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Alpha announces 1,100 layoffs at several mines

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Eight operating affiliates of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., including two in Boone County, have notified their employees that the coal mines and other facilities where they work are subject to being idled due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations that have challenged the entire Central Appalachian mining industry.In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, notice has been given today to approximately 1,100 employees at 11 Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia, as well as preparation plants and other support operations, advising them of the expected idling of those facilities based on Alpha’s current assessment of market conditions. The operations affected are:


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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Candlelight vigil held for teen killed in motorcycle accident

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A candlelight vigil was held for a teenager who died in a motorcycle accident during the weekend in Boone County.The accident happened about 7 p.m. Saturday.West Virginia State Police tell Grant Backus, 16, was riding his motorcycle on Missouri Fork Road near Hewett, when he hit another motorcycle.Backus was taken to a hospital but died on Sunday. The other motorcycle rider was not seriously hurt.ThereR...

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Local officials, miners participate in Pittsburgh rally for coal

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – It was a bipartisan show of support for coal mining in the Appalachian region as local elected officials and others participated in a Rally to Support American Energy in Pittsburgh, Wednesday.

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Alpha’s Elk Run honored for helping Sherman schools

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR), congratulates Elk Run Coal and its miners for being selected to receive the U.S. Office of Surfacing Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s 2014 Excellence in Surfacing Coal Mining Good Neighbor Award for community outreach.Elk Run was selected for the Good Neighbor award for working to better the local community. Employees gave both their time and resources to help their neighbors. They helped Sherman High School, in Boone County, put...

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Two state parks long-distance rail trails attract hikers and bikers

SOUTH CHARLESTON – The North Bend Rail Trail and the Greenbrier River Trail are parts of the West Virginia State Park system that are popular with both residents and visitors who enjoy hiking and biking. These former train track bed trails provide long, gently sloping access to some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas.

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Health problems turning some West Virginians against coal

CHARLESTON - The “war on coal” rhetoric makes it sound as if West Virginians are unified in supporting the industry. However, polls and interviews with ordinary folks suggest that isn’t true, especially if they think coal is hurting their health.Dustin White is from a longtime Boone County mining family.His father, a miner, died of cancer in March, and White was one of several people on a hunger strike against mountaintop removal last week.Ev...

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The Rahall Report

The notion that education should be available to all is a classically American ideal — one that George Washington espoused in his famous farewell address.Our Founding Fathers recognized education not just as an avenue to vocations for our citizens but also as a practical investment in ensuring the strength and longevity of the newly formed government and its guarantee of liberty.As Thomas Jefferson once put it in speaking to James Madison, “Above all things I...

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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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Water Ways is a great way to ‘beat the heat’

JULIAN — How can you “beat the heat?”One great way this summer is to visit Water Ways theme park, which is located on U.S. 119 (Corridor G), just minutes from Charleston and Madison, in Julian.Water Ways Theme Park in Boone County attracts over 50,000 visitors annually. Funds from the Coal Severance Tax are used to build and staff parks, pay lifeguards and provides for the upkeep of Boone County’s premiere tourist attraction.

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Several arrested during warrant sweep

BOONE COUNTY — West Virginia State Police in Boone County have arrested and charged 11 people with various criminal charges following a warrant sweep.The Madison detachment of the West Virginia State Police reported that they have arrested 11 of the 12 people they had warrants to arrest.Charges includes thousands of dollars worth of mining equipment allegedly stolen from a mine in Boone County.James A. Castle was charged with grand larceny regarding the ...

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Madison softball team on ‘Road to Orlando’

The Madison BaseBurners 14U fast pitch softball team started planning a year ago for their “Road to Orlando.”This team is based out of Madison. The team consists of 7 girls from Madison, 2 girls from Harts, 1 from Chapmanville, 1 from Man, and 1 from Gilbert.The tournament format was a 3 pool play and double elimination. There was a large task ahead of the BaseBurners. Fifty-three teams headed into Sunday’s play with the same goal. Only one team would r...

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Ron’s Ramblings

There’s no doubt the football season is just on the horizon since I attended a grid-o-rama with my six-year-old grandson, Jordan, the past weekend. Jordan, whose dad played for the runner-up state Class AA basketball team at Logan High a few years ago, was relatively excited before the scrimmage began.It is not necessary for me to propound my long-held theories about amateur athletics. The past Saturday’s scrimmages at Duval Field in Griffithsville attracted a nice-size...

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West All-Star roster shaping up

High school all-star football is treading into new waters this summer.For the last 18 years there was the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl, pitting the top graduated seniors from the southern West Virginia Coalfields against their counterparts from the eastern Kentucky mountain counties.The game served as the unofficial kickoff to the football season.But with Kentucky no longer wanting to play in the game, reportedly due to a lack of interest and growing tired of al...

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Gregory’s Web

It could, after all, have been worse.For example, Federal District Court Judge Thomas Johnston could have ordered disgraced former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury to spend the rest of his life in Hamlin.But the judge did not do that. Instead, he sentenced Thornsbury to 50 months in a federal facility. One of the locations the ex-judge apparently wanted considered was a minimum-security “camp” in Pensacola, Florida. Early this week, it seem...

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Additonal water testing to take place, officials announce

Last week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the coordination between federal and state agencies to conduct additional scientific testing of the chemicals spilled from the Freedom Industries plant on January 9, 2014.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Toxicology Program, and NIH’s National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences will work with state officials to desig...

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Boone Memorial closes on loan for new hospital

MADISON — Bobby Lewis, State Director, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA), West Virginia and Tommy Mullins, CEO, Boone Memorial Hospital, Inc. (BMH, Inc.) July 22nd jointly announced that a USDA loan has been closed with BMH, Inc. to provide for construction of a new replacement hospital to be located adjacent to its existing hospital facility in Madison.Construction is scheduled to begin in August of this year.

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

If you haven’t visited the Coal Valley News’ website at lately, you should take a look.Just a few days ago, the Coal Valley News unveiled a significant upgrade to our website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with the recent redesign of our print edition, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months....

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