November 5, 2013

Boot, coat, glove drive

Troop 5 area of the West Virginia State Police is conducting a boot, coat and glove drive for Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne and Cabell counties.

Donations of new or used items in good condition are being accepted now through Dec. 1st at any of the local State Police detachments in the Troop 5 area.

The items will be distributed on Dec. 3rd to local schools in the area.

For more information or questions, contact Sgt. C.R. Sutphin at 304-369-7800.

Holiday Craft Fair

Premier Bank in Madison will host a Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, November 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the bank lobby.

Come check out the numerous handmade crafts and baked items. Christmas is just around the corner and this will be a great way to purchase those holiday gifts or to use in your own holiday decorating.

In Rememberance Service

An “In Remembrance Service” will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Nellis Mine Explosion Memorial adjacent to the Nellis Church/Archives, beginning at 1 p.m.

The service will honor the eleven Nellis miners who lost their lives in Boone County’s worst coal mining disaster on November 6, 1943, as well as honoring other coal miners who have lost their lives in mining accidents in Boone County.

This will mark the 70th anniversary of this tragedy.

The Boone County Historic Landmark Commission, which is organizing this service, hopes that family members who have lost loved ones in mining accidents, as well as fellow miners, citizens, and county and state officials, will attend this special service.

Friends of the Nellis Church/Archives and Nellis Elementary School students will be taking part in this event.

In the event of inclement weather the service will be held in the Nellis Elementary School Gym.

Following the ceremony refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Judy McComas at 304-836-5379 or Sue Baire 304-245-8214.

BCARSE meeting

The Boone County Association of Retired School Employees (BCARSE) will meet Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 10 a.m. at the Park Ave. Restaurant in Danville.

The Veterans will be recognized and Bob Peal will present the devotional. Door prizes will be given away and 50/50 will be available to those choosing to play.

Legislators from our area will present a panel discussion for our program. Q & A will follow the discussion.

Jenny Light, pres., encourages all members to attend. Fun, food and fellowship is always on the agenda. Please plan to attend this meeting.

Family Bingo

There will be Family Bingo on Saturday, November 16, starting at 5 p.m. at Van Elementary. Over $2,000 in prizes and gift cards to be given away.

Admission is $20 at the door or prepay for $15. Contact Misty Price to purchase tickets early.

For information, call 304-245-8175 or call Van Elementary for more info 304-245-8811.

Nellis Elementary School Bingo

On November 7, 2013, starting at 6 p.m. there will be Bingo at Nellis Elementary School.

Concession will be sold starting at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per book of tickets. Daubers and extra tickets will be available, plus special games.

Come out for a great night of fun and support those wonderful Nellis Wildcats.

Veteran’s Program

There will be a “Veteran’s Program” at the Whitesville Elementary Gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Our students pay tribute to all veterans and everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Drug abuse presentation

Bureau Chief of Investigative Services - Lieutenant Chad Napier of the Charleston Police Department will be giving an informative presentation concerning drug abuse at the Gospel Center Tabernacle located at Riverside Drive and 3rd Avenue, (West) Madison on Nov. 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. He will also host a Q & A session. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Surviving the holidays with diabetes

Join us for an educational evening on how to have an excellent holiday season as a diabetic or a family member of a disbetic.

We will have local health professionals presenting on ways diabetics can stay healthy and local organizations will offer great diabetic friendly recipes. There will be food demonstrations, door prizes and more.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boone County Health Department, 213 Kenmore Drive in Danville.

Free diabetes classes

The Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is providing several opportunities around the state for people with Medicare to participate in free diabetes education classes.

The free classes, part of a program led by the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI), are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their families and caregivers. Nurses, community health workers and volunteers trained by WVMI will cover topics that include managing every aspect of diabetes, from nutrition to exercise to important tests and exams.

Classes include interactive demonstrations such as a “build your plate” visualization of fat, sugar and salt content for a meal; props to demonstrate healthy versus diseased kidney filtration; games and storytelling. For a fun and engaging learning experience, please join us for a class listed below.

Upcoming classes include: Boone County - Barrett-Wharton Library, Wharton, WV, November 12, 19 and 26 at 1 p.m.

Beginners Amateur Radio Class

A Beginners (TECHNICIAN LEVEL) Amateur Radio Class will be offered, Nov. 8th and 9th at the Danville VFD Station in

Danville. The class will start around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 8th and commence at 8 a.m. on Nov. 9th until 5 p.m.

Testing will be around 6 p.m. on Nov. 9th. People that wish to upgrade are welcome to test as well.

Madison Buddy League Basketball

Madison Buddy League Basketball will have “Sign Ups” on November 11th, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sing ups will take place at the Madison Civic Center. The fee is $40 per child. If the child has a sibling playing it is only $10 for that child, or any other sibling in the family.

The Buddy League Program is for Pre-K to 7th grade for any child who would like to participate. However, the child cannot turn 13 prior to September 1st, 2013.

If you have any questions you can call Misty Carrico at 304-369-6435 or Paul Carden at 304-369-1408. You may also message us on the Facebook page of Madison Buddy League. We are looking forward to a great year.

Secret Santa Program

The Boone County Community Organization (BCCO) is currently taking applications for the Secret Santa Program.

In order to apply you must come to the BCCO office, located at 347 Kenmore Drive, Lick Creek Road, in Danville, behind the Health Department.

You are eligible to receive Secret Santa if you receive any amount of food stamps and your children are 12 and under. Please be sure to bring your food stamp card and Social Security numbers for yourself and your children.

Last date for applications is Nov. 8, 2013.

For more information, call 304-369-0451.

Become a Make-A-Wish volunteer

Make-A-Wish® is looking for kindhearted individuals to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship in order to assist with wish fulfillment. To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a training session.

As members of “wish teams,” volunteers are an important component of fulfilling wishes. Working together, the “wish team” meets with the wish child’s family, acts as a liaison between Make-A-Wish® staff and the family, and aids in determining the most suitable wish for the child. Volunteers can also help at special events such as golf tournaments and walks.

Attendance at one training session is mandatory for all interested individuals. This training will familiarize the prospective volunteer with his or her duties to Make-A-Wish and our families.

To register for the upcoming training on Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 p.m., or if you have any questions, please contact staff at 304-342-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 15,000 wishes.

For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at 1-800-676-9474 or visit its Web site at

Boone County Democrat executive committee meeting

The Boone County Democrat executive committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at the Boone County Courthouse on the second floor.

Guest speaker will be Larry Puccio, chair of the state Democrat Party.

Values of our party in West Virginia will be discussed by our speaker. Refreshments will be served. Members please be present and invite friends.

Low cost spay and neutering options for dogs and cats

Want to get your pet fixed and stop having endless litters of puppies and kittens? We are planning on taking some animals to a low cost spay and neuter clinic and we need volunteer drivers also.

Please contact Jeanne at 304-369-9301 or email

Help stop pet overpopulation.