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Car causes major damage to Fairmont church

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Ceiling tiles, pieces of brick and cinder blocks could be seen in the nursery of The Baptist Temple in Fairmont after a car crashed into the church Monday afternoon. No children were present in the nursery during the crash due to the holiday, church secretary Mary Ellen[Read More…]

Service held for ’68 Farmington mine disaster

FARMINGTON, W.Va. — “One miner’s death is too many in this industry,” said Joe Main, director of the Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA), and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III echoed in a letter Sunday at the service to honor and remember the lives lost after explosions occurred at the Farmington[Read More…]

Mercer County resident loses home of 58 years

OAKVALE, W.Va. — A house was destroyed by fire on Cheesy Creek Road near Oakvale Tuesday afternoon, but quick action by firefighters may have saved another house and prevented a major forest fire. Estaline Nelson, 87, was the only occupant in the small frame house and escaped without injury, but[Read More…]

Crowd rallies to bring Syrian refugees to WV capital

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hundreds gathered in Charleston Tuesday night to show their support for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in West Virginia’s capital. Speakers at the rally centered their messages around America’s history of taking in refugees and the positive impact they have had on communities. Rabbi Victor Urecki, of B’nai[Read More…]

Two Fayetteville murals complete, more wanted

BECKLEY, W.Va. — With both of the Second Street abutment murals complete, the Fayetteville Arts Coalition will look for other opportunities to bring the community public art installations. “We want to have as much public art as possible as a signal to visitors and residents that we are an art-friendly[Read More…]

Preston County Cub Scouts honor veterans

ARTHURDALE, W.Va. — Area Cub Scouts marked Veterans Day this week by placing American flags at the graves of military members. Amy Garbrick, Cubmaster for Pack 66, said seven of 23 scouts in her Reedsville-based pack participated. Their parents accompanied them to Arthurdale Cemetery, where they looked for the graves[Read More…]

Williamson city attorney’s house destroyed in fire

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – The Williamson Fire Department (WFD) received a call around 10:20 p.m. Saturday night of a structure fire on Little Oak Street, which is located hillside West Fourth Avenue. Williamson Fire Chief Joey Carey was the first to arrive on scene, upon arrival Carey encountered heavy fire venting[Read More…]

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