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August 13, 2018

WV 2 Closed to Traffic in Guyandotte for Floodwall Exercise

WV 2 (Ohio River Road) will be closed to all traffic at 39th Street in Guyandotte beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, and possibly extending into the weekend while the Huntington Water Quality Board exercises its easternmost floodwall gate.

Drivers will be unable to enter or exit Guyandotte using WV 2.
There will be no WV 2 access into or out of Guyandotte during this time.

WV 2 drivers desiring to travel to Huntington may use WV 193 to I-64 westbound and then enter the city by one of the I-64 Huntington exits. Drivers desiring to travel to WV 2 locations north of the floodwall may access WV 2 via WV 193 from I-64 Exit 18.

Truck drivers are especially advised to avoid this area. All drivers are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes during this time.

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July 16, 2018

Huntington One of 10 Winners in National Love Your Block Competition

Cities of Service has announced that Huntington is one of 10 U.S. cities that has won its Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition.

Love Your Block enables local governments to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities. The program will allow Huntington to hire two AmeriCorps VISTA members for two years to develop and implement a strategy for eliminating property blight in the West End of Huntington through home repairs, lot transformations and community clean-ups. Huntington will also receive $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and resources to support citizen groups’ and local nonprofits’ efforts to prevent or eliminate property blight.

This year's Love Your Block competition was specifically targeted to legacy cities – older, industrial cities that have faced substantial population loss. The winning cities were selected based on potential for impact and clarity of vision for their proposed projects. They are:

• Buffalo, New York
• Gary, Indiana
• Hamilton, Ohio
• Hartford, Connecticut
• Huntington, West Virginia
• Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Newark, New Jersey
• Richmond, Virginia
• South Bend, Indiana

"A recent study from the Urban Institute has shown us that the impact of Love Your Block goes beyond cleaning up neighborhoods and creating more park space," said Cities of Service Executive Director Myung J. Lee. "It is also bringing neighbors together and strengthening communities. We are excited to help our cities revitalize neighborhoods, keep people in their homes, and build trust between cities and their people as part of these efforts."

The Urban Institute study found that the connection that Love Your Block forges between city leaders and citizens at the neighborhood level can be one of the most important catalysts for collective action by neighborhood residents. This connection between city officials and citizens boosts the social capital exercised by citizens who plan and implement Love Your Block projects and strengthens social cohesion. Love Your Block volunteers believe their efforts also positively influence public safety and community ownership of public spaces.

Since 2009, Cities of Service has helped dozens of cities implement Love Your Block. More than 10,000 volunteers have been engaged to remove over 480,000 pounds of trash, clean up nearly 600 lots, and create more than 180 art displays, in addition to numerous other community projects.

Using the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint, city leaders will engage citizen volunteers and local nonprofits in co-creating solutions to urban blight. Cities of Service will provide expert technical assistance to winning cities for two years. Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block is made possible with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

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July 10, 2018

Greater Huntington Walks Challenges Residents to Become More Active

Can Huntington-area citizens collectively walk to the moon by the end of 2018?

That is the goal of Greater Huntington Walks, a new movement that aims to create a more active culture in the Tri-State and spark healthy competitions among family members, friends and coworkers.

The movement will launch with a community walk that will begin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. Water and healthy snacks will be provided.

The collective goal of Greater Huntington Walks is for all participants to accumulate enough miles to walk to the moon, or 238,900 miles (approximately 478 million steps), by the end of 2018.

The mission of Greater Huntington Walks is for the Greater Huntington area to be viewed as a healthy and active community for people to live, work and visit. It aims to promote and enhance the health of people by encouraging walking and activity and working together to achieve a publicly-stated goal.

Andrew Fischer, a Huntington resident and senior vice president and branch director for RBC Wealth Management, came up with the idea for the challenge.

The movement started earlier this spring out of discussions among business leaders, medical institutions, Marshall University, and exercise and wellness centers.

“Huntington is an extremely vibrant community with health-minded individuals and we want the world to know that,” said Fischer, who is also the chairman of the Greater Huntington Walks Committee. “With this thinking in mind, we developed a movement that every single person in Huntington and the Tri-State can participate in at no cost and contribute toward achieving a common goal.”

Joining the Greater Huntington Walks movement is easy. All you have to do is go to www.greaterhuntingtonwalks.com and create your own free profile. You can participate individually, create your own team, or join an existing team and challenge other community-based teams.

You do not need a wireless pedometer (i.e. Fitbit or Apple Watch) to participate. If you have a smart phone, you can use the phone’s internal pedometer or you can enter your steps manually through the website or the free Walker Tracker mobile app. The mobile app will also synchronize to your smart phone’s internal pedometer so you do not have to manually add your number of steps.

Free pedometers will also be distributed to the first 1,500 participants who do not have a way to track their steps. The pedometers will be available at the launch of Greater Huntington Walks on July 17 at Pullman Square and at other locations across Huntington in the near future.

Prizes and incentives will be given to the individuals and teams who participate in the program and reach different milestones. Once an individual or team hits a milestone, they will win a prize and be entered into a quarterly drawing for a bigger prize like a Fitbit, Apple Watch or gym membership.

At the end of the competition Dec. 31, the three teams with the most steps will be recognized and have donations made in their name to a local charity of their choice.

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July 10, 2018

My Huntington Movement to Promote Positive Attributes of the Huntington Community

The My Huntington Committee, comprised of several volunteers who joined forces with the goal of promoting positive stories about Huntington, unveiled elements of the My Huntington Movement on July 9.

Former City Council member Sandra Clements, Marshall University student Franklin Norton, and MacKenzie Morley, resident and owner of Kenzington Alley spoke about why they support the effort. The three were joined by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert.

To kick off the movement, a series of advertisements have been created that will begin running this week on television, radio, newspaper and digital platforms. The commercials feature individuals including a former Marshall student, local business owners, police officers and others who share their stories and what they appreciate about Huntington.

Organizers describe the campaign as a movement because of the nature in which the concept was conceived and the response it has received.

“We call it the My Huntington movement because this is so much more than a campaign,” said Tyson Compton, member of the My Huntington Committee. “When people see the concept, they want to be a part of it. And the beauty of this is—they can.” 

The advertisements are only part of the movement, and the committee encouraged others to record their own video or post about a positive experience on their own social media account using the hashtag #MyHuntington.

In addition, organizers plan to partner with civic organizations, churches and other groups to promote positive, interactive community experiences.

The My Huntington Fund has been established at the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, a non-profit community foundation established to improve the quality of life in the community. Funding for the My Huntington Movement has been raised by local businesses and individuals that are dedicated to highlighting the many positive attributes of Huntington and its people.

“We need to acknowledge the generous financial support of organizations including Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Marshall Health and the Huntington Internal Medicine Group, as well as the America’s Best Community team and several individual contributors to get the fund started,” Compton said. “Additionally, we need to thank local media outlets that are working with us to make this possible.”

“The goal of this movement is to remind people in Huntington and the surrounding areas of the great people, places and things to do here in the community, and encourage them to tell others about them,” Norton said.

Clements reiterated the committee’s call for others to join the effort by emphasizing that when people work together they are more successful.

“You can break a single stick, but sticks in a bundle are unbreakable,” Clements said.

Background

Without knowing it, a group of downtown business owners, the America’s Best Communities team, and Marshall University and the City of Huntington were all working separately to develop campaigns to promote the city. Rather than work separately, the groups joined forces and collectively decided on the My Huntington theme.

“We decided that joining together to create a single campaign would be more effective than two or three different ones using different messages to achieve the same goals,” said committee member, Margaret Mary Layne.

As the group shared the concept with others, the response was unanimously positive. People wanted to participate and even support it financially. The My Huntington committee approached the Foundation for the Tri-State about establishing a charitable fund to receive and manage contributions made to further the campaign to promote the city.

Contributions to the My Huntington Fund can be made by contacting the Foundation for the Tri-State by calling 304-942-0046 or by emailing info@tristatefoundation.org.

Those who would like more information about the My Huntington Movement may contact the committee by email at myhuntingtonwv@gmail.com or visit the My Huntington website at www.myhuntingtonwv.com.

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June 20, 2018

City Offering Amnesty Program for Older Citations

The City of Huntington will offer an amnesty period that includes reduced fines for those with outstanding officer-written citations or compliance (property) citations from 2012 or prior.

Beginning on July 1, those with an officer-written citation from 2012 or prior can have the citation dismissed by paying a $50 fine. Those with compliance citations can pay a $100 fine to have the citation dismissed. The amnesty period will end on Oct. 1.

The Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will accept cash, credit card or money order payments at the Huntington Police Department, 675 10th St. Credit card payments also can be made over the phone by calling 304-696-5920.

If you have an outstanding city citation and have questions about your eligibility for the amnesty program, call Municipal Court Clerk Teresa Ferguson-Crossan at the above number or email tfergusoncrossan@cityofhuntington.com.

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June 19, 2018

A.D. Lewis Community Center Pool opens Wednesday, June 20

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June 11, 2018

Huntington Among U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2018 City Livability Award winners

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May 14, 2018

Williams names Dial as Chief of Police

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May 9, 2018

Huntington Delegation Attending National Mayors’ Institute on Opioids

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April 26, 2018

Huntington Receives Grant to Clean Up Brownfields Properties

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April 18, 2018

Huntington Named as Finalist for Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Wins Cultural Diversity Award from National League of Cities

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Named Finalist in 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

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February 27, 2018

Huntington Awarded Planning Grant for Fairfield Revitalization Project

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February 15, 2018

Williams Delivers State of the City Address and FY2019 Budget to City Council

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February 9, 2018

How to Pay a Parking Ticket, Parking Lot Violation or Boot Fee

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January 22, 2018

Police Chief Joseph Ciccarelli Passes Away at age of 60

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January 8, 2018

Huntington City Council Elects Leadership for 2018

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December 1, 2017

Mayor’s Council on the Arts Adopts Public Art Policy to Assist Artists

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November 1, 2017

Team of City Employees Collects Millions in Delinquent Fees

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October 24, 2017

Parkmobile, LLC Partners with City of Huntington to Introduce Mobile Parking Payments

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October 19, 2017

Huntington Improves Score in 2017 Municipal Equality Index

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October 10, 2017

City Unveils Plan to Demolish 55 Unsafe Structures

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September 29, 2017

Public Works can help residents with leaf disposal

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September 25, 2017

City Council, Cabell Delegates Partner to Donate Money for Protective Gear

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September 25, 2017

City of Huntington Awarded Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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August 28, 2017

Parking Board Now Accepts Online Payments

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August 10, 2017

Team Collections Making Progress

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July 24, 2017

Code Enforcement Unit to Begin Inspecting Contractors for Licensing, Permits

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June 6, 2017

Water Quality Fee to Increase for Some Nonresidential Customers

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May 25, 2017

Big Sandy Superstore Arena Celebrates 40 Years With Highest-Grossing Year in Venue History

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May 24, 2017

A.D. Lewis Community Center Pool opens May 27

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May 18, 2017

Several Events Planned Friday, May 19, for National Bike to Work Day

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May 10, 2017

HPD to Issue Nonmoving Violations to Vehicles in Street-Sweeping Zones

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April 24, 2017

Update on Sidewalk Repair Program

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April 12, 2017

Huntington Awarded National Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship

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February 22, 2017

Williams Nominates Rader to Become Huntington Fire Chief

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February 10, 2017

Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

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January 26, 2017

Williams authorizes plan to address budget deficit

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January 24, 2017

City of Huntington Implements Electronic Bidding Process

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January 20, 2017

City of Huntington Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Distributors

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January 18, 2017

U.S. Conference of Mayors Recognizes HHS, City of Huntington for Wellness Academy

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January 11, 2017

Public Works Projects Completed During Fourth Quarter of 2016

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January 9, 2017

Huntington Among 5 Finalists to Receive Vacant Property Assistance

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January 3, 2017

Huntington Improves Score in 2016 Municipal Equality Index

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December 12, 2016

Mayor Williams to attend signing of 21st Century Cures Act

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December 7, 2016

City Prepared for Winter Weather

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December 5, 2016

Eastham Resigns as Fire Chief

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November 22, 2016

Public Works Completed 24 Sidewalk Repair Projects This Fall

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November 17, 2016

Festive Holiday Decorations Going Up in Downtown Huntington

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November 14, 2016

Free Holiday Parking Offered in Downtown Huntington

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November 14, 2016

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

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November 10, 2016

Electric Pedicab Service Begins in Downtown Huntington

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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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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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