Medical Leader | PHOTO COURTESY OF COAL RUN VILLAGE
THIS BRIDGE ONCE SERVED THE CITY: This bridge used to lead to the
Coal Run Post Office, which was established on May 10, 1866, with James
Weddington as the postmaster. The facility operated as an independent
post office through 1959. This bridge was destroyed during the flood of
Coal Run Village, located north of Pikeville in Pike County, was incorporated nearly five decades ago.
It is home to nearly 2,000 residents in various communities and more than 200 businesses, many of which are located in four large shopping plazas: Weddington Square, Weddington Plaza, Crossroads Plaza and the K-Mart Plaza, and the Coal Run Medical Plaza, located behind McDonalds on Church Street.
E. W. Damron, who died at the age of 84 in 2009, was the city’s first mayor.
He was a World War II veteran and pastor of the Coal Run Church of Christ.
He died Oct. 20, 2009 at the age of 84, leaving behind a family and a community to mourn his passing.
“There are few E.W.’s in this world and we’re in a better place because of him,” Mayor Laverne C. Dye said following his death.
Damron was “instrumental in the city’s prosperity,” she said.
Dye, who stepped into her mayoral role in 2007, is the city’s fourth mayor.
Phyllis Muncy served as mayor from 1999-2006 and Mike Glavaris was the city’s mayor from 1986 through 1999.
The city had 13 trustees from 1963 through 1981 and it adopted a city form of government in 1982. Since then, 16 commissioners have served the city.
Current commissioners include Jerry Bliffen, pastor of the Coal Run Church of Christ who has provided 14 years of service, Marilyn Compton, who has provided 12 years of service, Steve McQuerry, who has provided four years of service, and Andrew Scott, who was elected two years ago.
Coal Run is one of only two Kentucky cities that increased population by more than 100 percent over the past decade, and it has increased through annexation in property size from a one-half-mile square tract of land along U.S. 23 to approximately 27.45 square miles with approximately 80 streets, 230 businesses, a population of 1,706 people and 1,219 registered voters.