“I support coal because of the coal miner and his family. I live in a part of the state that has very little industry. It has been my observation over the years that when the coal miners and their families pack up and leave because of no jobs that you lose one of the finest classes of citizens you could have around you. When that happens it truly is a detriment to yourself and your community, Coal miners raise their children to have the values that we all could follow. They are honest and always ready to help pitch in to help friends and community. The teach their children to work hard to achieve goals whether those goals are going to college, learning a skill or following in their parents footsteps as a coal miner. The kids learn this by seeing how their parents go about their own daily lives. How do I know all of this? I am a teacher and have had the privilege of teaching coal miners children for twenty five years.” - Sam Barger, Cowen, WV.
Hillman Racing and Eddie Asbury advanced the Association and the Friends of Coal logos on the #27 truck in Friday night's race in Charlotte. A press release announcing the representation and a picture of the #27 truck is included below. We appreciate Hillman and Eddie bringing national attention to the Association and the Friends of Coal as the race was broadcast on the Speed Channel Friday evening.
The 2013 Friends of Coal Auto Fair is set for July 19-21st at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex in Beckley, WV. More than 50,000 people from all over the country are expected throughout the weekend to take in the car show, carnival rides, live music, special performance, surprise guests and festival food. Sponsorship opportunities are available and more up-to-date information can be accessed by visiting: www.
· SOFTBALL (May 22-23) Vienna, Jackson Park
· BASEBALL (May 30-June 1) Charleston, Appalachian Power Park
CONCORD, N.C. – Hillman Racing today announced that the West Virginia Coal Association and the Friends of Coal organization will be the primary marketing partners on the No. 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry driven by Team 7 Motorsports driver Jeff Agnew at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Friday night’s N.C. Education Lottery 200.
Located in Charleston, W.Va., the West Virginia Coal Association is a trade association representing more than 90 percent of the state's underground and surface coal mine production. Its purpose is to have a unified voice representing the state's coal industry as well as increase emphasis on coal as a reliable energy source to help the nation achieve energy independence.Read More
The Friends of Coal/Charleston Gazette Relays were held at Laidley Field recently in Charleston. The event featured track and field teams from across the state. It has become a major event in the state’s high school track and field schedule, while also attracting participants from Ohio. Thanks to Pritchard Mining for making sure the Friends of Coal has a named place in this all-star event.