LOGAN, W.Va. — If you have been enjoying local haunted houses, outdoor movies and other activities this fall, rest assured there will be plenty more activities this year on through the winter months.
Upcoming activities were discussed on Tuesday night at the October meeting of the Logan City Council. Fire Chief Scott Beckett said the city’s free movie nights were a pretty popular and successful activity in the city.
“We have had as many as 100 people show up and attend,” Beckett said.
Councilman Basil Ken Lee likened the experience to the days of the drive-in movie theaters which were once popular everywhere.
This Saturday’s movie will be at 8 pm. due to the change in when the sun goes down this time of the year.
This year the city of Logan will celebrate Halloween on the traditional date of Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. In past years the night for Trick or Treating has been moved around due to sports activities in the county. West Logan, Man, Chapmanville and Mitchell Heights will also be celebrating Trick or Treat on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.
One new event that may be coming to Logan in October is Shop Small Saturday — a program designed to encourage people to shop downtown. If Shop Small Saturday goes as planned one lucky person will win a $500 prize for shopping downtown in Logan the day after Black Friday.
The City will also begin decorating for Christmas as the Fall Season turns to winter and local buildings will be getting a chance to promote the town and events and activities in it like the Hatfield McCoy Trails and other potential tourism draws. Posters and banners will start promoting such things this fall.
Santa Claus will be coming to town on Dec. 6 this year for the annual Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. This year’s Team Santa event will be on Dec. 17.
In other Logan news;
• Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said his two new officers are on patrol in town and they have been joined by some new state troopers from the Department of Public Safety. The lawmen have begun cracking down on loitering and complaints about shady activity which has plagued the area around the new $10 million dollar welfare building on Main and Stratton streets. Harper said some more “No Loitering” signs have been ordered as well. Harper noted the jail now has a drunk tank unit which will accept intoxicated detainees.
“We are trying to clean up the town,” Harper said.
• Fire Chief and building inspector Scott Beckett met with the State Fire Marshall’s office about certifications for two other inspectors. When approved, the city will have a main inspector supervising deputy sub-inspectors for building and commercial business inspections. Beckett discussed another long-term project in Logan — sidewalk repairs and upgrades. He noted that the city will soon be sending out a letter to property owners explaining that if their property abuts a sidewalk maintaining that walk is their responsibility.
• The second reading of a Building Code ordinance update was read and approved.
• City Street Commissioner Kevin Marcum said his agency was getting ready for a possibly rough winter. Some streets with potholes have been patched up and Marcum noted the Street Department has some salt leftover from last winter.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.