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CHARLESTON - Election day is about three weeks away, and there are no debates scheduled among candidates in any of West Virginia's three races for the House of Representatives.


LAKE - Police have charged a man with attempting to burn down his grandparents' house, according to a criminal complaint from Logan County Magistrate Court.

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The Art Brigade will host a free writers workshop led by local award-winning author and editor Michael Knost. The workshop is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Tug Valley Inn at 106 W. 2nd Ave., Williamson.

Have you ever wanted to dress up like a zombie and ride your all-terrain vehicle? Well, here's your chance.

Riders are encouraged to dress up in their favorite zombie make-up and ride their ATVs for a special Halloween tour, but keep in mind you still have to wear a helmet and be able to see well.

CHAPMANVILLE - The Chapmanville Town Council gave special recognition to one of the town's police officers for his recent achievement at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

LOGAN - City of Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti spent a part of his morning on Wednesday talking to seventh-graders at Logan Middle School about what it's like to be mayor.

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito,

R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Tuesday $7,766,842 for West Virginia through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

HUNTINGTON - A West Virginia Secretary of State's Office spokesman said voter databases have not been breached after someone advertised selling online an estimated 35 million voter records from 19 U.S. states, including West Virginia for $500.

HUNTINGTON - For those receiving government benefits, like Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), saving money for the future can be difficult or even impossible without fear of losing those necessary benefits.

HUNTINGTON - The number of West Virginia's high school students enrolled in dual-credit classes skyrocketed by 93 percent - nearly doubling - between 2012 and 2016, according to a five-year study published recently by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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This measure seeks to amend the West Virginia Constitution to clarify that nothing in the Constitution of West Virginia secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.

According to the state's annual Mast Report and Hunting Outlook, white oak is about the only wildlife food that's especially abundant this fall. Fortunately for hunters, it happens to be the food Mountain State wildlife species most rely upon.

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Oct. 10 in announcing that the department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $6.7 million in grants to West Virginia to support local business development and job growth efforts.

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HUNTINGTON - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $400,000 to the departments of chemistry, geology, engineering, physics, biological sciences and forensic science at Marshall University to purchase a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

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CHARLESTON -The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and West Virginia University Extension Service, announced a partnership to expand market opportunities for farmers. Under a USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant, the WVDA, WVDE and WVU Extension Service will work together to develop a strategic plan for farm-to-school in West Virginia. The goal is to increase the availability of fresh foods in West Virginia schools, as well as new market opportunities for West Virginia farmers.

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Kindred at Home and Kindred Hospice branches across the country collected food and monetary donations equivalent to more than 300,000 meals during their 14th annual food drive held throughout the month of August.

LOGAN - A leadership program in place at Omar Elementary School - one that school officials are calling a highly prestigious honor - was heralded at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Logan County Board of Education on Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Photos from The Aracoma Story's production of "Dracula" at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park, taken during the Saturday, Oct. 14 performance of the show. Photos by Dylan Vidovich of The Logan Banner.

CHARLESTON - In a significant policy change, the West Virginia Tax Department has issued an administrative notice to most out-of-state retailers, directing that they are to begin collecting and remitting taxes on internet sales to West Virginians.

The third annual Williamson SpookFest, which has become a popular Halloween event spearheaded by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, will take place in downtown Williamson on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event runs from 5-10 p.m.

CHARLESTON - Almost a year after West Virginians learned state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry had a $32,000 couch in his court office and a piece of historic state furniture in his home, a jury convicted him of 11 of 22 federal charges Friday.

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MAN - A group of dedicated volunteers spent a chunk of their Friday laying sod on part of the property where the old Man Junior High School used to be - the beginning of another step in transforming that land into something beneficial to the community.

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CHARLESTON - In an AARP WV poll released last week, West Virginia voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over the economy, the opioid crisis, health care and personal finance issues.

HUNTINGTON - Some boxes still need to be unpacked, but the doors have quietly opened on what medical leaders have heralded as a one-stop shop for triaging and treating substance use disorder in Huntington.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, of West Virginia, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced Wednesday that the department's Economic Development Administration is awarding $6.7 million in grants to West Virginia to support local business development and job growth efforts - and one of the grants will be awarded to Logan County.

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CHARLESTON - A West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Candidate Forum is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D Street, in South Charleston, West Virginia. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The West Virginia Supreme Court has released its full opinion ruling that state law prohibits former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, or any candidate who loses a primary election, from running in the general election with a non-recognized political party.

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LOGAN - The Logan County Commission on Tuesday approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office on a grant that will help purchase new voting equipment for the county.

Fueled by road building and natural gas pipeline construction, West Virginia state tax collections remained on a roll in September, with $452.9 million of revenue collections topping estimates by 14 percent and beating September 2017 collections by 16 percent.

HUNTINGTON - Change can be scary, and the Family First Prevention Services Act passed by Congress this year will make some significant changes to the way states handle their foster care programs.

MILTON - Robert Cyrus said there is no secret to growing pumpkins that weigh more than 1,500 pounds. It just takes the right kind of seeds, the most nutrient-rich soil available and hundreds of hours of labor and attention.

Mold is a fact of life - an unavoidable natural occurrence encountered with virtually every breath.

Because it is ubiquitous in the outside world doesn't mean it should live where you do, and mold growth can have serious health effects if prolonged growth is allowed inside the home. Indoor mold is preventable, and personally treatable in smaller quantities, before any damage to home or health begins.

CHAPMANVILLE The Logan County Sheriff's Department responded to a call Monday evening at Sawmill Road near Chapmanville, where a body was found in the Guyandotte River.

With the fall season comes, there are many events like haunted houses, pumpkin carving and, of course, plenty of festivals. The City of Logan is currently preparing for its newest one, called the Hocus Pocus Festival, set to happen later this month.