STOP, SADD dedicate sign in classmate’s memory Chad Abshire
GILBERT — The Strong Through Our Plan (STOP) Coalition and the Mingo Central High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) held a sign dedication ceremony Thursday in memory of Tyler Hatfield, a classmate who died after a car accident last May.
Designed by SADD students, the sign features Mingo Central’s colors and the phrase “Seat Belts Save Lives,” encompassed in a star, which symbolize...
Tomblin signs Feed to Achieve into law Debbie Rolen
Civitas News Service
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin officially signed a bill into law aimed at helping children do better in the classroom. The Feed to Achieve Act provides free breakfast and lunch to all students around the state.
Tomblin put his signature on the bill in Martinsburg at Berkeley Heights Elementary School.
Tracy Heck is the Director of Childhood Nutrition and Wellness for the Berkeley County School System. She says...
Big Sandy Company awards scholarships Rachel Baldwin
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The annual Big Sandy Company, L.P. Scholarships were awarded to students from the Pikeville Independent and Pike County School Systems at an awards dinner held Tuesday May 7, at the Landmark Inn.
Since 1994, the Big Sandy Company, L.P. which leases mineral properties to the coal industry, has awarded $664,000 in scholarships to area youth to assist with expenses of college or technical school...
Blackberry student wins statewide essay contest Julia Roberts Goad
BLACKBERRY, Ky. - When Katie Compton was four years old, she was unable to walk, was unfamiliar with a toothbrush or toilet, and spoke few words in English.
Last week, the nine-year-old won an award for her essay “How I will change the world after college.”
The story of how the Compton family came together and triumphed over challenges is a remarkable testament of the power of family, hard work and what...
Magistrate questions cost of new trucks for Pike County Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky - In a year that the budget for the Pike County Fiscal Court has had deep cuts due to a shortage of coal severance funds, some magistrates are questioning spending money for new equipment for the county’s road department.
The Fiscal Court leases one new tandem dump truck for each of the county’s six districts annually. Although the cost of the leases went up this year, the county is guarante...
Sheriff Crum Memorial Ride rescheduled Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Although the weather failed to cooperate for those attending the 2013 “Rally in the Valley” event last weekend that planned to take part in the Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run, the riders are very excited to hear that a new date has been set for the highly anticipated charity run.
Paul Price, the Public Relations Officer of the Sidney, Ky. based Appalachian Brotherhood riding club told the...
Chafin secures money for Williamson pool Kyle Lovern
Like he has many times in the past, Mingo County State Senator H. Truman Chafin has helped get a grant for the City of Williamson to make repairs to the municipal pool in West End.
Chafin presented Williamson Park Board member Curt Phillips with a certificate for a $16,000 Community Partnership Grant on Monday.
Chafin gave Phillips a letter from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stating that he approved the $16,000 that ...
Competing views emerge over coal jobs bill Jack Latta
Civitas News Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul are looking to fast track permitting with new legislation introduced on Monday which would reduce government oversight of the coal industry, despite overall growth in Central Appalachia coal mining jobs.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the bill Tuesday, which targets the Environmental Protection Agency’s coal-mini...
Logan woman’s New York makeover a hit Debbie Rolen
Civitas News Service
Sarah Erwin Vance won a New You in New York makeover and appeared on the Live with Kelly and Michael Show on May 6.
Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 16, Sarah faced long hospital stays and the treatment she received was hard on her physically and mentally. She has been cancer free since 2001 and looked at the New York experience as an opportunity to share her story.
“Thank you Lord for healing me...
Williamson police officer found dead Rachel Baldwin
BLACKBERRY, Ky. — A Williamson police officer who had been suspended without pay following a DUI arrest in Pike County, Ky., was found unresponsive at his parent’s home on Monday afternoon. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Jefferson (Jeff) Taylor III, 27, of Williamson, had been a patrolman with the Williamson City Police Department (WPD) for two years before his death. WPD Chief C.D. Rockel spoke w...
Widow of slain Mingo County Sheriff participates in a memorial motorcycle ride CHARLESTON (AP) — The widow of slain Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum will participate this weekend in a memorial motorcycle ride that will pass by the parking lot where the lawman was fatally shot last month.
The Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run is set for Sunday afternoon starting in downtown Williamson. It’s part of the three-day Rally in the Valley motorcycle gathering that began Friday.
The procession will pass through Crum’s h...
LJHCC receives $5,000 grant for equipment Chad Abshjre
GILBERT — A West Virginia Congressman announced federal funding for a pair of community facilities to purchase new equipment.
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall said that the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert would receive $5,000 to be used to assist in the purchase of new treadmills.
The McDowell County Commission on Aging will receive a $15,000 grant awarded through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilit...
Submitted Pike budget slashed by $3.3M Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford submitted a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which, due to the downturn of revenue from the coal industry, has “deep, across-the-board reductions in each and every department and area of county government.”
Rutherford submitted the budget to the Pike County Fiscal Court, which has until mid-June to approve the budget.
Cut to line items ...
Pike Grand Jury indicts 5 Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — The Pike County Grand Jury indicted five individuals, including a Forest Hills, Ky., man for assault.
Scott Stokes, 20, was indicted for second-degree assault when he struck Miranda Maynard on April 21with his hands and feet or with a dangerous instrument, thereby causing serious physical injury.
Also indicted by the grand jury were:
• Heather Kelly, 25, of Virgie, was indicted for receiving st...
Pleas entered in circuit court Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Two defendants entered guilty pleas in Mingo County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge Michael Thornsbury on Wednesday to drug related crimes. Both men were indicted and arrested as part of the Operation Zero Tolerance drug investigations that was headed up by Eugene Crum, the late Sheriff of Mingo County that was shot and killed on April 3rd while on duty.
Donah Howard Arnold pleaded guilt...