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Ambulance Authority to pursue regional training center


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority are one step closer to creating a regional training center with the purchase of the former Charleston Work Release Center building on...

Water service restored to most after Dunbar break


West Virginia American Water on Friday afternoon restored service to more than 20,000 customers, most of those who have had little or no water pressure since Tuesday evening.

According to a news release the company...

Water main repairs expected to take most of Thursday night


Repairs to a 36-inch water main in Dunbar were expected to take most of Thursday night, but West Virginia American Water didn’t have an exact time line that evening for full water restoration to all customers. The...

Thousands went without water in Kanawha, Putnam counties


Thousands of West Virginians spent the day Wednesday without water, after a 36-inch West Virginia American Water main broke Tuesday in Dunbar, and many people lined up to get water at distribution sites throughout Kanawh...

Charleston man accused of sexually assaulting child


A Charleston man remained in jail Wednesday after being charged with sexually assaulting a young boy.

According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, the victim and several other child...

Dog dragged to death in Coonskin Park


Kanawha County Park Police are looking for someone who dragged a dog to death Tuesday in Coonskin Park.

Park Police Chief Rodney Jones said park visitors saw a small dog being dragged through the park by a blue Hyu...

Grand jury to decide charges in case of infant’s death


A Kanawha County grand jury will decide whether to pursue first-degree murder charges against a South Charleston man who allegedly killed a 2-year-old boy and stuffed his body in a freezer for several hours before callin...

Amandaville man wants to restore historic church damaged in arson


Six months after someone set fire to the Church of Deliverance United Holy Church in Amandaville, the smoke-charred brick and cinder block building stands abandoned and forlorn on Mary Street, where it has been a landmar...

County to consider work-release inmates at Coonskin


Jeff Hutchinson just can’t get good help anymore.

Hutchinson, Kanawha County parks director, asked members of the county parks commission this morning for permission to farm out summer maintenance work at Co...

Judge rules against mayor in fight with council


Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley is losing so far in his fight to see who’s in charge in town government.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit on Wednesday denied Pauley’s request for an emergency injunc...

Fire closes IHOP restaurant on Corridor G


Firefighters from South Charleston, Charleston and Dunbar put out a fire Tuesday afternoon at the IHOP restaurant in The Shops at Trace Fork, just off Corridor G.

No one was injured in the fire. South Charleston Fi...

Architect to start on plans for new recycling center


Kanawha County solid waste officials should have preliminary drawings of a new Slack Street recycling facility within the next few weeks.

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

County Commission protests power rate increase


Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted Thursday to file an official protest with the state Public Service Commission over a proposed $123 million rate increase requested by Appalachian Power.

But County Com...

Charleston’s Multi-Fest moving to Haddad Riverfront Park


Multi-Fest, Charleston’s annual multicultural festival, is moving to Haddad Riverfront Park after 25 years on the State Capitol grounds.

Two towns pick new mayors


Voters in two local towns — Buffalo in Putnam County and Glasgow in Kanawha County — picked new mayors on Tuesday, while voters in East Bank unseated one of five incumbent town council members in municipal ...

Second phase of Interstate 64 bridge project to start


Contractors doing work on Interstate 64 in Charleston are finished with the two outer eastbound lanes and are about to start working on the two inner lanes, state highways officials said.

“The only thing tha...

Six Kanawha County towns hold municipal elections


Six towns in Kanawha County are holding their municipal elections Tuesday.

Races is several towns face little opposition and are virtually assured of re-electing their existing governments, but a few towns will be ...

Putnam Aging pulling out of Kanawha County food program


Officials for Putnam Aging have announced they will stop providing food service to the Kanawha County senior nutrition program after the end of September.

The Putnam County has been providing meals to Kanawha Count...

Work begins to restore courthouse ceiling


Work has begun on a $100,000 project to finish restoring the ceiling in the ceremonial courtroom in the Kanawha County Courthouse.

“This project’s been going on two or three years now,” said St...

Pratt mayor, facing drug charge, says he’ll step down if re-elected


Pratt Mayor Gary Fields said he will step down if re-elected in city elections next week.

Fields was picked up by Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday as part of a joint county and federal drug inv...

Early voting ends in South Charleston election


Several hundred people voted early in South Charleston’s upcoming municipal election on Saturday.

City Clerk Margie Spence, who oversees voting for city elections, said about 780 people had cast early ballot...

Preservation officials visit possible Indian burial site


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Historic Preservation officials on Tuesday visited a possible American Indian burial site in Pratt where skeletal remains were discovered Monday.

Workers for West Virginia American ...

Stolen Purple Heart medal completes 40-year journey home


Jeanette Wright thought she would never see her late brother’s Purple Heart again.

“It’s been gone for over 40 years,” said Wright, 84, from her North Charleston home. “The last t...

Dunbar’s seatbelt fine violates state law


Dunbar city officials are charging a fine of $75 for those caught not wearing a seatbelt in town, an apparent violation of state law.

Gary Crites said his daughter was stopped in Dunbar earlier this month and given...

Coonskin Park debuts footgolf


Starting Saturday, visitors to Charleston’s Coonskin Park will be able to play a new game that combines the precision of golf with the footwork of soccer.

Coonskin debuts Kanawha County’s first footgo...

Jackson man recalls father’s WWII history


EVANS, W.Va. -- Perhaps the most striking thing about Cletis Carmean was his grin, impish and mischievous, although his son has another term for it that isn’t quite fit for a family newspaper.

Cletis Carmean...

Missing in action: Woman seeks rightful heirs of Purple Heart


Sally Jarrett had never met Waldo R. Williamson, a U.S. Navy veteran who died sometime in 1945 somewhere in or around the Philippine Islands.

But the die-hard collector and auction enthusiast is desperately looking...

Coonskin to offer golf with soccer balls, flying discs


Visitors to Coonskin Park will soon be able to play alternate versions of golf with soccer balls and flying discs.

Members of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission voted at a regular meeting Thursday t...

Kanawha Solid Waste Authority mulls how to pay for new facility


Now that demolition is almost complete at Charleston’s Slack Street recycling center, Kanawha County solid waste officials are trying to figure out how to pay for a new facility.

Members of the Kanawha Count...

Former mayor wants return to kinder, gentler South Charleston


When former South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb left after eight terms and 32 years in office, he didn’t expect he’d ever run for mayor again.

“I thought, what more was there to do?” said...

South Charleston mayor striving for modern, efficient city


South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens sits comfortably behind his desk in City Hall, the overhead lights turned off and the only illumination coming from the light streaming from an outside window and the glow of a flatsc...

Kanawha County about to test for deputy candidates


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County sheriff’s officials are getting ready to test for a new crop of deputy candidates.

The Sheriff’s Department holds a round of testing every few years for poten...

Kanawha SWAT team trains at former recycling center


Members of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team try to train as often as they can. So when the 14-member team got a chance last week to conduct drills in the old Slack Street recycling center building...

WVU Tech grad goes from coma to commencement


On Dec. 14, 1998, doctors told Johnnie Gadson to come to Cabell Huntington Hospital, and to come quickly. Gadson’s son, Jermaine, a freshman at Marshall University, was in a coma and was not expected to wake up.

Newspaper staff get creative to make sure newspaper is printed


When a fire in an underground power station two blocks away from the Charleston Newspapers Building knocked out electricity to downtown Charleston on Thursday, not printing the newspaper was not an option.


Lineup announced for Live on the Levee


Velvet-voiced crooner and Logan County native Landau Eugene Murphy will be one of the headline acts at Charleston’s free Live on the Levee music concerts this summer.

Live on the Levee music committee chairm...

Power restored downtown after underground fire


It could be several days before Appalachian Power officials know what caused an underground fire in downtown Charleston Thursday evening.

U.S. 60 closure hurts Cedar Grove business


No one wants U.S. 60 near Cedar Grove reopened more than Don Henry.

“It’s killing me,” said the owner of Cedar Grove Furniture. “I’ve lost a lot of money.”

The two-la...