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N’Awlins invades Clay Center


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.


Huntington community icon Mike Perry dies


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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?”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Kanawha commissioners OK $30,000 for recycling program


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


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


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


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


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


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.


After CHS rape arrest, delay questioned


A Capital High School student who allegedly was raped at the school Monday didn’t have a forensic exam until the next day because school officials didn’t notify police until then — a delay that possi...

Remaining vacancy filled on Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority


The last vacant position on the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority’s governing board has been filled.

Officials with the state Public Service Commission recently appointed Steven Adams, a communications sp...

Solid Waste Authority to get free architectural services for new facility


The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will receive free architectural services in designing a new facility to replace the crumbling Slack Street recycling center.

Meanwhile, the Solid Waste Authority’s go...

Man arrested for ramming deputy’s truck


Authorities have arrested a Kanawha County man who walked away from CAMC General Hospital after allegedly smashing his car into a Kanawha sheriff’s department vehicle over the weekend.

Brian E. Spencer, 34, ...

Screening, vaccination urged in fight against cervical cancer


Shelly Dusic had no idea that, at age 19, the nearly unbearable pain she was feeling would turn out to be cervical cancer.

In college and uninsured, Dusic called her doctor to find out how much a Pap test would cos...

Power line construction to begin in Kanawha State Forest


Appalachian Power workers are about to start replacing transmission lines passing through Kanawha State Forest.

Power company officials say the upgrades will mean fewer towers and less disturbance to the forest onc...

Solid Waste Authority to tear down Slack Street recycling facility


Members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority want to tear down the crumbling Slack Street recycling facility and replace it with a new building on the same site.

“I’m looking at a modest facili...

Clendenin revitalization group sets sights on historic theater


Clendenin’s historic Roxy Theater — once a hub of downtown life — has been shuttered for the past 15 years or so. But a community organization is trying to breathe new life into the old downtown thea...

Deere season: SC getting farm tractor dealer


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There should be good news for the farm-minded when a new John Deere dealership opens up in South Charleston in the next few months.

Bridgeport Equipment & Tool, a licensed John ...

Kanawha deputy Crosier retiring after 27 years


At West Virginia State College (now University), Sean Crosier had talent scouts for four major league baseball teams following him before an injury put an end to thoughts of a baseball career.

“I had the tal...

Marmet officials clash over street chief’s pay


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley and members of Marmet Town Council are still butting heads over how much to pay Street Commissioner Johnny Walker.

Over Pauley’s objections, council member...

Coonskin Park to revise gun restrictions


People with valid concealed weapons permits may soon be allowed to carry guns into Coonskin Park.

Under current park regulations, firearms are banned from the park, and a sign at the park entrance says guns can...

Kanawha ambulance authority employees split state lottery pot


Five employees at the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority are splitting a $1 million state lottery pot.

“I just thought it would be fun,” said Brenda Rader, a seven-year employee at the ambul...

St. Albans stabbing suspect found competent to stand trial


A Kanawha County woman accused of stabbing a woman in St. Albans to death last year while attempting to rob her of pills and money has been found competent to stand trial.

Jessica May Wilson, 28, will go to trial M...

County still getting handle on above-ground storage tanks


A year after the chemical leak that contaminated the tap water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, Kanawha County emergency officials are still trying to get a firm idea of how many chemical storage tanks there are in Ka...

Girl Scouts go gluten-free


Forget the amber waves of grain. The Girl Scouts are going gluten-free.

Officials with Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council announced their newest, gluten-free cookie offering Tuesday at a press conference in Charl...

Kanawha prosecutor to limit vacation carryover


Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller is implementing a “use it or lose it” policy for vacation time after finding out the county will have to pay six employees who are leaving the office about...

Kanawha grabs $1M in unpaid taxes


Kanawha County tax officials are making a dent in collecting about $9 million in unpaid tax tickets.

“I’m just under $1 million in collections,” said Kanawha County Chief Tax Deputy Allen Bleig...

Lewisburg officers home from hospital after shooting


Two Lewisburg police officers were released from the hospital Friday, a day after they were shot during a traffic stop. The father and son charged in the incident had allegedly killed a North Carolina couple hours before...