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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…

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…

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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…

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.

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 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.

The Williamson Housing Authority’s Family Resource Center was named an EnVision Center during a special ceremony conducted Monday afternoon.

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…

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…

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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