The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

July 22, 2013

Auto Fair wraps up fun weekend

The celebration of coal, cars, friends and fun wrapped up Sunday at the 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair.

Free admission and on-site parking were offered for the final day of the show, where visitors could attend a nondenominational church service, take a final look at the cars and see which ones scored the prizes.

Jay Matics, owner of Vigilante Customs in Lester, brought a whopping 42 cars and four bikes to the show, and walked away with 10 awards, including “Best Represented Car Club.”

He and his crew were packing up Sunday afternoon, but his jacked-up Ford F550 was still on site.  

“It’s been a fun weekend,” Matics said.  

Another couple of the last cars left on the lot belonged to Donald Lilly of Blue Jay.

He had a gray and black 1928 Ford Model A, as well as a black 1919 Ford Model T on display.

Lilly said he’s been coming to the Friends of Coal Auto Fair for the past six or seven years and loves to bring out his cars.

Although the older model Fords didn’t take home any prizes this year, Lilly was still proud of his rides.

“My Model A was even featured in the Beckley Area Derby Dames’ calendar,” Lilly said.

Burn N Kell and Bodacious Baxter posed in old-timey clothing for the month of March with Lilly’s Ford.

Kids were also enjoying the final hours of carnival rides, as Gambill Amusements were packing up Sunday evening.

Proceeds from the Friends of Coal Auto Fair support the maintenance of the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex, along with youth programs conducted by the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.

YMCA Executive Director Jay Rist was unavailable for comment Sunday afternoon.

— E-mail:

Text Only
Latest News
  • twv play 2 Season’s curtain call

    Tonight is the last chance to see Theatre West Virginia Act II’s production of “Hatfields and McCoys,” a 17-show season many thought would never happen.


    August 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Alpha says reducing coal stockpiles could prevent layoffs

    An Alpha Natural Resources spokesman said Friday that the company is “hopeful” that coal stockpiles can be sold in the next few months so the company can avoid laying off more than 1,100 surface coal miners and other support personnel by mid-October. 

    August 2, 2014

  • Congress quick-fix: Highways funded through mid-2015

    Hours before the federal government was set to reduce payments to states for road and bridge projects, Congress approved a temporary fix late Thursday night that would maintain funding through the middle of next year.

    But in some ways, the damage already had been done.

    August 2, 2014

  • makeawish Selling stars: A dollar helps grant a child's wish

    Make-A-Wish and the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association (OMEGA) are partnering to sell “wish stars” at grocery and convenience stores throughout the state. You can get a star for $1 through the month of August. All money raised will go to making children’s wishes come true.

    August 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • W.Va., 11 other states, ask Supreme Court to declare new EPA rules illegal

    Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Friday that West Virginia led a bipartisan group of 12 states that are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to declare illegal a settlement agreement in which the EPA promised to issue its now-pending rule concerning existing coal-fired power plants.

    August 1, 2014

  • Ebola outbreak moving faster than control efforts

    An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.

    August 1, 2014

  • Oak Hill man arrested for selling drugs to police officers

    A Fayette County man is in jail after his arrest Thursday evening for several drug offenses, according to a press release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

    August 1, 2014

  • Suspect arrested, faces felony charges following shooting incident

    A Mercer County man was arrested and arraigned on felony charges Thursday after a domestic altercation led to a shooting incident in the Montcalm area of Mercer County.

    August 1, 2014

  • pittsburgh rally 5,000 rally in Pittsburgh against EPA Clean Power Plan

    The echo of people chanting, “Hey, hey, EPA, don’t take our jobs away” could be heard in downtown Pittsburgh Thursday. The voices came from about 5,000 United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) members and their families, along with other unions such as the Boilermakers and the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International (IBEW), marching through the streets.


    August 1, 2014 1 Photo 3 Stories

  • Alpha plans to idle coal workers

    Approximately 1,100 employees at 11 Alpha Resources-affiliated surface mines, preparation plants and other support operations in southern West Virginia got notice late Thursday afternoon that their jobs could be in jeopardy.


    August 1, 2014