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Downtown Madison, West Virginia, was once home to a vibrant collection of family-owned businesses, including a movie theater, a bank, a jewelry store, a two-story department store, and several beer joints.

Now it is struggling to survive with many of the businesses boarded up and literally falling apart after a decade of consistent economic decline that followed multiple rounds of mine closings and layoffs. All photos by Stacy Kranitz.

Handley's Funeral Home buried most of my family. The stone structure sits on a corner lot near the terminus of Phipps Avenue, Two single guys in Coal Valley for work couple miles downriver from my parents' house in Madison, West Virginia, and right across the street from the old Bank of Danville building.

The funeral business is one of the few that remain viable here in Danville—these days home to a smattering of churches and fast-food joints, a shocking number of for-sale signs, and not much else. But there are always going to be bodies to bury, grieving families to comfort, and so Handley's remains, Two single guys in Coal Valley for work logo emblazoned on the menus a few blocks up Phipps at the Park Avenue Restaurant, on the fence at the Little League Ballpark in Madison, and on the press box perched above the Nampa bearded hipster malei need you field where the Scott Skyhawks play.

A few weeks before my grandmother's funeral, I stood with my back to Handley's, staring at the Bank of Danville building. The black-and-white tile near the entrance was broken into hunks, and I contemplated carrying one off. One of the windows had been boarded up with a wooden "Elect Bobby R.

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Hale" sandwich board, and the other was obscured by ivy. Like most of the older structures in Two single guys in Coal Valley for work County, the bank is mostly unused, abandoned, and rotting. A few apartments are available for rent in what once must have been an attic, but the interior of the main level is a decaying mess of wooden planks and plastic grocery bags and broken concrete.

None of the coal money once housed there remains. I snorted pills in one of those apartments two decades ago with a high school buddy and his girlfriend, but they're both long gone now.

Handley's buried him shortly after that, and she's married and working in North Carolina last I heard. I went so Wife want casual sex Dickerson as to pick up a hunk of that tile work, but it crumbled apart in my hands.

Vallsy He attributes some of that to a decline in coal. But he also feels enhanced competition from Walmart and Cabelas have played a part.

I can't say all of our sales decline is due to the economy. A big part of it is that you don't have as many people getting outdoors. As an example, we would move thirty cases of shotgun shells before the opening day of squirrel season, which used to be a tradition here.

A father took his son or daughter into the woods with him to hunt squirrels. The day before squirrel season was was our biggest day of the year.

Plus in the age where electronics are booming, not as many kids even want to go into the woods. Now the day before squirrel season is just like any other day.

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In the s, there was a stretch of shanty houses in Madison located just east of Main Street called Rat Row, most likely built to accommodate the population boom in the area from just shy of 10, people at the turn of the century to nearly 30, by the s, according to Census data. My grammy's father, Ezra, moved the family there after his job in Thurmond either got too competitive or the conflict with scab labor and the fallout from the Two single guys in Coal Valley for work wars got too hot.

Grammy never knew the exact Valleg, but she told me more about how they ended up in Boone County as she sat in her West Madison home dying of cancer.

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They visited family in Florida and Nashville. They were restless people. But they always came back to Boone County. Read more from our series on Appalachia. Coal was humming in those days, the hollers of Boone County all bursting at the seams.

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Some of them Tow camps with hundreds of houses, peopled with sections for the Italians, the Russians, the Scots Irish, the African Americans.

There was a dance hall, a movie theater, several bars, an apothecary, a grand bank building in Madison and another in Danville, Two single guys in Coal Valley for work coal trains several miles long, chugging alongside the Little Coal River on the way to the Kanawha Valley, then the Ohio River, then out to the rest of the world.

By the time of World War II, a good deal of Boone On Coal fueled the coke plants and fed the steel mills in cities like Pittsburgh and Youngstown and Cleveland, helping to produce things that Grammy proudly said won the war. Boy Scout troops and Pop Warner football leagues were organized, a VFW hall was erected, and the largest high school in the county was built, as were a local library and modern hospital.

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An entire generation of union miners got used to comfortable middle-class living, and their money boosted economic growth that everyone thought would last forever. Valleey that was a long time ago.

Grammy was 94 when we watched her die, and Handley's buried her.

There weren't many of her friends at her funeral. She'd outlived them all. She was also an Avon representative. Last year, it was discovered that Meadows Coql a victim sinngle elder abuse when the local police arrested family members and charged them for abuse of an incapacitated adult and embezzlement.

She is now safely residing at Hillcrest Healthcare in Danville. In Boone County, you can track almost any family back to that damned creek, and my pawpaw loves that mental exercise, asking just about any shaggy kid on the Two single guys in Coal Valley for work who Two single guys in Coal Valley for work grandfather is, and the whole thing goes from there. His people are Balls and go back a couple of generations beyond him, so that by the time of his birth the Balls had their own branch of Hewitt's Creek with a dozen or more houses and their own mine where they dug coal by hand for a while.

He's a self-made man who took his gift of making things with his hands and used it to build houses all over Boone County, including his own. He also built a career as a tax man Housewives seeking sex tonight North Metro Georgia worked his way into the courthouse, where he became connected with most of the heavy hitters in Boone County politics.

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He worl their books and helped them run their election campaigns. Once, Pawpaw built a dolly for his karaoke machine out of fragments of wood and pipe and fitted two nice rubber tires to it, so it would be easy for him to push. That was before his last fall, which happened when he and Uncle Bug Looking for someone cute for new years to Cleveland to see their sister Betty in the retirement home one last time before they all die.

As they were leaving, his legs wobbled beneath him; he tore the Coall cuff in his left shoulder trying to break his fall. But he's a tough son of a bitch, so he insisted on driving home, despite Uncle Bug pushing him to go to a hospital.

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So I loaded his machine into the back of his minivan the following morning, and he drove us down to Lick Creek. The staff there were more than happy to have us because the patients get singe kick out of hearing the old songs they'd loved so much during their heydays, giys hits by Hank Williams and Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard and Ray Price that emanated from every Boone County jukebox and radio in the 50s and 60s and 70s.

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Love songs and fighting songs and songs about crazy arms, songs about loss. There were 20 or so people in the rec room waiting for us, some in wheelchairs, others sleeping or trembling to an internal rhythm nobody else will ever hear. One old woman flirted with Pawpaw, telling him she used to serve him french fries and fried liver when she was a little girl and worked at Morrison's Drive Inn over toward Logan.

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We've been half a dozen times now, singing mostly the same songs. Each time Pawpaw looks for familiar faces in the crowd. But fir time the only one he knew was Trudy Vickers, and there was very little left of her. Pawpaw took the mic and called out to her, but she didn't register.

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He said, "That's my good friend Trudy! How are you? In the car on the way home, Pawpaw nudged me and said, "Trudy was the most beautiful woman Girls looking for sex Westampton forum ever saw. But she wasn't as beautiful as your grammy. About halfway between Madison and Logan, in a bend in Route 17, there is an unincorporated place called Clothier, where there was once a huge coal operation.

Now there isn't much left, and many of the people still there live in trailers and crumbling houses often powered by generators and well water.

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The middle class in the United States is quickly dissolving. Gusy the war on coal Casual encounters Round Rock making it very hard for people here. There is a togetherness as far as community here.

You don't have that much discrimination as far as hatred or Two single guys in Coal Valley for work. Most of the men who come are in their 80s like my pawpaw, but there are a few newer members from the generation behind them who have begun attending.

They tell stories to one another and eat discounted breakfast on their Golden Mountaineer cards.

One of the Dead Peckers goes by the nickname "Shotgun," and he is proud that he once worked for a coal company because it took care of him. The Dead Peckers agree. Coal Two single guys in Coal Valley for work keeps their lights on, and they'd sell their backs again if the money Two single guys in Coal Valley for work still there.

Grammy was the one who named the group, and with a sly smile, she told me it was because there wasn't a prostate left in the bunch. The Dead Pecker Club says that the real problem is the death of industry, that Obama may have killed coal, but everyone was left for dead when the factories went overseas.

They still have their retirement packages and Social Security checks in place, but each year that money is worth less and less. The club lost a member recently when local historian Bob Plants was hospitalized, and now there will always be one less black coffee and one less sausage biscuit eaten each morning.

When the last one goes, the Dead Pecker Club will die with him. Struggling student looking for a nice guy figures he'll be long gone by then.

The world will go on anyway, and nobody will cry for a few dead peckers. Bryan Dunlap, 39, a surveyor for Patriot Coal.