Prepare for the Storms and Power Outages Charleston — The American Red Cross West Virginia Region would like to remind the public of safety procedures to take before, during and after severe weather including thunderstorms which cause power outages. It is essential to keep an eye on the local weather to determine if a severe thunderstorm watch, which means severe thunderstorms are possible, or a severe thunderstorm warning, which means severe weather has been reported by spotters or...
IRS to close June 14 due to budget and sequester; filing and payment deadlines unchanged WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that, due to the current budget situation including the sequester, the agency will be shut down on Friday, June 14.
This means that all IRS offices, including all toll-free hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the agency’s nearly 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide, will be closed.
IRS employees will be furloughed without pay. No tax returns will be processed and no...
WV Humanities Council meeting in Logan CHARLESTON – The program committee of the West Virginia Humanities Council will meet in Logan Friday, June 14, at Chief Logan Lodge. The Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities.
The Humanities Council budgets more than $600,000 for grants and programs each year. The program committee recommends funding decisions to the Hum...
Officers donate to school shoe fund Last year the LEAD organization was able to provide 150 school children with vouchers to purchase shoes at the beginning of the school year. This year, the organization is aiming to supply 250 students with vouchers.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Logan County Sheriff Department deputies donated $1,000 towards the school fund.
“We were able to give the LEAD Community Organization a $1,000 towards their shoe vouchers,” N.M. Booth said. “With ou...
Two charged with breaking and entering, conspiracy to take property Two Chapmanville men were arrested after West Virginia State Police officers responded to a breaking and entering in progress call to the Garrett’s Fork area of Logan County.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers observed Billy Gore, 24, of Chapmanville, on property not belonging to him.
Officers spoke with and obtained a signed, hand-written statement from a witness who advised the officers Gore was with George Canterbury in a red Chevrol...
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Fire that destroyed Logan funeral home ruled arson LOGAN (AP) — Investigators say a fire that destroyed a funeral home in Logan was deliberately set.
The State Fire Marshal’s office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
The fire broke out Sunday morning at Chatman Funeral Home. The building also housed several apartments above the funeral home.
Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett estimates damage at about $1 million.
The funeral home’s owner, Todd...
West Virginia Coal Festival celebrating 20 years MADISON — During the third week of June each year, the City of Madison plays host to the West Virginia Coal Festival. This year will be the 20th anniversary of the annual event.
Madison is the county seat of Boone County, where coal was discovered in 1742, and is known as “The Gateway of the Coalfields.”
The major activities at the Coal Festival include a Miners’ Memorial Service; Mine Machinery Equipment Displays; Nashville entertainers;...
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Court revives lawsuit over fatal W.Va. mine fire CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against the Mine Safety and Health Administration over the deaths of two West Virginia coal miners.
U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver had dismissed the suit, saying MSHA was immune because private inspectors in the same circumstances could not be held liable.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., asked the West Virginia Supreme Court for its interpr...
Logan County man to be honored with Governor’s Service Award West Virginia volunteers work in every community ever day, never expecting or receiving recognition.
Volunteer West Virginia, the State’s Commission for National and Community Service, honors the outstanding leaders in communities with Governor’s Service Awards.
On Wednesday, August 7, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will honor Larry Rogers for his dedication to service at the annual Governor’s Service Awards banquet at the Charleston Civic Cen...
Grants distributed to Logan County Communities Logan County officials gathered Monday afternoon at the Logan County Commission office to distribute Governor’s Community Participation Grant awards for community improvements.
The grants included $4,000 to upgrade facilities at the Omar Little Leage Field; $3,000 to upgrade the Little League Field at Holden; $1,000 to purchase equipment for the Chapmanville Street Department; $4,000 to upgrade the Logan Little League’s facilities located o...
Fire destroys Chatman Funeral Home Logan firefighters were called to the scene of a structure fire at Chatman Funeral Home in the area of Cherry Tree at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday.
Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett said there were no occupants in the building and the firefighters did a great job confining the fire to the second floor, “They did an outstanding job of getting the fire extinguished. The building did have extensive smoke and water damage, but no structures near the fac...
Amick has his day in court Local attorney Phillip Amick, represented by attorney Jeff Simpkins of Williamson, appeared in front of Senior Status Magistrate appointed from Kanawha County, Marva Crouch. The Boone County Special Prosecutor appointed to the case was Keith Randolph.
Most of the charges Amick faced were dismissed, including two counts of violating a DVP, domestic battery, speeding and assault on an officer.
Amick entered pleas of no contest to the DUI ch...
Former Logan Dr. sued over abortion procedure CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman is suing a doctor who she claims performed an abortion procedure on her, even though she asked him to stop because she was having severe pain.
The lawsuit claims the doctor left the fetus’ head inside the woman’s uterus.
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, an evangelical Christian group, said Monday the medical malpractice lawsuit was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court on behalf of...
Hale faces assault, battery charges The West Virginia State Police responded to the Logan Regional Medical Center regarding a domestic dispute that occurred in the Lorado area of Logan County.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the magistrate court of Logan County, the victim told the officer the incident began as a verbal altercation with her husband, Gordon Lee Hale Jr., 46, of Lorado.
The complaint says Hale threatened and screamed at the victim for no apparent...
Race for W.Va. House speaker to test Dem unity CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Control of West Virginia’s House of Delegates hangs in the balance after intense jockeying by two Democratic candidates for speaker, with business and labor groups weighing in and the large Republican minority hoping to stage a coup.
Judiciary Chair Tim Miley and Finance Chair Harry Keith White emerged as the leading Democratic contenders last month. Miley, a Harrison County lawyer, has amassed on-the-record pledges...
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City Hall Crash A scary incident occurred at Logan City Hall on Monday afternoon. An unidentified driver with an infant passenger (in a car seat in the back seat) crashed into Code Enforcement Officer Ray Perry’s vehicle and the front wall at City Hall. The Logan City Police are currently in the process of investigating the accident.
Buffalo Creek group awarded by cabinet secretary The highly active Buffalo Creek Watershed Association has been granted the top award for their massive environmental improvements along the creek, as they say.
West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman, fresh off a tour of the area and stream restoration dedication ceremony a few weeks back, recently bestowed the plaque to the local group board members at a ceremony held in the capitol city.
160 Boone Co. miners to lose jobs MADISON — Boone County and West Virginia’s coal industry received more bad news Friday when the Boone County Commission was notified that 160 coal mining jobs would be lost in August.
“This is terrible news,” said Boone County Commission President Mickey Brown. “I feel sorry for the families that this is going to hurt.”
Commissioners received notice Friday that a total of 160 mine employees will be losing their jobs.
A total of 17 emplo...
Commission partnering in free diabetes education classes The Logan County Commission is providing lunch for three free diabetes education classes during the month of June. Hosting the classes will be Traci Gillispie RN and Gina Clark LPN with the West Virginia Medical Institute’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program.
“I think probably one of the biggest problems where the county is concerned… as far as health… is diabetes,” Danny Godby, president of the Logan County Commission, said. “We f...
Man charged with kicking nurse A local man was charged with several violations, including battery on a health care provider.
Terry Joe Bumgarner, 50, of Pecks Mill, was a reportedly a suspect in a multiple person altercation on June 5. Logan County Sheriff Deputies responded to the call and located Bumgarner in the roadway. Officers noticed that he had “red and glassy eyes and that his speech was slurred.”
Bumgarner was arrested after he reportedly refused commands to ...
Water advisory lifted The Logan County Public Service District has lifted a boil water advisory for the area from Micco to Omar Grade on Friday, June. 7.
The advisory had been issued on June 6.
For more information, call the LCPSD at 304-946-2641.
NSA revelations force question: What do we want? NEW YORK (AP) — For more than a decade now, Americans have made peace with the uneasy knowledge that someone — government, business or both — might be watching.
We knew that the technology was there. We knew that the law might allow it. As we stood under a security camera at a street corner, connected with friends online or talked on a smart phone equipped with GPS, we knew, too, it was conceivable that we might be monitored.
McKinley: New coal-ash bill tackles EPA concerns MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — For two years, one of the two professional engineers in Congress has pushed a bill to let states regulate fly ash from coal-fired power plants, a move U.S. Rep. David McKinley says would benefit coal and power companies and the construction industry he’s worked in since the 1960s.
Each time, the West Virginia Republican’s bill clears the House, only to die in the Senate.
But McKinley says this year is different: T...
Memorial service to be held in honor of the Dailey family MONAVILLE — A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, by family and friends in remembrance of a mother and her children.
Melinda Dailey, along with her children Katelyn, Randy and Trey, perished in a house fire at Monaville in January 2009.
“Someone’s child, grandchild, niece, nephew, classmate and friend lost their life during this tragic fire and there have not been any answers as to why this happened,” Betty Conn, or...
Coal company readies for possible fight with EPA WASHINGTON – Mingo Logan Coal Company has hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement to represent it in litigation against the Environmental Protection Agency over a retracted Clean Water Act permit.
The move possibly signifies an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is coming or has been made, as Clement has been hired to present high-profile appeals to the nation’s highest court since he left office.
An Arch Coal spokesperson did not retur...
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