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HUNTINGTON - Marshall University has released its graduation list for July-December 2018.

During that time, the university awarded degrees to more than 1,200 students. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list. Students' hometowns are listed as provided by the students.

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MOUNT GAY - Registration for the Summer and Fall 2019 semesters is now open at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, according to a news release.

CHAPMANVILLE - At the regular session of the Chapmanville Town Council Tuesday evening, candidate for mayor Estel Murray filed a petition to the members of the council to redraw the ballot positioning, claiming that the instructions set by the county clerk's office were not followed.

CINCINNATI - Federal authorities said Wednesday they have charged 60 people, including a Milton, W.Va., psychiatrist and a doctor accused of trading drugs for sex, for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing millions of pills containing opioids and other drugs.


Back in the 1980s, a big-city reporter couldn't come to Appalachia and write a piece without using the words "bucolic" or "quaint." A few years ago, the word of choice for parachuting journalists was "hardscrabble." Funny, few of them have ever used the word "softscrabble" that I can tell.

A year from now, we will be knee-deep in politics as voters prepare for primary elections the following month.

Despite the number of Democratic Party presidential wannabes who are making the rounds of talk shows and town halls this month, by April 2020 the field should be sufficiently winnowed that West Virginia will have little or no impact on the nomination process.

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