Kanawha County

Kanawha judge rebukes prosecutor’s office for holding up child abuse and neglect cases

BY: - October 17, 2023

A Kanawha County circuit judge is demanding that the county prosecutor’s office timely and accurately address child abuse and neglect cases, saying the attorneys’ lack of attention has held up cases. Child adoptions have been delayed, the judge stressed.  There are more than 800 active child abuse and neglect cases in the state’s most populated […]

Few Kanawha flood victims had flood insurance, official says 

BY: - October 15, 2023

Of the families in eastern Kanawha County that filled out a damage survey following a late August flood, only 9% had flood insurance, a county official told state lawmakers Sunday. The flash floods were brought on by several inches of rain that fell Aug. 28 and during the weekend before, slamming several eastern Kanawha County […]

In West Virginia’s opioid crisis, a new high school will serve teens in recovery

BY: - September 29, 2023

In West Virginia, the state hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, kids haven’t been immune to the problem, and it isn’t easy to get help.  This year, there have been 2,720 emergency room visits from kids 19 and under related to overdoses, according to West Virginia Office of Drug Control data. The office also reported […]

Seven years after destructive flooding, Clendenin community eyes finish line on new school

BY: - September 19, 2023

In Kanawha County, a community that suffered the loss of lives, homes and more in a devastating flood, is getting closer to moving into its new elementary school. Construction is continuing on the new Clendenin Elementary, and the facility is expected to open for the 2024-25 school year.  The school’s principal, Angel Gurski, joined Kanawha […]

E. coli found in residential well tainted by eastern Kanawha flood waters

BY: - August 31, 2023

Testing by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department found E. coli bacteria in a residential water well that was exposed to flash flooding in eastern Kanawha County earlier this week, according to a Thursday news release. Staff with KCHD’s environmental health division took the sample while out in communities along State Route 60 and 61 that were […]

Flash flood damaged multiple roads, bridges in eastern Kanawha County

BY: - August 31, 2023

Besides damaging homes, Monday’s flash floods in five West Virginia counties also mangled roads and destroyed bridges in affected areas.  The West Virginia Division of Highways said Wednesday about five dozen workers are in eastern Kanawha County repairing roads and bridges. Crews continue to remove debris from portions of Little Creek. On Sunday, workers repaired […]

Curbside flood debris pickup for eastern Kanawha County to begin Tuesday

BY: - August 30, 2023

Curbside pickup of flood debris in eastern Kanawha County will begin Tuesday, Sept. 5 and continue through Friday, Sept. 8, the Kanawha County Commission said Wednesday in a news release. During that time, dump trucks will travel the areas of Slaughter Creek, Fields Creek in Winifrede,  Witcher Creek, Kelly’s Creek and Horsemill Hollow between 8 […]

How to help people affected by floods in eastern Kanawha County

BY: - August 30, 2023

Homes in eastern Kanawha County were flooded when flash floods hit the area early Monday morning. Residents will need resources to help them clean up after the flood. Here are some of the ways you can help: Supplies are being distributed daily at the Belle Town Hall, 1100 E. Dupont Avenue in Belle, and at […]

Cleanup, damage assessment begins after West Virginia flash floods 

BY: - August 29, 2023

One day after flash flooding washed through eastern Kanawha County and four other West Virginia counties, residents began to clean up Tuesday, as emergency management workers started assessing the damage. Officials in Kanawha County estimate nearly 100 homes were flooded in communities along state Route 60 and 61 after the National Weather Service says heavy […]

Flooding leads to state of emergency in five West Virginia counties 

BY: - August 28, 2023

Five West Virginia counties are under a state of emergency after heavy rain throughout the weekend and Monday morning caused “significant flooding,” damaging homes, bridges and roads. Gov. Jim Justice’s office issued the emergency declaration for Kanawha, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay and Roane counties.  Between one to four inches of rain fell in Boone, central Kanawha, […]

Far-right group Moms for Liberty launches first WV chapter

BY: - August 28, 2023

Moms For Liberty, a conservative “parental rights” activist group, launched its first chapter in West Virginia. The group announced the news in a Facebook post Aug. 17. The chapter is in Kanawha County, where lawmakers gather for the Legislative session at the State Capitol.  Moms for Liberty is based in Florida, and the Kanawha chapter […]