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Pair recognized by school board for achievement

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By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comCINDERELLA – The Mingo County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Rob Boberra honored two students for national achievements at their recent meeting held at the school board’s office located at Cinderella Hollow.Abagail Justice, a Mingo Central High School student, won a national award for her graphics art design. She received a plaque for her achievement. She also brought her winning display to show to the board. Justice won $1,500 for her art award.

 

Brawl results in arrest

By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comDELBARTON - An arrest resulted from a brawl early Sunday at Spence’s Bar, located on Buffalo Mountain in Delbarton. The West Virginia State Police detachment in Williamson received a call reporting a fight in progress at the bar at 2:26 a.m. Sunday.Several people in the area began to disperse when the troopers arrived on the scene, according to the police report.Statements were taken by Trooper D. M. Williams...

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Committee picks Democrat of the Year

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — In what may have been the most harmonious Mingo County Democrat Executive Committee meeting in years, members selected poll workers and a nominee for Mingo County Democrat of the Year at their meeting Monday at the courthouse in Williamson.As Chairman H. Truman Chafin convened the meeting in the circuit courtroom, gone was the obvious combative nature members of the committee have exhibited in the recent pa...

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By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comBURNWELL, Ky. – Pike County deputies from the Belfry area made a huge pot bust last weekend at Burnwell.Deputy Billy McCoy arrested Ruley Adkins, 25, of Burnwell, for cultivation of marijuana.McCoy, along with deputies James Williams and Butch McCoy, allegedly confiscated 135 plants in Adkins’ front yard.The ar...

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Daily Mail Poll

Prep football poll, as voted on by statewide sportswriters, with first-place votes in parentheses, total points, record and next opponent. All games are Friday unless noted.CLASS AAARank/Team Pts. Record LW Next opponent1. Martinsburg (10) 100 3-0 1 Tuscarora, Pa.2. Capital 90 2-0 2 Parkersburg3. South Charleston 78 3-0 3 at Nitro4. Cabell Midland 62 3-0 5 Huntington5. Point Pleasant 55 3-0 8 Logan6....

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Friday Night Lights outstanding players; WVU, MU college stars

Mingo Central’s football team had perhaps their biggest win in school history with a 28-27 road win at Sissonville last Friday night.The entire defense for the Mingo Miners stepped up in their big 28-27 win over Sissonville.Mingo Central was ranked No. 5 in the Daily Mail poll on Monday. The SSAC rankings, which determine the playoff picture, will be out today. Expect the Miners to be No. 3 in Class AA. This is the best ranking to date in school history....

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Suit accuses pair of predatory lending

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — Two Kentucky residents have filed a civil suit in Mingo County Circuit Court against the Bank of Mingo; Darrin McCormick, individually and as manager of the Bank of Mingo; Fletcher Enterprises; and Jarrod Fletcher, individually and as owner/operator of Fletcher Enterprises. The suit was filed by Charleston attorney Michael Callaghan of the Neely & Callaghan law firm.

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Sabrina Deskins recommended for Family Court

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON — Sabrina L. Deskins, a recent convert to the Democrat Party, is the most eminently qualified candidate to be appointed Mingo County Family Court judge, according to a state committee.Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission Chairwoman Debra Scudiere made the recommendations public on Monday afternoon. An aide to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin provided the recommendation letter from Scudiere.Scudiere said three...

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Projects slow traffic

Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON –Two major entrances to downtown Williamson will be the site of repair projects this week.Maintenance work on the Second Avenue Bridge was supposed to start Monday morning but has been postponed until Wednesday.Doug Wright, section engineer at Kentucky Highway District 12, said the work is expected to take about three weeks. The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic during this time.Th...

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Business offers ATV tours

By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comDELBARTON - Keith Hess, a local entrepreneur, fulfilled his longtime dream of starting a family-owned business. Hess opened the doors of Scarlet Flame Side by Side Adventures, LL., an open trail touring company.Hess is a licensed outfitter with the Hatfield McCoy Trails and is offering customers tours on his Polaris RZR XP ATV on Saturdays with tours lasting up to four hours.

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Meeting leads to rewarding job as respiratory therapist

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Like many teenagers, Megan Wells struggled with the decision of what to do beyond high school. A chance encounter with a respiratory therapist while visiting her great-grandmother in hospital changed the course of her career.Megan Wells, 22, of Hyden, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy in May 2013 from Big Sandy Community and Technical College. She currently works as a respiratory therapist at the Salyersville Nursing and ...

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UPIKE gets $2.2 million grant for student success

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville was recently awarded a $2.2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant by the U.S. Department of Education to create a center for student success.UPIKE President James Hurley said the grant would be used to create a center for student success with a centralized approach to advising, tracking and supporting first-year students.“We are eager to expand the services we offer our students and provide per...

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An Upward Look

By Mae Stallard“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” (I Cor. 10:23)In his letter to the believers at Corinth, the apostle Paul warned them about trying to serve the Lord and the devil at the same time. He told them to flee from idolatry. (vs. 14) They could not have part in the Lord’s supper and at the same time sacrifice to idols as did the Gentiles. He referred to the ...

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The summertime blues

By Bob FalaOutdoor ColumnistThe tail end of summer can make for some blues of a different sort. There are the literal ones that come in the form of flower and fruit blooms. And for the youngsters of course, there are the blues associated with those back to school days. The lady folk lament the rapidly declining daylight period for its abrupt ending of pool and beach time. But all, especially the adult males seem to welcome a touch of relief from the bite of August’...

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September 14The annual King Coal Festival/AIM/SWVCTC (Williamson Campus) Gospel Sing/Pinto Bean Dinner will be held from 1-3 p.m.September 15The Kermit Buddy League will be having signup, September 15, 16 and 17 for basketball and cheerleading for ages 4 through 12 at the Old Kermit Gym in town. Contact Mike Webb with any questions 304-393-3135September 16...

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Former first lady had class

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmahelleyShelley Riley Moore was a kind, gentle and proper West Virginia first lady. In so many ways, she complemented her flamboyant husband and governor, Arch A. Moore Jr. Shelley Moore quietly passed away last week at age 88.If there ever was a role model for West Virginia first lady, it would have to be Shelley Moore. She served with honor, distinction and professionalism. Yet, she added the personal touches of a wife, mother and ...

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Wreck blocks road

Kyle Lovern/WDNA collision Thursday afternoon on State Road 292 at the entrance to Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital blocked both lanes of the highway. The wreck occurred during a rain storm. No major injuries were reported. The Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene to help with traffic control.

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Belfry Middle girls start 3-1

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe Belfry Middle School girls basketball team has started out the season 3-1 after some early season wins.In the season opener the Lady Pirates rolled over Phelps 41-7. Lyndsey Miller led the way with 16 points, while Hannah Bailey had 10, Kailee Rash 5 and Kylea Stanley 4.In the second game, BMS was nipped by Shelby Valley 26-25. B...

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