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Mingo Central HS students place in national competition

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – Fifteen high school students from Mingo Central High School had the chance to go to San Antonio, Texas, last week for the 2014 National Leadership Conference.More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the event. The conference is based on the student-o...

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New optometrist sees great future for county

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - Matewan High School and Marshall University alumnus Dr. Shawn Sammons is the new optometrist at Wilson Eye Care Associates in Williamson, but according to fellow optometrist and owner of the establishment, Dr. Steve Wilson, he has a vision all his own beyond just eye care.

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ARH announces affiliation with medical monitoring company

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The ARH HomeCare Stores have announced a new affiliation with Guardian Medical Monitoring Inc., a leading national provider of Personal Emergency Response Systems in the United States.Working with Guardian gives the ARH HomeCare Stores the opportunity to offer the industry’s newest technology solutions for personal emergency response monitoring to clients such as the elderly, the disabled, hospice patie...

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Rahall backs bill to limit EPA’s power

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWASHINGTON — The federal Environmental Protection Agency would be limited in their ability to retroactively revoke fill or dredge permits under legislation advocated this week by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virgina’s Third District.Rahall, the ranking member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said his move was designed to “stand up to the EPA’s overreach in West Virginia.”...

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Mr. and Mrs. James Hundley of Lenore, West Virginia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Hundley, to Cecil Diamond, son of the late Cecil “Juby” Diamond and Rhoda Diamond of Williamson. The wedding will be held on Saturday, the July 26th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at Laurel Creek Freewill Baptist Church near Lenore, West Virginia.

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Fall Hunting Regulations Published

By Bob FalaOutdoor ColumnistThe 2014 hunting regulation pamphlets are hot off the press and available at all local license agents. They’re also available online at wvdnr.gov. It’s none too early to pick up your camp, vehicle and home copies or to start planning for fall hunting season.Per usual the bulk of the pamphlet is related to deer hunting regulations with quite a bit less to bear, wild turkey and boar in tha...

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2 Holden men plead guilty in kickback scheme

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - Two Holden men face up to five years in prison each after pleading guilty Wednesday to structuring a transaction in order to evade federal reporting requirements.Stephen B. Herndon, 37, and Scott Ellis, 44, also admitted to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to the general manager of Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel mining complex, located in Logan County. The men entered their pleas before...

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Recent ‘Turn This Town Around’ meeting has improved attendance

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comMATEWAN – The most recent ‘Turn This Town Around’ meeting at the UMWA Hall in Matewan saw a much higher turnout than previous meetings, with many new faces in the crowd.Eric Pories, principle of Focus Intent, was pleased at the increase in members after experiencing disappointing meetings in the past.“This is pretty impressive, isn’t it?&...

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Williamson PD adds two new policemen

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The Williamson Police Department has two new officers, and Chief Barry Blair says the additional help is greatly appreciated.“We have been very understaffed and this truly does help us out a lot,” Blair said. “It is very important for us to have enough officers on hand. The addition of these guys is good for us and great for the city of Williamson.”Officers Jordan Colegrove ...

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Armed bandits rob Taylorville market

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comTAYLORVILLE – Miner Mart & Grocery LLC of Delbarton was robbed Thursday at 1:30 a.m. by two men yielding a knife and a baseball bat.Stacy Noe was alone working the third shift at the store and stocking the cooler when she realized two men had entered the building. When she turned, one of the men was standing behind the cash register.Noe told the suspect he wasn&...

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Chafin’s funeral stirs memories of judge’s first trip to Mingo Co.

By Tod J. KaufmanGuest ColumnistIt was one of the hottest days in the summer of 1980; I had just graduated from law school and I was running 10 miles across the mountains of Mingo County to Taylorville after meeting with my clients – 47 men, women, and children in and around Marks Branch – in preparation for litigation.

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All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

“Too often we make the mistake of remembering what we should forget—our hurts, failures and disappointments—and we forget what we should remember—our victories, accomplishments and the times we have made it through.” – Joel OsteenRomans 3:23 states that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.As I read the above quote, I began to think about how hard some of us judge ourselves. I say us for I am human and frequently focus on...

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DUI checkpoint set for Gilbert

GILBERT - On Friday, beginning at 6 p.m., members of the West Virginia State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint along U.S. Route 52 in Gilbert.The checkpoint will last until midnight, on the same date. The primary purpose of the checkpoint is to educate the motoring public about the effects of driving impaired either by alcohol, drugs, or both. Furthermore, the checkpoint would act as a deterrent for impaired driving.During the checkpoint, drivers will be ch...

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Hayley M. Cook/WDNThe parking lot at Walmart in South Williamson, Kentucky, is being repaved by Walmart construction workers. The workers spent Monday and Tuesday patching certain parts of the lot, then began the repaving process on Wednesday. A few local residents stood by watching the progress. One man said he was glad they were patching the parking lot and making it safer.

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Pike health department reveals June food establishment scores

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comPIKEVILLE, Ky. - The Pike County Health Department has released its notice of inspections of local restaurants and other eating establishments in Pike County.The following inspections were conducted during the month of June 2014:

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Field House gets state funding for new roof

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has awarded the city of Williamson $36,925 to repair the roof of the Williamson Field House.The Division of Culture and History will present $469,000 in development-grant funds to 19 projects involving the restoration and rehabilitation of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Williamson Field House was one of the sites chosen,...

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Brothers terrorized by DirecTV hacker

By Karissa Blackburnkblackburn@civitasmedia.comRED JACKET - Roger Hardesty says he may be old, but he isn’t crazy. However, the things he and his brother, Walter, have endured over the past few days can definitely be characterized as strange.The brothers, who live at Red Jacket, claim that someone has hacked into Walter’s DirecTV box and is wreaking havoc; at least, that is the only logical explanation for what is happening.

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