Groups uniting to help address childhood poverty Julia Roberts Goad
WILLIAMSON — A campaign to address the issue of child poverty in Mingo County will kick off with a meeting next week in Williamson.
According the West Virginia Healthy Kids, 30 percent of West Virginia children under age six live in poverty, meaning a family of three earns less than $20,000 a year.
Local agencies are partnering for “Our Children, Our Future:.Mingo County Childhood Poverty Forum.”
Guilty pleas continue in circuit court Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury has experienced a very busy week, conducting additional plea hearings for defendants who had been indicted and arrested on a variety of felony drug charges during Operation Zero Tolerance.
Nicholas Aaron Bland, Indictment J13-F17; pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance (Marijuana), a lesser included offense of distr...
Southside Elementary pays tribute to Carmen Keene Julia Roberts Goad
TOLER, Ky. — Southside Elementary gathered to pay tribute to one of their own, Carmen Keene, a headstart teacher who passed away this week.
A program of music and prayer was highlighted by a balloon release, with each grade at the school sharing a word they felt described Ms. Keene: devoted, compassionate, unique, loving, caring and funny. Her headstart class used the word ‘purple’ as they released purple...
‘Mingo’s Most Wanted:’ Arson, homicide case Rachel Dove-Baldwin
GILBERT — A case that has remained unsolved for 1 1/2 years is the Daily News’ most recent “Mingo’s Most Wanted” profile, in hopes that someone with knowledge and information about a homicide and arson case that occurred on Gilbert Creek on Aug. 3, 2011, will come forward and share what they know with law enforcement.
Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Sgt. Joe Smith and Sgt. James Muncy are being ...
CONSOL earns safety awards Rachel Dove-Baldwin
CHARLESTON — Four CONSOL Energy Inc. mine operations were recognized for their safety performance in 2012, receiving safety awards in both the surface and underground mine categories through the West Virginia Mountaineer Guardian Awards program. The awards were presented during the 40th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium held in Charleston on March 7.
CONSOL Energy’s McElroy Mine in Moundsville earned...
Mingo marriage license applicants for February Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — The following list of couples filed for marriage license in Mingo County within the month of February, 2013.
Brain Bartley and Lucy Chafin; Robert Crum and Crystal Conley; James Fields and Breanna Smith; Steven Harmon and Jennifer Wolford; Randall Horn and Sylvia Newsome; David Howard and Miranda Elkins; Frank Justice and Llyanna Marcum; Gregory Meade and Kayla Walker; Ruble Clifton and Vane...
Cinderella Project requesting dresses, accessories Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — The dates for area high school proms are only a few weeks away, and the “Cinderella Project” that was created to assist those unable to afford the hefty price tag attached to prom gowns and accessories are requesting help from the community, in order to make the dreams of numerous students become a reality.
Williamson Memorial Hospital’s (WMH) “Nurse of the Year” April Toler-Mullins, aka “Fa...
Rutherford: Hillbilly Days proceeds not being used properly Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says the Hillbilly Days festival was founded to raise money for crippled children, but that now that money is going to “companies and corporations.”
Hillbilly Days is scheduled for April 18 - 20 this year, and brings 100,000 people to Pikeville.
At a recent meeting of the Pike County Fiscal Court, Rutherford said the Fiscal Court founded t...
First Annual 5K Walk for Autism planned Rachel dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - One Mingo County family understands firsthand what it means to have a child diagnosed with Autism, and of the hardships loved ones go through while learning to cope with the disorder.
For Judith and Jeremiah Stepp, the parents of Silas, a four year-old with a contagious smile and bright eyes, a decision was made to share not only their experience with the public but to use their circumstance...
Guilty pleas entered in Mingo Circuit Court Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON – According to information provided by Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks, a total of 5 defendants have entered guilty pleas this week before Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury. One individual was sentenced to prison while the remaining four are scheduled for sentencing on April 8th at 9 a.m.
Albert Warren Childress, Indictment J13-F20; Childress pleaded guilty to Attempt ...
Police: Smoke inhalation killed 7 in Ky. fire Brett Barrouquere
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An engaged couple and five children killed in a weekend house fire in southern Kentucky died from smoke inhalation, investigators said Tuesday as they worked to determine the cause of the blaze.
Trooper Shane Jacobs said those who died in the blaze Saturday in the community of Gray were 27-year-old Jesse Disney; his fiancée, 22-year-old Nina Asher; her three children, 3-year-old Willi...
New bill looks to change excess levy approval method Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — A new bill was recently introduced into State Senate which would change the amount of votes needed for approval of an excess levy or bond.
Introduced by Sens. H. Truman Chafin (D-Mingo) and Robert “Bob” H. Plymale, (D-Wayne) Senate Joint Resolution No. 7, would be an amendment to the West Virginia constitution which would change the requirement in the passage of an excess levy, bond or anything sim...
Preemptive gun bill passes house Rachel Dove-Baldwin
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Monday that would create a statewide regulation on all sales of firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories. The bill, HB 2760, would prevent municipalities from creating their own laws in regards to guns and gun sales.
Delegate Justin Marcum (D-Mingo, Logan), a co-sponsor of the bill, spoke in favor of these regulations.
“What the bi...
‘Happy Dolls’ source of inspiration, hope Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — “I can just imagine seeing the eyes of a child light up or the smile on their face when they’re given a doll that was designed by another child that has uplifting messages written on it to help them get through whatever hardships they’re facing,” said April Toler-Mullins, a registered nurse with Williamson Memorial Hospital that has embarked on a personal campaign to make a difference in the l...
2 DUI arrests reported in Mingo Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — According to criminal complaints provided by the Mingo County Magistrate Clerk’s office, two defendants were arrested on charges that include driving under the influence, among others.
Leonard R. Simpson, 46, of Wharncliffe, was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper J.R. Tupper, being charged with DUI, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and failure to stop prior to ...