chris Atha and two other deputies were esco...

Kanawha prosecutor interviews to be public

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Kanawha County commissioners voted Tuesday to conduct interviews for a replacement for Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants in public, hours after county Republicans endorsed three people to replace the beleaguered prosecuto...

Kanawha commissioners pull plug on local business incubator

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted to pull the plug Tuesday on the Upper Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community, a business incubator in Chelyan that was set up with federal grant money about 10 years ago to pro...

Extra deputies to patrol over Halloween weekend

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Kanawha County Sheriff Johnny Rutherford has ordered extra patrols over the Halloween holiday.

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Capt. Sean Crosier said between 21 and 24 extra deputies will be on patrol Wednes...

Jail rate staying the same

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Officials in some of West Virginia’s more populous counties are breathing a sigh of relief that the cost to house prisoners in the state jail system isn’t going up this year.

In 2012, following severa...

Weekend event offers help for problem gamblers

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He thought he had his gambling under control until he lost his job, his family and ended up in prison for shuffling around money in an attempt to cover his gambling debts.

“I treat [gambling] as a cancer,&#x...

Skaff stopped after allegedly turning into wrong traffic lane

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Just before his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence Saturday, Kanawha County Delegate and state Senate candidate Doug Skaff was pulled over after allegedly driving in the wrong lane after turning onto a Mor...

Kanawha County business incubator owes IRS $20,000

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A business incubator set up to serve communities in the eastern part of Kanawha County owes the Internal Revenue Service almost $20,000, records show.

Kanawha County Deputy Planning Director Colt Sandoro told count...

Fundraising event for vets postponed until summer

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A fundraising event for veterans scheduled for Oct. 25 that included historic aircraft and a dinner and dance has been postponed until summer.

Betsy Murphy, organizer of the charity event A Hero’s Salute, sa...

Actor, author Henry Winkler encourages Jackson County schoolchildren

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RIPLEY — Actor, producer and author Henry Winkler had no idea he would be writing a series of childrens’ books based on his childhood struggles with dyslexia.

ȁ...

Kanawha PSD chairman resigns, citing health

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The chairman of the financially troubled Kanawha Public Service District has resigned.

David Howell sent members of the Kanawha County Commission a resignation letter on Friday, citing an...

Incident at Yeager Airport result of personal hygiene products

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A chemical leak at Yeager Airport late Wednesday that sent two airport workers to the hospital and closed the airport for about three hours was an accident, airport officials believe.

Yeager Airport Director Rick A...

Coal operator appointed to county parks board

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In a rare split vote, Kanawha County commissioners voted Wednesday to appoint Pritchard Mining operator Andrew Jordon to a vacant position on the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Jordon, who donated ...

Kanawha commissioners weigh options to replace Plants as prosecutor

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Kanawha County commissioners are making plans to replace Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants, following a ruling by a three-judge panel to remove Plants from office.

Commissioners Kent Carper, Dave Hardy and Hoppy Sho...

Recycling center may need new plan to stay open

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The Solid Waste Authority board came out of a lengthy closed-door session at its regular meeting Tuesday, saying it might need a new plan to keep the Slack Street recycling center open.

The board signed a lease in ...

Mine operator up for Kanawha parks board

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If Pritchard Mining owner and operator Andrew Jordon is appointed to the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday, he will be the third member of the board with close ties to...

Longtime Kanawha, Lincoln political figure faces assault charge, harassment lawsuit

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Longtime Kanawha and Lincoln County politico Ron Gregory was charged with assault last week after allegedly threatening to strangle an employee with a computer cord at the offices of the Lincoln Public Service District.<...

Kanawha County will cover employees’ same-sex spouses

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted Thursday night to extend insurance coverage to the same-sex spouses of county employees.

County Commission President Kent Carper made the motion to amend the county&#x...

Judge asks to be removed from hearing case against sheriff

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A Kanawha County judge has asked to be removed from hearing a lawsuit filed against Kanawha Sheriff Johnny Rutherford, saying that she knows that some of the allegations in the lawsuit are “simply not true.”...

Pa. man pleads not guilty in W.Va. on gun charges

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A Pennsylvania man who overturned an SUV reportedly loaded with chickens, explosives and illegal guns on Interstate 79 in Roane County in August has been indicted on a federal gun charge.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwi...

Paving complete at Slack Street recycling center

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West Virginia Recycling Services’ Slack Street recycling center has a smooth new layer of asphalt and is again open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to Kanawha County solid waste officials.

Solid...

Mayors get ready for Home Rule

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Now that the state’s Municipal Home Rule Board has given more autonomy to 16 cities in West Virginia, mayors in Dunbar, Nitro, Milton and South Charleston say they will have the freedom to make big changes within ...

Snow plow crews going through annual ritual

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Which is why road-clearing crews for the state Department of Highways go through their annual ritual about this time of year to test their equipment and make a dry run of the routes they’ll have to drive when the ...

Commission candidates agree Kanawha is facing tough times

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All three candidates running for Kanawha County Commission agree the county and state are facing tough economic times. But they have different ideas about how to help the county’s residents face the future.

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Dunbar hopes to hire police officer

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Dunbar city officials hope to use a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to put another police officer on the city’s streets.

Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va, announced almost $570...

Kanawha prosecutor to review cases involving suspended cop; Charleston mayor says back off

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Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants has ordered a review of all pending criminal cases that involve suspended Charleston police Lt. Shawn Williams, but Charleston Mayor Danny Jones thinks Plants should stay o...

Kanawha County must reprint 55,000 Nov. ballots

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Kanawha County election officials will have to reprint 55,000 ballots for the Nov. 4 general election following a West Virginia Supreme Court decision to allow the county’s Republican Executive Committee to appoin...