Kanawha County

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Kanawha County officials say about 300 votes were not included in the county's unofficial election results last week.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the uncounted votes were from people who voted early and were from the Dunbar area.

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Kanawha County is establishing a special court for military veterans.

Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys says the county's adult drug court will offer a separate track for veterans. He says the court will work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to divert veterans into rehabilitation programs.

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Officials in the Kanawha County town of Marmet will select a new mayor next month after a judicial panel removed the former mayor from office earlier this year for violating city election laws.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the town council held a special meeting Thursday to set the dates for selecting the new mayor.

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Kanawha County's school system is planning to have about 90 fewer positions next fiscal year because of a shrinking budget.

Kanawha County Schools' human resources specialist Kim Olsen tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail there are 52 teacher position cuts planned for next school year, but the cuts have led to only four teachers altogether losing guaranteed jobs next school year.

April 28, 1913: Peace Back to West Virginia Coalfields

Apr 28, 2016
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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
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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
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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.


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.

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