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Commission approves order to lay levy rates

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MADISON — An order to lay the levy rates in Boone County was approved last week by the Boone County Commission.The rates for fiscal year 2014-2015 were set as follows: General Fund estimated revenues at $10,573,060; and Coal Severance Tax revenues $4,062,185.Expenditures of the revenue include, $233,000 for capital projects; $99,000 in social services, which includes $59,000 for senior citizens and $40,000 for public transportation, all from the Coal Severance Tax revenue.Health and Sanitation expenditures of $1,498,049 from the General Fund and $720,900 from the Coal Severance Tax are included in the estimated budget.


Boone ranks 49th in state on social services for children

Boone County ranks near the bottom on social services for children, according to the annual Kids Count Data Book, which profiles child well-being.Boone County ranked 49th out of 55 counties, only ahead of Wyoming (50th), Mercer (51st), Lincoln (52nd), Summers (53rd), Mingo (54th), and McDowell (55th).The ranking is based on 12 indicators: how many babies born with low birth weights, the infant mortality rate, the child death rate, percent of 4-year-olds in school, subsid...

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Happy birthday in Heaven

Happy birthday in Heaven to Pauline and Lorzena Kuhn.Jeff, Debbie and Geoffrey Kuhn, Dianna and Billy Jarrell, Kiri and Zoey Walker attended the releasing of balloons ceremony at the Danville Memorial Park to celebrate pauline and Lorenza Kuhn’s birthdays.Mom and Dad, you are missed so much. We love you and will always celebrate your life as a gift from heaven.

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Prescription take back program set for Saturday, April 26

A prescription drug take back event is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boone County Courthouse and at Racine Park.The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, along with Stop Watch and the REgional Family Resource Network are offering this program to prevent increased pill abuse and theft, according to event organizers.Residents can drop unused, unwanted and expired medications into boxes provi...

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A Closer Walk

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, A-men: and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18).This verse is taken out of the Apostle John’s introduction in the book of Revelation, which was given to him while he was in exile on the isle of Patmos. Apparently the Roman authorities had interpreted John preaching as seditious and removed him from the mainland in an attempt to inhibit the growth of the early church.

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For such a time as this

In many cases when we suffer we do not know the reason why. Sometimes God reveals the purpose of our suffering at a later time and sometimes He never lets us know why we had to suffer. But by reading the Scriptures, we can glean some general reasons for human suffering. Suffering is always at variance with our human will and desire. If we had a choice, we would never willingly choose to suffer. But when we do suffer, it is comforting at least to know the reason why. Knowing why adds a measure...

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Holy Week Services for West Fork (Van) Area ChurchesThe following Churches will join for a time of worship:Martha Freewill Baptist, Brown’s Branch FWB, Gordon Union Church, Gordon Missionary Baptist, Van United Methodist, and Van Christian Faith Center.Wednesday April 16 - Easter Cantata (Brown’s Branch)Thursday April 17 - Gordon Union Church (Gordon)Friday April 18 - Christian Faith Center (Van)Wed...

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In memory of Rodney Evans Roberts

Rodney Evan Roberts was born on August 24, 1978 and died on April 16, 2011.It is hard to understand,Or know the reason why.You had to leave before us,And we had to say Goodbye.But the memories we gathered,Will always linger here.Memories of you, dear one,That forever will be near.And from dawn to setting sun,Each day our whole lives through.Our hearts wil hold a special pla...

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Gregory’s Web

It’s always good to know when a public official has been cleared of any possible criminal wrong-doing. Somehow, that reminds me of the Southern West Virginia politician who ran for re-election to the legislature. In his advertising, he noted that he had “Never been CONVICTED of a felony.” That was so reassuring, voters in his district sent him back to Charleston. Later, he WAS, in fact, CONVICTED of a felony but later ran again and won another election. A second felony convi...

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EDITORIAL: War on miners

(MCT) The federal government in the form of the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to cut funding for coal miners suffering from black lung disease by 35 percent.The seven black lung clinics in the state — Princeton, Whitesville, Oceana, Montcalm, Rainelle, Meadow Bridge and Scarbro — last year received $1.4 million in funding. This year, a cap has been put in place to reduce that funding to $900,000 a year.Rightly so, West Virginia miners an...

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Sherman students participate in anti-bullying event

Julie Browning said after a tragic event involving a Sherman High School student and bullying, she volunteered her two Sherman high school boys Jonathan (11th grade) and Jaxson Browning (9th grade) to participate in an anti-bullying event on April 5, 2014, at Stephen’s Lake.“The event was to raise awareness about bullying and to promote confidence in youth with a fashion show,” Browning said. “The admission was to be donated to the family of Christopher Nels...

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Hunter fans 14, Lowe homers in Tide win

BECKLEY - Sherman High southpaw John Hunter fanned 14 batters in a 5-inning mercy rule shortened contest and Aaron Lowe blasted his second home run in as man games as the Tide took down Greater Beckley Christian on the road, 17-0.Hunter, a first team Class A All State slugger entered the game hitting over .500 on the season. The senior notched four hits including a double and five stolen bases but it was his dominance on the bump that dazzled those in attendance last Saturday....

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WV Power loaded with highly rated prospects

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Power roster features seven – soon to be eight – of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top 30 prospects, but manager Mike Ryan said it will be important to see production on the field.“That’s what Baseball America picks as the top prospects,” Ryan said on the even of the Power’s Thursday opener. “They’re all great players as far as the non-Baseball America prospects or whoever is here. It’s a good...

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Sherman loses to Wyoming East

A nine-run first inning propelled Wyoming East to a 14-0, five-inning win over Sherman last Thursday at New Richmond.The AA No. 6 Warriors batted around in the first inning. Austin Canada’s bases loaded double to left drove in two runs, and Christian Hedinger followed with a three-run home run to left.Blake Brewer had the lone hit of the day for the Tide, stroking a single to center-left in the top of the third.Jaquan Ayers punched a two-run single to ri...

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Ron’s Ramblings

“Write down the name of Jordan Roberts.”While nobody in Boone County or the adjacent area will need to be told to remember Roberts, the former Scott High School football sensation, those are the words of Ottawa Sun sports writer Tim Baines in a recent edition.To say Baines is impressed with the ex-Skyhawk running back/all-around star would be an understatement. “Roberts, the fifth player signed to the Ottawa RedBlacks roster, back in early December, has...

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Southern now offers an approved apprenticeship for students

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce a new agreement that offers an approved apprenticeship for students.The agreement was signed with Unilin NA, LLC, Robert C. Byrd Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship. The program was planned to enhance the skill level of employees and offer education options to enhance their employment goals.

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‘Preventative Measures’ program coming to schools

The Tri-County Youth Reporting Center, along with the Boone County Stop Watch Coalition has started the implementation of the “Preventative Measures Program” in three local schools.The program was established to assist students in coping with various issues such as bullying, depression, substance abuse and more, according to Michele Bowles with Regional Family Resource Network.“The program’s targeted population is ‘at risk youth’ who a...

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Boone County ‘GEAR UP’ students recognized during sixth annual Governor’s Honors Symposium

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recognized the academic achievements of nearly 200 ‘GEAR UP’ students at the sixth annual Governor’s Honors Symposium, held April 5 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. GEAR UP, which stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a college preparation initiative providing services to students in ten West Virginia counties. The Symposium highlighted...

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