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Arts council to form community band

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By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – The Tug Valley Arts Council is expanding its commitment to providing opportunities to both enjoy and participate in quality arts programming in the Mingo County area.The Tug Valley Arts Council, aside from its yearly concert series which features various performances from artists around the country and provides opportunities to perform twice a year with their Community Choir, under the direction of Mingo Central High School choir director Sarah McVaney, is forming a community band.


Tug Valley FFA Chapter attends USDA meeting

Members from the Tug Valley FFA Chapter attended the USDA StrikeForce Meeting on Tuesday. The StrikeForce initiative is a collaboration of government agriculture agencies with the goal of rural economic development.Representatives from WV Department of Agriculture, WV Farm Bureau, Senator Manchin’s Office, Congressman Nick Rahall, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rural Development, Farm Credit, WV Conservation Agency, Farm to School, Small Business ...

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Belfry Scrimmage

Kyle Lovern/WDNBelfry senior quarterback Keaton Taylor (4) is shown firing a pass down-field in the Pirate’s scrimmage Friday night against Hazard at CAM Stadium. Running back Andrew Fletcher is shown blocking a Hazard defender. Taylor completed the long pass. Like most teams in the region, the game was interrupted by dangerous lightning and severe thunderstorms. Mingo Central was unable to complete its scrimmage with Independence when officials called the game because the li...

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WHS Class of 1974 celebrates 40 years

Submitted ArticleThe Williamson High School (WHS) Class of ‘74 had the opportunity to reconnect with their classmates when they celebrated their 40 year class reunion August 1 and 2, 2014. Classmates reflected on the past, talked about the present, and made memories for the future.Pre-registration began Friday evening with a meet and greet and tour of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce, from 7 pm until 9 pm conducted by Cecil Hatfield, followed by ...

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Area Football Schedule

Friday, Aug. 22:Hazard at Belfry 7 p.m. (scrimmage)Independence at Mingo Central 7 p.m. (scrimmage)Shelby Valley at Tug Valley, 6 p.m. (scrimmage)Regular season starts in Ky.:Phelps at Jenkins, 7:30 p.m.Prestonsburg at Pikeville, 7:30 p.m.Whitley County at Pike Central, 7:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 29:Mingo Central at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m....

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Diverse group enters WHS Hall of Fame 2014

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comA diverse group reaching across three generations will enter the Williamson High School Hall of Fame class of 2014.The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, September 27 at the new WHS HOF room at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse.Jimmy Barker (1980 graduate) was a three-year starter for both the basketball and baseball team...

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‘Spoonful of Love’ big hit

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comCHATTAROY – The Chattaroy Church of God has started a new monthly luncheon for members of the local community, and the first event was extremely successful.Pastor Mike Bostic and his wife, Patty, decided the area could benefit from being provided a free, “no strings attached” hot meal once a month.“There seems to be such a great need in our com...

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Toler woman in speedway video

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON. – A Toler, Kentucky, resident is being featured in a set of videos produced to promote Bristol Motor Speedway.Season ticketholder Kathy Spencer is seen in some of the videos, which have been released by Bristol Motor Speedway to promote the “Bristol experience,” and give people a chance to see what the racetrack and the area is all about....

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Area teams scrimmage tonight

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe regular season in high school football can begin tonight in the Bluegrass State, however the Belfry Pirates will hold one more preseason scrimmage tonight before opening up next week in the 30th annual Pike County Bowl.Meanwhile, Mountain State teams will not open up until next Friday, August 29, but Mingo Central and Tug Valley ...

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Indictments returned by grand jury

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comPIKEVILLE, Ky. – The following individuals were indicted during the last meeting of the Pike County Grand Jury, according to information released by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office of Pike County.Matthew B. Comer, 25, of Shelbiana, was indicted on charges of promoting contraband, first-degree (Class D felony), and persistent felony offender, second-degree (Class C...

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It’s time to draw the line with the EPA

By ROGER HORTONGuest columnistFrankly, I am tired of watching coal mining jobs disappear. I am tired of watching families lose homes and cars, lose their life-savings, their retirement and health plans. I am tired of watching men and women who should be working and raising a family, who don’t want handouts and just want to work, standing in unemployment lines.

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It’s good to have solid foundations

Growing up in the metropolis of Nolan, West Virginia I learned many valuable lessons. One of the most important lessons I learned was the importance of a foundation.

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2014 Cardinal Conference preview

Paul Adkinspadkins@civitasmedia.comCHAPMANVILLE — The Cardinal Conference has been known over the years for its top-level brand of high school football in the state of West Virginia.Just about every year you can count on a at least three or four Cardinal Conference teams making it to the playoffs.And with the state powerhouse Wayne Pioneers, you can count on deep post-season runs, often ending up on the carpet...

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Panther Power

Paul Adkins/WDNTug Valley Panther quarterback Tyler Conley (5) is shown running the football during a scrimmage this past Saturday against the Wildcats at Logan. The Panthers will entertain Shelby Valley, Ky. this Friday in another scrimmage. The early kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. The regular season starts next Friday, August 29th.

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Interim commission post filled

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — The Mingo County commissioners took little time filling their latest vacancy.Commission President Greg “Hootie” Smith confirmed Tuesday evening that he and Commissioner John Mark Hubbard had selected Ronnie Blankenship of Myrtle to join them.Blankenship, whose residence is in Lee District, was one of those who applied earlier for the vacancy created by the forced resignation of former...

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Strange weather for August

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – The Southern West Virginia area is trying to recover from a flash flood watch and downpour of heavy rain from earlier this week, but it appears that there is more bad weather in store for the region.Today through Saturday there is a persistent chance of storms and more precipitation, making for some strange weather for the month of August.The rainfa...

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Mingo-based film debuts in Charleston

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – The movie “Moving Mountains” is set to premiere in Charleston today at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theatre at 6:30 p.m.The movie, which was filmed in, and centered around, Mingo County, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie (portrayed by actress Theresa Russell), as she and her friends fight for safe drinking water after a deep mine destroyed their wells.R...

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Ward seeks consideration for Family Court

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON — The issue of whether an unexpired Mingo County Family Court judge position will be filled by gubernatorial appointment or election remained controversial this week.In addition, a letter written by W. Thomas Ward, Williamson attorney, gave insight into who the candidates for appointment may be.In a letter dated Aug. 14, Ward wrote to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, arguing that the vacant posi...

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