Putnam County highlights
FAST FACTS ABOUT PUTNAM COUNTY
ORIGIN: Putnam County was formed in 1848 from Kanawha, Cabell and Mason counties. The county was named for Israel Putnam, a New England patriot, who served as a general in the Revolutionary War.
POPULATION: 55,486 (according to 2010 Census)
AREA IN SQUARE MILES: 350.
CITIES AND TOWNS: Bancroft, Black Betsy, Buffalo, Confidence, Culloden (partially in Cabell County), Eleanor, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Hurricane, Lanham, Liberty, Midway, Nitro (partially in Kanawha County), Pliny, Poca, Raymond City, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays, Teays Valley and Winfield.
POLICE/SHERIFF: Putnam County Sheriff’s Department 304-586-0256, State Police Winfield Detachment 304-586-2000.
COURTHOUSE: 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield, 304-586-0202.
ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS: Sherry Hayes, county assessor; Ronnie Matthews, circuit clerk; Phillip Stowers and Joseph Reeder, circuit judges; Brian Wood, county clerk; Stephen Andes, Joseph Haynes, Andy Skidmore, county commissioners; Kylene Dunlap Brown, Linda Hunt, Scott Lawrence, magistrates; Mark A. Sorsaia, prosecuting attorney; Steve Deweese, sheriff.
COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS: Generally every other Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Putnam County Courthouse, 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield, second floor. Phone: 304-586-0201. Meeting dates are subject to change, as agenda items warrant.
Putnam County Schools, 304-586-0500.
LIBRARY: Putnam County Library, 4219 W.Va. 34, Hurricane, 304-757-7308.
ORIGIN: Hurricane was incorporated in 1888. It was named after Hurricane Creek (established in 1774) which received its title following the discovery of an area where, many years prior, giant trees had been blown over by the work of a great storm or tornado.
POPULATION: 6,284 (according to 2010 Census)
AREA IN MILES: 2.96
BOUNDARIES: Hurricane is located between Teays Valley and Culloden and is roughly 26 miles west of Charleston and 28 miles east of Huntington, the two largest cities in West Virginia.
MAYOR: Scott Edwards
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Reggie Billups, Brian Ellis, Marshall Ginn, Steve Goff and Gerry Spears; Linda Gibson, recorder.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 3255 Teays Valley Road.
CITY HALL: 3255 Teays Valley Road, 304-562-5988
POLICE: Hurricane Police Department, 304-562-9911
FIRE: Hurricane Fire Department 304-562-5663
AMBULANCE: Putnam County Emergency Medical Services
Teays Valley includes Scott Depot and nearby incorporated areas of Putnam County
POPULATION: 13,175 (According to 2010 Census)
POLICE: Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, 304-586-0214
AMBULANCE SERVICE: Putnam County Ambulance Service, 304- 586-0246
EMERGENCY SERVICES’ NUMBER: 911.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Winfield Volunteer Fire Department; nonemergency 304-586-3555.
ORIGIN: Winfield is the county seat of Putnam County. It was named in honor of General Winfield Scott following the Mexican War. Winfield was established in the late 1840s but was not incorporated until 1868.
POPULATION: 2,301 (according to 2010 Census)
MAYOR: Randy Barrett
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Joe Rumbaugh, Frank Bannister, Steve Hanna, Kevin Karnes, Ryan Powers. Carolyn “Jackie” Hunter, Recorder
TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS: Second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Winfield Town Hall at 1 Main Street.
TOWN HALL: 3426 Winfield Road, Winfield, 304-586-2122.
POLICE: Winfield Police Department, 304-586-9200; State Police Winfield detachment, 304-586-2000.
FIRE: Winfield Volunteer Fire Department, 304-586-3555.
AMBULANCE: Putnam County Emergency Medical Services.
AREA IN MILES: 2.67 square miles.
BOUNDARIES: Winfield is located between Eleanor and Hometown and is roughly 25 miles west of Charleston and 37 miles east of Huntington, the two largest cities in West Virginia.
POPULATION: 1,236 (according to the 2010 Census)
MAYOR: Gary Tucker
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Joey Casto, Lewis W. Reedy, Joe Martin, Toni Hart, Barbara Johns Reed. Recorder, Lori Deweese.
AREA IN SQUARE MILES: 1.41.
BOUNDARIES: Custer Ridge to Buffalo Sewer.
ZIP CODE: 25033.
POLICE: Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, nonemergency 304- 586-0215, 304- 586-0256.
AMBULANCE SERVICE: Putnam County Emergency Medical Services, 911.
EMERGENCY SERVICES’ NUMBER: 911.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department; nonemergency 304-937-3225.
MAYOR’S OFFICE: 304-937-2041.
CITY HALL: P.O. Box 307, Buffalo, WV 25033, 304-937-2041.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: First Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
ORIGIN:Named after first lady Eleanor Roosevelt for her help in getting the government to finance the building of several houses in the area during the early 1930s. Eleanor is a New Dealera town, established to put people back to work during the Depression.
POPULATION: 1,518 (according to the 2010 Census)
MAYOR: Walter F. Halstead
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Eric Blankenship, Kevin Childers, Kim Clendenin, David Lewis, Jack McLane. Lynda Casto, recorder.
AREA IN SQUARE MILES:.84.
BOUNDARIES: The Kanawha River to just beyond the hills.
ZIP CODE: 25070.
POLICE: Eleanor Police Department, nonemergency 304-586-1200.
AMBULANCE SERVICE: County Emergency Medical Services in Winfield, 911.
EMERGENCY SERVICES’ NUMBER:911.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department; nonemergency 304-586-9821.
MAYOR’S OFFICE: 304-586- 2319.
CITY HALL: 401 Roosevelt Blvd. (historical “Red House”). 304-586-2319.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: First and third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
Advantage Valley, Inc., 3751 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, W.Va., 304-760-0950, www.advantagevalley.com; serves Cabell, Putnam,Chemical Alliance Zone, Inc., 3200 Kanawha Turnpike, Bldg. 740, Office 4201, PO Box 18410, SouthCharleston, W.Va., 304-720-1023, www.cazwv.com; serves Cabell, Putnam, Kanawha and Wayne counties in West Virginia.
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, 5664 W.Va. 34, Winfield, WV 25213, 304-757-6510; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://putnamchamber.org/.
Putnam County Development Authority (PCDA), 5664 W.Va. 34, Winfield, 25213, 304-757-0318, http://www.pcda.org/.
West Virginia Economic Development Council, 2001 Quarrier Street, Charleston, 304-342-2123, email info@ wvedc.org. Serves state of West Virginia.
Putnam County Schools, 304-586-0500. http://www.putnamschools.com/. Current Board of Education Members: William “Butch” Legg, President; Jack Coyner; G. Robert Cunningham; Dr. Samuel P. Sentelle, Vice President; Dr. Craig Spicer. Superintendent, Harold L. “Chuck” Hatfield.
ELEMENTARY: Buffalo Elementary, Buffalo; Confidence Elementary, Liberty; Conner Street Elementary, Hurricane; Eastbrook Elementary, Winfield; George Washington Elementary, Eleanor; Hometown Elementary, Red House; Hurricane Town Elementary, Hurricane; Lakeside Elementary, Hurricane; Mountain View Elementary, Hurricane; Poca Elementary, Poca; Rock Branch Elementary, Nitro; Scott Teays Elementary, Scott Depot; West Teays Elementary, Hurricane; Winfield Elementary, Winfield.
MIDDLE: George Washington Middle School, Eleanor; Hurricane Middle School, Hurricane; Poca Middle School, Poca; Winfield Middle School, Winfield.
HIGH SCHOOL: Buffalo High School, Buffalo; Hurricane High School, Hurricane; Poca High School, Poca; Winfield High School, Winfield; Putnam Career and Technical Center, Eleanor.