The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 2, 2013

Miner killed in blast honored

PAX — A longtime miner killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in April 2010 is being honored with a bridge in his name.

A ceremony naming the bridge on Fayette County Route 23 was held Friday in Pax in honor of Rex Lane Mullins. The 50-year-old was among the 29 miners who died in the mine disaster. According to a resolution by the Legislature adopted during the 2013 session, Mullins was a lifelong resident of Pax and worked in the mines for 30 years. He also was a grade school basketball coach, an avid local sports supporter and active in his community.

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