Rachel Baldwin Staff Writer BIG CREEK Rachel Baldwin
BIG CREEK, Ky. – An accident on Ky. State Rt. 468 that occurred shortly before midnight on Sunday has claimed the life of a Sidney, Ky. resident and sent two others to a local hospital.
According to information released by Pikeville Post 9 of the Kentucky State Police (KSP), they received a call of a single vehicle accident on Big Creek Road (Rt. 468) at 11:54 p.m. KSP Trooper Michael Hindman, Trooper Jas...
Fundraiser planned in support of Autism Rachel Baldwin
BUFFALO MOUNTAIN - A fun-filled, family event is planned for the first weekend in June that will benefit the families of local children suffering from Autism.
According to event organizer, Judith Stepp, whose son was diagnosed with the disease, a fundraiser has been planned for Sunday, June 2 nd at the Hatfield-McCoy Recreational Center, located on Buffalo Mountain on U.S. Rt. 52, from 3-5 p.m.
DUI and drug arrests made in Mingo County Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - According to criminal complaints acquired from Mingo County Magistrate Court, DUI related arrests have been on the rise lately in Mingo County, which proves that law enforcement agencies are cracking down on those that are caught operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/and or drugs.
Steven Wolford, 33, of Old House Branch in Gilbert, was placed under arrest by Gilbert Police ...
TVCC elects board members, officers Kyle Lovern
GOODY, Ky. — The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) elected four new board members and re-elected its officers for the coming fiscal year.
The organization held its monthly luncheon meeting on Monday at Giovanni’s located at the South Side Mall.
Charley McCoy, Scott Poole, David Hatfield and Adam Warren were voted in as the four new board members. The TVCC also replaced two board members that have not been...
Auditions for Wizard of Oz scheduled LOGAN – Audition information has been announced by The Aracoma Story, Inc. for the upcoming 2013 Summer Season’s productions of THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE ARACOMA STORY . The Aracoma Story, Inc. is known throughout the region for their quality stage productions performed at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre in Chief Logan State Park. The non-profit theatre company has successfully produced shows in Logan, West Virginia for 39 consecutive sum...
GVFD receives $111k for equipment, training Chad Abshire
WASHINGTON — The Gilbert Volunteer Fire Department was one of two fire departments in West Virginia to receive federal funding to purchase safety equipment and strengthen professional training and wellness programs.
U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), announced the securing of more than $176,800 in federal funds. The other department which received funding...
Sparks releases statement concerning death of Sheriff Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON – Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C, Michael Sparks has shared a press release with the Gilbert Times concerning rumors and speculation surrounding the recent murder of Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was fatally shot last Wednesday afternoon while in his vehicle eating lunch.
The release reads as follows, in its entirety:
“It has come to my attention that there is rampant speculation and conjecture t...
Remembering the UBB tragedy Julia Roberts Goad
Memorials were held across West Virginia Friday on the third anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
An explosion fueled by methane and coal dust tore through the former Massey Energy mine in Whitesville on April 5, 2010. It was the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin honored the victims of that disaster as he placed a photo, taken during the 2010 memorial ser...
Child Abuse Awareness walk held in Williamson Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON — Crimes against children are not taken lightly in Mingo County, and a decent sized crowd gathered in Williamson on Wednesday to show their support for the welfare of area youth as they joined with employees of the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), students of the Williamson Christian School and county officials to participate in the annual Child Abuse Awareness Walk and flag raisin...
‘They have awakened the sleeping giant’ Rachel Baldwin
RED JACKET — As he tried to squash the feelings of grief, pain, anger and sorrow to continue to perform his law enforcement duties during the funeral and burial of the late Sheriff Eugene Crum, Mingo County Drug Task Force Commander David Rockel spoke with the Daily News about his personal and professional feelings surrounding the tragedy, and how he and the members of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department inte...
Environmentalists say ‘war on coal’ a fabrication Vicki Smith
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. coal mining employment the past two years was the highest it’s been in 15 years, despite claims that President Barack Obama is waging war on the industry, an environmental group that studied federal data said Tuesday.
Appalachian Voices also said the average number of jobs was 15 percent higher under Obama’s first four years than under the eight years Republican George W. Bush w...
Officers make DUI, possession arrests Chad Abshire
WILLIAMSON — Officers in Mingo County have been busy recently, performing arrests on two individuals for DUI and other charges and another for possession.
Michelle Cline, 43, of Baisden, was arrested for DUI and being left of center on April 2.
According to her arrest report, Cline was driving northbound on Route 52 when officers observed her swerve across the center line several times into oncoming traffic. ...
Mingo BOE looks at drug testing Julia Roberts Goad
A committee of the Mingo County Board of Education that is working toward implementing a drug testing policy for students met and heard from a representative of a company that administers drug testing programs.
The BOE began looking at implementing a drug testing policy earlier in the year with input from the STOP Coalition, a drug abuse education facility based in Gilbert.
Although Mingo does not curre...
Rahall: Crum’s legacy will live on Chad Abshire
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a statement in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), commended the service and sacrifice of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, and said there were lessons for the entire country in the Sheriff’s work and tragic death.
“While the cause of the heinous murder remains under intense investigation, its effect is well known,” Rahall said. “The legacy of Eugene Crum ...
GMS named priority school Chad Abshire
CHARLESTON — A pair of Mingo County schools were placed on a pending list of low performing schools across the state as priority schools by the West Virginia Board of Education.
Gilbert Middle and Williamson Middle Schools were the two deemed as priority schools. These schools, the BOE stated, would get additional support to meet the needs of their students.
“When schools continue to perform in the bottom fiv...