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Boone County “Grid Classic” set for Friday in Madison

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MADISON — The 2014 Boone County Grid Classic presented by Suddenlink will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Scott High School in Madison, where it will be “Military Appreciation Night.”Boone County is home to three (3) high schools – Sherman, Van and Scott. In athletic events, Sherman and Van both compete in Class A while Scott competes in Class AA. This is the only opportunity to see all three (3) Boone County high school football teams compete together on the same field since all of the teams do not meet during the regular season.

 

Griffith expects winner in new season

MADISON – One problem with building a perennial playoff contender is that each season brings high expectations.But veteran Scott High School football Coach Shane Griffith admits he feels the same hopes for the 2014 season.“I’m excited and there’s no way to hide it,” said Griffith. “I challenged these young guys to put forth an extra effort since last season and they’ve stepped forward even more than I had hoped.”...

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Sherman looks to past; plans for future

SETH – There are various ways to view Sherman High School’s athletic program.The Tide has been successful over the years as a Class AA school that has now been designated Single A. Those who consider that fact often insist that Sherman should “dominate” its Class A opponents in “every sport” because “they’re almost Double A.”Realistically, however, there has been an adjustment period for the Tide that has not always r...

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Van Bulldogs have seven home games

VAN – There have two major concerns for Van High School athletic officials the past few seasons. First and foremost, high school consolidation in the state has curtailed the number of potential Single A opponents to the point that the Bulldogs could have earned points in a frequent traveler program. Secondly, the number of student/athletes at Van has sometimes been extremely low.Football seasons, in particular, have been in jeopardy because there have not been sufficient numb...

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Big buck battles to the death revisited

The two massive bucks were stone dead, lying head to head with their horns locked. Standing aside them in the photo with this look of amazement was Logan County, West Virginia resident, Bernie Ellis. Mr. Ellis, who recently passed away, told me back then that the two big bucks were still warm when he came upon them. And, they hadn’t been there the day before. So just how many other antlered deer meet their maker in such a gruesome manner?

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Ron’s Ramblings

The failure of the Boone County Commission to assist with the financial needs of youth athletic programs is still a sore point with many local residents.Everyone realizes, of course, that coal revenues for companies, miners and local governments are not what they once were. Whether President Barack Obama really is waging a “war on coal” or not, the world economy simply is not supporting American coal as it once did. There are all sorts of political reasons for that, whi...

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ASW Wrestling show packs Madison Civic Center

This past Thursday ASW Wrestling presented its brand of Professional Wrestling at the Madison Civic Center in front of a packed house. Fans witnessed seven matches including a Steel Cage Match and a appearance by former WCW Star Buff Bagwell. The next ASW show will be Monday September 1st Labor Day Madison Civic Center. For more info check out www.aswwrestling.comASW Wrestling will present ‘LABOR DAY BASH’ on Monday, September 1st, at the Madison Civic Center in Madison...

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Time to get outdoors…

Ginseng digging or sangin,’ as it’s called in these parts, is one of the richest of America’s Appalachian traditions. Perhaps the most famed medicinal plant in the history of the world; the local hills remain some of the finest haunts for the treasured herb. None other than George Washington himself dug for the white carrot-like roots. So what’s the story for this year’s September 1 digging season kickoff?In short, there should be some renewed interest...

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Ron’s Ramblings

After a week of practices around the state, the high school football season – and college too – is just around the corner.The speed with which summer progresses and ends has always been fascinating to me. As the winter months drag on, summer picks up all the speed of a rushing locomotive and departs just as quickly.It was good news last week to hear that 25 youngsters have shown up for practices at Van. It looks as though there will be no danger of cancelling...

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Passenger pigeons gone, but not forgotten

It’s the one-hundredth anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s exit stage left from the face of the earth. That’s as in the centennial of the extinction of one of the most, if not the most abundant bird on earth! It was so abundant and well known back at the time that its disappearance gave cause for a dramatic change in human attitude. The loss of this once abundant bird spurred the conservation movement like a jolt of lightning.

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Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama in Madison

MADISON — The second annual Cardinal Conference Grid-O-Rama will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Scott High School in Madison.The Cardinal Conference is comprised of eight (8) WVSSAC Class AA high schools located in Boone, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne counties. Member schools include: Scott, Herbert Hoover, Sissonville, Chapmanville Regional, Mingo Central, Poca, Tolsia and Wayne.

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Dog days and poisonous snakes

“The berry picking’s been good, but it’s the dog days and the snakes are out. I’ve seen two copperheads already.” Yet another reader cautioned, “Be careful fishing the stream channels this time of year, the rattlers are down.” So what’s all this fuss and commotion about dog days and snakes?Dog days generally refer to the sweltering July 24 to August 24 time of year. Per Wikipedia, the term originates back to the time of the Greeks and...

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