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Little Creek to get turf field

By By Marta Tankersley Hays
Staff writer

Little Creek Park will have an artificial turf field, as South Charleston City Council voted to continue installing the material on the park’s girls’ softball field.

Council unanimously approved Thursday night a $284,050 bid from Pro Grass for the project. The city’s expense, however, will be only $234,050, as the Kanawha County Commission donated $50,000 to help fund the installation.

Also Thursday, South Charleston Firefighter Jeff Kessler and Lt. Travis Bayes, both emergency medical technicians, were recognized for the emergency at-home delivery of a premature baby on Aug. 30.

Bayes said the baby, at 24 weeks, should not have been viable, but her lungs were developed well enough that she could breathe on her own.

The baby is expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks, Fire Chief John Taylor said.

“The mother and baby are doing fine,” said Taylor.

In other business, council:

- Voted to hold Trick or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Approved the closure of sections of D Street near the LaBelle Theater Saturday, Sept. 20, for the West Virginia International Film Festival.

- Announced that the grand opening of the new clubhouse at Little Creek Park will be Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.

“It will be a fun night,” said Mayor Frank Mullens.

- Announced the South Charleston Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Sept. 13, rain or shine.

Reach Marta Tankersley Hays at, 304-348-1249 or follow @MartaRee on Twitter.

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