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Grand jury indicts 37 people

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MADISON – Boone County Circuit Court officials announced this week that the September 2014 term of the Boone County Grand Jury met and returned 37 indictments, including charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, child and elderly abuse and neglect, illegal drugs and larceny.Among those included in this round of grand jury indictments include:• Case No. 14-F-105 – Darrell Wayne Griffy, two counts of attempted murder in the first degree, three counts of malicious assault, two counts of leaving the scene of accident with injury, one count of reckless driving and two counts of assault.The Boone County Sheriff’s Office arrested Griffy, 54, of Bloomingrose in June.


Candidates attend BCARSE meeting

MADISON — Three legislators and a House of Delegates candidate were among those who turned out Thursday evening for a Boone County Association of Retired School Employees (BCARSE) meeting and picnic at the Danville Community Center.State Senators Ron Stollings and Art Kirkendoll, Delegate Jeff Eldridge and Democrat nominee Gary McCallister were given five minutes each to address the crowd, which nearly filled the Danville meeting room.All four are Democrats, with S...

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Fate of BMH administrator will be determined

MADISON – The immediate fate of a 50-year Boone Memorial Hospital employee will apparently be determined Monday evening at the hospital in Madison.Hospital Administrator Tommy Mullins, who has served in various capacities since May 1964, said there is a “difference of opinion” over his retirement date. Mullins said he would prefer not to discuss the issue in detail until Monday’s meeting.

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Mother arrest for growing pot, letting child use it

MADISON — A Madison mother has been charged with growing marijuana plants and also allowing her juvenile son to use the illegal drug, according to the West Virginia State Police.On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Trooper First Class E. B. McClung, of the Madison Detachment, received credible information concerning the cultivation of marijuana at 482 Kanawha Avenue in Madison, Lieutenant Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police’s Office of Public Affairs report...

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Women charged with attempted murder

MADISON —Two woman have now been charged with attempted murder for purposely overdosing on controlled medications an elderly family member under their care, according to a criminal complaint filed at the Boone County Courthosue.Regina Gaye Meadows, 41, of Logan, and Elizabeth Austin, 35, of Madison, were both charged with attempted murder, according to the complaint.Medical documentation obtained by the police shows Meadows and Austin over medicated the victim on V...

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Alleged mine thief leads police on chase through two counties

A man is facing several charges after allegedly stealing diesel fuel from a mine site and then leading police on a high speed chase through Boone and Kanawha counties.Cecil Allen Dean, 47, was caught stealing from the Black Castel Mine in Drawdy in Boone County around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, according to police.A call by the mine’s employees to 911 dispatched police to the scene. When they arrived Dean fled in a vehicle along state Route 3 to Racine a...

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Commission issues proclamations

MADISON — Breast cancer awareness and retired school employees were recognized by the Boone County Commission issuing proclamations during the last regular session meeting.“In 2014, an estimated 1,340 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 289 women will die of the disease,” Boone County Commission President Eddie Hendricks said as he read the county’s “West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Breast Cancer Awar...

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AG warns of telephone scams

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia consumers in the southern coalfields about phone calls they may be receiving from telemarketers who appear to be calling from the consumer’s home number.The Office has received a number of complaints and questions recently from consumers in Logan, Delbarton, Oak Hill, Beckley, and other southern West Virginia communities who report getting suspicious calls in which the caller’s true number is ...

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Sherman falls to undefeated Valley

SETH — It was a near-miss Friday evening as the Sherman Tide nearly came off with a win over visiting Valley (Fayette). In the end, the Tide fell just short, 32-28, over the undefeated Greyhounds in a Class A match-up at Seth.Valley came into the game on a roll in the young 2014 season and the Tide was hoping to extend their own victory streak. They had won at Calhoun County the previous week but now fall to 1-2 on the year.Although Sherman did not provide statisti...

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Scott rolls to 3-0 with win over CRHS

MADISON — The annual Corridor G football rivalry game between Scott and Chapmanville Regional High School ended with a thud, Friday, as the Skyhawks dominated their nearby Class AA opponents. When all was said and done, Scott had a 39-14 victory and had improved their season record to 3-0. CRHS, meanwhile, sank to 0-3 for Coach George Barker.Scott Head Coach Shane Griffith was jubilant after the victory, saying his team “dominated the line of scrimmage. That was the key...

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Bulldogs fall to Tug Valley, 28-0

NAUGATUCK – The Van Bulldogs remained winless on the young season Friday evening as they lost to host Tug Valley, 28-0, at Naugatuck.The win left Van struggling at 0-3 while the Panthers are now 2-1.The teams traded punts to start the action on a chilly September evening. In fact, there was no scoring in the first quarter at all.Tug finally scored with 9:20 remaining in the half as Aaron Copley swished into the end zone from eight yards out. Tyler Conley...

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Small game hunting and trapping open in W.Va.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – The statewide squirrel season opened Saturday, Sept. 13. “Squirrel season is the first of numerous small game seasons and is very popular with many West Virginia sportsmen,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “It is a time when hunters can participate in one of their favorite sports and also enjoy the fall beauty of the Mountain State.”

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Archery for deer maintains its big gun status

Archery deer hunting is the unquestionable “big gun” of the southwestern West Virginia coalfields. It started out as a matter of necessity, but has evolved more into one of choice. Reason being, the four counties of Logan, Mingo, Wyoming and McDowell have offered nothing but the bow for deer since the late 1970’s. But even on a statewide basis, the bow-benders continue to rival the former big daddy of them all, gun buck season. It looks like more of the same for 2014’s...

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Ron’s Ramblings

In what had to be a major boost for the playoff hopes of Scott High School, the Skyhawks made relatively easy work of Corridor G rival Chapmanville Regional the past Friday at Madison.Although some lame-brained readers accuse me of being anti-CRHS because I called their regional tournament “win” over Scott exactly what it was, most reasonable people know I am very fond of Tiger Nation. I count the Barkers, the Ellises and others in the Chapmanville community among my be...

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Cowardly politicians in hidingDear Editor:For months now, I have idely sit in my recliner while listening to spineless politicians use Obama’s name over and over and over as a weak trick to try and help their campaign. I, for one, have grown sick of this.I think we should forget Obama, and found out what “you” have accomplished. Let’s find out what “your” plans are to make this a better place to live....

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The cost of liberty

How many of you remember where you were on that tragic day when our twin towers fell? I remember it like yesterday. I was a young man in high school who had just gotten into my English class and our teacher had turned on the news.I remember the feelings that ran through my young mind; sorrow, pain, grief, and mostly anger. Many events come and go through American history but some stick out so much more than others. Those events that impact us so strongly we can remember even the sm...

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Rail issues affecting coal deliveries

For the second consecutive quarter, Powder River Basin coal to the upper Midwest tumbled due to unreliable rail service, reviving questions about competition in the rail industry, according to a report from SNL Energy.Rail issues in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin continued to plague coal-fired generators in the second quarter, forcing some to conserve coal and express concern about reliability during the upcoming winter, the report sai...

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Van High School Class of 1970 reunion

The class of 1970 recently got together to celebrate 44 years and form a committee for the 50th class reunion coming up. Drema Harvey hosted the event, along with Carolyn Moore, Barbara Harvey and Roger Ritchie. Classs officer Vice President Paul Dalton was there to present achievement certificates to some of the former staff and classmates.

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