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White says Common Core to be ‘disaster’

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By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comBRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – “Common Core” is a term on the lips of many educators and state legislators. That was particularly true during recent legislative interim committee meetings in Bridgeport. Basically, the reference is to an educational evaluation program geared toward setting standards for students who are heading to college or to working careers.In fact, more than 200 people attended a presentation on the program by Dr. Sandra Stotsky held at the Courtyard Marriott on the day prior to interims.

 

Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’

Staff reportWhile other Tug Valley residents were preparing to celebrate the long Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of summer, members of the Williamson Fire Department were marking the holiday by collecting donations for “Jerry’s Kids.”Members of the Professional Fire Fighters Association Local No. 968, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, celebrated their 60-year partnership and kicked off the firefighters’ annual Fill the Boot ...

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New dispute flares over judge seat

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has issued an order prohibiting voters from choosing the next Mingo County Family Court Judge. But Mingo County Clerk “Big Jim” Hatfield said late Friday he is not taking it lying down while “fighting for the people of Mingo.”In a letter to Hatfield, received Friday morning, Tennant cited her authority as chief elections officer of the state in issu...

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Tug Valley wins season opener over Sherman

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comSETH – The Tug Valley Panthers got their season started off on the right foot as they downed Sherman 20-14 for a good road win at Seth, W.Va.Coach Tony Clusky’s squad hit pay-dirt first as senior fullback Phillip Lucas scored on a 2-yard run. The XP pass try failed, but the Panthers led 6-0 with 8:23 left in the opening quarter.Later in the first quarter Tug Valley&#...

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Country boys can survive

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comGOODY, Ky. – Country boys can survive.The Belfry Pirates showed why they are one of the top football schools in the Bluegrass State, regardless of classification and school size.On a hot and muggy Friday night, the Class 3A Pirates took on Lexington Henry Clay, a Class 6A city school. Many felt that the Blue Devils were favored, even some of the Belfry fans thought it was ...

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Miners outwork Wyoming East

By John Conleyjconley@civitasmedia.comNEW RICHMOND - Mingo Central’s punishing ground game delivered a key opening season victory.Three Miners rushed for over 100 yards-led by Stevie Hammond’s 160 yards on 12 carries to lead No. 8 Mingo Central to a 37-28 win over No. 9 Wyoming East at New Richmond on Friday night.“Conditioning was the difference,” said Warriors running back Nik Walker. “They just outplayed us.”...

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WVU alum Mike Slater recalls 4 interception game vs. UK

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comWilliamson High School Hall of Famer Mike Slater still holds the single game record at West Virginia University for the most interceptions in one game.Back in 1969 Slater and his WVU teammates went up against a border rival, the Kentucky Wildcats.When the game was over, Slater had picked off four passes from his defensive back positi...

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Ribbon cutting held for Ambassador Christian School

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – A newly consolidated Christian school in Williamson celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday.Ambassador Christian Academy is the name of the new school, which has been in the works for several months now.Many of the registered students, their parents, school employees and both school principals were present at the event.

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Body of drowning victim found

Staff reportLOVELY, Ky. - The body of a missing Mingo County man was retrieved Friday afternoon from the Tug Fork River near Lovely, according to the Martin County Coroner’s Office.The body was identified by Martin County Coroner Joe Mullins as that of Roger Urban, 43, who was last seen Aug. 23 near his home at Lenore, West Virginia, when the ATV he was riding was swept into the swollen waters of Pigeon Creek during flash flooding that occurred th...

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Listening Tour to visit Logan

Karissa Blackburnkblackburn@civitasmedia.comLOGAN - The West Virginia House of Delegates will host the next session of their Listening Tour at the Special Occasions Event Center at 384 Yuma Road on Sept. 8, starting at 6 p.m.The Listening Tour session will address small business and entrepreneurship in West Virginia. Many of the previous sessions were well attended with solutions offered that resulted in legislative action.Seeking Solutions | Celebr...

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God ‘shows off’ his ability to provide for your needs

Don’t you just love it … love it … LOVE IT … when God ‘shows off’ his ability to provide for your needs? I know I do!Come to think about it, God’s not ‘showing off’. He’s simply being the Father He’s promised to be to those who belong to His Family. And one of those promises is to meet the needs of His sons and daughters.“My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you...

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Sani Warren leads UPIKE over Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, Va. – University of Pikeville freshman quarterback Sani Warren wasted no time showing he could play at this level, throwing for 346 yards and five touchdowns, including a school-record 90-yard strike to Shawntez Johnson, as the Bears outlasted Bluefield (Va.) 62-40 on the road Thursday.Warren was efficient, completing 16-of-20 passes, and added a six-yard rushing touchdown as well in the third quarter. He took a seat for the fourth quarter with the Bears leading 62...

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WVU vs. Crimson Tide

MORGANTOWN - There’s been a different aroma in the air this week in Morgantown.While Mountaineer Nation has always been one to show its full support for their beloved Mountaineers, the intensity level has risen this week.You see, this week is the one they’ve been waiting for since the game was booked in May of 2012.It’s more than just a regular game week. It’s Alabama week.As West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen enters his four...

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Friday night football starts tonight

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe regular season begins in the Mountain State tonight for high school football, while in the neighboring Bluegrass State they enter into week one.Locally Belfry, Mingo Central and Tug Valley all open their seasons.The Pirates will once again play host to the Community Trust/WYMT Pike County Bowl. This is the 30th annual event and Belfry has a tough task as they ente...

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Labor Day campaign kickoff set

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — While a bit of drama continues in the effort to fill an unexpired term on the Mingo County Family Court bench, statewide races are heating up even before Labor Day.Traditionally, fall campaigns usually begin on the Labor Day weekend, with the general election set for November. This year’s election is Nov. 4.

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Authority hears updates

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe Mingo County Redevelopment Authority received updates on various projects during its regular meeting Aug. 21 at the authority’s offices in East Williamson.Executive Director Steve Kominar and Assistant Director Leasha Johnson, along with board members Andy Dillon, Dr. Dino Beckett and Terry Sammons were present, while Robert “Do...

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Music festival set this weekend

Martha Sparksmsparks@civitasmedia.comLOGAN - The grandson of West Virginia folk legend Virginia Myrtle “Aunt Jennie” Wilson will share the stage with other notable old-time musicians during a pair of free Labor Day concerts hosted by Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park.Wilson’s grandson and Logan native, Roger Bryant, whose musical roots are in the old-time and folk-music traditions, will serve as master of ceremonies this year for t...

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Cliff’s hiring for Logan, Wyoming Co. mines

Karissa Blackburnkblackburn@civitasmedia.comCliff’s Natural Resources is making decisions in the midst of what many are calling the ongoing war on coal.With EPA regulations becoming more strenuous and many local mines having to idle or layoff hundreds of workers, the coal industry has taken its knocks over the past year.On Tuesday, Cliffs announced they have been authorized to invest in their own company by purchasing stock. The company has al...

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