Huntington

Interstate Widening
9:18 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Widening of I-64 in Huntington to be Complete By Spring

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A widening of Interstate 64 in Huntington to six lanes will be completed next spring.

The $18 million project included replacing an overpass and widening about 4 miles of the in

  terstate in both directions from the 29th Street exit to the Hal Greer Boulevard exit.

Division of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Bly and district engineer Chris Collins tell The Herald-Dispatch the project is "substantially complete." Crews still need to lay a final layer of asphalt and install guardrails.

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Fight Against Drugs
4:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Huntington Mayor: Innovation Key to Fight Against Drugs

Credit cityofhuntington.com

Huntington officials think the way to fight back against drug abuse in the area is to try unique and different approaches.

The word is innovation, it’s what Huntington Mayor Steve Williams thinks is the key to fighting drug-related crimes in Huntington.

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Radio
8:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

December 4, 1883: Reformer Stella Fuller Born

Fuller's independent leadership style often brought her into conflict with Salvation Army officials. For instance, she organized a softball team that played on Sundays in violation of the group’s rules.
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Radio
8:12 am
Mon December 1, 2014

December 1, 1998: Political Consultant Matthew Reese Dies

Burnside, who had been Reese’s political science teacher at Marshall College, later hired Reese as a congressional aide.

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Thanksgiving Dinner
8:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Foodbank Provides Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Facing Hunger Foodbank provides food to those in need in the region, year round. But around the holidays the need becomes deeper for many in the area.

In a normal month the food bank will deliver 5 or 6,000 pounds of food to each county. During the month of November and December that number jumps to between 8 and 10,000 pounds.

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Music Festival
2:26 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Jewel City Jamboree Festival Announced in Huntington

 

  A new music festival featuring local and national talent is coming to Huntington next summer.

The Jewel City Jamboree will run Friday through Sunday, June 5-7 at Harris Riverfront Park. The festival will feature a mix of nationally traveling bluegrass acts such as The Rambling Rooks and Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time and will also feature local acts like Mystic Mountain Blueberry and Big Rock.

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Radio
3:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Nov. 14 1970 Marshall Univ. Plane Crash

On board were nearly the entire Marshall University football team along with the head coach, athletic director, and 36 other fans, coaches, announcers, and crew members. It is still the deadliest sports-related air disaster in U.S. history.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Marshall University, Wayne County, Tri-State Airport, Marshall University Student Center

On the night of November 14, 1970, a Southern Airways DC-9 approached a foggy and rainy Tri-State Airport in Wayne County. The airliner slammed into a hillside just short of the runway and burst into flames. All 75 passengers were killed.

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Memorial Fountain Ceremony
11:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Marshall University Set to Remember Those Lost in Crash with Fountain Ceremony

The 1970 team lost in the crash.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Marshall University, Wayne County, Tri-State Airport, Marshall University Student Center

The Marshall University community will recognize the 44th anniversary of the 1970 plane crash Friday at noon with the annual fountain ceremony.

Each year on the anniversary of the plane crash, November 14th, a ceremony is held around the memorial fountain in the middle of Marshall’s campus.

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Radio
7:16 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Nov. 11 1918 World War I Ends

Of the more than two million Americans who served in World War I, the last-surviving veteran was Frank Buckles, who died at Charles Town in 2011 at the age of 110.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Frank Buckles, WWI, Charles Town,

World War I ended , on November 11, 1918, after more than four years of brutal fighting. Nearly 39 million soldiers had been killed, wounded, or listed as missing. American soldiers arrived on the scene only during the last year-and-a-half of the war. Still, some 116,000 died in the conflict.

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WV Festivals
3:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dogwood Festival Returns to Huntington in April

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Local artists will once again have an opportunity to showcase their talents in Huntington this spring.

The city announced that the Dogwood Arts and Crafts festival will return in the Spring of 2015. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena will host the festival that has made its home in Huntington for more than 40 years. The festival is returning after a one-year hiatus. Huntington resident and ceramic artist Carter Taylor Seaton will organize the festival.

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West Virginia History
8:33 am
Thu October 9, 2014

October 9, 2001: Actress and Model Dagmar Dies

Dagmar was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Dagmar, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Life Magazine, Dagmar's Canteen, Ceredo, Huntington, 1921, 2001, Huntington

The entertainer known as Dagmar died on October 9, 2001. In the 1950s, she was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine. Born Virginia Ruth Egnor in Logan County in 1921, she moved with her family to Huntington, where she attended Huntington High School.

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Dilapidated Properties
4:48 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

How can West Virginia Towns Get Rid of Dilapidated Properties?

Site of demolished building, planned for reuse.
Credit Clark Davis

Representatives from twelve communities from across the state are in Huntington learning ways to deal with dilapidated and empty properties.

The twelve communities were selected by a statewide coalition of community development entities based on the amount of problems they’re having with dilapidated, abandoned and empty properties. The communities involved are:

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Health & Science
4:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Facility for Drug-Addicted Babies Set to Finally Open Doors

Credit Clark Davis

  

Lily’s Place was created to care for addicted babies in Huntington and now it’s going to finally open its doors.

The facility will care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning the they’re born addicted to drugs because of their mothers.

Lily’s Place officials and state dignitaries were on hand Wednesday as they cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors for babies to be welcomed.

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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Fri September 26, 2014

The Important Game That Was Played 60 Years Ago

On West Virginia Morning, Sarah Lowther Hensley reports on a football game that was played in Marion County 60 years ago this week.  It was the first time an all black team played an all white team.  And Rosanne Cash performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Recommended If You Like: Rhythm-based Rock
11:28 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Coyotes in Boxes

Coyotes in Boxes.
Credit Porter McLeod

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Kyle Baughman (drums, vocals) and Steve Holland (vocals, bass) from the indie rock band Coyotes in Boxes. The band is currently based in Nashville, but these Box-loving Coyotes still have a fond place in their heart for their alma mater (Marshall University), their hometown musical heroes (Sly Roosevelt, Tyler Childers, Qiet), and their home state (West Virginia).

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Sink Hole
3:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Sink Hole Closes Two Lanes of 5th Ave in Huntington

Credit Clark Davis

  

The right two lanes of 5th Avenue in Huntington are closed this afternoon because of the beginnings of a sink hole. The lanes are closed between 25th and 27th streets in Huntington and will remain that way until further notice. 

According to a press release from the city of Huntington, the Huntington Sanitary Board and it's contractor will work through the weekend to determine the cause of the sink and then will repair the issue. 

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Skateboard Park Becomes Reality in Huntington

The city of Huntington is developing a new downtown skateboard park.

It’s been idea that’s been in the works for quite a while. Or better yet, a dream that skateboarders thought they’d never see realized. At a reception yesterday in Huntington, officials broke ground on a skateboard park that is just the beginning for skaters. Charles Holley is the executive director of the city’s department of development and planning.

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Public Housing
2:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Demolition to Start at Huntington Housing Complex

Credit Lori Wolfe / The Herald-Dispatch

Demolition is expected to start next week at a Huntington public housing complex.

Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority Executive Director Vickie Lester tells The Herald-Dispatch that demolition on three buildings at the Northcott Court Housing Complex will likely begin Monday. The work is expected to take up to three years.

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Drugs in Huntington
5:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

National Drug Official Pays a Visit to Huntington

Michael Botticelli and Nick Rahall speak with community members.
Credit Clark Davis

Drug and law enforcement officials were in Huntington Wednesday as the Huntington Police department outlined their fight.

The National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli was in Huntington Wednesday with Congressman Nick Rahall to take a look at the efforts being made by the Huntington Police Department to fight the use and trafficking of illegal drugs. Captain Hank Dial gave an overview.

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Government
11:45 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Huntington Charter Changes To Be On November Ballot

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  Four proposed changes to Huntington's charter will be on the November ballot.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that City Council voted this week to send the amendments to the Nov. 4 ballot.

One amendment would change the amount of time a city employee could hold a temporary position. Another would change the terminology of the public works director's qualifications.

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