First responders tell us what it was like inside tunnel fire

(WVVA) -Two firefighters, injured battling a vehicle fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel, have been released from the hospital. According the Chief Dave Thompson with the Green Valley-Glenwood VFD, the two men were released Friday night after being treated for smoke inhalation at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Thompson says the tunnel fire along the […]

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DUI Checkpoints this Friday – June 13, 2014

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting two DUI checkpoints on Friday, June 13. The first checkpoint will be located at the intersection of Route 635 and Route 83. The alternate route will be route 83/5 and 5/5. The second checkpoint will be located at the intersection of Route 16 and 83. The alternate […]

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Flooding in McDowell County leaves people devastated

Flooding in McDowell County leaves people devastated.

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Train Fire in Northfork

NORTHFORK (WVVA) – A train caught fire while traveling through McDowell County Tuesday, spilling oil and filling part of one town with heavy smoke. McDowell County 911 says the initial call came in at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters tell WVVA News the train initially caught fire and began smoking in Keystone but was unable to […]

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Roderfield Bridge Named for Late Businessman

By Cathy Patton RODERFIELD – Friends and family members gathered Friday afternoon to dedicate the Roderfield Box Beam Bridge in honor of a well-known and well-liked Roderfield businessman, the late Carnie L. Spratt. Born in May 1901 in Baileysville, Spratt and his two brothers, William and Buster, moved to Roderfield in the 1930s and operated […]

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Sheriff’s Budget, Lay Offs Dominate Commission Meeting

By Cathy Patton WELCH – Budget issues and employee lay offs dominated the regularly scheduled McDowell County Commission meeting Wednesday evening, May 28. Attorney Amanda Gardner, Beckley, counsel for McDowell County deputies, addressed the Commission in regard to overtime pay and remediation of salary differences. Noting that “comp time is of no value” to the […]

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SWA Board Recognizes County Friends

By Cathy Patton WELCH – The McDowell County Solid Waste Authority presented a Certificate of Appreciation to two of their special partners during a regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday evening. In presenting the Certificates of Appreciation, SWA Board President Randall Patton commended Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Coordinator Samuel Stalnaker and Make it Shine Coordinator […]

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  Sky’s the Limit, an interactive youth program designed to advance leadership skills and promote civic engagement for youth between the ages of 7 and 17, recently hosted an informational session and open house for parents at Keystone City Hall. The Fourth Annual Sky’s the Limit Summer Program runs from July 8 through August 14. […]

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WV House of Del. Listening Tour – Beckley

By Cathy Patton SBDC Center Manager Harold Patterson encourages local business owners to attend the WV House of Delegates Listening Tour. The Tour is slated for Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Raleigh County Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley. “This is a good opportunity for business owners or potential business owners […]

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Commission Meets in Regular Session

By Cathy Patton WELCH – Commissioners Gordon Lambert, Harold McBride and Ray Bailey addressed routine business during the May 14th regularly scheduled McDowell County Commission Meeting. Agenda items included approval of the April 23 and April 30 minutes, bills, acknowledgements, correspondence and discussions on requests from Sheriff Martin West and Big Sandy Water System. Bills […]

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