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The Coal River Group has announced the election of new officers and a new board member for 2013.

The non-profit river restoration organization announced that Linda Costilow, a long term volunteer and resident of St. Albans, was elected as a new member of the Group’s Board of Directors.

Chuck Hirst, a computer systems specialist, was elected to serve as the new Vice President of the board. Richard Milam became Vice President of Government Relations.

Re-elected were former officers President Kris Radford, Treasurer Bob Miller, and Secretary Anna Shahan. Bill Currey, the co-founder of the organization, serves as the Chairman Emeritus.

The CRG also announced the formation of a new committee for the Little Coal region. Chairman of the Little Coal River Branch is Jeff Nelson, Director of the Boone County Career and Technical Center. Members of the newly formed branch include Vice Chairman Jim Gore, Secretary James Sutphin, and members Ricky Starkey, Larry Ladota, Russell Thomas, Bill Cook, and Joy Underwood.

The Coal River Group’s Big Coal Branch is chaired by Mary Browning of Racine, WV.

In 2012 the Coal River Group hired Sara Cottingham of Austin, TX, as an OSM/VISTA volunteer. Cottingham’s first yearlong term expires in February, but she has agreed to continue to serve with the Group through February 2014. The OSM/VISTA program is sponsored by the Appalachian Coal Country Team with funding support from the WV Stream Partners program.

President Kris Radford reported during the board meeting, “2012 was a banner year for the CRG.” The Group’s accomplishments in restoration and education for the Southern West Virginia region were significant and came about as a result of the hard work of our many partners both from the public and private sector. Noteworthy among the many programs is the $3 million major river restoration program for the Little Coal River that has been funded and supervised by the WV Department of Environmental Protection.

“As citizens of the region,” noted Radford, “we are proud of the accomplishments we have brought about for the rivers and streams in the region. But we are not finished and we have much more to do to restore the Coal Rivers.”

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