Blankenship Bond Reduced – Goodwin Goes Private – Trees to Textbooks

Blankenship’s Bond Reduced to $1 Million
A federal judge lowered the bond of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship by $4 million in Beckley today. The reduction means Blankenship’s bond is set at $1 million following his conviction this month for failing to assure safety standards at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County where 29 miners were killed in 2010. Blankenship will be sentenced in March and faces up to one year in prison. (WVMetronews)

Goodwin Goes Private
US Attorney Booth Goodwin will resign the position he has held for five years, which politicos on both sides of the aisle say makes way for him to launch a campaign for West Virginia governor. Goodwin is a Democrat and has not yet announced his intentions other than to say he will return to his family’s law firm on January 1. (WV Metronews)

Vandals Run Over Christmas
Vandals in Guernsey County put a very Grinchy ending on Quaker City’s Christmas. Suspects ran over the village Christmas tree and left it in the old school yard. They also took out several mailboxes and fences on their joy ride. Guernsey County authorities are looking for the red S-10 pickup that was involved in the ruckus. (AVC)

Bar Owner Killed by Shotgun Blast
More details are becoming available about the shooting death of 52 year old Timothy Koker – the owner of the Mine Tavern in Nelsonville. Last Tuesday night, 22 year old Taylor Allen Mills caused a disturbance at the bar which led to the death. 911 calls about the incident reveal that Mills was asked to leave – and did so – but returned later to cause more trouble for Koker. Mills threw something at the establishment’s window, a foot chase ensued, and then shots were fired in the alley killing Koker. Reports indicate he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. (Athens News)

Tornado Recovery Begins
Residents of Wood County whose homes were damaged in a pre-Christmas tornado are working on clean-up and looking for new housing. A “weak” tornado hit South Sixth Street around 11:30 pm on December 23. Several homes were completely destroyed. The American Red Cross helped impacted people with hotel rooms over the holiday. Anyone still needing assistance after the tornado can call 304-485-7311.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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