September 29, 2014 by Matt Murphy
This past Saturday, the Boulevard was closed between Chesapeake Avenue and Capitol Street. This week, the Boulevard will close between Leon Sullivan Way and Ohio Avenue for the annual Rod Run and Doo Wop.
In all, portions of the Boulevard will be affected by closures on 43 different days this year, with June and August seeing the most closures.
Of course, the entire five miles of the Boulevard has never been completely closed this year, and several days of closures are only for short sections like for Live on the Levee, which just closes three blocks downtown.
To some, closing the Boulevard has drawn ire, while others appreciate the events in the city or at least don’t mind finding an alternate route.
Below is a list of 2014′s Boulevard closures (source – Charleston Police Department):
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September 25, 2014 by Matt Murphy
Thursday, the Kanawha County Commission voted to give preliminary approval to a proposed coal effluent line along Slaughters Creek for Patriot Coal.
The commission partially based their decision on a study they commissioned by Potesta & Associates, an engineering company that has done work for the coal industry.
The report is below:
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September 24, 2014 by Matt Murphy
Below is the press release sent out by East End Main Street concerning the East End Main Street/West Side Main Street merger:
Read the developing Daily Mail story here.
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September 22, 2014 by Brad McElhinny
A three-judge panel will convene today in Charleston to hear evidence for and against removing Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants from office.
Kanawha County commissioners voted in July to draft a petition to seek the prosecutor’s removal and in August, with the assistance of Huntington attorney Melissa Foster-Bird, filed the petition in Kanawha Circuit Court. Foster-Bird, an attorney with nationally known Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough of South Carolina, is working the case pro-bono.
The petition was forwarded to the state Supreme Court, which then appointed circuit judges Lawrance Miller of Preston County, Christopher Wilkes of Berkeley County and Timothy Sweeney of Doddridge County, to hear evidence and make a determination. Wilkes and Miller are Republicans and Sweeney is a Democrat, according to a Supreme Court spokeswoman.
Plants faces charges of misdemeanor domestic battery and violating a domestic violence protective order, after bruising his 11-year-old son during a whipping and standing with his sons in a Fort Hill pharmacy parking lot while they waited for their mother, who was inside shopping.
He recently has demanded a trial, after previously agreeing to attend a 32-week batterer’s intervention course in an effort to have the charges dismissed. Mercer Magistrate Mike Flanigan, special magistrate in the case, granted his request to reschedule trial but said the trial would take place well into the future to give Plants time to complete the batterer program.
Arguments are scheduled for the next two days and the panel will make a determination afterward. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in the ceremonial courtroom at the Kanawha County Courthouse.