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November 22, 2016

Public Works Completed 24 Sidewalk Repair Projects This Fall

The following is an update on the City of Huntington’s sidewalk repair pilot program:

The Public Works Department completed projects at 24 locations this fall. Combined, the projects amounted to 1,767 feet of new sidewalks. The pilot program will take a hiatus this winter and will resume next year.

With each sidewalk repair project, the Public Works Department entered into agreements with property owners whereby the property owners paid for the concrete and the city provided the labor and all of the other equipment needed for the repairs.

“It’s important to remember that this is a pilot program that we will learn from and make adjustments as needed,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “It’s a perfect example of the partnerships between my administration and City Council as well as the partnerships between City Hall and residents that are required to make these repairs.”

Mayor Williams proposed and Huntington City Council approved $100,000 in funding for the pilot program in this year’s budget. Similar to the city’s annual paving program, City Council members were asked to identify five locations in each of their districts where sidewalks needed to be replaced and submit them to the Public Works Department. The Public Works Department developed a priority list based on visual inspections.

The City of Huntington is no longer taking sidewalk repair requests for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2017. Property owners who would like to make arrangements with the city to repair their sidewalk for next fiscal year should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 304-696-5530.

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November 17, 2016

Festive Holiday Decorations Going Up in Downtown Huntington

Downtown Huntington will have a new, festive look for the holiday season.

Workers with the City of Huntington’s Public Works Department began installing Christmas decorations on 3rd and 4th avenues the week of . The decorations will appear on 3rd Avenue between 8th and 13th streets, on 4th Avenue between 8th Street and Hal Greer Boulevard and on welcome signs entering town on 5th Street Hill and on W.Va. 10.

Last year, the Huntington Municipal Development Authority (HMDA) approved the expenditure of $55,700 for new Christmas decorations, including a 22-foot-tall, artificial Christmas tree, wreaths, lighted snowflakes and a colorful assortment of giant ball ornaments that were placed on the traffic island on 13th Street between 3rd Avenue and Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Earlier this year, HMDA approved a $41,000 expenditure to purchase 40 wreaths, 40 snowbursts, 80 red bows, 2 giant ornaments for the welcome signs, 6 large nutcrackers, 100 Christmas banners, a 4-foot addition to the city’s Christmas tree, storage carts and additional banner arms and hardware.

The funds to purchase the Christmas decorations do not come from the city’s general fund. HMDA donates the funds to purchase the decorations to Huntington in Bloom. The Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc., handles all of the funds for Huntington in Bloom.

In addition, the City of Huntington tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Plaza and will feature performances from the Cabell Midland High School Collegium Musicum. Mayor Steve Williams and First Lady Mary Poindexter Williams will light the 26-foot-tall artificial tree.

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November 14, 2016

Free Holiday Parking Offered in Downtown Huntington

The City of Huntington will offer the following free parking days in downtown Huntington to encourage holiday shopping:

  • Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 24-27
  • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2-4
  • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11
  • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 16-18
  • Friday through Sunday, Dec. 23-25

These free parking days are for all metered parking spaces in the downtown (except for inside Pullman Square); for the public parking garage on 3rd Avenue between 7th and 8th streets (across from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena); and for the public parking lots in the 1000 block of 4th Avenue, at the corner of 4th Avenue and 8th Street, on 6th Avenue and 8th Street (next to China Garden), and on 10th Street between 3rd Avenue and Veterans Memorial Boulevard (next to Red Lobster). 

In addition, Pullman Square will offer free parking at its metered spaces on the same dates. The parking garages at Pullman Square, however, will still charge the normal rate for parking.

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November 14, 2016

Local Restaurants Teaming Up Again to Help Huntington Win America’s Best Communities Contest

Several local restaurants are teaming up again Wednesday, Nov. 16, to support Huntington’s efforts to win the America’s Best Communities competition.

Occurring once a month through April, participating restaurants will host ABC8 Restaurant Night. The goal of the recurring event is to generate excitement and community pride during the final months of the competition, said Ava Gibson Bicknell, owner of Savannah’s and co-chairwoman of the ABC8 Restaurant Night Committee.

“Throughout the America’s Best Communities competition, Huntington’s citizens and business community have had several opportunities to get involved and tell the country why our city is such a wonderful place to live, work and play.” Bicknell said. “Huntington is well-known for its eclectic mix of locally-owned restaurants, so we wanted to do our part to help bring home the grand prize.”

During ABC8 Restaurant Night, customers of participating restaurants are encouraged to check in on social media at the restaurant and post why they think Huntington is America’s best community. They are also encouraged to use the hashtags #abc8 and #abc8restaurantnight.

“Community engagement is one of the categories that Huntington will be judged on to determine the winner of the competition,” said Drew Hetzer, owner of Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar and co-chairman of the ABC8 Restaurant Night Committee. “We’re hoping everyone will show their support for Huntington by coming out to all of the participating restaurants and sharing what they love about our community on social media.”

Future ABC8 Restaurant Night dates include Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 12. Participating restaurants include Savannah’s; Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar; Bittersweet Coffeehouse; Nawab Indian Cuisine; Crumpets & Tea; River and Rail Bakery; 21 at the Frederick; La Famiglia; Central City Café; Le Bistro; The Bodega; Prime on 4th; Black Sheep Burrito & Brews; Paula Vega Cupcakes; Jim's Steak & Spaghetti House; Grindstone Coffeeology; Midway; and Rio Grande.

Participating restaurants are invited to donate a small portion of their proceeds from those days to Huntington’s America’s Best Communities effort, although it is not required.

Restaurants that would like to participate in ABC8 Restaurant Night or have questions are asked to contact Margaret Mary Layne at margaretmarylayne@gmail.com. Restaurants that only serve breakfast and/or lunch are eligible to join.

Huntington is one of eight finalists in the nationwide America’s Best Communities competition, which is sponsored by Frontier Communications, The Weather Channel, DISH and CoBank. America’s Best Communities is a multi-stage competition that will provide seed money and other support to assist small communities as they develop new economic growth strategies. The top three communities — those with the most innovative proposals being effectively implemented — will share a total of $6 million in prize money. The winning communities will be announced April 26, 2017, and will be awarded $3 million for first place, $2 million for second place and $1 million for third.

For more information about the competition, visit www.americasbestcommunities.com.

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November 10, 2016

Electric Pedicab Service Begins in Downtown Huntington

Huntington is now the third city in the U.S. to offer an alternate means of transportation called Autopods.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 11, tourists, shoppers, diners and Marshall University students will be able to use the micro-taxi service that provides on-demand rides within a one-mile radius of Huntington City Hall for a flat fee.

Autopods are zero-emissions, three-wheeled, electric power-assisted bicycles that offer an efficient, environmentally-friendly means of transportation in urban settings.

The business is the brainchild of Tanuj Apte and Deepak Vidhani, who launched Autopods in fall 2014 in Pittsburgh after they graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. They expanded the service to Charleston, WV, earlier this year, and have given more than 7,000 rides since May.

"After our success in Charleston, we were advised by a number of Charleston and Huntington residents that Huntington would be another successful venture for our business," Apte said. "With a growing student population at Marshall and a constantly-developing bicycling infrastructure, we believe Huntington is a prime candidate for the introduction of this new-age transportation service."

There will be two Autopods in Huntington when the service launches this weekend, and more Autopods will be added if demand grows, Apte said.

Customers can request a ride by calling the Autopod dispatch number (412-313-4263) or by downloading the free "Pickmeapp" mobile phone app. All rides will be a flat fee of $5 one way. The service will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The schedule is subject to change. The Autopods can run through the winter as well, because they can be equipped with window attachments to enclose the passenger-seating area and tires with tread.

The Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the Autopods for the first three months of operation. The Huntington Municipal Parking Board will provide secure storage space for the Autopods when they are not being used for six months free of charge.

"When city officials first approached the CVB about being involved in this project, we were very excited," said Tyson Compton, president of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. "I think our visitors and residents will appreciate having them here, especially with the immediacy of being able to hail them at a low rate. In talking with the Charleston CVB, they have been very pleased with their partnership there. The Autopods have been very popular with both senior citizens in the downtown area as well as students."

For more information about Autopods, including advertising options, visit www.autopods.us or check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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October 7, 2016

Williams resumes “Walks With the Mayor” this fall

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October 5, 2016

Mayor Launches Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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October 3, 2016

Fall Paving Program Begins Wednesday, Oct. 5

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September 28, 2016

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo Foundation Announce $150,000 Grant

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September 22, 2016

Huntington Mayor Discuss Opiate Epidemic with Obama Administration Officials

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September 16, 2016

New and Improved Emergency Notification App Now Available

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September 14, 2016

Public Works Department Launches Sidewalk Repair Pilot Program

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August 8, 2016

Citizens Now Have Convenient Option For Reporting Minor Crimes

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July 29, 2016

City’s codified ordinances now online

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June 24, 2016

Update on Public Works Projects

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May 19, 2016

Cathy Burns Named City Manager

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May 11, 2016

Public Meeting to Kick Off Highlawn Brownfields Project

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May 3, 2016

Huntington Fire Department Now Carrying Life-Saving Medication For Opioid Overdoses

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April 28, 2016

Huntington Advances to Finals of America’s Best Communities competition

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April 22, 2016

Spring Paving Program to Begin April 26

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April 8, 2016

Drug Overdose Deaths Declining in Cabell County

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March 31, 2016

Citywide Street Sweeping Resumes Monday, April 4

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March 28, 2016

Vacant Buildings Now Must Be Registered With The City

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March 16, 2016

HPD Traffic Unit to Target Abandoned, Junked Vehicles this Spring

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March 8, 2016

Campaign signs

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March 7, 2016

Williams Named to National Task Force to Address Opioid Abuse

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March 4, 2016

Update on Highlawn Brownfields Properties

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March 3, 2016

“Open to All” Campaign Promotes Inclusiveness in City of Huntington

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February 23, 2016

Marshall Students Recognized for Banner Designs

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February 8, 2016

HFD receives donation of 175 carbon monoxide/smoke alarms

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February 3, 2016

Life-saving medication for opioid overdoses now available in Cabell County

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January 13, 2016

Huntington Advances to Semifinals in America’s Best Communities Competition

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January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 City Council Agenda

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January 5, 2016

2016 Holiday Garbage Schedule

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December 22, 2015

Department of Planning and Development accepting CDBG applications for 2016

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December 17, 2015

Huntington ranks higher than state, national average on 2015 Municipal Equality Index

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December 3, 2015

Public Works Prepares for Winter

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November 18, 2015

Several Events Scheduled to Celebrate the Holidays

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November 16, 2015

New Christmas Decorations Installed in Downtown Huntington

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November 6, 2015

Short appointed to fill District 9 City Council seat

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November 3, 2015

Mayor Williams, others to attend reopening of Cabell County Adult Drug Court

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November 2, 2015

City can help get rid of bagged leaves

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November 2, 2015

City Offering Amnesty for Warrants Older Than 5 Years

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November 2, 2015

City Council to Appoint New Member

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October 29, 2015

‘801BAM’ to focus on land development, crime reduction plan for downtown Huntington

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October 27, 2015

City Unveils Community Revitalization Plan

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October 21, 2015

Neighborhood Institute to conduct workshops

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October 14, 2015

Applications sought for vacant City Council seat

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October 13, 2015

City conducts warrant sweep for repeat offenders, establishes amnesty program

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October 12, 2015

Downtown street sweeping begins Tuesday, Oct. 20

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October 6, 2015

Safe Routes to School Project Completed at Southside Elementary

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September 30, 2015

Neighborhood Institute of Huntington offers training to new groups

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September 30, 2015

City Service Fee takes effect at new rate Oct. 1

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September 29, 2015

What You Need to Know About the Fire Prevention Parade

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September 1, 2015

Cabell-Huntington Health Department launches syringe exchange

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August 31, 2015

Public Works Department Establishing Job Applicant Pool

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August 24, 2015

City Releases Fall 2015 Paving List

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August 24, 2015

District 2 Councilman Schedules Morning Meetings To Connect With Constituents

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August 20, 2015

Walk With the Mayor comes to Guyandotte on Aug. 25

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August 19, 2015

Partnership becoming model for reducing number of sexual assault kits

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August 19, 2015

Efforts Underway to Dispose of Dirty Syringes

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August 11, 2015

Water Quality Board aims to improve customer service

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August 7, 2015

Walk With the Mayor comes to Walnut Hills on Aug. 11

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August 5, 2015

Solutions to drug epidemic discussed among Huntington, Charleston officials

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August 5, 2015

Update on Revitalization Plan and America’s Best Communities Competition

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July 28, 2015

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Date

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July 27, 2015

Encore performance of “Collis P.” to serve as fundraiser for city’s revitalization plan

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July 23, 2015

Citywide Street Sweeping Begins in Huntington

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July 16, 2015

Appalachia HIDTA provides funding for life-saving equipment, training

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July 13, 2015

Drug-Testing Kits to Provide Conversation Starters, Resources for Parents

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July 8, 2015

More Walks With The Mayor Scheduled This Summer

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July 8, 2015

Street Closures for WV HOG Rally

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July 8, 2015

City of Huntington Ticket Payment Procedures

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July 7, 2015

Huntington awarded EPA grants for cleaning up brownfields sites

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June 29, 2015

Stormwater Utility receives DEP award for environmental partnership

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June 10, 2015

HPD Reserve Unit seeking new recruits

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May 1, 2015

‘1100 BAM’ Offers Visioning Process for Downtown Huntington

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April 30, 2015

Second community conversation to focus on drug crimes, addiction, neighborhood safety

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April 29, 2015

Huntington named quarterfinalist in America’s Best Communities competition

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April 24, 2015

‘Walk With the Mayor’ Outreach Initiative Starts April 28

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April 15, 2015

Huntington in Bloom springs into action

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March 25, 2015

Downtown Live announces two exciting initiatives

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March 17, 2015

Mayor, UFI to host small business forum

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March 16, 2015

City officials announce action plan for drug epidemic

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March 12, 2015

Rik Edgar hired as new GM of Big Sandy Superstore Arena

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March 9, 2015

Huntington to receive EPA grant to clean up brownfields properties, launch advanced polymer center

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March 4, 2015

Guidelines for Garbage and Trash Pickup/Drop-off

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February 23, 2015

City Council Agenda for Feb. 23, 2015

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February 10, 2015

Williams named 2014 HPD Officer of the Year

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February 3, 2015

“City Beat” Newsletter: February 2015

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January 28, 2015

Henderson Named Municipal Court Judge

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January 14, 2015

“City Beat” Newsletter: January 2015

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January 14, 2015

New Exterior Home Preservation Program Offered

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January 13, 2015

Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival accepting vendor applications

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January 13, 2015

City Council Leadership Selected for 2015

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January 13, 2015

Insco, Damron appointed to new positions

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January 8, 2015

Traffic crash reports now available online

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January 7, 2015

2015 Holiday Garbage Pickup Schedule

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December 22, 2014

Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations

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November 21, 2014

Jewel City JAMboree music festival coming to Huntington in June 2015

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