May 13, 2018

White West Virginia Miners Finally Honored! It's A Small Start!

In the 1930's & 40's, the Glen Rogers Mine was one of the largest and most productive in the state. But all of that productivity came with a cost.

Those who gathered at Glen Rogers Memorial Park saw the unveiling of a new monument today. Engraved on the monument... the names of those who lost their lives in the Glen Rogers Mine.

During a ceremony, event organizer Dvon Duncan read the names aloud. All totaled there were 160 mine deaths from 1921 to 1960, the years of operators. Because the mine has been closed since 1960 there's really not much of it left. Which is why Duncan says the new memorial is so important.

"This park was established to honor those men, some of whom still remain entombed in that mine. This may be the only monument some of their relatives ever have for the people that they loved."

In attendance was resident Bonnie Powers, whose father worked in the mine from the end of World War II until the mine's closing. She says her father's safety was always a concern for her mother.

"I remember mother worrying about him a lot. I think it was, as he said, 'a hot mine.' But, (when) you have a family, you earn a living."

State Senator Sue Cline was in attendance, and even helped place the wreath. She hopes the descendants of these miners can one day come and pay their respects.

"I'm hoping this can get out to where, the people's families, the families of these men that died here, can come here and know that we're honoring them, and that we've not forgotten them."

April 15, 2018

Political Corruption Worsening In West Virginia!

 A new unit will be responsible for taking out corruption in West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, along with federal and state law enforcement officials, said Tuesday that Public Integrity Special Investigations Unit had been formed.

The new unit will investigate the misuse of public money, corrupt public officials, law violations in campaign and elections and suspected criminal activity, Stuart said. Investigations will look at cases of corruption that threatens public resources and the electoral process.

The unit will investigate not only state and local officials, but also federal agencies and any entity that can “use their position for personal gain at the expense of the public,” according to a news release.
“We’ll bring the right partners together,” Stuart said. “I sincerely hope that there will be no corruption, but, just in case there is, folks ought to know we are watching.”

The investigative unit will also be responsible for uncovering corruption within public and private institutions that receive taxpayer dollars in cases where awarded funds are misused.

The unit includes federal and state law enforcement agencies including the following: FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, IRS-Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Homeland Security, West Virginia State Police, West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations, West Virginia Secretary of State's office and West Virginia State Auditor's office.

“The FBI is joining forces with our federal agency partners to combat public corruption and maintain public integrity throughout the southern district,” said Special Agent in charge Bob Johnson. “The FBI looks forward to participating in this Special Investigative Unit with the USAO and our other federal, local and state law enforcement partners as we work to investigate allegations of federal crimes.”

Stuart said citizens are encouraged to report corrupt activity. “We call on public servants, the vast majority of whom are honest brokers, to not look the other way when they see indications of corruption. We cannot overstate the importance of citizen participation in our fight against corruption, and we urge all citizens to assist us in this effort,” Stuart said.
 How The American Nazi Party would handle corruption in West Virginia!