Huntington

Cash Money
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A Huntington audit has uncovered the city's fire pension board failed to properly calculate retirees' pensions, resulting in overpayments for over 25 years.

City Manager Cathy Burns says the city overpaid about 50 fire department retirees. Burns says miscalculations started in 1990 when the city moved to a "confusing" state formula.

Huntington wins America's Best Communities comp
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The city of Huntington is the first place winner of America’s Best Communities competition. The announcement came Wednesday night. Huntington officials in Denver, Colorado, received a $3 million award to be used on local revitalization efforts.

Huntington was one of the 8 finalists last April and has already received $100,000.

America's Best Community to be Announced Today

Apr 19, 2017
Huntington America's Best Community FInalist
America's Best Communities Competition

The city of Huntington will find out later today (Wednesday) if it’s one of the Best Communities in the country.

Last April, Huntington was announced as a finalist for the America’s Best Communities competition. The year-long event will wrap up Wednesday with the top 8 cities giving a final presentation in Denver, Colorado. The winner will be announced at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night.

Jan Rader - Huntington Fire Chief
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Jan Rader has become the first female professional firefighter to attain the rank of fire chief in West Virginia after being sworn in as Huntington fire chief Wednesday.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Rader has served in the Huntington Fire Department for 22 years. She had been interim fire chief since December, upon her predecessor's resignation.

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On March 30, 1838, Marshall Academy was incorporated in what is now Huntington. The school had been established the previous year as a private school to educate the children of farmers in the region. The first classes were held in a small log church on the knoll where Marshall’s Old Main building now stands.

In 1858, the Virginia Assembly granted college status to Marshall. However, the school closed its doors a little more than two years later when the Civil War began.

Jan Rader - Huntington Fire Chief
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Officials in Huntington say the city has hired what is believed to be the first female fire chief in West Virginia.

The City Council approved Jan Rader's appointment Monday. She will earn nearly $77,000.

Catfish Gray
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Herbalist and folk doctor Clarence Frederick “Catfish” Gray died in Huntington on March 13, 2002, at age 84. A native of Jackson County, he worked in various jobs, raised 10 children, and was a walking encyclopedia of traditional plant lore.

After a workplace accident in the early 1950s left him unable to do physical labor, Gray began gathering and selling wildflowers and herbs, while dispensing advice for using them medicinally. He sorted and packaged his unique blend of herbs in little bags at his home near Glenwood in Mason County.

On February 22, 1945, Justice Chambers was wounded in action on Iwo Jima. For his heroic efforts, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Chambers was born in Huntington in 1908 and attended Marshall College (now University) but moved to Washington D.C. before graduating. He attended law school at night, earned his degree, and worked for several federal agencies.

Dru attended Wheeling High School but, relocated to New York, where she worked as a model and cover girl.
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Movie and television actress Joanne Dru was born in Logan on January 31, 1922. Originally named Joan Lacock, her father was a pharmacist in Logan.

The family moved to Huntington, where Dru’s brother, Ralph Pierre Lacock, was born. He later changed his name to Peter Marshall and was the longtime host of the Hollywood Squares game show.

It devastated communities along the entire 1000-mile stretch of the Ohio.
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On January 28, 1937, the Ohio River crested in Huntington nearly 20 feet above flood stage. Days earlier, it’d crested at the same level in Parkersburg and 10 feet above flood stage in Wheeling.

The Ohio River had always been prone to flooding. Just 10 months before, the Ohio had hit record levels at Wheeling.

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Steel of West Virginia is challenging a sewer rate hike by the city of Huntington, saying it lacks legally required public notice.

The Huntington-based supplier of structural steel wants an injunction in Cabell County Circuit Court to block a 57 percent rate increase over two years.

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Legendary political consultant Matthew Reese died on December 1, 1998, at the age of 71. His political career started in 1948, when he helped Huntington’s Maurice “Bernie” Burnside get elected to Congress.

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An Ohio man was accused of distributing an elephant sedative to people, which, according to federal prosecutors, resulted in about two dozen overdoses in a West Virginia city.

On Monday, prosecutors charged 22-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs of Akron, Ohio, with distributing carfentanil and fentanyl, local news organizations reported.

World War I Ends: Nov. 11 1918

Nov 11, 2016
The last-surviving WWI veteran was Frank Buckles died at Charles Town in 2011 at the age of 110.
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On November 11, 1918, World War I ended after more than four years of brutal fighting. Nearly 39 million soldiers had been killed, wounded, or listed as missing. American soldiers arrived on the scene only during the last year-and-a-half of the war. Still, some 116,000 died in the conflict.

About 58,000 West Virginians served in the war. Of these, more than 1,100 were killed in action, and nearly 700 died in training. Many others died from influenza or other diseases.

Libby Knight

In April 2015, they released their first full-length Snowflake Mandala. Less than a year later, they earned an entry into the 2016 International Blues Challenge with their second release U Can't Bother Me. And now, Huntington rockers The Shadowshaker Band are back with a bigger band and a bluer sound.

We sat down with The Shadowshaker Band's Eve Marcum-Atkinson and Michael Lyzenga in the #wvpublic studios to talk about the band's new record Heart on the Line and their blues-y beginnings.

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Authorities say the heroin that led 27 people to overdose in a five-hour span in a single West Virginia city had been mixed with the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington reports that investigators for the first time detailed the potency of the concoction in a federal indictment Tuesday.

Bill Bissett
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The president of the Kentucky Coal Association is stepping down to lead a regional chamber of commerce in West Virginia.

Bill Bissett will resign at the end of October to become president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. His first day on the job will be Nov. 1.

Chad Pennington
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Huntington's City Council has approved a resolution to name a street after former Marshall University star quarterback Chad Pennington.

WSAZ-TV reports the council on Monday voted to rename 10th Street as Chad Pennington Way.

Addiction Stories Program
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  People in addiction recovery came out Wednesday night in Huntington at Marshall University, to tell their story on how it’s affected their lives.

  Nick Pauken was part of the Marshall University program “Addiction in Appalachia: Our Stories”. In collaboration between the Marshall Student Health Education Program and the English Department, those in addiction recovery worked with English professors to write a monologue about their story. It was a chance for those in recovery, family members and significant others to tell how addiction impacted their lives.

Jesse Frank James
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On September 6, 1875, two men walked into the Bank of Huntington with their revolvers drawn. Two others kept guard outside. The four men left the bank with $20,000 and rode south out of town.

The Day 26 People Overdosed on Tainted Heroin

Aug 18, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis has more from Huntington about the day 26 people overdosed on heroin in the span of four hours and West Virginia’s poet laureate Marc Harshman is along with this month’s poetry break. 

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

Heroin Injection
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Twenty-six reported cases of overdose in Huntington raised eyebrows throughout the state and country Monday evening. All 26 reports came in over a 4-hour period, putting the city’s emergency responders on high alert. Now Huntington officials are trying to figure out what caused the spike.

Almost half of the 26 reported overdoses happened in an around one east Huntington neighborhood, near the Marcum Terrace housing projects. It was reported that heroin samples were being handed out near the location.

Jim Johnson, Joe Ciccarelli
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After over two dozen overdoses in a four-hour span Monday night in Cabell County, local officials gathered Tuesday to outline the situation.

In a span of a few hours Monday evening, there were 26 reported cases of overdose throughout the Huntington metro area. Most happened in one neighborhood in east Huntington near the Marcum Terrace housing projects where it was reported that heroin samples were being handed out.

Student Has One Word for Explorer Academy: Awesome

Aug 16, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, part two of our report about free trade.  One company in Kentucky is critical of trade agreements as bad for business.  And we’ll go inside the Explorer Academy, now in its second school year in Huntington. 

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

Entrepreneur Donald Franklin Duncan was born in Rome, Ohio, on June 8, 1893, but spent his childhood in Huntington.

He left Huntington in his mid-teens and became a successful salesman for the Brock Candy Company in Chicago during World War I. In 1920, he introduced Good Humor ice cream to the world.

Four Pole Creek Flood
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Storms rolled through Huntington late Thursday afternoon causing Four Pole Creek to quickly rise, flooding parts of the city.

The flash flooding caused one death on Green Valley Road when a car with three people tried to drive through high waters.  One woman, Sherry Wysong, couldn’t be saved before the car was carried off the road.

GRo Huntington, Jeannie Harrison
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Addiction treatment specialists in Huntington are hoping something called nature assisted therapy is the next step for helping addicts in a program called GRo Huntington.

Most Exalted

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to Ona, Bud Carroll to Coyotes in Boxes and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Mayor Steve Williams ABC's
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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams provided the first of quarterly update on Huntington’s progress meeting its America’s Best Community Goals. 

Since Huntington was named one of the eight finalists in the America’s Best Community Competition in April, the city has carefully constructed an outline to begin meeting some of the goals they established for the competition. 

Courtney Bell

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Rozwell Kid to The World is a Beautiful Place..., Beach House drummer Graham Hill to Qiet and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

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