Huntington

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"It wouldn’t be considered commercially viable [as a traditional music venue]... and that’s what makes it unique.”

Office of Drug Control Policy
City of Huntington

Established in November 2014, the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy in Huntington has been paddling upstream, trying to make a dent in the on-going fight against drug addiction in the city. City officials hope a new, two-year strategic plan can continue to help them make a dent in the problem.

The office has plugged away at finding ways to slow and increasingly difficult drug epidemic in the city for more than two years. But the three people working in Huntington’s Office of Drug Control Policy feel changes are slowly being made that will help the city find its way out of the malaise.

June 26, 1936: NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer Born in Huntington

Jun 26, 2017
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Basketball hall of famer Hal Greer was born in Huntington on June 26, 1936. In the early ’50s, he was a standout guard at Huntington’s segregated Frederick Douglass High School. Coaching legend Cam Henderson recruited Greer to play for Marshall College—now Marshall University.

Sean Seaman

“Every community is bound to bare some sort of sound and champion that, but it’s not as definite as it used to be.”

Melissa Stilwell

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with the Huntington drummer with the best seat in the house, keeping time for William Matheny and Tyler Childers. This... is Rod Elkins.

Huntington Police Department

Five former West Virginia police officers will return to their department after a city's projected $5 million budget deficit laid them off.

The Herald-Dispatch reported on Tuesday a City of Huntington statement says the five probationary officers will return to their posts starting July 3, and that police will also bring on a new officer from the department's civil service hiring list who will enter the state police academy in late August.

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Railroad company CSX says it has cut 70 jobs at a locomotive shop in West Virginia, while 270 others continue to work at the facility.

Company spokesman Rob Doolittle says the shop in Huntington will remain open and keep servicing locomotives. Affected employees are eligible to seek positions at other nearby CSX facilities.

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From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with a loud and unapologetically proud pysch-rock outfit out of Huntington, West Virginia. This... is ScroungeHound.

King Nique of Real Ones Entertainment

"I've realized there is no recipe for rap."

Jess Keathly

"There is so much killer music that comes out of here, and always has. It’s amazing to join in on the tradition of West Virginia music."

Allie Hughes

"Whenever the music scene overlaps with each other's camps, you start building new relationships with people who wouldn't have had the chance to meet otherwise. It's a win-win for everybody."

Lori Kilgore Miller

"We never set out to be that band that plays three hours of just [covers]. We wanted to have our own sound. I think we’re on that track."

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Water quality service fees will be increasing for some customers in West Virginia.

The Herald-Dispatch reports when the fee began in 2014 in the Huntington area, it was scheduled to be a flat $7.15 for residential and non-residential property owners for two years. That was while the Water Quality Board conducted mapping of impervious surfaces — man-made structures contributing to water runoff — on non-residential properties.

May 30, 1914: Nurse Dolores Dowling Born

May 30, 2017
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Nurse Dolores Dowling was born in South Point, Ohio, on May 30, 1914. After graduating from Huntington’s St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1934, she worked in Huntington as a registered nurse and medical secretary.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say federal authorities are awarding $8.5 million to health centers in Huntington and Baker to support medical, dental, mental health and drug services.

According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the Department of Health and Human Services will provide almost $7.2 million to Valley Health Systems in Huntington and nearly $1.4 million to E.A. Hawse Health Center in Baker.

City of Huntington Best Community
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Three years after developing an arduous redevelopment plan throughout the city, Huntington has been named America’s Best Community. The title, awarded last month comes with a $3 million grand prize.

Huntington was named America’s Best Community last month in Denver, Colorado. It was the culmination of a three-year process that inspired development of the Huntington Innovation Project. The plan outlines 4 projects that aim to revitalization communities and the improvement of broadband throughout Huntington.

But what happens now that the city has won the competition?

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The National Weather Service says last month was the warmest April on record in several West Virginia cities.

The weather service says Beckley, Clarksburg, Elkins and Parkersburg all set records for the average temperature during the month, while Charleston and Huntington each had their second-warmest Aprils on record.

May 5, 1923: Golfer Bill Campbell Born in Huntington

May 5, 2017
Bill Campbell
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Golfer Bill Campbell was born in Huntington on May 5, 1923. He would win more than 30 championships over seven decades, establishing him as one of the greatest amateur golfers in history.

  His father introduced him to the game when Bill Campbell was only three. At age 15, he played in his first U.S. Amateur Tournament, where he met Sam Snead. Snead would become first a mentor and then lifelong friend to Campbell.

Female Fire Chief Blazing New Path in Huntington

Apr 25, 2017
Jan Rader Pinning Cermony
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Huntington has hired the first full time female fire chief in the state of West Virginia.

Jan Rader is the first woman in the state to lead a professional fire department. The one-time gemologist, who worked at a jewelry store in Washington, D.C. didn’t see this day coming.

Rader said one day while working in the Jewelry store, a woman had a heart attack and she couldn’t help. She said thankfully two women in the store were there and helped the woman. From there, Rader said her feelings on life changed and she wanted to help people.

Job Seekers and Employers Meet up in Huntington

Apr 21, 2017
Manchin Job Fair Huntington
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Several job seekers from southern West Virginia traveled to Huntington Friday to explore employment opportunities.

Nearly 150 employers were at the Big Sandy Arena  in Huntington Friday, looking to fill job vacancies. United States Senator Joe Manchin’s office organized the three-hour job fair in downtown Huntington. Employers ranging from Wendy’s to state government were on hand, as well as local colleges like Marshall University that offered assistance for education options. Senator Manchin said he wanted to present job seekers with a variety of choices all in one place.

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