The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

June 15, 2013

Our Readers Speak

Let Beckley mayor continue to do his job

“Here, here” to Mike Darby’s June 14 letter in Our Reader’s Speak, concerning the Mayor Emmett Pugh situation.

At the same time, shame, shame on The Register-Herald for the large, center page picture of our mayor, under stress, and the accompanying article.

I am neither in defense nor condemnation of the injudiciousness of our mayor. I don’t know if he is guilty or not, and I don’t believe that is what is most important at this time.

He has appeared before the West Virginia Ethics Commission and a “settlement of sorts” has been reached. The fact is, Emmett Pugh is still our mayor at this very significant time for our city. With the upcoming Boy Scout Jamboree, Beckley Intermodal Gateway project, Friends of Coal Auto Fair, and additionally The Greenbrier Classic, all only weeks, months away, we are expecting multitudes of visitors to our city. Instead of continuing to add stress to the office of mayor and more dishonor and shame for the city, we need to all be doing our best to make our city shine. That, to me, would include our local news media. 

Who is there better qualified to carry out these significant events in our city than the present mayor, with his 25 year’s experience?

Let the man carry out the remaining six months to the best of his ability and for the best welfare of the city, and when this is all over and done, then and only then, let the chips fall where they may.

Agnes Keatley

Shady Spring

Many help make C&O-CSX reunion a success

The C&O-CSX Employees 21st annual reunion express our thanks once again to the area merchants and others who contributed door prizes and assistance which made the reunion a great success.

Congressman Nick Rahall; R.T. Rogers Oil Co.; The Ritz; The Market; Hinton Radio 1380; Hinton News; C&O Historical Society; State Farm Insurance; Nationwide Insurance; Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor; Riverside Floral; Pivont Funeral Home; Hinton Floral; First Century Bank; Summers County Hospital; Big 4 Drug Store; Gore Auto Body; Chestnut Revival; McDonalds; Dairy Queen; New River Valley Kitchen; Twin State Beauty Supply; Hinton Hardware; Pizza Hut; NARVRE Unit 100; Beckley Fire Department; Exhibition Coal Mine, Beckley; City National Bank, Beckley; Advance Auto Parts; Magic Mart; Kirk’s Restaurant; Jarrell’s Exxon; Fisher Auto Parts; Community Bank; New River Hardwoods; Bluestone State Park. A special thanks to Nora Lester who furnished a great lunch.

The 22nd annual reunion will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Activities Center, Bluestone State Park.

Thank you.

The Reunion Committee

Janie McDowell,

Jim Miller,

Dean Bennett

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