Mineral County

April 17, 1757: Col. Washington Orders Closing Ft. Ashby

Apr 17, 2019
By 1757, Washington could no longer provide enough forces to protect Forts Ashby and Cocke, so he abandoned both sites.
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On April 17, 1757, George Washington ordered the Virginia militia to abandon Fort Ashby in present Mineral County. Captain Ashby of the Virginia militia had overseen the fort’s construction, and Fort Cocke—to the south, during the summer and fall of 1755.

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The global security company Northrop Grumman is expanding its West Virginia plant located in Mineral County. The move is expected to create hundreds of new jobs at the site.

Deer
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West Virginia officials have placed restrictions on the disposal and transport of deer carcasses in two more counties in response to a disease.

The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release the restrictions start July 1 in Berkeley and Mineral counties. The restrictions are already in Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan counties.

Jonah Edward Kelley
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In the early morning hours of January 31, 1945, Army Sergeant Jonah Edward Kelley died after leading an assault on the German community of Kesternich.

Despite being wounded, Kelley had led his men on a ferocious attack the day before. That night, he refused evacuation to a field hospital and continued leading his men the next day, when he was further wounded and died.

Jack Rollins
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Songwriter Jack Rollins died on New Year’s Day 1973 at age 66. The prolific composer wrote more than 500 songs but will always be remembered for two holiday favorites.

If you’re out-and-about West Virginia bookstores or gift shops this Christmas, you may come across a coffee-table book set titled, Panhandle Portraits: a Glimpse at the Diverse Residents of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

Hanks Commission Marker
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On September 21, 1929, a state commission ruled that Nancy Hanks—the mother of Abraham Lincoln—was born in what is now West Virginia.

The commission concluded that Hanks was born on February 5, 1784, near Antioch on Mikes Run in what would become Mineral County. Within four years of the finding, West Virginia had erected a replica cabin and stone memorial on the supposed site of her birth near Antioch.

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Police in Mineral County say a motorist has died after his vehicle collided head-on with a school bus that had no students aboard.

Media outlets report the collision occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Route 50 near New Creek. The bus driver wasn't hurt.

The weeks leading up to the vote on the levy were contentious in Randolph County.
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On Saturday, Nov. 7, residents of Mineral County voted overwhelmingly for the renewal of their school levy according, to the Mineral Daily News-Tribune. Eighty-eight percent of voters supported the measure, which provides schools with $5.9 million each year for 5 years to support new textbooks, teacher salaries, transportation, libraries and facilities.

However, in Randolph County, the outcome was different as voters rejected the county's excess school levy that would have provided $2.8 million each year for five years to county schools.

Fayette and Mineral counties have been awarded federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $2 million to Fayette County. Mineral County received about $871,000.

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What started out as a simple committee meeting to examine the progression of a bill turned into an hour of confusion in the House Government Organization Committee Wednesday.

Environmental Protection Agency
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The cleanup of toxic waste at a military ballistics laboratory in Mineral County is expected to cost more than $10 million.