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LOGAN - The Logan County Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to discuss how it plans to move forward after the resignation of Board President Paul Hardesty.

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LOGAN - If you've driven on the boulevard in Logan this past week, you may have gotten caught in some traffic congestion. That's because the early phases of construction on the new bridge have begun.

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MOUNT GAY W.Va. - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, along with our Learning Studio, will host a TEAS Test Prep Session for Southern students and eligible high school students. The TEAS test prep session will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, on the Logan Campus, Building A - Room 122.

CHARLESTON - A bill to reform the child welfare system in West Virginia was unveiled Thursday in the House of Delegates Senior, Children and Family Issues Committee.

CHARLESTON - As more West Virginians enter recovery, the House of Delegates Committee on the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, under the leadership of Del. Matt Rohrbach, R-Cabell, is hoping to ensure sober living houses are safe spaces.

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Three West Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would help fund President Donald Trump's border wall using money from the state's surplus, and the idea has received mixed reactions from Mountain State residents.

CHARLESTON - The federal government will release Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds meant for February to beneficiaries Sunday, Jan. 20, thanks to the partial federal government shutdown.

CHARLESTON - A bill aimed at reducing prescription drug costs in West Virginia passed through the House of Delegates' Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, but it will face the House Judiciary Committee before heading to the floor for a full vote.

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LOGAN - A member of the Man community recently approached both the Logan County Commission and the Logan County Board of Education about building a picnic shelter at the new community park in the town.

The first two weekends in January have proven busy for the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) and local law enforcement agencies in the Williamson area.

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CHAPMANVILLE - Gov. Jim Justice, shortly after receiving a list of three possible replacements for state Sen. Richard Ojeda, made a quick decision, selecting Paul Hardesty to serve the remainder of the term.

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The Williamson Branch of the NAACP and Youth Council, in partnership with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, will present an ecumenical commemorative service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in observance of the birthday, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

WILLIAMSON - Charges were dropped Monday in Boone County Magistrate Court against a Mingo County school bus driver accused of driving students to a soccer game while under the influence.

HUNTINGTON - Darrell Chapman, an employee of the Ashland Federal Corrections Institution, gets a three-month supply of insulin for his 11-year-old daughter with type 1 diabetes that he must pay for in cash through his insurance. Thankfully, they are in the middle of the supply because, as the result of the federal government shutdown, Chapman didn't get a paycheck Friday.

Mountain Health Network, which includes Huntington's two hospitals, has announced an affiliation agreement with Charleston Area Medical Center, which will see the two institutions work together to share information and train doctors.

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HUNTINGTON - A physician from Huntington who was practicing in Beckley was sentenced to serve more than seven years in federal prison this week for his involvement in the HOPE Clinic, a facility in which he would write illegal prescriptions for bonuses.

Conventional wisdom was wrong.

Since elk were stocked there late in 2016, not a single animal has been killed illegally. Capt. Terry Ballard of the state Natural Resources Police said regular law-enforcement patrols, real-time electronic surveillance and a vigilant public have combined to keep the elk safe.

EAST WILLIAMSON - Over the past couple of weeks, there has been some noticeable activity at the Ramella Park community garden in East Williamson. The high tunnels have been fixed, beds tilled and seeds sowed. This is all thanks to a new partnership between Refresh Appalachia and Williamson Health & Wellness Center.

LOGAN - In the wake of a massive forensic audit by the West Virginia State Auditor's Office, the Logan County Board of Education has purchased a tracking system to keep a better handle on the county's technology.

GILBERT - The Gilbert Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing Gilbert man. 

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CHAPMANVILLE - Members of the Chapmanville Town Council on Monday unanimously motioned for approval of a letter to be sent to the Logan County Board of Education requesting the school board supplement the town for the daily salary of a police officer at Chapmanville Regional High School and to also supply officers at sporting events.

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BIG CREEK – The Logan County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a man whose body was found Sunday morning in the Big Creek area near Chapmanville.

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Due to W.Va. State Sen.Richard Ojeda's recent resignation announcement and what the West Virginia Democratic Party is calling the importance of the 2019 legislative session, the party is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy of the 7th Senatorial District

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The City of Logan bestowed the prestigious Gold Shining Star Award to Abundant Life Church at its regularly-scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Gold Shining Star is the highest award given from the City of Logan alongside the Key to the City.

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MONAVILLE - The Logan County Public Service District (PSD) will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the district's office at 41 Armory Road, Monaville.

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CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now taking 2019 grant applications for the West Virginia Spay Neuter Program. It is the second year in a 10-year funding cycle.

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DESKINS ADDITION - Members of the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint along WV Route 119/26, Deskins Addition, on Friday, Jan. 11.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail's front page for the March 7, 2018, edition punctuated the energy of West Virginia's statewide educators' strike as it ended. Just two words, in bold-faced type, heralded the end game for one of the bigger chapters in the state's long labor history: "TEACHERS WIN."

Taking a turn for a decidedly more conventional speech, Gov. Jim Justice, in his third State of the State address, unveiled plans for an ambitious new West Virginia drug treatment and job training program, pledged a new round of 5 percent pay raises for teachers, service personnel and other state employees, and upped a pledge of new funding for PEIA from $100 million to $150 million.