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Kanawha, Putnam officials accept pay raises

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All but one of the Kanawha and Putnam county officials approved for 12 percent raises effective this month have accepted the increases.

Ora Ash, deputy state auditor in charge of local government services, said th...

Putnam amends budget to account for lower surplus

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WINFIELD — The Putnam County Commission voted Tuesday to amend its current budget to account for almost $250,000 less in expected carryover from last fiscal year.

The county ...

Aldi, Five Guys plan Putnam locations

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WINFIELD — A grocer, burger joint and manufacturer have plans to open new Putnam County locations.

The county Office of Planning and Infrastructure has approved permits it receiv...

Putnam County Schools makes new hires

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WINFIELD — The Putnam County Board of Education approved several hires on Monday in preparation for the 2014-15 school year.

The board approved positions for about a dozen teachers, plus coaches, bus drivers...

Six-story building catches fire in downtown Huntington

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A fire at an apartment building in downtown Huntington Sunday required nearly four hours, almost all of the Huntington Fire Department and at least four neighboring volunteer fire departments to put it out, Cabell County...

Local government workplaces still not under WVOSHA oversight

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The quarter-century-old West Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program is finally funded to do unannounced safety inspections of state agencies, but it’s withdrawing 24 citations to various local government ...

Putnam commissioner says he lacks confidence in parks budget numbers

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WINFIELD — Putnam County Commission President Steve Andes said Tuesday he “absolutely” lacks confidence in the county Parks Commission’s accounting.

Andes qu...

Putnam schools in a time crunch to hire staff members

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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 ...