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West Side Elementary continues to struggle, but other Kanawha schools improve


Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary saw its standardized testing proficiency rates drop even lower in the 2013-14 school year, while Kanawha County high schools on average had their highest four-year graduation rates in at...

Teachers’ union, elementary principals concerned about administrator raises


A Kanawha County teachers’ union says the extra pay local school board members recently gave middle and high school principals and assistant principals is unfair to teachers, who the union argues are underpaid.

UC sports center to add academic functions with $5M donation


The University of Charleston announced a $5 million donation Wednesday that will expand its planned sports center to include academic functions and put the building on track for completion about a year and a half from no...

Next Senate education leader plans push against Common Core


The next vice chairwoman of the state Senate’s Education Committee said Tuesday she wants to push legislation that would delay testing based on Common Core K-12 standards and allow voters to directly elect state s...

Nine counties get school building money; Kanawha, Putnam among those left out


The state School Building Authority approved roughly $5.6 million in funding for building projects in nine counties Monday out of a total of

Grad rates drop at more than half of 4-year public colleges


More than half of West Virginia’s public four-year institutions saw their six-year graduation rates drop from the 2011-12 school year to 2012-13, according to a report presented Monday to a legislative interim com...

Ousted schools superintendent’s suit appealed to Supreme Court


The West Virginia Board of Education is appealing to the state Supreme Court after a lower judge refused to dismiss an ousted state superintendent’s suit against the school board.

Jorea Marple sued the board...

State BOE approves pilot program for more flexible school days


Members of the state Board of Education unanimously approved Wednesday a pilot program that will give school districts more flexibility in planning their instructional days.

All 55 county school districts may appl...

State fire marshal’s departure puts education plans in question


The departure of a top West Virginia fire official — after serving two decades in the State Fire Marshal’s Office but only a few months as its official leader — has made new plans to increase fire sa...

School officials discuss countering drug abuse among mothers


Five to six years ago, one in five infants in West Virginia were found to suffer from drug or alcohol exposure, Dr. Mitzi Payne said Tuesday.

“We know it’s more frequent now,” said Payne, a pe...

Kanawha library workers get raises; one month after levy passing makes vote ‘awkward,’ board member says


Despite worrying that the timing was bad — just a month after voters approved raising property taxes to provide them more funding — Kanawha County Public Library board members on Monday overwhelmingly appro...

Teen killed in Charleston crash


More than 200 people huddled in a field in 40-degree weather behind Horace Mann Middle School for an hour Sunday night, holding candles, crying, laughing and sharing memories of a 15-year-old who died in a car crash the ...

W.Va. standardized test scores drop


More West Virginia students failed to hit proficiency marks in the 2013-14 school year, according to the Westest standardized test scores published Friday — several months after the results are normally released. ...

WVU extends period to consider Mountain State purchase


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s Board of Governors has given itself two more weeks to consider whether to retain exclusive rights to buy the s...

WV school board commission suggests policy change delay


Members of a state school board commission considered Wednesday altering the map of Regional Education Service Agencies, but got held up on something people have been asking for years — what are RESAs supposed to ...

Culloden man gets probation for trying to hit pregnant girlfriend with truck


A Culloden man was sentenced to three years probation Wednesday after pleading guilty in October to attempted malicious assault for trying to hit his girlfriend — who was pregnant with his child — with a tr...

WVU to host forum on ‘excessive drinking, reckless behavior’ among Greeks


In the wake of a student’s death, the revocation of two fraternities’ charters and arrests for alleged hazing and underage drinking, West Virginia University has organized a Dec. 8 forum on issues in its Gr...

Patchwork gives home to neglected children


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Their stepfather drowned while on a fishing trip with them. Their mother, a drug abuser who was frequently in jail, had apparently left town without them.

The three children — Rick...

A year after ordered sale, Winfield pet cemetery in same hands, poor shape


WINFIELD — Nearly a year after a federal judge ordered it sold to help settle unpaid taxes and other charges, a pet (and human) cemetery just south of Winfield remains in the same hand...

Turning Point helps teens become adults


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A newspaper like this one, and cardboard, are what Jackie used to try to keep warm in the winter.

She spent the first decade of her existence with parents who seemed more interested in do...

Kanawha schools eliminate 2-hour delays


Kanawha County schools on Monday eliminated two-hour school delays and approved paying middle and high school principals and assistant principals for many extracurricular hours they’re already working.

The ...

New St. John’s priest to continue social justice tradition


St. John’s Episcopal Church, the downtown institution known for aiding the poor and advocating for gay rights, has a new priest-in-charge.

That’s the current title for the Rev. Marquita L. Hutchens, w...

West Virginian fights for women’s rights in Gambia


At first glance, it may seem West Virginia and the African country of Gambia have a few things in common. West Virginia is consistently ranked among the poorest states in the U.S. Gambia, a sliver of a nation surrounding...

Business to pay $5K for raising water prices after Freedom spill


A Putnam County convenience store manager and his business have admitted to raising drinking water prices in the wake of the Freedom Industries spill and will pay a $5,000 fine.

State Attorney General Patrick Morr...

A day after gay marriage becomes legal in W.Va., Putnam judge officiates his last wedding


WINFIELD, W.Va. — Same-sex marriage is now legal in West Virginia, but there no longer are any judges in Putnam County performing weddings. The one judge who...

Second WVU fraternity’s charter revoked


A second West Virginia University fraternity has had its charter revoked by its national office, the school announced Thursday.

The release from WVU stated only that Beta Theta Pi had informed the university Wednes...

Putnam hospital’s ‘smoke-free’ bid goes up in smoke


WINFIELD, W.Va. — Putnam County Development Authority board members this week unanimously denied CAMC Teays Valley Hospital’s request for the agency t...

Putnam won’t pass a noise ordinance


WINFIELD, W.Va. — Putnam County commissioners said Tuesday they won’t pass a noise ordinance, despite two residents’ complaints about neighbors emitting a strange v...

Putnam school board won’t lift ban on alumni games at facilities


WINFIELD – Putnam County school board members have finally given alumni an emphatic answer on whether they’ll allow them to host games at school facilities: no.

After a small group of graduates broug...

Lawyers settling Putnam drinking water price gouging suit


Attorneys are settling the lawsuit Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed, and promoted using his office’s money, targeting alleged drinking water price gouging in the wake of the Freedom Industries spill.


Fatal Scott Depot blaze highlights shortcomings in W.Va. fire education


It’s unclear if a working smoke detector could have saved Zachary McDaniel, 9, and Aubree McDaniel, 3, from the fire that killed them last Sunday morning at their home in Scott Depot. <...

Labor employees accuse commissioner of threatening layoffs


State Division of Labor employees in the Weights and Measures office testified Friday that the division’s acting commissioner threatened to lay them off if they fought a plan to transfer them from St. Albans to Ch...

Children killed in Scott Depot fire identified


The state fire marshal’s office has identified two young children killed in a fire Sunday morning in Scott Depot.

Mark Lambert, chi...

2 children dead in Scott Depot house fire


SCOTT DEPOT — Two young children died in a house fire Sunday morning at the Nottingham Mobile Home Park in Scott Depot.

A 9-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister were taken by a...

Judge says Hurricane landfill has ‘substantial likelihood’ of winning case


A judge said the Hurricane landfill that accepted wastewater vacuumed up from the Freedom Industries site has “a substantial likelihood of prevailing” in a lawsuit the city and the Putnam County Commission ...

Kanawha schools spending $190K more to fix problems with iPad program


To fix early problems with a plan to provide iPads to every middle and high school student in Kanawha County, the county school board approved Thursday changing its system for managing the technology.

The change w...

Witt leads in Putnam family judge race; Poca gets new mayor


Wimpy Jones defeated Mike Potter to become Poca’s new mayor Tuesday in the town’s first local races on the Putnam County general election ballot.

Jones, who’s served on Poca Town Council for ...

Winfield scales back annexation attempt


WINFIELD – Winfield City Council members voted Monday to significantly reduce the amount of land the city plans to annex.

Since council finished drawing up proposed new borders in March, the roughly 2,300-p...

Putnam school board president plans to discuss issue ‘off the record’


WINFIELD — The Putnam County school board president told the Gazette Monday he plans to hold individual, “off-the-record” discussions with other board members about an is...

In 25 years, no local agencies have opted into W.Va. safety program


In the more than 25 years since the West Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Act passed, no local government agencies have volunteered to accept oversight — and the possible punishment it ...

Supreme Court overrules Putnam DUI decision


People arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs must clearly ask the investigating officer in their case for a blood test if they want one, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

In ...

Suspect in attack on family to make plea, lawyers say


WINFIELD — A St. Albans man who allegedly tried to kill family members in April plans to plead guilty to lesser charges in the case, according to defense and prosecution lawyers....

Putnam hospital eyes smoke-free loophole


WINFIELD, W.Va. — CAMC Teays Valley Hospital wants to provide a safe place for employees, visitors and patients to smoke — it just doesn’t want...

Argument over bills led to Bancroft fatal shooting, witness said


Two Bancroft roommates were arguing over bills Tuesday before one pulled out a gun, leading the other to ask “What are you gonna do, shoot me?”

He did, according to a witness statement included in a c...

Putnam considering increasing dental, vision benefits


WINFIELD — The Putnam County Commission is considering increasing employee dental and vision benefits for perhaps the first time in more than two decades — but the changes could...

Putnam deputy’s killer again denied parole


HUTTONSVILLE — The man who shot a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy to death about 25 years ago was denied parole Monday in his sixth hearing since he was locked away.