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Mullins job title still in doubt

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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 day the hospital opened its doors.

 

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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Four killed in Danville crash, including a mother and two children

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Four people have died, and a man is fighting for his life after a fiery crash early Friday in Boone County.Deputies say a pickup truck crashed and caught fire just before 1 a.m. Friday morning. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle on Route 119 near Danville, ran it off the road, flipped it, and the truck landed in a ditch. The truck then caught fire.Five people were in the truck at the time. Two women and two young children...

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Fairer deal sought for black lung victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims.The bill by the two coal-state senators comes after an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners. The yearlong investigation won a Pulitzer pri...

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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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Grand jury indicts 37 people

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 o...

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