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Bim man pleads guilty to selling heroin

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United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Leonard Dillon, 58, of Bim in Boone County pled guilty in federal court in Charleston to selling heroin. On March 21, 2013, Dillon sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. On four other occasions in March and April 2013, Dillon sold heroin and oxycodone to a confidential informant.Dillon faces up to twenty years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine when he is sentenced on December 4, 2014.The investigation was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker said that Dillon has a long criminal history in the county.


Back in time…

This is a compilation of the richest men in Boone County, derived from the 1860 US Federal Census, the last census taken before the succession of West Virginia from the Confederate State of Virginia.In parentheses is the HSL value (Historic Standard of Living) which measures the purchasing power of an income based on today’s values.As you can see, there were some affluent families in the area. It is interesting to note that of the 25 men listed, 15 are shown in the...

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Griffith expects winner in new season

MADISON – One problem with building a perennial playoff contender is that each season brings high expectations.But veteran Scott High School football Coach Shane Griffith admits he feels the same hopes for the 2014 season.“I’m excited and there’s no way to hide it,” said Griffith. “I challenged these young guys to put forth an extra effort since last season and they’ve stepped forward even more than I had hoped.”...

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Sherman looks to past; plans for future

SETH – There are various ways to view Sherman High School’s athletic program.The Tide has been successful over the years as a Class AA school that has now been designated Single A. Those who consider that fact often insist that Sherman should “dominate” its Class A opponents in “every sport” because “they’re almost Double A.”Realistically, however, there has been an adjustment period for the Tide that has not always r...

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Van Bulldogs have seven home games

VAN – There have two major concerns for Van High School athletic officials the past few seasons. First and foremost, high school consolidation in the state has curtailed the number of potential Single A opponents to the point that the Bulldogs could have earned points in a frequent traveler program. Secondly, the number of student/athletes at Van has sometimes been extremely low.Football seasons, in particular, have been in jeopardy because there have not been sufficient numb...

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Mason Co. couple files suit against business after wreck

MADISON — A Mason County couple is suing over claims the husband was injured in a motor vehicle collision on W.Va. 73.CarWreckFrederick and Rebecca McCloud filed a lawsuit March 13 in Boone Circuit Court against JWCF, doing business as Baker Installations, and Richard Lowe, citing negligence.According to the complaint, Frederick McCloud was stopped at a traffic light on state Route 73 on April 7, 2012, when Lowe, driving a vehicle owned by Baker Installations, hit ...

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Boone man claims he was fired for filing workers’ comp claim

A Boone County man is suing over claims he was fired in retaliation for filing for workers’ compensation.WorkersCompBobby L. Dixon II filed a lawsuit in Boone Circuit Court against Gateway Eagle Coal Company LLC and Greg Dotson, citing wrongful firing.According to the complaint, Dixon was operating a continuous miner for Gateway Eagle Coal Company on Dec. 2, when his knee was injured and he received workers’ compensation.Dixon says when he returned...

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For A Time Such As This

It is neither the scope nor intent of this writing to get involved with in-depth scientific explanations of the body. The Scriptures give a foundation that inspires our appreciation of the exquisite, unique, and delicate nature of the body, revealing God’s marvelous works toward us. However, a few aspects of the wonders of our unique design are relevant.

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Big buck battles to the death revisited

The two massive bucks were stone dead, lying head to head with their horns locked. Standing aside them in the photo with this look of amazement was Logan County, West Virginia resident, Bernie Ellis. Mr. Ellis, who recently passed away, told me back then that the two big bucks were still warm when he came upon them. And, they hadn’t been there the day before. So just how many other antlered deer meet their maker in such a gruesome manner?

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Ron’s Ramblings

The failure of the Boone County Commission to assist with the financial needs of youth athletic programs is still a sore point with many local residents.Everyone realizes, of course, that coal revenues for companies, miners and local governments are not what they once were. Whether President Barack Obama really is waging a “war on coal” or not, the world economy simply is not supporting American coal as it once did. There are all sorts of political reasons for that, whi...

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Letters to the editor

EPA going beyond constitutional authorityDear Editor:Article I Section 1 of the Constitution says the following:All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the United States, which shall consist of a senate and House of Representatives. Nowhere does it say that an employee of the Federal Government can write a law. The problem with the Environmental Protection Agency is that they are going beyond their constitutional...

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Gregory’s Web

If we’d just send Shelley Moore Capito to Washington, the coal trucks would start rolling again.Oh … wait … we’ve already sent her to Congress and … well, coal is in big trouble.The lunacy of political campaigns would sometimes cause a sane person to crumble. Capito’s ads and campaign pronouncements make it appear her election to the U.S. Senate seat being given up by Jay Rockefeller would save West Virginia coal. I would sugg...

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Rotary club hears process for new hospital

The Madison Rotary Club was pleased to welcome John Reger, financial consultant for the new Boone Memorial Hospital project, to their Thursday meeting. He gave an update on the progress of the construction of the new hospital and also spoke about the 10-year process that eventually led to success in securing funding for the new facility. Reger, who has worked with BMH almost from the beginning of the project, was instrumental in helping secure the $31.8 USDA loan. He praised the BMH administr...

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New historic fiction book released

A new historic fiction novel entitled “Fire in the Hole,” was published in July and has a lot of regional interest due to the rich coal-mining history of the area, the writer of the book says.

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Community impact statement regarding Peytona mining operation

CHARLESTON – On August 12, 2014, the Office of Coalfield Community Development received a Community Impact Statement (CIS) regarding the Mine 15, Long Shoul being developed by Coal River Mining, LLC near Washington District in Kanawha County, and near Peytona District in Boone County.The mine permit number is SMA#S500313. A CIS is required for all new surface mines in West Virginia.An electronic version of the CIS can be obtained at A printed...

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Boone County “Grid Classic” set for Friday in Madison

MADISON — The 2014 Boone County Grid Classic presented by Suddenlink will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Scott High School in Madison, where it will be “Military Appreciation Night.”Boone County is home to three (3) high schools – Sherman, Van and Scott. In athletic events, Sherman and Van both compete in Class A while Scott competes in Class AA. This is the only opportunity to see all three (3) Boone County high school football teams compete together...

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ASW Wrestling show packs Madison Civic Center

This past Thursday ASW Wrestling presented its brand of Professional Wrestling at the Madison Civic Center in front of a packed house. Fans witnessed seven matches including a Steel Cage Match and a appearance by former WCW Star Buff Bagwell. The next ASW show will be Monday September 1st Labor Day Madison Civic Center. For more info check out www.aswwrestling.comASW Wrestling will present ‘LABOR DAY BASH’ on Monday, September 1st, at the Madison Civic Center in Madison...

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Scott High School Class of 1961 reunion

The above classmates from the Scott High School Class of 1961 gathered for their annual picnic on August 16 in the Skyhawk cafeteria. All reported a great time of fellowship, friendship, and a delicious lunch prepared by Darlene McClure. In front, from left: Hugh Browning (adopted classmate), Donna Jean Ellis Mahan, JoAnn Mullins Harmon, Glenda Hyer Styers, Bernice Jane Rice Canterbury, Carolyn Jones Young, Carolyn Hannah Mullins, Janet Price Yeager. Back row, from left: Tommy Mullins, Natali...

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