PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford expressed Pike County’s appreciation to Alpha Natural Resources, Lauren Land Company and Rawl Coal Sales for their gift of a parcel of land across from Hatfield/McCoy Park at McCarr.
Judge Rutherford said, “Thank you to John Cline President of Rawl Coal Sales and Michael Blackburn Vice President of Lauren Land Company and your companies for being such good corporate citizens and partners for the people for Pike County. This property you have so generously given to the County is essential for this theater to be a success.”
Lauren Land Company and Rawl Coal Sales allowed the property to be used for a parking lot year during Artists Collaborate Theater outdoor production of Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields & McCoys last year because it was closer to the park than other parking areas.
Vice President of Lauren Land Company Michael Blackburn and President of Rawl Coal Sales John Cline were present during Thursday’s ceremony.
Lauren Land Company, located at Belfry and Rawl Coal Sales located at Rawl, W.Va. are subsidiaries of Alpha Natural Resources. Alpha is a major employer and miner of coal in Pike County with operations concentrated at Sidney.
State Rep. W. Keith Hall said the area brings back memories of people and events. “It takes vision, goals and cooperation of companies like Lauren Land and Rawl Coal to make thing like this possible.”
Stephanie Richards, Extension Agent for the Arts and Executive Director of Artists Collaborate Theater said the outdoor theater would not have been possible if not for the work of District 5 Magistrate Hilman Dotson, Judge Rutherford and the cooperation of Alpha Natural Resources.
Pike County government approached Lauren Land and Rawl Coal about the acquisition of the property, which is approximately two and half acres.