Marion County

May 7, 1972: Activist Lenna Lowe Yost Dies at 94

May 7, 2015

  Activist Lenna Lowe Yost died on May 7, 1972, at age 94. The Marion County native and West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate had become involved in women’s issues as a young adult. For 10 years, she was president of the state chapter of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The WCTU, as it’s known, principally opposed the consumption of alcohol but also supported social reforms for women.

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Department of Environmental Protection

Crews are excavating the site of an underground mine fire in Marion County that has burned for several months.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells The Times West Virginian that the project is expected to be completed within the next 30 days.

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

The West Virginia Judiciary’s Unified Electronic Filing System has expanded to the Eastern Panhandle.

Justice Brent Benjamin announced the expansion of E-filing to the Eastern Panhandle at the Circuit Courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse Monday.

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  West Virginia lawmakers may name a highway after University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Senators have introduced a resolution to name a section of Route 19 in Marion County after Saban, who 

 grew up in the area. It would be dubbed the "Nicholas Lou 'Nick' Saban, Jr., Expressway."

Saban, Alabama's coach since 2007, grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Saban's Alabama teams clinched national championships in 2012, 2011 and 2009. He led Louisiana State to a share of the title in 2007.

Henderson played the tournament with only eight players due to budget restrictions on travel.
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Congressman Ken Hechler paid to bring hundreds of miners and the widows of the Farmington miners to protest at the nation’s capitol.
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Anyone filing a civil or domestic court cases in Marion County will have to do so electronically.

The Circuit Clerk's Office implemented full e-filing of these cases on Dec. 1. The initiative is part of the West Virginia Supreme Court's pilot electronic filing project.

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Rising Above Appalachian Stereotypes: While it’s no longer politically correct to use racial, or gender-related remarks that stereotype groups of people, what about negative Appalachian stereotypes? And how do these stereotypes influence the pursuit of an education?

Sixty Years Ago: Black and White at East-West

Sep 25, 2014
Team Rosters - First Meeting of Negro, White Team Set For Tonight
Courtesy D. D. Meighen

Sixty years ago this week, two Marion County Schools - Dunbar High School and Fairmont Senior High School - met for the first – and last – time on the football field. Local historians say it was the first gridiron meeting in West Virginia of an all-black school and an all-white school. It came amid the tensions surrounding that year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on school segregation.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has reinstated a man's first-degree murder convictions for the 1982 slayings of two people in Marion County.

The court ruled that the Ohio County Circuit Court erred when it granted Philip Reese Bush a new trial last year.

Bush was convicted in 1983 of killing Charles Dale Goff and Kathleen Jane Williams. His trial was moved to Ohio County because of pretrial publicity.

Bush's appeal argued that one of the trial court's jury instructions denied him due process.

Water donations from across the country have poured into Wyoming County since our original report.  The folks in Bud and Alpoca were dealing with unpotable water, running a dark brown at times, months before the chemical spill in Charleston.