Workers with Beckley Crane and Construction Company lift one of the six 5-ton granite slabs that will form the Upper Big Branch Memorial Tuesday afternoon in Whitesville. The company also delivered the entrance sign to the memorial site on Coal River Road. Installation is expected to be complete by Thursday. The memorial, which traveled from Rock of Ages in Graniteville, Vt., is 48-feet long and made from “American Black” granite from a quarry in St. Peters, Pa. The main portion of the granite work has the silhouettes of 29 miners and reads: “Come to me, all you who labor, and I will give you rest.” The reverse side of the monument details a history of coal in West Virginia. It also includes a tribute to all coal miners and an homage to the temporary gazebo memorial that was erected shortly after the explosion. The monument and surrounding plaza were designed by Rob Dinsmore of Chapman Technical Group in St. Albans.
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Crews race to find survivors of Oklahoma twister
Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb.
Ways to help out the Oklahoma disaster victims
CNHI member newspaper The Norman Transcript has published a variety of ways that you can help those affected by the recent disaster in Oklahoma.
- Crews dig through the night after deadly tornado in Oklahoma
MASSIVE DEADLY TORNADO
A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.
Voices from the scene — ‘Everything came down on top of me’
These quotes were compiled by Reporter Michael Kinney.
Panel ponders tolls to build, maintain roads
Toll booths might some day mushroom along roads across West Virginia, giving motorists in other regions a taste of what driving has cost southern residents nearly six full decades.
RGH cardiac stent program back to normal
In an e-mailed statement issued early Monday, Raleigh General Hospital Marketing Director Kevin McGraw indicated that the cardiac stent program at the Beckley hospital is back to normal after a four-day hiatus.
Meadow Bridge student liked the sound of ‘valedictorian’
Being valedictorian has been Nicole Sheaves’s goal for a very long time.
“When I was really little, even in kindergarten, mom would tell me over and over, ‘You need to try your hardest and get a good education,’” she said.
Murder in a rural county: Part 2 of 2
Every night, before resting her head on a pillow, Billie Stewart calls on the Almighty for strength to endure another day.
Public tours Scout Reserve
Hundreds of West Virginians got the opportunity Sunday to preview the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Mount Hope in Fayette County.
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