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Putnam schools in a time crunch to hire staff members


WINFIELD -- The Putnam County school district’s superintendent says the water crisis, the tough winter and the relatively early start to the upcoming school year have put the district in a crunch to finish filling...

Eleanor mayor wants Putnam to fund pool


WINFIELD Eleanor’s mayor asked Putnam County commissioners Tuesday for $30,000 to help pay pool expenses at a park that the county let the t...

Scott Depot man admits killing brother


WINFIELD -- A Scott Depot man admitted in court earlier this month to killing his brother.

Jonathan Facemyre, 26, of Thomas Drive, pleaded guilty on July 3 to the second-degree murder of Michael Facemyre, 36. The ...

Putnam PSD water customers paying higher rates to fund expansions


SCOTT DEPOT — The Putnam Public Service District’s roughly 9,200 water customers began paying higher rates Monday to fund a slate of projects.

The monthly bill for an aver...

Hurricane, Putnam officials call EPA letter on MCHM ‘highly problematic’


Lawyers for Hurricane and Putnam County are arguing that a federal judge shouldn’t give any weight to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official’s letter saying Crude MCHM isn’t a “hazard...

Poca mayoral race town’s only contested election


The race for mayor of Poca will be the town’s only contested election Nov. 4.

Only one person, incumbent Carroll Westfall, applied to run for town recorder by the June 30 deadline, and only four people appli...

Police seek man as person of interest in West Side slaying


Charleston Police have identified a person of interest in connection with a body found Saturday morning on Charleston’s West Side that is being investigated as a homicide.

Police are seeking Marlon “...

At Putnam pet cemetery, grieving owners must mow the grass


WINFIELD — Side by side in a Putnam County cemetery stand two heart-shaped headstones, one for Ewok, one for Foxfire, both inscribed “We Miss You.”

Those would be s...

Winfield moving to demolish old town hall


WINFIELD -- Sitting inside their new city hall, Winfield City Council members voted Tuesday night to allow their decades-old town hall to be demolished.

The council, which moved into the new building in March, retr...

Bond kept for Hurricane man accused of killing infant son


WINFIELD — A Hurricane man accused of killing his 5-week-old son will remain in jail under a $500,000 bond, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Putnam Circuit Judge Joseph Reeder also accep...

Putnam schools plan to offer new double-credit classes


WINFIELD — The Putnam County school district is planning to offer new double-credit classes.

The county school board unanimously...

Hurricane pays to settle former police officer’s lawsuit


WINFIELD – The city of Hurricane has agreed to pay a former K-9 officer $77,500 to settle his lawsuit alleging the city didn’t pay him overtime for grooming, training and otherwise caring for his dog.


Putnam building permits are up, but boom isn’t back


WINFIELD — Building permit approvals suggest Putnam County’s real estate market has been improving since the recession of 2008, but the building boom of the 1990s and 2000...

Fast-growing Winfield planning new city park


The quickly growing city of Winfield is planning a new city park along the Kanawha River after years without one.

Mayor Randy Barrett said he learned last week the city is a finalist for a roughly $150,000 grant fr...

Putnam Family Court judge candidates spend big on themselves


In Putnam County’s May 13 primary, the Republican family court judge candidates were by far the biggest spenders — and much of the money was their own.

Candidates may contribute as much as they want t...

Trial over Hurricane teen killed by CSX train set for May 2015


WINFIELD, W.Va. — The lawsuit over a Hurricane teenager killed by a CSX Transportation train in 2012 is back in Putnam Circuit Court and has a hearing set for 2015.

In January, Richard Dwayne Ball — ...

Local Mexican eatery expands


The former home of a local restaurant shuttered in part by the water crisis is now filled by an eatery that survived and thrived despite it.

The second location of Mi Cocina de Amor, Spanish for “My Kitchen...

Judge will consider EPA letter saying MCHM not ‘hazardous waste’


A federal judge Monday granted a request by the operator of a Hurricane landfill, facing a lawsuit for accepting 228 tons of MCHM-contaminated wastewater mixed with sawdust, to consider a U.S. Environmental Protection Ag...

Putnam prosecutor wants Plants’ deal amended


Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia says he’ll drop his opposition to Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants entering a batterers intervention program in Putnam if lawyers amend a deal that co...

‘West Side Wonder Mural’ portrays half the town


The “West Side Wonder Mural” isn’t finished yet — but it seems like half of Charleston is already portrayed in it.

The faces include politicians, like Mayor Danny Jones and Secretary of...

Evaluation says Hurricane man accused of killing infant son competent to stand trial


WINFIELD, W.Va. — A psychiatric evaluation of the Hurricane man accused of killing his 5-week-old son has concluded that he’s competent to stand trial and states that he h...

Special prosecutor: Plants deal is legal


The prosecutor appointed to handle the domestic violence case against Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants says the second deal he and Plants struck is legal, despite another prosecutor’s belief that it...

Putnam prosecutor: Kanawha prosecutor’s new pretrial deal still illegal


WINFIELD, W.Va. — Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia believes the deal reached Tuesday for Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants to enter a batterers interventio...

Former worker alleges Toyota violated medical leave act


WINFIELD, W.Va. — A former employee at the Toyota plant in Putnam County is accusing the company of wrongly firing her for seeking medical leave to address her methamphetamine pr...

Putnam PSD approves 2014-15 budgets that include Poca’s $190K sewer deficit


SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. — The Putnam Public Service District’s board on Tuesday unanimously approved its 2014-15 fiscal year budgets, including one for Poca’s sewer syst...

Putnam business may miss out on tax break


WINFIELD — A new Putnam County business may have to pay about $17,000 it could’ve saved on real property taxes this year had its representatives attended the third meeting...

Six state aging resource centers closing due to cuts


Six of the state’s 10 Aging and Disability Resource Centers, including one in Dunbar, are shutting down.

In a statement Monday, officials at the state Bureau of Senior Services, which oversees the centers, ...

Hurricane landfill continues to argue Crude MCHM not considered ‘hazardous waste’


The Hurricane landfill that accepted 228 tons of Freedom Industries wastewater mixed with sawdust from the Jan. 9 spill cleanup has again argued that a federal lawsuit against it should be dismissed.

The Friday fi...

250 years of Charleston history, through 4 families


Isaac Smith became a major in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, but his father, Benjamin Harrison Smith, joined the constitutional convention that broke West Virginia off from the Confederacy and established it ...

Poca acquisition adds deficit to Putnam PSD


SCOTT DEPOT — The Putnam Public Service District’s takeover of Poca’s aging sewer system is expected to add a roughly $190,000 deficit to a new account in the upcoming fi...

Hurricane landfill responds to resident’s MCHM lawsuit


WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A Hurricane landfill says its acceptance of 228 tons of MCHM-contaminated wastewater mixed with sawdust hasn’t harmed nearby residents, and those residents shouldn’t be able to file a cla...

Eleanor election may be decided by drawing lots


Every vote counts, especially in elections where only 121 people vote.

The local election in Eleanor, a Putnam County town with about 1,500 residents, was June 10, but a tie is still unresolved between incumbent To...

Putnam PSD adding early-alert water testing system


The Putnam Public Service District is implementing earlier and more comprehensive contamination detection for its drinking water.

The district’s board approved on Thursday purchasing a $39,000 source water ...

Superintendent: ‘too much anger’ over Winfield graduation


WINFIELD — Putnam County Schools Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said Monday there’s been “way too much finger pointing and anger” in the controversy over a revered ...

Hurricane, Putnam accuse landfill of delaying suit over MCHM it accepted


In the ongoing federal lawsuit over the Hurricane landfill that accepted 228 tons of Freedom Industries wastewater mixed with sawdust, the city and Putnam County are asking a judge to dismiss the landfill’s motion...

Scott Depot business sues over Putnam’s fire service fees


A Scott Depot-based company is requesting a Putnam Circuit Court judge rule that the county’s annual fire service fees are unreasonable and must be reformulated.

In a lawsuit filed Monday against the Putnam...

Eleanor term limit increase defeated again, council race in tie


ELEANOR, W.Va. An amendment that would have extended terms of office in Eleanor from two to four years failed for a fo...

Putnam schools prepare to end decade of building


WINFIELD — Brad Hodges remembers when an assistant principal fell through the floor of the old Poca Middle School.

“I was actually talking to him on the phone when he did it,” recalled Hodges,...

Poca sewer system sale approved


POCA, W.Va. -- The town of Poca has transferred its aging sewer system to the Putnam Public Service District.

The transfer, approved by the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday, was for $1. The move will add ...

Putnam switches insurers, saves $115K


WINFIELD, W.Va. — The Putnam County Commission approved on Tuesday changing its insurance providers for the 2014-15 fiscal year, saving about $115,000 for the year over the curre...

Second person charged with child neglect at Hurricane home


A man has been charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, at the same Hurricane home where the mother of the young children involved received the same charge last month.

A 2-year-old girl in the home was a...

Putnam County tax deal could be worth $338K


The Putnam County Commission is set to consider on Tuesday a 20-year, 20-percent-off property tax deal with a new business as part of a complicated economic development maneuver.

Assuming the tax rate and assessed ...

At pride parade, confidence that same-sex marriage will come to W.Va.


With federal courts declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in state after state, most recently Wisconsin on Friday, attendees at the 18th annual Rainbow Pride of West Virginia festival ...

Organizers seeking to make Putnam Homecoming a “big deal” again


WINFIELD – Boyd Harper, 58, remembers attending the annual Putnam County Homecoming when he was growing up in Red House, back when the politics-and-parade event was “a big deal.”

“God k...

Putnam health board renews service contract with Kanawha-Charleston Department


WINFIELD -- The Putnam County Board of Health approved a contract on Thursday for Kanawha-Charleston Health Department employees to provide it services for an additional year, effective July 1.

Andy Skidmore, a c...

Landfill allows Hurricane to take MCHM samples


WINFIELD — The landfill that accepted 228 tons of Freedom Industries wastewater mixed with sawdust has dropped its opposition to the city of Hurricane’s investigation, according...

Buffalo High gets new principal


WINFIELD — The Putnam County Board of Education named Tawny Stilianoudakis as Buffalo High School’s new principal Monday night.

Stilianoudakis, who has been assistant pri...

Second employee joins suit against Airgas over Putnam explosion


WINFIELD — A second former employee at Airgas USA’s Putnam County facility has joined a lawsuit against the company over an explosion last May.

Ronald Alan Forren te...

For bikers, cause for clean water hits home


Biking 150 miles in two days may sound arduous to the athletically disinclined, but the Rev. Jonathan Nettles points out there are worse things.

“Even if the rain is coming down and the roads are rough, it&#...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Buffalo police chief


A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that accused Buffalo’s police chief of pursuing an affair with a married woman while on duty and abusing his position to threaten the husband.

Police Chief William Jor...