Parent arrested for child’s truancy violations Rachel Baldwin
DELBARTON — Parents and guardians of children who attend school in Mingo County are now realizing that truancy violations are no longer just a matter of receiving verbal or written warnings or having an occasional visit from school administrators, it is a criminal offense that can result in an arrest, court hearings, a fine and possible jail time.
According to the criminal complaint obtained from Mingo County...
Cinderella Project receives national attention Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — “I was astonished, thrilled and shocked,” laughed April Toler-Mullins, as she spoke of a phone call she received regarding the Cinderella Project that will be providing prom dresses and accessories for a number of local students. “To say I never in a million years expected something like this to happen would be an understatement.”
Mullins, a RN who has spent over 11 years employed with Williamson...
Coalfield CAP dedicates new buildings in West Williamson Julia Roberts Goad
WILLIAMSON — “Helping People. Improving Communities. Changing Lives.” The mission statement of Coalfield Community Action Partnership (CCAP) was front and center when the agency dedicated its new central office building in West Williamson Tuesday.
The new location is a former showroom and garage of Moore’s Autogroup.
Coalfield CAP is one of the 16 Community Action Agencies in the state of West Virginia,...
Stolen property leads to drug bust Rachel Baldwin
EAST WILLIAMSON — A criminal investigation that began with two defendants being arrested on charges of theft from a vehicle (over $1,000) and criminal mischief in Pike County, Ky. soon led to a search warrant and a drug bust on Watkins Street in East Williamson.
According to Williamson City Police Chief (WPD) C.D. Rockel, who also serves as Mingo County Drug Task Force Commander, his department was contacted ...
Feds target false billing scheme at Alpha CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three now-former employees of Alpha Natural Resources and the owner of one of its major suppliers will plead guilty to ripping off the coal operator with false invoices, federal prosecutors said Monday.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin unveiled wire fraud and aiding and abetting charges against Edward Ellis Mullins, 41, of Peytona, Joey R. Phalin, 36, of Crab Orchard, Nicholas R. Coleman, 29, of Lester, and Donald Bryan ...
WVPC offers practical poison safety tips Chad Abshire
CHARLESTON — People of all ages are at risk for poisonings, especially if caution isn’t always exercised at the impressive number of items that can cause them.
According to Carissa McBurney, Community Outreach Coordinator with the West Virginia Poison Center, young children, teenagers and seniors are at risk for poisonings due to a variety of factors, be it curiosity, a sense of invincibility, a large number of...
Gilbert woman arrested twice in 1 night Debbie Rolen
Civitas News Service
An outstanding arrest warrant led West Virginia State Police to arrest a Gilbert woman and take her to jail and arrest her again.
The arrest warrant was issued after an incident on Jan. 7, when officers were dispatched to investigate an automobile theft in the community of Mount Gay.
The victim told the officers the defendant, Candace Ferrell, 26, of Gilbert, along with another person, had stolen her ...
Food City Produce Manager to be honored James May of Food City in South Williamson, Ky. will be among 25 produce managers across the country to be honored by the United Fresh Produce Association.
He will be recognized at the United Fresh 2013 during the Chairman’s Reception & Annual Awards Banquet at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in San Diego, California through the association’s Retail Produce Manager Awards Program.
Sponsored by Ready Pac ...
Mingo school levy passes; fire levy fails Kyle Lovern
WILLIAMSON — Voters in Mingo County voted to continue the school levy, but the new fire levy failed for the second time.
The school levy, which was first enacted back in 1964, was approved by about a 2-to-1 margin. The votes for the school levy were 1,480, while the votes against it were 694.
The fire levy needed a 60 percent margin of approval. Although there were more votes for the new fire levy, 1,193, the...
Pike Grand Jury indicts 7 Chad Abshire
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A total of seven people were recently indicted by the Pike County Grand Jury, including a South Williamson man charged with trafficking cocaine.
Clay S. Cantu, 38, of South Williamson, was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a a controlled substance, when he dispensed, sold, transferred or possessed with the intent to do so, a quantity of cocaine on May 16, 2012.
Also indicted by the gra...
School levy on ballot tomorrow Julia Roberts Goad
WILLIAMSON — Tomorrow, Mingo County voters will decide the future of a school levy that has been in place for almost 50 years.
The levy would provide $8,843,894 per year for five years. The Mingo Board of Education put together a steering committee which created a plan on how best to use the funds from the levy.
The largest single expenditure is $2,648,211 planned for support for professional personnel....
Mingo fire levy up for vote Saturday Rachel Dove-Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — A special election will be held tomorrow to authorize or deny the Fire Department Services Levy in Mingo County. Registered voters may visit the polls between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Votes will be tabulated by the Mingo County Commission and the Mingo County Clerk’s office following the election.
The sample ballot furnished by Mingo County Clerk, Jim Hatfield, states the followi...
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...