This coming Memorial Day, May 31, is the 156th celebration of U.S. military fighters who lost their lives in wartime. Years ago the day was marked by parades and trips to the cemetery to lay flowers on graves. But how should those of us living now mark this day?

Perhaps it’s just the advent of springtime or the acknowledgment that the COVID-19 virus is behind me, but for the first time in a long while there is a feeling of optimism within my beleaguered soul. I finally can say, “There is hope for Logan County,” particularly the town of Logan.

A couple of years ago I taught a class in copy editing at Marshall University. One day I began our session by writing the word “atom” on the whiteboard. I asked my students what “atom” meant. Don’t tell me what an atom is, I said; tell me what the word “atom” means.

Last week’s release of state population counts from the 2020 census delivered the expected news: West Virginia will lose one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 election, Ohio will lose one and Kentucky will remain the same.

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2005: The March 30th edition of The Lincoln Journal reported:

The bugle sounds and the huge beautiful animals with the small in stature jockeys but meaner than most people I have met sitting astride in their brightly colored shirts who were just milling about at some unseen starting line way off in the distance launch their horses in the spring sunshin…

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A year ago this week, our collective world was upended. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, while our state saw schools and businesses shutdown. In the year that has passed we have all had our own share of challenges. But despite those challenges, I am proud of the wo…

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Did you know there was a barn quilt square trail in Putnam County? You can call someone over there and they will send you a map you can follow and find all the barn quilt squares in the county. We were at a farm auction some years ago near Pliny and there was one for sale that was still atta…

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This year has been a challenging one. The pandemic has affected all of us, and our industry, much like every sector, is adapting. While many more challenges lie ahead, we also see opportunities.

In a short three weeks, the citizens of Lincoln County and West Virginia will be selecting the next governor of West Virginia. Four years ago, this newspaper wholeheartedly endorsed Joe Manchin as the best hope for our state's future. As everyone knows, Manchin was the winner in the 2004 gen…

Governor Joe Manchin came to Lincoln County last week to provide support for some local projects. It was good of the governor to visit Lincoln County High School, highlighting the work of the school's new prevention officer. For the past few years, many high schools in the area had a law enf…

It is relatively safe to say the 2008 election is not being kind to West Virginia's chief product. When television and radio ads blare that ""Coal is West Virginia,"" it is one case in which commercials are not just so much hype. It is correct to say, ""As coal goes, so goes West Virginia.""…

Everyone, it seems, loves a cheerful giver. That appeared to universally sum up the feelings of Lincoln Countians last week when they learned that an anonymous benefactor had stepped forward to purchase chairs for Lincoln County High School. Frankly, it is amazing that mere chairs would beco…

In one astonishing moment, Republican presidential nominee John McCain has apparently breathed new life into his candidacy and given the nation something to consider and discuss. McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate shocked many, includin…

As the elected board member alluded to in the “Thumbs Down” section of your paper dated September 3, 2008, I appreciate the opportunity to submit a few comments. I am a member of several community organizations committed to county improvement. My grant writing for the Friends of the Arts occ…

Democrats have concluded their convention in Denver and Republicans are gathering in Minnesota's Twin Cities to declare United States Senator John McCain their nominee. Labor Day, just passed, is traditionally the start of general election campaigns. Although we realize candidates now seem t…

Throughout the weeks, months and years of controversy that surrounded the eventual consolidation of Lincoln County's high schools, proponents of the plan insisted that student test scores would go up when consolidation was implemented. There were many skeptics of that suggestion, including n…

Sometimes, we like to point out to those around us that we live in a republic, not a democracy. Those who enjoy standing up and extolling the virtues of democracy will get no argument from us, but there actually is a difference. Representative government, such as we have in these United Stat…

Fortunately, more than 50 potential customers of the Lincoln Public Service District’s State Route 3 water extension project turned out at the Lincoln County Courthouse last week for an informational meeting and sign-up session. When the evening ended, about 32 had actually paid their deposi…

An online poll conducted by The Lincoln Journal found that our readers overwhelmingly believe former Republican Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr. is the greatest governor the state ever had. In fact, Moore polled a simple majority of the vote against all foes. His closest challenger was 33 points …

We will, perhaps, ask an obvious question here. Still, we surely would like to have a logical answer. After seven-and-one-half years in office, President George W. Bush signed an executive order two weeks ago permitting oil exploration off our shorelines. The order has no legal weight whatso…