Annual water festival will draw visitors to Hinton this week

The 59th annual West Virginia State Water Festival gets underway this week in Hinton. Events highlight the three rivers that flow through the area. They’ll have an off-road and endurance challenge next Saturday, as well as a pet parade and fireman’s parade. The Water Festival Grand Parade will be held next Saturday, July 27. The … Read more

New system aims to help DoHS case workers

The West Virginia Department of Human Service said it is working to develop and implement a tool aimed at better assessing and managing reported abuse and neglect cases. The system will allow for a series of evidence-based assessments at key points in child and adult protection casework to support staff in making decisions. “This department’s … Read more

Founder of Gino’s Pizza has passed away

The founder of a popular West Virginia restaurant chain has died. William “Kenney” Grant founded the pizza chain, Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House in 1961, and died this week at the age of 94. Instead of flowers, his obituary requests donations to donate to the Marshall Artist Series.

Money is coming to West Virginia for broadband projects

As the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program gets set to provide over one billion in digital equity projects, the West Virginia Office of Broadband is preparing to welcome applicants into the digital era. The program will provide over $1.25 billion in funding in awards ranging from $5 to $10 million to eligible applicants to provide … Read more

Bidding period is open now for Rand sewer project and others

Transportation officials announced this week that bids are being accepted for to rebuild a storm sewer system in Kanawha County. The State Dept. of Transportation is accepting bids to rebuild Rand’s storm sewer system, noting that streets owned and maintained by the state have been problem areas. Engineers plan to run new storm sewer lines … Read more

Drowning victim’s body is recovered from Sutton Lake

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police identified the Charleston man who drowned Monday morning at Sutton Lake. The body of 25-year old Kevaughn Montgomery was found in the Wolf Run area of Sutton Lake in Braxton County Tuesday evening. Investigators said Montgomery was boating at the lake with his family Monday morning when his … Read more

Annual sales tax holiday is set for early August

A tax holiday aimed at saving West Virginia families money during back-to-school shopping is set for the beginning of August. West Virginia’s sales tax holiday will eliminate taxes on merchandise including clothing and footwear $150 or less from Aug. 2-5. The sale tax will not apply to computers and tablets – $500 or less; school … Read more

City of Charleston adopts new hunting rules

Charleston City Council has voted to expand options for urban hunting to include bears and coyotes. The ordinance allows for bears to be hunted with crossbows while coyotes may be hunted with .22 caliber rifles. Council members also expanded times for hunting coyotes to include nighttime hours on private property. Members also passed an amendment … Read more

New Roane County bypass opens two months early

A major construction project in Roane County is set to open ahead of schedule. The Scott Miller Hill Bypass on U.S. 33 near Spencer will open to traffic today (Thursday), according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Transportation. The opening will be two months earlier than originally planned. The 4.3-mile bypass … Read more