Local groups to work together on solving child poverty Chad Abshire
Of the many concerns facing the Tug Valley and its surrounding areas, children in poverty may stand out as one of the most pervasive issues, affecting approximately one out of every three children under the age of 6 in the state.
In an attempt to combat the growing problem, local agencies are partnering with the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition in their “Our Children, Our Future: Mingo County C...
MCC addresses busy agenda Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — The Mingo County Commission conducted their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday of this week. Commission President John Mark Hubbard and David Baisden were present; Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith was absent.
Drawdown requests from the Tug Valley Recovery Shelter ($2,179.63 for January expenses) and the Mingo County Housing Authority ($21,069 from the Housing Reconstruction fund for sa...
Tomblin orders ‘stand-down’ of all coal mine operations Ron Gregory
Civitas News Service
CHARLESTON — Coal mines around the state were set to be idle for an hour today in response to an executive order by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon at the state capitol, the governor was joined by several state legislators along with representatives of the coal industry to announce the “stand-down” in the coalfields.
Tomblin and Eugene White, director of the Mi...
Grand jury returns indictments, arrests made Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — The Mingo County Grand Jury convened on Wednesday, February 20th, and returned a total of 13 true bills that included 6 sealed indictments which were drug related cases.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury arraigned four of the defendants arrested on the sealed indictments on Thursday morning. Two of those arrested, George Ruben White, of Taylorville and Marvin Vance, of Breeden, had been...
Marcum introduces grand jury bill Rachel Dove-Baldwin
CHARLESTON — After an incident occurred in his home county of Mingo that brought to light that the current West Virginia Statute regarding jury misconduct only carries a potential penalty of 10 days in jail and a $50 fine, West Virginia House of Delegates member Justin Marcum (D-Mingo, Logan) has introduced a bill (HB 2498) that would make it a crime (misdemeanor) for any person sitting on a grand jury to ...
Pike Tourism board appointment over objections Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Pike County Fiscal Court has appointed a new board member to the Pike County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau, over the objection of the Eastern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
At the last meeting of Pike County Fiscal Court (PCFC), Bob Scott, a businessman from Blackberry, was nominated and voted onto the Pike County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau board. The McCoy well, w...
Pike Grand Jury indicts 19 Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Dorton man was indicted by the Pike County Grand Jury for the assault of a Kentucky State Trooper.
According to Commonwealth Attorney Rick Bartley’s office, Eric Bentley, 28, is accused of second degree fleeing police and third degree assault of Trooper Craig Hensley.
• Anthony Robinson, 30, of Marrowbone, was indicted for receiving stolen property, two dirt bikes which had been stole...
Thrift shop opens its doors in Williamson Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — It didn’t take a Florida resident with roots in San Juan, Peurto Rico, very long to develop a vision and a plan after arriving in Mingo County, and has sprang into action to provide a service to the community he feels was not currently available. The Gallery Thrift Store located at 223 Pike Street in Williamson opened its doors on Feb 1, and the owner is hopeful the public will take advantage ...
2 arrested on drug trafficking charges Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — A father and his stepdaughter were arrested Wednesday night on drug trafficking charges.
Kenneth “Bear” Woods, 45, of Taylorville, and Corrina “Corkie” Smith, 32, of Varney, were arrested by members of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.
Calling it “a family affair,” Mingo County Task Force Commander, C.D. Rockel, told the Daily News that the pair had been indicted by the Mingo County Grand Ju...
Seatbelt law on fast track to becoming primary offense in W.Va. Rachel Dove-Baldwin
CHARLESTON — During Tuesday’s legislative session at the State Capitol in Charleston, the Senate Transportation Committee members unanimously approved a bill to make failure to wear seatbelts a primary traffic offense.
Although the legislation has been introduced numerous times in past years, the Transportation Committee Chairman commented that he’s confident the bill has enough momentum this year to bec...
2 arrested for selling stolen firearms Rachel Dove-Baldwin
BEECH CREEK — Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Deputy M. Mounts placed 2 Beech Creek residents under arrest on charges of receiving and transferring stolen firearms and obstructing.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court, Todd Carpenter, 33, who also faces a felony charge of daytime burglary, and Don Mahon, 29, sold firearms that were stolen (one being a Browning 12 g...
Juror held in contempt of court, sentenced to 10 days in jail Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — “The acts of this juror placed the lives of police officers in danger, as well as the lives of our undercover informants and the other jurors who served on the January Grand Jury,” commented Mingo County Drug Task Force Commander Dave Rockel, as he was speaking with the Daily News about the arrest and sentencing of Leanna Richardson, 21, of Marrowbone, who will spend the next ten days in the S...
Riverside, WMS conduct LSIC meetings Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — Riverside Elementary played host to a pair of LSIC meetings Tuesday night, for both the host school and Williamson Middle School.
Among those in attendance for the Local School Improvement Council meetings were around 100 people from the community and the members of the Mingo County Board of Education.
Riverside began the event with a pair of fourth-grade girls dressed in colorful dresses, Isabel...
Attorney accused of fraud totaling millions Jack Latta
Civitas News Service
Stanville attorney Eric C. Conn is accused of defrauding the government of millions of dollars through his disability claims.
In a story published Tuesday afternoon on the Lexington Herald-Leader’s website, a complaint was filed against Conn in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, alleging that Conn acquired payments from handling disability claims fraudulently approved by former West Virginia judge David Da...