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Police charge man in bar break-ins


A 36-year-old California man was arrested by Charleston Police on Wednesday on breaking and entering charges related to the theft of safes from a series of Charleston taverns in recent weeks.

Police said James Arth...

Remembering Tarzan’s visit to Charleston


One thing that makes the job of a bush league newspaper reporter worthwhile is the wide range of people you encounter in the course of a career. Well, that and the free coffee.

I’ve had the good fortune to m...

Greenbrier Express project still viable, despite “liquidation’auction


A sale billed as a “liquidation auction” for the Greenbrier Express, a fleet of rail cars being refurbished to luxury standards to carry passengers between Washington, D.C., and The Greenbrier resort, is sc...

Archaeological dig hopes to find 1774 fort in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A small army of archaeologists, graduate students and untrained but eager volunteers spent Saturday digging into the past on the grounds of Tu-Endie-Wei State Park tryi...

Gauley River whitewater season opens with a roar


SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — For the first time in 16 years, the deafening roar and drenching spray from water being released through an overflow tube at the base of Summersville Dam gr...

Nonstop Charleston-Orlando service returns to Yeager


Low-cost startup carrier PEOPLExpress Airlines will begin offering nonstop service from Charleston’s Yeager Airport to Orlando International Airport starting Oct. 16.

The Charleston-Orlando flights will be a...

Camp Brookside, 32-acre ‘Isle of Fun’ in New River Gorge, prepares for new role


HINTON — During the 1950s and ’60s, Camp Brookside was a 32-acre “Isle of Fun” in the New River for the children of workers at Union Carbide’s Electro Metal...

West Virginia DNR officer recalls Smokey Bear as icon turns 70


He’s bare-chested, barefoot and, with a five-word vocabulary, barely a conversationalist.

But at age 70, the fire-fighting star of America’s longest-running public service ad campaign remains all bear...

Artificial heart pioneer Dr. John C. Norman Jr. dead at 84


Dr. John Clavon Norman Jr., a Charleston-born, Harvard-educated cardiovascular surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, died Saturday in a Bedford, Massachusetts, acute-care facility. He was 84.

The son of Charleston ...

Charleston’s first black architect worked on both sides of color line


Something about Charleston must have immediately captured the imagination of former 1st Lt. John C. Norman, discharged from the U.S. Army following service with an engineering unit in France during World War I.

In ...

Testimony ends in Kanawha State Forest-area surface mine review


Testimony ended Wednesday in a hearing to decide whether to revoke a permit for the Keystone Development No. 2 surface mine adjacent to Kanawha State Forest, but it is expected to take a month or more until the West Virg...

WWII warplanes draw fans of all ages


PARKERSBURG — Earlier this week, Charlie Marshall of Williamstown was among hundreds of people to walk through one of only six B-17 Flying Fortress bombers still in flying condit...

Hearing continued on Kanawha State Forest area surface mine permit


A decision on whether a permit for a 414-acre surface mine adjacent to Kanawha State Forest should be revoked won’t be made until at least Aug. 20, when the state Surface Mine Board resumes proceedings in a suit f...

New instruments monitor what’s shaking beneath West Virginia


Last August, only one seismic monitoring station could be found in all of West Virginia — at the state’s Geologic and Economic Survey headquarters at Mont Chateau, in Monongalia County, just south of the Pe...

Mountaintop mine adjacent to Kanawha State Forest draws protest crowd to Capitol steps


When Daile Boulis moved into her home along Middlelick Branch in Loudendale two and a half years ago, adjusting to well water and life in a hollow seemed to be the biggest challenges facing her.

That changed earlie...

Moorefield attack 150 years ago “had very damaging effect” on Confederate campaign


One hundred fifty years ago this week, the wide, lush pastures bracketing the tree-shaded South Branch of the Potomac River just north of the Hardy County farming community of Moorefield must have been a welcome sight fo...

When you shake a family tree, be prepared for surprises


“Do you know what your last name means?”an email advertisement from a popular online ancestry-tracing company asked me, before trying to sign me up for a free 14-day trial to help me find out.

If I ha...

Moth’s second-fiddle status to butterfly questioned during program


PARKERSBURG -- To many people, moths are merely the brownish, thumbnail-sized winged insects that cling passively to window screens at night, if they’re not mindlessly orbiting lampshades or being lured to noisy, ...

W.Va. Surface Mining Board rejects bid to halt MTR work near Kanawha State Forest


Following a four-hour hearing Thursday, the West Virginia Surface Mining Board late Friday announced that it had denied motions by the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation and 10 individuals to tempora...