Selenium bill completes legislation Rachel Baldwin
CHARLESTON — The coal industry can take a sigh of relief now that the Selenium Bill-HB 2579 has passed both chambers.
The West Virginia House of Delegates approved the amendments made by the Senate earlier this week. The bill is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
The purpose of HB 2579 is to study the effect selenium has on the state’s water supply. Currently, the Federal Environmental Agency places res...
Mingo 911 dispatchers dedicated to serving public Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - “Someone once asked if I felt that answering telephones for a living was a true profession. My reply was that I thought it was a calling,” stated Doug Goolsby, a Paramedic and a dispatcher with Mingo County 911 services. “The dispatchers I work hand in hand with are the true definition of what that calling means.”
The Mingo County 911 dispatchers are made up of 11 employees, both males and female...
With painkillers scarce, heroin begins to thrive Ralph B. Davis
Civitas News Service
PRESTONSBURG — As restrictions on prescription painkillers become tighter in the wake of new legislation, officials battling substance abuse in Eastern Kentucky say some addicts are turning to more illicit markets to get their fix.
Heroin is growing in popularity across Appalachia, according to law enforcement officers and substance abuse counselors, who say they are seeing a surge in “black tar” hero...
Wildflower hike this Saturday Martha Sparks
Civitas News Service
The weather forecast for Saturday is sunny skies and temps in the 50s, perfect weather to observe the wonder of the spring season in the mountains during the annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike at Chief Logan State Park.
The hike, sponsored by Chief Logan State Park, Hemlock Hills Garden Club and Museum in the Park, will begin at 9 a.m. at the museum
The event is named for a long-time member of the L...
Accident at Winco Block blamed on lack of drainage Julia Roberts Goad Staff Writer WINCO BLOCK - Water from a clogged culvert is being blamed by residents for an accident that sent five people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. While details were sketchy about the accident, it appears a 2003 Windstar van was traveling north on US 52 at Winco Block when the vehicle hydroplaned on water in the road. The driver lost control, it is believed, went into the ditch and struck a telephone pole, w...
Child abuse case yields 4 arrests Rachel Baldwin
RED JACKET - After receiving a call on April 15th reporting a possible child neglect situation at a home located on Mitchell Branch Road in Red Jacket, West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper D.L. Contos and Child Protective Services (CPS) workers from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) responding to the scene were appalled and heart broken when they observed multiple injuries on the faces...
PCFC discusses library board Julia Roberts Goad Staff Writer PIKEVILLE, KY - The Pike County Fiscal Court approved the two Pike County people to be on the Pike County Library Board at their regular meeting. “We have one of the best public library systems in the commonwealth,” Pike Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said. “ Our library board is active in bringing the latest technology in the world to our library, it will be a great asset to the people of the county an...
New W.Va. budget heading to vote by Legislature Lawrence Messina
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature expects to vote Wednesday on a 2013-2014 state budget that spends slightly less than the version passed last year, following around $75 million in cuts triggered by weakening revenues and rising Medicaid costs.
The spending plan for the budget year starting July 1 includes $4.1 billion supported by general taxes.
The Senate and House of Delegates ...
Lafe Ward passes away Julia Roberts Goad Staff Writer A Williamson native who was instrumental in getting flood protection for Williamson passed away recently. Lafe Ward passed away in Atlanta after a battle with cancer. Born in Williamson in 1925, Ward was a graduate of Williamson High School and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, served in the U.S. Navy in the V-12 Program and received his law degree from West Virginia University. He served as W...
Matewan Council talks Thacker, Massacre, Crum Chad Abshire
MATEWAN —The Matewan Town Council met Tuesday evening and discussed a number of topics, including the Thacker Water Project and honoring a pair of girls for winning a poster contest.
Pat Rawlings, Senior Designer for Triad Engineering, spoke to the council regarding the project, saying that he had recently attended “a pre-construction meeting with constructors and agencies, but nothing of consequence was done.”...
Pike woman arrested in Williamson Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — An alleged intoxicated female was taken into custody on Saturday night after officers encountered her on a downtown street in an intoxicated state and partially dressed.
Williamson Police Department (WPD) Lt. G.P. Dotson and Patrolman J.L. Marcum were on patrol in Williamson near the GNV Bar when they observed Shannon Swafford, 30, of Turkey Creek, Ky., staggering down the roadway of Dickenson St...
Health department releases restaurant inspections Chad Abshire
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Pike County Health Department released its latest round of restaurant inspections conducted during March, with eight establishments earning perfect scores and one requiring a follow-up.
The business requiring a follow-ups was:
Arbys, Cassidy Boulevard.
The health department normally inspects restaurants and other eateries twice a year, checking food storage, preparations, personnel, res...
Pike Grand Jury indicts 22 Chad Abshire
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A total of 22 people were indicted by the Pike County Grand Jury, including six people being charged at once for the same alleged crime.
Jessica Gannon , 25, of Williamson, Shane Gannon , 21, of Goody, Ester Wolford , 46, of Goody, Bruce Chapman , 37, of Belfry, Edwin McCoy , 48, of Goody and Michail Woodward , 20, of Hardy, were indicted for second-degree assault when they struck Earl...
Mingo County Delegation at odds over bill Rachel Baldwin
CHARLESTON — The last day of the 1st Session of the 81st Legislature was filled with much excitement, according to a press release issued by House of Delegates 20th District Representative, Justin Marcum. Numerous bills passed both the House and the Senate, although time ran out for the 2013 session before others had a chance for action to be taken on them.
Following in its entirety is the press release from ...
Officials: Maynard purchased multiple guns Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — The man accused of shooting and killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum had reportedly bought several guns, not just the one allegedly used in the slaying, after he had been determined legally ineligible to own them, according to Prosecutor C., Michael Sparks.
Information relayed by Sparks states that the gun purchases were made after February of 2010, when 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard was ...