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Members of Wharton-Barrett fire department facing felony charges

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WHARTON — Members of the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer Fire Department have been charged with allegedly forging training and equipment documents.Ira Rash faces felony criminal charges for forgery of a public record and conspiracy for allegedly forging multiple certificates for himself and other members of the department, according to information from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.The department’s chief, Robert Rash, allegedly knew about the forged documents and signed them, the information stated. He has also been charged.The certificates are required by law for fire departments as part of regular reviews of training and equipment.


Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Coal Valley News is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility t...

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Despite rally, Madison team falls short of title

CHAPMANVILLE — The Madison All-Stars surely made it interesting.Down 5-0 after three innings, Madison eventually scored a run and tied it in the fourth with four runs but the Morgan County All-Stars plated one run in the top of the sixth inning to walk away with a 6-5 win over Madison on Friday night during the first day of competition at the 11-12-year-old State Little League Tournament at Chapmanville’s Ronnie Ooten Field.Madison (0-1) is scheduled to finis...

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Madison team comes up just a little short

Unfortunately, the Madison 11-12 Little League team could not mount quite enough of a comeback in the state tournament last week at Chapmanville. After falling behind, 5-0, to Morgan County, Madison stormed back to tie the game at 5-5. Still, Morgan County came up with the run it needed to win the contest, 6-5.Nobody should ever hang their heads after making the state tournament field, though. Especially in Little League, the competition is highly-competitive and rules are enforced...

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Let’s see how many readers agree with me

All right, let’s see how many readers agree with me. All of you? THAT’S what I thought.Oh … I was just thinking storage room at the Southern District federal building in Charleston must be getting pretty scarce. That observation comes after weeks have turned into months and the Feds still haven’t unveiled all the sealed indictments they have for Southern West Virginia officials.Regardless of the strategy in keeping the indictments secret (except, ...

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Boone court not doing anything ‘illegal’ when it comes to bonding

A recent story about the bonding procedures at the Boone County Courthouse used the words “illegal” in the title of the story.We feel this word is not accurate.The story said “illegal” bonding procedures in Boone County, allowing alleged criminals free from jail.Court documents indicated a woman using property to illegally post bond for four people in three counties all at the same time, and that she had a lien against her from a bank, ...

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Local writer releases new book

Allen Savva has written his second book, “Andy’s Restaurant & Company.”He is the son of the late Andy and Mary Jo Savva .“My goal in this book is to show how one Greek man would meet a shy bony kneed country girl and the two of them would met and get married and would venture into unknown territory that would take them to Cleveland, Ohio, where Andy would become top chef at the Sheraton Hotel for 13 years,” Savva said. “ He would have ...

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Boone County Fair line-upAugust 7Opening Ceremony7 to 8:30 p.m. Rick KMusic by CMSAugust 86 to 8 p.m. Karaoke8 to 8:45 p.m. Dwayne Hill, magician9 to 10:30 p.m. James WesleyAugust 93 to 5 p.m. Heaven Scent5:15 to 6 p.m. Seth Bunting7:15-8:45 p.m. Dog Hollow Band9:00-10:30 p.m. Trent TomlinsonThe chilli contest and salsa cont...

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Uneeda couple arrested on burglary, drug charges

A Uneeda couple has been arrested following a burglary in Boone County, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.Anthony Hizer, 28, and Angela Green Agonowski, 40, were both booked into the Southwestern Regional Jail shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday.Hizer and Agonowski were wanted in connection to a burglary last week in the Bob White area of Boone County.The two allegedly stole $6,500 in cash, more than 10 guns, laptops, and jewelry from a home....

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Happy 90th birthday!

Lucy L. Smoot, of Madison, will turn 90 on July 28, 2014. Her family and friends will join in a birthday celebration commemorating this milestone event at the Madison Memorial Building on Saturday, July 26.A lifelong West Virginian, Lucy was born in Lester, raised in Widen and since the age of 16 has lived in Madison, where she met and married the late Boyd A. Smoot. Lucy and Boyd were married for 58 years and together raised seven children: Phillip, Vera, Douglas, Janice, Alice, R...

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A new look, thanks to you

MADISON — The Coal Valley News is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Coal Valley News is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned w...

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Fruit of the vine

In John 15:8 it says, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” Since these words are written in red, and we know that everything that our Lord Jesus said is written in red, then it must be really important that our Father is glorified through our lives. How is He glorified? Jesus said that He is glorified if we bear a lot of fruit.We find out about the fruit that Jesus is speaking of in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fr...

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First Baptist Church of WhitesvilleThe First Baptist Church of Whitesville will be having its Vacation Bible School the week of July 23-25, 2014, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly.Pre-K through 12th grade classes are available. The theme is “A Child is Born.”For questions, call Betty Ann Williams at 304-837-4661.Wharton Missionary Baptist Church VBSThe Wharton Missionary Baptist Church is calling bo...

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Trent Tomlinson headline entertainer for Boone County Fair

DANVILLE — Trent Tomlinson is coming to the Boone County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.Tomlinson is an American country music artist who was signed to Lyric Street Records in 2005, with his debut album Country Is My Rock, released in early 2006. This album produced three Top 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: “Drunker Than Me” at No. 19, “One Wing in the Fire” at No. 11, and “Just Might Have Her Radio On” at No. 21....

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Vaccine requirements for students before school begins

State health officials are asking parents to check their children’s vaccine requirements before school begins.Kindergarten through 12th-grade students who will enter a West Virginia school for the first time must have the DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccines.All seventh-graders and 12th-graders are required to show proof that they’ve had a dose of Tdap vaccine. Twelfth-graders also must show proof that they’ve had a second dose of the m...

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Boone Career Center students honored

On June 28th, the HOSA- Future Health Professionals National Leadership Conference held its Grand Award Ceremony in Orlando, Florida. Boone Career and Technical Center is proud to announce that Cameron Loftus placed 1st in the nation earning a coveted gold medal in the Interviewing Skills Event. Additionally, Samantha Sansom placed in the Top Ten in her event: Life Support Skills. Each student was a recent graduate of Boone County Schools and they both plan to further their education and purs...

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Church kids make quilt for Alaskan village

SYLVESTER — It’s always nice to hear about kids doing something good.This was the case at the Vacation Bible School at Sylvester Baptist Church. The kids there made individual quilt blocks that were made into a large quilt.The quilt, along with other quilts, will be sent to the “Quilts of Love” program for the village of Unalakleet, Alaska, according to Pastor David Minturn.“Patrick and Lisa McCoy are missionaries there,” he...

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Clean-up projects accomplish great things

ASHFORD — A tire clean-up in Ashford in the Big Coal River last week resulted in only 200 tires picked up.“That’s good news” says Teresa Perdue, organizer of the Big Coal River Branch project.The Branch is a committee of the Coal River Group that has worked for over 10 years to cleanup and to restore the Coal Rivers.Perdue, along with over 40 local citizens, worked with the WV DEP R.E.A.P. program employees to tackle the difficult job o...

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