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Cooke tells Homestead crowd how he got involved with rockets

August 4, 2017 by Martinsville Bulletin

Martinsville BulletinAccording to Cooke and online information, several young men from Coalwood – Homer “Sonny” Hickam Jr., Quentin Wilson, Jimmy “O'Dell” Carroll, Sherman Siers, Billy Rose and Cooke – embarked on an adventure to learn about, design, construct and launch ...

Richlands' Cody Howie is a blue chip prospect

October 11, 2016 by Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)Another Richlands star made a similar high-profile relocation just a few years ago. At the end of his freshman season, Devon Johnson moved from now defunct Big Creek High School in rural War, West Virginia, to Richlands. After starring for the Blue ...

Hicks mined gold as Pulaski County football coach

October 11, 2016 by Roanoke Times

Roanoke TimesDUBLIN — Joel Hicks drove a coal truck growing up as a teenager in the hills of southern West Virginia. He was a three-sport star at Richwood High School and later played defensive back at West Virginia University. He broke in as a high school coach ...

Rocket Boys hero dies at 91

September 28, 2015 by Beckley Register-Herald

Beckley Register-HeraldBolt was born in Coalwood, graduated from Big Creek High School in 1941 and served in World War II as a combat veteran in the U.S. Navy. Bolt returned to Coalwood and worked 43 years with Olga Coal Co., until he retired. “Bill Bolt is the last of the ...

'October Sky': Light a fire under these rocket boys

August 27, 2015 by Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneAt one point in "October Sky," the new Marriott Theatre musical based on the biographical 1999 movie about the aerospace engineer Homer H. Hickam, Jr., the principal of Big Creek High School delivers one of those lines that authoritarian antagonists in ...

School Improvement Group works to keep Big Creek High memories alive

August 22, 2015 by Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Bluefield Daily TelegraphThe walls of Big Creek High School came down on Thursday as demolition crews complete the task of demolishing the former Big Creek High School. Contributed photo. WAR — The walls of Big Creek High School are totally down, but the community hopes that ...

State Fire Marshal rules Big Creek High School fire arson

August 7, 2015 by Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Bluefield Daily TelegraphWAR — The director of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Jimmy Gianato, confirmed Thursday evening that the State Fire Marshal has ruled that the July 17, Big Creek High School fire was an arson fire. “Deputy ...

Demolition Process Begins For Big Creek High School In McDowell County

July 30, 2015 by WVNS-TV

WVNS-TVDemolition work began at Big Creek High School in McDowell County on Thursday July 30, 2015. The school was closed in 2010. School administrators said the school was a safety hazard. A playground will be built in it's place for student's at Southside K ...

Demolition crews begin sifting through Big Creek High debris

July 25, 2015 by Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Bluefield Daily TelegraphThe fire at the old school started sometime early in the morning on July 17. Six area volunteer fire departments including units from War, Berwind, Coalwood, Bishop, Welch and Tazewell, Va., responded to the fire. The firefighters pumped water from the ...

Fire of unknown origin destroys historic Big Creek High School

July 18, 2015 by Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Bluefield Daily TelegraphChief Matthew Dash of the War Volunteer Fire Department said that firefighters started battling to prevent the fire in the old school from spreading to the new Southside K-8 School and to the Dr. Thomas C. Hatcher Memorial Community Center. “Everything ...

Big Creek High will always hold great sports memories

July 17, 2015 by Beckley Register-Herald

I loved its wide sideline on the school side. I never once got hit there while shooting photos. Yes, Big Creek had the famous Owl perched on its roof in front that would light up during games. And what games were played on that field! Big Creek, for ...

Rocket Boys author Homer Hickam speaks about fire at Big Creek High School

July 17, 2015 by WVNS-TV

WVNS-TVWest Virginia native Homer Hickam, who went on to become a NASA scientist and wrote about his experiences at Big Creek High School in the novel "Rocket Boys" which was adapted to the big-screen blockbuster "October Sky." "The second and third floor was ...

Suspicious fire destroys Big Creek High, home of Rocket Boys

July 17, 2015 by Beckley Register-Herald

Beckley Register-HeraldWAR — The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating a fire of unknown origin that destroyed much of the former Big Creek High School building on Friday, according to West Virginia State Police. “We were at the scene early when a crowd started ...

Residents and past Big Creek High School students react to fire at old high school

July 17, 2015 by WVVA TV

WVVA TVWAR, WV (WVVA) Since around 5:30 this morning crews have been battling to contain the fire in the old Big Creek High School building. "Sadness, part of our history is being destroyed," says resident and Big Creek High School graduate Lynn Johnson. For ...

Fire Reported at Old Big Creek High in War

July 17, 2015 by West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia Public BroadcastingA fire has been reported at a former West Virginia high school that gained national attention with the 1999 release of the movie "October Sky." Credit WCHS-TV. Media outlets report that firefighters from five volunteer fire departments battled the ...

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