The Joint Spring Meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute (WVCMI), West Virginia Coal Association, and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Central Appalachian Section was held in late April, which also included the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame’s 20th Annual Induction Ceremony and dinner.

The first class of the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame was inducted in 1998. Those who make it into the hall of fame must be leaders who have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of the coal industry in West Virginia; must have devoted a minimum of five years of his or her mining career directly related to the West Virginia coal industry; and must have served as an operator, manager, owner, engineer, educator, or other major contributor to the growth and development of the West Virginia coal industry.

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