October 29, 2013

Trick Or Treat time in Boone County

Trick Or Treat for Boone County will be on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 5 to 7 p.m., according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page. This is the official date and time for all unincorporated areas of the county.

In Rememberance Service

An “In Remembrance Service” will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Nellis Mine Explosion Memorial adjacent to the Nellis Church/Archives, beginning at 1 p.m.

The service will honor the eleven Nellis miners who lost their lives in Boone County’s worst coal mining disaster on November 6, 1943, as well as honoring other coal miners who have lost their lives in mining accidents in Boone County.

This will mark the 70th anniversary of this tragedy.

The Boone County Historic Landmark Commission, which is organizing this service, hopes that family members who have lost loved ones in mining accidents, as well as fellow miners, citizens, and county and state officials, will attend this special service.

Friends of the Nellis Church/Archives and Nellis Elementary School students will be taking part in this event.

In the event of inclement weather the service will be held in the Nellis Elementary School Gym.

Following the ceremony refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Judy McComas at 304-836-5379 or Sue Baire 304-245-8214.

Boot, coat, glove drive

Troop 5 area of the West Virginia State Police is conducting a boot, coat and glove drive for Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne and Cabell counties.

Donations of new or used items in good condition are being accepted now through Dec. 1st at any of the local State Police detachments in the Troop 5 area.

The items will be distributed on Dec. 3rd to local schools in the area.

For more information or questions, contact Sgt. C.R. Sutphin at 304-369-7800.

Family Bingo

There will be Family Bingo on Saturday, November 16, starting at 5 p.m. at Van Elementary. Over $2,000 in prizes and gift cards to be given away.

Admission is $20 at the door or prepay for $15. Contact Misty Price to purchase tickets early.

For information, call 304-245-8175 or call Van Elementary for more info 304-245-8811.

Nellis Elementary School Bingo

On November 7, 2013, starting at 6 p.m. there will be Bingo at Nellis Elementary School.

Concession will be sold starting at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per book of tickets. Daubers and extra tickets will be available, plus special games.

Come out for a great night of fun and support those wonderful Nellis Wildcats.

Veteran’s Program

There will be a “Veteran’s Program” at the Whitesville Elementary Gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Our students pay tribute to all veterans and everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Beginners Amateur Radio Class

A Beginners (TECHNICIAN LEVEL) Amateur Radio Class will be offered, Nov. 8th and 9th at the Danville VFD Station in Danville.

The class will start around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 8th and commence at 8 a.m. on Nov. 9th until 5 p.m.

Testing will be around 6 p.m. on Nov. 9th.

People that wish to upgrade are welcome to test as well.

Fall Bazaar

The Racine CEOS will be having its annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Racine Volunteer Fire Department.

There will be hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, drinks and baked good for sale. Rummage items will also be available for sale.

Donations also will be taken on our “Quilt for Hope.”

Everyone is welcome to attend this event. Come out and have an enjoyable day.

Madison Buddy League Basketball

Madison Buddy League Basketball will have “Sign Ups” on November 4th, 5th, and 11th, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sing ups will take place at the Madison Civic Center. The fee is $40 per child. If the child has a sibling playing it is only $10 for that child, or any other sibling in the family.

The Buddy League Program is for Pre-K to 7th grade for any child who would like to participate. However, the child cannot turn 13 prior to September 1st, 2013.

If you have any questions you can call Misty Carrico at 304-369-6435 or Paul Carden at 304-369-1408. You may also message us on the Facebook page of Madison Buddy League. We are looking forward to a great year.

Secret Santa Program

The Boone County Community Organization (BCCO) is currently taking applications for the Secret Santa Program.

In order to apply you must come to the BCCO office, located at 347 Kenmore Drive, Lick Creek Road, in Danville, behind the Health Department.

You are eligible to receive Secret Santa if you receive any amount of food stamps and your children are 12 and under. Please be sure to bring your food stamp card and Social Security numbers for yourself and your children.

Last date for applications is Nov. 8, 2013.

For more information, call 304-369-0451.

Become a Make-A-Wish volunteer

Make-A-Wish® is looking for kindhearted individuals to step forward and volunteer their time and friendship in order to assist with wish fulfillment. To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a training session.

As members of “wish teams,” volunteers are an important component of fulfilling wishes. Working together, the “wish team” meets with the wish child’s family, acts as a liaison between Make-A-Wish® staff and the family, and aids in determining the most suitable wish for the child. Volunteers can also help at special events such as golf tournaments and walks.

Attendance at one training session is mandatory for all interested individuals. This training will familiarize the prospective volunteer with his or her duties to Make-A-Wish and our families. To register for the upcoming training on Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 p.m., or if you have any questions, please contact staff at 304.342.9474.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 15,000 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at

Low cost spay and neutering options for dogs and cats

Want to get your pet fixed and stop having endless litters of puppies and kittens? We are planning on taking some animals to a low cost spay and neuter clinic and we need volunteer drivers also.

Please contact Jeanne at 304-369-9301 or email

Help stop pet overpopulation.

Coal mine scrip show

The National Scrip Collectors Association, Inc. will have its annual fall coal mine scrip show on Nov. 2, 2013, at the Charleston Civic Center.

The show will be between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday. The show is free to the public.

This is the first fall meeting in Charleston. Information about NCSA can be found online at the Web site or by writing NCSA, P.O. Box 10113, Knoxville, TN 37939.

The annual Charleston Coin Club will also have its annual show at the Charleston Civic Center on Nov. 2 and 3 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission fee.

Local student could win college money

Commander Glen Alkier of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5578 announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary “Patriots Pen Essay Competition.

Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District. District winners compete in the state competition. The state winners compete for $46,000 in awards, and the first place winner wins $5,000. Each year, around 126,000 students participate nationwide.

Students are invited to write a 300-400-word essay on patriotic theme. The theme for 2012-2013, which is the 18th year of the contest is: “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.”

Deadline for student entries is Nov. 1, 2013, and interested students and teachers should contact their local VFW Post #5578 by phone at 304-836-5124, 304-369-3471, 304-245-8766 or 304-369-4318.

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Local student could win a trip and scholarship

Commander Glen Alkier of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5578 announced the kick-off of the 66th year of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.

Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level with a deadline of Nov. 1, 2013. Post winners advance to District and then the first place District winner advances to the state competition. All state winner receive a four day trip to Washington, D.C. A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists. First place is $30,000. Annually the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. Each year, around 50,000 students participate in the competition.

Students must wire and record a three-to-five minute essay on this theme for 2012-2013, “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” on an audio cassette tape or audio CD and present their recording, typed essay and entry form at their local VFW Post.

Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at VFW Post #5578 by phone at 304-836-5124, 304-369-3471, 304-369-4318 or 304-245-8766 for more information.

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