Logan Banner 125 Year Anniversary

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April 10, 2013

Mr. RAHALL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the work of a local newspaper in the heart of the coalfields of southern West Virginia. This year, the Logan Banner celebrates 125 years of excellence in journalism and service to the greater Logan County area and beyond.

For a century and a quarter, the Logan Banner has made banner headlines out of local and regional news stories that inform its readers on matters most important to them, what is happening in their own backyards.

In a world awash in news and information services, there is still no substitute for homegrown news coverage on the important events and happenings that only a local community paper can provide. From the city crime report to the latest little league scores, the Banner is the face of the community.

Through thick and thin, the Banner has operated as a reliable news source for Southern West Virginia's coal counties, and today, through subscription and on-line edition, the newspaper knows no geographic bounds around the globe.

Our Founders were quick to add in the first amendment to our Constitution, declaring Congress shall make no law to abridge the freedom of the press. Our Republic has been buoyed over the centuries by dedicated journalists doing a yeoman's task of reporting the news of the day regardless of whose ox is being gored. As a recent Banner editorial proclaimed, within its pages, the reader gets the good, the bad, and the ugly of insightful news impacting their lives.

Every member of the Logan Banner's team can take due pride in knowing that with every edition of the Banner they publish, they strengthen the bulwark of our Republic, a more informed citizen. Mr. Speaker, fellow colleagues, in recognition of its lasting contribution to our Nation, please join me in wishing Godspeed to the Logan Banner in its next 125 years of publishing.


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