MADISON - A Madison man was charged with destruction of property and burglary after police say that he stole electricity from a neighboring apartment building.

The Broken Arrow Band headlined a rainy evening of local talent that included the Alan Griffith Project (with Brandon Shuping) and Powerhouse to a dedicated crowd willing to face the weather on Thursday night at the West Virginia Coal Festival's main stage on Main Street in downtown Madison.

Welcome back to Phil for the Game, your glimpse into the sports community of Boone County.

It has been several months since my last column as we've had a pretty eventful spring sports season. I wanted to congratulate all of our spring sports participants on one of the most exciting seasons the county has ever had. For this column, I want to focus on Sherman High School.

SOUTH CHARLESTON - Rhett Heston caught a short pass from Connor Neal and turned it into a 73-yard touchdown pm Kime 9 as the North hung on for an 8-6 victory in the 66th WCHS-TV 8/Fox 11 North-South All-Star Football Classic on a drizzly afternoon at South Charleston High School.

CHARLESTON - Sherman High School pitcher JT Hensley earned First Team Class A All-State honors for his play on the field in 2019 by the West Virginia Sportswriters Association.

Economic growth in West Virginia has been a long, difficult struggle for many decades. The state has long relied on the coal industry as the backbone of its economy, but even that pillar has been weakened as a job creator because of mechanization, competition from other fuel sources, and added regulations on burning of coal brought about by concerns over global warming.

This past Monday I was honored to speak to students at Man High School on what was designated statewide as "Constitution Day." As part of a judicial civic education program of the West Virginia Supreme Court, active and retired Supreme Court justices, circuit judges, family court judges and magistrates volunteered to visit various schools across West Virginia as part of what is called the "Robes to Schools" program.

The sagging West Virginia economy has become a political football, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Last week cable TV business channel CNBC released its annual state-by-state assessments on the "Top States for Business," and West Virginia came in dead last. Of course, the Mountain State has typically ranked near the bottom in a host of similar surveys, especially in recent years with the declines in coal and natural gas.