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Boone man killed in car crash

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FOSTER — A man was killed Monday in an automobile accident, according to Boone County 911 dispatchers.Some neighbors have said the man was Stevie Miller from Danville, but the person’s name hasn’t been released yet by officials investigating the accident.The crash happened around 3 p.m., Monday on Rock Creek Road in Foster.Details of the accident remain sketchy as the investigation is ongoing by the West Virginia State Police.Fred Pace is the Editor for the Coal Valley News. He can be contacted at or at 304-369-1165, or on Twitter @fcpace62


Medicare Part B and prescription drug premiums for West Virginians

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced that next year’s standard Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same as the last two years. This leaves more of seniors’ cost of living adjustment from Social Security in their pockets, officials said.For the approximately 374,529 West Virginians enrolled in Medicare Part B, premiums and deductibles will remain unchanged in 2015 at $104.90 and $147 respectively.

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The residents of Greenview would like to take this opportunity to thank the Greenview volunteers for picking up trash in the community on the A.A.H. statewide clean-up day, Sept. 27, 2014. Anyone that would like to become a member of this volunteer group can call 304-369-4131 or 304-369-3918.

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Early voting begins Oct. 22

CHARLESTON — Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said early voting begins in West Virginia on October 22 and ends November 1. There will be early voting on Saturday, October 25, but there will not on Sunday, October 26.Election Day is November 4. Polls will be open in West Virginia on November 4 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Boone County warned about enteroviruses

Greg Lay, Director of the Boone County Emergency Management Agency, has posted a warning to parents and guardians of Boone County Children regarding Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) on the agency’s web site.

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Cub Scouts award ceremony

The Cub Scouts Troop 131 had their first awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at the Bias Branch Community Center.

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AG warns about fraudulent arrest warrant calls

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning citizens about a new telephone scam in which a person receives a call alleging there is a warrant out for his or her arrest, but the charges will be dismissed if the person pays a fine over the phone.“Our Consumer Protection Division has received reports from residents throughout the state who have been contacted by someone who alleges to be from the county sheriff’s department or other law enforcement agen...

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Coal unit retirements, conversions continue to sweep through power sector

With clean air regulations mounting and shale gas production booming, more than 12,000 MW of coal-fired capacity in the U.S. has converted or is slated to convert to alternative fuel sources between 2011 and 2023, according to SNL Energy data, which now tracks unit fuel conversions.Natural gas, which has quickly leapt to the front of the line of desired power generation fuels, dominates the list of unit conversions. Of the approximately 11,288 MW of coal capacity planned to be conv...

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Danville man attempts to break into home of WWII hero

MADISON — A Danville man accused of attempted burglary of a WWII D-Day veteran is scheduled to appear in Boone County Magistrate Court regarding the charge.Austin Edward Berry, 18, of Mud River Road in Danville, was charged with felony attempted burglary after police say they responded to the Mud River Road area and spoke with the alleged victim Elmer Mitchell on Saturday, O...

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State senate announces ‘SCORE” initiative

CHARLESTON – Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) is calling on residents and leaders of this great state to envision a revitalized southern West Virginia.President Kessler announced today he is forming a Senate task force as part of the SCORE initiative. SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy, aims to give southern West Virginia much-needed opportunities to diversify the economy and strengthen our families and communities.

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WVU assistant basketball coach visit Madison Rotary

Billy Hahn, who has been assistant coach at West Virginia University since April 7, 2007, was the special guest speaker at the Madison Rotary Club on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Hahn told the Rotarians he was raised on a farm in Mishawaka, Indiana. He attended the University of Maryland and was a 3-year letter winner on three of the greatest teams in Maryland’s history, playing point guard. They won the NIT in 1971. He was team captain his senior season and that team had a record of 25-5. ...

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New hospital could get $1 million in fundraiser challenge

MADISON – A family foundation with Boone County connections has made a change for those raising funds for new medical equipment for the new Boone County Hospital.“They will match, dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 all donations for the new Boone County Hospital,” said Denver Allen, the hospital’s fundraising campaign director. “If we are able to match this challenge this would mean $1 million for new medical equipment to go into the new hospital.”...

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Poll: Many unaware how Ebola Is Spread

A new survey finds the public has a lot to learn about how the Ebola virus is transmitted, which could help explain the growing fears of the disease.The survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that while nearly all adults (97 percent) know a person can become infected through direct contact with the blood or other body fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola, there are still misconceptions. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)One third of ...

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Hillcrest employees seek community support for fair contract

DANVILLE – Workers at Hillcrest Health Care Center, formerly known as Boone Health and Rehabilitation, conducted a candlelight vigil outside of the nursing home “in the name of justice” as employees attempt to bargain a fair contract with new owners, American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM) on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.Organizers of the event said that AMFM executives are attempting to force workers to give up their years of service to the residents and families...

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Boone man named “Democrat of the Year”

CHARLESTON — Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined with Democratic leaders from throughout West Virginia in honoring Keith Stephens as one of West Virginia’s Outstanding Democrats of the Year.This Outstanding Democrat was selected by local county leaders for hard work and dedication to the Democratic Party in Boone County.Stephens received tribute from Democrats assembled at the recent Jefferson-Jackson Celebration in Charleston on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. This Ou...

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Special youth deer hunt Saturday, Oct. 18

If the special youth deer hunt seems too good to be true. That’s probably because it is. That being the case, you don’t want to be left out of this year’s first split of youth deer season come Saturday, October 18. Though the general archery deer season is already in progress, this is the first gun deer hunting opportunity of any. Senior citizens can only wish that they had such stuff in their day and time!

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Newspapers continue to be heartbeat of communities they serve

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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Rotary hears about ‘Read Aloud’ program

Jennifer Griffith was the guest speaker last week to update the Madison Rotary Club on Read Aloud WV-Boone County. Griffith was there introducing the program to them, asking for volunteers and support as we get started up with Read Aloud here in Boone County. She will be having a meeting at Park Ave. Restaurant on Monday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in which school coordinators and community members will be there, along with executive director Mary K. Bond of Read Aloud WV. As Chairman of the county...

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