Lone Family Is Last In W.Va. 'Ghost Town'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Twilight, W.Va. (AP) -- Their friends and neighbors have moved away, but the Richmond family is staying in Twilight.

Lawrence Richmond, an 85-year-old retired coal miner, says he won't leave his home in the Boone County community once known as Lindytown.

He's staying there along with his wife, two sons and grandchildren even though Massey Energy has started a mountaintop removal mine behind their home.

Everyone else has left. Some sold their homes to Massey.

Massey spokesman Jeff Gillenwater says the company didn't have to buy the properties, but did so as an optional safety precaution.

Richmond says the company offered him $175,000 for his house.

The World War II veteran says he prefers to stay in his home of 63 years.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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