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On October 29, 1956, the legendary R&B bandleader Louis Jordan recorded his third and final version of one of the most unusual songs about West Virginia. In “Salt Pork, West Virginia,” Jordan calls out a series of large cities as a railroad conductor would do. After reciting the names of cities like Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Houston, Jordan concludes with, ‘‘I think I’ll go on home now; Bluefield, my Salt Pork, West Virginia.’’

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The makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks are bringing 200 to 500 jobs to West Virginia.

News outlets report Intuit Inc. has announced it's building a "prosperity hub" in Bluefield. The Mountain View, California-based information technology company produces the consumer tax preparation application, the accounting program and other products.

Bluefield State College
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On February 21, 1895, the legislature established the Bluefield Colored Institute, which would become Bluefield State College.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, thousands of African-Americans moved into Mercer, McDowell, Raleigh, and Fayette counties to work in the mines and for the railroads. At the time, there was a shortage of higher education opportunities for blacks in West Virginia, particularly black teachers.

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"I like my tunes and melodies to be disarming and my themes to be disturbing. It is my exact intent."

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say Bluefield will get $2 million from the federal Economic Development Administration to develop an industrial incubator for start-up businesses in the region hit hard by the decline in coal mining.

According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, incubator projects are needed to lay the groundwork for tech innovation and help the state strengthen and diversity its economy.

Starland Theatre entrance.
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On July 6, 1950, the Starland Theatre opened along U.S. Route 52, four miles east of Welch. The drive-in—the first in McDowell County—was the brainchild of Weldon Cook of Man and Robert Livingston Russell Sr. of Bluefield.

When it opened, Starland had speakers for 450 cars and showed six different movies a week. It was right at the beginning of the drive-in craze. By the mid-1950s, West Virginia had 76 drive-ins.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has confirmed that the satellite magistrate offices in Bluefield must soon be closed as a cost-saving measure for the state.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Bluefield officials felt "blindsided" recently when the Mercer County Commission said it would vote on whether to close the offices by Oct. 1, when the current lease on the offices in Bluefield expire.

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A Bluefield construction and excavation company has agreed to pay more than $98,000 in back wages and damages to 19 workers denied overtime pay.

The U.S. Department of Labor says DCI/Shires Inc. and its officers also agreed to pay $7,106 in civil penalties under a consent judgment filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Delegates Host Tax Reform Hearing in Bluefield

Nov 10, 2015
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State delegates will host a town hall hearing this evening in Bluefield on tax reform.

Delegates Marty Gearheart, John Shott and Joe Ellington, all of Mercer County, will host the hearing to hear citizens’ ideas and comments on potential state tax reform proposals.

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State police say a Bluefield High School student brought an unloaded handgun to the school.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says school personnel found the gun on Wednesday following an altercation between the female student and another student.

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Two people have been sentenced on federal charges stemming from a crackdown on prescription drug trafficking in southern West Virginia. 

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 20-year-old Aree Lumpkins of Princeton received a two-year sentence on Tuesday. Lumpkins pleaded guilty in July to using a telephone to arrange a drug deal.

A Bluefield man has pleaded guilty to charges that he used a public computer at the West Virginia Culture Center to access child pornography.

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Bluefield officials are asking citizens to weigh in on the city's planning for community and economic growth.

The city Board of Directors is conducting an online survey to gather citizens' input. Survey questions include what types of businesses the city should attract and what opportunities are seen for the city.

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Plans are on track for an addiction treatment center in Bluefield.

Supporters met Thursday to discuss current plans for the Four Seasons Recovery Center at a former school.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the new center is expected to open in early May.

Officials say the center will be staffed with people who have experienced their own battles with substance abuse and addiction. It also will not use drugs such as methadone or suboxone for its treatment program.

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A tractor-trailer fire filled an Interstate 77 tunnel with black smoke, backed up traffic for miles and sent two West Virginia firefighters to a hospital.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the fire in the East River Mountain Tunnel near West Virginia's border with Virginia was extinguished by 5:50 p.m. Friday, more than 2 1/2 hours after it was reported.