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Rachel Molenda

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Women find drive in crowd-funded media project

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With fewer women working in newsrooms, television and radio than men, the greater sex can find itself left out of coverage and consideration. A survey given by two young women to a focus group confirmed those feelings an...

Charleston officials contemplate smoking ban in parks

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Charleston city parks could soon become smoke-free.

Charleston City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee is putting forth a resolution that would prohibit smoking on the ground of municipal recreation c...

City of Charleston sues Ohio company over community center roofs

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An Ohio company is facing legal action from the city of Charleston after allegedly botched roofing jobs at two city community centers.

City officials sued Ohio Valley Spray Foam Inc. of Marietta, Ohio, last month ...

Demolition of historic South Hills cabins delayed

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The demolition of two historic cabins in South Hills has been delayed, following a vote by the Charleston Historic Landmarks Commission on Thursday.

Developer J.D. Stricklen

Charleston’s Holley Hotel site reopened for proposals

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Charleston’s development agency is seeking proposals once again for the former site of the Holley Hotel, following a presentation by developer Charlie Wendell at Wednesday’s meeting.

Wendell, who most...

Riverview Terrace tenant sues owner over condo conversion

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A resident of Riverview Terrace Apartments is suing the company that owns the building, following a decision to convert the senior living facility into condominiums.

Kelly George started leasing an apartment at Riv...

Sewer rate increase approved

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Charleston Sanitary Board customers will see an increase in their sewer bills next year.

City Council voted on Monday to raise rates, which will be effective after March 28, 2016.

The decision increases rates...

Fair trade shop at Charleston church opens for holiday shopping

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Bright colors and organic shapes are spilling out of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston’s Hope Village.

The fair trade shop is open for the holiday shopping season.

Items featured there are ma...

Dia de los Muertos: Adventure and reflection in the heart of Mexico

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I woke up in Mexico City around 6:30 in the morning, stirred by our too-chilly hotel air conditioning. I could only remember Celsius versus Fahrenheit based on what our flight crew had told us the night before as we came...

New business to open in former Cornucopia location

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A South Hills boutique has come under new ownership.

Cornucopia, located on Bridge Road, has been purchased and will soon be known as Eclectics, according to a post on the shop’s Facebook page.

Cornuco...

Man charged with murder after Charleston woman shot through door, killed

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A Charleston man who fired through his front door, killing his uncle’s girlfriend, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Matthew Roohollahi, 30, of Lakin Street, sighed twice but remained silent as he w...

Bringing back Blossom Dairy: Downtown restaurant prepares to reopen

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Revamping the Blossom Dairy has been a labor of love for Valerie and Tim Street, who started renovations on the iconic downtown Charleston restaurant in August.

“Much more involved,” is how Tim Street...

Tattoo shop ordinance passes commission, moves to City Council committee

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Charleston is one step closer to allowing tattoo shops to open downtown.

The Municipal Planning Commission passed an amendment to the zoning ordinance Wednesday that would allow tattoo studios to open in the centr...

Committee to discuss zoning ordinance banning downtown tattoo shops

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Tattoo shops currently aren’t allowed in downtown Charleston, but that could change in the coming weeks if the city allows an amendment to its zoning ordinance.

Nick Quinn, owner of Black Eagle Tattoo in Kan...