‘I felt so naughty’: New open carry alcohol laws boost downtowns

BY: - November 7, 2023

Holly Smith Mount wanted to be first. Smith Mount, chair of the city council in Huntington, West Virginia, was determined to see her community launch the state’s initial outdoor drinking zone — an idea made possible only after the legislature changed the state’s alcohol law earlier this year. “I will fully admit I’m very competitive,” […]

Huntington mayor files as pre-candidate for West Virginia governor’s race

BY: - October 26, 2023

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams filed Thursday as a pre-candidate in the West Virginia governor’s race. Williams, a Huntington native and former Marshall University football player, was elected mayor of Huntington in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 and 2020. He previously served in the House of Delegates, representing Cabell and Wayne counties from 1987 to 1994. […]

How one West Virginia city is responding to the mental health needs of its first responders 

BY: - October 9, 2023

HUNTINGTON — After 20 years as a Huntington firefighter, there aren’t many places left in the city that don’t remind Captain Steve McCormick of something traumatic he witnessed while on duty.  “When the [Ritter Park] Rose Garden bridge up here was closed, I had to take a different route home, and just driving past certain […]