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Harrison back in court on felony grand larceny charge

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MADISON – Matthew Jennings Harrison was back in Boone County Magistrate Court again last week, but this time regarding a felony grand larceny charge.The week before last, a group of protesters gathered in front of the Boone County Courthouse armed with posters and pictures of a Madison man and the dog they allege he beat to death.“I know he killed my dog,” said Julia Ball of Robinson. “He has threatened and harassed me and my family over and over again.”Harrison, 31, of Madison, appeared before Boone County Magistrate Charles Byrnside on the cruelty to animals charge and he got some good news and some bad news.

 

Chemical from water crisis may have been more toxic than first thought

CHARLESTON — One group is calling for action after a new study claims the January Elk River Chemical Spill could have far worse health issues than what has been reported.People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS) is calling on West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the Center for Disease Control to swiftly undertake additional testing on crude MCHM in light of data released today by Dr. Andrew Whelton at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (N...

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Scott baseball player invited to play on national team

Garrett Castle, a 17-year-old senior baseball player at Scott High School this past season, has been selected out of thousands of players across the country to make the Baseball Factory National Team.Castle will be competing in the “Pirate City World Series” in Bradenton, Florida.“I am very excited to have made this prestigious team of outstanding baseball players,” Castle said. “We will be competing against the best players and teams in the...

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Dead body found at Bias Branch

A dead body was found Tuesday night around 11 p.m. in the Bias Branch area off state Route 17, near Jeffrey, in Boone County, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.The body has been identified as 54-year-old Venus Miller, according to Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker.Miller had been missing for several days, possibly over a week, and was found by family members in a bedroom, Barker said.“The case is still under investigation and a...

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Just a little friendly fishing competition

If you like a little tribulation, trout fishing the low flows of July can be just the ticket. But just don’t plan on a fish dinner if you know what I mean.The stocking season is long gone as most of it has already met with the frying pan. But if you just can’t get by without the even somewhat warmer summer waters come flowing past your tootsies, you just have to give it a whirl.However there may be a bit of friendly competition of the wild sort for the last f...

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We are trees

I would like to share this poem with you. I know it is not my usual column but there is a story behind this poem. In my very first publication of “Fruit of the Vine,” I talked about how we are compared to trees in God’s word. This poem is what brought that column into fruition. It is also what inspired me to write again and it even inspired the title of my column. My dream to be a writer has been awakened after many years of dormancy and I really want to share another aspect...

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Illegal bonds allow criminals back on street in Boone County

MADISON — An Eyewitness News exclusive investigation has revealed illegal bonding procedures in Boone County, allowing alleged criminals free from jail.Chief Deputy Chad Barker, with the Boone Sheriff’s Department, said the issue involves many people over several years.People like David Griffy Sr., who was arrested in February 2014 for stealing a car.“He has 14 separate felony convictions over the course of his adult life,” Barker said ...

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Gregory’s Web

Thank goodness for Target. And Qdoba, Starbucks and any other business that has the good sense to ask patrons to leave their guns outside.Before Target announced their no-gun policy, I was in a local buffet restaurant. It was appalling to watch some old fellow in blue jeans and parade back and forth to the bar with a gun holstered to his belt.If he was a member of law enforcement, there was no visible sign. If he was not, as I suspect, he and management are both insane. ...

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BCARSE goes to Cedar Lakes for day of training

On June 4 several officers and members of Boone Co. Retired School Employees (BCARSE) went to Cedar Lakes for a day of training for Region III. There was good food, fellowship and fun following several hours of leadership training. Those that attended are: (front left to right) Delores Cook, Connie Jarzinsky, Susie Cabell, Patsy Nelson, Don Nelson, Dan and Jenny Light. (back left to right) Tom and Nancy Bias, Jim Stewart, Gary Bell, Judy Ballard and Larry Snodgrass.

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Boone students make FSU ‘Dean’s List’

A total of 1,044 students have been named to the Dean’s List at Fairmont State University after completing the spring 2014 semester.Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has released the Dean’s List and the President’s List to recognize high-achieving students for their academic distinction. Full-time students who earned a 3.4 or better grade point average for the fall 2013 semester are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time s...

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Southern announces ‘Dean’s List’

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been placed on the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester. This honor recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of 3.25 or higher in at least twelve semester hours of academic work.

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PSC warns of utility billing scam

CHARLESTON — The Public Service Commission is again warning about scam phone calls in West Virginia from people claiming to represent electric and gas utility companies.A gentleman from the Parkersburg area contacted the Public Service Commission to report he had been bilked out of $1500.00 last month by a caller claiming to represent Appalachian Power Company.The callers, often targeting businesses and the elderly, threaten to shut off utility service unless a del...

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Boone cadets participate in CAP Encampment at Camp Dawson

KINGWOOD — Where can you catch a ride in a Blackhawk helicopter, rappel down a 70 foot incline, shoot at a live rifle range, take a water survival course and make life-long friends in the process?The WV Wing Civil Air Patrol Summer Encampment for cadets is the place and three Boone County CAP cadets were privileged to be part of 114 young people at the June 2014 CAP Encampment at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, West Virginia.Cadet TSgt Larry Copen, the Boone Squadron Cade...

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Softball champs!

Boone Northern Major Girls Softball won the district championship tonight they are going to states July 11, 2014.

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Electric companies requesting rate increases

CHARLESTON – Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power, both subsidiaries of American Electric Power (AEP), have filed a request with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia for a $226 million revenue increase.If approved, the request would raise rates in West Virginia by approximately 17 percent.The exact amount of the increase will vary by customer class and usage.

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Madison All-Stars begin tournament play

The 2014 11-12-year-old all stars from Madison begin play in the District 2 tournament starting July 7 and continuing through July 11. Pictured from bottom left are Corey Cooper, Trey Johnson, Kobe Abbott, Evan Sayre, and Aaron Epling. Back row Luke Carte, Hayden miller , Isaac miller, Dakota bowman , Aaron Adkins , Bailey Adkins and Carter Lyles. The team is coached by Dennie Ballard , Mark Miller and Shawn miller.

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Ron’s Ramblings

It is difficult to comprehend that high school football players will soon be in pre-season practices, with the regular season set to begin at the end of August.When I was in school, students were dismissed from classes near the end of May and did not return until after Labor Day in September. Not so any more, especially this year when make-up days were scheduled throughout the Mountain State due to the severe winter weather.But practices will begin in mid-August with the...

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West Virginia receives funding for Black Lung clinics

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Primary Care Association will receive $626,520 each under the Black Lung Clinics Grant Program, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a total award of $1,253,040, according to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).Since February 2014, Manchin said he has worked closely with Senator Rockefeller and Congressman Rahall to urge HRSA and the Department of Health and Humans...

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