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Coal unit retirements, conversions continue to sweep through power sector

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With clean air regulations mounting and shale gas production booming, more than 12,000 MW of coal-fired capacity in the U.S. has converted or is slated to convert to alternative fuel sources between 2011 and 2023, according to SNL Energy data, which now tracks unit fuel conversions.Natural gas, which has quickly leapt to the front of the line of desired power generation fuels, dominates the list of unit conversions. Of the approximately 11,288 MW of coal capacity planned to be converted, 10,894 MW is being shut down in favor of gas-fired generation, according to SNL Energy data.

 

Danville man attempts to break into home of WWII hero

MADISON — A Danville man accused of attempted burglary of a WWII D-Day veteran is scheduled to appear in Boone County Magistrate Court regarding the charge.Austin Edward Berry, 18, of Mud River Road in Danville, was charged with felony attempted burglary after police say they responded to the Mud River Road area and spoke with the alleged victim Elmer Mitchell on Saturday, O...

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State senate announces ‘SCORE” initiative

CHARLESTON – Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) is calling on residents and leaders of this great state to envision a revitalized southern West Virginia.President Kessler announced today he is forming a Senate task force as part of the SCORE initiative. SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy, aims to give southern West Virginia much-needed opportunities to diversify the economy and strengthen our families and communities.

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WVU assistant basketball coach visit Madison Rotary

Billy Hahn, who has been assistant coach at West Virginia University since April 7, 2007, was the special guest speaker at the Madison Rotary Club on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Hahn told the Rotarians he was raised on a farm in Mishawaka, Indiana. He attended the University of Maryland and was a 3-year letter winner on three of the greatest teams in Maryland’s history, playing point guard. They won the NIT in 1971. He was team captain his senior season and that team had a record of 25-5. ...

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New hospital could get $1 million in fundraiser challenge

MADISON – A family foundation with Boone County connections has made a change for those raising funds for new medical equipment for the new Boone County Hospital.“They will match, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 all donations for the new Boone County Hospital,” said Denver Allen, the hospital’s fundraising campaign director. “If we are able to match this challenge this would mean $1 million for new medical equipment to go into the new hospital.”...

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Poll: Many unaware how Ebola Is Spread

A new survey finds the public has a lot to learn about how the Ebola virus is transmitted, which could help explain the growing fears of the disease.The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that while nearly all adults (97 percent) know a person can become infected through direct contact with the blood or other body fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola, there are still misconceptions. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)One third of ...

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Hillcrest employees seek community support for fair contract

DANVILLE – Workers at Hillcrest Health Care Center, formerly known as Boone Health and Rehabilitation, conducted a candlelight vigil outside of the nursing home “in the name of justice” as employees attempt to bargain a fair contract with new owners, American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM) on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.Organizers of the event said that AMFM executives are attempting to force workers to give up their years of service to the residents and families...

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Boone man named “Democrat of the Year”

CHARLESTON — Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined with Democratic leaders from throughout West Virginia in honoring Keith Stephens as one of West Virginia’s Outstanding Democrats of the Year.This Outstanding Democrat was selected by local county leaders for hard work and dedication to the Democratic Party in Boone County.Stephens received tribute from Democrats assembled at the recent Jefferson-Jackson Celebration in Charleston on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. This Ou...

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Special youth deer hunt Saturday, Oct. 18

If the special youth deer hunt seems too good to be true. That’s probably because it is. That being the case, you don’t want to be left out of this year’s first split of youth deer season come Saturday, October 18. Though the general archery deer season is already in progress, this is the first gun deer hunting opportunity of any. Senior citizens can only wish that they had such stuff in their day and time!

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Newspapers continue to be heartbeat of communities they serve

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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Rotary hears about ‘Read Aloud’ program

Jennifer Griffith was the guest speaker last week to update the Madison Rotary Club on Read Aloud WV-Boone County. Griffith was there introducing the program to them, asking for volunteers and support as we get started up with Read Aloud here in Boone County. She will be having a meeting at Park Ave. Restaurant on Monday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in which school coordinators and community members will be there, along with executive director Mary K. Bond of Read Aloud WV. As Chairman of the county...

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Annual ‘Pink Out’ raises funds for breast cancer

The annual soccer Pink out, which the Scott High School boys’ soccer team started four years ago, and the boys sell their “Kicking for a Cure” t-shirts and give part of the proceeds to Boone County’s Julia Price Breast Cancer Foundation. This year the boys’ team was able to present the group a check before their game in the amount of $400 to help the group assist those who are battling breast cancer. Shown in the photo are Scott Skyhawks’ Soccer Captains Mi...

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MSHA cites Patriot in Brody Mine deaths

(MCT) Federal investigators on Tuesday cited a Patriot Coal subsidiary for serious violations related to the May “outburst” that killed two miners at Patriot’s Brody Mine in Boone County, saying company officials did not properly respond to a near-miss incident three days before the deaths.U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration officials issued three citations that allege Patriot’s Brody Mining LLC did not protect miners from hazardous conditions, did no...

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‘Relay For Life’ of Boone County to meet

This year marks the 30th anniversary of “Relay For Life.”What began as one man’s trek around a track to raise money for cancer research has become the largest volunteer driven fundraising organization in the country.Being a volunteer driven organization means that its strength comes from its community, so they are asking the members of the community for their input, to help them decide on what its Relay For Life event will become.On Thursday,...

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Junior Tide football team stays unbeaten

SETH — The Junior Tide continues to rise extending their winning record to 6-0. They defeated Poca Middle School, 34-8, Thursday evening, Oct. 9, at Zontini Memorial Field.Sherman had a total of 253 rushing yards. Phillip Casto (#1) rushed for 101 yards on 9 carries and 2 touchdowns – one 15-yard run and one 75-yard kick-off return. Tommy Harper (#28) had 10 carries for 114 yards and scored two 2-pt conversions. JT Hensley (#15) had 3 carries for 38 yards, including a 2...

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Miner injured at Wharton mine site

WHARTON - A miner working under ground has been injured at a mine site in Wharton, according to Boone County 911 dispatchers.Details remain sketchy at this time, but the miner worked at the Gateway mine owned by Patriot Coal.Dispatchers said the call came in around 9:30 a.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014).Details of the miners injuries and what caused them have not been released at this time.

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Accident on U.S. 119

A van hit a car at the intersection of U.S. 119 and state Rt. 3, near Foster, at the light on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, around 9:30 a.m. Only minor injuries were reported, but the names of those involved int he accident was not released.

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Colorful drives in every part of West Virginia

Say goodbye to summer and say hello to crisp fall days, colorful drives and great events in every corner of West Virginia. There’s no shortage of beautiful fall color here. The state is nearly 80 percent forested so you’ll find plenty of Mother Nature’s handiwork in shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. This photo was taken in the Spruce Knob area. Where’s your favorite scenic drive in West Virginia? Please call your destination ahead of your visit to ensure the bes...

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