Karissa Blackburn

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About Karissa Blackburn

Karissa Blackburn is a recent graduate from West Virginia University where she received a Bachelor of Science in journalism. She attends church at Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer at Horsepen and loves participating in her church drama team: Ten Strings. Karissa is an avid coffee-drinker, book-reader, day-dreamer and story-teller. If you have any news tips, you can reach Karissa at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 or kblackburn@civitasmedia.com. Romans 1:16

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BRISTOL, Va. — Alpha Natural Resources announced Friday the company will be shutting down sections of two mines in West Virginia and idling one mine in Kentucky.
According to Alpha spokesperson Steve Hawkins, a section of the Rock Spring Development mine in Wayne County will be shut down causing the workforce to be reduced by 25 people.
The

Widespread layoffs with Alpha

BRISTOL, Va. — Alpha Natural Resources announced Friday the company will be shutting down sections of two mines in West Virginia and idling one mine in Kentucky. According to Alpha spokesperson Steve Hawkins, a section of the Rock Spring Development mine in Wayne County will be shut down causing the workforce to be reduced by 25 people. The

KidsFirst Clinic to open

Logan Regional Medical Center and Logan Mingo Child Advocacy Centers have announced the grand opening of a special outpatient clinic to serve child victims of sex crimes in Logan and Mingo Counties. This clinic is not designed to replace the hospital's Emergency Department. The KidsFirst clinic will treat children being served by the Child Advocac

MAN – A Kentucky-based engineering company has won an award for their work on the Trestle Off-Highway Vehicle Bridge in the town of Man. Summit Engineering, Inc. was selected as the 2014 WV DOH Engineering Excellence Award in the Planning, Traffic and Environmental Category.
The challenge of this project was not only the continual curve alon

Engineers win award for Man bridge

MAN – A Kentucky-based engineering company has won an award for their work on the Trestle Off-Highway Vehicle Bridge in the town of Man. Summit Engineering, Inc. was selected as the 2014 WV DOH Engineering Excellence Award in the Planning, Traffic and Environmental Category. The challenge of this project was not only the continual curve alon

LOGAN – The ninth annual Matt Patterson Memorial Toy Drive has begun for the 2014 holiday season.
When Matt's mother, Candy Patterson-Brewer, worked with the Make A Wish program, Matt loved helping his mother deliver toys to the children. The toy drive is his family's way of honoring Matt's memory.
Brewer said last year they distributed toy

Matt Patterson toy drive underway

LOGAN – The ninth annual Matt Patterson Memorial Toy Drive has begun for the 2014 holiday season. When Matt's mother, Candy Patterson-Brewer, worked with the Make A Wish program, Matt loved helping his mother deliver toys to the children. The toy drive is his family's way of honoring Matt's memory. Brewer said last year they distributed toy

Water advisory issued

The Logan County Public Service District has issued a boil water advisory for customers of Little Harts Creek and Sand Creek due to an interruption of water service that occurred. Customers are advised to bring the water to a boil for one minute before using; bottled water is another alternative. For more information, contact the Logan County PSD

Logan's own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of NBC Television's sixth season of America's Got Talent, will kick off his 2014 Murphy and Motown Christmas Tour in his hometown on Friday December 5 with a holiday charity performance at the Coalfield Jamboree Theatre.
Murphy will also be serving as the Grand Marshall of the annual City of Logan Chris

Christmas Concert tickets available now

Logan's own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of NBC Television's sixth season of America's Got Talent, will kick off his 2014 Murphy and Motown Christmas Tour in his hometown on Friday December 5 with a holiday charity performance at the Coalfield Jamboree Theatre. Murphy will also be serving as the Grand Marshall of the annual City of Logan Chris

CHAPMANVILLE — Dignity Hospice of Chapmanville was recognized as one of the Huntington District Distinguished Employers by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). The Huntington District consists of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Logan, Wyoming and McDowell counties.
The selected employers recognize the abilities and the

Local business recognized

CHAPMANVILLE — Dignity Hospice of Chapmanville was recognized as one of the Huntington District Distinguished Employers by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). The Huntington District consists of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Logan, Wyoming and McDowell counties. The selected employers recognize the abilities and the

HENLAWSON — The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 308 held their annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at noon at the Vet's Center in Henlawson. Area veterans were invited to attend.
The VVA Chapter 308 has been hosting these dinners under the leadership of Troy Varney since 1991 or 1992.
“We try to do this for our vets j

Giving thanks to vets

HENLAWSON — The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 308 held their annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at noon at the Vet's Center in Henlawson. Area veterans were invited to attend. The VVA Chapter 308 has been hosting these dinners under the leadership of Troy Varney since 1991 or 1992. “We try to do this for our vets j

LHS theater production postponed

Logan High School Theater's production of Black Hearts and Bearded Ladies, which was set to premeire this Thursday, has been postponed until Februrary due to technical issues, according to Ellen Ramey-Woods. The production is a whimsical tale written by Ray Sheers. “When four rude, crude, unladylike ladies take up residency at the Sweetwate

During a regular meeting held on Thursday, Nov. 13, the Logan County Board of Education passed acceptable use policies pertaining to staff and students use of the internet and electronic devices.
This was the third reading of the proposed policies by the BOE which is required before a vote is taken. The motion to approve the passage of these polic

Updated acceptable use policy

During a regular meeting held on Thursday, Nov. 13, the Logan County Board of Education passed acceptable use policies pertaining to staff and students use of the internet and electronic devices. This was the third reading of the proposed policies by the BOE which is required before a vote is taken. The motion to approve the passage of these polic

LOGAN — Jere Dale Morrison, 23 of Logan, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on October 20 for multiple charges, including two counts of forgery, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of fraudulent use of an access device.
On August 31, 2012, Trooper R.E. Stowers was contacted by the victim who reportedly ad

Morrison arrested again

LOGAN — Jere Dale Morrison, 23 of Logan, was arrested by the West Virginia State Police on October 20 for multiple charges, including two counts of forgery, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of fraudulent use of an access device. On August 31, 2012, Trooper R.E. Stowers was contacted by the victim who reportedly ad

Several wrecks were reported early Tuesday morning due to the first winter storm of the season.
Snow wasn't the main concern, but rather icy conditions from previous rain and dangerously low temperatures. The Logan County 911 was alerted of four minor accidents Tuesday between 5:30 and 9 a.m., according to manager Jason Cook. The wrecks occurred i

Father Winter back again

Several wrecks were reported early Tuesday morning due to the first winter storm of the season. Snow wasn't the main concern, but rather icy conditions from previous rain and dangerously low temperatures. The Logan County 911 was alerted of four minor accidents Tuesday between 5:30 and 9 a.m., according to manager Jason Cook. The wrecks occurred i

Continuing the Second Amendment fight

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continues the fight for firearm rights in the U.S. Court of Appeals. On Tuesday the AG's office announced that Morrisey led a bipartisan coalition of 21 state attorneys general in an amicus, or friend of the court, brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to declare unconsti

Commission discusses EEOP, dog pound

The Logan County Commission met for their last regular meeting for the month of November on Monday. The Logan County Commission, which is an equal opportunity employer, approved an update of that policy in Monday's meeting in order to meet state guidelines. According to Rocky Adkins, the policy must be updated every two years. Under this policy,

Ellen Woods-Ramey and members of the Logan High School Wildcat Theatre are inviting the public to experience myster, intrigue and a little humor with their rendition of Black Hearts and Bearded Ladies, which is scheduled to debut Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the LHS Little Theatre. Additional performances will follow on Friday and Saturday at

LHS to present the comedy “Black Hearts and Bearded Ladies”

Ellen Woods-Ramey and members of the Logan High School Wildcat Theatre are inviting the public to experience myster, intrigue and a little humor with their rendition of Black Hearts and Bearded Ladies, which is scheduled to debut Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the LHS Little Theatre. Additional performances will follow on Friday and Saturday at

Ranger man sentenced for drug charges

CHARLESTON — United States Attorney Booth Goodwin's office has announced that Christopher D. Norman, 34, of Ranger, was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison for his involvement in the distribution of oxycodone. According the the AGs office, Norman previously pled guilty in May of 2014 when he admitted that he sold oxycod

LOGAN — Landau is returning home for Christmas, and plans on giving back to his hometown to celebrate the Christmas season.
America's Got Talent winner and native West Virginian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will meet and greet fans at Midway Elementary in Alum Creek, Thursday November 13, from 6-8 p.m. to help kick-off the 2014 Alum Creek Volun

Landau helps hometown for holidays

LOGAN — Landau is returning home for Christmas, and plans on giving back to his hometown to celebrate the Christmas season. America's Got Talent winner and native West Virginian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will meet and greet fans at Midway Elementary in Alum Creek, Thursday November 13, from 6-8 p.m. to help kick-off the 2014 Alum Creek Volun

During a special meeting held at 3 p.m. Friday, the Logan County Commission appointed David Trent, a certified public appraiser from North Mitchell Heights, as Logan County's new Assessor.
Former Logan County Assessor Rick Grimmett made his resignation official as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Although the resignation came a little over a week after an

Trent appointed new assessor

During a special meeting held at 3 p.m. Friday, the Logan County Commission appointed David Trent, a certified public appraiser from North Mitchell Heights, as Logan County's new Assessor. Former Logan County Assessor Rick Grimmett made his resignation official as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Although the resignation came a little over a week after an

CHARLESTON — Democratic Senate President Jeff Kessler says an initiative to revitalize the struggling southern coalfields will continue. This follows the announcement on Wednesday that Democratic Sen. Mike Green had said the initiative was on hold until Republicans decided its fate. Republicans won Senate control after last week's election an

Good news for SCORE

CHARLESTON — Democratic Senate President Jeff Kessler says an initiative to revitalize the struggling southern coalfields will continue. This follows the announcement on Wednesday that Democratic Sen. Mike Green had said the initiative was on hold until Republicans decided its fate. Republicans won Senate control after last week's election an

Workforce WV helps job seekers

CHIEF LOGAN CONFERENCE CENTER — Workforce West Virginia hosted a Veterans and Job Seekers Job and Training Fair at the Chief Logan Conference Center November 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There was a special time set aside for veterans: the first hour after the doors opened. “Within the first 37 minutes of the door opening, we had 156





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