Drug take back day

Drug Take Back Day in Boone County is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office will have two drop off locations. In front of the Boone County Courthouse and at Racine Park.

Uniformed Deputy Sheriff’s will be manning the collections sites. Deputies will take prescription medication no questions asked. The only items we will not accept is needles.

This is a perfect opportunity for citizens of Boone County to turn in unwanted or unused medication. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is encouraging people to go through their medicine cabinets and get rid of old medication.

Writing Club

Creative Writing Club with Dakota. Saturday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Boone-Madison Public Library. The program is designed for grades 3-7, but all are welcome. Come create with Dakota.

Call 304-369-7842 for more information.

Boone County Genealogical Society

In partnership with the Boone County Genealogical Society, the Boone Madison Public Library will be hosting a visit from Michael Graham, author of “On this Day in West Virginia Civil War History,” on Sept. 24, 2015, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Graham is the author of On This Day in West Virginia Civil War History, which presents event-driven anecdotes and history related to the state. Readers can find little-known facts about the Battles of Droop Mountain, Carnifex Ferry, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown and a whole host of others.

According to BCGS Vice-President Joetta Kuhn, “This is a great way to learn about the Civil War here in the Mountain State. With this book you can read one story each day, or just one a month. Either way, it’s a fun way to learn about the event that created our state.”

There is no cost for this event. On This Day in West Virginia Civil War History, and Graham’s previous work The Coal River Valley in the Civil War, will be available but no purchase is necessary for attendance.

Michael B. Graham, PhD, is adjunct professor of history, security and global studies at the American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia. He is senior vice-president and chief financial officer at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of many institutions, including the Air War College, the Naval War College, and the Marine Corps Command and General Staff College. He has written of contributed to many books, including Liberating a Continent: The European Theater (Vol 1) and Fall of the Rising Sun: The Pacific Theater (Vol. 2) in the Faces of Victory: The United States in World War II. He authored Mantle of Heroism: Tarowa and the Struggle for the Gilberts, November 1943 and On This Day in West Virginia Civil War History.

The October meeting of the Boone County Genealogical Society will follow the meeting. Please call 304-369-7842 for more information.

Flea market and craft show

There will be a flea and craft show sponsored by the Boone County Fair on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Madison Civic Center.

If you would like space for the yard sale, flea market items, direct selling vendors, et., give us a call and we can make it happen. Please call Gini Nelson at 304-837-3894 or Virginia Messer at 304-245-8113 to get a vendor form to fill out.

Food Handlers Classes

The Food Handlers Classes will be held at the Public Health Building located near Danville, just off the Lick Creek Road.

Dates and times are as follows, Monday, Oct 5, 2015 at 2 and 6 p.m.

Please note that under State Law any person that is involved in the preparation or service of food for public consumption is required to attend a certified food service training course. The course will be conducted by Sandra Giles, Boone County Sanitarian.

There is a $10 fee for the foodhandler’s card.

Masquerade mystery dinner

Join the Madison-Danville Jaycees on Oct. 17 at the Madison Civic Center for a masquerade themed murder mystery dinner. The event will run 6 to 9 p.m., is family friendly, and will have raffles, costume contests, and more.

Tickets are $15 per adult, $25 per couple, and $5 for kids.

For more information, visit or call Sara at 304-784-4259.

VFW looking for veterans

The Daniel Boone VFW and Aux are looking for Veterans that have served our country. We would like to make a history book about our Veterans. Questions like Name, Branch of Service, Rank, Where you Served, and When you served.

Other memories that you might want to share about your time in the service and what advice for us.

There is no time limit on this, but we would like to have a memory book of any Veteran that might like to share their memories. Contact us at 304-369-2775 or 304-836-5124.

Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Essay contest

The Voice of Democracy is a written and audio contest open to students in grade 9-12. This contest is a 3 to 5 minute audio/written contest. The top scholarship being $30,000. Essays with forms and audio are due November 1st 2015.

This years theme is “My Vision For America.” Contact numbers are 304-836-5124 or 304-369-2775.

The Patriot’s Pen is a 300-400 type written essay. Forms are available to students in grades 6-8.

National Award is $50,000 and this years theme is “What Freedom Means to Me.” Essays with forms are due November 1, 2015. Contact numbers are 304-836-5124 or 304-369-2775.

You will be judged on imagination and human interest. express clearly your ideas in an organized manner. Speak in a clear credible manner. All forms are available in all schools.

If you cannot find a form in your school go to the WWW.VFW.ORG look for Scholarships to download a form (PDF). or contact one of the numbers listed above.

Looking for Gold Star families

The Daniel Boone VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary are looking for families in Boone County that have loved ones in the recent conflicts. We know that there is one. Just wanted to find out if there are more that we don’t know about. They are called Gold Star families.

This is the month for honoring Gold Star families.

Contact Sharon Cain at 304-836-5124 or Janet Williams at 304-369-2775 or 304-543-1822.

Secret Santa

Secret Santa applications are currently being accepted at the Boone County Community Organization office located at 347 Kenmore Drive, Lick Creek Road (behind the Health Departnent).

If you receive any amount of SNAP benefits you automatically qualify for Secret Santa for children 12 and under. Bring your SNAP card and SS# numbers for everyone in the household. If you do not receive SNAP benefits bring proof of monthly household income and a formulary will be used to see if you qualify.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Connect with Lifeline program

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia wants citizens to stay connected, so it is reaching out to those who need phone service but can’t afford it. The Commission wants to ensure that low-income families and elderly residents know about this program, which offers discounts to help them access basic local telephone service.

Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to West Virginia’s low-income residents. Under the federal Lifeline program, telephone customers who participate in or are eligible for certain public assistance programs are entitled to receive a basic telephone service discount.

To participate in the program, consumers must either have an income that is at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in federal or state assistance programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). More information on program eligibility and rules is available at

Staying connected to local resources and emergency services can improve and possibly save many lives. Thirty telephone companies in West Virginia currently participate in the Lifeline Program. For more information, or to find out if you qualify, please call your local telephone company or visit the Commission’s website:

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