Kanawha County

8:36 am
Fri January 23, 2015

January 23, 1888: Labor Leader Fred Mooney Born

Mooney was part of a more radical leadership team that also included district President Fred Keeney and Vice President Bill Blizzard.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Labor leader Fred Mooney was born in Kanawha County on January 23, 1888. At age 13, he began working in coal mines as a trapper boy.  Six years later, at the young age of 19, he became secretary-treasurer of District 17 of the United Mine Workers of America.

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8:31 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Nov. 10 1817 Kanawha Salt Producers Form Output Pool

In the days before refrigeration, pioneers needed this natural resource to preserve meat. As such, it is one of the few products that settlers would spend money on or trade for.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Output pool, Kanawha Salt Industry, War of 1812, Kanawha County

On November 10, 1817, Kanawha County salt operators entered into a unique business arrangement that would set the stage for major industries in the late 1800s. Salt was an essential product in early American history. In the early 1800s, Kanawha County became the salt-producing capital of the nation.

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Black Diamond Power
10:08 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Black Diamond Power Wants Overcharges to be “Customer Contribution"?

Power substation in Mullens, WV.

According to request filed by attorneys at law Hannah and Hanna PLLC back in August, Black Diamond Power admits to overcharging customers $1,686,338 admits to collecting over a five year period.

The document indicates that the company serves about 4,300 so that’s about $385 per customer.

The company proposes to refund $488, 307 to customers over a five year period which would come through a rate reduction.  But Black Diamond Power wants to treat the remaining money, treat the remaining $1.198 million as a “customer contribution.”

It appears that the Staff of the Public Service Commission filed recommendations on October 1. In that document, the staff of PSC recommends about $900,000 be recorded as a customer contribution and a reduction of rate base.

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Block Historical District
5:45 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Barbara Hicks Lacy Remembers Charleston During Segregation

Workers outside the Ferguson Theater, 1939. Lacy remembers that Richard Sonders, an usher, is the tall man to the right with an eye patch.
Credit Courtesy of the W.Va. State Archives, Bernidean Brown Collection

In Charleston, those who grew up during segregation remember a tight knit community in the downtown neighborhood known as The Block. During the 30's and 40's Barbara Hicks Lacy grew up in this neighborhood, and she's one of the remaining residents who vividly recalls The Block, which today has all but disappeared. The West Virginia Center for African-American Culture and Arts recently invited her to share her story at the West Virginia State Archives.

When she was a kid, Lacy's best friend, named Baby Sue, was white, and so they weren't allowed to attend the same school.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

What's Next in Wheeling?; Art Encourages Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

On West Virginia Morning, an unusual use for twitter.  In Kanawha County, an emergency coordinator is using the social media site to inform citizens where heroin overdoses occur.  And we’ll meet artist Janice Summers-Young who makes art from anything she finds.

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11:27 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Kanawha Co. Uses Twitter to Raise Overdose Awareness

Credit Kanawha County Heroin Eradication Association Taskforce

Kanawha County's emergency coordinator wants the public to know that heroin is a problem throughout the county.

Matthew Thomas is using Twitter to publicize drug overdoses in the county, including heroin. He gets notifications on his phone whenever Kanawha County Metro 911 receives an overdose call. He then tweets the overdose's location from the Kanawha County Heroin Eradication Association Taskforce's Twitter account.

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Law & Order
9:09 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kanawha Commissioners to Seek Prosecutor's Removal

Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

  Kanawha County commissioners have agreed to begin removal proceedings against Prosecutor Mark Plants.

The commission voted Thursday to file a petition, citing the costs of paying a special prosecutor to handle certain cases in his place. Once filed, the state Supreme Court would appoint a panel to rule on it.

Plants and his office are barred from handling cases involving crimes of violence by a parent or guardian, abuse and neglect cases, and violations of domestic violence protection orders.

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Law & Order
10:51 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Deal Puts Kanawha Prosecutor Charges on Hold

Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

 Domestic charges against Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants will be dismissed if he completes a pre-trial diversion program.

Plants' lawyer and prosecutors agreed to the deal on Wednesday.

Special prosecutor Sid Bell says the misdemeanor charges will be pending for a year.

Plants is charged with domestic battery and violating a protective order to stay away from his ex-wife, Allison Plants, and their children. Prosecutors say he hit one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22.

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Abuse Case
2:17 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Supreme Court to Decide if Prosecutor Should Keep Law License

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants
Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday over whether to temporarily revoke the law license of a county prosecutor charged with domestic battery.

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants is facing the misdemeanor charge after State Police say he hit his step-son multiple times with a leather belt in February, leaving bruises.

The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel alleges Plants’ license should be revoked until his criminal proceedings are completed because he has violated ethics rules.  

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Substitute for Plants
11:34 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Special Prosecutor Installed for Plants

Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

Special prosecutors have been installed to handle child abuse cases in Kanawha County.

The action comes after Circuit Judge Duke Bloom disqualified prosecutor Mark Plants and his staff from handling such cases. Bloom swore in special prosecutors Thursday morning.

Plants is charged with domestic battery for allegedly hitting one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt. He has argued in court papers that he was acting within a constitutionally protected right to protect his child.

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Ethics Charges
1:09 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Kanawha County Magistrate Faces Ethics Charges

Credit Brian Turner

A Kanawha County magistrate faces ethics charges stemming from his denial of a domestic violence petition against the county's prosecutor.

The Judicial Investigation Commission alleges that Magistrate Ward Harshbarger violated several canons of the judicial code of conduct, including upholding the judiciary's integrity and independence.

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Child Abuse Allegations
2:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Kanawha Prosecutor Says He Won't Resign

Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants says his office doesn't have a conflict investigating domestic violence cases involving children.
Plants is facing a domestic battery charge. He's accused of hitting one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22.

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10:36 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Two Killed in Kanawha Co. Plane Crash

A Piper PA-32 Aircraft, the same model of the plane involved in Friday's crash in Kanawha County.
Credit Arpingstone / en.wikipedia

  Two fatalities have been confirmed in a small plane crash that occurred around 4 p.m. Friday near Route 60 in Eastern Kanawha County. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will arrive in Charleston Saturday morning to examine the wreckage of the Piper PA-32 aircraft. 

The State Journal reports that the FAA has released the following statement:

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2:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Kanawha Prosecutor Seeks Dismissal of Charge

Mark Plants
Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants is seeking the dismissal of a domestic battery charge against him.
Plants is accused of hitting one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Plants' attorney, Jim Cagle, filed a motion Monday asking a magistrate to dismiss the misdemeanor charge.

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Water Distribution
9:06 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bulk Water Distribution in Kanawha Co. for February 28 - March 2

Credit wikimedia / Wikimedia

Kanawha County and City of Charleston have announced Bulk Water Distribution for Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2.

West Virginia American Water will have Bulk Water Tankers and Buffaloes available through Sunday, March 2nd at the following locations:

  • Big Lots Parking Lot-Patrick Street-Charleston
  • Old Big Sandy Lot – Cross Lanes
  • Crossings Mall - Elkview
  • Walmart Parking Lot – Quincy
  • Across from Post Office – Clendenin

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Bulk Water Sites
3:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Water Distribution for Kanawha Co.: Saturday, Feb. 15- Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Credit wikimedia / Wikimedia

Kanawha County and City of Charleston Bulk Water Sites for Saturday, February 15, 2014 through Monday, February 17, 2014:

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Chemical Leak
3:03 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Water Distribution for Kanawha Co.: Monday, Feb. 10- Friday, Feb. 14,, 2014

Credit Kanawha County Commission

Kanawha County and City of Charleston Bulk Water Sites for Monday, February 10, 2014.

Bulk Water-Bring Your Own Containers
Crossing Mall – Elkview
Walmart Parking Lot – Quincy
Shawnee Park – Institute
Old Big Sandy Parking Lot – Cross Lanes
Big Lots Parking Lot –Patrick Street – Charleston

The tanker at Shawnee Park will not be deployed on Tuesday, February 11 due to a mechanical problem.  It will be repaired and then filled in Huntington and redeployed on Wednesday, February 12. 

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10:40 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Riverside, Midland Trail Students Dismissing Early Over Water Concerns

The Charleston Gazette reports that two schools have dismissed early Wednesday morning over concerns regarding the safety of the water after a flushing process began this morning.
  • Source: Wvgazette
  • | Via: The Charleston Gazette
Riverside High dismissing students at 10:30 a.m. today Riverside High will dismiss students at 10:30 a.m. today in order to continue flushing its pipes, according to Kanawha County school officials. Flushing cannot be done while students are in the school, said Terry Hollandsworth, maintenance director for Kanawha schools.
Legal Matters
3:20 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Kanawha family court judge faces battery charge

A Kanawha County Family Court judge is facing a battery charge following an incident at a Charleston hospital.
 Charleston police arrested 61-year-old Mark Snyder on Monday night. He's accused of grabbing a nurse's arm and trying to drag her down a hallway at Charleston Area Medical General Hospital.
     A criminal complaint says the nurse told police that Snyder was upset about the care of a patient he was visiting. The complaint says Snyder refused several requests to leave and was escorted out of the hospital by a security guard.

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Culture & History
3:34 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Great Textbook War

Credit The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Charleston native Trey Kay examines the 1974 textbook controversy in the radio documentary, “The Great Textbook War.”

In 1974, Kanawha County was the first battleground in the American culture wars. Controversy erupted over newly-adopted school textbooks. School buildings were hit by dynamite and Molotov cocktails, buses were riddled with bullets, journalists were beaten and surrounding coal mines were shut down by protesting miners.

Textbook opponents believed the books were teaching their children to question their authority, traditional values and the existence of God.

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