Putnam County

November 13, 1923: Attorney Virginia Mae Brown Born in Putnam County

Nov 13, 2017
Virginia Mae Brown
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Attorney Virginia Mae Brown was born at Pliny, in Putnam County, on November 13, 1923. After graduating from the West Virginia University College of Law, she forged a pioneering career in government. In 1952—before she’d turned 30—Brown became the first woman to serve as assistant attorney general in West Virginia history.

In 1961, Governor Wally Barron named her West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, the first woman to hold that post in any state. The next year, Brown became the first woman ever appointed to a state Public Service Commission.

Kanawha River
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement to address dioxin contamination in the Kanawha River by constructing a cap over nine acres of sediment containing the toxic substance.

Historian and Businessman J.P. Hale
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Historian, physician, and businessman John P. Hale died on July 11, 1902, at age 78. The great-grandson of the legendary Mary Draper Ingles, Hale was born in present Virginia before moving to the Kanawha Valley in 1840.

He earned a medical degree but decided that medicine wasn’t as lucrative as the booming salt business. By 1860, his salt works, located between Charleston and Malden, was possibly the largest in North America.

In November 1918, just as Nitro was nearing completion, World War I ended.
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On January 17, 1918, the U.S. War Department hired a New York engineering firm to build a nitrocellulose plant along the Kanawha-Putnam county border. The DuPont Company had previously chosen the site to manufacture munitions for World War I.

However, there were political objections to one company receiving such a large contract, so DuPont abandoned its plans, and the federal government picked up the task.

A few weeks ago, the students of the Appalachian Children's Chorus and their founding director, Selina Midkiff, stopped by our studios at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. They graced us with their youthful energy and a true dedication to music-making. 

Prison Bars
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Putnam County deputies have recaptured a man who briefly escaped custody by climbing out of a squad car window.

Deputies caught 28-year-old Robert Charles Jordan Monday morning near a Barboursville road about an hour after he escaped.

William Hope "Coin" Harvey
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Social reformer William Hope ‘‘Coin’’ Harvey was born at Buffalo in Putnam County on August 16, 1851. He was a teacher, lawyer, silver miner, politician, land speculator, geologist, and bestselling author.

Harvey attended Buffalo Academy and Marshall College (now Marshall University) before becoming a lawyer. He opened his first law practice in Huntington at age 19.

Kendall Vintroux
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Cartoonist Kendall Vintroux was born at Fraziers Bottom in Putnam County on July 5, 1896. When his father became ill, Vintroux dropped out of high school to help run the family’s farm.

His career as a cartoonist began when he submitted a humorous drawing to the Charleston Gazette about the town of Poca’s first paved road, which was only eight feet wide.

Cash Money
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The owners of a Putnam County-based funeral home have been ordered to pay nearly $3 million after being accused of defrauding an Iowa-based insurance company by cashing in on pre-need funeral arrangements for more than 100 people who weren't actually dead.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers ruled Monday that Chad and Billie Harding must pay about $2.8 million — three times the amount they took from Homesteaders Life Insurance Co.

A federal judge has ruled for an insurance company in its case against the operators of a Putnam County funeral home accused of filing false death claims on behalf of pre-need contract customers who weren't actually dead.

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A judge in Putnam County has proposed a program to help offenders with mental health issues stay out of jail.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers proposed the pretrial treatment diversion program at the Putnam County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ordered that a Putnam County magistrate candidate be removed from the ballot based on his prior misdemeanor convictions.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the court ruled Tuesday that Troy Sexton is ineligible to serve as a magistrate for the county.

February 23, 1884: Writer Mary Meek Atkeson Born in Putnam County

Feb 23, 2016
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Writer Mary Meek Atkeson was born at Buffalo in Putnam County on February 23, 1884. She earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from West Virginia University. Her master's thesis catalogued the works of 87 writers in what is now West Virginia dating back to colonial times. She later earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and taught at WVU.

Putnam County
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Wal-Mart has made an independent decision to scrap plans for a previously proposed Neighborhood Market in Teays Valley.

Media outlets report the decision comes less than one week after Putnam County Circuit Judge John Cummings overturned a county zoning decision that would have allowed Wal-Mart to build the smaller retail location along W.Va. 34.

University of Kentucky Geological Survey

Hard Rock Exploration has received a state permit to drill a test well into the Rogersville Shale in Putnam County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Department of Environmental Protection approved the permit for the vertical test well on Monday.

Kanawha County Schools

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

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A landfill, the city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the facility's acceptance of waste from a chemical spill site.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the County Commission approved the settlement agreement on Tuesday.

Money, Cash
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The West Virginia Treasurer’s Office will host its first county-wide Get a Life budget simulation over the next two days in Putnam County.

The program for eighth grade students in Putnam County will show them how a budget is put together. The two-day event, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Navy Reserve Center, will also teach kids the importance of properly handling money.

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A Putnam County woman won't face charges after a loaded gun was found in her carry-on bag at Yeager Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says TSA officers staffing X-ray machines at a checkpoint detected the .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun Wednesday morning.

The agency says in a news release that the gun was loaded with seven rounds, including one in the chamber.

Yeager Airport Police confiscated the gun but chose not to arrest the Scott Depot woman.

The federal agency says the woman missed her flight to Atlanta.

AP

A federal judge has set a June 2015 trial date for a lawsuit filed against a Hurricane landfill that accepted wastewater from Freedom Industries in the wake of the January chemical leak.The city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission filed a lawsuit in May asking that Waste Management of West Virginia be required to remove the wastewater mixed with sawdust from its landfill.

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