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September 22, 2016

Huntington Mayor Discuss Opiate Epidemic with Obama Administration Officials

Mayor Steve Williams and several other local officials participated in a video conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, with Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden, and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenburg to discuss the response to the recent surge in opioid-related overdoses.

Other local officials who joined Mayor Williams in the meeting included Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli; Kenny Burner, West Virginia State Coordinator for Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Huntington Fire Chief Carl Eastham; Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy members Jim Johnson, Jan Rader and Scott Lemley; Dr. Kevin Yingling, dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy; and Dr. Michael Kilkenny, physician director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

Officials from Boone County, Kentucky, and Hamilton, County, Ohio, also participated in the meeting.

Director Botticelli spoke about the Obama Administration’s announcement this month of enhanced measures with the Chinese government to combat the supply of fentanyl and its analogues to the United States, and also emphasized the critical need to expand access to treatment for people with opioid use disorders.

“Federal agencies have been taking every available action they can,” Botticelli said. “However, to fully address the opioid epidemic, Congress needs to fund the President’s $1.1 billion budget request to make sure everyone who wants treatment for an opioid use disorder can get it.”

Dr. Frieden discussed methods for rapidly identifying fentanyl overdose outbreaks, the importance of the overdose-reversal medicine naloxone, and the need to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder. Acting Administrator Rosenberg highlighted opportunities for coordination through the DEA’s 360 Program and discussed targeted enforcement activities.

Speaking to the needs in their respective communities, Mayor Williams and officials in Boone and Hamilton counties all emphasized how critical naloxone has been in reversing overdoses, but they also stressed the critical need for additional federal resources for treatment in their communities, as well as the importance of increased coordination between public health and public safety agencies.

“We are extremely fortunate to have had a discussion with the leaders of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Drug Enforcement Administration about the scourge of addiction that has affected our community and many others across the country,” Mayor Williams said. “This was an opportunity for us to join with our local counterparts in Boone County, Kentucky, and Hamilton County, Ohio, and share with federal officials the challenges that our neighborhoods face.

“Director Botticelli reinforced that we are implementing strategies in Huntington that will lead to long-term solutions and assured us that lines of communication will remain open with his office and other federal leaders as we identify needed resources.”

Mayor Williams and other local officials requested the following during the conference call:

  1.  Immediate, sustainable funding for treatment programs and facilities.
  2.  Additional funding for the Cabell-Huntington Health Department’s Harm Reduction Program, which includes a syringe exchange, to expand the program to satellite locations in Cabell County and prevent HIV outbreaks like the one that occurred in Scott County, Indiana, in 2015.
  3.  Funding to ensure an adequate supply and access to naloxone for the foreseeable future.
  4.  Funding made available to medical centers and academic institutions for research focused on medically-assisted treatment and early intervention.
  5.  A need to address the drain on resources that are dedicated to children who are affected by drug abuse.
  6.  Funding for facilities such as Lily’s Place and Hoops Family Children’s Hospital in their ongoing efforts to care for infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
  7.  Resources to provide support services and counseling to first responders.
  8.  Real-time data provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
  9.  Funding for drug-analysis testing to ensure a quicker response time when identifying drugs ingested in overdoses.

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September 19, 2016

Public Input Sought on Future Use of Brownfields Properties

Huntington residents will have an opportunity later this month to weigh in on the future use of several post-industrial brownfields properties throughout the city, especially within the Highlawn neighborhood.

The City of Huntington, Huntington Municipal Development Authority and the consulting firm of Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates will host an interactive workshop for the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Community of Grace United Methodist Church, 225 28th St.

The main question that will be asked at the workshop will be, “How should Huntington address its vacant and underutilized industrial and brownfields areas?” A brownfield is a parcel of land devalued by the real or perceived presence of contamination.

In addition, three topic-specific, public work sessions will be conducted also on Sept. 27 at the church:

  • Market and Economy, 9-11 a.m.
  • Parks, Recreation and Trails, 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Storm Water and Transportation Infrastructure, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The City received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to come up with a viable redevelopment strategy that links community-driven goals with environmental improvement, resulting in social and economic growth for the city and particularly the Highlawn neighborhood. To accomplish this, city officials, through a competitive bidding process, hired Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates. The consulting firm specializes in urban planning, brownfield redevelopment, landscape architecture and community engagement.

The City of Huntington is currently in the early phases of creating the redevelopment strategy, which includes real estate market data collection and analysis and gathering public input. The third phase will occur in early 2017 and will include focus group review meetings and agency coordination. The fourth and final phase will occur in spring 2017 and will include unveiling the redevelopment strategy and beginning to implement it.

The project study area consists of large industrial sites, as well as commercial, retail, institutional and residential properties between the Ohio River and 3rd Avenue from 13th to 27th streets.
The brownfields redevelopment strategy for the Highlawn neighborhood is a component of the city’s revitalization plan, also known as the Huntington Innovation Project (HIP). The revitalization plan was submitted to the America’s Best Communities competition, of which Huntington is one of eight finalists.

As a finalist, Huntington received a grant prize of $100,000 in May and was given 11 months to begin to implement the HIP plan. The top three communities that make the largest impact and show the greatest potential for achieving sustainable revitalization will be selected as the grand prize winners in spring 2017. The first-place community will receive $3 million, with second place earning $2 million and $1 million for third place.

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September 16, 2016

WV Division of Highways Hosting Public Workshop on Hal Greer Boulevard Improvements

The West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH) will conduct an informational public workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at the A. D. Lewis Community Center Multi-Purpose Room at 1450 A. D. Lewis Ave. in Huntington. The public workshop is concerning potential improvements to Hal Greer Boulevard at Columbia Avenue and 13th Avenue.

This will be an informational workshop through which WVDOH officials will seek input regarding potential improvements to the intersections of Columbia Avenue and 13th Avenue with Hal Greer Boulevard (WV 10/16th Street).

No formal presentation will be made. Information identifying the area of interest and potential alternatives will be displayed for discussion, and representatives from the WVDOH will be available for questions. Verbal and written comments will also be accepted during the meeting.

The deadline for written comments is Nov. 8, 2016. Those wishing to file written comments may send them to Mr. Richard L. Warner, P. E., Director, Planning Division, West Virginia Division of Highways, Capitol Complex Building 5, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0430, or by email to robert.c.watson@wv.gov.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation will, upon request, provide reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in its services, programs and activities. Please contact the DOT at 304-558-3931.  Persons with hearing or speech impairments may reach all state agencies by calling 800-982-8772 (voice to TDD) or 800-982-8771 (TDD to voice), toll free.

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September 16, 2016

New and Improved Emergency Notification App Now Available

If you are a current user of Heads Up! Huntington, the new and much improved Heads Up! Emergency is now available as a free download from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. 

Those who are not current users are encouraged to take this opportunity to download the app and experience immediate, important information being delivered directly to your phone from trusted sources.

For previous system users, this new download is necessary in order for you to continue receiving alerts. You may search for the app in the stores, or go to www.headsupemergency.com. Effective at 12 a.m. Sept. 19, the current Heads Up! app will no longer function.

Heads Up! Emergency has several new features including:

• The ability to choose from multiple geographic areas to    receive alerts
• Adding certain events to your personal calendar for reminders
• Swiping to remove alerts from your feed
• Enhanced Social Media share options
• Pictures
• Documents

Heads Up! Emergency is the next generation of the notification system that was initially developed under partnership with the Huntington Police Department and Mayor Steve Williams’ office. 

The system is designed to allow vetted, immediate, emergency information to be disseminated directly to the public via emergency management personnel such as 911 centers, police, fire, health departments, utilities, etc. Through the system, the public will be notified about incidents such as road closures, boil water advisories, school closings, area-wide health issues, and many others. The original system, Heads Up! Huntington, was launched in November 2013.Other systems across the state soon followed and total downloads among all systems totaled more than 100,000. 

If you would like to see your community as part of the Heads Up! Emergency network, reach out to your local emergency officials about bringing it to your area.

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September 14, 2016

Public Works Department Launches Sidewalk Repair Pilot Program

The City of Huntington’s Public Works Department has launched a new sidewalk repair pilot program.

Mayor Steve 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 Public Works Department is now entering into agreements with property owners at those locations whereby the property owner pays for the concrete and the city provides the labor and all other equipment needed for the repair.

“It’s important to remember that this is a pilot program that we will learn from and make adjustments as needed,” 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.”

The Public Works Department has already entered into agreements with property owners to repair sidewalks in the 2600 block of Collis Avenue, in the 200 block of 26th Street, on 28th Street and in the 2700 block of North Staunton Road. City officials are currently negotiating with property owners on additional projects that were submitted by City Council members.

The Public Works Department 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 Council representative for their district.

Click here to find contact information for City Council members and the areas they represent.

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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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October 31, 2014

Sheets named Firefighter of the Year

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October 30, 2014

Dogwood Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Huntington in 2015

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October 24, 2014

Public Works prepares for snow removal

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October 16, 2014

City Charter Amendments on 2014 General Election Ballot

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October 14, 2014

Huntington named Certified Arts Community

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October 8, 2014

City Councilman Pete Gillespie Resigns

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September 29, 2014

Ciccarelli named Huntington’s next chief of police

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