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Four sentenced to prison on various felony charges

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MADISON – A Wharton man was sentenced to prison for transporting and conspiring to transport controlled substances into the state, according to Boone County court records.Jeffrey Scott Sharp, 37, of Wharton, was sentenced on Sept. 10, 2014, to 1 to 3 years in prison for transportation of controlled substances into the state and 1 to 5 years for conspiring to transport controlled substances into the state.In June 2013, Sharp received a package by U.S. mail containing alprazolam (Xanax), which is a schedule IV controlled substance. The package was postmarked from Lynnwood, Washington.Sharp conspired with Keith and Tonya Blevins to use their post office box to receive the package, according to the criminal complaint.


Hundreds laid off at Alpha

Four Logan County mines received extensions Friday on WARN notices issued by Alpha Natural Resources on July 31. Along with Highland Mining’s Superior, Reylas, Freeze Fork and Trace Fork surface mines in Logan County, revised WARN notices with an idling date of Nov. 26, or within the following two-week period, was issued to the North surface mine in Mingo and Logan Counties, Black Castle Mining’s surface mine in Boone County, and Republic Energy’s Republic and Workman Creek ...

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BMH annual ‘Health Fair’ set for Oct. 3rd

MADISON — Boone Memorial Hospital will host its annual “Health Fair” on Friday, Oct. 3rd, 2014.The event will be held at the Madison Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.This year’s theme is “Building Better Health” to celebrate the recent ground breaking on the new hospital.The fair will offer discounted blood work, flu shots, depression screenings, chiropractic evaluations, medication reviews and much more.

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Police searching for robbery suspect

FOSTER — Police are still searching for a suspect who robbed the Rock Creek One Stop in the Foster area.It happened around 2:23 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, according to Boone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Chad Barker.“A male subject wearing a black mask, black ball cap, black shirt, black gloves, blue jeans and white shoes entered the One Stop armed with a black semi-automatic pistol,” Barker said. “The subject pointed the gun...

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Ron’s Ramblings

All right. I’m not perfect. Well, not quite. But anyway ….It remains extremely difficult for me to see why coaches, staff and fans at local high schools do not appear to have any interest in reading about their student/athletes in the pages of the local paper.I approached this subject earlier during last year’s basketball season and set off an uproar heard all over West Virginia, Facebook and the world. While I enjoyed the fact that all the comments cau...

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Early gun bear season southern style

Black bear populations are at modern record highs in West Virginia. And that may be an understatement. Hint, hint…hunters are needed. Many counties are at above population objective levels and in turn several of those are in the very backyard counties of Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming.

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Gregory’s Web

Ironically, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s newspaper column this week is titled, “Keeping with Tradition.”Although Tomblin writes of a different tradition, I think action this week regarding Mingo County’s family court judge position shows that another Mountain State “tradition” is being kept.West Virginia has a well-earned reputation for political corruption. “Stolen elections” are often discussed. Well, this past week, Tombl...

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New book about Coal River Valley during Civil War released

A new book “The Coal River Valley in the Civil War” by Michael B. Graham has just been released.The three rivers that make up the Coal River Valley — Big, Little and Coal — were named by explorer John Peter Salling (or Salley) for the coal deposits found along its banks.More than one hundred years later, the picturesque valley was witness to a multitude of bloody skirmishes between Confederate and Union forces in the Civil War.Often-ove...

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New report on rising coal plant retirements

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) expressed concern after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an updated report on the projected number of retiring coal–fired plants in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for carbon dioxide emissions.According to the report, approximately 13 percent of coal-fueled generating capacity has either been retired since 2012 or is planned for retirement by 2025, which surpasses the previous estimates in 2...

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Checklist for Fall garden and landscape care

You can see and feel the change of seasons. Fall color is starting to appear, pansies, mums and asters are in the garden center and your thoughts are turning to preparing your landscape for winter.Those in warm climates are switching to winter annuals, while those in colder regions are fortifying their landscapes for the cold winter ahead. No matter where you live, invest some time in preparing your landscape for the change in seasons. Dedicating some time now will pay off with hea...

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Program helps domestic violence victims

CHARLESTON — The Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) helps protect the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking by providing a substitute mailing address – ensuring abusers or potential abusers cannot use public records to find their victims.According to the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a call is made to the domestic violence hotline in West Virginia every nine minutes and one in four women has been a v...

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Bolton fires up Republican crowd

CHARLESTON — Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton fired up a packed house of Republicans at the Freedom Dinner 2014 held Friday evening at the Charleston Marriott Hotel.All the tables were filled as state GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas emceed the evening’s speakers. Boone County’s Donna Gosney, a former National Committeewoman, delivered a touching tribute to the late James Reed, who she served with when he was the national committeeman.Gosney descri...

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Van falls to 0-4 in loss to Frontier

VAN – As the sun set slowly in the west on a coolish September evening at Van, the hopes of playoff contention for the high school’s beloved Bulldogs was sinking as well.Van, now winless in four tries this season, fell to a tough visiting team from New Matamoras, Ohio, 36-16.Van started the game on fire. A long touchdown run and a field goal gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead after the first half of the first quarter.By the end of the first quarter, Fro...

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Hawks now 4-0 with road victory

SISSONVILLE – If there was any doubt the old Scott smash-mouth football has returned, that should have been laid to rest Friday at Sissonville. Before a homecoming crowd, the Skyhawks dominated offensively and defensively in a 21-7 victory over the Cardinal Conference rival Indians.The win lifted Coach Shane Griffith’s squad to 4-0 on the season. They went into the contest ranked second in Class AA football in the state.

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Sherman falls to Gilmer County

GLENVILLE – The Sherman High School Tide continued their voyage through rough seas this season as they fell, 53-27, to Gilmer County High Friday evening at Glenville.The loss dropped Sherman to 1-3 on the season, with their lone victory coming at Calhoun County. Chances of a Class A playoff berth are sinking quickly as the Tide looks to the middle of its schedule. Gilmer went to 2-2 with the win.Although Sherman failed again to provide statistics after the game to ...

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One charge against coach dismissed

LOGAN — One charge has been dropped against Logan High School head boys Basketball Coach Mark Hatcher. At a hearing Wednesday in Logan Magistrate Court, Special Magistrate James Boles of Wyoming County dismissed an assaulting a law enforcement officer charge against Hatcher. The charge of battery against a police officer will remain, Boles ruled.In ruling on various motions filed in the case, Boles set a trial for Hatcher for 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 22. The trial will o...

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Online access to county records now available

MADISON — Boone County has announced that they have joined the West Virginia County Clerk’s Portal, allowing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, access to view and print their county records from online.“The Boone County Clerk’s Office is always looking for a better way to serve the people of Boone County,” said Boone County Clerk Greg Williams. “Thanks to Cott Systems and the Boone County Commission for helping to make this possible.”...

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Mullins job title still in doubt

MADISON — It took the board of directors of Boone Memorial Hospital more than three hours Monday evening to reach a decision that still did not satisfy the large crowd on hand for their meeting.After going into executive session around 6:45 p.m., the board finally allowed visitors back in at nearly 10 p.m. At issue was the fate of long-time Administrator Tommy Mullins, who has been employed at Boone Memorial for 50 years in various capacities. In fact, Mullins was on hand the...

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