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Father-son team crafts dragster out of plastic foam

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Father-son team David and Darren Husband have built a lot of things over the years, but never a giant Hot Wheels-inspired drag racing car made out of pink plastic foam.

“We’ve made a dragon,” s...

Interstate bridge work halfway complete

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Repairs and redecking work on the elevated portions of Interstate 64 that run through Charleston are halfway complete.

“Since April, we’ve been making repairs to the eastbound side,” said state...

County to hold public hearing on 911 fee

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted Thursday to hold a public hearing next month on raising the county 911 service fee.

The fee is tacked onto the telephone bills of residential and commercial phone cust...

Coonskin labor problem solved with inmates

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County parks officials appear to have made up for a shortage of summer workers at Coonskin Park.

Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson told members of ...

County seeks social media advice from Ethics Commission

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Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper is asking state ethics officials whether it’s all right for county officials to publicly recognize business owners and post photos on social networking sites like Fa...

Kanawha County may raise 911 phone fees

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Kanawha County residents could pay more on their telephone bills soon, as county commissioners are expected to vote next week on whether to raise the county’s 911 service fee.

The fee is tacked onto county ...

Developer involved in airport investigation sued for back taxes

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Kanawha County officials are suing Northgate business park developer John Wellford for almost $300,000 in back taxes.

Assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Rob Schulenberg filed suit in Kanawha Circuit Court on Monda...

Nitro to get new police chief

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Nitro city officials hired a new police chief last week to replace Chief Brian Oxley

Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt said Steve Walker will take over the job of chief of police next week. Walker is a longtime Charleston ...

Woman badly hurt in wreck on Interstate 79

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Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies have identified a woman badly hurt in a rollover wreck on Interstate 79 late Tuesday.

Sgt. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said Monica Unde...

Deputies step up patrols for start of school year

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Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies will be out in force next week to remind motorists to slow down in school zones and remind the public that school is back in session.

About 10 extra deputies, including head...

W.Va. re-establishes handgun reciprocity with Nevada

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West Virginia residents with a valid concealed weapons permit may once again legally carry a concealed handgun in the state of Nevada, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday.

Renewal of a concealed w...

County will pay to pave Coonskin roads

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted Tuesday to pick up the tab for paving the roads inside Coonskin Park.

Retired state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett, chairman of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commis...

Nitro motel, site of several meth busts, razed

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Local businessman Oshel Craigo, who owns Gino’s and Tudor’s Biscuit World restaurants around the state, is razing part of a motel in Nitro that has been closed for two years.

Craigo said Monday he bou...

County to start saving for new voting machines

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If Kanawha County officials want to buy new voting machines, they’re going to have to start setting side money now, County Commission President Kent Carper said.

“It’s fantasy to think weȁ...

Organizers say they’re rebuilding Multifest

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Organizers of Multifest — Charleston’s iconic annual multicultural music and arts festival — say they’ve worked hard to rebuild trust in the event after financial and management problems came ...

Multifest moves to new venue with nationally known headliners

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Charleston’s annual multicultural festival moves to Haddad Riverfront Park next week with a new venue and local and nationally known talent.

Multifest is now in its 26th year, said event organizer Dallas Sta...

Feds looks at Marshall’s treatment of American Indian remains

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Federal officials are investigating whether Marshall University is in compliance with laws concerning the treatment of American Indian remains.

The university is under investigation by the U.S. Department of the In...

Attacker killed in WV might be linked to Las Vegas slayings

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Authorities in Nevada are investigating whether a man fatally shot last week while trying to strangle a woman in Charleston, West Virginia, is linked to the deaths of several women whose dismembered bodies were found nea...

County accepts only bid on run-down building

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission on Thursday voted to accept the only bid it received on an old school building that housed a now-defunct business incubator in Chelyan.

County officials held a public auctio...

KRT riders getting used to flat fare

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Two weeks after officials for the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority went to a $1.50 flat fare system, bus passengers are getting used to the idea.

“You can ride the bus all day for one rate,&#...

Solid waste officials get first peek at proposed recycling center plans

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Kanawha County solid waste officials have preliminary drawings of a new recycling center to be built at Slack Street.

James Young, executive director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority, said he received th...

East End church to host security training

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Pastor Wayne Crozier of Abundant Life Ministries on Charleston’s East End doesn’t want a gunman running amok in local churches. That’s why the church is hosting a church security training program at ...

World War II on display at historic Craik-Patton House

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It shouldn’t seem strange to see World War II memorabilia on display at Charleston’s 1830s-era Craik-Patton House.

The historic house on the banks of the Kanawha River is named for James Craik, who bu...

Kanawha parks board renames part of Coonskin Drive

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Kanawha County parks officials have decided to rename part of Coonskin Drive and spruce up Coonskin Park in anticipation of a new bridge and entrance expected to open later this year.

Kanawha County Parks Director ...

Cleanup, power restoration come after respite from WV storms

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On Wednesday, David Johnson was wondering if he still had a job.

Strong winds Tuesday night ripped the roof off the Mountaineer Pride Car Wash on Charleston’s West Side, sending roofing metal and twisted ste...

WV grocery store owner Tate arrested on burglary charge

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Local grocery store owner Don Tate was arrested on a nighttime-burglary charge Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a house near his Chappell Road home.

According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha Count...

Trees down, power out after latest storm

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia residents continued to deal with washed-out roads and downed trees and power lines on Tuesday, after the latest storm of the summer rolled through on Monday evening.

Tuesday after...

Funding short for Day Report Center

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Kanawha County Sheriff Johnny Rutherford needs to find $41,000 to fund employees staffing the county Day Report Center.

Rutherford sent a letter to the Kanawha County Commission last week telling them that state fu...

Marmet goes to PSC over Chesapeake’s unpaid sewer fees

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Officials with the town of Marmet have asked the West Virginia Public Service Commission to force Chesapeake to pay more than $120,000 they say that town owes in unpaid sewer fees.

The neighboring towns of Marmet a...

County Commission threatens funding for health department

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission threatened to hold up funding for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department on Thursday unless the department hires more sanitarians.

At a county commission meeting Thursday ...

Coonskin bridge to be named for victims of National Guard air crash

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The new bridge into Coonskin Park will be named in memory of 21 members of the West Virginia National Guard who died in an airplane crash in 1951.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said several members of the ...

Blown transformer knocks out Nitro billing system

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Nitro city officials don’t know how long it will be before the city’s electronic billing system is repaired.

Mayor Dave Casebolt said a transformer blew up outside City Hall on June 18, knocking out e...

County expects full reimbursement for landslide response

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Kanawha County emergency officials expect to be reimbursed for most, if not all, of their expenses in responding to the March 12 hillside collapse on Keystone Drive.

In all, the county spent more than $390,000 in t...