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Fairer deal sought for black lung victims

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FREDERIC J. FROMMERAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims.The bill by the two coal-state senators comes after an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners. The yearlong investigation won a Pulitzer prize for the Center for Public Integrity.

 

This tradition not worth keeping

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comIronically, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s newspaper column this week is titled, “Keeping with Tradition.”Although Tomblin writes of a different tradition, I think action this week regarding Mingo County’s family court judge position shows that another Mountain State “tradition” is being kept.West Virginia has a well-earned reputation for political corruption. “Stolen elections...

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TVCC has unique golf course

By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comSPRIGG - The Tug Valley Country Club is being resurrected by Manager Joe Tomsovic and longtime Superintendent Dave McCoy. Tomsovich has been with the club for 13 years and McCoy has been there for 29 years.One of the most interesting things about the country club is that the golf course is one of the few in the United States to span the border of two states. Golfers can play in both West Virginia and Kentucky. A bridge on the...

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Mingo Co. Middle School Roundup

Burch 46, Matewan MATEWAN – The Burch Middle School Bulldogs rolled over the Tigers of Matewan 46-0 in football action on Thursday night.In the 1st quarter fullback Austin Ray scored a 6 yard TD and QB Drew Hatfield got the 2 point conversion as BMS went up 8-0.In the 2nd quarter Drew Hatfield hit paydirt on a 10 yard rushing TD. The XP failed, but Burch led 14-0 at the half.In the 3rd quarter Hatfield broke free and ...

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Archery for deer maintains its big gun status

By Bob FalaOutdoor ColumnistArchery deer hunting is the unquestionable “big gun” of the southwestern West Virginia coalfields. It started out as a matter of necessity, but has evolved more into one of choice. Reason being, the four counties of Logan, Mingo, Wyoming and McDowell have offered nothing but the bow for deer since the late 1970’s. But even on a statewide basis, the bow-benders continue to rival the former big...

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Lawmakers address retired teachers

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comMADISON — Three incumbent state legislators and a House of Delegates candidate were among those who turned out Thursday evening for a Boone County Association of Retired School Employees meeting and picnic at the Danville Community Center.State senators Ron Stollings and Art Kirkendoll, Delegate Jeff Eldridge and Democrat nominee Gary McCallister were given five minutes each to address the crowd, which nearly filled the...

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Litter problem continues in Tug Valley area

Every morning before I head out to work and every evening after I get home, I walk our dog Petey down our street at Valley View and up Cinderella Hollow.I get so frustrated and disgusted at the amount of litter that is strewn along the highway and the streets. It is absolutely appalling.Styrofoam containers, fast food wrappers, pop cans, beer cans and bottles, candy wrappers and more.Then there have been tree limbs and branches that were cut and dropped off ri...

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Pikeville shocks Belfry 29-20

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comPIKEVILLE, Ky. – For 13 years Belfry (3-1) had defeated Pikeville (5-0) in football. In years past the local rivalry was always a close game.However, in the past few years the Class 3A Pirates have dominated the Class A Panthers.Not on this Friday night as Pikeville shocked Belfry 29-20 on Hillard Howard Field. Panther Coach Ch...

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Tug Valley wins in OT over Haysi, Va.

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comNAUGATUCK – In the second overtime Tug Valley’s Dylan Dotson squeezed into the end zone on a 1-yard run. Jeremy Dillon’s conversion run made it 22-14 giving the Panthers a big win over visiting Haysi, Virginia on Friday night.This game proved to be a defensive struggle. Neither team scored in the first OT.Dotson gav...

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Miners trounce Renegades

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comRED JACKET – The Westside and Mingo Central game featured two Class 2A powers from southern West Virginia both ranked No. 3 in the SSAC ranking last week.Both teams came in with identical 3-0 records. So something had to give at Buck Harless Stadium on Friday night.Mingo Central (4-0) remained undefeated and made a statement do...

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By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The Big Sandy River Basin Coalition is conducting its annual river sweep, “Chug on the Tug.”The Chug on the Tug project has attracted volunteers from three states, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, to come together and work to clean up the banks of the Tug River. Volunteers met at the South Williamson boat ramp at 9 a.m. Friday to register and kick off this year’s event.

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Sani Warren talks about football career

By Courtney LovernFor the Daily NewsPIKEVILLE, Ky. - When Belfry won the 2013 Class 3A Kentucky Football State Championship back on December 6, many Belfry fans were jubilant. Ecstatic wasn’t even the right word to describe the elation, it was something far better than that emotion. Victory was finally coming back to the mountains in a ship steered by the Pirates. Fans, coaching staff, and players alike at last had achieved the one...

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WVDNR officers seize illegally harvested ginseng

BECKLEY – A year-long investigation by Natural Resources Police Officers in southern West Virginia has resulted in 11 arrests and the seizure of 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested before the ginseng digging season began Sept. 1. The estimated market value of the ginseng is $180,000.In addition to the ginseng, officers also seized multiple stolen guns, illegal drugs and pills, and $30,000 in cash, according to Lt. Woodrow Brogan of the West Virginia Divisio...

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Joplin returns to Mingo Central

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comRED JACKET – You can come home again.Talented junior running back Deonte Joplin has moved back to Red Jacket and has enrolled at Mingo Central High School.This past summer Joplin, a 5’10”, 165 lb. offensive and defensive back transferred to Belfry High School.MCHS head coach Yogi Kinder confirmed that Joplin had enrolled at the school earlier this we...

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Joplin returns to Mingo Central

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comRED JACKET – You can come home again.Talented junior running back Deonte Joplin has moved back to Red Jacket and has enrolled at Mingo Central High School.This past summer Joplin, a 5’10”, 165 lb. offensive and defensive back transferred to Belfry High School.MCHS head coach Yogi Kinder confirmed that Jop...

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Rahall announces funding for drug-free communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., Friday announced the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has awarded $250,000 in grants to support community-based coalitions working to prevent youth substance abuse in southern West Virginia.“Southern West Virginia has been putting Drug Free Community dollars to work, stretching them to their last penny, and getting results. This new round of funding will allow us to build on that work by continuing to incr...

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Miners top Tigers on Links

Mingo Central won their recent golf match against Chapmanville with a score of 188. The match was played at Twisted Gun Golf Club near Gilbert. Here are the scores. Mingo Central 188; Alex Warden 40, Garrett Bevins 44, Michael Dotson 51, Caleb Spencer 53, Kyle Hatfield 57 and Kenny Allen 62. Chapmanville 197: Jake Workman 39 (Medalist), Braden Dickerson 51, Tanner Meade 52, Austin Bledsoe 55, Dylan Brown 57, Dakota Saunders 57 and Austin Evans 58.

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Friday, Sept. 19:Westside at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.Haysi (Va.) at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.Belfry at Pikeville, 7:30 p.m.Phelps vs. East Ridge, 7:30 p.m.Pike Central at Prestonsburg, 7:30 p.m.Logan at Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.Man at River View, 7:30 p.m.Poca at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.Scott at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.Sherman at Gilmer County, 7:30 p.m.Frontier (...

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