SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) held its regular monthly meeting at Tug Valley ARH on Monday.
There was a great turnout for the meeting of more than 20 people, the best attendance in quite some time.
After hearing a presentation by ARH CEO Tim Hatfield, the TVCC conducted regular business. President Leigh Ann Ray introduced Alexis Batausa, President of the Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC).
That organization is gearing up for the 17th annual Hatfield-McCoy Marathon which will be held Saturday, June 11. Batausa said that Runner’s World Magazine had once again mentioned the race as one of the best in the United States. He said there are already runners registered from 38 different states. The most ever was 44 states and Canada. The number should increase in the next few weeks.
The TVRRC is in need of volunteers to help with the full marathon, half-marathons and 5-K race.
It was noted that the Williamson Garden Club will hold a flower show on the same morning as the marathon in the Mingo County Courthouse.
Several vendors are expected to be set up on Second Avenue during the event.
Chamber Director Natalie Taylor said that the election of officers and three new board members will be held in May. That meeting will be held on Monday, May 9 at the Tug Valley Inn on Second Avenue in Williamson.
She also reminded the Chamber members about the big job fair that will be held at the Logan Convention Center on May 6.
The nominating committee will put together a list of potential board members to be voted on.
Ray also announced that an event will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the Twin Branch drag strip site located between Williamson and Logan, off of Corridor G at the old Consol Mine site.
It was also noted by David Hatfield that the new trailhead that will connect Matewan and Gilbert will officially open on Memorial Day, May 30. The agenda has not been solidified for that event. It was noted that once this trail is opened up, that it will connect with other trails to Williamson, Delbarton and the Logan County area. This should be a big boost for the economy in the area.
Hatfield also noted that the Matewan Massacre reenactment and Heritage Day event will be held Saturday, May 21 in downtown Matewan. The celebration includes with street vendors, plays and scavenger hunts.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)