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Matewan remembers late councilwoman

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By Rachel DoveMATEWAN - Mayor Shelia Kessler started the Matewan Town Council meeting with a solemn moment of silence in honor of former councilwoman Lois Justice, who recently passed away.This was the first council meeting since her death and the Mayor said she had never experienced this much emotion since taking office. Several took the time comment about Justice and remarked on how much she would be missed and on her years of dedication to the town.“She will be greatly missed and in my opinion, no one will ever fill her shoes,” said Kessler. “Our prayers continue to be with her family during their time of loss.”


Man charged in thefts from dollar store

WILLIAMSON - Floyd Jude, Jr., 35 of Lovely, Kentucky was arrested on October 21 by Kermit Police Chief C. E. Chambers for allegedly shoplifting at the Kermit Dollar General Store located in East Kermit.Jude appeared before Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and was charged with petit larceny and is currently being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail. Chambers received a call from Mingo 911 to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a black Ford Taurus traveling from the Kermit Dollar General and go...

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Good games on tap for Friday night

There are some good football games on tap tonight involving local high school football teams as the regular season winds down. Mingo Central (ranked No. 5) travels up Corridor G to take on Scott in Madison, while Sheldon Clark is at Tug Valley (ranked No. 3) and Pike Central visits Belfry.The Miners and Skyhawks will battle it out in a key Cardinal Conference contest. The game also has important playoff implications for both squads. Mingo Central is hoping to finish in the top 8 an...

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Feeding the needy one meal at a time

By Rachel Doverdove@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - In today’s declining economy, more individuals and families are finding themselves struggling to put hot, nutritious meals on the table. Thanks to one non-profit organization in Williamson that is managed and operated by kind, giving individuals, that particular worry has become a lighter load for the needy to carry.Jacob’s Well Food Pantry and Mission, located on 3rd Avenue in Williamson, is under t...

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West Virginia fifth annual College Application and Exploration Week

WILLIAMSON - West Virginia’s fifth annual College Application and Exploration Week is being held across the state the week of October 20.College Application and Exploration Week is a statewide fun and collaborative outreach effort to help schools and communities embrace a culture of college readiness and exploration. The week is intended to encourage students to explore their options for college and to submit college applications.

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4.73 million vehicles recalled for defective airbags

WILLIAMSON - Takata, a Japanese company, supplies many automakers with airbags and the airbags can malfunction and blow shrapnel into front passengers’ chests and faces.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall notice on Monday for defective airbags effecting over 4.73 million vehicles.Two deaths were previously reported and linked to the Takata bag defects. Two additional deaths have been reported by Reuters and are believed to be ...

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Williamson native Steve Ball was inducted into the WVU Hall of Fame.

WILLIAMSON - Steven C. Ball, a 1974 Williamson High School graduate was inducted into the 2014 West Virginia University Academy of Civil Engineers for national and international lifetime achievements in the service to the profession, contributions to education, and professional achievement.Ball received a 2013 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Special Achievement Award;for “…creative and bold structural engineering work in the application, testing, and qua...

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Mingo Commission gets 911 mapping update

By Rachel DoveWILLIAMSON -The Mingo County Commission received another progress report on the 911 mapping of the county during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting held at the courthouse.Dave Warden, an employee of 911, told those in attendance that this was a slow and tedious process, but said it was moving right along. According to Warden, door-to-door surveys have to be completed, as well as a form that has to be completed for each and every residence....

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Mingo travels to Scott for CC battle

klovern@civitasmedia.comThe 5th ranked Mingo Central Miners (6-1) will have another tough Cardinal Conference road game this Friday as they travel up Corridor G to Madison to take on the Scott Skyhawks.Scott, 6-2, comes in ranked No. 12 this week in the SSAC poll.“The top 16 is loaded with good football teams this year – with some big name programs,” said Miner’s ...

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Tug Valley hosts Cardinals

klovern@civitasmedia.comNAUGATUCK - In the past few years there was a lot of excitement at Tug Valley High School when it came to the basketball team. After all, they won back to back state titles and had some of the best teams in school history.However, this year the Panther fans really have a lot to cheer about over the success the football team is having.Tug Valley is ranked No. 3 in Class A this week, the highest ranking the school has eve...

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Miners bow out in tournament soccer

GARDNER – It was freezing and a cold rain was falling when the Mingo Central soccer team took on Bluefield in Class AA-A boys sectional soccer tournament play Tuesday night at PikeView High School.The game was played on a very muddy field and conditions were tough, according to head coach Richard Powers.The Beavers, with only one loss on the season to go with four ties, advanced to the sectional championship with a 4-0 win over the Miners.It appeared tha...

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Belfry Middle romps Martin Co. 52-0

klovern@civitasmedia.comBELFRY, Ky. – Belfry Middle School rolled over visiting Martin County 52-0 in the state playoffs this past Saturday at Vipperman Stadium.Peyton Hensley led the Pirates with 66 yards on 6 carries and 2 TDs. Joe Chafin had 3 carries for 11 yards and a TD and Ben Bentley 4 carries for 20 yards and a TD. Grayson Cook picked up 51 yards on just 4 attempts.Austin Fields, who...

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Amphitheater plans move forward for Matewan

By Rachel DoveMATEWAN - “This project is going to live or fall at the hands of the City of Matewan,” said Mingo County Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith, as he began to address those in attendance at the Matewan Town Council meeting held Monday evening concerning the plans to construct an amphitheater that has been a dream for many years.

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Woolly worms and signs of another cold winter ahead

It’s that time of year again where everyone is talking about the coming winter months.Last year was a tough winter as we experienced frigid temperatures and several measurable snowfalls.Over the past few weeks you may have heard that many of the weather “experts” and meteorologists are predicting another bad winter for our region.The Old Farmer’s Almanac is also predicting winter weather with “super-cold” temperatures in the...

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Local WVSP ‘making a difference’

WILLIAMSON - West Virginia State Trooper D.L. Williamson and his Operation Make a Difference program are out in local schools doing just that, ‘making a difference.’Trooper Williamson visited Williamson Pre K-8 on Monday, to talk about Operation Make a Difference, Red Ribbon Week and Career Week with eighth grade students.

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Prostitution arrest made in Town of Delbarton

By Rachel DoveDELBARTON - Local law enforcement officers are cracking down on those committing the offense of prostitution, which is said to be one of the oldest professions in the world.Bobbie Jo Crum, 24, of Delbarton, was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting conducted on Monday evening following multiple complaints being voiced by concerned citizens.Those complaints were given to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) about an increase i...

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Mingo, Tug Valley in top 8

klovern@civitasmedia.comBoth the Mingo Central Miners and the Tug Valley Panthers remain in the top eight (8) in the SSAC poll this week.Mingo Central is No. 5 in Class AA, while Tug Valley is No. 3 in Class A.The top eight (8) teams in each classification host first round playoff games.This is the highest ranking in history for Tug Valley High School.If the Miners finish in t...

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