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Democrats can’t replace Hatfield on fall ballot

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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, Hatfield announced he was withdrawing as a commission candidate due to health issues. He said he wanted to remain county clerk.


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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12 indicted by Pike County Grand Jury

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comPIKEVILLE, Ky. - Twelve individuals were indicted during the last meeting of the Pike County Grand Jury, according to information released by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in Pike County.Crystal Cassell, 31, of Williamson, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree (Class D felony). According to reports, Cassell knowingly possessed ...

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Respect insects during summer

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – Many families have been enjoying the summer weather by camping, cooking out, going to parks and spending their free time outdoors, but an overwhelming number of insects have made the season a little less enjoyable.Bites from ticks and mosquitoes in particular are a health risk, one that that could bring serious consequences.The most common kind of t...

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Take care around snakes

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – Twenty-two types of snakes currently are recognized in West Virginia, comprising a total of 20 species.In spite of this, the state is home to only two different types of venomous snakes; the timber rattlesnake and the northern copperhead.Adult timber rattlesnakes are usually three to five feet or more in length, and can be yellowish-green, brown, gr...

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Claims court awards pair $100,000 +

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON — The West Virginia Court of Claims has apparently recommended final financial resolution to a saga that began nearly a decade ago in Mingo County. The court ruled in favor of two investigators who filed claims under the Unjust Conviction statute.

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KHSSA lowers boom on Cordia

By Mike FieldsLexington Herald LeaderAfter an almost yearlong investigation, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has lowered the boom on the Cordia boys’ basketball program, severely penalizing the small school in Knott County for a laundry list of violations.The sanctions against Cordia include a ban on playing any boys’ basketball games during the 2014-15 regular season or postseason, and the 2015-16 postseason.Cordia also wa...

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Williamson Daily News print edition has new look

The print edition of the Williamson Daily News now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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Mason Pack signs with Alice Lloyd

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comPIPPA PASSES, Ky. – Alice Lloyd head basketball coach J. R. Hammond hopes that Mason Pack will immediately help his program.Pack officially signed with the eastern Kentucky college this past Saturday at a ceremony at the school.“Mason’s 6’9 frame is very versatile. He can score on the block and he has a soft t...

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Ex-judge sentenced to resort

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comIt could, after all, have been worse.For example, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Johnston could have ordered disgraced former Mingo County circuit court Judge Michael Thornsbury to spend the rest of his life in Hamlin.But the judge did not do that. Instead, he sentenced Thornsbury to 50 months in a federal corrections facility. One of the locations the ex-judge apparently wanted considered was a minimum-security ...

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Looking for weight equipment; Greg Maddux goes to the HOF; WVU gets two commitments

Some of the weight room equipment from the old Williamson High School Athletic Complex has been reported missing.Since Williamson High School was consolidated three years ago, and then Williamson Middle School was moved to West End and merged with Riverside Elementary, the facility has not been utilized.Williamson Middle School did not field a football team last season due to not having enough players. They could have used the complex to work out and the adjacent field a...

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