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Putnam schools off-limits for alumni games


WINFIELD – It appears unlikely that alumni of Putnam County schools will be able to play two reunion football games at Buffalo High School’s field next month.

Joey Tolley, a 2005 Buffalo High graduat...

Putnam family judge candidates keep it civil


The candidates vying to replace a Putnam County family court judge ousted partly for screaming and cursing at litigants are keeping it civil.

At an Oct. 7 forum in Teays Valley, Democratic candidate Dave Hill note...

Bail reduction again denied for Hurricane man accused of killing son


WINFIELD, W.Va. – A judge refused again Thursday to lower the $500,000 bail for a Hurricane man accused of killing his 5-week-old son.

Robert Jeremy Smith, 34, of Shank Avenue, is charged with death of chil...

Keith’s Kitchens, supervisor deny sexual harassment


A Winfield business, its vice president and general manager have denied a former employee’s claims that she was repeatedly sexually harassed.

Charles Lavender fired Angela Hatfield from Keith’s Kitch...

Winfield officials reconsider proposed annexation


WINFIELD — Winfield officials are reconsidering their effort to increase their city’s size by 40 percent.

At a meeting Tuesday evening, City Council members discusse...

Culloden man pleads to attempted assault


WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A Culloden man pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempted malicious assault for trying to hit his girlfriend – who was pregnant with his child – with a truck.

Jessie W. Shearer ...

The final nail: Winfield Hardware to close


WINFIELD — In his 1996 book “Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench? Hardware Stores and Hardware Stories,” Vince Staten wrote that there were 307 hardware stores in ...

A year after mass layoff, Putnam health department may get new leader


The Putnam County Health Department may get a new full-time manager of day-to-day operations — more than a year after the local health board laid off the department’s entire staff amid financial struggles. ...

With craft beer plus Everclear, OktoberWest a great deal


Many great things can be said about OktoberWest — West Side Main Street’s largest fundraiser — but one is immediately obvious: it’s a deal.

Prescriptions for pseudoephedrine divide Putnam Senate, House candidates


TEAYS VALLEY — When it comes to supporting requiring prescriptions for drugs containing pseudoephedrine, used to cook methamphetamine, Putnam County voters north of the Kanawha R...

After 25 years in prison, deputy’s killer again up for parole


After nearly a quarter century in prison, a man convicted of killing a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy in 1989 is up for parole again near the end of this month.

Oct. 27 will mark Robert Gray’s sixth p...

Putnam to start transporting students to voting booths


WINFIELD — Putnam County’s school district and county clerk are partnering to increase voter turnout among high school students and hopefully boost their likelihood of becoming ...

Hurricane company suing Putnam’s new IT provider


WINFIELD — A Hurricane company is suing Putnam County’s new information technology contractor for allegedly owing it $65,000.

Airgas explosion trial set for 2015


The trial concerning two former Airgas USA employees suing the company and its plant manger over an explosion last year at its now-closed Putnam County facility has been set for October 2015.

William Lee Parrigan,...

Buffalo councilman accused of violating safety order


WINFIELD -- A Buffalo Town Council member has been charged with two counts of violating a personal safety order protecting a female minor from his alleged stalking and related harassment.

Joseph S. Casto, 51, alle...

Hometown man sentenced for incest with autistic grandson


WINFIELD – A Hometown man was sentenced Thursday to five to 15 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to sexually abusing his 9-year-old, autistic grandson.

Billy R. McKnee...

Putnam puts kits in schools to respond to shooters


HURRICANE — After another school shooting this week — this one injuring a teenager in Louisville, Kentucky — Putnam County school officials let the community know Wednesd...

Rebuilding a community park, again and again


HOMETOWN — “Community” is often a cliché addition to public place names — no truer a descriptor than “homecooked” ...

Another sidewalk lawsuit filed against Winfield


A business managed by a ousted member of the Winfield Planning Commission who’s suing the city has launched its own lawsuit against the municipality.

CV Management filed suit Friday in Putnam Circuit Court, ...

Freedom may release budget documents


Freedom Industries has tentatively agreed to release long-sealed budget reports showing actual past expenses and projected future costs for cleaning up the site of the January chemical leak — but some budget infor...

Teays Valley, Barboursville Hampton Inns sold


A Virginia-based group has purchased Hampton Inn hotels in Teays Valley and Barboursville and is planning about $1 million worth of renovations in each.

That’s according to Keith Stephens, one of two managin...

Appalachian Children’s Chorus plans new groups in Putnam, Raleigh and Kanawha counties


TEAYS VALLEY – Director Cindy Counts first laid down the ground rules. Discipline is important, especially when leading a group of children that must sit still, then stand still, be loud enough to fill an auditori...

Company denies wrongdoing in Scott Depot discrimination case


The Austrian company accused of allowing a manager at its Scott Depot facility to repeatedly threaten to kill employees and abuse them with racist, ageist, homophobic, anti-religious and other offensive language is denyi...

Hurricane officials won’t say why workers left city


HURRICANE — City of Hurricane officials won’t say why several full-time employees, including one who spent two decades with the city, left their positions last month.

Superintendent touts Putnam ACT scores


WINFIELD — The superintendent of Putnam County Schools lauded the district Monday for scoring above the national and state average in all four ACT categories this year.

Putnam st...

13 years after Sept. 11 attacks, debate on Guantanamo continues


Thursday marked the thirteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, yet five men accused of plotting them still haven’t been convicted.

Neither have they been acquitted, nor have they even had a full trial....

After lag, Putnam Business Park filling up


FRAZIERS BOTTOM — A California and Putnam County-based company has finally begun expanding its Winfield sales office into a full-fledged distribution and manufacturing facility i...

Huntington neurosurgeon dies from Putnam crash


A neurosurgeon at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington died there late Saturday night from injuries he received in a Putnam County wreck last week.

Dr. David Weinsweig was hospitalized after a Sept. 8 si...

Singer Carole King stumps for Tennant in Charleston


Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Carole King advocated for equal pay for men and women Sunday while stumping for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, in her race for U.S. Senate.

“You men know, firs...

Former Winfield Planning Commission member suing city, mayor


WINFIELD — A former member of the Winfield Planning Commission is suing the city and its mayor, who he says wrongfully removed him from the board and slandered him at a public meeting....

Putnam begins work on 15-20 year parks master plan


WINFIELD – Parks officials and consultants have begun crafting a master plan for the next 15-20 years of recreation in Putnam County.

Scott Williamson, director of the county Parks and Recreation Commission...

Woman suing Winfield business for alleged sexual harassment


A Hurricane woman is suing a Winfield business and its vice president and general manager, whom she said repeatedly sexually harassed her.

Angela Hatfield says Charles Lavender fired her from Keith’s Kitchen...

At Burning Man: Unto dust you will return


BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev. — I had imagined my first trip out west would be to a site or city I’d seen on some Travel Channel special, like the Grand Canyon or even Las Vegas.<...

Hurricane, Putnam using new laws in federal MCHM case


Hurricane and Putnam County are using new laws to strengthen their federal lawsuit against the Hurricane landfill that accepted 228 tons of MCHM-contaminated wastewater mixed with sawdust.

The County Commission pa...

Scott Depot man sentenced to 15 years for murdering brother


WINFIELD -- A Scott Depot man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for stabbing his brother to death on their parents’ front porch.

Jonathan Facemyre, 26, of Thomas Drive, pleaded guilty on July 3 to...

Hurricane mayor angry with bridge funding vote


HURRICANE, W.Va. — Mayor Scott Edwards says Putnam County Commission President Steve Andes “boldfaced lied” to him about supporting funding for a new bridge.