W.Va. motorcycle ride to honor slain sheriff WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — A motorcycle rally in Mingo County will take on a special meaning this year.
The Rally in the Valley set for May 3-5 in downtown Williamson will hold a motorcycle ride to honor the late Sheriff Eugene Crum.
The Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. on May 5.
Organizer Paul Price of the Sidney, Ky.-based club Appalachian Brotherhood says the route is still being worked out. He...
Receiving star treatment from a star A local woman and her husband were guests at the recent Academy of Country Music Award show in Las Vegas, thanks to a loving daughter and the generosity of one of her favorite country singers.
Rose Erlewine, owner of Unique Kitchens in Chapmanville, was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer and has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
“My parents travel to Las Vegas frequently throughout the year. The trip they had schedu...
County officials address dog pound issues Logan County Administrator Roscoe “Rocky” Adkins and Logan County Commission President Danny Godby answered questions and commented on recent activities at the Logan Animal Pound.
Godby began with an overview of some of the issues affecting the facility.
“Dogs are often dropped off by the side of the road and people call for someone to pick them up. That means the dog pound is often left unattended because the employee is out picking up d...
Arrests made after indictments are returned WILLIAMSON — The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from the Williamson, Gilbert and Delbarton Police Departments, gathered together at the Mingo County Courthouse early Thursday morning for a strategic planning session that was held prior to arresting defendants throughout the county that had been indicted on drug related charges.
Forty-one true bills were returned by the Mingo County Grand Jury on Wednesday, with seven...
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Rockefeller urges participation in Drug Take Back Day Senator Jay Rockefeller is encouraging West Virginians across the state to properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs during the sixth National Drug Take Back Day.
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and its partners will set up locations across the state where West Virginians can rid their medicine cabinets of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription ...
Fundraising held for Sheriff Crum Memorial Fund WILLIAMSON — The ladies auxiliary of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), the “Shielded Hearts”, which is made up of spouses, mothers and significant others of the deputies are selling items to raise funding for the Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Fund.
According to Amanda Mines, the wife of Corporal Norman Mines and who is also employed as a Home Confinement Officer, the newly founded group is made up of 19 members including Sheriff ...
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Long-term care in aging US: Not for me, poll says WASHINGTON (AP) — We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.
A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging and found two-thirds say they’ve done little to no planning.
In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all. Only a quarter predict it’s very likely that ...
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2013 Mingo County Fire and Rescue School scheduled Rachel Baldwin
The 6th Annual Mingo County Fire and Rescue School is scheduled to be held from May 10th through May 12th, and members of the MCFCA have been meeting regularly to put the finishing touches on this year’s event.
As always, according to Williamson Fire Chief Jerry Mounts, the intended purpose of the weekend training event is to provide emergency responders with the best learning experience available on this par...
Feds questioning construction of W.Va. slurry dams MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A draft report kept under wraps since 2011 shows federal engineers are concerned about construction techniques, quality-control procedures and possible compaction problems at seven West Virginia coal slurry dams subjected to surprise inspections.
The citizens’ group Sludge Safety Project obtained a one-page summary of the report that the federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation has refused to release. About ...
Boil water advisory issued for Airport The Logan County Public Service District has issued a boil water advisory for the Airport due to an interruption of water services. The advisory was issued Thursday, April 25.
The LCPSD recommends boiling water for one minute and let cool before using or use bottled water.
The area will be notified when it is no longer necessary to boil the water.
For more information call the LCPSD at 304-946-2641.
Removal of dilapidated buildings progressing Ray Perry gave the Logan County Commission a report on the dilapidated building project and the progress being made.
At the last meeting, there were 411 dilapidated structures being worked on, 74 had been removed. Over the past few weeks, nine more structures were added. Six of those nine had already been removed.
A total of 80 structures have been removed and Perry expects in the next 90 days, 12 more that are highly visible structures a...
Littering over 500 pounds sends Logan resident to jail Logan Police Department officers responded to a call about someone throwing trash over the hill at Wilson Camp.
The officers saw the trash in the weeds when they arrived, then saw a red truck while they were driving on Pine Street and stopped it.
When they approached the vehicle and asked for driver’s license and vehicle information, Kevin William Sperry, 49, of Pine Street, told them he was going to clean up the trash he had thrown over ...
Frances Creek water project gets funding Clean, running water will be coming to residents of the Frances Creek and Kiah Creek areas of Lincoln County, according to an announcement made by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin. The funding of more than $1 million in federal grant and loan monies for the project is part of the USDA’s Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants Program.
“Clean running water is important to the health and safety of our fam...
US regulators report 11 mining deaths in ‘13 ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators say mining deaths during the first quarter of this year totaled 11, with West Virginia claiming nearly half of those fatalities.
The report issued Wednesday by the Mine Safety and Health Administration showed that eight fatalities occurred in coal mines, with the remainder reported in metal and nonmetal mines.
Six coal miners died in less than one month, with four of those in West Virginia. That pr...
Crime Prevention Town Hall Forum set for Saturday On April 27, the LEAD (Logan Empowerment Action and Development) organization and Project Revive Hope will host a Crime Prevention Town Hall Forum at Logan Middle School from 4-7 p.m.
From 4-5 p.m., informational booths including PRIDE, Child Advocacy Center and Logan Mingo Area Mental Health, will be set up outside the room.
Also from 4-5 p.m., a session for teens and their parents will be conducted by juvenile prosecuting attorney Sabri...
Commission supports youth activities Boy Scout Troop 58 filled many of the seats at the recent Logan County Commission meeting. Their troop leader Billy Bryant told the packed courtroom the boys were there to learn about politics and what happens in the meetings.
Senator Art Kirkendoll was present and pledged his support to find funding to keep Camp Chief Logan open. For the past four years, 2,700 have attended the camp.
Requests approved by the commission were:
• $2,500 f...
‘Zombie Apocalypse’ training scheduled by health department Are you prepared for the “Zombie Apocalypse?”
The Boone County Health Department (BCHD) will be having an interesting and fun training soon that is being used by health department around the county.
The BCHD will be holding an Open Point of Distribution Exercise (POD) at Scott High School on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is a training exercise to help prepare BCHD, community partners, and the public in the event of ...
Coal Education Week Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared the week of April 28-May 4, 2013 at Coal Education Week in the Mountain State. Tomblin made the announcement at a ceremony at the State Capitol Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Present for the announcement were the board members of CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource), WV Coal Association members and Omar Elementary’s fourth grade students.
The Proclamation recognizes the importance of coal in W...
Child Advocacy Center celebrating 5th anniversary The Logan County Child Advocacy Center will celebrate five years of working for the well-fair of children with an open house Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“Our Open House is an opportunity for the public to see the center, meet staff and Board Members, and, of course, learn about our many partners,” Beth Cook, Executive Director said. “We want to celebrate how this community came together to establish a center for children. We also want to l...
Sheriff says no to prostitution Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter received a call about prostitution activity taking place in the Holden area and went to search the area.
Sheriff Porter encountered Jennifer Jarrell, 38, of Chapmanville, walking along the side of the road. The sheriff made contact with Jarrell and asked her to place her hands on the vehicle.
The criminal complaint says Jarrell thew her belongings on the ground and the sheriff performed the Terry Frisk (a...
DUI arrests reported in Mingo Co. WILLIAMSON — Criminal complaints were obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court for three DUI arrests that occurred within the county during the past week.
William David Sparks, 25, of Gilbert, was taken into custody by Gilbert Police Department Lt. D. Salmons following a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on Rt. 52 South that was observed weaving from one side of the road to the other. Upon making contact with Sparks, the officer report...
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NRA sparring tests Manchin’s support base anew CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — He famously fired a gun in a TV ad while boasting of an endorsement from the National Rifle Association, but U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin can no longer rely on the backing of that powerful lobby.
The West Virginia Democrat faced off against the NRA during last week’s debate over his proposal to tighten background checks for gun buyers, marking his second break with a major support group since his rise from the governor’s o...
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Infant taken from mother and injured West Virginia State Police arrested brothers Christopher Likens, 21, of Logan, and Matthew Kennedy, 22, of Accoville, after an incident involving an infant in a stroller.
Officers saw Kennedy pushing a stroller with an infant, the victim, on Dingess Street. The officers noted Kennedy was staggering from side to side and suspected he may be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
Recognizing the situation as potentially d...
Logan doctor pleads guilty in Federal pill-mill prosecution CHARLESTON – A Logan doctor has pled guilty in Federal court to federal drug charges.
According to United States Attorney Booth Goodwin, Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Ramos, 47, pleaded guilty in federal court today, April 23, to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. Gonzales-Ramos was charged earlier this month in a legal filing known as an information.
“Dr. Gonzales-Ramos wasn’t operating a doctor’...
Appeals court upholds EPA block on W.Va. mine MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to retroactively veto a water pollution permit for one of West Virginia’s largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it was issued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court’s ruling in a case that has economic implications across coal country and potentially the nation....