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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...

Suspect arrested in fatal Mink Shoals shooting is victim’s brother, police say


A man suspected of fatally shooting a Mink Shoals woman and wounding her 17-year-old son was arrested in Logan County early Tuesday morning.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department s...

Coonskin bridge work on holiday hiatus


Construction on the new bridge into Coonskin Park is finished until after the first of the year, but is on track for an opening next October, Kanawha County parks officials learned Thursday.

County Parks Director J...

Locals see U.S.-Cuba thaw as good sign


Some West Virginians with ties to Cuba see good things in a partial thaw in relations between the United States and the tiny Caribbean nation 90 miles off the Florida coast.

“I’m delighted,” sa...

Commission appoints new member to Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority


Members of the Kanawha County Commission have appointed county economic development specialist Dave Armstrong to replace Kasey Russell on the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority.

Russell, who had been chairwoman o...

Tackett moves to drop Coonskin name change


Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Allen Tackett has asked that his proposal to change the name of Coonskin Park be removed from the agenda of Thursday’s parks board meeting.

Tackett sai...

Car wreck, work injury end family dreams


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sometimes all it takes is one accident to send a hard-working family into poverty.

Annie, 29, had a good job and a promising future until she was hit broadside by a car while driving home...

Coonskin Park’s name has roots in history


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The “coonskin” in Coonskin Park’s name goes back more than 100 years, and the name was well established by the time the park was completed in 1950, historic documents show....

City announces annual GoodNight schedule


Charleston city officials announced the schedule Monday morning for the city’s annual GoodNight celebration.

The night of music and arts performances runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at various venues around t...

Two resign from solid waste board


Two key members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority’s governing board have announced their resignations.

Solid Waste Authority chairwoman Kasey Russell and immediate past chairman Rod Watkins each to...

Parks officials may change name of Coonskin Park


The head of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission wants to change the name of Coonskin Park in Charleston.

“I’ve had two or three people say they were offended by the name Coonskin Park,&...

Nitro recycler to take Slack Street material


A recycling center in Nitro has agreed to take tons of recyclables from the Slack Street recycling center while Kanawha County solid waste officials figure out how to salvage the county’s foundering recycling prog...

Fire destroys Elkview home


Fire destroyed a house near Elkview on Thursday night

The blaze was reported at a home on Garth Drive at about 7:15 p.m.

Deputy Kanawha County Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman said the fire apparently...

Retired astronaut encourages students to reach for the stars


NEW HAVEN — Don Thomas was in kindergarten when the United States sent its first man into space.

That was in 1961, and from that moment on, Thomas knew that he wanted to be an a...

St. Albans woman admits killing mother, gets up to 70 years


A St. Albans woman was sentenced Wednesday morning to up to 70 years in prison for strangling her mother to death, hiding her body in the shed of her West Main Street home and using her bank card to steal money.


Steel beams arriving for Coonskin Park bridge


Officials for Coonskin Park said contractors plan to start putting up steel this week on a new bridge to span the Elk River into Coonskin Park.

“They’ve got both sides ready, and they’re ready ...

Learning the ropes: First-year sheriff’s deputy nearly done with field training


Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputy John Kiser is finished with four months of field training, where he has been accompanying more experienced deputies in learning the ins and outs of police work.

Kiser, 25, was...

Judge dismisses much of discrimination lawsuit


A circuit judge has dismissed several claims in a lawsuit by a former Kanawha County Metro 911 employee who claims she was discriminated against for blowing the whistle on other county officials.

Laura Wilson, form...