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Church helps pastor heal after health scare


David Biondi, pastor at Chesapeake United Methodist Church, is thankful for the little things – like crossword puzzles.

It wasn’t long ago when he found himself with the correct word in mind, but una...

In wake of frat house death, WVU seeks culture change


West Virginia University administrators are cracking down on the school’s party scene after two fraternities closed and another was temporarily suspended.


Westest scores delayed again


Last year’s standardized test scores have still not been announced, though their release was expected Thursday.

State Department of Education Spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro did not give a specific date, but said...

Kanawha school board frustrated with delayed test scores


Kanawha County School Board members are tired of waiting for the state Department of Education’s release of last year’s standardized test scores.

While Westest 2 scores are typically released to teach...

GW, South Charleston named among best high schools in W.Va.


George Washington and South Charleston high schools are ranked among the best in the state, according to a national report released Monday.

Niche, a company that reviews and analyzes the country’s public sch...

University of Charleston sports center gets nearly $1 million gift


The University of Charleston’s campaign for a new sports center gained nearly $1 million on Monday.

Bill Rice, a former member of the University of Charleston’s board of trustees, donated a home value...

Winfield High reverses course, allows LGBT club


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In an abrupt change, Winfield High School is now home to a Gay-Straight Alliance club.

Putnam County Schools spokeswoman Rudi Raynes said the club was created Monday, despite Principal Br...

Marple’s case against state school board moves forward


Former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple’s lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education will move forward.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky last week denied the school board’...

Boy starts neighborhood newspaper


The Gazette-Mail has some competition.

John Edward Leef recently created The Neighborhood Times — a weekly South Hills-based newspaper.

He publishes out of his home on Grosscup Road and hand-delivers ...

Putnam County principal: Adding LGBT club would ‘create bullying’


A Putnam County high school will not allow a Gay-Straight Alliance club on campus, despite students’ requests.

Winfield High School Principal Bruce McGrew said that, while there was student interest in such ...

WVU student involved in ‘catastrophic medical emergency’ dies


A West Virginia University freshman who was hospitalized after an incident at a fraternity earlier this week has died, according to school officials.

Nolan Burch, 18, of Williamsville, New York, was found at the Ka...

WVU suspends fraternity, sorority activities after ‘catastrophic’ emergency


Fraternity and sorority activities have been suspended at West Virginia University after a student was hospitalized following an incident at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house late Wednesday night.

WVU student Nolan ...

Mingo County regains control of schools from W.Va. board


Mingo County officials regained control of their school system Wednesday, after the state had overseen the system for almost a decade.

West Virginia Board of Education members voted unanimously to return full local...

After levy win, Kanawha library officials plan recovery


Members of the Kanawha County Public Library Board were in high spirits at a meeting Monday but are being cautious about financial restructuring for the library following last week’s levy passage.


W.Va. college enrollment down, but WVSU, Tech see increase


Fewer West Virginians are going to college.

Total enrollment for all of the state’s public four-year colleges and universities decreased by 1.6 percent from 2013 to 2014, and has steadily declined for the pa...

WVU looking at former Mountain State University campus in Beckley


West Virginia University has entered into an agreement with the defunct Mountain State University to explore buying the school’s Beckley campus, which is currently home to University of Charleston students.


South Charleston, Nitro libraries benefit from levy


While the passage of the library levy on Tuesday means that Kanawha County’s public libraries are no longer in danger of major cutbacks, for two libraries, it means additional improvements.

South Charleston...

Library levy succeeds this time around


Kanawha voters passed a levy on Tuesday that will allow the county’s libraries to continue to fully operate.

More than 32,000 voters checked “yes” for the Kanawha County Public Library levy, a ...

School board supports second library levy attempt


Although the Kanawha County Board of Education is merely playing host to the library levy on Tuesday’s ballot, its members are voting “yes” this time around.

Even school board member Pete Thaw ...

Number of homeless students at record high in W.Va. schools


A record number of homeless students are attending West Virginia’s public schools.

More than 8,300 students were labeled as homeless in the state last school year — an increase of about 9 percent sinc...

W.Va. schools get $10M in mental health grants to curb gun violence


West Virginia schools will receive nearly $10 million in federal grants to increase awareness of mental health among children and “curb gun violence,” the state Department of Education ...

Officials back response to Riverside gun threat


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A lot of Riverside High School students stayed home on Tuesday, after school officials broadcast a message Monday night saying a student had threatened to bring a gun to school. But Principal V...

Pearl Buck collection moves to WVU


Renowned author Pearl S. Buck left West Virginia as a baby, and spent most of her life in China.

But her decision to leave behind nearly every trace of her literary legacy to the state of West Virginia speaks volu...

WVU expels students for involvement in riots


Three West Virginia University students were expelled Thursday for their involvement in riots across campus following WVU’s football win against Baylor on Saturday.

The three are among 14 WVU students charge...

Despite money problems, library to hold annual book sale


The Kanawha County Public Library’s annual book sale will go on despite the library’s unsure financial future.

The book sale, scheduled for Saturday, will feature more than 1,100 boxes of books rangi...

Education summit focuses on technology, equal opportunity


When the World Wide Web was introduced more than 20 years ago, schools started to change.

When Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, they changed even more.

About 200,000 online learning applications have been ...