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MOONSHINERS in Southern West Virginia were feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys over the name Hatfield and McCoys, the West Virginia Record reported.
The proprietors of "Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine, the Drink of Devil Anse Hatfield" requested a temporary restraining order against "The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand" in Logan Circuit Court.
Anse Hatfield was born in Logan in 1839.
But this time, they settled their dispute with iPads and not Kentucky long rifles.
A truce was reached on Oct. 7 when the two moonshine companies agreed not to interfere with each other's Facebook page and to hold off on suing one another while they try to work things out.
The coalfields may have peace at last as long as everyone leaves everyone else's pigs alone.
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THE Kanawha County Commission and most incorporated communities in the area this year will have trick or treat night on — hold on to your hat — Oct. 31.
Celebrating Halloween on Halloween night. What a thought.
Considering Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November, Christmas is always Dec. 25, and New Year's Day is always Jan. 1, how about trick or treat night always being on Oct. 31 too?
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TERRY Terry L. Anderson and Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Mont., pointed out in a column in the Wall Street Journal that over-zealous federal environmental regulations are hurting some of the poorest people in the land.
What the pair called "the war on coal" and other carbon-based fuels may hurt American Indians more than other races.
"On the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota, special legislation passed in 1999 reduced several of Bureau of Indian Affairs restrictions on oil and gas leasing," Anderson and Regan wrote.
"As a result, since the Bakken shale-oil boom started in 2000, hundreds of reservation wells have earned the tribal nation more than $500 million.
"Nonetheless, even there, roughly twice as many oil and gas wells are drilled per acre outside the reservation as inside.
"Companies must go through only four steps to drill outside the reservation, compared with 49 steps, at four federal agencies, to drill on tribal land."
Racism is a very serious charge, but how else does one describe the extra 45 steps in the regulatory process before Indians can earn money?
What is the government protecting Indians from? Prosperity?
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