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Three of Mingo Counties five municipalities will be conducting elections for all elected positions within their respective town governments this summer. The candidate filing period is currently underway and will remain open until the end of January for anyone wishing to run for these positions.

The Gilbert Town Council restructured its rental rates for retail and professional spaces inside the Gilbert Municipal Complex during its meeting Monday night.

Burch PK-8 Principal Leah Wireman recently announced Sondra Woods and Margie Merritt, respectively, have been selected as the school's teacher of the year and service person of the year. Woods is a 5th grade teacher who "takes special interest in her students, volunteers when needed, and mai…

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Williamson attorney and former WV State Senator H. Truman Chafin is the new Potentate for the Beni Kedem Shrine Club located in Charleston. With his wife and law partner Latiita (Tish), as well as fellow Tug Valley Shrine Club members and other friends in attendance, Chafin was sworn in Mond…

The Mingo County Health Department continued this week to vaccinate those individuals in a prioritized Phase I of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan with the remainder of the first 610 doses of vaccine received on Dec. 31 and Jan. 5.

The Mingo County Commission conducted its first meeting with a Republican majority Wednesday. The composition of the governing body shifted during the last election cycle when political newcomer Gavin Smith, a Republican defeated the Democrat incumbent and Commissioner Thomas Taylor switched…

The West Virginia Legislature will have several hot-button topics to consider during the upcoming session which convenes next week including limiting gubernatorial powers, according to one local House of Delegates member.

A new Williamson business, King’s Korner Restaurant, had its ribbon cutting and official grand opening on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Although in a new location at 108 Pike Street, the popular restaurant was originally on Second Avenue and had several owners throughout the years. New owner Nicole Runyo…

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In a dramatic and bold move, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced changes in school reopening and vaccination schedules last Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30.

The city of Williamson now has a canine unit as Patrolman Trevor Layne and Police Dog Kai have teamed up in a new partnership to serve the town.

Handmade Christmas cards were delivered to the residents of Trinity Nursing Home on Wednesday, Dec. 23, by Mingo County 4-H Extension Agent Tammy Estep. She said the cards were made by the county 4-H Club's teen group which traditionally carols at the facility during Christmas. That activity…

Appalachian Management in downtown Williamson is the winner of the AIM (Action in Mingo) Group's annual Great White Way Window Decorating Contest.The Living Water Church and Daycare Center took second place and third place went to  Williamson Health and Wellness Center Pediatrics. Ann Blevin…

Nearly four hours after it began in the former Tint’s Steakhouse restaurant building, the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department and three other fire departments finally managed to bring a massive fire under control. KVFD Chief Wilburn “Tomahawk” Preece said firefighters were dispatched to the uno…

Christmas for more than 100 Mingo County kids was again made just a little brighter last Thursday, Dec. 17, at the South Williamson, Kentucky, Walmart when they were given the chance to participate in the Mingo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association’s 23rd Annual “Shop with a Deputy” program. S…

Mingo County Board of Health directors were given a general update at last week’s regular meeting on where the COVID-19 pandemic currently stands, as well as the latest information regarding the vaccine and it’s tentative phases of distribution.

In normal times, the Annual Christmas Distribution sponsored by Christian Help in Kermit is a bustling environment with families “shopping” for Christmas gifts and picking up food boxes. However, 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have forced a situation that is far from normal.

A church official at the Christ Temple Church in Williamson said an adjacent strip of property with a bordering embankment to church property is slipping and resulting in damage to both the 100-year-old church’s parking area as well as the building’s foundation. Adding to the problem, said P…

Mayor Sheila Kessler resigned her position as the mayor of Matewan effective immediately during a special-called meeting Monday night, Dec. 21. As part of that meeting, Councilman Matt Moore was named her successor.

The Kermit Volunteer Fire Department recently received this Lorance underwater sonar search system for its swift water rescue boat. Chief Wilburn “Tomahawk” Preece said Mingo County Emergency Management Director Doug Goolsby, working closely with WV Homeland Security, was able to acquire the…

One of the largest Christmas parades in the region was held Saturday night, Dec. 12, in Matewan. The parade lasted around a half of an hour. The parade included 17 firetrucks, almost a dozen politicians and public figures, characters, floats, ATVs and golf carts, the Tug Valley Shrine Club a…

After COVID-19 canceled all 2020 Halloween activities in Kermit, town officials said they didn’t want the pandemic to completely cancel Christmas activities as well. With a few precautionary measures in place, and with the help of Santa, the Grinch, and Mickey Mouse, last Friday the town man…

Gov. Jim Justice read the announcement concerning the death of the of a 63-year-old female from Pleasant County on Wednesday afternoon. That marked the 1,000th COVID-related death in the state of West Virginia.

Mingo County Sheriff-Elect Joe Smith, Deputy Max Mounts, and “Santa stand-in” Doug Murphy set up their roadside collection at the Second Avenue/Harvey Street intersection Saturday to collect monetary donations for the association’s 23rd Shop with a Deputy. This location was one of seven thro…

A new initiative is underway in Mingo County to establish an artisan community in Mingo County and to offer support, collaboration and encouragement to local and regional artists.

Santa and Mrs. Claus brought Christmas to Williamson Saturday evening, Dec. 5, in true COVID-19 style. They each wore a mask while riding through the downtown area during the annual Great White Way Christmas Parade. During the day, children took part in ornament and gingerbread house making …

The COVID-19 pandemic keeps ramping up in the Mountain State which now has more than 900 deaths attributed to the virus. The statistics grow worse from day to day. West Virginia saw its worse two-day death count since the pandemic began with 59 people dying from Monday, Dec. 7, to Wednesday Dec. 9.

Williamson Mayor and Tug Valley Area CVB President Charles Hatfield went toe-to-toe with the Grinch in efforts to save Christmas last Friday, Dec. 4. Along with the Grinch, several other characters joined the CVB in its second Williamson Christmas Kickoff during which time the city’s street …

During each of the past 22 years, through roadside collections and donations, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy Association has been able to provide elementary-age children—specifically children in kindergarten through 5th grade — the opportunity to join deputies at the South Williamson, Ken…

Williamson’s “queen of Halloween” Toyna Webb and an investment partner have bought the “haunted” hospital located on the hillside overlooking the city.

A Lenore man was arrested earlier this week in connection to a shooting that police said was the apparent result of an escalated domestic altercation.

One of the region's largest Christmas attractions is now underway at Chief Logan Park. The annual event is celebrating its 26th year of seasonal entertainment. "Christmas In the Park" draws an estimated 100,000 visitors each year from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio during its operating sea…

A group of local motorcycle enthusiasts is conducting a Christmas raffle to benefit needy children in the area. According to spokesman Kenneth May, “This year, there is nothing being done for the kids. We know everyone is worried about COVID, I understand that, but we need to pull together t…

Mingo County health officials said a reduced number of COVID-19 testing opportunities during the Thanksgiving holidays likely played a role in the county moving from gold in the days leading up to this period and changing to orange during and just afterwards.

A ribbon cutting was held Nov. 30 for Williamson’s newest business and the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce’s newest member — Downtown Yoga LLC. Owner Heather Wolford said the center’s slogan, “Transformation of the mind and body,” denotes its main goal: to help the client achieve both physica…

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