With above-average temperatures continuing to hang on and storms threatening the East Coast, the Tug Valley area is preparing to observe Labor Day during a long weekend. Schools in Mingo, Logan, Pike and Martin counties will be closed for "Labor Day" and many businesses will join public offices in what will amount to a three-day holiday. Offices in the Mingo County Court House, Mingo County Magistrate Court, Williamson Public Library and elsewhere in the valley will be closed until Tuesday. All public offices in Pike and Martin counties will be closed as well. The Williamson Daily News offices will be closed through Monday and will publish again on Tuesday. Labor Day will herald a busy month with Autumn to make its appearance on Sept. 23. The Mingo County Board of Education has two meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7. A morning session beginning at 10 a.m. will be a workshop as members of the board and central office staff study educational progress in the county school system. A regular meeting of the board will follow at 6 p.m. that day with personnel geared to study Average Yearly Progress in the schools. County School Superintendent Randy Keathley has on his agenda a reminder that cooler weather will herald a good time for another public visit to the site of the new Mingo County Central High School complex. Good progress on the project is being made and it is anticipated that the school will open in time for the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Four Mingo high schools, Williamson, Delbarton, Matewan and Gilbert, are expected to be consolidated at that time. The Mingo County Circuit Court's September Grand Jury is slated to convene on Monday, Sept. 20. A list of 400 prospective petit jurors has been summonsed for duty two weeks later, on Oct. 4. During the coming weekend, policemen and firemen will continue to provide emergency services and protection for area citizens around the clock. Ambulance services, firemen personnel and law enforcement are just a phone call (9-1-1) away for citizens in Lincoln, Mingo, Logan and Wayne Counties. Emergency and non-emergency telephone numbers are listed in the front pages of your telephone directory.