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Karissa Blackburn

Position: Content Producer
E-Mail Address: kblackburn@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 304-752-6950


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

Latest Stories by Karissa Blackburn

Subway open for Christmas

BUFFALO CREEK — A new business has opened for Buffalo Creek just in time for the Holidays. In January 2011, Little General Store Inc. announced the acquisition of Amherstdale Exxon in Amherstdale. The Hensley Family built and owned this operation. The store was formerly operated as an Exxon Station now operated as Logan County's only Sunoco

MAN — The Man Area Spark of Love Toy Drive and the Man Lions Club purchased close to 1,300 toys to be distributed. Cliffs Coal has now donated an 75 extra presents to the drive to help make this Christmas special for children in the Man area.
The Toy Drive was held Saturday across the Man area with the help of local Fire Departments. Distrib

Cliffs Coal donates gifts

MAN — The Man Area Spark of Love Toy Drive and the Man Lions Club purchased close to 1,300 toys to be distributed. Cliffs Coal has now donated an 75 extra presents to the drive to help make this Christmas special for children in the Man area. The Toy Drive was held Saturday across the Man area with the help of local Fire Departments. Distrib

MAIN STREET — It's a great day for Logan County.
That was the sentiment for every person present at the Don Chafin house on Thursday when The Woman's Club of Logan Library Corporation President Shirley Baisden and members of the Southern Coalition for the ARTS met to sign an agreement leasing the property to the ARTS.
“We are so excit

A new home for the ARTS

MAIN STREET — It's a great day for Logan County. That was the sentiment for every person present at the Don Chafin house on Thursday when The Woman's Club of Logan Library Corporation President Shirley Baisden and members of the Southern Coalition for the ARTS met to sign an agreement leasing the property to the ARTS. “We are so excit

Santa Claus coming to Man

MAN — Santa Clause has reported to the Logan Banner that he will be in the Man area this Saturday, December 20 with the Assistance of the Man Area Fire Departments, the Man Lions Club and the Man Merchants Association to deliver toys to local children. The Man Area Spark of Love and the Man Lions Club has purchased close to 1,300 toys to be

SWITZER —Two Switzer residents have been arrested in reference to a break-in at Switzer Church of God on Sunday.
Harold R. Hobbs, 42, and Amelia M. Bradshaw, 33, both of Switzer, were arrested by the West Virginia State Police on December 14 and are facing charges of breaking and entering other than dwelling, grand larceny, conspiracy and de

Two arrested for breaking into Switzer COG

SWITZER —Two Switzer residents have been arrested in reference to a break-in at Switzer Church of God on Sunday. Harold R. Hobbs, 42, and Amelia M. Bradshaw, 33, both of Switzer, were arrested by the West Virginia State Police on December 14 and are facing charges of breaking and entering other than dwelling, grand larceny, conspiracy and de

CHARLESTON — When Senate President Kessler announced his new SCORE initiative earlier this year, he had one simple reason in mind: southern West Virginia needs help.
“Southern West Virginia has become a region stricken with a lack of opportunity and hope,” Kessler said. “It's time to change our way of thinking so that it ca

SCORE's final session

CHARLESTON — When Senate President Kessler announced his new SCORE initiative earlier this year, he had one simple reason in mind: southern West Virginia needs help. “Southern West Virginia has become a region stricken with a lack of opportunity and hope,” Kessler said. “It's time to change our way of thinking so that it ca

Diamond Electric headquarters to W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Diamond Electric is relocating its North American headquarters to West Virginia, according to a press released from Governor Tomblin's office. The move will consolidate the automotive ignition coil manufacturer's main U.S. office with its existing operation in Eleanor. “Since Diamond Electric opened its first manufacturing

CHARLESTON — West Virginia's newly elected Senator, Shelley Moore Capito, was informed of her committee assignments for the 114th Congress on Tuesday. According to Capito's office, she will serve on three committees this term: the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committ

W.Va. Senator-elect receives appointments

CHARLESTON — West Virginia's newly elected Senator, Shelley Moore Capito, was informed of her committee assignments for the 114th Congress on Tuesday. According to Capito's office, she will serve on three committees this term: the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committ

STRATTON STREET — With Christmas right around the corner, many local military and coal mining families are feeling the pressures of the holidays instead of the Christmas Spirit. However, the Friends of Coal Ladies' Auxiliary, an organization with about 5,000 members throughout the coalfields that works year-round to promote awareness about th

Coal helping coal

STRATTON STREET — With Christmas right around the corner, many local military and coal mining families are feeling the pressures of the holidays instead of the Christmas Spirit. However, the Friends of Coal Ladies' Auxiliary, an organization with about 5,000 members throughout the coalfields that works year-round to promote awareness about th

MONAVILLE — A National Guard Recruiter for Logan, Boone and Lincoln counties has been charged with three counts of sexual abuse by guardian.
According to police reports, Trooper R.L. Jennings of the West Virginia State Police Logan Detachment was contacted by the West Virginia Army National Guard on November 25 concerning a possible sexual a

Ntl. Guard Recruiter charged with sexual abuse of a minor

MONAVILLE — A National Guard Recruiter for Logan, Boone and Lincoln counties has been charged with three counts of sexual abuse by guardian. According to police reports, Trooper R.L. Jennings of the West Virginia State Police Logan Detachment was contacted by the West Virginia Army National Guard on November 25 concerning a possible sexual a

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's office has announced that Manchin has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee for the 114th Congress. He will continue to be a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources

Manchin recieves new appointments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's office has announced that Manchin has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee for the 114th Congress. He will continue to be a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources

HOLDEN — Justin A. Jones, 29, of Columbus, Ohio, is being charged with conspiracy to commit a felony against the state.
On December 7, Senior Troopers R.E. Stowers and M.A. Broadwater were contacted by the Southwestern Regional Jail and advised that a visitor, Odessa Dingess, had allegedly attempted to give contraband to an inmate — Jo

Contraband controversy at SWRJ

HOLDEN — Justin A. Jones, 29, of Columbus, Ohio, is being charged with conspiracy to commit a felony against the state. On December 7, Senior Troopers R.E. Stowers and M.A. Broadwater were contacted by the Southwestern Regional Jail and advised that a visitor, Odessa Dingess, had allegedly attempted to give contraband to an inmate — Jo

Childproofing the holidays

CHARLESTON, WV — The West Virginia Poison Center has issued saftey tips to ensure families with small children have a safe and happy holiday season. As they put it, “it's the time of year to begin decking the halls, but make sure to childproof them as well.” Carissa McBurney, Community Outreach Coordinator for the West Virginia P

Tomblin receives final report on juvenile justice

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has officially received recommendations and a final report from the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice. “As we continue to put emphasis on reforming West Virginia's justice system, we must also move toward a more effective approach for juveniles - one that embraces communit

LOGAN — Exciting things have been happening in the City of Logan, with two major projects now on the board: the central city walkbridge and the Stratton Street sidewalk project.
The walkbridge, a four year project that really started moving along this past summer, has been completed and is open for public use.The bridge officially opened Tue

Logan projects make progress

LOGAN — Exciting things have been happening in the City of Logan, with two major projects now on the board: the central city walkbridge and the Stratton Street sidewalk project. The walkbridge, a four year project that really started moving along this past summer, has been completed and is open for public use.The bridge officially opened Tue

BUFFALO CREEK — The Logan County Sheriff's Department has released information concerning an arrest on two Buffalo Creek residents. According to the Sherrif's Department, on Tuesday, Dec. 9 deputies assisted West Virginia Parole Officers in serving revocation orders on Ethel Lipscomb and Mark Grimmett.
The LSCD says that while serving the re

Logan Co. residents accused of shoplifting from Cabela's

BUFFALO CREEK — The Logan County Sheriff's Department has released information concerning an arrest on two Buffalo Creek residents. According to the Sherrif's Department, on Tuesday, Dec. 9 deputies assisted West Virginia Parole Officers in serving revocation orders on Ethel Lipscomb and Mark Grimmett. The LSCD says that while serving the re

LOGAN — Nicholas Turkale, who was charged with child neglect resulting in death and murder by West Virginia State Police in 2012, plead guilty to child abuse causing death in a court hearing on December 10, 2014.
At the time of the crime, Troopers found the little boy, Aydin Toler, with severe head injuries in the Buffalo Creek Apartments lo

Turkale pleas guilty

LOGAN — Nicholas Turkale, who was charged with child neglect resulting in death and murder by West Virginia State Police in 2012, plead guilty to child abuse causing death in a court hearing on December 10, 2014. At the time of the crime, Troopers found the little boy, Aydin Toler, with severe head injuries in the Buffalo Creek Apartments lo

WILKINSON — Brian Keith Brumfield II, 33, of Wilkinson, was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff's Department on December 10 and is being charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
According to police, Deputy Nick Tucker received an anonymous tip on December 9 from a “concerned citizen” stating that

Wilkinson man charged with possession with intent to deliver

WILKINSON — Brian Keith Brumfield II, 33, of Wilkinson, was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff's Department on December 10 and is being charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. According to police, Deputy Nick Tucker received an anonymous tip on December 9 from a “concerned citizen” stating that

The Logan Banner was offered the opportunity on Tuesday evening to patrol with Senior Trooper J.G. Honaker of the WVSP during Operation 119, an operation stretching from Mingo to Lincoln Counties in an effort to make the highway safer.
For this Operation, Troopers are patrolling U.S. 119 during the morning and evening rush hours, placing special e

Operation 119

The Logan Banner was offered the opportunity on Tuesday evening to patrol with Senior Trooper J.G. Honaker of the WVSP during Operation 119, an operation stretching from Mingo to Lincoln Counties in an effort to make the highway safer. For this Operation, Troopers are patrolling U.S. 119 during the morning and evening rush hours, placing special e

LOGAN — 2014 has been the year of Challenges. From the Ice Bucket Challenge (a reminder for those of you who forgot to donate to your charity) to the arguably much more dangerous Hand Sanitizer Challenge, these phenomena have been spreading like wildfire over social media. So, before the year ended, Logan City Hall wanted to take advantage of

Operation Santa Challenge

LOGAN — 2014 has been the year of Challenges. From the Ice Bucket Challenge (a reminder for those of you who forgot to donate to your charity) to the arguably much more dangerous Hand Sanitizer Challenge, these phenomena have been spreading like wildfire over social media. So, before the year ended, Logan City Hall wanted to take advantage of





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