Roanoke Times News Crime Politics Education Nation World Blogs Columns Dan casey Archives Quizzes & Polls. Delacorte Press $2395 In the fall of 1957, when the Soviet space satellite Sputnik passed over southern West Virginia one evening, it caught the dazzled eye of a 14yearold resident of the tiny coalmining town of Coalwood, one Homer. HUNTSVILLE, Alabama I had not heard of Homer Hickam Jr before moving to Huntsville In young Homers hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia, that news is met at best with skepticism about space exploration and at worst with fear. from 10 am until 6 pm with family entertainment set in the colorful autumn mountains of southern West Virginia Bestselling author Homer Hickam, who grew up in Coalwood and put the small coal mining community on the map with. 2017 Barbara Jolyn Metten, 77, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 22, 2017 She was born in Coalwood West Virginia on. First lady Gayle Manchin has awarded $177 million for projects across West Virginia Manchin presented the grants are the McDowell County commission to finish designing sewers for Coalwood and $13 million for the town of Paw. It was Jan 15, 2006 and Huntsville author and former West Virginia miner Homer Hickam had traveled with "The Ambassadors Son," "The Far Reaches" and "The Keepers Son" His first Coalwood book, "Rocket Boys," told. A West Virginia man accused of repeatedly stabbing his best friend has posed up for whats been dubbed the "worlds worst mug shot" Barely able to open his eyes, a seriously bruised and battered Rick J Jones pouted for the terrifying. The Old Globe stages "October Sky," a new musical based on the beloved 1999 film In the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, every young mans future is in the coal mines, but after the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the worlds race. West Virginia Pumpkin Park theres also the TriStates largest Chicken Dance as well Coalwood, WVa native rocket scientist and author, Homer Hickam put Coalwood on the map when his book, "Rocket Boys," was made into.