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Smoot celebrates 100th birthday

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ACCOVILLE — Lula Smoot of Accoville celebrated her 100th birthday on June 29, 2014. A large gathering of family and friends gathered Sat., June 28, to honor Smoot on her special occasion.The celebration was held at the Accoville Methodist Church with more than 200 people attending. Family and friends came from as far away as Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Illinois to celebrate with Smoot on her special occasion.Since her birth, Smoot lived through the “Great Depression,” two world wars, numerous international conflicts and, for better or for worse, survived through 17 presidencies.Her daughter, Anna Lee Smoot Koefoed of New Lenox, Ill., recalled what it was like to be the oldest of 12 children born to Smoot.


Leaky suitcase leads to liquor

Reprinted from Logan County Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 32, Issue 1, 2009Leaky Suitcase Gave Clew to Whereabouts Of Seventeen Pints of LiquorFrom the Logan Democrat; June 14, 1917Contributed by Mary Jane SuttonIf Wasie Vance had put his booze in an airtight suitcase, he would not be under sentence of 60 days in jail and a fine of $100. As it is, he put alcohol in an ordinary suitcase and the bubbles arising from the rain well into...

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State LL finals moved to Friday at C-ville

CHAPMANVILLE — Friday night is the night.It’s the night of the 11-12-year-old State Little League baseball championship game at Chapmanville’s Tracy Vickers Field.Game time is set for 6 p.m. at the home of the Chapmanville Little League.The winners of Wednesday night’s two semifinals games between Milton/Bridgeport and Morgan County/Central Greenbrier are set to play in the finals.Milton, the District 1 champion, advanced to ...

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Two arrested in murder, arson case

LITTLETON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Police have announced that the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Samuel L. Spencer and Natasha L. Burns in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, on Mon., July 21, for three counts of first degree murder.On Tues., January 14, 2014, at approximately 12:57 p.m., Sergeant J. E. Shriver, of the Hundred Detachment of the WVSP, responded to a structure fire in Littleton.

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Brewers sweep three-game series with Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy has been frustrated, struggling at the plate the past month despite being named to his first All-Star team.That all changed Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Reds.“To be honest with you, the last couple of weeks have been kind of tough for making solid contact, but I’m glad to help the team out, cont...

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East meets West next week on gridiron

This past winter, Logan High School football coach Gary Mullins was notified he had been picked to coach the West Virginia All-Stars in the annual Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl.Then came a change of plans.After 18 years, the feud along the border came to an end as Kentucky reportedly no longer wanted to take part in the annual high school all-star game, pitting the top graduated seniors from West Virginia against those from across the Tug in the Bluegrass State.S...

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Gilbert native Justice to coach East All-Stars

BRADSHAW — Gilbert native and alumnus Gherig Justice will coach the East senior all-stars in the inaugural Cliffs Natural Resources Senior Bowl game to be played on August 2 at Harless Stadium on the campus of Mingo Central High School.The game replaces the old Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl, which pitted southern West Virginia graduates against those from eastern Kentucky.The new format will see players from such powerful programs as Bluefield, Princeton, Summers Coun...

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Remembering the ‘70s

Technology has transformed our world tremendously. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that life is getting easier for most people. And, greatly due to modern medicine, life expectancy has increased significantly from around the turn of the 20th century when the average person lived to be about 50 years-old. Sure, there were those who, despite difficult lives of working the fields, hunting, trapping, timbering or even working in unsafe coal mining conditions that existed in the day, ...

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Woman critical after motorcycle accident

KOPPERSTON - The Beckley detachment of the West Virginia State Police is investigating a motorcycle crash involving two well-known Mingo County residents.The state police report states that on Tuesday at approximately 11:31 a.m., Senior Trooper J. B. Frye and Trooper J. M. Browning responded to a vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer, on State Road 99 (Bolt Road.), near the Raleigh/Boone County line.Preliminary findings indicate that the motorcycle o...

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LMAMH to offer an array of new, improved services

Logan Mingo Area Mental Health has undergone a lot of change over the past couple of years. With hiring the new CEO Donna Cooke, new staffing opportunities, required higher education for employees and more, the company seems to be on an upward spiral.Although LMAMH started as two separate agencies, they now work as sister agencies and have been around for approximately 50 years.“We certainly have changed what we do from back in those days. And we certainly have cha...

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Manchin brings ‘Hollow’ documentary to Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Senator Joe Manchin hosted more than 250 guests in the United States Capitol Building for a special viewing of the award-winning “Hollow” documentary with filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon. The film, which has been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award and was awarded a 2013 Peabody Award, is an interactive documentary that features the stories of individuals living in McDowell County. It merges cinematic techniques with web-based storytelling to en...

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The King Coal Highway

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.

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Another guilty plea in Mt. Laurel kickback scheme

The last Mountain Laurel Kickback Scheme guilty plea for the month of July has been booked. Chadwick Lusk plead guilty on Monday making him the eighth man involved to do so.Lusk, 32, of Davin, was charged with honest services mail fraud.According to the charge, Lusk, while the purchasing agent at Mountain Laurel, defrauded Arch Coal of its right to honest services by receiving illegal cash kickbacks in a crib block kickback scheme. Gary L. Roeher, who owned CM Supply, Co...

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Two arrested in Man for DUI, possession

MAN — Kevin G. Browning, 36, and Robert Perry, 54, both of Cyclone, were arrested on July 18 for multiple charges. Browning is charged with DUI of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing an officer; Perry is charged with permitting DUI, possession of a controlled substance and permitting an unlicensed person to drive.On July 18, Town of Man Chief of Police David Walls was behind a green Dodge Dakota pickup...

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Boil water advisory lifted

The Logan County Public Service District notified customers from Dog Patch to Sarah Ann of a boil water advisory on July 21. That advisory has been lifted.For more information, contact the Logan County Public Service District at 304-946-2641.

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Volatility ‘new normal’ for coal industry as utilities, railroads adjust

The U.S. coal industry is facing an even more uncertain future as the impacts from weaker demand and environmental regulations are creating more contractual volatility from the utilities to the railroads, according to a recent report.In its most recent Form 10-K, Alpha Natural Resources Inc., a major player in Central Appalachia coal markets, warned investors that the increasing difficulty of locking in long-term contracts could reduce the company’s protection from short-term...

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West Virginia’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to host BOSS tour

West Virginia’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is partnering with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce to host a BOSS tour Fri., July 25 at the W.Va. National Guard’s Camp Branch landing zone in Logan County.The ESGR is excited for the event, which will allow employers of soldiers and airmen a chance to see what their employees do while servicing the country.“Many don’t know what that means,” a spokesperson said.

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Man football stadium gets facelift

MAN — Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field has been getting a facelift over the past six months.The home of the Man High School football team, the Man Middle School squad and also the Man Midget League, has a brand new look.Two new ticket booths on each end of the stadium recently have been constructed.The block structures were built by Central Contracting Inc. of St. Albans.The lower end building has two new concession stands, plus two ...

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