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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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