HUNTINGTON - Marshall University has released its dean's list for the 2018 fall semester.

To make the dean's list, students must have a 3.3 or above grade point average for a minimum of 12 hours. Marshall has 3,031 students included on this website. Students who requested their names not be published are excluded from the list. Students' hometowns are listed as provided by the students.

CHARLESTON - During its final meeting before bills are due out of the House, the Committee on the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse on Thursday passed two bills aimed at further increasing access to substance use disorder treatment.

CHARLESTON - After hearing from the lead sponsor and Cabell County Family Court Judge Patricia Keller, a West Virginia House of Delegates committee on Thursday recommended further study of a bill that would restructure how custody agreements are done in the state.

HUNTINGTON - A rape crisis center based in Huntington has appointed a Logan County man to its Board of Directors.

CONTACT Huntington recently announced it would appoint Chris Trent to one of their positions. Trent currently serves as the Law Enforcement Victim Advocate for the Logan County Sheriff's Department.

Opinion

"West Virginia Rising" was the title of an economic recovery summit held at Marshall University in January 2017. While the main focus of the event was on recovering from the disastrous floods in the eastern part of our state in 2016, my presentation dealt with much broader initiatives to address economic growth across the entire state.

It is sometimes difficult for me to even fathom how people of Appalachia were able to accomplish some of the things they did, particularly during the 1800s when there were no roads and only animal and Indian trails to traverse through the rough terrain that most of us now call home. Of course, the various tributaries, be it the Guyandotte, Big Sandy, Tug or Coal rivers also provided a way into and out of hills and valleys that still exist in Logan, Mingo and Boone counties.