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Wind blamed for power outage

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A strong gust of wind was blamed for a Wednesday afternoon power outage that affected 2,555 customers in Huntington.

Appalachian Power spokesperson Phil Moye said power was lost just after 3 p.m. to customers mainly in the downtown area. That included downtown businesses, the Cabell County Courthouse, Corps of Engineers and federal building. Several traffic lights were out, along with surrounding residential areas.

Moye said a gust of wind blew one wire into another, causing the protective devices to operate and knock the power out.

Crews were immediately dispatched to the Johnson Lane Substation in West Huntington to make repairs. Power was restored just before 5 p.m.

Fire damages Hawthorne Way home

HUNTINGTON -- A home caught fire early Wednesday in south Huntington.

Cabell County 911 received word of the fire at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday. It was located in the 600 block of Hawthorne Way.

A homeowner was there at the time and told dispatchers the electrical box was on fire. The caller escaped without injury.

The Huntington Fire Department arrived to find flames at the residence. The fire was quickly extinguished.

No injuries were reported.

St. Mary's receives cardiac designation

HUNTINGTON -- St. Mary's Medical Center has received a Blue Distinction Center designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

To receive the recognition, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria and cardiac-specific quality measures.

The recognition is administered by Highmark West Virginia.

Fit Fest patricipants to recieve 'swag' bag

HUNTINGTON -- Participants of Fit Fest's 5K and 10K on Sunday, Sept. 8, will receive a virtual swag bag filled with coupons and offers from local businesses.

Current participants include Brand Yourself, Brown Dog Yoga, Finds & Designs, Glenn's Sporting Goods, Hertz Rent-a-Car, HIT Center, Mug and Pia, Paula Vega Cakes, River and Rail Bakery, Simply Whisk and more.

Fit Fest is a community event hosted at Ritter Park and includes a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and youth activities. Proceeds benefit the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

To participate, contact Emily Hagan at ehagan@njrati.org or call 304-521-2694.

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