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With Halloween just around the corner, I am reminded of times past when danger lurked on nearly every roadway in Logan County during this time of year. Thank goodness, everybody now seems to have their cell phones and other gadgets to keep themselves occupied, and perhaps that helps to keep …

Way back when Trailways buses were traveling throughout Logan County and at least four taxi cab 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 co…

Voting in the 2020 general election has begun. In West Virginia, almost 10% of registered voters had requested absentee ballots as of Oct. 13, and about half of those had returned their ballots, according to the secretary of state’s office.

As of this writing, Logan County Magistrate and Circuit Court continue to operate despite the COVID-19 virus. As you should know, crime doesn’t end just because there’s a pandemic that some so-called experts believe will have taken approximately 400,000 American lives by next spring.

Fewer coal barges will pass through the Tri-State in the next few years if plans to shut down two coal-burning power plants near Cincinnati before the end of 2027 come to pass.

Two major social realities evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics oppose are abortion on demand and gay marriage. From my conversations with acquaintances in both church groups locally, this is as true in West Virginia as anywhere else. Without those two issues, much of the religi…

The end of the 2019-20 school year was unlike any other in our lifetimes. So was the first day of the 2020-21 year. The past year ended abruptly in March when state officials reacted to the coronavirus pandemic by closing schools and so-called nonessential businesses. Some learning took plac…

Eighth-grade students J.R. Ash and Cierra King work behind their desk shields during the first day of in-person classes at Huntington East Middle School on Tuesday.

The scourge has been unprecedented, abrupt and sweeping. Since February, our world has been dramatically altered. Yet change always brings opportunities as well as challenges, and we are a resilient people. Here are a few likely long-term macro impacts from the pandemic.

It was 1912 in Logan County, and even though they were not allowed to vote, women had already started making a difference for the town of Logan, which was well on its way to becoming a true and bustling city. Thanks to the rapidly growing coal industry, Logan would become an enlightened and …

The sportsmen of West Virginia want justice. Advocates for lowering the buck limit from three to two per year in our state suffered a puzzling defeat at the hands of some long-standing members of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Commission at the most recent quarterly meeting.

Across this great COVID-19 nation, there is tremendous debate as to whether absentee voting by mail should be allowed and whether it causes voter fraud. Well, I can’t speak for folks in places like Georgia or California or almost anywhere else, but according to County Clerk John Turner and e…

The Heartland Intermodal Gateway along the Big Sandy River, Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and U.S. 52 is an example of a failed project that led legislative auditors to recommend termination of the state Public Port Authority.

The Wayne High School marching band performs as the Marshall University Marching Thunder presents the annual Tri-State Marching Championships on Oct. 5, 2019, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington. Band competitions in West Virginia have been cancelled this year because of COVID-19. The W…

We are living in what must be the scariest time that nearly any of us have ever witnessed. My concern is mostly with the younger generation, especially the younger children, who cannot fully understand what is going on in our barely functional society. School kids, including high school and …

In last week’s column I wrote about a visit to Logan by two of Devil Anse Hatfield’s great-grandchildren, Grant and Joe Browning, who were childhood friends of Logan businessman Neal Scaggs, widely known as the longtime owner of Baisden Brothers Hardware at Ellis Addition near Logan. The Bro…

“Fortunately, impoverished land can be reclaimed; denuded areas can be reforested; unnecessary stream pollution can be prevented; and in our purified watercourses fish can be made to thrive. … For our posterity and ourselves, we must restore as much as possible of the matchless heritage whic…

I get quite a bit of information from folks all over this country in reference to some of the material produced weekly in this column. I have received numerous books, letters, pictures and other materials through the mail, as well as numerous comments and suggestions via the internet. On som…

Sometimes it’s not only what the numbers are, but how you interpret them. We’re experiencing that now with competing memes during the coronavirus outbreak, and it can be done again if you think about where your electricity comes from.

Like the rest of you, I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone. I expect to awake at any time from what surely must be a nightmare. Perhaps it’s all science fiction, but even Robert Heinlein, whose works I read many years ago, couldn’t come up with the real life scenarios we all are exper…

Now that part of the new boulevard bridge in Logan is open and with the July 4th holiday completed, perhaps a little rehashing of local history might be in order. I can’t help but wonder about how congested things must have been in Logan prior to the completion of the Logan Boulevard, which …