Valerie J. Carpenter Staff WriterCoal Valley News
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The year in review
Timothy Midkiff, 40, of Hurricane is sentenced to a one to 10 year prison sentence for fraudulent schemes against some of Madison's elderly residents. Judge E. Lee Schleagel suspends the sentence and places the man on 36-month probation.
Three Boone County officers are recognized for their brave actions while trying to rescue a Madison woman from a housefire. Madison officers M.A. Leavitt and Cpl. Kenneth Workman, along with Danville officer Joey Smith attempted to save Lillie Mae Mitchell, 68. In spite of their efforts, Mitchell perished from smoke inhalation.
The town of Sylvester hosts their annual Sylvester Dogpatch Reunion during the July 4 weekend.
The Boone County Coalition is formed to address important social issues in Boone County.
Dedron E. Setser, 27, of Bim and Megan Browning, 19, of Wharton are arrested on July 4, accused of shooting into the home of Deputy J.A. Weagel at around 11:30 p.m.
New Boone County Board of Education, Joe Tagliente Jr. of Ashford and Mark Sumpter of Madison, members are sworn in during a special meeting on July 3.
Jeffrey Todd Cook, 37, is arrested on July 4 for allegedly breaking into and setting fire to two Meadow Fork homes. One of the victims of the crime was Cook's brother, Jackie.
A helicopter crash lands on a mountaintop removal mine site on the Boone/Lincoln county line on Saturday, July 15. The pilot, Jay D. Chasteny of Logan, formerly of New Hampshire, was not hurt in the accident.
Funds from a legislative pay raise and county coal severance tax money will mean a higher salary for Boone elected officials and county employees.
School board discusses the use of biodiesel fuel in school vehicles.
Renovations begin on the old Madison fire house to make way for a handicapped accessible city hall.
Robert Dotson, 22, of Danville is charged with four counts of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving his dogs outside without food and water causing the death of one adult dog. The rest were taken to the Boone County Dog Pound pending an investigation.
Johnny Likens, 52, is arrested on three counts of sexual assault on a minor by a parent or guardian.
Friends Thomas "Rockne" Stevens III and William Topping, both Marines, are deployed to Iraq for the second time.
18-year-old Sean Adams is killed in a motorcycle accident on Foster Hollow Road.
Nancy McCann of Twilight celebrated her 105th birthday with family and friends on July 25.
A drilling rig, manned by Mike Dolin of Huntington, toppled over the hillside on Drawdy Mountain on July 31 at around 2 p.m.
The Boone County Fair kicks off on July 29 at the Lick Creek ball field with a Cuties Contest. Hailey Ryan, age 3, is named Grand Champion and Grand Marshal of the Boone County Fair Parade.
The Whitesville/Big Coal River Festival begins on August 2 in the Whitesville Elementary School field.
Matthew Ooten, 29, of Big Ugly is sentenced to 10 years for his part in the robbery of the Winfield Rite Aid using a fake gun in Dec. 2005. The total vale of drugs and money taken exceeded $50,000.
Both the Boone County Fair and the Whitesville/Big Coal River Festival ended with organizers saying the events were well attended.
Madison Mayor Sonny Howell and the city council are stumped by street sign thefts in the Madison area.
Sheriff Rodney Miller says more individuals have spoken out in the Johnny Likens case, claiming to have been sexually abused. Likens and his late wife were foster parents for 20 years and had numerous foster children, according to Miller.
Prisoners from the Regional Jail system pass through Boone in a statewide community cleaning project.
County Commissioners Mickey Brown, Gordon Eversole and Atholl Halstead unveil the historical marker on the lawn of the courthouse.
August 21, the Boone County United Way kicks off their annual fundraising campaign with a goal of $40,000.
Budget restrictions halt progress on the long-awaited Hatfield-McCoy Trailhead Center.
Boone County Vocational Center announces a newly renovated auto mechanics program, as well as 40 and 80 hour mine training classes.
Johnny Likens returns to jail when more abuse charges are added.
August 28, a three hour traffic jam in Madison is caused by fallen tree.
School starts back for Boone County students on August 28.
Tyler Evans, age four, of Clear Fork died on August 31 when his father, Terry Evans, was hit by alleged drunk driver Jazier Sanchez Rubio, 22, of Whitesville. Rubio is believed to be an illegal alien.
State and UMWA officials stir up the crowd at the 68th annual Labor Day Celebration at Racine park
The Boone County Sheriff's Department gains one new deputy and loses another. After accepting the resignation of Deputy E.B. McClung, the Boone County Commission hires Billy G. Browning, 29, of Barboursville. McClung resigned in order to become a W.Va. State Trooper.
Another man is charged in the death of four year old Tyler Evans of Raleigh County. Christian Javier Sanchez-Rubio and Marvin Navarro are believed to have been drag racing, causing the head-on collision that took the child's life.
Kimberly Malcolm, 34, of Danville pleads guilty to the charge of forgery in Boone Circuit Court in exchange for have the 46 other counts of her indictment. She was indicted on a variety of charges including falsifying accounts, grand larceny, forgery and intentionally neglecting incapacitated adults at the Boone Nursing and Rehab facility on Lick Creek.
A sixth grade student at Madison Middle School is rushed to the emergency room after overdosing on pain pills. Sheriff Rodney Miller says that the child would be remanded to juvenile court for possession with the intent to deliver, after he attempted to give pills to classmates.
September 11: On the fifth anniversary of 9-11, VFW members and local officials gather on the courthouse lawn to remember those lost to terrorist attacks that day.
Southern WV Community and Technical College announces the launch of their new mine training academy.
In a preliminary hearing in Boone Magistrate Court, sufficient evidence is found to send the Rubio case to the Grand Jury for indictment.
The Boone County Commission was awarded a $60,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant for a walking trail at WaterWays Theme Park.
Curtis Asbury II is arrested on charges of wanton endangerment when, during a domestic situation, he brandishes a 22 caliber handgun in the home with his wife and two children present.
The Danville Community Center hosted the Danville "End of Summer Celebration" on September 16.
The Grand Jury indicts 38 individuals for various crimes.
The people of Boone County recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a rally on the steps of the courthouse on Oct. 2.
Bernard E. Raby of Foster pled guilty Friday, April 29, 2005 to receiving child pornography, a federal offense and was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his crime Wednesday, Sept. 27. Raby was a professor at Southern WV Community and Technical College, Logan campus.
The Spruce River Crime Watch Team, an offspring of the Boone County Coalition for the Prevention of Substance Abuse (Later to be called "Stopwatch"), sees considerable reduction of crime and drug selling in their area.
On Sunday, October 1, Cheryl Ann Pauley of Madison left home and was last seen in the Uneeda area that same evening. One week later, police and rescue workers are still looking for the 51-year-old mother and grandmother.
A new underground mine in Sharples on the Boone/Logan county line promises to bring hundreds of jobs to the area when it reaches full capacity, according to Arch Coal spokesperson Christine Inchioristo.
The Coal Valley News, along with the Logan Banner, becomes part of Heartland Publications, based in Old Saybrook, Conn. CVN was formerly a part of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., Birmingham, Ala.
During the Oct. 3 meeting of the Boone County Commission, officials authorize the beginning of the Robinson/Trace Branch water project. The project, when completed, will serve 27 residences.
Boone Memorial Hospital held their annual Health Fair at the Madison Civic Center on October 13. The event was very well attended, according to BMH Marketing Director Karlie Price.
A representative with the state Department of Natural Resources confirms the rumor of Elk in Boone County.
A public forum which addressed the feasibility of a new Boone Memorial Hospital was held at the Madison Civic Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
17 years after the murders of Faye Jarrell, 83, and Dorothy Daniels, 68, both of Bald Knob at the hands of brothers Paul and Ted Walker, the community gathers to remember the ladies at the Bald Knob Methodist Church. The purpose of the service is to forgive, move on and heal, according to minister Tom Beckett.
On November 2, after a month-long search and investigation, a hunter finds the body of Cheryl Pauley in the woods near where her vehicle was found on Griffith's Branch Road, Uneeda. The cause of death is not determined.
Senator Robert C. Byrd visits the Coal Heritage Museum on Main Street, Madison.
Ray Holstein Jr., 41, of Julian is wounded in a shootout with a Deputy on Camp Creek on Nov. 5. Police believe the man may have been trying to get killed.
The January 2006 mine accident that claimed the life Logan miners Don Bragg, 33, and Ellery Elvis Hatfield, 47, was blamed on faulty equipment and missing walls, according to a state report.
State police and Child Protective Services investigate the death of an eight month old infant who drowned after being left unattended by his father, Tommy Manns, 20, of Peytona.
Daniel Boone VFW 5578 members collect for their annual Christmas baskets on State Street, Madison, next to Boone County Bank.
On Tuesday Nov. 7, Dr. Ron Stollings is elected state senator for District 17, which covers Boone, Lincoln, Logan and part of Wayne county. Stollings is the first senator from Boone County since the 1970's.
Hostages overpower a gunman at the Family Discount Pharmacy in Stollings, Logan county on Nov. 13. Jeffrey Harvey, 31, of Logan was knocked down by a hostage after he'd become drowsy from taking a mixture of pain killers and anti-anxiety drugs.
Robert Vanhorn Jr., 22, of Clothier was arrested on Nov. 8, charged with the armed robbery of the Little General in Clothier.
The funding for phase one of the Lick Creek water project is nearly complete, according to County Administrator Jim Gore.
Police were puzzled on Nov. 27, when someone stole a new fire truck from the Lake VFD, parked it in Madison, then stole a truck from Boone Redi-Mix and parked it on a mountain in Logan. The fire truck was valued at $180,000.
A Charleston man implicated in the death of Cheryl Pauley of Madison contacts the Coal Valley News to proclaim his innocence.
Sunday, Dec. 3, as many as 1,000 children in Boone County receive new, wrapped toys for Christmas, thanks to the Secret Santa program, the Boone County Community Organization and a host of volunteers.
Racine Fire Chief Archie Hubbard announces his upcoming retirement from the department during their Christmas party.
According to officials, funds for the Lick Creek Water project are secured. Barring any problems, the project could begin as early as Spring 2007.
The Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578 distributes over 500 food baskets to needy families.
Circuit Judge E. Lee Schleagel announces his upcoming retirement.
Dr. Ron Stollings is sworn in as state senator by Earl Ray Tomblin in Senate chambers at the W.Va. state capitol on Dec. 7.
The Racine Volunteer Fire Department receives an Assistance to Firefighters grant through the Department of Homeland Security.
Christina Miller, 30, of Danville is arrested on December 19, charged with malicious wounding after stabbing her husband in the head. She is arrested again on December 21, charged with DUI, Possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.
A suit filed by Van residents in 2004 against a Massey-owned coal company ends in a mistrial in Boone County Circuit Court earlier this month. The suit was filed against Independence Coal Company, A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc. and Massey Energy in connection with flood damage to their homes in the summer of 2003.
A father and son are involved in violent altercations during the Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays. Jason Gillispie, 24, of Alum Creek was arrested on Christmas morning at his Alum Creek home, accused of beating to death Walter McDerment Jr. the previous night. At the same bar on Christmas night, Gillispie's father John is shot after his son, John Jr., was in an altercation with Micheal Chapman.
A Logan woman, Andrea Michelle Paynter, is killed in an single vehicle accident on Dec. 19, while driving south on Rt. 119. On December 23, Cyril Edward "Eddie" Cooper Jr., 38, and wife Tammy Cooper, 37, of Racine are both killed in a single vehicle accident on Rt. 3, west of Peytona.
Real estate research is made faster and easier at the County Clerk's office thanks to an indexing system that goes back as far as 1947 and eliminates the need to search through index books.
County police and rescue workers consider the use of a technology which would map areas down to fire hydrants, etc. to make finding a missing person or a burning house much faster and easier.