Marion County

December 6, 1907: The Monongah Mine Disaster Occurs in Marion County

Dec 6, 2017
Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and 8 mines at Monongah in Marion County

On December 6, 1907, a massive explosion ripped through the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and 8 mines at Monongah in Marion County. The powerful blast killed at least 361 men, and that number is likely low due to poor record keeping. It was the worst mine disaster in U.S. history.

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A West Virginia mayor has resigned after alleged wrongdoings by him and another town employee came to light.

The Times West Virginian reports that Town of Rivesville Mayor Trevor Waters and Bill Lawrence resigned on Monday. The town said in a news release that the men were given the opportunity to resign in lieu of termination and removal from office. The council voted to appoint Mark Dorsey as the mayor.

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Nearly 1,000 new or foreign businesses registered to do business in West Virginia during the month of August, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Hundred, WV, a week after flooding is still clearing and cleaning debris.
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Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a federal disaster declaration for a dozen counties in northern West Virginia hit by flooding in late July.

Justice sent a letter to the White House on August 10 requesting the disaster declaration, according to a news release from the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

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Last weekend’s flash flooding in northern and north-central West Virginia has caused over $10 million dollars in damages.

Eleven counties are facing damage costs totaling $10,604,778, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Russ Fluharty
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Musician and folk personality Russ Fluharty died on March 29, 1989, at age 82. A lifelong resident of the Mannington area in Marion County, Fluharty learned to sing and play several instruments from his large extended family. 

In 1928, an uncle gave him an antique hammered dulcimer—an ancient instrument with many strings stretched across a box and played with small mallets. Locally, the instrument was nearly unknown, so Fluharty developed a unique playing style and taught himself to play his favorite hymns, patriotic tunes, and familiar old songs.

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Construction is under way on WVU Medicine's latest project — a new clinic being built in Marion County.

The Dominion-Post reports the $13.9 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center will be owned and operated by University Health Associates. WVA Medicine says the center will include 39 exam rooms and three procedure rooms.

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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On December 30, 1969, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act.  Since the Monongah mine disaster in Marion County more than 60 years earlier, Congress had been passing laws to address coal mine safety. However, most were filled with loopholes or lacked funding for enforcement.

The tide turned after another Marion County disaster. The 1968 Farmington explosion killed 78 miners. Americans watched in horror as the drama unfolded on national TV. 

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Authorities say no one was injured when a small plane went off a runway while taking off in northern West Virginia.

Marion County emergency officials say a private plane slid into an embankment at the Fairmont Municipal Airport at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Further details weren't immediately available.

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A cable TV miniseries predominantly filmed in West Virginia is set to debut next month.

"The American West" is scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. June 11 on AMC.

The West Virginia Film Office says in a news release that the eight-part series was filmed in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, along with Prickett's Fort State Park in Marion County.

The series focuses on the years 1865 to 1890. It looks at the transformation of America's frontier lands following the Civil War, and notables such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp.

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The principal at Fairmont Senior High School has been suspended for four days.

Media outlets report the Marion County Board of Education approved Tyson Furgason's suspension Tuesday night.

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A former fire chief has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the Rivesville Volunteer Fire Department.

The Times West Virginian reports 31-year-old Justin Stover pleaded guilty Tuesday. He was accused of embezzling money from the fire department from January 2012 through December 2013 while acting as fire chief.

Marion County's commissioners have frozen new hires in response to the state's budget problems.

The Tims West Virginian reports that the freeze approved on Wednesday was effective immediately.

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Marion County health officials expect flu vaccines to be much more effective this year compared to a year ago.

Janet Crigler, the infection preventionist at Fairmont Regional Medical Center, tells the Times West Virginia the flu shot was not as effective last year as it was in previous years. Crigler says the flu shot was only 23 percent effective because the virus mutated and the vaccine did not cover some strains of the virus.

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Authorities say a pilot was injured when a small plane crashed in northern West Virginia.

Marion County emergency management director Chris McIntire says the plane crashed upon landing Friday afternoon at the Fairmont Municipal Airport.

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Eighty-seven people face charges stemming from a drug investigation in North Central West Virginia.

Ten police agencies began arresting the suspects Tuesday morning. Bridgeport police chief John Walker tells media outlets that 40 people were in custody as of 11 a.m.

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E-filing is expanded again, now to its third county in the state.

West Virginia Judiciary’s Unified Electronic Filing System, or e-filing for short, started in Marion County in August 2013, and then in April of this year, it expanded for the first time to Jefferson County. On Tuesday, it expanded again to Monroe 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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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.

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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.

Highway May be Named After Saban

Feb 18, 2015
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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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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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Sixty Years Ago: Black and White at East-West

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