The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

June 4, 2012

UBB Miners Memorial work nearly complete



The Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial is set to be complete by the first part of July, according to Mike Gwinn, the memorial group’s vice president.

He says he hopes to see a dedication ceremony set for the end of July if everything goes according to plan.

The memorial is still awaiting the arrival of the entrance sign and the monument, which is being etched with text and images, from Rock of Ages in Vermont.

Also nearing completion is the First Responders Tribute, a bronze relief sculpted by West Virginia artist Ross Straight, and signage from Interpretive Graphics that will explain the UBB story.

This memorial in Whitesville will pay tribute to the 29 men who lost their lives April 5, 2010, during the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County.

Pray Construction is putting the finishing touches on the plaza this week. Plants and trees will be delivered from Valley Gardens in Charleston later this week, also.

The stone veneer and limestone coping on the memorial’s walls were completed last week by Means Stone and Blue Creek masonry.

Gwinn says invitations for the dedication ceremony are expected to start going out next month to family members and guests. When an exact day and time is selected for the dedication, Gwinn says the public will be notified.

The project raised an estimated $700,000 and Gwinn says some of that amount will be left over.

That money could potentially be used for upkeep of the park, developing a website, or a scholarship fund.

For more information about the memorial project, visit the UBB Miners Memorial Facebook page, check them out on Twitter @UBBMemorial, or e-mail ubbminersmemorial@gmail.com.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Raleigh’s $19.6 million budget approved at special meeting

    Raleigh County’s $19.6 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 is on the books. The budget and the levy rate were approved at a special county commission meeting Tuesday morning.

    April 16, 2014

  • Calendar — Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    April 16, 2014

  • Learn about advance directives at RGH

    Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day and personnel will be available at Raleigh General Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to anyone interested in learning more about advance directives or who are ready to prepare them at no cost.

    April 16, 2014

  • Greenbrier Valley Famer’s market to open

    The Greenbrier Valley Farmers Market will be opening for the 2014 season Saturday at its “green space” on the corner of Arbuckle Lane and U.S. 219 in downtown Lewisburg.

    April 16, 2014

  • Oak Hill council discusses vacant buildings

    Oak Hill City Council met in regular session Monday to talk ordinance adoption and smoking issues reported in Oak Hill City Park, which was an issue recently raised to Oak Hill City Manager Bill Hannabass.

    April 16, 2014

  • Beckley’s emergency preparedness efforts still ongoing

    Although the City of Beckley Director of Emergency Services position was eliminated two months ago, the county is continuing Kevin Taylor’s emergency preparedness efforts.

    April 16, 2014

  • Old GHS building may get new life

    A Ronceverte school building that was shuttered by consolidation in 1992 may find new life as apartments for senior citizens, if plans floated by a Kentucky development firm come to fruition.

    April 16, 2014

  • Faculty recital set for Wednesday at Concord

    Concord University’s fine arts faculty will perform during a recital Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Building.

    April 15, 2014

  • Press conference Body found near Wyoming-Mercer county line

    Human skeletal remains have been recovered near the mountainous border of Mercer and Wyoming counties, officials said Monday.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mega-Site Project: Are we ready?

    The economic success of any area in West Virginia is dependent on many factors, but one essential element is an educated and trained workforce. And increasingly, an educated workforce doesn’t just mean people with four-year college degrees, but instead references residents who are proficient at ready-to-work skills in construction, health care and other fields.

    April 15, 2014