MINE EXPLOSION MEMORIAL Upper Big Branch Monument Planned For Courthouse
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 AM EST
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, West Virginia
Raleigh County officials plan to place a monument on the courthouse lawn that will honor the 29 miners killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion.
The Register-Herald reports that the County Commission on Tuesday approved spending about $6,500 for the project. The money will reimburse the Beckley-Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for the monument's costs.
County administrator John Humphrey told the commission that the monument is completed but doesn't yet have a base. He says it probably will be dedicated in the spring.
Another memorial honoring the fallen miners is located in a small park-like plaza in Whitesville. It was dedicated in July. Volunteers raised money for that project.
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