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Labor Day campaign kickoff set

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By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — While a bit of drama continues in the effort to fill an unexpired term on the Mingo County Family Court bench, statewide races are heating up even before Labor Day.Traditionally, fall campaigns usually begin on the Labor Day weekend, with the general election set for November. This year’s election is Nov. 4.


Friday night football starts tonight

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe regular season begins in the Mountain State tonight for high school football, while in the neighboring Bluegrass State they enter into week one.Locally Belfry, Mingo Central and Tug Valley all open their seasons.The Pirates will once again play host to the Community Trust/WYMT Pike County Bowl. This is the 30th annual event and Belfry has a tough task as they ente...

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Authority hears updates

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe Mingo County Redevelopment Authority received updates on various projects during its regular meeting Aug. 21 at the authority’s offices in East Williamson.Executive Director Steve Kominar and Assistant Director Leasha Johnson, along with board members Andy Dillon, Dr. Dino Beckett and Terry Sammons were present, while Robert “Do...

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Music festival set this weekend

Martha Sparksmsparks@civitasmedia.comLOGAN - The grandson of West Virginia folk legend Virginia Myrtle “Aunt Jennie” Wilson will share the stage with other notable old-time musicians during a pair of free Labor Day concerts hosted by Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park.Wilson’s grandson and Logan native, Roger Bryant, whose musical roots are in the old-time and folk-music traditions, will serve as master of ceremonies this year for t...

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Cliff’s hiring for Logan, Wyoming Co. mines

Karissa Blackburnkblackburn@civitasmedia.comCliff’s Natural Resources is making decisions in the midst of what many are calling the ongoing war on coal.With EPA regulations becoming more strenuous and many local mines having to idle or layoff hundreds of workers, the coal industry has taken its knocks over the past year.On Tuesday, Cliffs announced they have been authorized to invest in their own company by purchasing stock. The company has al...

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Taking Baby Steps

Tonight as I was praying over my daughter before bed time I thanked God for baby steps. Now that may not seem unusual to those reading this but I have not given you all of the information. My daughter is eighteen years old and a freshman in college. Needless to say this brought memories of her journey so far gushing into my mind like the Hoover Dam had been breached. My daughter was born premature. She entered this world at 28 weeks and weighed a little over two pounds. Her birth was in June ...

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The boys of fall will hit the football fields tonight

Each year there is always a certain excitement when the first high school football games are played in late summer.I have been attending and covering games either for newspaper, radio or free-lance writer now for more than 35 years. I still get excited to go out and cover the games along those sidelines.With the feel of fall in the air, even though many times warm, muggy summer temperatures linger, it is great to see all of the fans out for the games. You can still get t...

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Trademark charges disputed

Karissa Blackburnkblackburn@civitasmedia.comMartha Sparksmsparks@civitasmedia.comIn response to the article in last week’s Logan Banner, “Hatfields and McCoys join forces to fight opposition,” the West Virginia-based company The Hatfield & McCoy Alliance has come forth alleging that Mark Hatfield, via the Petition for Families to Keep their Hatfield & McCoy Names Facebook page, is spreading false information about their company.

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Kanawha case has implications for Mingo

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comCHARLESTON – The names of those selected by the state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission have been confirmed as it relates to an open Family Court judge position in Kanawha County.Kanawha Family Court Judge Mike Kelly announced his retirement earlier this year. Of significance was the fact that Kelly made the resignation effective Saturday. Political observers said the reason Kelly chose that date is that it is less t...

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Candidates for general election ballot certified

By Ron Gregoryronjgregory@gmail.comWILLIAMSON — The election of a new Mingo County Family Court judge moved a step further toward reality Tuesday.Mingo County Clerk “Big Jim” Hatfield said he received certification from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant for national, state and district candidates. Those candidates who were required by law to file in Tennant’s office must be certified by the secretary no later than Monday. Hatfield and ...

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Career, tech teachers gather

HARRISVILLE, W.Va. - Thirty new career and technical teachers recently gathered at North Bend State Park for the first in a series of professional development sessions designed to support the transition from business and industry professional to the role of career-centered educator.Representing 19 counties and 23 schools, the new teachers focused on beginning level instructional planning, teaching strategies, student engagement, curriculum development, and classroom management.

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DUI checkpoint set

KERMIT - The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI sobriety checkpoint Friday along U.S. Highway 52 at Kermit from 8 p.m. to midnight.During the checkpoint, drivers will be checked for any other traffic infractions as well. The primary purpose of the checkpoint is to educate the motoring public about the effects of driving while impaired.

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Pike County Bowl Legend Coleman was Iraq War casualty

West Virginia high school football fans only got to see Brent Coleman play one time on this side of the Tug River.It was the summer of 1997 when the Kentucky All-Star team, led by then Sheldon Clark High School coach Jim Matney, crossed the Tug to take on the West Virginia All-Stars in the second-ever Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl at Matewan High School’s Tiger Stadium.Despite a late rally when Kentucky drove the ball deep into West Virginia territory and fueled by a ...

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Pirates to entertain 6A Henry Clay in opener

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comGOODY, Ky. - Belfry’s first test of the season will come against Class 6A Lexington Henry Clay, as they host the Blue Devils in the Pike County Bowl on Friday night at CAM Stadium.“This is a great game for us to test ourselves because you know they are going to bring some speed to the table,” said longtime coach Philip Haywood...

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Miners open up at Wyoming East

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe Mingo Central Miners open their 2014 season with a tough non-conference game as they travel to Wyoming East.Coach Yogi Kinder’s squad returns several starters on both sides of the football. However he knows that opening on the road against the Warriors, who finished 9-2 last season and are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, will...

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Marshall’s Cato overcomes struggles

JOHN RABYAP Sports WriterCHARLESTON (AP) — Marshall University’s mantra, shaped from the worst disaster in U.S. sports history, is “From the ashes, we rose.” The same could be said for quarterback Rakeem Cato.Tragedy to glory is still a work in progress for Cato, who brings big expectations for a senior season at Marshall that starts Saturday at Miami, Ohio.Like the Marshall program that was on the brink of extinction but per...

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Missing man search continues

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comLENORE - Rescue crews, including volunteers and emergency personnel, are still searching Pigeon Creek in the Lenore area for the body of a man who is believed to have drowned after an ATV accident Saturday night.Cadaver dogs were brought in to aid in the search for the missing man, according to Doug Goolsby, acting emergency se...

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Pharmacist’s public service noted

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – A pharmacist working in the Williamson area has been honored for outstanding community service.Nicole D. McNamee was selected by the West Virginia Pharmacist’s Association as a 2014 Bowl of Hygeia Award for her community service. McNamee was presented with the award at the West Virginia Pharmacists Association’s Installation and Awards dinner on Saturday.“I was very honored ...

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