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There was a game that once was quite popular with me and a great number of other “boys” who were growing up at the time. The only name I knew the game by was “Throw the Ball Up and Tackle.”

From all appearances, West Virginia’s plan to increase attendance at its community and technical colleges has been a success in its first year. The number of first-time freshmen in the state’s nine CTC schools increased 9.9 percent from fall 2018 to fall 2019, according to data released by t…

From week to week, I try to vary my writings so as not to lull anyone to sleep with the same type of material. Realizing that not everyone, including my own wife, really cares about history as much as some of the rest of us, I often tread into other matters hoping they may be of some signifi…

America is suffering a child exploitation crisis. In 2018 alone, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline received more than 18 million reports that contained more than 45 million pieces of content. These reports contained more than 23 million images and more tha…

West Virginia’s 10 regional jails were built as part of a master plan by the state to replace aging and overcrowded county jails. The plan was born in the wake of an audit in the 1980s by the U.S. Department of Justice that revealed there was only one jail in West Virginia that met federal o…

Back in Logan High School’s basketball heyday, I enjoyed the rivalry between Coach Sam Andy’s Wheeling Park Patriots squads and Willie Akers’ running Wildcats. Most people think of it as having been simply a basketball rivalry between two always talented squads.

Recently, with the help of many businesses, elected officials and friends, we held the first Logan County Walk/5K to help raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease at the Buffalo Creek Memorial Library.

“When I was 16 years old, I quit school to join the Army, but my mother wouldn’t sign the papers for me to go. And by the time I became 18 in 1953, I didn’t want to go.” Those were the words of 84-year-old Hobert Adkins, a former Pine Creek of Omar resident, now living just a short distance …

In October each year, we are surrounded by pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. The breast cancer advocates have done an amazing job of advocating for their cause, thus leading to early diagnosis and screening.

One of the most overlooked treasures one can possess in Appalachia has for many generations been a handmade quilt. Considered as precious heirlooms, quilts are often handed down from one family generation to another. For me, to possess a handmade quilt given to a person out of love or friend…

One of the most overlooked treasures one can possess in Appalachia has for many generations been a handmade quilt. Considered as precious heirlooms, quilts are often handed down from one family generation to another. For me, to possess a handmade quilt given to a person out of love or friend…

One of the most overlooked treasures one can possess in Appalachia has for many generations been a handmade quilt. Considered as precious heirlooms, quilts are often handed down from one family generation to another. For me, to possess a handmade quilt given to a person out of love or friend…

One of the most overlooked treasures one can possess in Appalachia has for many generations been a handmade quilt. Considered as precious heirlooms, quilts are often handed down from one family generation to another. For me, to possess a handmade quilt given to a person out of love or friend…

(Writer’s Note: With next Monday to be celebrated as Veterans Day, I dedicate the following writing to all of the military men and women who have over the years sacrificed their efforts to help secure the freedoms that we continue to cherish as true mountaineers and Americans, especially fre…

Students can’t learn if they’re not in school. Teachers can’t teach if they’re not in school. The difference is that substitutes can fill in for teachers, but are too many teachers taking too many days off from their jobs?

Halloween being tomorrow evening and with all of the little ghosts and goblins expected at your doorway, I thought it a good time to write about a most important death that occurred in what is now Logan during a cold December night of 1847, just eight days prior to the celebration of Christm…

We are all familiar with the multitude of standardized tests that measure student achievement each year. But these are not the only — and perhaps not even the best — way to measure the success of our students. What about the impact students have on their community? What about a student’s abi…

By the time this column appears in today’s newspapers, I will have this past Sunday watched the final theatrical production of “Mamie,” which I understand had already received pretty nice reviews by some folks who recently attended one or more of the shows in Logan.

Recent news and media remind me of a famous novel by British author Charles Dickens. No, not the Christmas story with Scrooge learning important lessons, but rather “A Tale of Two Cities.” The book was required reading in my seventh-grade class.

Now that Joe Manchin has said he will not run for governor next year, potential candidates for governor and other state offices are announcing their intentions. Some are still in the trial balloon stage. They put their names out as possible candidates to see if there is any support, especial…

The West Virginia Legislature met Sept. 23-25 during its regularly scheduled interim meetings to discuss upcoming topics to surely be considered in the 2020 regular legislative session. Although several committees met over the three-day period, the meeting of the Joint Judiciary Committee, o…

Someone must have only read the first part of the statement, ”Take a Book, Return a Book” at the Little Free Library in West Williamson. They literally took ALL of the books. When I went out this morning to walk and looked at the library as I usually do, imagine my surprise when I found it empty.

With the production of “Mamie” being presented at the Coalfield Jamboree in Logan, and with Halloween coming up, I’ve decided now is the perfect time to relay some information concerning many factors involving not only Mamie Thurman’s gruesome death in 1932 but also some other matters that M…

With the release of National Parents Organization’s 2019 Shared Parenting Report Card, it remains clear that there is still much work to do in West Virginia. Many states are moving closer to shared parenting as the norm in family courts. However, West Virginia lags behind, receiving a grade of C-.

Legislators and state officials have been talking a lot lately about the condition of secondary roads and the future of the personal property tax on business equipment and inventory. They treat the personal property tax as something that must be taken care of immediately. They see the condit…

In his next-to-last year in office, President Barack Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers altered a regulation pertaining to the waters of the United States, also known as WOTUS. The rule expanded the definition of WOTUS to include smaller streams, …

The town of Logan was once named for her and there remains a community that bears her name, a coal company which has borrowed her name, a drug store featuring her name, a monument honoring her name at the Logan County Courthouse, a former hotel in Logan named for her, and there even has been…

Some 1,600 years ago, in the A.D. 410, barbarian armies underneath King Alaric captured the ancient city of Rome, ransacking and pillaging the center of the Roman Empire. The fall of the once-great capital sent terrifying shock waves throughout the Western world, triggering Saint Jerome to l…

I attended college from 1965 until 1989, acquiring three degrees as well as taking other postgraduate education courses. The total tuition for my undergraduate and graduate classes was approximately $10,000 during the "golden age" of a college education.

It took me almost four years to find out, as it just seemed that nobody I spoke with knew just when the Triadelphia Country Club was opened. It was located at Bruno in the Triadelphia District a few miles outside of Man. When I found out a few years ago the golf course was ceasing to exist, I made it a point to drive there and have a look. What I saw was not pretty.

My book group selected "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson, prompting me to read a book I might never have chosen. It describes the events leading up to and through the devastating hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas, in 1900, which killed more than 5,000 people.

For most of this year, Joe Manchin effectively prevented any other prominent Democrat from announcing his or her intentions to run for statewide office. As long as Manchin toyed with the idea of running for governor, no one else would jump into that ring.

According to some of the "old-timers" around Logan, like former Logan City policeman and current Logan County Court part-time court martial Tom Fink, the town of Logan once had at least 10 bars, clubs or pool halls that sold alcoholic beverages. The beer joints or beer gardens, as they were often referred to, could legally only sale beer, but nearly every community within Logan County had a "watering hole" at some point in their local history. Private clubs, of course, were allowed to dispense liquors and wines.