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Gov. picks Deskins as family judge

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By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON – In the fastest appointment ever made by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, attorney Sabrina L. Deskins became the new Mingo County Family Court judge Wednesday.The governor, well known for delaying gubernatorial appointments, took only hours to select Deskins after she was recommended by the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission. Perhaps the speed of the appointment was increased by the fact that, for the first time ever, the commission recommended Deskins over their other two nominees, saying she was “eminently qualified.”

 

Undefeated teams to clash tonight in grid action

Two games featuring undefeated teams will highlight the high school football schedule tonight.Westside (3-0) will be at Buck Harless Stadium to take on Mingo Central (3-0), and the two teams enter the contest tied at No. 3 in Class 2A in the SSAC polls.That is the highest ranking in the history for Mingo Central. The Miners are also tied for first place in the Cardinal Conference.Belfry (3-0) and ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in Kentucky will travel the 30 miles on...

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What’s wrong with kids today? Ask yourself

What’s wrong with kids today?Maybe nothing, or no more than was wrong with present-day adults when they were kids themselves.At least if they are anything like the two teenagers who were recognized for their accomplishments at a recent meeting of the Mingo County Board of Education.At that meeting, Abagail Justice and Kyle Evans were honored by the school board for receiving awards that brought them acclaim on a national stage.Justice, a Mingo...

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King Coal Festival coming

By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The city of Williamson is getting ready for the King Coal Festival this weekend in a variety of ways.A few of the ways the city is preparing for this weekend’s festivities is ensuring our visitors have a safe environment. Tom Felix of Veolia Water Co. has his crews working throughout town preparing for the two-day event.Felix and one of his crews worked on the Second Avenue Bridge boat ramp, addi...

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Grand jury returns 53 felony indictments

By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Grand Jury reported Wednesday following a three- day session.The grand jury returned 53 indictments, highlighted by two charges of first-degree robbery, one first-degree arson, two child abuse resulting in bodily injury, two child neglect resulting in death, and four malicious assaults. The cases are categorized as follows:22 property7 violent10 DUI/drugs4 forge...

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Boil water advisory issued for Delbarton

By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comDELBARTON - The Delbarton Utility Board has issued a boil water advisory for the town of Delbarton.Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and ...

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Trickett gets shot at No. 4 Sooners

JOHN RABYAP Sports WriterMORGANTOWN — West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett finally has his chance to face Oklahoma.A year after watching from the sideline as the Mountaineers struggled against the Sooners, Trickett is on a roll and will lead West Virginia (2-1) into a showdown with No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) in their Big 12 opener in Morgantown on Saturday night.Trickett has shown remarkable improvement in seizing the leadership of the offense a...

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Belfry battles local rival Pikeville

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comGOODY, Ky. – The Belfry Pirates (3-0) will take on the Pikeville Panthers (4-0) this Friday at W.C. Hambley Athletic Complex in Pikeville.The Pirates come in ranked No. 1 in Class 3A with 17 first place votes. The Panthers are ranked No. 3 in Class A.This was once a storied rivalry, but in the last few seasons Belfry has domina...

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Dotson honored for service to KYCOM

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Terry Dotson has been named this year’s John A. Strosnider, D.O. Memorial Lecturer.Chairman of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees, Dotson is an alumnus of the university. He has served as chairman for 20 years and was instrumental in the early development of the school of osteopathic medicine.Dotson recognized Strosnider’s lasting impact on the medical school saying, “John Strosnider is still with us. He is in every blo...

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WMS Football

Submitted PhotoWilliamson Middle School is once again fielding a football team. They had their first home game earlier this week at Lefty Hamilton Park. Shown carrying the football is David ‘Bub’ Marcum. East Ridge defeated the Wolfpack 14 to 6.

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Supreme Court upholds Tennant in ballot issue

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory.comCHARLESTON — The state Supreme Court has agreed with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant that the voters of Mingo County should have no say in selecting their next Family Court Judge.In fact, late Wednesday, the governor’s office confirmed that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had appointed Sabrina Deskins to fill the unexpired term that was left when former Family Court judge Miki Thompson was appointed to the unexpired term of fo...

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Gilbert gets sidewalk funds

By Lil Felixlfelix@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Commission voted Tuesday to award $10,000 to the town of Gilbert for a sidewalk project.Gilbert Mayor Vivian Livingood requested and received $10,000 in funding for phase 2 of the sidewalk project. The town of Gilbert received a grant in the amount of $240,000 for the phase 2 sidewalk project but must first raise an additional $60,000 required for the $300,000 project.The Mingo County ...

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Miss King Coal named

By Lil Felixlfelilx@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON - A young woman from Kermit was crowned Miss King Coal in the King Coal Beauty Pageant, which was held Saturday at the Southside Mall in advance of the King Coal Festival, which is scheduled to be held Saturday . The contestants competed in introductory presentation, beauty, talent and a photo shoot.Lindsey Horn, 18, was chosen to serve as King Coal. She is the daughter of Charlie Horn and Alice Fletcher of Kermit...

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Mingo hosts strong Westside squad

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comRED JACKET – The undefeated Mingo Central Miners (3-0) head into Friday night’s game with Westside ranked No. 3 in Class 2A by the SSAC. That is the highest ranking to date for the consolidated school.Meanwhile, Westside (3-0) comes to Harless Stadium is also ranked No. 3 in 2A, tied with MCHS.Coach Yogi Kinder knows his ...

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University of Pikeville celebrates 125 years

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville celebrated its founding and looked to the future during Opening Convocation on Tuesday. The day marked the 125th anniversary of the first day of classes at the Pikeville Collegiate Institute on Sept. 16, 1889.Former university presidents Jackson O. Hall, William H. Owens, Harold H. “Hal” Smith and Paul E. Patton were presented with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees for their dedication and service to the institu...

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Lady Miners defeat Wyoming East in soccer

MCHS 1, Wyoming East 0Tori Varney got her first goal of the season with an assist by Bianca Vance as Mingo Central defeated Wyoming East in soccer action Tuesday night.MCHS had 21 shots on goal making the one in second half.Tyra Joplin 3 shots on goal, Miakazia Rhodes 2, MaKenna Pinson 5, Haley Mounts 4, Bianca Vance 1 and Tori Varney 6 making 1.Goalie Jamie Moore had 4 saves and Goalie Trya Joplin had 4 saves of which one ...

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TV Panthers to entertain Haysi, Va. Tigers

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comNAUGATUCK - The Panthers of Tug Valley High School (TVHS) will entertain Haysi, Virginia this week. This is a game they lost last season and they hope avenge this year.“Haysi (2-0) is a very solid football team,” TVHS Coach Tony Clusky said. “We will have to play very well in all aspects of the game.”Haysi pou...

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Mingo woman sues DHHR over child’s brain damage

Staff reportCHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources could have prevented brain damage to the adopted son of a Mingo County woman who has filed suit in Kanawha County Circuit Court alleging that the minor child suffered abuse by his biological father.The complaint was filed Aug. 1 by Williamson attorneys Della Cline-Gentile and H. Truman Chafin on behalf of Jamie Russell, individually and as the mother, legal guardian and next friend ...

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