Chafin pushing bill to help fire departments Kyle Lovern
CHARLESTON – Mingo County State Senator Truman Chafin is pushing a bill that would amend the surcharge on fire and casualty insurance policies to one percent.
This surcharge would benefit volunteer and part-time fire departments in West Virginia. The Senate Bill is No. 483 and Chafin said it would help rural counties like Mingo with funding for fire departments.
Just last Saturday voters in Mingo County did n...
Walk With Ease to be offered in Mingo Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON – Get ready to get walking.
Beginning April 29, The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program will be offered at local churches and senior citizens centers across Mingo County.
Hosted by the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition (MCDC), Walk With Ease is a structured walking program that teaches participants how to safely make physical activity part of their everyday life. The program is designed to ...
ARH employees approve 3-year labor contract Rachel Daldwin
SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. — Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) employees represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) voted Friday to ratify a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.
ARH System Director of Employee and Labor Relations Julius Pearson said employees ratified the agreement, which was tentatively agreed upon by ARH and the USW on Tuesday, March 26, after the parties worked diligently for s...
2-vehicle accident results in injuries Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — A Monday afternoon accident sent the drivers of both vehicles involved to hospital emergency rooms, following a collision at the cut-thru on U.S. Rt. 119, which has been the location of numerous wrecks over the period of a few months.
The Williamson Fire Department (WFD), Police Department (WPD) and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scene and discovered two males with injuries. A...
Fugitive from justice arrested at local business Rachel Baldwin
GOODY, Ky. — A Belfry man who was later identified by law enforcement as a Fugitive from Justice from the State of Indiana was taken into custody at the South Williamson Walmart Super Center Saturday evening, after police were called to investigate complaints that the defendant was allegedly stalking a teenage girl inside the business and had become involved in a verbal confrontation with the female’s step-moth...
Williamson Icon stricken ill; in serious condition Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - Tuesday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m., one of Williamson’s most loved, respected and admired residents experienced a sudden illness, and was rushed to the Emergency Room of the Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) within minutes of leaving a meeting of the Action in Mingo Group (AIM), of which she serves as the President.
Mae Stallard, a retired educator, civic leader, Sunday school teacher, a...
State’s top GeoCacher lives in Williamson Staff Report
Williamson resident and business owner, Wendy H. Baisden, has risen to the top of her sport, at least in West Virginia.
Wendy is a participant in the growing sport of GeoCaching and her current total of “caches” found puts her at the top spot in West Virginia. She became an enthusiast of the sport roughly three years ago and has risen in the ranks of the nearly 5,000 state participants to gain this prestigious honor.
Child poverty issue: domestic violence Julia Roberts Goad
(EDITOR’S NOTE: A group of local groups and civic organizations have come together to help address the issue of child poverty. The West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition has created a list of the top ten issues that affect children living in poverty in the state. The first five of those issues were: healthcare for working families, family violence, child care costs, healthy lifestyles and prison...
Ky. Power seeks Big Sandy replacement Ralph B. Davis
Civitas News Service
LOUISA, Ky. — A plan announced Thursday would spell the end of coal being burned for electricity in the Big Sandy region.
Kentucky Power is seeking proposals to replace the electric generation capabilities of its Unit 1 generator at the Big Sandy Power Plant, which is scheduled for retirement in June 2015.
The utility has long planned to shutter its older and smaller Unit 1 generator, which produces...
TVHS robotics team honored at Capitol Rachel Baldwin
CHARLESTON — The Tug Valley High School “Pantherbots” were honored with a citation at the WV State Capitol on Monday. The robotics team won the PTC Design Award (the best designed robot) for the second year in a row. Delegates Justin Marcum (D-Mingo) and Harry Keith White (D-Mingo) were on hand to present the team with the citation.
“I’m really proud of these kids, the work they’re doing is something you can’...
Local mining contractors plead guilty to fraud Chad Abshire
CHARLESTON — Several local men pleaded guilty to federal charges of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar fraud against the state’s leading workers’ compensation provider.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Arville W. Sargent, 52, of Chapmanville; Jerome Eddie Russell, 50, of Williamson; Frelin Workman, 58, of Belfry, Ky.; Randy Workman, 36, of Belfry, Ky.; and Arthur J. White, Jr., 60, of Lenore; pleaded...
Cardiology clinic to be run by team of rivals Ralph B. Davis
Civitas News Service
PRESTONSBURG — Despite a history of rivalry, two local hospitals are joining forces to provide cardiology services in Floyd County.
Highlands Regional Medical Center and Pikeville Medical Center announced Monday their partnership on the new “Pikeville Cardiology Clinic at Prestonsburg,” to be housed on the fourth floor of Highlands’ medical office building.
During a joint press conference in the hos...
ARH, unions reach tentative labor agreement Appalachian Regional Healthcare says it has reached a tentative labor contract with workers at facilities in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.
Julius Pearson, who is director of employment and labor relations at ARH, told WYMT that ARH and the United Steelworkers reached the proposed agreement on Tuesday, but workers still need to vote on it.
“We’re very hopeful and we’re excited that the two sides, ARH and USW worked so hard t...
Hatfield-McCoy Trails announces new partnership to Help Riders ‘Finance the Fun’
New Sponsor Relationship with Charleston, WV-Based Element Federal Credit Union Opens
Low-Cost Financial Services to Trail Riders from Around the United States
LYBURN — The Hatfield-McCoy Regional Trails Authority announced on Wednesday a new category of sponsorship with a long-term partnership with Element Federal Credit Union, a financial services organization based in Charleston.
According to a rele...
Beech Creek man dies in electrocution Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — A Beech Creek man died after being electrocuted Tuesday.
According to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, Elbert Allen Hinkle, 27, was electrocuted around noon in the Newtown area.
An employee with the C&A Timber Company, Hinkle was on his lunch break and was electrocuted in an accident not related to his work.
Further details of the electrocution were not immediately available.