Pike Schools Piloting Teacher Evaluation Program The Pike County School System is getting a head start on the rest of the state by piloting a new system of teacher and administrator evaluation.
Trainers Abbie Combs, a consultant with Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and Carol Mullins, Instructional Specialist for the state Department of Education, have been spending time in the district training principals and teachers on the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGE...
Fund opened for fire victims Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - A bank account to aid a family who lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire last week has been opened at the 1 st National Bank in Williamson.
Darrell “Peewee” and Goldie Stevens (the former owners of Little Venice Pizza) and their two sons resided at 1207 E. 6 th Avenue in a home they had owned for approximately 20 years. Through those years the family had made a lot of memories, ...
Kermit man charged with assaulting teacher/coach Rachel Baldwin
KERMIT – While serving as a guest speaker at the Kermit K-8 sports banquet that was held before the end of the 2012-2013 school year, Tug Valley High School teacher and boys varsity basketball coach Garland L. (Rabbit) Thompson was allegedly assaulted by Kermit resident James A. Williamson, age 44.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department ...
Fire Chief sets record straight Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - Williamson Fire Chief Jerry Mounts has taken offense to information provided to the Daily News while on scene at a fire last week in the East End of Williamson, in which a home was listed as a total loss.
Chief Mounts addressed information that he says was incorrect, concerning the request for back-up from the Chattaroy Volunteer Fire Department.
“As of 6 weeks ago, there is an automatic aid ag...
Pike County gets grant for tasers, cartridges Rachel Baldwin
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has awarded Pike County, Ky., a grant for the purchase of tasers and cartridges.
The $15,700 comes from the Law Enforcement Protection Program, which is funded solely from the sale of confiscated weapons turned in by sheriffs’ offices to the Kentucky State Police.
“This is something we definitely need,” said Charles “Fuzzy” Keesee, Pike County Sherif...
Kermit to hold election on Tuesday Kyle Lovern
KERMIT – The town of Kermit will be holding its election for mayor and the five council seats on Tuesday, June 11.
Meanwhile, Matewan and Gilbert are also having their municipal elections, but those elections are not as heated.
Several people have registered to run including the incumbent mayor Johnny Linville and a past mayor Tim Crum in the Kermit election.
Nine persons have signed up for the five tow...
East End home destroyed by fire E. Williamson - An alleged explosion that was said to have occurred inside a home located at 1207 E. 6 th Avenue in Williamson on Thursday evening reportedly triggered an electrical fire that quickly engulfed the three story, wood structure in flames.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, an emergency call was placed to Mingo County 911 reporting the fire. The Williamson Fire Department (WFD) responded with three engines and one ambulanc...
Pigs take over Coal House lawn Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - Pigs of every color that are decorated in various attire and paint schemes are now on display in front of the Historic Coal House for the Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival Marathon this weekend, and will then find a permanent home in front of area businesses who purchased them.
Natalie Young, the Executive Director of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce and Bob Scott, who owns the property where...
West end bar cited for serving minors Julia Roberts Goad Staff Writer WILLIAMSON - A local watering hole has been cited for serving alcohol to underage partons, and faces a fine and temporary closure. According to West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration spokesperson Gig Robinson, an undercover investigation was conducted at Cheers Bar & Grill in West Williamson in April. Robinson said Cheers was fined $550 for serving alcohol to minors, and will be closed for t...
Mingo BOE sees robots; get facilities update Kyle Lovern
CINDERELLA – The Mingo County Board of Education (BOE) got a demonstration from the robotics team, got a facilities update and took care of several other business matters at its regular scheduled meeting this past Tuesday at the central office located at Cinderella Hollow.
Students who are members of the robotics teams from Tug Valley and Mingo Central had a demonstration of what they do in competition. Jor...
Two car accident yields injuries Rachel Baldwin
S. WILLIAMSON, Ky. - A Thursday afternoon accident on U.S. 119 in front of the Appalachian Plaza resulted in a passenger being transported to a local hospital while both drivers complained of bruising and pain from the collision.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., the Pikeville Post 9 of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries. The Belfry Volunteer Fire Department and ...
Park Board members express their appreciation to a local business owner Rachel Baldwin
WEST WILLIAMSON - The Board members of the City of Williamson Parks and Recreation met this week to express their appreciation to a local business owner for his generous donation that will greatly enhance the safety and security of the Williamson Pool Complex.
Pierce Whitt, the Executive Director for the Board spoke with the Daily News about the recent installation of a state-of-the-art 4 channel HD camer...
Lester named Pike Schools Superintendent Julia Robers Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky - David Lester, a 35-year veteran of the Pike County School System, has been named the new Superintendent of Pike County Schools.
Lester was voted in by a 3 - 2 vote of the Pike County Board of Education
During a special meeting of the school board June 4, BOE members said they realized the imortance of their choice. Each board member who spoke before the vote expressed that they would supp...
Local woman arrested on a variety of charges Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - A female was arrested by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) following a one-vehicle accident that occurred in the Delbarton area last Friday.
Dorothy M. Spence, 30, of Wilsondale, was taken into custody by MCSD Sgt. J.W. Muncy and Deputy M.J. Miller on charges of DUI, DUS and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.
On May 31, the defendant was allegedly operating a 1998 For...
Williamson Sshriver Architects wins award for Mingo Central Julia Roberts Goad
Williamson Shriver Architects, Inc. was awarded an Honor Award for Excellence in Architectural Design for the design of Mingo Central High School. The AIA-WV awards program recognizes projects and details that demonstrate exemplary achievement of design. Entries are not judged in competition with each other, but rather by measuring the architect’s performance against each project’s potential. Thus, projec...