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    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

Alpha Natural Resource’s Elk Run Coal Co. in Sylvester, WV was selected to receive the 2014 Excellence in Surfacing Coal Mining Good Neighbor Award, Alpha announced July 23.

The U.S. Office of Surfacing Mining Reclamation and Enforcement selected Elk Run for the Good Neighbor Award for its efforts to better the local community, according to the news release.

Elk Run's impact on its community has included partnering to provide more than 5,700 weekend food bags to community school children, along with more than 30 travel bags containing hygiene items, and 400 smile bags that included needed items of clothing.

“Employees gave both their time and resources to help their neighbors,” the announcement said.

Elk Run employees provided equipment, labor and materials to Sherman High School in Boone County to put up a new scoreboard, and build a new press box and concession stand for the school’s football field, as well as repair the softball field. Additionally, Elk Run helped update classrooms for the disabled at Sherman High and Elementary Schools.

In addition, Elk Run helped finance a project to provide city water to the community of Blue Point, near Whitesville. Elk Run's investment helped cover the installation of water lines from Route 3 to all Blue Point residents, the announcement said.

Elk Run's most extensive contribution and ongoing project has been to assist in tearing down the old Sylvester Elementary School and gymnasium and turning the space into a covered community shelter. Future plans include turning the grounds into a community park.

Elk Run Coal Company employs 530 people in five deep mines, two belt mines and a preparation plant, all located in the Sylvester and Whitesville communities of Boone County.

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