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Tim Armstead
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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead announced he will step down from his work in the Legislature in 2019 and could be looking to sit on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

In a statement from the West Virginia Republican Party, chairwoman Melody Potter said Armstead has been a leader for the Republican party as both the speaker of the House and as the former-minority leader.

Flood, Elkview
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A department store is reopening next month at a West Virginia shopping center that was marooned and shuttered after flooding last summer washed away an access bridge.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A bridge that was washed out in flooding last year is being replaced at a mall in West Virginia, and almost all of the businesses are expected to reopen.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports representatives of the businesses and rent documents from Crossings Mall owner Tara Retail Group indicate 23 of the 26 businesses open at the Elkview mall when the June 23, 2016, flood occurred are expected to reopen.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Construction is expected to start this week on a replacement for a flooded-out bridge leading to a mall in Elkview, West Virginia.

The Kanawha County Commission says in a news release Tuesday that construction on the culvert bridge at the Crossings Mall is expected to begin Thursday and should be completed in about two months.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a financing plan to allow the reconstruction of a washed-out bridge leading to Crossings Mall in Elkview, West Virginia.

Local outlets report the mall has been closed since a flood washed away the culvert bridge in June 2016. Dozens of businesses have closed and more than 500 people are out of work.

Portable Classrooms
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After months of sharing a space at Bridge Elementary School, teachers at Bridge and Clendenin Elementary have moved into new portable buildings.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the schools had been sharing a building at Bridge Elementary in Elkview since the June flood destroyed Clendenin Elementary.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A federal bankruptcy judge has scheduled a hearing to consider a financing plan for an access bridge at a West Virginia shopping center to replace one that was destroyed in last summer's flooding.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patrick Flatley on Thursday scheduled an April 6 hearing in Clarksburg on mall owner Tara Retail Group's intentions to build a new bridge at the Crossings Mall in Elkview. The owner filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy just prior to a January auction for the mall property.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  A last-minute bankruptcy filing has halted the sale of an Elkview shopping center that has been marooned and shuttered since a crucial access bridge was washed away by flooding last summer.

A group was forming on the steps of the Kanawha County Courthouse on Tuesday to participate in an auction for the Crossings Mall property, but the scheduled sale was called off after the mall owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A shopping center where a bridge was washed away by flooding last summer is to be sold at public auction.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Elkview Crossings Mall is scheduled for trustee's sale at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A federal judge says a third-party officer will oversee construction of a replacement bridge at a Kanawha County shopping center after the old bridge was washed away by floods.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston in Charleston placed the Elkview Crossings mall in receivership Tuesday. Court-appointed officer Martin Perry will put the culvert bridge project out for bid and oversee its construction. Details of Perry's role in the mall's operations are still being worked out.

Elkview Free Clinic
Kara Lofton / WV Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of people were treated over the weekend at a free health clinic in Elkview.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that organizers of the clinic, which was held Saturday and Sunday at Elkview Middle School, say around 600 patients, some as far away as Virginia and Tennessee, were served.

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A free medical clinic for West Virginia flood victims and others in need is set for this weekend in Kanawha County.

The clinic will be held Saturday and Sunday at Elkview Middle School. Services will be offered beginning at 6 a.m. each day.

Herman Hayes
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Folk artist Herman Hayes was born at Elkview in Kanawha County on September 23, 1923. After serving in the Marines during World War II, he went to college at West Virginia Wesleyan and then at Morris Harvey (now University of Charleston).

In 1963, he became an ordained minister and later served Methodist churches across the state.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

About 500 people remain out of work because a flood-damaged bridge crucial to accessing a marooned Elkview mall has not yet been repaired.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a hotel, restaurants, gas stations, stores and other businesses in the Crossing Mall, including Kmart and Kroger, are still inaccessible. There are no signs of construction to replace the culvert that was swept away by raging floodwater on June 23.

Huntington Police Department

Authorities say an Elkview man has been arrested after posting a video on Facebook calling for police officers to be killed.

Citing court records, media outlets report that 26-year-old Matthew Lane Furby was taken into custody Monday and charged with making threats of terroristic acts.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Elkview residents will have to wait at least two more months for a shopping center to reopen after an access bridge collapsed earlier last month during massive flash-flooding.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a new bridge to Crossings Mall isn't expected to be completed for at least another eight weeks.

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A week after deadly floods ravaged West Virginia, all residents in one of the hardest-hit towns have tap water again. They just can't drink it yet.

In a news release Friday, West Virginia American Water said it has restored tap water to all areas of Clendenin.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Following flooding in West Virginia that killed 23 people  and ravaged thousands of homes and businesses, Kanawha County is waiving building permit fees in the Elkview and Clendenin areas.