Dark Roads in Coal Country

I noticed the truck sitting there as I walked out of The Lil’ General with the Mr. Pibb and Pringles – Original Flavor — in my hand. The ice cooler next to the door had age spots of rust on it and dents like acne on a teenagers face. Reading the flyers taped to the…

Greed and Death in the Mountains (Part IV)

The sun rose on August 24 with about 5000 miners crossing Lens Creek Mountain. Wearing red bandanas as their “uniform”, the miners had no way of knowing that these would give rise to the nickname “rednecks”. They also didn’t know that in Logan County, Don Chafin had mobilized an army consisting of deputies, mine guards,…

Local and National Groups Rally to Townspeople’s Defense

Residents of Blair, West Virginia have noticed increased activity from mining company Arch Coal around the historic Blair Mountain Battlefield site. Members of the town have become more and more concerned about Arch’s activities and fear they are moving forward with plans to mine the Blair Battlefield site. There have been reports of proposed buy…