Kanawha County

April 28, 1913: Peace Back to West Virginia Coalfields

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On April 28, 1913, coal operators and United Mine Workers of America accepted a new contract ending the yearlong Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike in Kanawha County. It was the bloodiest strike of the West Virginia Mine Wars. The settlement was known as the “Hatfield Contract” because it was practically dictated to both sides by new governor Henry Hatfield.

April 25, 1923: Labor Leader Arnold Miller Born in Kanawha County

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Labor leader Arnold Miller was born in Kanawha County on April 25, 1923. The son and grandson of coal miners, Miller quit school at age 16 to become a miner himself. 

March 31, 1943: The First Buna-S Synthetic Rubber Shipped at Institute

Mar 31, 2016
Synthetic rubber production at Institute
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On March 31, 1943, the first Buna-S synthetic rubber was shipped from Union Carbide’s plant at Institute in Kanawha County. It was a significant development in our nation’s fight against the Axis powers during World War II.

March 23, 1803: Pioneer Joseph Ruffner Dies in Charleston

Mar 23, 2016
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Pioneer Joseph Ruffner died in Charleston on March 23, 1803. Nine years earlier, the Shenandoah Valley native had purchased some 500 acres in Kanawha County from John Dickinson, including lands rich in salt deposits. By the close of the 18th century, Ruffner had acquired much of present Charleston and had settled on what’s now the town’s East End.

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The Kanawha County Public Library system is making several changes to its checkout times and late fee rules.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the system is increasing the allowed checkout period for DVDS from seven days to 21 days. This change is among other checkout changes that'll take effect July 1.

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On March 7, 1942, aviator “Spanky” Roberts completed his training at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, becoming one of the first five Tuskegee Airmen.

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Members of the House took up a bill Wednesday that would give coal producing counties more control over how they spend those revenues.

House Bill 4668 increases the threshold of coal severance taxes counties can use to pay salaries and employee benefits. State law says only a fourth of those severance dollars can be used to pay personnel, but the bill would increase the allowable share from one-fourth to one-half.  

February 15, 1902: Confederate Veteran Isaiah Welch Dies at 76

Feb 15, 2016
A 1946 Saturday afternoon, Main Street, Welch.
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Industrial promoter, land speculator, and railroad developer Isaiah Welch died at St. Albans in Kanawha County on February 15, 1902. He was about 76.

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A Kanawha County school counselor was recognized for his work at a recent White House function.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 37-year-old Todd Roatsey and other state representatives for the National Counselor of the Year Award attended a ceremony Jan. 28, where they met First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.

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Kanawha County official says authorities believe a diesel fuel spill in a creek was intentional.

Media outlets report that the spill was discovered early Tuesday morning in a creek in Eskdale.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says a Kanawha County family has donated more than 100 acres to the state for creation of a natural area.

Tomblin announced the gift from the Jack Workman family Thursday.

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A Charleston divorce attorney whose license was once suspended is running for one of Kanawha County's five Family Court judge seats.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 64-year-old James Wilson Douglas said he plans to run for the seat held by Judge Sharon Mullens.

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The March of Dimes gives West Virginia low marks for preventing premature births.

West Virignia earned a D on the 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. The report card compares the state's preterm birth rate with the March of Dimes' goal of 8.1 percent by 2020.

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Members of the Kanawha County Community gathered at West Virginia State University earlier this week to discuss race and the ongoing battle for equality.

Community members, officials and students took part in a discussion at West Virginia State looking at different racial issues effecting West Virginia and Kanawha County. The discussion was organized by students and the American Friends Service Committee. 

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Kanawha County is on track to record the most heroin overdose deaths in a single year.

Through July, the county had matched the number of heroin-related overdose deaths that occurred all of last year.

Kanawha County Schools

Sixteen schools in eight West Virginia counties will share more than $12,200 in grants for sustainability projects.

September 4, 1964: Businessman A.W. Cox Dies at 79

Sep 4, 2015
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  Businessman A. W. Cox died on September 4, 1964. He was 79 years old.

The Roane County native attended a one-room school through the eighth grade. And, by 17, he was operating his father’s sawmill. After a brief teaching career, he got a part-time job at a store in Clendenin in northern Kanawha County. While working there, Cox decided to make a career of retail sales. He moved to Charleston in 1914, when he was 29, and bought out a downtown department store. It became the first in a chain of 21 A. W. Cox Department Stores in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. 

Kanawha Textbook War
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On September 3, 2974, Kanawha County schools opened amid high tensions. Months earlier, school board member Alice Moore had objected to the content of new language arts books the county was adopting. She felt that many were anti-religious or anti-American. Fueled by the efforts of conservative ministers, an opposition movement to the books grew rapidly, particularly in rural parts of Kanawha County. Despite petitions bearing 12,000 signatures and public condemnation of the books by 27 ministers on the grounds of immorality and indecency, the board approved most of the books.

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Four additional West Virginia counties have been declared endemic for Lyme disease, bringing the total to 11.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kanawha, Marshall, Roane and Wetzel counties were declared endemic for the tick-borne disease as of Aug. 15. They join Berkeley, Hampshire, Hancock, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Wood counties on the list.

July 31, 1958: Labor Leader Bill Blizzard Dies at 65

Jul 31, 2015
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  Labor leader Bill Blizzard died on July 31, 1958, at age 65. The Kanawha County native was the son of two passionate union activists.

During the 1910s, Blizzard quickly rose in rank in the United Mine Workers of America labor union. In 1921, he played a key role in the armed miners’ march on Logan County and personally led some of the front-line fighting at the Battle of Blair Mountain. He was charged with treason and murder for his actions. He was tried in the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town—ironically, in the same building where John Brown had been convicted of treason six decades before.

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