AEP warns of high voltage dangers after two copper theft attempts knock out power for thousands
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — When it comes to stealing copper from electric wires, officials with Appalachian Power warn the risk far outweighs the reward. On Thursday, there were two attempts of theft, both resulting in mass power outages. On Thursday morning, Kanawha County deputies say a 36-year-old man...
Break-ins cause outages for thousands of AEP customers in Kanawha, Logan counties
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — UPDATED - 4:25 p.m., 11/30/23. A spokesperson for AEP told Eyewitness News another substation in Logan County was also vandalized Thursday, leading to outages for customers there. The incident was reported just after 2 p.m. in the Huff Creek area. More than 1,100 customers...
West Virginia experiencing mental illness at rates higher than national average
According to multiple studies, Boone and Logan counties have the highest rates of depression in the nation. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2020, more than 18% of U.S. adults reported having ever been diagnosed with depression. In that same period, 27.5% of West Virginians reported being diagnosed with depression, the highest in the nation.
Emerging Appalachian Voice: Jordan Farmer's Literary Journey
From the heart of Southern West Virginia, a new literary voice emerges, captivating a national audience with stories deeply rooted in the Appalachian experience. Jordan Farmer, originally from Logan County and now a Charleston resident, has not only made his mark as an author but also contributes to the academic world as a faculty member at WVU Tech. His academic prowess, punctuated by a PhD in English obtained from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017, is reflected in the depth of his four published books.
Diversified agrees to settle federal lawsuit over death of employee at Logan County gas well
Subsidiaries of the nation’s largest gas and oil well owner have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit accusing them of causing the 2021 death of an employee at a Logan County gas well, according to a new court filing. Diversified Energy Company subsidiaries and the estate of the former...
Altercation involving pistol, rifle, large knife, pepper spray, leads to multiple arrests
LORADO, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Several individuals were taken into custody last week following a Logan County altercation which allegedly involved several weapons. According to the West Virginia State Police, on Sunday, November 19, 2023, WVSP Troopers responded to the Lorado area of Logan, WV in response to a reported physical domestic altercation. The altercation in […]
Mountain Holler: Emerging Local Author Breaking Through Nationally
Greetings and Happy Wednesday, friends! Hope you had a filling and fabulous Thanksgiving. As we’re now officially all up in the (cue dramatic music) HOLIDAY SEASON, at some point you’re liable to spin your wheels on what to get for the “hard-to-buys” on your list. For those of you who have a reader in your circle, you’re in luck. This week I had the chance to chew the fat with an up and coming local author — right here from Southern WV — who’s starting to make a name for himself on the national front. I’m talking about Logan County’s, Jordan Farmer. While not his first release, his new novel, Lighthouse Burning, is the first in what he is calling his “Harlan Winter” series.
Lorado: Echoes of the Coal Era in Appalachia
Nestled in the rolling hills of Logan County, West Virginia, the now tranquil town of Lorado stands as a poignant reminder of the era when coal was the lifeblood of American industry. Founded with the establishment of the Lorado Coal Mining Company in 1908, the town burgeoned into a hub of prosperity, propelled by the surging demand for coal. Its name, derived from the Lorain Coal and Dock Company, was once synonymous with economic vitality and a thriving community spirit, encapsulated in historical photographs that capture the miners' toil during America's march towards industrialization.
W.Va. Experiencing Mental Illness At Rates Higher Than The National Average
According to multiple studies, Boone and Logan counties have the highest rates of depression in the nation. Data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2020 more than 18 percent of U.S. adults reported having ever been diagnosed with depression. In that same period, 27.5 percent of West Virginians reported being diagnosed with depression, the highest in the nation.
Holden, WV: A Centennial Reflection of America's Coal Mining Legacy
Nestled in Logan County, West Virginia, the town of Holden stands as a living testament to the enduring legacy of the coal mining industry. Founded in 1904 by the Island Creek Coal Company, Holden's inception is deeply intertwined with the quest for the energy-rich bituminous coal that lies beneath the Appalachian terrain. With the first rail line to Logan, Holden's coal reached the burgeoning industries of America, marking the town's pivotal role in the nation's industrial expansion.
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Christmas in the Park opens at Chief Logan
CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — Christmas in the Park, Logan County’s premier annual holiday light display inside Chief Logan State Park, opened for its 2023 season Thursday night. Started in 1994 by the late Tom “Rose” Tomblin, Christmas in the Park is celebrating its 30th consecutive year this...
Henlawson, West Virginia: A Legacy of Coal and Community
Henlawson, West Virginia, nestled in Logan County, proudly bears the marks of its rich coal mining heritage. Established in the early 20th century as a thriving coal mining community, the town's very essence is intertwined with the coal industry, a tradition that began in earnest with the foundation of the Merrill Coal Mines in 1921. The coal legacy here is not merely a chapter in economic history but a robust thread woven into the cultural tapestry of the local population, manifesting in memorials like the Logan County Coal Miners Memorial, which stands as a tribute to the miners' sacrifices and the solidarity that defined Appalachian coal communities.
Chief Logan's Legacy: A Tale of Peace and Retribution in Chapmanville
Chapmanville, seated in the heart of Logan County, West Virginia, is a living tribute to the enigmatic figure of Chief Logan, a leader whose life story is a rich tapestry of peace aspirations and heart-wrenching conflict. Born around 1723 to a mixed Seneca-Cayuga family, he was initially a proponent of harmonious relations between Native Americans and European settlers.
Man featured in Brad Paisley music video reflects, hopes to educate on substance use disorder
It was nothing short of chance that landed Brian Simpkins, a Logan County native, on computer and television screens across the country earlier this year as part of West Virginia native and country music star Brad Paisley’s new single, “The Medicine Will.” The 40-year-old works at least 360 days a year. While he loves to […] The post Man featured in Brad Paisley music video reflects, hopes to educate on substance use disorder appeared first on West Virginia Watch.
Echoes of the Past: The Haunting Legacy of Barnabus, West Virginia
Nestled in the once coal-rich terrain of Logan County, West Virginia, the semi-ghost town of Barnabus stands as a silent testament to the ebbs and flows of industrial America. In the early 20th century, Barnabus thrived on the back of the coal mining boom. Companies like Gay Coal and Coke and Island Creek Coal erected towns where miners lived and worked. Though the coal mines have closed and the population dwindled, the memories of a community knit together by the coal industry endure.