RoboRats make run at robotics regionals Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — The Mingo County Robotics Team, the RoboRats—Team 1249, recently competed in the North Carolina Regional held in Raleigh, N.C.
Comprised of students from both Mingo Central and Tug Valley High Schools, the RoboRats were one of three teams to be undefeated after their qualifying matches.
Once the smoke had cleared, the dust had settled and the nuts and bolts from other bots were swept away, the Ro...
Matewan woman arrested for reporting false emergency Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — A trooper with the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) arrested a Matewan woman after she allegedly provided false information to law enforcement, claiming to have been forced to engage in sexual intercourse at gunpoint and also robbed of several hundred dollars. The statement was later recanted, resulting in her arrest.
Kaylann Marhae Prater, 21, of North Matewan,...
Matewan Council talks water, Easter eggs, Massacre Chad Abshire
MATEWAN — The Matewan Town Council met Tuesday evening and discussed a series of topics, including the town’s past water woes and upcoming events and projects.
A pair of women from State Treasurer John Perdue’s office led off the meeting and presented a supplement retirement program to the council.
Barbara Harmon and Frances Frye spoke about a supplemental retirement program offered through the state treasury...
Twin sisters arrested in Williamson Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WEST WILLIAMSON — Two Pikeville, Ky. teens, who happen to be twin sisters, were taken into custody by officers with the Williamson Police Department (WPD) on charges of public intoxication, minor in possession of alcohol, obstructing an officer and fleeing.
According to the criminal complaints filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court by WPD Sgt. John Hall, Jr. and Patrolman Jarrod Marcum, Kelsie J. Sawyers...
Mingo students attend career fair Julia Roberts Goad
WILLIAMSON — Eighth-grade students in Mingo schools got practical answers to career questions Wednesday when the West Virginia University Extension Service held a career fair.
The event was held at the Williamson campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
Professionals from 24 fields spoke at the event. Students chose four fields they were interested in, and heard from representat...
Phelps native, young son found dead in N.C. Rachel Dove-Baldwin
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — A Phelps, Ky. family is living their worst nightmare, as they prepare to bury their 33 year-old daughter and grandson following their death at the hands of another.
The tragedy occurred in N. Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Jason Ryan Pardue, 33, the alleged boyfriend of the victim and father of her daughter is said to have stabbed Kelly Maria (Hurley) Pruitt multiple times, and evid...
Christian Help celebrating 18 years of service Rachel Dove-Baldwin
KERMIT – Christian Help, a charity organization based in Kermit is celebrating its eighteenth year of service to the citizens of Mingo County and Martin County, Ky. They have provided a wealth of assistance that has greatly benefited those in need.
Desiring to serve the communities on the border of Kentucky and West Virginia, Christian Help began its outreach program in 1994 in a building in Kermit. Work...
Report: Mingo school personnel attendance impressive Julia Roberts Goad
CHARLESTON — Mingo County school personnel are some of the most reliable employees in the state, according to the West Virginia Department of Education (DOE).
West Virginia Senate Education Vice Chair Eric Wells requested information detailing the attendance rates of West Virginia public school professional and service employees. This information, compiled by the DOE, provided a comprehensive view of the ...
Pike Co. receives $3.3M for roads Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Pike County Fiscal Court received a report on funds the county has recieved from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the county’s roads, among other business taken up by the court at its regular meeting.
Joe Stanley with the Transportation Cabinet explained to the Court that there is more than $3.3 million dollars marked for Pike County’s roads. There are 1,200 miles of roads in t...
Guilty pleas accepted in circuit court Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Two defendants who were arrested and indicted as a result of the “Operation Zero Tolerance” investigation, along with three others arrested on unrelated charges, have now entered guilty pleas in Mingo County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge Michael Thornsbury.
Earl Blankenship, Indictment J13-F19; pleaded guilty to delivery of a Schedule I controlled substance (Marijuana). Blankenshi...
MU Foundation establishes Shewey Family Scholarship Rachel Dove-Baldwin
HUNTINGTON — The Shewey Family Scholarship Program, which will benefit students in four WV counties and one county in Ky., has been established by the Marshall University Foundation, according to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the foundation.
The need-based awards will go to full-time Marshall University students who have at least 3.0 GPAs and financial need as defined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance...
Clinic manager pleads guilty to ‘pill mill’ operation Rachel Dove-Baldwin
CHARLESTON — A South Williamson, Ky. woman who served as the office manager of the Mountain Medical Care Center (Williamson Wellness Center), which was located on Third Avenue in Williamson, entered a guilty plea in U.S. Federal Court on Tuesday to charges of conspiring to misuse a physician’s Federal Drug Registration number who is accused of operating a “pill mill” for well over five years.
DNR to hold public meetings on hunting regulations Rachel Dove-Baldwin
LOGAN — In preparation for the 2013 West Virginia hunting seasons and the rules and regulations that govern them, the Division of Natural Resources have scheduled public meetings around the state to discuss the matters and educate local hunting enthusiasts.
The WVDNR have announced meetings today in Glen Dale, Moorefield, Elkins, Beckley, Logan and Parkersburg.
The proposed regulations include 2013 rul...
‘Health innovation hub’ launched in Williamson Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — The Williamson Health and Wellness Center, the anchor institution of Sustainable Williamson, recently launched the “health innovation hub,” a vehicle for economic development and neighborhood revitalization with an overall goal of improving the community’s health.
“And what better place to start, than in the heart of coal country and within one of the unhealthiest regions in the United States,” Dr....