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The Logan Banner is the only daily newspaper in Logan County. Founded by Henry Clay Ragland in 1889, the newspaper is Logan County’s oldest commercial business still in existence.

Ragland edited the Logan Banner as a weekly publication until his death in 1911. It was a Democratic newspaper under his ownership. The Brazie brothers, Charles and William, published the newspaper after Ragland, but changed its political affiliation to Republican. The Banner continued to represent the GOP through the ownership by Clarence Frey, who came to Logan County in 1921. When Frey took over, the newspaper was saddled with debts, but it began a steady growth from then on. The weekly Logan Banner became an afternoon daily in 1935, publishing five days a week until 1981 when the present schedule was adopted, Monday through Friday afternoons and Sunday morning.

Frey was publisher of the Logan Banner from 1921 until his death in 1960. With the help of Frey’s partner, Robert O. Greever, Frey’s widow continued the newspaper under her ownership until 1965, when the Logan Banner was sold to a publishing company located in Tennessee. The new company sent publisher Jim Muscia to Logan. He later purchased the paper and operated it for several years before selling it to the Smith Newspapers in 1975 with Tom George as publisher. For a few years Tom Schmitt was publisher after George. Richard Osborne was promoted to the position of publisher in 1988 and continues today.

The Logan Banner serves Logan, Boone, Mingo, Lincoln, and Wyoming counties. The 2010 circulation was more than 9,500.

Last Revised on October 07, 2010

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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia "Logan Banner." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 07 October 2010. Web. 23 March 2018.


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