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Sunday, October 6, 2013

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BECKLEY BLASTS OFF

Rocket Boys and Chili Night light up the town Festival encourages kids’ interest in science By Cody Neff REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

FWOOOOOOSH! Rockets sprayed off of their launch pads Saturday at the second annual Rocket Boys Festival in Beckley in front of a cheering crowd. One of the original Rocket Boys says the event is a great chance to inspire children. “The goal of the festival is to allow us to come together each year and participate in other events and promote the major idea behind the Rocket Boys’ story and that is education and the importance of education,” Rocket Boy Billy Rose said. “Our lives and how we overcame difficulties in each of our lives can serve as something that kids can take away and apply to their lives. These kids should be able to say, ‘If I get an education, I can get out of whatever situation I might be in.’ “As a result of going to schools and speaking to students ..., we tend to inspire them to do a better job of being a a good student. Maybe they all would have gone on and done all of this anyway, but I like to feel that we had a part in doing that and inspiring them to go on and to go to college to replicate what we’ve done in our lives.” Another of the original Rocket Boys says the old version of the festival ran into a few problems in its former home of Coalwood before it eventually had to stop. “Coalwood is very difficult to find,” Roy Lee Cooke

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Dennis Daniel gets a chili sample from McBee’s Irish Pub and Restaurant’s chef Rocky Goodell at Chili Night in Uptown Saturday.

People bring their specialties for a spicy cook-off Uptown By Cody Neff REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

Things were really cooking Saturday in Uptown Beckley. Crowds made their way through the streets in an effort to try the chili of 42 different cooks at the 23rd annual Chili Night According to those who were at the festival in the beginning, the event has grown quite a bit.

“It started out in a parking lot where the federal building is now,” Beckley Renaissance director Jill Moorefield said. “It was the very first year and we had 400 people. It wasn’t a cook-off. It was just selling one person’s chili and raising money. The money that we raised from this event funds all of the events throughout the year, along with some sponsors.” See UPTOWN, 7A

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ABOVE: “October Sky” actor Chris Owen, left, fires the rocket of Virginia Tech student Renee Spangler, right. Owen portrayed original Rocket Boy Quentin Wilson in the movie. RIGHT: Brittany Drake holds Erik Daniels as they enjoy the rocket launches Saturday during the Rocket Boys Festival at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.

See FESTIVAL, 7A

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Deb Evans, of Beckley, enjoys a chili sample in Uptown Beckley, where throngs of people crowded the streets, left, in search of a spicy concoction.

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Beckley Police officer’s domestic violence work has statewide impact By Jessica Farrish REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

As National Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues, one local police detective will be continuing life as usual. But for Cpl. Morgan Bragg, 28, of Beckley Police Department, and for victims of domestic violence, the detective’s work is anything but the norm. Bragg, who began his career at BPD in 2008,

was a domestic violence officer for the city for two years. Although he recently stepped out of that position, his work with domestic violence is continuing to impact the city and the state. Bragg is a member of the Raleigh County STOP Team (Family Violence Task Force), which is being awarded the 2013 U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement and Victim Assistance Award.

He was recently appointed to the Governor’s West Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review team, a Charleston-based group that reviews domestic fatalities from across the state and works on prevention. Bragg was one of several officials from the area to receive an Incite Hope award Saturday, given by the Women’s Resource

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Mostly sunny. High 82. Low 60. Details, Page 8A

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See IMPACT, 8A

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Cpl. Morgan Bragg, of Beckley Police Department, works with domestic violence issues and was recently appointed to the Governor’s West Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review team.

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