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Confusion reigns in ballot flap

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By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — Confusion reigned Thursday concerning what is now an empty spot for the county commission nomination in Mingo County’s Nov. 4 general election.But by late Thursday, it appeared there was general agreement among officials as to how the vacancy created when “Big Jim” Hatfield withdrew as the Democrat candidate can be filled.


Mingo-based film to debut

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – A movie filmed in, and centered around, the Mingo County area will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21,at West Virginia State University Capitol Theater in Charleston.“Moving Mountains,” filmed in West Virginia during the summer of 2012, and starring actress Theresa Russell, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie, as she and her friends fight for safe dri...

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Hager given more duties at SC; Mountaineer fan day set; ‘Mean’ Joe Greene honored

Sheldon Clark head football coach Shawn Hager will be taking on a new role. The Belfry graduate has been named the new baseball coach for the Cardinals.Hager was chosen from a list of five candidates. Hager played baseball at Belfry, as well as basketball and football. He has been coaching in the summer youth league in Martin County as a Cal Ripken League coach.… Mountaineer fans will be given the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite WVU football playe...

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Christian concert this weekend

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – For more than a decade, Pneumafest Christian Music Festival has sought to provide positive family entertainment for young people in the region.This year’s concert will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Black Gem Park. The concert will feature guest speaker Kaleb Hanshaw and tickets will cost $12 per student and $16 per adult at the gate.The Pneuma...

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Williamson Utility Board to raise rates

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – The Williamson Utility Board will soon be increasing its customers’ water bills, due to implementation of the final step of the 2007 tariff rate.The final step of the 2007 tariff rate is scheduled to be implemented for homeowners, beginning in August. After July 30, customers will see an increase in all bills they receive.In 2005-2006, the uti...

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Local police to target red-light law violators

HUNTINGTON – Everyone has heard the punch line to the following—Red means stop, Green means go and Yellow means “go fast to beat the red.” Unfortunately, that isn’t just the punch line to a joke. Quite often it is the cause of a serious crash where people are injured or killed because someone ran a red light.

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East-West All-Star game notebook

By Paul Adkinspadkins@civitasmedia.comTomorrow night begins a new tradition.That’s when the inaugural East-West All-Star Classic is set to kick-off at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.Some of the top graduated senior high school players, mostly from the southern part of the state of West Virginia, will meet in the all-star showdown.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.The game replaces the ...

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Tomblin joins bipartisan rally in support of coal

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comPITTSBURGH, Pa. – It was a bipartisan show of support for coal mining in the Appalachian region as local elected officials and others participated in a Rally to Support American Energy in Pittsburgh, Wednesday.

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“Salt of the Earth People”

Recently my family and I visited St. Augustine, Florida. I spoke at Lighthouse Church of God/Beacon of Hope Christian School. The drive to Florida is a lovely one. We have been blessed to make it many times and I am always excited to look in the rear view mirror just past the North Carolina border and see the mountains behind me and the level ground ahead. Not that I don’t love the mountains, the culture, the morals, the “salt of the earth people” and other advantages of liv...

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Democrats can’t replace Hatfield on fall ballot

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON - Gone but clearly not forgotten.That appeared to be the status of “Big Jim” Hatfield’s bid for Mingo County commissioner on Wednesday. The state election commission, meeting at the state Capitol, effectively decided Hatfield is off the November ballot for county commission. They will not, however, allow the Mingo Democrat Executive Committee to name a replacement candidate.This week, H...

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Deputies make felony arrests

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe Mingo County Sheriff’s Department has made arrests on separate felony burglaries and grand larceny charges involving crimes that happened in the last couple of weeks.Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith said other suspects are at-large and deputies are hoping to make arrests of those individuals at any time.The sheriff’s depa...

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Man’s death from fall ruled accidental

Staff reportWILLIAMSON - Police say despite speculation suggesting something else, all of the agencies involved with the investigation into the death of a well-known area man have officially concluded that the death was accidental.Police say an investigation into the case and subsequent ruling of accidental death was reached in the death of Scott Poole, a 30-year-old Williamson resident and businessman whose body was discovered on the river side of the 44-foot-high Willi...

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East-West All-Star game preview

By Paul Adkinspadkins@civitasmedia.comHeading into this weekend’s inaugural East-West All-Star classic, Gary Mullins said he feels like he’s put together a pretty solid football team.Mullins, the head coach at Logan High School, has been picked to coach the West All-Stars in Saturday night’s clash with the East.The game is scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.The all-s...

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It’s back-to-school time

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – Summer vacation is rapidly drawing to a close, and many parents have already begun their back-to-school shopping for the year.“It seems like these summer vacations get shorter and shorter every year,” said Kirsten Collins, mother of 10-year-old Jaela and 5-year-old Samuel.“I find myself doing their school shopping at the last minut...

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Queen candidates

Submitted photosThese three young ladies will compete for the East-West Senior Bowl game queen. Homecoming queens who graduated last spring, they are representing their respective high schools. From top, they are Christa Gail Turner of Mingo Central; Ashley Payne of River View; and Abby Hensley of Chapmanville. These are the only candidates who submitted their photos to the Daily News. The game is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Harless Stadium at Mingo Central High School. The queen will be...

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Charges against WVU’s Smallwood Dropped; Cardinal Conference recruits

The charges against West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood were dropped Tuesday after he reportedly cooperated with the Department of Justice.Zakee Lloyd, an alleged friend of Smallwood, pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder. Smallwood had been accused of trying to intimidate a witness in the case. Charges had been pending after Smallwood was arrested July 15 and extradited from Morgantown to Delaware.Smallwood returned to Morgantown on bond. A WVU of...

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Marshall launches Heisman campaign for Cato

HUNTINGTON – With quarterback Rakeem Cato primed for his senior season and Marshall football forecast for significant national attention, the Thundering Herd today launched an official “CatoIn14” Heisman Trophy campaign for the MU star.Cato enters the 2014 season as the preseason Conference USA Player of the Year after leading the Herd to a 10-4 season in 2013, capped by a Military Bowl victory over Maryland. The Herd is picked to win its first C-USA title this se...

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Dbacks can’t handle Leake, lose to Reds 3-0

JOE KAYAP Baseball WriterCINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Cahill gave Arizona what it needed — a solid start that rested the bullpen. The Diamondbacks’ offense couldn’t hold up its end.Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.Leake (8-9) gave up five hits in 7 2-3 innings, repeate...

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