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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.

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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...

Roane County woman faces drug, fleeing charges

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Roane County woman was arrested late Tuesday after allegedly leading police on a chase through the streets of South Charleston and Charleston’s West Side.

South Charleston police alleg...

State builds up supply of road salt

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State highways officials are getting ready for winter despite a sharp increase in the price of road salt.

“Our budget hasn’t changed,” said Department of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Bly. ȁ...

Sources: Charleston cop suspended over videos

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston police lieutenant on paid administrative leave is under investigation for making racially insensitive video recordings, sources familiar with the investigation said.

Lt. Shaw...

Fire in Jefferson shuts down U.S. 60

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A late night fire in Jefferson shut down portions of U.S. 60 off and on for several hours.

Deputy Kanawha County Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman said a fire broke out in an apparently abandoned apartment bu...

Many Kanawha officials saw drop in property taxes

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Many of Kanawha County’s elected officials saw a significant drop in their property taxes over the past five years.

But county tax officials say that doesn’t mean they’re playing favorites when...

Troopers, marshals check up on local sex offenders

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West Virginia State Police and federal marshals conducted a “compliance blitz” this week to make sure all of Kanawha County’s more than 400 sex offenders are following the rules — and the vast...

Martinsburg National Guard unit getting newer aircraft

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Martinsburg’s 167th Airlift Wing got its first C-17 cargo plane on Thursday, as the National Guard unit’s aging C-5 Galaxy aircraft are slowly being retired to a boneyard in the Arizona desert.

Col. S...

Kanawha County Judicial Annex to get security chief

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At a regular meeting Thursday, members of the Kanawha County Commission approved hiring a chief of security for the county Judicial Annex.

Sheriff Johnny Rutherford told county commissioners Kent Carper, Dave Hardy...

Man accused of killing Cross Lanes teen waives extradition to Ohio

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A man accused of killing a Cross Lanes teenager he met on the Internet will face trial in his home state of Ohio.

Ernest Michael Roach, 36, of Racine, Ohio, waived extradition back to Ohio during a brief hearing Tu...

Charleston police lieutenant placed on paid leave

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Lt. Shawn Williams of the Charleston Police Department has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a police investigation, Police Chief Brent Webster confirmed Tuesday morning.

Webster said he could not di...

Flying high: Cancer survivor organizes event to honor veterans

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Betsy Murphy loves history, loves airplanes and loves dressing up.

So the two-time cancer survivor decided to organize a living history event to combine all three.

On Oct. 25, Murphy and her charitable organi...

Fate of Kanawha parks director still uncertain

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Members of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission want the board’s personnel committee to determine whether or not to discipline county parks director Jeff Hutchinson.

Commission members voted to...

Arrests made in connection with dump truck theft

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Ohio police have arrested two men who allegedly stole a dump truck near Sissonville Sunday, robbed a convenience store and then left the truck abandoned and burning.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheri...

Brothers accused of shooting bouncer to remain in jail

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Two brothers accused of pumping 12 bullets into a bouncer for kicking them out of a downtown Charleston bar will remain in jail, a Kanawha County circuit judge ruled this morning.

Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey refu...

Work begins on new bridge for Coonskin Park

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Contractors have begun work on the supports for a new bridge into Coonskin Park.

The $6.2 million bridge will cross the Elk River at Mink Shoals and allow state officials to close Coonskin Drive and improve securit...

Statewide test of alert system scheduled for Wednesday

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State and federal officials are conducting a statewide test of the Public Alert and Warning System on Wednesday.

“During an emergency, federal, state and local public safety officials must be able to provide...

Kanawha parks board to discuss fate of director

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The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission has amended the agenda for their Thursday meeting to discuss the fate of Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson.

Retired Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett, parks commission chairman...

Loudendale sewer system feasible; now where’s the money?

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Jeff Blount didn’t come to be a community leader in Loudendale by being a pessimist.

That’s why Blount refuses to give up on a sewer project for the community that’s been talked about since 199...

Kanawha library supporters kick off election campaign

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Supporters of Kanawha County’s upcoming library levy vote kicked off an information campaign Friday with rallies at several area libraries.

The levy, on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election, would supp...

Tractor trailer wreck closes Interstate 79

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A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 79 was closed for hours Thursday after a tractor trailer carrying chemicals overturned in Braxton County.

A Braxton County emergency dispatcher said the truck wrecked about 4:30 p.m....

Seven arrested in raid on West Side bar

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Seven people were arrested Thursday night in a raid on a bar on Charleston’s West Side.

Cpl. Mark Petty of the Charleston Police Department said an officer was driving by the Park Place bar on Central Avenue...

Kanawha County Commission invests in police, fire and ambulance service

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On an evening when many Americans were recalling the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack that destroyed the Twin Towers, members of the Kanawha County Commission voted to invest in tools to help law enforcement officers, firefi...

St. Albans police identify man found dead in park

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St. Albans police have identified a man whose body was found in St. Albans City Park on Tuesday night.

Capt. James Agee of the St. Albans Police Department identified the victim as Micah Burdette, 20, of St. Albans...

Paving changes entrance at Slack Street recycling center

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Residents who want to drop off material at Charleston’s Slack Street recycling center will have to use a temporary entrance when paving begins at the site next week.

Additionally, drop-off hours will be rest...

Kanawha sheriff wants new software in police cars

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Sheriff Johnny Rutherford wants to put new computer software in sheriff’s cruisers and police cars throughout Kanawha County.

Rutherford said the $1 million project ...

Top Secret: WWII spy lives quiet life in Charles Town, W.Va.

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At 92, Fred Mayer still mows his girlfriend’s lawn and drives the Meals on Wheels van around his community in Charles Town. When his daughter, Claudette, comes to visit, Fred Mayer does all the work.

Fred Ma...

Charleston rapist gets up to 68 years behind bars

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A Charleston man who pleaded guilty to breaking into a woman’s home and raping her will spend up to 68 years in prison, Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ruled Friday.

Michael Salisbury, 30, of Pennsylvan...

Plastics 101: A guide to local recycling programs

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Because plastic takes up a lot of space but doesn’t weigh much, many recycling centers only accept the one or two types of plastic that bring in more money, and don’t want to fool with the rest. West Virgin...