Putting a human face on coal tragedy

The anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster is coming up on April 5. My friend Ken Ward Jr. worked with Gary Harki to put together a really moving story for The Charleston Gazette showing the human cost of that tragedy from the perspective of Bobbie Pauley, one of only two women working at the Upper Big Branch Mine. She wasn’t working the mine that day, but her fiance, Boone Payne, was. He was one of the 29 men who died in the disaster.

Read the article. And remember the price paid by so many last year.

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