Huntington

City of Huntington

  A West Virginia city that has surpassed its previous records for the number of homicide investigations has confirmed two additional killings.

The Herald-Dispatch quotes Huntington police Capt. Hank Dial as saying more officers are needed to address the surge of violent crime. Dial was among officials who spoke within 36 hours of the year's 17th and 18th homicides during a news conference at city hall Tuesday afternoon.

1970 Marshall University Football Team
Marshall University

On the night of November 14, 1970, a Southern Airways DC-9 approached a foggy and rainy Tri-State Airport in Wayne County. The airliner slammed into a hillside just short of the runway and burst into flames. All 75 passengers were killed.

On board were nearly the entire Marshall University football team along with the head coach, athletic director, and 36 other fans, coaches, announcers, and crew members. It is still the deadliest sports-related air disaster in U.S. history.

November 9, 1952: Opening of The Huntington Museum of Art

Nov 9, 2017
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / David Fattaleh / WV Division of Tourism (WVDT)

On November 9, 1952, the Huntington Galleries opened in the Park Hills section of Huntington. It was West Virginia’s largest art museum. By the time the name of the galleries was changed to the Huntington Museum of Art in 1987, the collection had grown to more than 15,000 objects.

Opioids
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Several West Virginia municipalities are suing The Joint Commission, claiming the Chicago-based health care accreditation group downplayed the dangers of prescription painkillers and helped fuel addictions.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the cities of Charleston, Huntington and Kenova and the town of Ceredo filed the class-action lawsuit Thursday in Charleston.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition says its founder, Dianne Bady, has died of cancer.

The environmental and social justice group started by Bady in 1987 announced her death in a statement Tuesday. She was 67.

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Too many times, when stories of Appalachia are in the national spotlight, we hear shallow, shocking and grim stories. But they miss some of the most inspiring aspects to our realities: the struggle, the perseverance and the resilience.  On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia we’ll meet storytellers who work to help Appalachians tell their own stories, and capture the true Appalachian spirit behind the statistics.

Melania Trump
Lacie Pierson / Charleston Gazette-Mail

First lady Melania Trump has toured a West Virginia drug addiction recovery center for infants in the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic.

Trump visited Lily's Place in Huntington on Tuesday. The nonprofit facility, the first of its kind in the nation, works with addicted mothers' newborns who are enduring the torment of drug withdrawal. It also offers treatment to parents.

Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has decided to close the state's first crop aggregation facility after determining that it was barely used and losing money.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the department's new administration will not renew a lease for the Huntington Aggregation Center.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A biologist is studying how some insects might be adapting to a changing climate. Scott Hotaling is studying stoneflies that live in glacial regions in the north, and how these animals might be evolving. We'll hear about a grant the city of Huntington is receiving to help first responders combat the drug abuse epidemic. 


Huntington
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Nearly $2 million in federal grants will help one West Virginia city combat a drug abuse epidemic.

The city of Huntington says in a news release that two grants will be used for a program that assists overdose victims within 72 hours.

Huntington, Ohio River
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Council members of a West Virginia city have passed an ordinance that will hold owners accountable for crimes that occur on their properties.

Local news outlets report the Huntington City Council passed the "drug house ordinance" Monday night.

Sept. 11, 1913 - Huntington's Ritter Park Opens to the Public

Sep 11, 2017
Ritter Park
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Huntington’s Ritter Park first opened to the public on September 11, 1913. Five years earlier, the city had purchased most of the current site for a municipal incinerator.

But neighboring residents opposed that plan, so Mayor Rufus Switzer converted the property into the city’s first major public park. It got its name from lumberman Charles Ritter, who donated an additional 20 acres, bringing the park’s total to 75 acres.

Huntington, Ohio River
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A proposed ordinance that targets property owners for repeated illegal incidents on their premises and evicts tenants has drawn opposition from West Virginia's American Civil Liberties Union chapter.

A shot of the crowd rating new music at our 2015 #WhyListen party in Huntington.
Ryan Fischer / The Parthenon

Have you ever wondered what turns a new song into a great song? And do you want to discover an emerging West Virginia act from your neck of the woods? Then join West Virginia Public Broadcasting for a #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party on Sunday, September 3 from 6 to 8 p.m at Bahnhof WVrsthaus & Biergarten in Huntington.

Dollar Photo Club

West Virginia cities are considering ordinances targeting property owners for repeated illegal incidents on their premises.

Local news outlets report similar proposals in Huntington and Nitro follow the model of a Martinsburg drug house ordinance that went into effect in May and has since produced several busts.

Marshall University
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Free solar eclipse viewing glasses and free moon pies are being offered to people participating in Marshall University's viewing event on Aug. 21.

Dollar Photo Club

A West Virginia city's lawsuit against a drug company has led to a dispute over which is at fault in the opioid epidemic.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Wednesday that one of the nation's largest drug wholesalers is attempting to dilute responsibility for the opioid crisis after Huntington filed a lawsuit against it.

Steve Helber / AP File Photo

Pres. Donald Trump's Thursday campaign rally in Huntington is expected to draw thousands of not just Trump supporters from the tri-state area, but also protestors.

While the city doesn’t have any say in what goes on inside the event, they are responsible for what happens outside, where tensions could run high.

Donald Trump
PBS Newshour

President Donald Trump is holding an early August campaign rally in West Virginia.

Trump's campaign says the event is scheduled for Aug. 3 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Water
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Water service has been turned off for more than 1,000 homes as the Huntington Sanitary Board has sent thousands of shut-off requests to West Virginia American Water as it pursues customers more than 30 days late on paying their sewer bill.

Courtesy of venue

"It wouldn’t be considered commercially viable [as a traditional music venue]... and that’s what makes it unique.”

Office of Drug Control Policy
City of Huntington

Established in November 2014, the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy in Huntington has been paddling upstream, trying to make a dent in the on-going fight against drug addiction in the city. City officials hope a new, two-year strategic plan can continue to help them make a dent in the problem.

The office has plugged away at finding ways to slow and increasingly difficult drug epidemic in the city for more than two years. But the three people working in Huntington’s Office of Drug Control Policy feel changes are slowly being made that will help the city find its way out of the malaise.

June 26, 1936: NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer Born in Huntington

Jun 26, 2017
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Basketball hall of famer Hal Greer was born in Huntington on June 26, 1936. In the early ’50s, he was a standout guard at Huntington’s segregated Frederick Douglass High School. Coaching legend Cam Henderson recruited Greer to play for Marshall College—now Marshall University.

Sean Seaman

“Every community is bound to bare some sort of sound and champion that, but it’s not as definite as it used to be.”

Melissa Stilwell

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with the Huntington drummer with the best seat in the house, keeping time for William Matheny and Tyler Childers. This... is Rod Elkins.

Huntington Police Department

Five former West Virginia police officers will return to their department after a city's projected $5 million budget deficit laid them off.

The Herald-Dispatch reported on Tuesday a City of Huntington statement says the five probationary officers will return to their posts starting July 3, and that police will also bring on a new officer from the department's civil service hiring list who will enter the state police academy in late August.

CSX
Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Railroad company CSX says it has cut 70 jobs at a locomotive shop in West Virginia, while 270 others continue to work at the facility.

Company spokesman Rob Doolittle says the shop in Huntington will remain open and keep servicing locomotives. Affected employees are eligible to seek positions at other nearby CSX facilities.

Courtesy of the artist

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with a loud and unapologetically proud pysch-rock outfit out of Huntington, West Virginia. This... is ScroungeHound.

King Nique of Real Ones Entertainment

"I've realized there is no recipe for rap."

Jess Keathly

"There is so much killer music that comes out of here, and always has. It’s amazing to join in on the tradition of West Virginia music."

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