Well over a year ago, 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 and respected as a longtime businessman and owner of Baisden Brothers Hardware at Ellis …

Voters in some parts of West Virginia will have fewer members of the Legislature to vote for next year as the House of Delegates has eliminated multimember districts. It’s a change that has been in the making for decades, and now voters can see whether West Virginia benefits from a practice …

Most of us have heard the old expression, “You’ve got to change with the times.” Well, I fully understand that time changes nearly everything and that progress invariably is the result of change. However, change is not always for the better — at least not when it comes to the newspaper business.

The Marshall University Board of Governors could have chosen a safe, boring path when it chose the person to be the university’s next president. Instead, it took a different direction by hiring Brad Smith, a former Fortune 500 CEO with no experience in handling the day-to-day affairs of a st…

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967 and, according to the Knight Foundation, saw it as “a vital public resource to enrich our homes, educate our families and to provide assistance to our classrooms.” For years public broadcasting stations run by individual …

Sins in the realm of the insular principally extend from the singular offense of being an auslander, a foreigner, a Not One of Us. To this group, Us, which means Not You if you are Not One of Us, few crimes disturb so greatly as that of Outsiders setting foot in the realm, a violation declar…

As Halloween gets closer daily, I find myself wondering just what a “kid” would look like if he or she were to desire to dress up and go trick-or-treating as COVID-19 for the upcoming ghostly holiday. I would think that even a spooky COVID-19 character would have to wear a mask. But what wou…

We’ve all heard stories of people who win millions of dollars in the lottery, waste it and end up worse off than before. Every now and then we hear of people who win millions and use it to improve their lives or the lives of others.

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, little known to those who surf the net rather than scrutinize its origins, is the inventor of the World Wide Web, the match the newspaper industry used to set itself on fire. This analogy is, of course, ridiculous, not because of the result it depicts but becaus…

This month, the nation marked the sorrowful 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Americans who were then school aged or older remember precisely where they were and their emotions as death and destruction engulfed innocent people in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pen…

This being the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain, I thought the following story would be of interest to those readers who actually care about local history. While the background of this particular subject is important, it is in fact the amazing future that lies ahead for it t…

The town of Gilbert in Mingo County and the town of Man in Logan County have benefited from ATV trails there. Where coal trucks once dominated state roads through those communities, ATVs are now a common sight. Lodging and food service businesses have sprung up to service the thousands of in…

My gallant therapy dog Cooper, a Shepherd-Husky mix, and yours truly have been helping one another grow older ever since we adopted him from a Chesapeake, Ohio, couple who’d fished him and his sister out of a creek. Ungallant human types had pitched the 12-week-old pups into that creek to dr…

My father was a coal miner, as was my grandfather, most of my uncles, several cousins, and nearly every neighbor I had while I was growing up in my little coal camp community of Verdunville, more specifically called No. 16 camp, where the post office and Island Creek Coal Company store were …

By the time you are reading this, I will have already attended my 1971 Logan High School class reunion that was this past Friday and Saturday, and I now am looking forward to our annual family reunion to be held, as usual, the second Saturday of the month at Chief Logan State Park, this year…

Logan County, particularly the town/city of Logan, is saturated with history. While some of it may fall into the “good” category and some in the “bad” category, I find that nearly all of it is interesting and that much of it is simply fascinating.