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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...

Council to consider raising city user fee


People working in Charleston could devote more of their paychecks to the city’s weekly user fee next year if a bill introduced on Monday is passed by City Council.

The proposed bill, introduced by Councilman...

Charleston business owners say they want more parking


Most downtown Charleston business owners who spoke out at a city meeting Monday want to see more parking in general, but all had different ideas about what that should look like.

“It’s a matter of the...

New sign welcomes eastbound travelers to capital city


A project eight years in the works can be seen now from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 approaching Charleston.

Susie Salisbury, Fort Hill councilwoman and vice president of community development for the Charl...

Council committee to discuss parking issues


Charleston officials want to hear from downtown merchants, patrons and workers about their ideas for improving the city’s parking system.

Mayor Danny Jones called for a meeting of City Council’s Parki...

Main Streets directors hopeful for Charleston business districts


With changes to Charleston’s Main Street programs come new program directors, who are charged with overseeing annual events on the West Side and the East End.

Steven Romano and James Yost, both 27, started t...

Generation Charleston chairman: key to success is proximity


If Don Wilson can find success, anyone can.

That’s what the 34-year-old Charleston native believes, and he walks through life spreading that gospel to others.

“I’m not special. I’m...

Lawsuit among Manchin brothers dismissed


A lawsuit filed by Joe Manchin’s brother against the U.S. senator and a third brother has been dismissed, according to attorneys in the case.

The lawsuit was filed in July of last year in Marion Circuit Cour...

Shorty brings good time to Charleston


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue brought life and soul into the Clay Center’s packed Maier Foundation Performance Hall on Thursday night.

The New Orleans group was in town for the Mayor’s Concert ...

Leaders in providing local housing want more attention paid to housing need


Housing policy interest groups say housing doesn’t get the attention it deserves by the state’s lawmakers. But they hope that changes with the creation and work of the West Virginia Housing Policy Group.

Radio host, West Virginia native takes podcast to the stage


Dwight Garner is a book critic who grew up in a home without books.

“We had the Bible. We had Reader’s Digest in the house,” Garner said. “Culture was not important.”


Hodgman, a smart, funny Hipster Dad


Comedian John Hodgman took to the Culture Center stage Monday night, opened his arms to the audience like the god he is, told us about the upcoming season of his television show and then left....

Warner named new YMCA CEO


A new chief executive officer for the YMCA of Kanawha Valley has been named.

Monty Warner will take over operation of the Charleston-based organization in August, after he “completes remaining obligations wi...

Renowned organist playing during FestivALL


Concert artist Nathan Laube is only 26 years old, but has become an accomplished musician.

Known for his talent playing the pipe organ, Laube left home in the suburbs of Chicago to study music in Philadelphia at th...

River Rat Band ‘ultimate get’ for FestivALL art parade


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fun is the spirit of Festiv­ALL’s art parade, and coordinator Vasilia Scouras says the River Rat Navy Band — of longtime Funeral Parade and Charleston Sternwheel Regatta fame...

Jones pitches $1.1 million transfer to road fund


Charleston Mayor Danny Jones wants the city’s new Council members to consider committing more money to street repairs.

Jones pitched a $1.1 million transfer from the city’s stabilization fund to its r...

Supreme Court orders judges to hear petition against Charleston mayor


The state’s Supreme Court has commissioned a three-judge panel to hear a complaint regarding Charleston Mayor Danny Jones.

Janet “JT” Thompson, an unsuccessful candidate for mayor earlier this ...

Charleston Mayor Jones vastly outraised, outspent election competition


Charleston Mayor Danny Jones has only $19,065 left in his campaign fund following his re-election, but that’s still more than the total his competitors raised.

Democrat Paul Monroe reported a total of $7,705...

Charleston restaurants want food trucks to give them space


Consideration of a proposed city ordinance that would allow food trucks to cover more territory in Charleston has been put on hold to address concerns about proximity to permanent restaurants.

The bill intends to m...

What to expect when you’re expecting ... a new Civic Center


Thursday’s symbolic groundbreaking for the Charleston Civic Center renovations also means the start of preparation for the project’s first phase and maneuvering events around construction.

Civic Cente...