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Interim commission post filled

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By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — The Mingo County commissioners took little time filling their latest vacancy.Commission President Greg “Hootie” Smith confirmed Tuesday evening that he and Commissioner John Mark Hubbard had selected Ronnie Blankenship of Myrtle to join them.Blankenship, whose residence is in Lee District, was one of those who applied earlier for the vacancy created by the forced resignation of former Commissioner David Baisden, who resigned in disgrace after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges,admitting that he had sought to purchase tires for his personal vehicle at government prices.

 

Strange weather for August

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – The Southern West Virginia area is trying to recover from a flash flood watch and downpour of heavy rain from earlier this week, but it appears that there is more bad weather in store for the region.Today through Saturday there is a persistent chance of storms and more precipitation, making for some strange weather for the month of August.The rainfa...

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Mingo-based film debuts in Charleston

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – The movie “Moving Mountains” is set to premiere in Charleston today at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theatre at 6:30 p.m.The movie, which was filmed in, and centered around, Mingo County, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie (portrayed by actress Theresa Russell), as she and her friends fight for safe drinking water after a deep mine destroyed their wells.R...

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Ward seeks consideration for Family Court

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON — The issue of whether an unexpired Mingo County Family Court judge position will be filled by gubernatorial appointment or election remained controversial this week.In addition, a letter written by W. Thomas Ward, Williamson attorney, gave insight into who the candidates for appointment may be.In a letter dated Aug. 14, Ward wrote to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, arguing that the vacant posi...

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Rahall presses for investments in rural areas

WAYNE, W.Va.— In Wayne on Tuesday to attend a USDA StrikeForce forum, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., lauded USDA investments in West Virginia’s economy that buoy farmers and help to build and maintain the state’s public infrastructure and community facilities.“Today’s USDA leadership is not only a steadfast steward for our farmers and livestock producers, but it also strengthens rural communities with federal dollars – including our police and f...

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Honor Flight pays tribute to veterans

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – The Huntington branch of an organization founded in April of 2007 to honor veterans is reaching out to World War II veterans with a unique opportunity to fly them to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials that stand in their honor.Honor Flight Inc. chooses veterans for the trip on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to World War II veterans ...

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WWII vet marks 92nd birthday

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – A Williamson area resident recently celebrated turning 92 years old with his family, friends and wife of 70 years.John Jude has experienced a life of war, travel and love, and says he has many fond memories to hold dear as he celebrates another year of growing older and wiser.Jude, who was born Aug. 15, 1922, to parents Matterson and Effie (Brown) J...

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WMH not hit by security breach

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - Contrary to what other media outlets have reported, Williamson Memorial Hospital is not one of 200 hospitals affected by the recent security data breach of Community Health Systems which resulted in the theft of patient information from 4.5 million people, acccording to the hospital’s administration.Hospital Administrator Cindy Segar-Miller told the Daily News on Tuesday that the hospital was not affect...

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If we’d just send Capito …

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comIf we’d just send Shelley Moore Capito to Washington, the coal trucks would start rolling again.Oh … wait … we’ve already sent her to Congress and … well, coal is in big trouble.The lunacy of political campaigns would sometimes cause a sane person to crumble. Capito’s ads and campaign pronouncements make it appear her election to the U.S. Senate seat being given up by Ja...

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Belfry Cheerleaders

Submitted Photo/Tina ToddThe 2014 Belfry High School cheerleaders are pictured above. Left to right, from back starting with red dress , Sabrina Canada, Haley Anderson, Lakin Reed, Cydney Worley, Alie Farley, Kyrstyn Dailey, Kyra Stafford, Abbie Gannon, Kendra Gannon, Katy Dotson, Olivia Artis, Aryn Adkins, Anna Deskins, Lexie Jones, Morgan Hensley, Kyrston Leedy, Alixandra Young, Ashley Brumfield, Mya Smith, Brooke Dunn, Lindsey Miller, Gia Hatfield, Hannah McCoy and Jordyn Curry....

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BOE gets department updates

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comCINDERELLA – The Mingo County Board of Education and the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Robert Bobbera, received updates from department heads at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 12.First up was Director of Curriculum Judy McCoy, who gave the board an update on new classes added at the schools for the 2014-15 term.New Di...

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Arrest made in connection with fatal Inez fire

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comINEZ, Ky. - An arrest has been made in connection with a Saturday morning house fire at Inez, Kentucky, that claimed the lives of three people, according to the Kentucky State Police, which is still investigating the blaze.Troopers from KSP Post 9 in Pikeville, Kentucky, arrested 41-year-old Jack D. Smith of Inez in connection with the ongoing ...

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Mingo, Belfry, Tug Valley scrimmage

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comMingo Central, Belfry and Tug Valley all participated in preseason scrimmages this past weekend.These practice games are great sessions for coaches to learn some things their teams need to work on before the regular season begins in a couple of weeks.Mingo Central participated in the Cardinal Conference scrimmage at Madison taking on...

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Local photographer makes history by using drone to photograph football game

History was made at the Cardinal Conference scrimmages this past Saturday night at Madison. And it wasn’t on the football field.Young Williamson photographer – videographer Wes Wilson used a drone to take pictures and film the game between Mingo Central and Scott.It is believed to be the first time in the Mountain State that a drone was used to shoot a high school sporting event.It may be the first at any sporting event ever in West Virginia.

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Wendy’s sign comes down

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comSOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – The sign at a Wendy’s fast food restaurant in South Williamson, Kentucky, was destroyed Saturday morning when a driver ran into it with his truck.Jimmy Elkins totaled his 2005 Chevy four-door truck and was thrown from the vehicle in a wreck that Belfry Volunteer Fire Department Chief Nee Jackson says could have been devastating if it had occur...

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Pair charged in connection with disputes

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - A pair of men arrested on charges connected with domestic disputes were among defendants recently arraigned on a variety of criminal charges in Mingo County Magistrate Court.Jeremiah Jackson, 34, of Williamson, was arrested for domestic battery.The victim, Jackson’s ex-girlfriend, spoke with officers at Williamson Memorial Hospital, where it was all...

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Martinsburg, Wayne, Central No. 1 in preseason poll

By Derek TaylorDaily Mail Preps EditorCHARLESTON — With as much surprise as West Virginia being left out of the Associated Press Preseason Top 25, Martinsburg, Wayne and Wheeling Central topped the state’s three divisions in the Daily Mail Preseason Football Poll on Sunday.Martinsburg (13-1 in 2013) returns a bevy of players from its team that won an unprecedented fourth consecutive Class AAA state championship las...

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New pension rules to have little impact

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comAlthough the Governmental Accounting Standards Board approved rules in June 2012 requiring a change in reporting pension plan accounts by local government, most state and Southern West Virginia officials think the plan will have little impact on them. Most city and county officials said they have been working diligently to make sure government-operated pension plans are solvent and have had little time to consider Statement Number 67 an...

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