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Hot Cup to open Harry Potter themed reading room

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The Hot Cup of Logan is launching a magical program tonight to capture the interest of teens and young adults and help raise the literacy rate in Logan County.If you have frequented the Hot Cup recently, you may have noticed some Harry Potter themed decorations (i.e. the 9 ¾ train platform outside of their front door). What you may not know is the owner, Michael Cline, is also building a Harry Potter themed “Cupboard Under the Stairs” Reading Room, and it will be open for readers on April 28.The reading room consists of high quality replica props from the Harry Potter series (including the elder wand, a golden snitch, Harry’s glasses and more) and will be filled with top notch young adult genre books.

 

Logan’s Street, Miller to play in basketball all-star game

The second ever Consol Energy West Virginia-Kentucky Senior All-Star game is coming up on Saturday, April 19, at Mingo Central High School and Mountain State Coach Mark Hatcher has recruited some of the state’s best talent.The state’s Player of the Year, Jon Elmore of George Washington High School, is on the team. Elmore finished the season averaging 31.4 points per game, the state’s highest scoring average since 2011.Elmore is headed to VMI next season...

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Logan Co. ranked 41 in state for childhood development

The West Virginia Kids Count Data Book was released Wednesday, April 16, and the results for Logan County were shocking.Logan ranks 41st out of W.Va. 55 counties in early child development. The ranking is based on percent low birthweight babies; infant mortality rate; child death rate; percent four year olds enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten; percent children approved for free and reduced-price meals; child abuse/neglect rate; teen birth rate; percent births to unmarried teens; percent ...

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Littering bill dies in Senate

The Appalachian Mountains are considered some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Anywhere one goes in West Virginia the splendor of the mountain state is best represented by its hills, mountains, rivers, lakes and streams. Unfortunately, it may be that many of us take them for granted.American Heritage Dictionary defines a Mountaineer as “a native or inhabitant of a mountainous area.” It defines Hillbilly as “a person from the backwoods or a remote moun...

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Wildcats fall to Virginia team at the beach

The Logan High School baseball team dropped to 7-3 on the season with Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Greenbrier Valley Christian Academy out of Chesapeake, Va., in the Mingo Bay Classic Baseball Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.Chase Burnette pitched six innings for the Wildcats, allowing four runs with one of those earned.Chase Preston led the Logan bats as he was 2-for-3.Trace Butcher, Z. Minnick, Zack Hanlon and Tim Saunders all added for one hit a piece in t...

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W.Va. state parks and forests - visit every chance you get

Spring brings warmer temperatures, fragrant blossoms, the melody of chirping birds and new opportunities for adventure. It is also the time when many of us begin planning our spring and summer getaways-a memorable family vacation, a relaxing getaway for two or even a weekend excursion. As you explore the many options available to you and your family, I invite you to consider a “staycation” at one of the Mountain State’s beautiful state parks or forests-the hidden gems, right...

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VA needing to process claims more efficiently

Veterans Administration officials insist they are making progress in reducing the time those who have served our country in uniform must wait for decisions on disability benefits. The claims backlog allegedly has been cut by 40 percent during recent years.But the agency has a backlog of 368,000 disability claims that have been pending for four months or more. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has pointed out that last year, 23,919 veterans from his state waited...

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Upward Look: If the Lord Will

“For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.” (James 4:15)In speaking of faith, James revealed that it produces dependence on God. Without the Lord, we can do nothing. Only through him are we able to do that which He has called us to do.

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And the wall came tumbling down

WEST LOGAN — A retaining wall on Third Avenue has begun crumbling due to recent heavy rains in the West Logan area.West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward told members of the town council about the problem during the April 2014 meeting.Ward said that he was contacted be residents on a Thursday evening patrol about the problem during a recent storm and the street was promptly shut down.“This section of Third Avenue collapses every time we have a big rai...

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Plans announced for Shriner’s Car Show

WILLIAMSON - With spring offically here, thoughts soon turn to outdoor activities and community events that have become a common sight in Mingo County. One such annual event that is always popular among people of all ages is the Tug Valley Shrine Club Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.Organizers and supporters of this event say they are planning to hold their 16th consecutive show on May 17, beginning at 9 a.m., with a rain date of May 24. This year, however; the Shriners will be doin...

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County Commission signs proclamation, declares April Child Abuse Awareness Month

Thursday, April 10, a special signing ceremony was held to highlight the Logan County Commission’s proclamation for April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.Several community representatives were present as Commission President Danny Godby signed the proclamation: “children are vital to our future, all children deserve a safe and stable home and communities that foster their well-being and effective child abuse prevention strategies succeed because of partnerships created a...

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Emergency services plans expansion

LOGAN — Logan County emergency services plans to modernize and provide more space for training sessions and other administrative work when some of their staff moves into a Logan building in a few months.Roger Bryant, emergency services director, confirmed that the agency has purchased what is known as the “old Social Security building” on Dingess Street.Bryant said when the decision was made that the organization had outgrown its current facilities, loc...

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House fire in south Man

The City of Man Fire Department was assisted by Buffalo Creek Fire Department and Station 200 Tuesday when they responded to a house fire at a residence in South Man. The home belonged to Mike and Gretchen Donahoe.The family was not home during the fire, but unfortunately three family dogs perished.According to the MVFD Chief, Bill Weese, the fire started in the kitchen area of the house and was accompanied by a great deal of smoke, heat, and water damage. The damage to ...

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VA social workers to hold monthly ‘drop-in’ for local vets

Sue Yancy and Sarah Roberts, social workers with the West Virginia Veteran’s Association Homeless Outreach Program, will be coming to the Logan Veteran Center on Monday, April 21 for their first monthly “drop-in day” for local veterans. They will be there between 10:30 and noon.“We have a center in Huntington to assist homeless and at-risk homeless veterans. The problem is, homeless veterans that aren’t in the Huntington area have a difficult time find...

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Government As Innovator? You Bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.

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Meth use at epidemic level

While prescription drug abuse is still at an epidemic level throughout the country, methamphetamine can certainly be viewed in the same manner.With the enhanced efforts of law enforcement, the meth-related arrests have increased.Unfortunately, the strong possibility exists that a massive amount of others are still in operation.Over the past few weeks, there have been a significant increase in meth-related arrests in locations that could have resulted in a seri...

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Rain suspends Logan’s second game down south

Rain was the winner on Tuesday at the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as the Logan High School baseball team saw its game with Socastee High School (S.C.) called off.Socastee was leading 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning when the game was officially suspended by rai.Troy Burgess was pitching for the Wildcats.The game is scheduled to resume on Thursday afternoon at noon.In the meantime, Logan was slated to get back into action in the Sou...

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Jordan Roberts already impressing CFL’s Ottawa RedBlacks

“Write down the name of Jordan Roberts.”While nobody in Boone County or the adjacent area will need to be told to remember Roberts, the former Scott High School football sensation, those are the words of Ottawa Sun sports writer Tim Baines in a recent edition.To say Baines is impressed with the ex-Skyhawk running back/all-around star would be an understatement.“Roberts, the fifth player signed to the Ottawa RedBlacks roster, back in early Dec...

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