Industry

May 18, 1932: Industrialist I.T. Mann Dies at 68

May 18, 2015

Financier and industrialist I. T. Mann died in Washington on May 18, 1932, at age 68. As a young man, the Greenbrier County native apprenticed at his father’s bank. Then, in 1889, he helped organize the Bank of Bramwell in Mercer County. The bank became a financial pillar of the southern coalfields and attracted wealthy coal operators to the town. Bramwell soon achieved the distinction of being the “richest small town in America.”

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Delbarton man at the center of an alleged kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine in southern West Virginia is expected to plead guilty Thursday.

David Runyon faces up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if convicted of extortion and tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say companies had to pay kickbacks to Arch employees for business at the Mountain Laurel mining complex. Kickbacks totaled nearly $2 million from 2007 to 2012 at the Logan County complex.

Runyon was the general manager at Mountain Laurel.

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