Fayette County

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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The New River Gorge National River is restoring 28 miles of land in Fayette County that was used for illegal off-road vehicle trails.

Park spokeswoman Julena Campbell says in a news release that the work includes planting trees and using native seed mixes to restore vegetation.

On March 18, 1905, a freak incident led to a mine disaster at Red Ash in Fayette County. Thirteen men were under ground when a mine car ran over some explosives, igniting coal dust. The massive explosion killed all 13 miners. The next day, members of a rescue party were carelessly carrying open-flame lights. 

March 1, 1925: New River Pocahontas Coal Company Acquires Kaymoor

Mar 1, 2016
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On March 1, 1925, the New River Pocahontas Coal Company acquired the Fayette County town of Kaymoor and its mining operations. The new owner, a huge international company, began shipping coal from Kaymoor to the Atlantic Coast in Virginia, where the coal was used to fuel naval and merchant marine vessels.

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Fayette County Schools will eliminate professional jobs and service personnel in an effort to match funding the state allows for such positions.

Fayette Superintendent Terry George tells the Register-Herald that the county will reduce staff by 9.5 professional positions and 8.5 service jobs next school year. Positions set to be eliminated will end June 30.

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  Fayette County Commission voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that bans dumping, storing, or injecting oil and gas waste anywhere in the county. It's the first ordinance of it's kind in West Virginia. The ordinance also allows citizens to enforce penalties in civil and criminal court.

January 12, 1880: W.Va. National Guard Puts Down the First Coal Strike

Jan 12, 2016
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On January 12, 1880, West Virginia National Guard troops arrived at Hawks Nest in Fayette County to put down one of the state’s first coal strikes. The strike started at Montgomery when coal operators told their union miners that nonunion competition from the nearby Hawks Nest mines was hurting business.

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Fayette County Commission will meet next week to consider banning the storage, disposal, or use of oil and natural gas waste. 

Community members will present a petition with 5,000 hand-written signatures that support what would be the first county-wide ban on oil and gas waste in West Virginia. It will be the second and final reading of the ordinance. If passed, violations will be punishable by civil and criminal penalties.

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State police say officers in West Virginia fatally shot a stabbing suspect after the man brandished a shotgun in their direction. 

West Virginia State Police Sgt. K.D. Horrocks says in a news release that the incident occurred late Tuesday night. The names of the dead man and the stabbing victims haven't been released, pending notification of family.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the school building authority meeting where members voted down funding for new schools in Fayette County.  And energy and environmental reporter Glynis Board updates us on the arguments about forced pooling in natural gas drilling. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia School Building Authority is set to vote on whether to provide funding for Fayette County's school consolidation plan.

Fayette County is among 20 counties vying for funding for school construction projects. The authority plans to decide which projects will receive funding on Monday during its quarterly meeting in Charleston.


The West Virginia Board of Education is asking the state School Building Authority to put Fayette County at the front of line during its next round of financial awards. 

Board  members voted 6 to 2 in a meeting Tuesday approving a resolution that asks Fayette County be considered a priority for additional funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority.

Last week, The Front Porch focused on the issue of school consolidation, in light of the ongoing fight in Fayette County.

Many people took issue with the fact that we had no one from Fayette County on the show. So we're hoping to rectify that with this follow-up podcast.

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  The West Virginia School Building Authority has reversed its denial of Fayette County's plan to consolidate four high schools.

Media outlets report that the authority approved an amendment to the school district's educational facilities plan on Monday. The authority had rejected the amendment on Sept. 28.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

The National Park Service is holding a youth art contest for students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties.

The Youth Arts in the Parks 2016 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest is open to K-12 students in the four counties.

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The West Virginia School Building Authority will reconsider a request by Fayette County officials for funding for a school consolidation plan.

Media outlets report the School Building Authority will take up the matter at a Nov. 9 meeting in Charleston. The school district's request will be presented as an amendment to its educational facilities plan.

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The West Virginia School Building Authority is being sued over its rejection of a school consolidation plan in Fayette County.

Fayette County Prosecutor and county attorney Larry Harrah said Tuesday that the nonprofit Charleston law firm Mountain State Justice filed the lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court on behalf of the Fayette County Commission.

Fayette County Courthouse
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Fayette County officials say they're facing a $450,000 budget shortfall next year as tax revenues decline.

The Register-Herald reports the decline in revenue is linked to a drop in coal value, industrial personal property value and business personal property value.

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The president of the state Board of Education is questioning a building agency's rejection of Fayette County's request for funding for a school consolidation plan.

Mike Green wrote to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday. The letter called on the School Building Authority to conduct a new vote.

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The state School Building Authority has rejected a funding plan for the consolidation of four high schools in Fayette County.

The authority voted Monday to deny the county's request to let it compete with other counties for state funding to build a new high school. The authority distributes money raised from both state general revenue and lottery funds.

September 28, 1955: Labor Activist Mother Blizzard Dies

Sep 28, 2015
Sarah "Mother" Blizzard
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Labor activist Sarah “Mother” Blizzard died on September 28, 1955, at age 90. She spent her early years on her family’s farm in Fayette County. She, her husband, and her children were actively involved in the United Mine Workers of America union from its earliest days. After her support for the 1902 coal strike led to the Blizzards’ eviction from their home, they moved to Cabin Creek in Kanawha County. During the violent Paint Creek-Cabin Creek strike of 1912, “Mother” Blizzard allowed striking miners to camp on her land and joined forces with famed labor leader “Mother” Jones, to whom she was often compared.