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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.


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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911 emergency text messaging on its way to West Virginia

Just last week, the Federal Communications Commission announced a major breakthrough for emergency officials and residents across the country: a text messaging option for those unable to place a call.In an emergency situation, first responders know that every second is precious, and communication is key. And that communication is about to expand, making it easier to ensure that “help is on the way.”“Next Generation 911” is being looked at in West ...

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Moving forward with justice reinvestment in West Virginia

The communities we live in are more than the places we put down roots, start a new business and watch our children grow up. They are places we call home - and they should be a place we feel comfortable and safe.For many years, protecting the public meant locking up more people and keeping them away from society and behind bars. Incarceration and long sentences were considered the only effective response to high crime rates, with little consideration for what happens while the perso...

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One year old Boone County baby diagnosed with leukemia, community rallies behind him

At just one year old, Paxton Brake is following in his dad’s footsteps. One of his favorite things to do is ride around in his little fire truck.His father, Brian Brake, is a volunteer with the Danville Volunteer Fire Department, he’s in the Army National Guard and served overseas. He’s a 911 dispatcher. For now, though, he and Paxton’s mom, Amber, are just taking care of their son. Brian said, “Everything happened so fast, that you didn’t really...

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For Such A Time As This

In Matthew 23:23 Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

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Boone County child turned away from federally funded program because of food allergy

MADISON — A Boone County mother said a federally funded summer program discriminated against her son when they said he could no longer attend because of his food allergy.Michelle Akers Ford’s 8-year-old son Thaddeus loves the summer because it means he gets to go to the AmeriCorps Energy Express program at Ramage Elementary. This year made the third year in a row that he has participated in the activity.But last week Ford said something happened that broke hi...

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Summer sun means ultraviolet dangers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Did you know that the average T-shirt has a lower than 15 SPF rating when talking about protecting your child from harmful UV rays?It takes only 15 minutes for sun to damage your skin. And cases of skin cancer top the list of cancers nationally, with 20% of Americans and roughly as many West Virginians falling victim, reports West Virginia Health Cooperative, Inc., the Mountain State’s new nonprofit health insurer.“Welcome to the sea...

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Meeting schedule in Madison for those wishing to file claims against Freedom Industries over the January chemical spill and water crisis

MADISON — A representative of the Federal Bankruptcy court will be in Boone County this evening to assist those wanting to file claims against Freedom Industries over the January chemical spill and water crisis.A public meeting in the Madison City Council Chambers on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. The address is 255 Washington Avenue, Madison, West Virginia.About 300,000 people were affected by the leak of crude MCHM into the Elk River and water supply, a...

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Fruit of the vine

To me there is nothing quite like the early morning hours in the summertime. I thoroughly enjoy getting up early, getting a fresh cup of coffee, and going to sit on my back porch and listening to the birds as they sing. Their sweet melodies drift through the air while they are busy about their morning rituals. Their songs remind me of one simple truth - God’s love for us.I love to watch and listen to our native birds of Southern West Virginia. One of my favorites is my daily ...

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District 2 champions!

The Madison Little League 11-12 year old all star team won the district 2 championship in Chapmanville Friday night beating Mullens 12-2. In the three games played to win the title Madison out scored Welch 17-0, Man 14-0 and Mullens 12-2. The state tournament begins Friday, July 18th in Chapmanville as well. Pictured are (front row) Dakota Bowman, Kobe Abbott, Evan Sayre, Corey Cooper, Trey Johnson, Hayden Miller, Aaron Epling (back row) Coach Shawn Miller, Aaron Adkins, Coach Dennie Ballard,...

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District champions!

The Madison 9-10 All star team won the District and are currently play for the states in South Charleston. In the picture are Dylan Grant, Tyler Wheatley, Dillon Stowers, Griffin Miller, Trenton Short, Brady Carrico, Alex EplingCooper Martin, Hunter Dolin, Brayden Jarrell, Devin Breland, and coaches Scott Stowers, Robert Carrico, and manager Charlie Short.

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Hazel Marie Isaac Chafin

The 97-year-old mother of Mingo County State Senator H. Truman Chafin has passed away after a lengthy illness.Hazel Marie Isaac Chafin was preceded in death by her husband, former Mingo County Sheriff Tom C. Chafin. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Charles and Georgia Isaac; and three brothers, Tommy, Ray and Jack Isaac.Described as a primitive artist, works created by Hazel Chafin hang in the offices and homes of her children. Senator Chafin often shows vis...

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Ron’s Ramblings

Southern West Virginia has produced some coaching geniuses over the years, particularly in basketball. I hesitate to name any since I would undoubtedly leave some out who are deserving to be included.Nevertheless, everyone knows how talented Willie Akers, Harry Kirk, Jennings Boyd, Jason Kingery and Mark Hatcher are. They immediately come to mind when a discussion of great coaches comes up.Another who always crosses my mind is former St. Albans and University of Charlest...

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Fall hunting regulations published

The 2014 hunting regulation pamphlets are hot off the press and available at all local license agents. They’re also available online at’s none too early to pick up your camp, vehicle and home copies or to start planning for fall hunting season.Per usual the bulk of the pamphlet is related to deer hunting regulations with quite a bit less to bear, wild turkey and boar in that order. There is little new and the volume of the deer regulations can at...

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Stephens Auto raises funds for Ramage Elementary

DANVILLE – Stephens Auto Center helped raise $1,470 in funding for Ramage Elementary School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids® program. The fundraising event was held on June 21, in conjunction with the Coal Festival.

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Energy Express program at Ramage Grade School

RAMAGE — Energy Express, an award-winning summer program serving twenty-six children in Boone County at Ramage Grade School sets a positive atmosphere for children in our community.The program takes place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.“Our children, mentors and volunteers work hard throughout these summer months, but they also have fun and take pride in what they do,” said Allison Epling, Community Coordinator for the Ramage site. “...

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Danville fire department gets new truck

The Danville Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of a new apparatus last week. Rescue 188 is an E-One E MAX 6 man custom cab on a typhoon chassis. It has a 450 HP engine, 3,000 Allison Transmission, 10KW generator, LED light package, a 4 light, light tower and a back up camera. It has a 1250 gpm Darley pump, a 500 gallon water tank and 30 gallon foam cell. Equipped with 10,000 PSI high pressure Hurst Rescue hydraulic tools, Rescue Jacks stabilization system and many other tools capable of...

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