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New stricter rules for painkiller prescriptions

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A major change has been made by the federal government when it comes to prescription pain medications.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officially announced the final rule to reschedule hydrocodone-combination drugs, which are found in highly addictive painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance.Rescheduling these drugs will ensure proper limits for prescription refills, tighter controls at pharmacies and more visits to a doctor before receiving these dangerous drugs, according to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The DEA is the lead federal agency in enforcing narcotics and controlled substances laws and regulations.


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Frankly, I am tired of watching coal mining jobs disappear. I am tired of watching families lose homes and cars, lose their life-savings, their retirement and health plans. I am tired of watching men and women who should be working and raising a family, who don’t want handouts and just want to work, standing in unemployment lines.Every year, each working Appalachian coal miner provides the coal that heats and lights 773 homes across the country. Think about that for a minute ...

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Gregory’s Web

So you thought Mingo County politics was bizarre?Last week, four West Virginia state senators and at least one staffer traveled to Plains, Georgia, to present former President Jimmy Carter with an award. The certificate, issued by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, declared Carter to be an “Honorary West Virginian.”While one of the senators said the proclamation was issued in honor of Carter’s birthday, nothing on the certificate actually explained what the for...

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Whitesville student graduates from Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy

The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Joshua Stephen Adkins, the son of Nicole Hinzman of Whitesville, has completed the requirements for graduation. Cadet Adkins is one of 120 graduates from thirty-three (33) counties across the State of West Virginia. Class 1-14 is the forty second (42nd) class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program. Commencement exercises were held Friday, June 13th, at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood, WV. MG James A. Hoyer c...

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Corridor G road work causing delays

SOUTH CHARLESTON — Road work on Corridor G (U.S. 119) near the Southridge Center in South Charleston is causing some delays for motorists, it has been reported.Road crews are doing paving and guardrail work on a three-mile stretch of the roadway.The West Virginia Department of Transportation said crews with MAC Construction & Excavating Inc. of New Albany, Indiana, began work last week on the road between mile markers 73.5 and 76.5, which is from the state Route 21...

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Stephens Auto makes charitable donation

Richard Stephens, of Stephens Auto, made a $1,500 donation to Christian Faith Academy as part of the National Automobile Dealers Association Charitable Foundation. Stephens is the director of the association and his father, Paul Stephens, is an Ambassador of the assocation, recognized for his service to the retail automotive industry and for his community service and philanthropic endeavors. Accepting the donation is Mrs. Ballard and some of the students at the school. Ballard said the school...

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Pace of mine idlings slows, but Appalachian mines still impacted

The number of coal mines idled in the first half of 2014 slowed compared to second half of 2013, due in part to cold winter weather in early 2014 providing support for a rise in prompt month prices for both Powder River Basin and Central Appalachia coal. Although the total number of mines idled in the first half of 2014 was only 64 — compared to 112 in the second half of 2013 — Appalachian mines again shouldered most of the burden.

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Back in Time…

This history of the settlement of Rock Creek was prepared by H. A. Miller (Henry Alexander Miller ) written in 1925 from his earliest memories and still farther back from information he gleaned from “older folks” who have passed.H.A. Miller was one of the oldest citizens in Boone County at the time this history was written and the only surviving member of a branch of the large Miller family who were early Boone County settlers.John Miller, while camping on th...

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Grid-O-Rama features more than just football

MADISON — Despite the rainy weather conditions, the annual Boone County Grid-O-Rama featured more than just football teams.“This is a great event and we appreciate the community support,” said Rob Nelson, one of the event’s organizers.The three high school varsity teams all scrimmaged each other. So everyone got to see the Scott Skyhawks, the Sherman Tide and the Van Bulldogs. This is the only opportunity to see all three (3) Boone County high sch...

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The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the West Virginia State Police as well as the Madison and Whitesville Police departments to help keep kids safe as they return to school this year, according to Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker.“With the assistance of officers from all four departments, we will be able to cover each school zone in Boone County,” Barker said. “Making sure all areas are covered requires dedication from each agency durin...

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Marshall University releases Spring 2014 Dean’s List

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University has released a listing of those making the Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester.To make the dean’s list, students must have a 3.3 or above grade point average for a minimum of 12 hours. Marshall has 2,564 students listed on their website. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list.Local students making the Dean’s List were:• Boone

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Two sent to prison for probation violations

MADISON – A Lincoln County man convicted of breaking and entering into a cell site tower facility owned by Verizon in Julian admitted last week to violating a condition of his probation.Lee Roy Hindman, 33, of Hamlin, appeared in Boone County court last week on a probation revocation.Following his admission, Hindman was sentenced to 1-10 years in prison.Hindman pled guilty to breaking and entering in January. His conviction arose out of the May 2013 brea...

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Bim man pleads guilty to selling heroin

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....

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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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