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Figure in Mingo probe sues ex-officials, others

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A figure in the federal Mingo County corruption probe is suing several former county officials and others, claiming they violated his constitutional rights and damaged his reputation.Media outlets report that George White, 65, filed the lawsuit recently in Mingo County Circuit Court. The defendants include former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury, former County Commissioner David Baisden and former prosecutor Michael Sparks.Sparks pleaded guilty last year to federal criminal charges of depriving White of his constitutional rights. Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive White of his rights. Both men are awaiting sentencing.


McCormick resigns as mayor ahead of federal charges

By Rachel Doverbaldwin@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - Less than 24 hours after Darrin McCormick tendered his resignation as mayor of Williamson, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin Tuesday charged McCormick, 50, with making a materially false statement in a federal matter.McCormick, who resigned effective April 30 during a special City Council meeting held Monday evening, read a statement he had prepared announcing his intention to resign, but did not give a reason.

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Ragland Crime Watch group organizes community cleanup

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comRAGLAND - The Ragland Crime Watch held a Litter Awareness Day last Saturday at Ragland.The group had a great day weather-wise with temperatures in the mid-80s. They picked up litter and garbage along the roadway and creek bank.Crime Watch President Richard Belcher said approximately 300 bags of trash was picked up and hauled away covering about a five-mile area. Approximately 80...

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Mingo’s Marcum receives ‘A-plus’ from NRA

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON — The National Rifle Association’s political arm has announced its ratings and endorsements of candidates in the May 2014 primary.Several coalfield candidates received either “A” or “A-plus” ratings from the group that advocates for gun ownership. Two incumbent coalfield House Democrats, Justin Marcum and Rupie Phillips, earned the top score of “A-plus.”

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Lenore woman arrested two times in single day

By Rachel Doverbaldwin@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - A Lenore resident was arrested twice in the same day by officers with both the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the Williamson Police Department.Sarah Ellen Williams, 30, was first arrested by sheriff’s Deputy Thomas on charges of petit larceny, public intoxication, fleeing-no vehicle and three counts of obstruction.

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Arrests, arraignments for past week reported

By Rachel Doverbaldwin@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - A number of individuals have been arrested and arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court during the past week on a variety of charges.Brian Ray Elkins, 37, of Millers Creek, was taken into custody by Delbarton Police Chief D.S. Nunley and Patrolman D.R. Davis on charges of first-offense DUI, left of center and no insurance.Darin A. Cook, 49, of Dayton, Ohio, was charged with obstructing an officer...

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Belfry shutout 5-0 by JCHS

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.com PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates lost their second game in a row as they were shutout 5-0 at Johnson Central on Monday.The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning with two outs as Chaynse Hill doubled to center and scored on an RBI single to center field by Blake Gamble.J...

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Mingo Central track team improving; has good showing at Pikeville meet

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.com The Mingo Central track team made a good showing in a recent meet held in Pikeville, Ky.Senior Alex “Booger” Lee won the 100 meter dash on the men’s side, while freshman Tyshira Joplin came in second place in the 100 meter for the ladies.“With so many new faces on the team it has been a work ...

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Kentucky squad loaded with size and talent

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.com RED JACKET – The Kentucky squad for the 2nd Annual Consol Senior All-Star game this Saturday is loaded with size and talent.The squad was put together by Shelby Valley coach Jim Hicks and included 6’11” center Cody Belter who played for Hicks at the Pike County school. His teammate Tyler Carr, a gu...

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Justice makes 1st team All-State in Ky.

By Mike Fieldsmfields@herald-leader.comPlayer of the Year: Quentin Snider - Snider surpassed Allan Houston as Ballard’s all-time top scorer, and also became the school’s third Mr. Basketball, joining Houston (1989) and Jeff Lamp (1977). A Louisville signee, he finished his Ballard career with 2,442 points and a program-best 633 assists. He led the Bruins to a state runner-up finish as a junior, and a No. 1 ranking as a senior...

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Friday’s garbage will be collected Thursday

Veolia Water will conduct early pickups of Friday’s garbage on Thursday due to the Good Friday holiday, Veolia officials say.

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‘Girls Night Out’ fundraiser deemed success

By Rachel Doverbaldwin@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - Although the “Girls Night Out” fundraiser sponsored by the Williamson Woman’s Club last Friday evening to assist The Tug Valley Recovery Shelter with meeting their financial needs is only the second of it’s kind to be held in the county, it was deemed a huge success for all involved.In 2013, the woman’s club, along with the directors and staff of the TVRC, got together to birth a...

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Commission addresses various topics at special session

By Rachel Doverbaldwin@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Commission met in special session recently to address several topics. Present for the meeting were President Greg Smith and Mike Carter. Commissioner John Mark Hubbard was absent.First to address the commission was Leigh Ann Ray, the Mingo County grants coordinator, who stated that she had received the contract from EL Robinson Engineering for Phase 2 of the engineering and architectural work...

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Mingo Central teacher attends advanced learning workshop

By Rachel Doverbaldwin@civitasmedia.comSOUTH CHARLESTON – A Mingo Central High School instructor attended training at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, that is providing dozens of teachers in 12 counties across the state the tools and skills they need to deliver interactive lessons to their students.Teresa Melaine Hall, a science teacher at Mingo Central High School, attended the training session. Hall now will be able to ...

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Incumbent Democrats charged with campaigning at taxpayers’ expense

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON — State House of Delegates leadership was silent last week after a Republican party official accused Democrats of “waging a campaign to retain control of the House of Delegates on the taxpayers’ dime.”Repeated attempts to reach House Speaker Tim Miley and other Democrat legislators was met with no comment following state Republican Chairman Conrad Lucas’s assertion that incumbent Democ...

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John and Mary Jude renew vows after 70 years

WILLIAMSON - John and Mary Vivian “Vee” Jude of Williamson, WV, formerly of Thacker, WV had no idea years ago when they became one what God had in store for them as they set forth on their journey as husband and wife. They have been blessed with a rich life full of precious memories they hold dear and a love that has with stood the test of time through many decades. They were married on March 14, 1944, in Williamson, WV.John and Mary just celebrated their 70th Platinum ...

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Tug Valley Softball

Kyle Lovern/WDNThe 2014 Tug Valley softball team is pictured above. The Lady Panthers are working hard to improve this season. They are coached by Aileen Perry and Brandon Bowen.

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Hatcher trial set for April 25 in Logan County

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comLOGAN – An April 25 trial date has been set for Logan High School head boys basketball coach Mark Hatcher. The trial is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.Hatcher, 43, of Logan, was charged last Dec. 14 with assaulting a Chapmanville town police officer during a brawl at Chapmanville Regional High School. A boys basketball game between Logan and Scott erupted into a melee during the battle for a rebound. The incident occurred...

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