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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...

Ambulance Authority to pursue regional training center

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority are one step closer to creating a regional training center with the purchase of the former Charleston Work Release Center building on...

Water service restored to most after Dunbar break

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West Virginia American Water on Friday afternoon restored service to more than 20,000 customers, most of those who have had little or no water pressure since Tuesday evening.

According to a news release the company...

Water main repairs expected to take most of Thursday night

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Repairs to a 36-inch water main in Dunbar were expected to take most of Thursday night, but West Virginia American Water didn’t have an exact time line that evening for full water restoration to all customers. The...

Thousands went without water in Kanawha, Putnam counties

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Thousands of West Virginians spent the day Wednesday without water, after a 36-inch West Virginia American Water main broke Tuesday in Dunbar, and many people lined up to get water at distribution sites throughout Kanawh...

Charleston man accused of sexually assaulting child

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A Charleston man remained in jail Wednesday after being charged with sexually assaulting a young boy.

According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, the victim and several other child...

Dog dragged to death in Coonskin Park

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Kanawha County Park Police are looking for someone who dragged a dog to death Tuesday in Coonskin Park.

Park Police Chief Rodney Jones said park visitors saw a small dog being dragged through the park by a blue Hyu...

Grand jury to decide charges in case of infant’s death

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A Kanawha County grand jury will decide whether to pursue first-degree murder charges against a South Charleston man who allegedly killed a 2-year-old boy and stuffed his body in a freezer for several hours before callin...

Amandaville man wants to restore historic church damaged in arson

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Six months after someone set fire to the Church of Deliverance United Holy Church in Amandaville, the smoke-charred brick and cinder block building stands abandoned and forlorn on Mary Street, where it has been a landmar...

County to consider work-release inmates at Coonskin

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Jeff Hutchinson just can’t get good help anymore.

Hutchinson, Kanawha County parks director, asked members of the county parks commission this morning for permission to farm out summer maintenance work at Co...

Judge rules against mayor in fight with council

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Marmet Mayor Bill Pauley is losing so far in his fight to see who’s in charge in town government.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit on Wednesday denied Pauley’s request for an emergency injunc...

Fire closes IHOP restaurant on Corridor G

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Firefighters from South Charleston, Charleston and Dunbar put out a fire Tuesday afternoon at the IHOP restaurant in The Shops at Trace Fork, just off Corridor G.

No one was injured in the fire. South Charleston Fi...

Architect to start on plans for new recycling center

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Kanawha County solid waste officials should have preliminary drawings of a new Slack Street recycling facility within the next few weeks.

James Young, executive director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority,...

County Commission protests power rate increase

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Members of the Kanawha County Commission voted Thursday to file an official protest with the state Public Service Commission over a proposed $123 million rate increase requested by Appalachian Power.

But County Com...

Charleston’s Multi-Fest moving to Haddad Riverfront Park

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Multi-Fest, Charleston’s annual multicultural festival, is moving to Haddad Riverfront Park after 25 years on the State Capitol grounds.

Two towns pick new mayors

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Voters in two local towns — Buffalo in Putnam County and Glasgow in Kanawha County — picked new mayors on Tuesday, while voters in East Bank unseated one of five incumbent town council members in municipal ...

Second phase of Interstate 64 bridge project to start

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Contractors doing work on Interstate 64 in Charleston are finished with the two outer eastbound lanes and are about to start working on the two inner lanes, state highways officials said.

“The only thing tha...

Six Kanawha County towns hold municipal elections

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Six towns in Kanawha County are holding their municipal elections Tuesday.

Races is several towns face little opposition and are virtually assured of re-electing their existing governments, but a few towns will be ...

Putnam Aging pulling out of Kanawha County food program

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Officials for Putnam Aging have announced they will stop providing food service to the Kanawha County senior nutrition program after the end of September.

The Putnam County has been providing meals to Kanawha Count...

Work begins to restore courthouse ceiling

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Work has begun on a $100,000 project to finish restoring the ceiling in the ceremonial courtroom in the Kanawha County Courthouse.

“This project’s been going on two or three years now,” said St...

Pratt mayor, facing drug charge, says he’ll step down if re-elected

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Pratt Mayor Gary Fields said he will step down if re-elected in city elections next week.

Fields was picked up by Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday as part of a joint county and federal drug inv...

Early voting ends in South Charleston election

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Several hundred people voted early in South Charleston’s upcoming municipal election on Saturday.

City Clerk Margie Spence, who oversees voting for city elections, said about 780 people had cast early ballot...