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Tough budget: City faces more cuts, tax hikes
by JEFF LESTER • News Editor
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NORTON — Rising costs and shrinking revenues will almost certainly require a property tax increase and more spending cuts in fiscal 2015-16, according to City Manager Fred Ramey. Norton’s various budget challenges include reckoning with the cost of taking on recent debt for city school building u...
Ready or not! Calm mom delivers beside road
by JENAY TATE • Editor & Publisher
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NORTON — Mason Gage Fleming decided he was coming into this world his way, whether his mother, or anyone else, was ready or not. April Harrison’s due date was May 14. But not long after midnight April 26, Harrison was in labor. With her boyfriend and soon-to-be dad behind the wheel, she was on a mad dash from their home in Clintwood to Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap. In Pound, Harrison realized she wasn’t going to make it and advised him to aim for Norton instead. She’d no more spoken the words, Harrison recalled Sunday evening, when she knew she wouldn’t make it that far either. S...
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Warriors hang on for CMC win over Bears
by KEVIN MAYS • Sports Editor
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
BIG STONE GAP — The temperature may have been a little cool Friday night for most baseball followers. For Central’s Nate Thompson, however, it was just about perfect. “I think the weather felt pret...
Raiders take big Cumberland win over Greenwave
by JODI SPRIGGS • Sports Writer
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
CLINTWOOD — The J.I. Burton Raiders made another strong showing Friday on the way to take a 12-0 win over the Clintwood Greenwave in Cumberland District baseball action. The game was called after f...
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Sexual crimes among charges
by JEFF LESTER • News Editor
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
The Coalfield Progress does not publish information that could identify the victim of a sex crime. Three men have been charged with crimes of sexual assault by a Wise County grand jury. Among those...
Commercial building project takes shape
by KATIE DUNN • Staff Writer
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
A long-awaited quest to breathe new life into a venerable downtown St. Paul storefront might finally be gaining steam. The three-story brick structure known as the Willis Building has stood for alm...
Coeburn council weighs revenue, expense options
by JEFF LESTER • News Editor
Apr 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
COEBURN — Town Manager Drew Mullins’ first version of the upcoming budget combined spending cuts with tax and fee hikes to get the town’s struggling finances from the red to the black. But town cou...
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