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…

As a kid you envy the other boys’ toys. Probably a few wrestling matches breakout and everyone laughs at the kids. As a middle schooler it was who had the neatest bike — maybe one of those new Schwinn banana seat bikes. I never had one. Some guys were brave enough to pull wheelies on those b…

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.

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally affected every single West Virginian, whether through the loss of a loved one, jobs disappearing, or getting sick themselves. The health and well-being of medical professionals in our community have also taken a significant toll, yet their struggle has…

I try each week to write something of interest that I hope readers of this column can relate to. Whether it’s history- or sports-related, I do strive to pen stories that appeal to my own interests, knowing, of course, that not everybody has the same interests as myself.

I credit Diane Mufson for starting the discussion in this paper about why people do not come to West Virginia. For too long our identity has been a dirty coal mining place, the Newcastle of America. West Virginia needs to realize that it is the Colorado of the East.

A careless distribution of opiates exhorted by numerous pharmaceutical companies especially in the late 1990s occurred in the United States, tragically impacting the lives of many Americans. The drug dealers contributing to this crisis were trusted professionals, multi-million-dollar industr…