Halloween activities have been set and modified numerous times over the past few weeks in Mingo County because of the ever-changing status of COVID-19 cases in Mingo County. As of presstime, door-to-door trick-or-treating will be allowed in Williamson, Matewan and all unincorporated areas of…
After years of neglect, repair crews finally begin working on one of the three breaks on Rt. 49 leading from Williamson to Matewan and ultimately to the Kentucky border at Edgarton. Residents have been complaining for years about the road conditions and State Delegate Nathan Brown has met se…
The local health administrator told the Mingo County Commission Oct. 20 that, during the past two weeks, the county has gone through the worst period it has experienced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
An inordinate number of staff members and students at Kermit PK-8 having tested positive for COVID-19 during the last two weeks resulted in that school’s teachers working from home this week while the building could be thoroughly cleaned.
Cooler weather is beginning to set into our region and the first frost fell last week. While Mingo County still has not reached the peak of its fall color season, the verdant green of the mounsides are starting to give way to crimson, orange and russet colors all across the county. Berries a…
Whether or not to financially help a community center at Lenore keep its doors open and the facility available to local Mingo County schools sports and cheerleading teams was a topic of lengthy discussion Tuesday evening during the Mingo County Board of Education’s regular meeting.
After more than two days of careful deliberation both during and following their last council meeting on Monday, Oct. 12, Kermit officials made the decision to allow door-to-door trick-or-treating within the town. However, earlier this week, the municipality reversed its previous decision wh…
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Oct. 21 that opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma will plead guilty and agree to a settlement of $8 billion for the company’s role in the opioid epidemic.
It doesn’t take the clichéd rocket scientist to appreciate just how much havoc the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked this year with local major yearly events like TrailFest in Gilbert and the Hatfield McCoy Marathon in Williamson.
Mingo County health officials late last week said there were 41 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 between Oct. 2 through Oct. 9, up eight from the 33 reported for the dates of Sept. 24 through Oct. 1.
Gov. Jim Justice wants increased testing sites throughout the state that in turn will give a greater number of West Virginians more opportunities to be tested for COVID-19.
Members of the Williamson Fire Department, the Williamson City Council, Veolia Water and community volunteers pull tires from a section of theTug River between the Second Avenue and Harvey Street (Pete Dillon) bridges last week. The event had been planned in conjunction with the West Virgini…
The Delbarton Town Council held a short but productive special meeting Tuesday night. During that session, the council entered into an agreement with the Mingo County 4-H program and set its trick-or-treating activities among other things.
The 2020 general election is less than three weeks away with early voting beginning in Mingo County on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Early voting will take place in four areas of the county this year.
The 2020 general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 3. This year’s ballot contains a variety of races from president of the United States to county offices.
An argument between two Williamson women in the early evening hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, resulted in gunplay and one of the women sustaining wounds to the abdomen.
School officials said Wednesday, Oct. 7, that a football player at Tug Valley High has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the closure of the school Thursday.
After waiting for state guidance because of COVID-19 protocols and restrictions — which have yet to materialize, the Mingo County Commission went ahead and developed plans for the upcoming Halloween holiday.
The Williamson Housing Authority’s Family Resource Center was named an EnVision Center during a special ceremony conducted Monday afternoon.
Mingo County Emergency Management Director Doug Goolsby is admittedly not a superstitious person.
With the upcoming Columbus Day holiday on Monday, Oct. 12, many governmental offices will be closed.
Blackberry City resident Rodney Joplin, left, came to the Williamson Treatment Center in West Williamson Oct. 8 to get his yearly flu vaccination, which each year are provided free of charge at the center by the Mingo County Health Department. A second session of free vaccinations was provid…
Officials say homelessness is becoming an ever-increasing problem throughout Mingo and surrounding counties and there are a number of reasons as to why.
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On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Mingo Messenger staff members were given keys to their new office located in the historic Cinderella Theater building in downtown Williamson.
Just hours after Mingo County Schools and the Mingo County Health Department on Wednesday, Sept. 30, issued a release reporting that a staff member at Kermit PK-8 and an additional staff member at Gilbert PK-8 had tested positive for COVID-19, another release was issued later in the day stat…
A Delbarton woman was arrested and charged with DUI causing death following a car crash Monday evening, Sept. 28, that claimed the life of another woman.
The Williamson Police Department conducted a search for a missing Mingo County man on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to no avail and he still remained missing as of presstime Oct. 1.
Mingo County Redevelopment Authority board members received a progress update on, as well as a tour of, the Blue Acre Aquaponics Center during last week's regular board meeting held onsite at the Kermit facility.
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of yet another local event. Stringent protocols and restrictions that are still in place have led event planners to make this decision.
A Wyoming County man, Adam Gregory Meeks, 42, of Oceana, was arrested last week in Mingo County and charged with the alleged theft of a car in Fayette County.
The Williamson Police Department is asking local residents to join the department in a missing person search that will be launched on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Williamson Towers beginning at 10 a.m.
A Delbarton woman was arrested and charged with DUI causing death following a car crash Monday evening that claimed the life of another woman.
The Mingo County Health Department recently received what Administrator Keith Blankenship said was a very timely and much needed grant that will aid in the betterment of public health.
West Virginia and Idaho are leading the nation in census counts with a 99.8 percent response rate to the 2020 Census. Early indicators showed that the Mountain State was at the bottom of the list response list; however, recent activity has turned the state around.
This year, Mingo County businesses, events, municipalities and personalities have earned a record number of nominations for the Best of West Virginia contest.
Several years ago the congregation of the Little Dove United Baptist Church began holding a special event that congregationalists hoped would both help alleviate some of the struggle many kids face at the beginning of each school year in getting the supplies they need while offering them a f…
Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in all or parts of 16 counties until Sept. 25 and will open up in four additional counties on Oct. 3.
Mingo County health officials said the number of new positive cases of COVID-19 took an encouraging dip during the last seven days.
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A trial date has been set for both defendants in a human trafficking case, however, with one defendant already facing federal charges in the same case, the likelihood of a pretrial resolution for both appears strong.
Following a contentious debate and a split vote late Tuesday afternoon, the Mingo County Commission approved a new economic development program that will benefit each of the county’s five municipalities.
Mingo County health officials said there were 65 new positive cases of COVID-19 during the last 12 days between the dates of Saturday, Sept. 5, and Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Vendors and patrons alike enjoy a day of outdoor sales and shopping last Saturday during the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce’s first Open-Air Arts and Crafts Market. The event, held at at Lefty Hamilton Park in West Williamson, was an opportunity for local artisans who have had limited events…
Last March the COVID-19 pandemic caused the abrupt stoppage of the school year for schools across the state, resulting in the loss of normal instruction time for all students.
The Kermit Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors was recently notified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) that the KVFD was approved for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $291,398, which will specifically go toward the purchase of new equipment…
Gov. Jim Justice announced changes to the mapping system used to guide the reentry for schools and athletic programs. The change adds a level which will allow more opportunities for counties to reopen their schools.
The Williamson Fire Department honored on Sept. 11 those who lost their lives during the tragic 9-11 terrorist attacks on multiple sites throughout the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. At 8:46 a.m. last Friday morning, turnout gear was set up on either side of the fire department’s flagpole and t…