LOGAN – “It won’t last six months!” That’s what owner Michael Cline – known as “Boss” to friends and customers – heard over and over when he first opened Hot Cup on Oct. 17, 2011.

Two black-speckled bananas are on my kitchen counter. If you stopped by the parsonage and saw them, you would probably suck in air through your teeth. You’d tell me to throw them away, but I won’t; they’re too valuable. I know if I take a few ingredients that are not-so-delicious by themselv…

Generally speaking, people are not excited about being told what to do. This is probably one of the greatest reasons why the world rejects the Bible and the ways of God.

LOGAN — Some pictures are worth much more than a thousand words. Such was the case with a childhood photo of Logan County author Kathy Manley. That image became the inspiration for Manley’s new book, “Don’t Tell’em You’re Cold: A Memoir of Poverty and Resilience.”

My friend Beverly (not her real name) is going through a change of life. Not the hot flash kind, but the whole new life kind.

CHARLESTON — The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

One of the most profound questions humans desire to understand is what happens when our physical heart stops beating. Some say the spirit departs from our body, and we are aware of what is going on as we continue to advance in the crossing-over process.

Obedience includes the humble and sincere acceptance of the authority and will of God. It’s not only conforming, but also demonstrating our devotion through our thoughts, words, and deeds. Luke 6:46 Jesus says, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not what I say?” We can ask God to forgive…

Six days after my 18th birthday, my high school sweetheart and I fled to Wise, Virginia, to be wed — much to the shock of my family. I had always been a (mostly) obedient kid; it was an out-of-the-box move.

CHARLESTON — The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

Mrs. Carolyn and Dr. Enrico Rallos of South Man celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at the Colonial Room in Man on Oct. 5. They married in Pearisburg, Virginia, on Oct. 4, 1969. Mrs. and Dr. Rallos have lived in Man since 1972.

The annual three-day Evans reunion is always held the first weekend in August. The family consists of the late John Wesley (JW) and Dixie Ellis Evans, who had nine children: Ira, Curtis, Lloyd, Kessel, Corda E. Hale, Florence E. Baisden, Lelia E. Coffman, Kathleen E. Vance and Audrey E. Legg.

We are gearing up for revival at Fitzpatrick; it starts this weekend. Of course, we know that the dynamic evangelist and amazing guy who will lead the music are not packing revival with them. They are tools in the mighty Hand of a mighty God. But before they come, we are tilling the soil and…

WILLIAMSON — After a very successful first year in 2018, "The Old Hospital on College Hill" recently announced that they would once again be re-opening in 2019 and hosting their haunted paranormal tours.

“For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth (1 Kings 17:14).” These were welcomed words in the ears of a poor widow. This lady was trying to raise her son by herself i…

In the middle of making banana bread yesterday, I realized I was completely out of self-rising flour AND sugar. I had to go to the store.

It’s so easy to drift away from the Lord especially with all the distractions that surround us and tempt us with negative persuasions. It takes a strong determination to maintain a serious relationship with God and to abide in the awareness of his presence.

LOGAN — Nearly nine decades after her murder and subsequent trial, the legend of Mamie Thurman lives on in Logan County. Beginning this Friday, the story will come to life on stage in downtown Logan.

MUD FORK — Logan has had its share of celebrities — be they alive or dead. If you live in Logan County, you probably know that the boxer Jack Dempsey was born on Island Creek. Boling Baker was the legendary husband of Princess Aracoma, the daughter of Chief Cornstalk.

The lady had three sons. The eldest went away to war and came back with issues many veterans deal with. Her youngest son died at a young age from an accidental shooting. The middle son was unconcerned about God.

When it comes to finding our place in this world, let's consider two categories.

The first one I call, "floating down the river." Picture a scenario of someone napping in a small boat without a compass or a paddle. Having a spectator mentality, they have no map or intentional direction but rather are just hoping for the best.

"The devil reigns supreme here," he said matter-of-factly. I didn't write it down, but knew I wouldn't forget it.

The year was 2006. My friend, Tanya, and I were in a training for volunteer chaplains at a women's prison in our county. Those in the room hoped to be allowed to do Bible studies with the female inmates there.

CHARLESTON - The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

I really didn't know what to expect when I sat down to read Drema Ferrell's new novel, "Betaken." Odds are, I told myself, it's a fond look back at life in Appalachia.

WILLIAMSON - If you have ever had aspirations of being a detective, you will have a chance to test your skills this weekend as HKL Productions will host an interactive murder mystery dinner show Saturday evening at the historic Rose G. Smith Theatre in the former Williamson High School.

My beloved and I were sitting outside a manor last Friday. (Never said that before!) It was the Warrenwood Manor in Danville. We were there for a wedding rehearsal and were waiting for the rest of the bridesmaids and groomsmen to arrive.

Maybe it's not a full-fledged "destination" just yet, but it's certainly starting to attract attention from waterfowl hunters in surrounding states.

Suddenly, the call came one morning. The doctor called and said to my wife to not eat anything and to bring our bags. Our hearts were stirred as we realized this was the right time.