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Rachel Molenda

City of Charleston Reporter
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Pups get play time:Shelter trains staff to lead dog playgroups


Five baby pools were filled with water and placed around a fenced in yard at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association on Thursday afternoon. The afternoon portion of summer camp was beginning for the shelter’s so...

Process Strategies lays off nearly 40 workers


Process Strategies is eliminating nearly 40 jobs as part of a restructuring decision.

Highland Hospital spokesman James Strawn said employees were notified during a meeting early Tuesday evening. The decision elimi...

Solid Waste Authority approves DEP grant proposal


The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board passed its grant proposal to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection for more than half a million dollars worth of equipment during an emergency meeting on...

Local couple to reopen Charleston’s iconic Blossom Dairy


Blossom Dairy is on its way to another renaissance.

Tim and Valerie Street, owners of the EZ Street bar in St. Albans, got the keys to the iconic Quarrier Street eatery on Wednesday, Valerie Street said Thursday mo...

New public art goes up on East End


The East End’s public art offerings have expanded onto Morris Street.

StreetWorks: Revolutions is now on display across from Appalachian Power Park.

There will be six frames with 31 pieces of original...

Work on Civic Center to start by next week


Work on the Civic Center renovations will begin by next week, said Charleston Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis.

“It is very exciting,” Davis said.

Davis brought up the topic during the Charleston Ma...

Petition to remove Jones from office dismissed


A petition filed to remove Charleston Mayor Danny Jones was quickly dismissed on Monday by a three-judge panel, who said there weren’t enough valid signatures on the petition.

Janet “J.T.” Thom...

While Charleston lags, other cities see recycling success


Despite downturns in the recycling market nationwide, cities in other states have been able to keep their programs active and out of the red, in contrast with the trouble Charleston has had with its recycling program.

Charleston’s black history on display


Anna Gilmer and James Randall first outlined Charleston’s rich collection of black history in the West Virginia Beacon Digest, a newspaper geared toward the state’s black population, she said. The two profi...

Charleston bar celebrates 20 years


Paul Greco has spent a lot of time in the bars and clubs of downtown Charleston, and those experiences have groomed him to be part of, and eventually own, the Capitol Stre...

Solid waste authority postpones grant proposal


The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority postponed its review and approval Tuesday of a proposal that could bring as much as a half-million dollars to the agency to repair its struggling recycling program.


Bin bill passes council committee for second time


Charleston City Council’s Environment and Recycling Committee once again passed an amendment to the city’s recycling ordinance that would no longer allow residents to use plastic bins for curbside collectio...

Kanawha could get $500K from DEP for recycling issues


The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection plans to assist the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority in that agency’s effort to redevelop its recycling program.

CURA to tear down part of Quarrier Street building


The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority plans to demolish the back end of one of the East End’s long-dilapidated properties.

Commissioners voted during their regular monthly meeting Wednesday to tear down the...

Paddle boarding enthusiast takes passion to Kanawha River


Darrell Kirk isn’t from the Mountain State — you can tell by his Midwestern accent — but he has a love for it that runs deep in the hollows around Cabin Creek where his family made its home.


Jones nominates Akers for Charleston city clerk


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston lawyer J.B. Akers may be Charleston’s next city clerk, pending approval by City Council.

Mayor Danny Jones made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday.


Staats progress continues


On Wednesday, the crew working on the Staats Hospital building was finishing up four months of work on its three roofs.

The building’s previous downspouts — removed for scrap metal — ran down i...

Council to vote on recycling bin elimination tonight


City Council will consider tonight no longer allowing Charleston residents to use their recycling bins for curbside pickup.

Last month, council’s Environment and Recycling Committee voted to

Warner takes helm at YMCA of Kanawha Valley


Monty Warner keeps two bricks from the first YMCA in Charleston in his new office.

A love of the YMCA runs in his family, Warner said, so he’s a natural choice as the YMCA of Kanawha Valley’s new pre...

Clendenin golf course could become cow pasture


The terrain of Sandy Brae Golf Club could trade its golf carts for grazing cattle if its owners choose to sell the property to an interested buyer.

Scott Pierson, managing member of the course’s four owners,...

DiPiero, Simmons to represent Charleston mayor in removal petition


Two Charleston attorneys plan to represent the city’s mayor in an upcoming hearing to address a petition to remove him from office.

Tim DiPiero and Lonnie Simmons, of DiTrapano, Barrett, DiPiero, McGinley &a...

Media academy turns students into filmmakers


MOUNT HOPE -- During the wet and muggy month of July, eleven Fayette County kids turned into documentary filmmakers, capturing the history of an all-black high school in Mount Hope.

The DuBois Leadership and Media ...

Charleston committee votes to eliminate recycling bins from program


Charleston residents will no longer be allowed to use their recycling bins if an amendment to the city’s recycling ordinance passes at City Council’s next meeting.

Council’s Environment and Rec...

Police-led Q&A addresses church security


The Wednesday night service at Abundant Life Ministries seemed like any other might: ushers lead parishioners to their seats. A choir filled the East End church with songs of worship and praise.

But before the serv...

Charleston to intervene in water rate hike request


The city of Charleston plans to fight West Virginia American Water’s proposed 28 percent rate increase.

City Council on Monday voted to become one of several groups to intervene in the water company’...

Murals add to Charleston’s growing inventory of public art


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was omitted from the print editions of Monday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail.

By Rachel Molenda

Staff writer

Charleston is a city awash with public art pieces, though ...

Charleston to increase user fee


Those who work within Charleston city limits will have to pay 50 cents more a week for the city’s service fee, which City Council raised Monday night.

The service fee, also called the user fee, will increase...

Sounds of Summer: A season’s renaissance in 5 picks


You love music? The gazz loves music. All summer long (and probably longer), the gazz wants to share singers and songs, albums and artists, and maybe entire new genres of music for you to get to know.

Charleston CVB planning major sales campaign for city tourism


The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau is planning to launch its biggest sales effort ever, with the upgraded Civic Center as its draw, CVB CEO and President Alisa Bailey said during the organization’s annu...

Wind damage, power outages reported after storm


Find Tuesday’s updates here.

By Jake Jarvis and Rachel Molenda

Staff writers

Wind damage and power outages were ...

CURA approves unknown proposal for East End Bazaar site


The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority has approved a proposal for the sale and development of the land that currently houses the East End Bazaar, but the agency is keeping mum about details of those plans.

CURA Co...