Denise Scalph, right, president of the Fayette County Commission, is pictured filing to seek re-election in the May primary. Assisting her is County Clerk Alicia Treadway. Prospective candidates may file until Saturday, Jan. 25.

MONTGOMERY — Amethyst “Amy” Hartline and Jinny Ivey, both of Montgomery, were installed as new members on the board of directors of the Morris Creek Watershed Association during its regular monthly meeting at the group’s headquarters at 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery, on Jan. 13.

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate, unanimously and with no debate, passed a bill permitting “faith-based electives in classroom drug prevention programs” Monday.

CHARLESTON — A group of lawmakers wants to establish a “bill of rights” for foster children and parents in West Virginia, although the state’s foster care ombudsman, who would be charged with enforcing the proposed law, conceded it may be difficult to carry that task out all by herself.

CHARLESTON — Following arguments that calling a constitutional convention could allow the entire U.S. Constitution to be rewritten, members of the Senate Judiciary committee voted Monday to advance a resolution calling for such a convention.

CHARLESTON – The agency overseeing the new West Virginia Narcotics Intelligence Unit established by Gov. Jim Justice now has a new leader, a seasoned law enforcement veteran with a career steeped in anti-drug operations.

CHARLESTON — Nominations for induction into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame (WVAFHF) 2020 class are now being accepted. The WVAFHF is devoted to honoring individuals, businesses, organizations, institutions and foundations who have made outstanding contributions to th…

SHERIDAN, Wyo. —Ramaco Carbon, a coal technology company headquartered in Sheridan, announced today it had hired Christopher Yurchick to serve as director of research. Yurchick will manage research operations in both Sheridan and Charleston, West Virginia.

CHARLESTON — There is an urgent need for repairs at the labs the West Virginia Department of Agriculture uses to test for food contaminants and other biohazards, according to the WVDOA communications director.

Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Emily Fleming talks with the committee.

CHARLESTON — As the 2020 regular legislative session completed its first full week, it seemed to be settling in to the slow, deliberate pace of an election-year session, with little in the way of high drama or major initiatives.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, recently announced a grant totaling $736,000 to support the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) and their youth suicide preve…

Workers at a Kanawha County coal mine face March layoffs, the Kanawha County Commission said last week.

CHARLESTON — Those who remember promises public officials in West Virginia have made about the future of the coal industry are skeptical of a new initiative Gov. Jim Justice announced to research alternative uses for the fossil fuel.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Appropriations Committee, this week announced the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority is the recipient of a $708,300 grant to support the expansion of the HIVE entrepreneur an…

CHARLESTON — A group of lawmakers wants to establish a “bill of rights” for foster children and parents in West Virginia, although the state’s foster care ombudsman, who would be charged with enforcing the proposed law, conceded it may be difficult to carry that task out all by herself.

As counties are struggling to pay a staggering bill to Southern Regional Jail each year, a cornerstone of the county budget – coal severance taxes – is failing.

A new bridge on W.Va. 61 in Kincaid in Fayette County is too narrow for large vehicles to cross, nearby residents say, and will now cost the state an estimated $200,000 to widen.

CHARLESTON — Last week, the Republican majority in a committee of West Virginia lawmakers voted that if coal operators cause damage to a home or other structure due to underground coal mining, those coal operators, and not the residents, would get to decide how they want to make up for the damages.

CHARLESTON — In the state with the highest per capita rate of children in state custody in the country, a group of West Virginia lawmakers voted last week to remove a provision of state law that requires LGBTQ children in protective care to have equal access to foster and adoptive families.

With the 2020 legislative session only about three weeks away, December legislative interim meetings brought a heightened sense of urgency – and also brought a bit of good news for legislators.

CHARLESTON — Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, noted recently that several pollutants the West Virginia Manufacturers Association is recommending be permitted in West Virginia waterways at higher levels are those associated with the petrochemical industry.

The Fayette County Starting Points Center's annual Hams for Fams event was hosted Saturday at the Smithers Gateway Center.

Following an investigation that lasted nearly a year, the father of an 8-year-old Oak Hill girl who died the day after Christmas 2018 has been arrested in connection with the girl’s death. Also arrested were the man’s live-in girlfriend and the girlfriend’s sister.

FAYETTEVILLE — When the Fayette County Courthouse doors swing closed at the end of calendar year 2019, Kelvin Holliday's years in public service will come to an end.