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In past years, fall has always been an unusually busy and challenging time of the year for Mingo County STOP Coalition and its many partner agencies.

The Mingo County Commission addressed two agenda items dealing with the need for increased internet services throughout the county during its meeting Tuesday morning.

Although there are a few more details to iron out before it gets up and running, a program aimed at helping opioid-addicted persons — specifically those having been convicted of violent offenses — to get off drugs and their lives turned around is all but ready to begin.

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A group of area civic and social services is conducting a Community Impact Drive to obtain non-food items for the people and families which they serve. The event officially begins on Monday and will continue throughout October.

Should the funding be awarded as anticipated, at least one but possibly both of Mingo County’s high schools and their feeder schools will each be getting a prevention research officer (PRO) in the near future.

Authorities have a “person of interest” who they are investigating in connection to a dead body and two bedridden persons being found in their home in Varney last week.

During this month’s Mingo County Redevelopment Authority meeting, Executive Director Leasha Johnson brought the board up-to-date on a recently-completed feasibility study conducted at the Wood Products Industrial Park.

Matewan will begin the search for a new Convention and Visitors Bureau director following the resignation of Joe Vaggot, who resigned his position this past weekend over an apparent disagreement with Mayor Shelia Kessler.

With the approach of Hurricane Florence and its impact in the eastern portion of the country, organizers of the King Coal Festival postponed the event.

Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) donated to Kindred at Home last week during that agency’s food drive, hospital officials said. Kindred at Home, based in Chapmanville, distributed brown paper bags to local food banks to collect food and personal items. Donations collected in Mingo County w…

With two low-water rescue boats and 12 fully equipped and trained divers, the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department has the distinction of currently being the only department in Mingo County and one of just a handful in the southern part of the state to have a well-trained swift-water operations team.

A representative from the Mingo County Schools Board of Education approached the Mingo County Commission during the commission’s meeting Aug. 21 to ask that the county place the school system’s upcoming levy election on the ballot for the November general election.

Police said a Mingo County bus driver who was transporting the girls’ soccer team from Mingo Central High School to play a game in Lincoln County earlier this week was arrested and charged with DUI after he failed a field sobriety test.

A local business owner and Williamson native has been selected as the new director of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the Mingo County Commission signed documents Tuesday evening which gave full ownership of the old Williamson High School complex to the county. Immediately afterward, the governing body set the facility up for sale.

A former Mingo County Board of Education member who four years ago first gained his seat by being appointed to replace a board president has again been chosen to replace another board president who likewise recently tendered his resignation.

A Pike County, Kentucky, woman remains in custody following a fatal car crash in which she was charged with driving under the influence, among other charges.

In a unanimous move, the Williamson City Council voiced its support for a Kentucky-based Christian college’s proposed expansion into the Tug Valley area.

Members of the AIM (Action In Mingo) Group are hard at work finalizing next month’s King Coal Festival and will begin meeting weekly beginning next Tuesday. The festival will feature time-honored events along with some new activities as well.

There will be several opportunities over the next week for parents to obtain free supplies for their children before the school year begins.

The Mingo County Commission executed a memorandum of understanding with the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority Thursday morning in reference to the sale of the former Williamson High School complex.

The Burch PK-8 community had a few in-school repair and beautification projects that it wanted to have completed before the start of the new school year.

A Mingo County property owner and former area coal executive was denied a second bid Thursday for one of West Virginia’s U.S. Senate seats by the West Virginia Secretary of State.

A document written by its municipal judge has been approved by the Gilbert Town Council declaring a new stronger and more proactive stance against drug abuse within the Town of Gilbert.

A Williamson councilman vehemently voiced his objections to a new policy that would cast a wide net over city employees, elected officials and board members in regards to drug testing.

The Mingo County Commission heard passionate pleas from various community groups asking for a portion of the old high school complex to not be sold as the county conducted its first live-streamed meeting earlier this week.

A local drug and alcohol rehab center came under fire as two residents accused administrators of forcing them into labor and preventing them from eating during an eviction hearing on Monday and during public comments last week.

A team of four representatives from Kentucky-based Campbellsville University came to Williamson earlier this week for a site tour of the old Williamson High School complex.

The Delbarton Town Council has filed a letter of protest with the West Virginia Public Service Commission regarding a rate increase request by the Mingo County PSD.​​

Growing up in West Virginia, most kids dream of playing for the Mountaineers, the Thundering Herd, the Cincinnati Reds or maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates, as there are no major sports markets in our area. 

Citing health concerns, Mingo County Board of Education President Dave Farley resigned his seat Monday.

The Mingo County Board of Education convened Monday evening for its state-mandated statutory organizational meeting, having only a handful of required items on the agenda to address.

There are a number of Fourth of July events scheduled for the Tug Valley area next week and the organizers of these holiday celebrations are hoping they’re going to top the attendance and fun of last year.

At a recent Mingo County Airport Authority meeting, board members were informed by Chapman Technical Group’s Brian Huffman that he would need to approach the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority to request an easement agreement for a phone line connector leading to the new airport’s fuel far…

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