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Coal remains largest source of fuel for electric generation in U.S.

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Despite ever shrinking demand, coal remains the largest source of fuel for electric generation in the United States.According to SNL Energy’s data of fuel delivery from Form EIA — 923 monthly filers, the top four coal producing regions — Central Appalachia, Northern Appalachia, Illinois Basin and Powder River Basin — delivered just over 81 percent, or 317.9 million tons, of coal to power plants in the first half of 2014.Of these top four coal producing regions, Powder River Basin had the highest contribution, with 47 percent, or 184 million tons, of total coal deliveries in the first six months of 2014.

 

Nuttier times bode well for wildlife

An above average acorn crop is a complete turnabout from last year’s bust. What’s more, the wildlife treasured acorns of the white oak are leading the way. In tandem with a statewide bounteous production of the equally favored, albeit softer black cherries, this is great news for wildlife winter survival. All tolled however, there are above average combined crops of both the softer fruits and hard nut mast crops out there at present.

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Sherman falls to Liberty

GLEN DANIEL — It was homecoming night for Liberty (Raleigh) and the Raiders celebrated with a 40-6 win over visiting Sherman Friday evening.TreShaun McDowell scored on along run and a distant pass in the romp.“I think Tre was hungry tonight,” Liberty Coach Jeff Alexander told reporters after the game. “He had a few touchdowns called back – a couple down at Pike View and one down at Mount View last week – I think he wanted those back.&#...

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Van gets first win of season

HICO — The Van Bulldog football team got off the losing track Friday evening with an impressive 42-21 win at Midland Trail.The win was the first of the season for the Bulldogs, setting their record at 1-4. The Patriots dropped to 0-5 on the year.As usual, Van did not provide any statistics from the game to either the newspaper or Internet Web sites.With five games left to work themselves into Class A playoff contention, the Dogs play at home four times....

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Scott goes to 5-0 with Poca win

POCA – To illustrate how well the Scott Skyhawk football team dominated Poca Friday evening, it may only be necessary to say they didn’t punt one time.So overwhelming were the Class AA second-ranked Hawks that they escaped Putnam County with a 52-0 win over their Cardinal Conference rival. The game really wasn’t that close.Hunter Bradley picked off a Hunter Wagner pass on Poca’s first possession. Two plays later, Bradley took a handoff to the end ...

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Skyhawks much better than expected

Wow.Although I had predicted that the Scott Skyhawk football team would be vastly improved this season and contend for a state Class AA championship, I had no idea Coach Shane Griffith’s squad would be THIS good.Seemingly now operating like a well-oiled machine, offensively and defensively, the Hawks made Poca look like mere amateurs Friday evening. Oh, that’s right … all high school student/athletes ARE amateurs as opposed to being professionals. But, ...

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Gregory’s Web

While there is little still to be said about the theft of Mingo County’s family court judge position by state officials, it remains a bit annoying that some continue to mislead the public about the circumstances of various decisions.As noted here earlier, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin could have declared a special election to fill the family judge position. Then, the matter would have appeared on the November 4 ballot for voters to decide. Instead, the powers-that-be wanted to ap...

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MSHA issues 131 citations during Aug. mine inspections

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal inspectors issued more than 100 citations during inspections at U.S. mine operations in August.The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday that the inspections of a dozen coal mines resulted in 131 citations and 11 orders.Federal impact inspections at U.S. mine operations in July resulted in 190 citations and eight orders.MSHA began the monthly special impact inspections in April 2010 after the Upper Big Br...

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Centenarians reveal their secrets to a long, happy life

(BPT) — One hundred years ago, the average American’s life expectancy was between 50 and 60 years, and so the estimated 53,000 centenarians in the United States today have lived much longer than most of their contemporaries. Perhaps that is why a new survey shows that these 100-year-olds feel “blessed” (36 percent), “happy” (31 percent) and “surprised” (12 percent) to have lived so long. Not one reports feeling sad or burdened; only 3 percent sa...

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Program helps domestic violence victims

CHARLESTON — The Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) helps protect the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking by providing a substitute mailing address – ensuring abusers or potential abusers cannot use public records to find their victims.According to the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a call is made to the domestic violence hotline in West Virginia every nine minutes and one in four women has been a v...

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Old historic photos show courthouse under construction

Charles R. “Bud” Kinder says while going through an old photo album of his parents, Scott and Netta Kinder, he came across some interesting Boone County historical photographs. “In one picture, the courthouse was still under construction,” Kinder said. “The other winter scene would have been about 1920. The third is a picture of the railroad bridge that was destroyed in the 1937 flood. In that flood, the people that lived at the mouth of the forks of the Little C...

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Bringing the bison to life

Sophomore Brianna Jarvis has already made herself known in the School of Art and Design during the short time she’s been a Marshall University student.Jarvis, graphic design major, entered a contest through the school this summer that awarded the winner the chance to paint a fiberglass statue of the Herd’s mascot, a bison.Though she entered the competition with a one-of-a-kind design for the bison, she did not prepare to hear back about her entry.&...

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Back in time…Fascinating tidbits from Boone County history

By the end of World War I, the US Government had spent over $22 billion1. In an attempt to help pay these war costs, in December of 1917 the Treasury Department began issuing War Savings Certificate Stamps, which allowed Americans to purchase the savings certificates for approximately $4.12 and later collect $5.00. These savings stamps were basically a loan to the United States.

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Arch Coal Foundation Continues its teacher awards

The Arch Coal Foundation kicked off its Teacher Achievement Awards Program in West Virginia, according to Russ Lorince, Arch Coal, Inc. vice president of external affairs, eastern region.“For more than 25 years, we’ve recognized West Virginia’s very best classroom teachers,” said Lorince. “These are the teachers who are universally admired by colleagues, children, parents and community members. They challenge our children and then teach them how to suc...

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Solutions for seniors struggling in today’s economy

(NewsUSA) - Turmoil in the economy. Skyrocketing jobless numbers. Budget cuts putting families at risk. And senior services being cut. And cut. And cut.Whether it is nutrition, housing, or medical needs, seniors and their caregivers are now looking for new ways to keep themselves clothed, fed and housed. In fact, President Obama’s full-year Continuing Resolution for 2011 included a 45 percent national cutback of Senior Community Service Employment Program funding from the fis...

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For Such A Time As This

What does it take for one to be eternally lost and not be able to enter Heaven when this earthly life is over? There may be many ways to answer this question but I will briefly dwell on two aspects of the answer.The Apostle James tells us in his epistle, chapter 4 and verse 17: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” So doing nothing, or not doing the right things will cause one to be lost. Everyone is born into sin and must repen...

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Hundreds laid off at Alpha

Four Logan County mines received extensions Friday on WARN notices issued by Alpha Natural Resources on July 31. Along with Highland Mining’s Superior, Reylas, Freeze Fork and Trace Fork surface mines in Logan County, revised WARN notices with an idling date of Nov. 26, or within the following two-week period, was issued to the North surface mine in Mingo and Logan Counties, Black Castle Mining’s surface mine in Boone County, and Republic Energy’s Republic and Workman Creek ...

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Four sentenced to prison on various felony charges

MADISON – A Wharton man was sentenced to prison for transporting and conspiring to transport controlled substances into the state, according to Boone County court records.Jeffrey Scott Sharp, 37, of Wharton, was sentenced on Sept. 10, 2014, to 1 to 3 years in prison for transportation of controlled substances into the state and 1 to 5 years for conspiring to transport controlled substances into the state.In June 2013, Sharp received a package by U.S. mail containin...

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