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Although voter turnout was considered light during both the early voting period as well as on Election Day, Tuesday, July 28, ultimately residents cast more than enough votes to easily elect incumbent Charles Sparks to a second full term as mayor of Kermit. Only Sparks was challenged in the …

The Williamson City Council meeting came to an abrupt end last Thursday evening (July 23) as a motion to adjourn came mid-sentence as Fire Chief Joey Carey was attempting to give a report about his department. The meeting became extremely turbulent and even the adjournment was debated.

A small group of children and teens undertook a new adventure Saturday as they explored the world of becoming a small business owner. Their day began early in the morning and continued into the heat of the day as they sold their wares at the Williamson Farmer’s Market.

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A head-on collision at the Miner Mountain on-ramp at Mary Taylor Mountain (W.Va. Route 65) left one driver dead and another with extensive injuries requiring the occupant to be transported via helicopter to Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

Six months after achieving the Boy Scouts' highest honor, Eagle Scout, South Williamson resident Max Gilliam was finally recognized for his accomplishment during a Court of Honor ceremony held Tuesday evening at the First Presbyterian Church in Williamson. Max's father and Scoutmaster, Matth…

Today, July 30, officials with ARH announced that due to a steady increase in COVID-19 cases, and in an abundance of caution to prevent the continued spread of the virus and support the safest hospital environments for all patients, ARH staff will be limiting visitors, and the following revi…

The Mingo County Commission met in a three-hour session Tuesday with half of that time devoted to various COVID-19 discussions because of recent spikes. One decision made by the commission limits public access at courthouse.

After more than three and a half decades a flag now soars almost 100 feet above the Williamson Terrace housing complex on Vinson Street. The complex opened in 1942 and the flagpole is an original feature.

Even though the ceremonies were conducted two months late and in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, the seniors of Mingo Central and Tug Valley high schools' Class of 2020 finally were able to participate in commencement exercises last weekend. The events were conducted on the schools' foot…

Two weeks ago the Mingo County Board of Education approved a 2020--21 school year reentry plan that school officials are optimistic will help mitigate some of the complications still being created by the COVID-19 pandemic, while simultaneously still provide students and teachers with some se…

The Mingo County Commission was presented with a request to raise water rates during its last meeting in June. In response, the commission voted to hold a special public hearing on the matter at 8:30 a.m. July 31.

Although the mayor's and all five of Kermit Council seats are up for reelection, only the mayor's seat is being contested in the town's 2020 election set for Tuesday, July 28.

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The Williamson Parks and Recreation Board is in the process of developing an updated master plan that will incorporate several phases of development to bring state-of-the-art facilities to the city and now has been able to bring the Mingo County Commission on board as a partner.

Several area ministers/pastors gathered together in Williamson Tuesday afternoon to hold what they hope will ultimately result in a fruitful a prayer service. The service, formally called "Unity in Christ: Community Day of Prayer," provided both an opportunity and time for each minister/past…

A commercial truck wrecked Monday morning in the Burnwell area blocking traffic on Ky. 292 in both directions. According to the Kentucky State Police, the driver had apparently dropped off the edge of the narrow road and subsequently lost control of his vehicle. The driver was transported by…

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Several local officials and individuals working to establish Pike County’s proposed ATV trail system appeared on July 7 before a state House Committee to voice support for a bill which would allow ATV operators limited access to designated areas of state and county roadways.

West Virginia has been in the processing of reopening the state for about three months. Businesses, activities and events have slowly been reintegrating into daily activities; however, Gov. Jim Justice is putting on the brakes and even reversing some portions of “West Virginia Strong: The Co…

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Bernie Dolan, executive director of the state’s Second School Activities Commission (WVSSAC), announced dates for high school athletics statistics Friday afternoon, July 10, despite serious spikes in West Virginia’s COVID-19 statistics.

Living Water Child Care and Learning Center in Williamson recently received a Benedum Foundation grant for produce. Taylor Weekley, a coordinator with Keys 4 Healthy Kids in Charleston, said the grant provided a free box of fresh vegetables for all the center's children and staff. Should the…

Despite COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, the town of Delbarton hosts its annual Fourth of July fireworks display last week. Public parking lots were filled and spectators lined the streets to see the colorful explosions. This year’s event was modified from previous years because of limit…

Local residents from Mingo County turned out for the annual Thunder in the Valley fireworks show and Fourth of July celebration. The event is held in the Goody/South Williamson community located in neighboring Pike County, Kentucky, and was orchestrated by the Belfry (Kentucky) Volunteer Fir…

Machelle McCormick and Sabrina Grace were administered the oath of office by Mingo County Circuit Judge Miki Thompson during the Mingo County Board of Education's Statutory Organizational Meeting held Monday evening. McCormick is the board's newest member, having been the top vote-getter amo…

Secretary of State Mac Warner recently issued a statement reminding all prospective independent and minor party candidates that the statutory deadline to qualify for and become placed on the 2020 General Election ballot is Monday, Aug. 3.

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The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Healthy in the Hills, is seeking young people with an interest in developing their own business to participate in a special upcoming event at the Williamson Farmers Market at the end of July.

The Town of Delbarton will celebrate the 2020 Fourth of July holiday on a lesser scale than in previous years. This year the town’s patriotic celebration will consist of a fireworks display only.

What started as a routine discussion to set dates for King Coal Festival turned into a heated debate between event planners and Williamson Mayor Charlie Hatfield during last week’s Williamson City Council.

When Gov. Jim Justice in March ordered the closure of what at the time were considered non-essential businesses, which included daycare centers, Living Water Child Care and Learning Center owner Jackie Branch and all 10 of her employees admittedly weren't altogether sure if there would be a …

Planners for the 20th National Trailfest celebration announced Wednesday that the annual event has been cancelled for this year.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a representative from his office will meet with southern West Virginia residents in July to discuss consumer-related issues and answer any potential questions.

It seems that 2020 is a year of change, adaption and learning on the fly as the COVID-19 virus continues to change almost every aspect of our lives. The same applies to a decades-old program that had its start here in Mingo County — Energy Express.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of both large and small businesses across the nation and state in mid-March, for many the economic impact was so detrimental their very future survival was left hanging precariously in the balance.

Mayor Shelia Kessler and the Matewan Town Council joined members of the Matewan Volunteer Fire Department at Town Hall Monday evening to officially commission the department's newest piece of equipment, this 2020 Spartan pumper truck. MVFD Chief Bryan Casto said the truck was recently purcha…

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