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April 18, 2018

Huntington Named as Finalist for Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award

Huntington is one of 10 cities across the Americas and Europe that have been selected as finalists for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award, a new effort to elevate cities that are working creatively to tap the wisdom, talents, and energy of community members to solve public problems. Underwritten by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the award shines light on the growing number of ways city leaders are co-creating the future with residents, enabling cities around the world to learn from best practices and bring effective strategies back to their own cities.

In its inaugural year, the Engaged Cities Award received more than one hundred applications from cities in the Americas and Europe. The ten finalists were selected because their efforts scored highest on key selection criteria, including significant work with citizens to tackle a public problem, clear evidence of impact, and potential to apply the strategy to other problems and geographies.

City leaders in the 10 finalist cities engaged citizens as partners to address serious issues by harnessing the power of civic tech, citizen experts, informed citizen input, participatory design, impact volunteering, and citizen-sourced data. They found new ways to tackle old problems and provide services more efficiently to meet citizen needs.

“The finalists show that everyday citizens can help move their cities forward in many diverse and meaningful ways, leveraging their insights, diverse talents, and creative energy,” said Myung J. Lee, Cities of Service Executive Director. “City leaders are getting more creative and experimental in the ways they are engaging community members. We are proud to highlight the work these cities have accomplished so other cities around the world can follow their lead.”

Huntington was chosen as a finalist because its strategy, which focuses on how it is creating healthier lifestyles, reflects the city’s understanding that local government works better when it is open to the ideas and talents of its citizens. The city obtained support and feedback from residents because of its strong belief that people know what’s best for their communities – and this expertise can help the city deliver better services, solve public problems, and improve government performance.

Huntington developed a “hub-and-spoke” citizen engagement approach to foster healthy living. The city serves as the hub for community stakeholders ― businesses, academic institutions, hospitals, faith-based organizations, and citizens ― to develop ideas and projects. Activities included targeted publicity, leadership development, encouraging resident-led outreach, and training residents in community organizing and advocacy. The city has also helped cultivate a variety of citizen-grown initiatives in addition to providing resources and adopting policies to encourage healthy living.

Huntington’s initiative has resulted in a variety of outcomes, including the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, improved waterfront access, a peer-based addiction recovery center, and The Wild Ramp year-round market that has expanded access to fresh, affordable food.

“It is no surprise that Huntington is one of 10 cities in the world to share how we are engaging our community to address a complex issue, in this case how we can become a healthier Huntington,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “As in all issues that we encounter, we see that everything is connected and we must have an engaged community to identify the strategies that will enable us to successfully transform our community to the dynamic city we all expect and deserve.”

The Engaged Cities Award was open to cities with populations of 30,000 or more in the Americas and Europe. Cities submitted their applications in January 2018. Huntington joins Boston, Massachusetts; Fort Collins, Colorado; San Jose, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Bologna, Italy; Hamm, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; Mexico City, Mexico; and Santiago de Cali, Colombia, as finalists.

Cities of Service, along with an esteemed group of experts, will choose three winning cities, including a $100,000 grand prize winner. Winners will be announced as part of the Engaged Cities Summit and Award Dinner in May 2018.

For more information about the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award, please visit https://engagedcitiesaward.org.

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April 10, 2018

Cleanup Campaign Continues April 24-26 in Guyandotte, Altizer

A spring cleanup campaign across Huntington will continue April 24-26 in Guyandotte and Altizer.

The City of Huntington’s Public Works Department will conduct a sweep through all of the alleys in the two neighborhoods during this time.

Residents living in this area are encouraged to set out trash in the alleys before April 24. Work will also include cutting back trees and weeds from alleyways, citing vehicles that have been abandoned or don’t have proper registration, and issuing code enforcement citations for unkempt properties.

Items that will be hauled away include furniture, brush/yard waste, construction materials, appliances without Freon and dried paint cans. Items that will not accepted include tires, oils, liquid paint, appliances with Freon, car batteries, gas or propane tanks.

The Public Works Department will work with City Council members and neighborhood associations to coordinate and schedule future alley sweeps. The Public Works Department conducted alley sweeps in Fairfield and the West End last fall and in Highlawn in March.

For more information about the alley sweep in Guyandotte and Altizer or about how to organize one in your neighborhood, call the Public Works Department at 304-696-5903.

As a reminder, Huntington residents are still allowed one free bulky trash pickup per month. These free pickups are for bulky items that are too large to dispose of with your household garbage. Pickups can be arranged by calling the Public Works Department.

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Wins Cultural Diversity Award from National League of Cities

The City of Huntington and its “Open to All” diversity campaign received the first-place award in the 50,000 and under population category for the National League of Cities’ (NLC) City Cultural Diversity Awards Program during a conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 12.

Designed to promote and reward inclusive policies in the nation’s cities, towns and villages, the awards program recognizes communities that have developed innovative ways of supporting diversity.

The “Open to All” diversity campaign actively promotes an inclusive environment for all people in the City of Huntington. It is a product of the Huntington Mayor’s Diversity Advisory Committee. The Committee’s mission is to build community-wide relationships; to be a voice on issues of diversity and inclusion through education, communication and advocacy; and to facilitate positive change. To learn more about the campaign and how your organization can become involved, click here.

Submissions for the awards program were grouped by size and evaluated on how the program increased citizen participation in government and community activities, as well as the overall scope and impact of the program.

Huntington was joined by Tallahassee, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada, in receiving first-place awards in the awards program.

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Named Finalist in 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Huntington is one of 10 finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

The Prize recognizes communities that come together around a shared vision to ensure that better health flourishes for everyone.

Huntington is joined by Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Cicero, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; Eatonville, Florida; Klamath County, Oregon; Lyon County, Nevada; Nashville, Tennessee; Rushton, Louisiana; and San Antonio, Texas, as finalists for the coveted national Prize.

“Selected from nearly 200 applicants, these RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalists recognize what it takes to build a healthy community. They have set themselves apart with innovation grounded in evidence; partnerships across non-profit, education, business, and local government sectors, among others; and an unrelenting commitment to all residents having an opportunity to lead their healthiest lives” said Dr. Richard Besser, RWJF president and CEO. “We now look forward to visiting these finalist communities to learn more about their work and to help spread their ideas and solutions throughout America.”                                                   

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is an annual competition that awards $25,000 to Prize winning communities that are making great strides in their journey to better health.

Communities selected as Prize winners will share their stories and lessons learned with the country and join a national network of past Prize-winning communities. The 2018 winners will be announced this fall. Learn more about the previous 35 Prize winners at www.rwjf.org/prize.

To earn Prize finalist status, communities had to demonstrate how their efforts reflect the six Prize criteria:

• Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
• Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.
• Creating conditions that give everyone a fair and just opportunity to reach their best possible health.
• Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
• Securing and making the most of available resources.
• Measuring and sharing progress and results.

“Being named a finalist for the 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize shows that our community is committed to creating a culture of healthful living that is built to last,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “This transformation is rooted in a strong community work ethic and sense of pride that continue to grow as barriers to improving health outcomes are overcome.”

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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February 27, 2018

Huntington Awarded Planning Grant for Fairfield Revitalization Project

The City of Huntington and Huntington Housing Authority have been selected to receive a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant in the amount of $350,000 to support the development of a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan in the Fairfield neighborhood.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development received 29 applications for the FY2017 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants competition from across the country and awarded six grants totaling $4.95 million.

“We are honored to be among the select few communities across the country that were awarded a HUD Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “This is a testament to the hard work that Fairfield residents and all of the partnering anchor institutions such as the Huntington Housing Authority, Huntington Black Pastors Ministerial Association, Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Marshall University and Marshall Health have put into this project.

“These partnerships resulted in the Fairfield Alliance, which will serve as a catalyst for progress and ensure these grant funds are put to good use. I would also like to sincerely thank our congressional delegation for supporting our efforts from the inception of this community-wide effort.”

The $350,000 grant will provide funds to create an in-depth master plan for the revitalization of Fairfield. Williams noted that having such a plan will better position Huntington to apply for the $20 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Grant for implementation of the plan.

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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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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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