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Enterovirus D68 associated with muscle weakness or paralysis

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ATLANTA - Information recently released by the CDC giving detailed information on the Enterovirus D68. The CDC is reporting from mid-August to September 30, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 472 people in 41 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. This indicates that at least one case has been detected in each state listed but does not indicate how widespread infections are in each state.Enteroviruses commonly circulate in summer and fall. The CDC reports this is the middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall.


WVU’s Holgorsen talks about Kansas and coaching change

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen met with members of the media earlier this week to discuss this Saturday’s Big 12 Conference game against Kansas.In his opening statement, “A quick little update on last week - just so everyone knows. We had a good three days of work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I was pleased with the amount of work that we got in and the amount of reps that we got, working not only our starters to maintain timing and mai...

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November’s elections won’t resolve much of anything

By Lee H. HamiltonMembers of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.The Congress that just recessed until after the elections makes the 80th — the one that Harry Truman blasted as “do-nothing” — look like a paragon of productivity. This year’s members did manage to avoid a shutdown, but that’s about all. Congressional...

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Major channel lineup changes for Suddenlink customers

WILLIAMSON - Suddenlink is making major changes to their program lineup due to negotiation disputes with Viacom. A statement posted to the website suddenlinkonyourside.com said “despite our repeated requests for a reasonable offer, Viacom continued to demand a nearly 50 percent increase in payments and increased their demands even further when we asked for per-channel, stand-alone pricing. Because Viacom refused to treat our customers fairly, Suddenlink will introduce other channels our...

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Judge upholds EPA’s veto of W.Va. mine permit

CHARLESTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has won another legal round in a case regarding its controversial veto of a West Virginia mountaintop removal mining permit.The permit was issued on Jan. 22, 2007, by the Army Corps of Engineers. It authorized Mingo Logan to discharge fill material from its Spruce No. 1 coal mine into nearby streams, including the Pigeonroost and Oldhouse branches and their tributaries. Nearly three years later, the EPA published a final ...

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Bye week comes at a good time for Miners

klovern@civitasmedia.comRED JACKET - The bye week for Mingo Central, ranked No. 7 this week in Class 2A, comes at an opportune time.The Miners, 4-1, lost their first game last week to one of the top Class 2A programs in the state – the Wayne Pioneers.An extra week helps give the coaching staff time to work on a few things and gives players time to heal up from bumps, bruises and sprains....

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Belfry, Pikeville ranked No. 2 in Ky.

klovern@civitasmedia.comThe Belfry Pirates and Pikeville Panthers are both ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Poll this week for Kentucky high school football teams.Belfry is coming off a dominant district win over Sheldon Clark and improved its record to 4-1. Meanwhile, the Panthers improved to 6-0 with a win over Middlesboro.The Pirates are Class 3A, while Pikeville is in Class A. The Panthers ...

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Mingo, Tug Valley ranked in SSAC poll

klovern@civitasmedia.comThe Mingo Central Miners dropped to No. 7 in Class 2A, while the Tug Valley Panthers moved up to No. 10 in Class A in this week’s SSAC poll released on Tuesday afternoon.The Miners (4-1) lost their first game of the season to a tough Wayne Pioneer squad on the road last Friday. They have a bye week this Friday.Tug Valley (4-1) defeated Tolsia in triple overtime last we...

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October is Breast Cancer awareness month nationally

WILLIAMSON - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.The General Federation of Woman’s Club of West Virginia (GFWC-WV) in conjunction with the Mingo County Health Department and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, invite local women to the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day Program on Monday, October 6, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on 101 West Second Avenue in d...

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Culture of Health Celebration

WILLIAMSON - Growing Warriors work with a diverse group of partners to provide Veterans with the resources they need to begin or expand their farm based business, from planning, insurance information, access to capital and grants, internships, educational opportunities and much more.

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WHS Hall of Fame

Kyle Lovern/WDNThe 2014 inductees into the Williamson High School Hall of Fame are pictured above. They are, left to right, Brandon Ball, Chris Harris, Duke Jewell, Jimmy Barker, Joe Chapman (representing his father Joe Lee Chapman), Henry Moore, Stephen Tackett and Richard Mills. The group was inducted at the new WHS HOF room located at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse.

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WHS Hall of Fame inductees recall fond memories of Wolfpack

This year’s inductees into the Williamson High School Hall of Fame (HOF) are a great group of athletes and come from some very good families.Henry Moore, Brandon Ball, Jimmy Barker, Joe Lee Chapman, Chris Harris, Duke Jewell, Thomas Mills, Stephen Tackett and Susan Beinhorn are the newest class into the elite HOF. (See photo on Page 10)They gave heartfelt speeches after being introduced by various board members. Most of them talked about their memories of ...

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Family left homeless after fire

CHATTAROY – A family was left homeless after fire destroyed their mobile home in Chattaroy early Saturday morning.Jason Savage, the homeowner, was at work at the time the fire broke out, his wife Missy and their son Nick were staying at her mother’s home. The family was visibly upset and Jason said, “Nick was shaking and crying because he lost all of his toys”. Jason and his family will be staying with his in-laws.Travis Booten, Chattaroy Voluntee...

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Friday night lights; This and that from the local sports scene

It’s hard to believe, but the regular season for high school football is half way over.The Mingo Central Miners had to travel to Wayne to play at one of the toughest venues in the state – Pioneer Field. Turnovers cost the Miners, but they stood toe to toe with the perennial Class 2A power.Wayne Coach Tom Harmon said, “Mingo Central whipped us a good portion of the game, too. That’s going to be a playoff team and something to be reckoned with.̵...

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Alpha issues WARN notices

By Martha Sparksmsparks@civitasmedia.comFour Logan County mines received extensions Friday on WARN notices issued by Alpha Natural Resources on July 31. Along with Highland Mining’s Superior, Reylas, Freeze Fork and Trace Fork surface mines in Logan County, revised WARN notices with an idling date of Nov. 26, or within the following two-week period, was issued to the North surface mine in Mingo and Logan Counties, Black Castle Mining’s surface mine in Boone C...

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Bulldogs blank Pirates 42-0

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comBurch Middle School continues to roll on the football field as they defeated a Belfry squad 42-0 last Thursday.In the 1st quarter quarterback Drew Hatfield ran in for a17 yard touchdown (TD). The 2-point conversion failed, but the Bulldogs led 6-0.On Belfry’s first possession Ethan “Big E” Erwin and Dougie Dillon ha...

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Gilbert bus controversy problem solved

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comGILBERT - Although some confusion admittedly occurred, Mingo County Schools Transportation Director Joe Howard says, “the bottom line is, after we dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s, 15 students have bus transportation at their homes that did not earlier.”The subject was a new bus run on Wharncliff Avenue (Ellis Bottom) in the Town of Gilbert. Students from that area had earlier walked to other...

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Trick or treat scheduled for Williamson

WILLIAMSON - Trick or Treat (Halloween) for the City of Williamson was voted on at the City Council meeting held on Thursday, September 26. Trick or Treat is scheduled for Thursday evening, October 30, from 6 - 8 p.m.There was verification this scheduled time coincides with Mingo and Pike counties. The Kiwanis will be holding their Halloween event at the Williamson Field House and Chief Blair will ensure the streets are blocked off. Chief Barry Blair will coordinate with Veolia on ...

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