City of Huntington

Solar Co-op Coming to Huntington

Mar 9, 2017
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with legislative leaders about their plans to address the large hole in next year’s state budget and Clark Davis reports from Huntington where citizens are joining together to go solar.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

State Budget Will Dominate Legislative Session

Feb 3, 2017
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On West Virginia Morning, there’s a big hole in the state budget and House Speaker Tim Armstead has some ideas about how to fill it and Larry Groce performs our Mountain Stage song of the week.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Mayor Williams Budget Presser
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Huntington officials say they’re using layoffs and cuts to cut the city’s projected $4.8 million budget deficit in half. Huntington’s mayor says he doesn’t anticipate any more cuts to the city’s staff as he looks to close the rest of the fiscal gap.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has authorized cuts to the city budget that range from changes in health insurance, to instituting a hiring freeze, to making cuts to the police and fire departments. Those cuts include the dismissal of 24 of the city’s 355 employees.

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On West Virginia Morning, part two of a report about the use of antibiotics in animals and concern about drug resistant bacteria and Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton talks with three West Virginians about their healthcare if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Mayor Williams City Council
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The city of Huntington is dealing with budget issues that have the police and fire departments on a pace to exceed their budget for the fiscal year.  At a city council meeting Monday night, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams updated council members on the additional cuts he's asked the two departments to make in order to assure the city can balance its budget this year. Despite the deficit, Williams and city counselors are cautiously optimistic that a budget without police or fire layoffs can occur.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says the city's budgetary problems are rooted in three areas. The first, police and fire departments have outspent their annual budgets with six months left in the fiscal year. Along with the overspending, health insurance costs for the city have steadily increased as well as the amount Huntington is paying into its police and fire pension funds. When you combine all three, Huntington is facing an approximate $4.8M budget deficit by the end of the fiscal year in July. 

McElroy Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Jan 19, 2017
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Forbes

Marshall Graduate and Huntington Native Griffin McElroy has been named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for media for 2017. The 29-year-old McElroy was chosen for his work as the founding editor of Polygon, Vox’s video game website as well as weekly podcasts. 

Federal authorities say an Ohio man responsible for more than two dozen drug overdoses in Huntington, West Virginia, has pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing heroin.

Authorities say 22-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs of Akron, also known as "Benz," faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing April 10.

Bill Bissett Headshot
Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce

The current President of the Kentucky Coal Association is leaving the energy industry, for a job back in his hometown of Huntington. 

Bill Bissett will be the next President and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce starting November 1st.

Coming home.

The 50-year-old father of two decided being in his home state and hometown was more important than leading the coal association in Kentucky. 

Old Factory Finds New Use in Huntington

Jun 6, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports from Huntington where woodworking is part of a new hub for training and opportunity.  Also, two students at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University reports on the water quality of a stream in Taylor County that’s affected by a nearby coal mine.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, the state's Poet Laureate Marc Harshman reads poetry by Appalachian poet Robert Morgan.  And Clark Davis reports about a local storytelling website in Huntington. 

These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis updates us on the needle exchange program in Huntington.  And we’ll preview the new radio documentary about inspiring West Virginians. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Cabell Huntington Drug Court Expands

Nov 9, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld about the early release of federal inmates.  Also, in Huntington, Clark Davis reports on the expansion of the city’s drug court.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Huntington City Council has announced a two-year strategic plan to combat drug abuse and disease management in three West Virginia counties.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the council outlined the 2015 Strategic Plan for Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties on Monday.

The plan, which is led by the Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy, was established to eradicate addiction and treat addicted residents with proper health care, strengthen law enforcement and opportunities throughout treatment and recovery.

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Two Huntington children have been injured after a homemade explosive was thrown into their living room.

Christy Cabell tells WCHS-TV that her children were taken to the hospital after a crudely constructed bomb made from a liquor bottle stuffed with fireworks was thrown through their home's window Tuesday night.

Cabell's 13-year-old son needed 13 stitches in his chest. The 2-year-old girl has several cuts on her face.

City Leaders Ask for More Freedom

Jun 10, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the State Capital where the Joint Committee on Tax Reform held its fifth meeting, this one focusing on property taxes.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


At the legislature today, protestors brave the snow and cold at the Capitol to rally against a bill that scales back the state's prevailing wage. The head of law enforcement for the Division of Natural Resources tells a Senate committee the pay scale set in code for his officers is making it difficult to recruit qualified individuals. And a special report about the city of Huntington's on going fight against drugs on The Legislature Today.

Huntington Unveiling WiFi in Selected Area

Oct 28, 2014
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The City of Huntington is making progress in its efforts to roll out free wireless internet to the public.

Huntington’s WiFI initiative is part of a one-year pilot project with WVNET. The WiFi is only available at Pullman Square for now, a downtown shopping area according to Huntington Mayor Steve Williams. The public can access the network by checking their WiFi settings and clicking on the “Welcome to Huntington” network.

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On West Virginia Morning, Wednesday marked the first official state board of education meeting for West Virginia’s new superintendent of schools.  Ashton Marra will have a report.  And we’ll visit the J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Malden, Kanawha County.

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The Huntington Police Department was awarded a $100,000 grant Monday from the U.S. Department of Justice to study a crime ridden area of the city.

The grant is part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program.

Residents of Northcott Look Forward to New Housing

Sep 25, 2014
Northcott Court
Clark Davis

A 70-year-old public housing complex in Huntington is being torn down. The city has decided to demolish the facility that’s long been considered an eye-sore.

As visitors to Huntington enter the city from Hal Greer Boulevard they’re greeted by a set of unattractive square brick buildings. The apartments, known as Northcott Court, were named in honor of Gustavais Adolhus Northcott, a civic leader, president of the State Senate during 1905-1906 and early director of the First Huntington National Bank.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Christy Salters Martin of Wyoming County. A boxing champion, Martin shares her story about surviving domestic violence.  And this weekend in Fairmont, the collections of world famous opera singer Francis Yeend go on the auction block.  Sarah Lowther Hensley tells us what the collection contains. 


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Federal and regional drug enforcement officials visited Huntington to learn about the success the city has had so far in combating the drug epidemic and share details about their future efforts. The West Virginia Board of Education approved a waiver to allow some students in Randolph County to take bus rides as long as an hour and 18 minutes one way after a ceiling collapse closed their school and the Kanawha Chalreston Humane Association has changed some policies helping them along their path to become a no-kill shelter.

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Former Huntington Mayor and Cabell County Sheriff Kim Wolfe has agreed to pay a $1,500 fine as part of a settlement of two ethics complaints.

The state Ethics Commission released an order yesterday in which Wolfe admitted to using county taxpayer dollars for mailings during his 2008 campaign for mayor and accepting tickets to Cincinnati Reds baseball games from a bank doing business with the sheriff's office.

The Republican served as sheriff from 2001 to 2008 and as mayor from 2009 to 2012.

Cabell Huntington Hospital is exploring an acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.

Cabell Huntington said Tuesday in a news release that it is discussing a potential acquisition with Pallottine Health Services, Inc., which operates St. Mary's.

Both hospitals are located in Huntington. St. Mary's has 393 beds and is the largest private employer in Cabell County. Cabell Huntington has 303 beds.

Cabell Huntington and Pallottine Health Services say they believe a merger would improve the delivery of health care services.