Blankenship Attorneis Look To Erase Mine Disaster Conviction

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act.

Archival image of Don Blankenship during his trial in April 2016
A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would have assisted in Blankenship’s defense at his lengthy 2015 trial. It said the government produced reports and other information after the trial’s completion.

Blankenship, who has long maintained he didn’t get a fair trial, served one year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction related to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine in
Raleigh County.

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Bath County Bluegrass Jamboree Saturday

The 16th Annual Bath County Bluegrass Jamboree will take place Saturday, April 21st at the Bath County High School. Jamboree benefits WCHG non-profit radio, part of the Allegheny Mountain Radio network serving the Allegheny Highlands of Virginia and West Virginia. Bands include The Larry Stephenson band as the head liner with Southern Rail Express and Virginia Ramblers. Also a special appearance by Crossing County Lines at 5:30.

Food will be available starting around 4:30pm and doors will open at 5pm for the show.

$12 a person. $5 for Students 13 to 18 and $1 for under 12.

Highland County Tax Credit Workshop

In Highland County, local businesses considering hiring new employees in the near future may want to attend an upcoming workshop! It happens April 26th. One session is noon to 1pm and a second happens 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The primary topic will be the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, a federal income tax credit earned by hiring people from what are defined as “targeted economic groups,” such as Highland County. If you’d like to reserve a space or if you would like more information, email or call the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at findyourescape@highlandcounty.org or (540) 468-2550. Workshop hosted by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Grass Valley Bank.

Blankenship’s Attornies Look To Erase Charges In Deadly Mine Disaster

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act.

Archival image of Don Blankenship during his trial in April 2016
A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would have assisted in Blankenship’s defense at his lengthy 2015 trial. It said the government produced reports and other information after the trial’s completion.

Blankenship, who has long maintained he didn’t get a fair trial, served one year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction related to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch mine in

Library Honoring BC Williams Jr.

Clifton Forge Public Library Director Mike Barnes is pleased to announce that the library is establishing
the B.C. Williams, Jr., Memorial Book Collection. The collection is made possible through a generous
donation given by Dr. John Grimes.
The late B.C. Williams, Jr., who died on December 12, 2017, was a star athlete for Clifton Forge High
School. Mr. Williams led the football team in two undefeated seasons during his junior and senior years.
As a senior, he was named All-State full back. Recruited by several colleges, Mr. Williams signed on with
West Virginia University.
Williams was a member of the Associated Press 1971 All-American Team as a third team member. He
was also a United Press International First Team All-East Choice. He earned these achievements while
playing at WVU under legendary head football coach Bobby Bowden.
He was also a lifelong resident of Clifton Forge.

Student Voter Registration Week

Next week is the third annual High School Student Voter Registration Week in Virginia.

From April 22-28, students, teachers and administrators will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.

Virginia law allows 17-year-olds to register to vote, as long as they will turn 18 on or before the next general election. They also may vote in any intervening primary elections.

State Education Secretary Atif Qarni said the voter registration drives offer an opportunity to highlight the importance of preparing students to become engaged and thoughtful citizens.

Resources are available on the Department of Elections’ website to help students and teachers in planning and conducting voter registration efforts.

The deadline to register to vote in the June 12 primary elections is May 21.

Arbor Day In Lewisburg

The City of Lewisburg participated in Arbor Day by planting a Kwansan Cherry Tree at the Confederate Cemetery on McElhenny Road. Lewisburg has been awarded designation as a “Tree City USA” every year since 2003. Mayor John Manchester said “Lewisburg’s trees provide many benefits in various forms: shade for cooling and reduced energy consumption, reduction of air pollutants, storm water runoff reduction, water quality improvements, an increase in property values and aesthetics, and a strong link to the mental and physical health of Lewisburg’s residents.

Flaccavento Wants To Represent The 9th District

Anthony Flaccavento wants to represent the 9th district in Congress. First he has to get by the Demoncratic primary coming up on June 12th, then he would take on 9th district Repbulican Congressman Morgan Griffith. He tried to capture the seart in 2012. He sees some of the top issues facing the district as job, broadband issues, and infrastucture maintenance and repair.

Free Fishing Day For Kids Saturday

The 28th Annual Free Kids Fishing Day is happening Saturday on Dunlap Creek at Boys Home. It’s open to kids ages 4 to 16 and all children have to be accompanied by an dult. There is no fisihing license needed, just gear and bait. Organizers say Dunlap Creek wwill be stocked with rainbow trout so there’s a great opporunity to catch fish. Adults can cast for kids if necessary, but the kids have to reel in the fish on their own.

Covington Woman Is DSLCC’s Educator Of The Year

A Covington woman is DSLCC’S Educator of the Year. Tina Hawley heads up the nursing program at the school. Her honor came at the yearly meeting of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Hawley earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Parkersburg (WV) Community College and worked for several years as a Registered Nurse in hospitals, then went back and got her Bachelor’s in Nursing from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Marshall University. Hawley started teaching at DSLCC in 2013.