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Huntington's Top News Stories Of 2013

Reported: Dec. 31, 2013 4:27 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 1, 2014 7:35 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dave Benton) -- The sign of the happy clown at Camden Park turned to a frown when the Dodgem Car ride caught fire and burned to the ground over the summer.

Shots rang out in September at Northcott Court injuring six people. Police arrested Antonio Smith from Brooklyn, NY.

City leaders cracked down on eyesores and forced peole with junked up yards to clean up or go to court. About 75 percent of those cited did come into compliance before their court date.

The River City scored high on a national beautification competition called Huntington In Bloom, which brought out the community's spirit.

The River to Rail project took off this year, revitalizing the West End. The 14th St. viaduct mural pops with color to help draw more people to neighborhood shops.

A man was shot and killed earlier this month in Shoop's, a popular off-campus bar, by a bouncer after he shoots and injures people inside.

For the first time in 30 years, Huntington's Police Department has more cops on staff, totaling 111. The city's communication director, Bryan Chambers says the department's leadership and war on drugs is recognized. "The Huntington Police Department for the past two years has been awarded best in the state."

The Old Main Corridor along 4th Ave. continues to get a facelift with new sidewalks and street lights. The Heritage Station keeps growing with more shops, restaurants and an indoor farmer's market to compliment Pullman Square.

City Council also approved funding for phase one of a new skate park at Harris Riverfront Park. Construction will begin this spring.



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