Mingo BOE looks at drug testing Julia Roberts Goad Staff Writer A committee of the Mingo County Board of Education that is working toward implementing a drug testing policy for students met and heard from a representative of a company that administers drug testing programs. The BOE began looking at implementing a drug testing policy earlier in the year with input from the STOP Coalition, a drug abuse education facility based in Gilbert. Although Mingo does not currentl...
Delbarton ‘Makes it Shine’ today Chad Abshire
DELBARTON — What do the sun and the Mountain State have in common? They’re both shining.
Volunteers across the state are rallying to improve their local parks, public spaces, waterways, hiking trails, sidewalks and streets by participating in the Department of Environmental Protection’s “Make It Shine” statewide cleanup, taking place between April 1 - 14.
The Delbarton Kiwanis Club will kick off its activitie...
Alleged shooter bought gun despite background check Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — C. Michael Sparks, Prosecuting Attorney for Mingo County, has released information that the gunman accused of killing Sheriff Eugene Crum after being in office for approximately three short months wasn’t allowed to possess a firearm, but said the defendant was still able to buy a gun from a local dealer, even though the dealer ran the required background check.
“A breakdown in the reporting syste...
Child Abuse Awareness walk held in Williamson Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Crimes against children are not taken lightly in Mingo County, and a decent sized crowd gathered in Williamson on Wednesday to show their support for the welfare of area youth as they joined with employees of the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), students of the Williamson Christian School and county officials to participate in the annual Child Abuse Awareness Walk and flag raisin...
Fugitive from justice arrested in Mingo Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Warrants for the arrest and extradition of a Tennessee resident who was wanted on felony charges from the Commonwealth of Kentucky were sent through to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) after the defendant was taken into custody by Deputy M.J. Miller, following a license check being conducted, at which time warrants were discovered that had been entered in the National Crime Information ...
Environmentalists say ‘war on coal’ a fabrication Vicki Smith
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. coal mining employment the past two years was the highest it’s been in 15 years, despite claims that President Barack Obama is waging war on the industry, an environmental group that studied federal data said Tuesday.
Appalachian Voices also said the average number of jobs was 15 percent higher under Obama’s first four years than under the eight years Republican George W. Bush w...
MCDC’s Lunch Walk program getting Williamson up and moving Julia Roberts Goad Staff Writer The Mingo County Diabetes Coalition’s 2013 Lunch Walk/Run program kicked off this week, with hundreds of people taking advantage of spring weather to kickstart a more active lifestyle. Alexis Batausa with the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition explained there are 30 teams currently on board, with new teams being added. Each team averages 10 to 13 members. This year, the walkers in Williamson are partnering wit...
Special judge appointed for sheriff’s murder case Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — According to information released to the Daily News by C. Michael Sparks, Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney, Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury has voluntarily recused himself from presiding over the case of The State of WV vs. Tennis Maynard, the individual accused of shooting and killing Sheriff Eugene Crum one week ago, as he sat in his official vehicle eating lunch.
The prosecutor relayed that ...
Williamson votes Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — Williamson residents voted Tuesday in the city’s primary election, ultimately deciding that the people currently serving on the council were the people they wanted to stay on the council.
It was a busy day of voting and counting for voters and poll-workers, but when the final tally was called at Williamson City Hall, it was a clear — each incumbent won their own race. However, only two councilmembe...
Cyber sex charges brought against Williamson man Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - The troopers assigned to the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) are on a mission to protect the children of Mingo County from sexual predators. A recent arrest is definite proof that their investigations are on the right track.
Jonathon Berry, 20, of Gum Street in Williamson, was taken into custody by WVSP Trooper T.G. Kania on charges of contributing to the delinquenc...
Statewide mental health partnership launches art contest Debbie Rolen
Civitas News Service
CHARLESTON — Friday, April 19, is the deadline for young West Virginians, ages four to 21 years old, to bring mental health issues “out of the shadows and into the light” through their drawings, as part of a statewide art contest.
“I’d love to see our counties (children and adults) get a general understanding of mental health/illness, step away from the “stigma and discrimination” concerns and do what w...
Local woman named collegiate scholar Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — A local woman and recently Belfry High School graduate was recently named a collegiate scholar.
Taylor Paige Miles, of Hardy, Ky., accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
Taylor is currently completing her sophomore year at Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, Ky., where she is majoring in pre-med biology. Her ultimate goail is becoming a physician’s assist...
Officers make DUI, possession arrests Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — Officers in Mingo County have been busy recently, performing arrests on two individuals for DUI and other charges and another for possession.
Michelle Cline, 43, of Baisden, was arrested for DUI and being left of center on April 2.
According to her arrest report, Cline was driving northbound on Route 52 when officers observed her swerve across the center line several times into oncoming traffic. ...
Tears flow at sheriff’s funeral Rachel Baldwin
RED JACKET — “My friend, my brother – our fallen sheriff,” were the words Mingo County Judge Michael Thornsbury used to open the funeral of the late Sheriff of Mingo County, Walter “Eugene” Crum.
Several thousand attended the visitation and funeral of Sheriff Crum, who was gunned down as he was sitting inside his official vehicle in downtown Williamson last Wednesday. Over 500 law enforcement officials were i...
‘They have awakened the sleeping giant’ Rachel Baldwin
RED JACKET — As he tried to squash the feelings of grief, pain, anger and sorrow to continue to perform his law enforcement duties during the funeral and burial of the late Sheriff Eugene Crum, Mingo County Drug Task Force Commander David Rockel spoke with the Daily News about his personal and professional feelings surrounding the tragedy, and how he and the members of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department inte...