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The town of Gilbert in Mingo County and the town of Man in Logan County have benefited from ATV trails there. Where coal trucks once dominated state roads through those communities, ATVs are now a common sight. Lodging and food service businesses have sprung up to service the thousands of in…

Children across West Virginia have been experiencing food insecurity for far too long. As a father of four, it breaks my heart to know that right now 1 in 5 children in West Virginia is struggling with hunger and facing long negative health effects as a result. Our lawmakers must act now to …

I will apologize ahead of this writing for what may appear on the pages of this particular column — a totally unprepared narrative caused by both life and death. Frankly, though, every written word that follows in this particular composition I’m simply going to blame on the pandemic. And why not?

My father was a coal miner, as was my grandfather, most of my uncles, several cousins, and nearly every neighbor I had while I was growing up in my little coal camp community of Verdunville, more specifically called No. 16 camp, where the post office and Island Creek Coal Company store were …

West Virginia is home to rolling hills, roaring rivers, and vast forests that make our state Almost Heaven. Those same treasures make for rough terrain and communities that lack access to broadband and upgraded infrastructure. Across the Mountain State, 1,545 bridges and more than 3,200 mile…

By the time you are reading this, I will have already attended my 1971 Logan High School class reunion that was this past Friday and Saturday, and I now am looking forward to our annual family reunion to be held, as usual, the second Saturday of the month at Chief Logan State Park, this year…

Logan County, particularly the town/city of Logan, is saturated with history. While some of it may fall into the “good” category and some in the “bad” category, I find that nearly all of it is interesting and that much of it is simply fascinating.

West Virginia legislators have begun their listening tour to receive public comment on how to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries after the Census Bureau releases detailed population data next month.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally affected every single West Virginian, whether through the loss of a loved one, jobs disappearing, or getting sick themselves. The health and well-being of medical professionals in our community have also taken a significant toll, yet their struggle has…

I try each week to write something of interest that I hope readers of this column can relate to. Whether it’s history- or sports-related, I do strive to pen stories that appeal to my own interests, knowing, of course, that not everybody has the same interests as myself.

For at least the last several election cycles I have been rankled by a political phenomenon that I am hard put to explain: the appallingly bad quality of Democratic Party messaging, especially in national campaigns. Republicans, clearly, have been winning the messaging wars, though at times …

It’s not working. Our nation’s approach to immunizing Americans against COVID-19 did not reach the goal of 70% vaccinated by July 4th. Only about 53% are fully immunized. Providing free easily available vaccinations against a disease that killed over 600,000 Americans and almost 3,000 West V…

Way back when Trailways buses were traveling throughout Logan County and at least four taxicab services existed within the busy little town of Logan, women came from far and near to shop, while men found their ways to Logan, perhaps to visit one of the many pool halls or beer joints that cou…

Eighty-nine years is a long time in terms of trying to resolve a hideous murder that captivated local residents at that time in 1932, likely because of the circumstances surrounding the slaying of a young woman who — let’s just say — was “loved” by many.

At first glance, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing college student athletes to profit from their names, images and their likenesses allows high-profile athletes to sign endorsement contracts and make good money from their athletic endeavors.

I found out I was pregnant just as the pandemic was starting in 2020. As a sole proprietor, without any national paid leave program, that meant I had to plan for my business to take a hit for my maternity time, and then COVID happened. The confluence of a major economic downturn, with a new …

Marshall’s Will Ulmer performs “Take Me Home, Country Roads” during a Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Beach Invasion talent show in 2019 in Treasure Island, Fla.

I credit Diane Mufson for starting the discussion in this paper about why people do not come to West Virginia. For too long our identity has been a dirty coal mining place, the Newcastle of America. West Virginia needs to realize that it is the Colorado of the East.

Talk about seeing a life flash by in front of your eyes! Imagine closing a business after 25 years and rifling through the voluminous files of customers, suppliers, industry mags, personal contacts, important memos or research. To double the fun, make the company a book publisher.

In the weeks since the Census Bureau released its state-level population count showing West Virginia continues to lose population, there has been weeping and gnashing of teeth over this state’s continued inability to match other states’ population growth.

It appears that we can finally see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and that America is getting somewhat back into its normal self, despite pleas from federal and state officials for more people to get vaccinated. And since the July 4th holiday has emerged as the date President Jo…

The routine became rote. At roughly 30 minutes before closing time, an average-looking, relatively non-descript customer would approach the prescription counter and addressing either the pharmacist or a technician stated, “I’ve been all over town this evening and nobody has any of these in s…