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Mingo clerk gets delay for answer on ballot issue

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By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — The debate over filling Mingo County’s vacant Family Court judge position continued Tuesday after a three-day break for the Labor Day weekend.After Mingo County Clerk “Big Jim” Hatfield sent a letter Friday to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, her general counsel responded Tuesday. Hatfield had asked for a one-week delay in responding to an order from Tennant to remove the Family Court judge position from the ballot. The position became vacant when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin promoted former Family Court Judge Miki Thompson to the circuit judge position vacated when former judge Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

 

Williamson woman has throat cut

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe Williamson Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred on Third Avenue on Labor Day when a female victim allegedly had her throat cut with a box cutter.Patrolman Josh Tincher responded to the 911 domestic assault call at about 4 p.m. Monday at the apartments above Jacob’s Well near the old Cantees Department store location.Tincher said he found 29-year...

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Kermit Fall Festival set this weekend

By Lil FelixDaily News StaffwriterKERMIT - The town of Kermit will be hosting its Annual Kermit Fall Festival, beginning Friday.The events will begin with a Car Show at Kermit Park from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Peggy Moore at 304-393-4380 or 304-393-3614. Crum native Chip Newman will be performing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during the show.Here is a list of events that are taking place Saturday.* A 5-K Autism Walk/Run will begin...

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Football news and notes from the opening week

High school and college football got started with a bang this past weekend.Here are some news and notes.The Belfry Pirates started out strong with a win in their season opener over Class 6A Lexington Henry Clay. Mingo Central also got off on the right foot with a good road win over Wyoming East. Tug Valley got a nice win at Sherman.Some of the stars of those games were:Senior running back Austin Hatfield of Belfry, who scored three touchdowns and ga...

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Governor made Mingo ballot problem

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comHow would you like to be governor or secretary of state and prove you have zero confidence in the citizens of Mingo County?That’s exactly what Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant have said to the people of Mingo. A big “we” will decide who your Family Court judge will be for two and a half years; you have no voice in it.

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Sheldon Clark golfers make history

By Ronnie HickmanFor the Daily NewsPAINTSVILLE, Ky. - History ! That is what will forever be written in the Sheldon Clark High School sports book as the Sheldon Clark girls golf team became the first SC girls golf team in school history to won the All A 15th region tournament.Sophomore Laken Newsome also became the first SC girls golfer to win the All A individual title and over on the boys side junior Roger Maynard became the...

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Leap of Faith

Wes Wilson PhotographyMingo Central senior running back Chance Lester (26) is shown leaping over a Wyoming East defender in this photo. The Miners won their season opener and will host Cardinal Conference foe Tolsia in the John Fry Bowl this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Burn victim returns home

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comOn June 18, 12-year-old Austin Rahe was at a friend’s house when flames from an accident involving fireworks engulfed his body.The youngster suffered burns over 90 percent of his body. Many of them were horrible third-degree burns.Many weeks and countless prayers later, Rahe returned home to Lenore last week from the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital and Burn Unit.&#...

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UMWA endorses Natalie Tennant for US Senate

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comRACINE – Natalie Tennant is officially the U.S. Senate candidate of the United Mine Workers of America.UMWA officials made the announcement several times Monday afternoon as about 500 gathered for the 76th annual UMWA Labor Day Celebration in Boone County.Tennant and her husband, state Sen. Erik Wells, were on hand to accept the recognition as Tennant delivered a lengthy address to the crowd gathered on a hot...

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Commission sponsors corn hole tournament

WILLIAMSON – As part of its initiative to expand recreational opportunities throughout the county, the Mingo County Commission recently sponsored a corn hole tournament at the former Williamson High School gymnasium.Twelve teams from around the Tug Valley competed for the top prize of $200. Columbus and Miranda Cisco came in first place. Scott Hurst and Joe Bucci came in second place and won $100; Mike Bucci and Kevhen Adkins came in third place and took home $50 and J.J. War...

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Mingo County Commission cleans up illegal dump site

WILLIAMSON – Citations have been issued for litter violations following the removal of seven tons of trash from an illegal “open” dump site in Mingo County.Mingo County Commission President Greg “Hootie” Smith said today that several truckloads of trash and debris were removed from the site, located along U.S. Highway 52 near Chattaroy.Mingo County Litter Patrol officers issued several citations in connection with debris found at the site, S...

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White says Common Core to be ‘disaster’

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...

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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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