Thursday event in Beckley spotlights the mining industry

The mining industry will be highlighted tomorrow in Beckley with the 2012 Miners' Celebration. Speakers at the conference will celebrate the past and look forward to the future,and several awards will be handed out, including a special "Spirit of the Coalfields'' award to McDowell County native and author Homer Hickam, who wrote "Rocket Boys'' and other memoirs about growing up in the mining community of Coalwood. It's a free event and anyone can attend. All you have to do is register in advance at .