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There is not a single building in the town of Logan that is not historically connected to the annals of times past where the names of many civic, business, and political leaders strived and even thrived in what was an ever-growing city full of vigor and vision — most of which occurred in the…

The original mountaineers of this part of what became West Virginia brought with them many skills; one of which was the art of making their own corn liquor known as moonshine. Even after the coal industry started booming in the county, there were many residents who made a decent living makin…

Other than a few employees inside doing routine maintenance chores and construction workers outsize rebuilding a plaza, the Mountain Health Arena in downtown Huntington has been a lonely place for nearly a year.

A short tour of Logan will reveal from its mostly brick structures that much of its glamourous but notorious past occurred from around 1908 through the 1940s, although events of interest certainly didn’t end following World War II. It’s just that the early decades of the 1900’s are more rive…

So, here I sit on New Year’s Eve, just hours before 2020 will finally come to a dead end, and I can only reflect on the worst year of my lifetime — a lifetime that spans over six and one-half decades. I am convinced that 2020 is in fact the year of the Devil. And no matter what transpires in…

I have been blessed with good health for all of my life, and I thank God for that. I have never had to deal with such things as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or other health-related problems that plague many of my friends and acquaintances. Regular check-ups have continuously, however, r…

Coming up on New Year’s, I’m more than ready to kiss 2020 a not-so-fond farewell and look forward to a brighter year ahead — 2021 — with, we all hope, relief from the coronavirus pandemic, an economic revival, and much-needed healing from the wounds of partisan strife.

Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates cannot maintain the six-foot separation recommended in COVID-19 protocols, so about half of the 100 members could be relocated to the visitors’ gallery.

Some years ago, while waiting for the next author to speak at a Florida book fair, the women seated beside me asked, “Where are you from?” “West Virginia,” I replied. She stared at me and replied, “Then, we have nothing to talk about.” She, like millions of people with no connection to West …

For the first time in more than fifty years, my wife and I this year did not spend Thanksgiving with our parents or our children or our grandchildren. We have wonderful memories of all those past Thanksgivings, of those times with loved ones who have meant so much to us. Memories of long dri…

A formal dedication of a new five-lane bridge spanning the Guyandotte River into Logan connecting the Logan boulevard will soon be conducted — or by the time of this publication — may already have been completed. The bridge, which is certainly a nice addition to the town of Logan, replaces a…

Put yourself in the grandstand at Wheeling Island stadium, the evening of a state high school football championship in AAA between Cabell Midland and Morgantown. Midland has been trailing the Mohigans for three quarters. It’s now fourth and one at midfield for Midland, with Morgantown up 20-…

History was truly made Nov. 3 in more ways than one when the political “Trump Train” sped through Logan County, as well as surrounding counties. The well-oiled machine rampaged from one polling place to another, mangling nearly all Democrats who happened to be in its way. At day’s end, about…

(Writer’s Note: With today being celebrated as Veteran’s 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, freedom…

Inspired by a recent article in the Charleston Gazette-Mail concerning bologna — and, no, I don’t mean anything found on the political pages of the state’s largest newspaper — I recently got to thinking about what people eat in southern West Virginia, aside from pizza and all of the fast foo…

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.