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Listening Tour to visit Logan

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Karissa Blackburnkblackburn@civitasmedia.comLOGAN - The West Virginia House of Delegates will host the next session of their Listening Tour at the Special Occasions Event Center at 384 Yuma Road on Sept. 8, starting at 6 p.m.The Listening Tour session will address small business and entrepreneurship in West Virginia. Many of the previous sessions were well attended with solutions offered that resulted in legislative action.Seeking Solutions | Celebrating Successes is a special initiative of the House of Delegates Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development. The 25-member committee is chaired by Del. Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha.


WVU alum Mike Slater recalls 4 interception game vs. UK

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comWilliamson High School Hall of Famer Mike Slater still holds the single game record at West Virginia University for the most interceptions in one game.Back in 1969 Slater and his WVU teammates went up against a border rival, the Kentucky Wildcats.When the game was over, Slater had picked off four passes from his defensive back positi...

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Ribbon cutting held for Ambassador Christian School

By Hayley M. Cookhcook@civitasmedia.comWILLIAMSON – A newly consolidated Christian school in Williamson celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday.Ambassador Christian Academy is the name of the new school, which has been in the works for several months now.Many of the registered students, their parents, school employees and both school principals were present at the event.

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God ‘shows off’ his ability to provide for your needs

Don’t you just love it … love it … LOVE IT … when God ‘shows off’ his ability to provide for your needs? I know I do!Come to think about it, God’s not ‘showing off’. He’s simply being the Father He’s promised to be to those who belong to His Family. And one of those promises is to meet the needs of His sons and daughters.“My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you...

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Sani Warren leads UPIKE over Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, Va. – University of Pikeville freshman quarterback Sani Warren wasted no time showing he could play at this level, throwing for 346 yards and five touchdowns, including a school-record 90-yard strike to Shawntez Johnson, as the Bears outlasted Bluefield (Va.) 62-40 on the road Thursday.Warren was efficient, completing 16-of-20 passes, and added a six-yard rushing touchdown as well in the third quarter. He took a seat for the fourth quarter with the Bears leading 62...

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WVU vs. Crimson Tide

MORGANTOWN - There’s been a different aroma in the air this week in Morgantown.While Mountaineer Nation has always been one to show its full support for their beloved Mountaineers, the intensity level has risen this week.You see, this week is the one they’ve been waiting for since the game was booked in May of 2012.It’s more than just a regular game week. It’s Alabama week.As West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen enters his four...

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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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Labor Day campaign kickoff set

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.

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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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