41 years later, Buffalo Creek still remembers Debbie Rolen
Civitas News Service
To keep memories of the worst disaster ever in southern West Virginia alive, stories and memories were shared on the 41-year anniversary of the devastating Buffalo Creek flood.
For several days before February 26, 1972, there had been rainfall to the point of roads being closed because of high water. But that was mostly in Logan, not along Buffalo Creek where communities including Saunders, Pardee, Lora...
W.Va. cites 45 violations after 2 deaths at mine Vicki Smith
MORGANTOWN — State inspectors have issued 45 violations at a West Virginia coal mine since two men died there earlier this month, including one for negligently rigging the switch on a hoist with a piece of wood and a rusty bolt, according to mine-safety records.
Edward Finney of Bluefield, Va., died at Pocahontas Coal Co.’s Affinity Mine near Sophia on Feb. 7, when he was pinned under a hoist he’d been movin...
Jones files bill to establish southeast Ky. VA center Chad Abshire
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Sen. Ray S. Jones II, (D-Pikeville), recently filed a resolution urging the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to consider establishing a VA Medical Center in southeastern Kentucky.
Kentucky has only two full-service veterans hospitals, the Lexington VA Medical Center and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville.
“Southeastern Kentucky is home to more than 34,000 veterans who ...
King Coal Highway named to honor Whitt Julia Roberts Goad
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates was filled with Mingo Countians as one of the county’s own was honored for his dedication to his community.
The King Coal Highway (KCH), both the parts already constructed and all future sections of the road, will be known as the Mike Whitt Visionary Leadership Highway.
Whitt was the Executive Director of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA) f...
2 arrested on kidnapping, armed robbery charges Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Two defendants were arraigned in Mingo County Circuit Court on Monday before the Honorable Judge Michael Thornsbury on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy and grand larceny charges, and were remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) in Holden without bond. Estepp is a repeat felony offender and is no stranger to the Mingo County Judicial System.
High school entrepreneur program deadline approaching Chad Abshire
Aspiring Pike County high school student entrepreneurs looking to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills can now apply for a week-long summer program to do just that.
The Center for Rural Development’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) is accepting applications through March 15 from high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors within the Center’s 45-county primary service area in southern a...
Man dies in single-vehicle accident Chad Abshire
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Authorities say a man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in the Greasy Creek community of Pike County on Saturday.
According to the Kentucky State Police, Lonnie Keen, 69, of Shelbiana, was traveling East on Kentucky Route 3226 when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree.
Keen was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Zeb Hampton.
There is no word on what might have ca...
Unclaimed money representatives to be in Williamson Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - Do you think you may be one of the thousands of West Virginians who have unclaimed money or property through the WV State Treasurer’s office? If so, then you will be happy to know that representatives from that office will be at the Williamson City Hall on Friday to make it more convenient for you to claim what is yours.
According to information provided by Williamson City Clerk Frances Frye...
2 women arrested for liquor store theft Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — A woman who is no stranger to the Mingo County judicial system, and her sister, were arrested by officers with the Williamson Police Department on outstanding warrants issued for reasons of petit larceny and battery.
The criminal complaints against Crystal Davidson, 25, and Markia Davidson, 22, both of Vinson Street, states that warrants was obtained against the siblings on Feb. 15 for an al...
Man’s body recovered from Tug River Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WEST WILLIAMSON — Mingo County 911 received a call at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday reporting the sighting of a body lying alongside the shore of the Tug River, behind the floodwall surrounding the Appalachian Regional Hospital, across from Armory Drive. Emergency personnel responded, and began the long and tedious process of recovery.
The body was identified as a “John Doe” at this point in the ear...
WMH sponsors educational series for women Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — The Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) will be sponsoring a series of education events geared toward women’s health, beginning with the highly anticipated annual “Women’s Night Out”, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
According to the Human Resources Director for WMH, Jessica Martin, there will be a presentation on cardiac health presented by Dr. Ashok Patnaik, a local...
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...