Mingo County

Blackhawk Mining says it's closing three mines and two preparation plants in West Virginia amid weak global coal markets.

The Kentucky-based coal company on Tuesday announced the idling of its facilities in Logan and Mingo counties.

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For as long as he can recall, Williamson resident John Burchett said that when you looked over the U.S. Highway 119 Bridge leading to Kentucky, all you’d see on the Tug Fork River were tires. 

Hearing From Kermit

Sep 11, 2019
Joseph Mullins owns the Mullins Family Funeral Home in Warfield, Kentucky, serving families in the Kermit-Warfield area.
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The small, southern West Virginia town of Kermit has had more than its fair share of national headlines regarding its struggle with the opioid crisis. 

But few stories focus on the people themselves. Earlier this summer, we visited Kermit to ask residents how they think the town can reinvent itself. 

July 3, 1989: Governor Okey Patteson Dies

Jul 3, 2019
Okey Patteson
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On July 3, 1989, West Virginia’s 23rd Governor Okey Patteson died at age 90. As a child, the Mingo County native had moved with his family to Mount Hope in Fayette County, where he later sold cars and real estate.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren Schedules Stop in West Virginia

May 6, 2019
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U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will make a stop this week in Mingo Co., West Virginia.

 

According to her campaign’s website, Warren will host a community conversation Friday morning in Kermit.

January 30, 1895: Mingo County Formed

Jan 30, 2019
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West Virginia’s youngest county came into existence on January 30, 1895, when the legislature created Mingo County from Logan County. When West Virginia entered the Union in 1863, it had 50 counties. Grant, Mineral, Lincoln, and Summers counties were added during the first four years of statehood.

January 23, 1888: Labor Leader Fred Mooney Born

Jan 23, 2019
This was a particularly active period in the Mine Wars—a violent time that pitted miners against coal operators.
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Labor leader Fred Mooney was born in Kanawha County on January 23, 1888. At age 13, he began working in coal mines as a trapper boy. 

Six years later, at the young age of 19, he became secretary-treasurer of District 17 of the United Mine Workers of America.

November 3, 1828: Birthday of Surveyor-Geologist Jedediah Hotchkiss

Nov 3, 2018
Hotchkiss's mapmaking skills played a major role in “Stonewall” Jackson’s brilliant Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
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Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff in 2013 is returning to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation.

Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller tells The Herald-Dispatch that a Cabell County circuit judge Thursday returned Tennis Melvin Maynard to William R. Sharpe Hospital, with an update expected in 90 days. The court hearing was closed to the media.

August 24, 1921: Miners March to Protest Martial Law in Mingo County

Aug 24, 2018
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On August 24, 1921, a group of armed miners started out on a long march southeast from Marmet near Charleston.

Their goal was to end the governor’s order of martial law in Mingo County and to wipe out the anti-union mine guard and deputy sheriff systems in Logan and Mingo counties.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear about how summer food providers are trying to overcome the challenge of feeding West Virginia kids during the summer months, and we’ll hear the latest on possible impeachment proceedings from the statehouse. These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a vacant hotel in Williamson, Mingo County, is set to open as a sober-living facility, run by the county’s housing authority. As Molly Born reports, the complex is likely to be a controversial addition to the southern West Virginia town hit hard by the opioid epidemic.

On The Legislature Today, we bring you a special focus on West Virginia’s opioid epidemic. First, we take you to the small town of Kermit where the tragic toll of the epidemic has weighed heavily on residents, and then, host Andrea Lannom chats with two lawmakers who outline legislation addressing the issue on multiple fronts.

Unemployment Line
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An annual Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook conference was held in Martinsburg, showing job growth is steady in the Eastern Panhandle and is expected to grow in the coming years.

August 24, 1921: Miners March to Protest Martial Law in Mingo County

Aug 24, 2017
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On August 24, 1921, a group of armed miners started out on a long march southeast from Marmet near Charleston.

Their goal was to end the governor’s order of martial law in Mingo County and to wipe out the anti-union mine guard and deputy sheriff systems in Logan and Mingo counties.

Prison Bars
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An Ohio man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern West Virginia.

Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, told a Mingo County circuit judge Tuesday that he had been using drugs and had little sleep over several days before he killed Bennett Hatfield in a cemetery last May, news outlets reported.

Tick Ridge Fire Tower, Cabwaylingo State Forest
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On April 11, 1939, Company 1558V of the Civilian Conservation Corps wrapped up its work at Camp Anthony Wayne, now known as Cabwaylingo State Forest, in Wayne County.

Two different CCC companies had occupied Camp Anthony Wayne between 1935 and ’39. The CCC surveyed timber and game, cut weeds and brush, cleared trails, and constructed log cabins, which are still in use at Cabwaylingo.

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says that a miner injured in February at the CK Mine No. 5 in Mingo County has died from complications related to his injuries.

According to the office, Dennis J. Fillinger of Harts, West Virginia, died Thursday. He was struck by a piece of falling rock about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

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Two West Virginia towns seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse are suing out-of-state drug distributors.

The separate lawsuits seeking unspecified damages were filed by the Mingo County community of Kermit and the Nicholas County town of Richwood.

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On January 30, 1920, the United Mine Workers of America launched a concerted effort to unionize southern West Virginia. Relations between the UMWA and coal operators had regularly turned violent over the previous 30 years.

However, the two sides had reached a tenuous truce during World War I. During the 19 months the United States was involved in the war, coal production soared and miners’ wages rose.

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The state Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the widow of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum over burial expenses.

Anthony Arriaga
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An Ohio man accused in the fatal shooting of a former coal chief executive has waived his right to an extradition hearing.

Twenty-year-old Anthony Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared in court Tuesday in Lima, Ohio, about 12 hours after his arrest on a first-degree murder warrant.

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Federal funds are heading to a Mingo County health center to support health care options and expand access to care.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the nearly 350 thousand dollar grant for the Williamson Health and Wellness Center in Mingo County Thursday.

The funds were awarded through the Health Center Cluster Grant Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a press release.

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A Mingo County Democratic lawmaker says he's stepping down to devote more time to economic development in southern West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Harry Keith White resigned Monday.

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Police say a student has been suspended after reports of a gun prompted the lockdown of a Mingo County school.

Mingo County Sheriff James Smith tells media outlets that no weapon was found.

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A Gilbert County man has been appointed to replace retiring Mingo County Magistrate Deloris "Dee" Sidebottom.

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The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced the funding on Tuesday.

The money is designated for enhancing psychological and social health care services for people with diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, the president of the United Mine Workers union rallies members to fight the U.S. EPA that he says are causing thousands of job losses in the coalfields. And we’ll travel to Gilbert in Mingo County to find out how the community is overcoming challenges to access to health care.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Environmental groups and Pocahontas Land Corp. have settled a lawsuit over pollution at two former coal mines in Mingo County.

Under a consent decree, Pocahontas agreed to apply for a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that would cover discharges of pollutants from valley fills at the sites.

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A special joint-session of the legislature was held in the House chamber Friday in response to the recent crises caused from this week’s storm. Officials wanted to explain Governor Tomblin’s State of Emergency declaration and to update lawmakers about current conditions and what they can tell their constituents affected by the storm.

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