July 29, 2014

Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Down Home Christmas

City of Madison and REV UP Madison are sponsoring events to celebrate the Christmas Season, including on Friday, Dec. 12th, at 6 p.m. the Christmas Parade will start at Madison Foodland Store (line up at 5:30 p.m.), proceeding on through Main Street and to the Court House. Everyone is then invited to intersection of State Street and State Rt. 85 at Mike’s Tire Shop for the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.

On Saturday, Dec. 13th, REV UP Madison’s Down Home Christmas Celebration starts with “Breakfast with Santa” at Hacienda Restaurant from 9 to 11 a.m. Children ages 11 and under eat free and $2 for over age 11. Pictures with Santa at the Boone Heritage & Art Center (beside of Coal Museum) and Sleigh Rides. Boone Madison Library will have story time every half hour with a craft, door prizes and punch and cookies, entertainment at 11 a.m. in front of Forester’s Photography.

Various stores will offer Christmas Treats. Down Home Christmas will end at 1 p.m.

Help with health care enrollment

A representative from Family Care will be at the Boone Madison Public Library offering health insurance information sessions because of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act that runs November 15, 2014–February 15, 2015.

She will help anyone with questions about the Affordable Care Act. She will be at the Boone Madison Public Library every Monday in December between 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 304-369-0393 or 304-369-7842. Information is also available online at

Dinners at Danville Community Center

The WV Coal Queens and the Citizens for Coal will be dispersing Christmas dinner boxes Dec. 19, 2014, at the Danville Community Center (2nd floor) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One box of food per household please. Laid off coal mining families are encouraged to pick up.

Community watch meeting

The Ashford Nellis Neighborhood Watch Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 30, starting at 6 p.m., at the Nellis Church Archives.

BMH blood drive

Boone Memorial Hospital blood drive scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m. on the 2nd floor - LRC.

Sherman High Class of 1968

Sherman High School class of 1968 is planning a reunion for early 2015. Please include address and phone number to: Jackie Hutchinson Moles, 456 20th St., Dunbar, WV 25064— or contact on Facebook— or phone 304-424-3170

Madison Civic Center open for walking

The Madison Civic Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for those wishing to walk during the winter season.

Foster Neighborhood Crime Watch

The Foster Neighborhood Crime Watch will not have a December meeting.

The next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. We hope everyone has a very merry Christmas.

Boone Career and Technical Center classes

CNA class is starting soon. Orientation is scheduled for Wed., Dec. 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. and the class begins on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Class ends on Friday, March 6, 2015.

Also, the EKG class orientation is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2015, at 9 a.m. and the class begins on Monday, March 16,l 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Class ends on Monday, May 4, 2105.

Enroll today in either class by calling 304-369-4585.

How to obtain health insurance program

West Virginians who are interested in free, in-person help in learning how they might obtain health insurance under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are invited to attend an information session on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Madison Civic Center, 261 Washington Avenue, in Madison.

Partners in Health Network, Boone Memorial Hospital and the West Virginia Primary Care Association, working under a cooperative agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will provide information about how West Virginia’s new health insurance exchange operates under the ACA. They also will show people how they can sign up for low-cost health insurance plans. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for this educational session. In 2014, 86 percent of West Virginians qualified for financial help in obtaining health care coverage.

More information is available at: That site includes resources for enrollment help, a calendar of enrollment events and an overview of facts and other information about the Affordable Care Act.

BCARSE meeting

The Boone Co. Assn. of Retired School Employees (BCARSE) will meet Wed., Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue Restaurant.

Dan Spratt will present the program of Christmas music and sing-a-long. The true spirit of Christmas will be experienced and enjoyed with the fun, food and fellowship. Pres., Tom Bias, encourages all members to attend. Door prizes will be awarded and 50/50 will be available to those who choose to play.

Susie Cabell, Chair of Community Services, reminds everyone to bring personal hygiene items to be donated to “Hope for the Kids.” A basket will be available for monetary gifts for those who choose not to shop.

Boone County Commission meeting

The next meeting of the regular session of the Boone County Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, starting at 10 a.m.

The agenda includes call to order; exonerations; minutes; county clerk’s appointments and finals; public comments; new business, which includes Josh Barker, Town of Danville Manager, regarding use equipment, Larry Greene, regarding jail bill, Susan Baisden, Randy Lipford, Assessor’s Office Kevin Rake, Tyler Technology regarding plan for values, Terry Martin, regional intergovernmental council regarding update on water and sewer projects, and Gary Williams, County Clerk, regarding transfer employee from part time to full time.

Also on the agenda is estate hearing, Louise Chafin; bid opening, fire safety equipment; update boards and authorities, approve bills and purchase orders and Solid Waste Authority.

The public is urged to attend.

Notice of open Meeting

The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors will conduct its regular scheduled business meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 beginning at 6 p.m.

The meeting agenda is posted to the Board’s website and you may access it at

This business meeting will be held at the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion, 1716 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

This meeting is open to the public.

Group for veterans

We are very proud to be working with West Virginia Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in trying to help organize a group on the Big Coal River. Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

We need to know if there is an interest on the Big Coal River for this group. Any veteran with at least 1 percent disability is eligible to participate. We have a couple of folks who have volunteered to be team leaders, we just need to know if there are any eligible vets around the Big Coal area who would like to be a part of the group.

For additional information, please contact Shelia Combs at 304-837-3962. We are very proud of our veterans.

BARC needs volunteers

Boone Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC) needs volunteers. We need people to foster dogs until they can go to rescue. BARC pays for the veterinary bills.

Also, volunteers that can take pictures of the shelter dogs, do transports to take dogs to the vet or to the rescue groups (local and some out of state). Gas money is provided. Please help us save them! We are a 501c3 organization. Contact Eva at

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings will be held at the Boone Development Center, 1 Ave C, in Madison on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Public Service Announcement

Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk.

Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or visit online at