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Print/E-paper exclusives for Sunday, Nov. 18

Nov. 18, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Besides the stories you can read at herald-dispatch.com, there are many more stories and features in today's Herald-Dispatch newspaper and e-paper.

MAYOR-ELECT BACKING OFF CHANGE TO CITY GOVERNMENT: Mayor-elect Steve Williams is backing away from his previously-stated plan to change Huntington’s form of government. When the city councilman announced his candidacy for mayor in January, he said one of his first courses of action if elected would be to seek to amend the city charter to provide for a manager-mayor form of government. Read more about what he says are alternatives that will accomplish his overall goal of ensuring that a professional manager with specific educational requirements and experience is running the day-to-day operations of the city on today's front page.

THE TRIALS OF TRAILS: The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System was established in 2000 to bring ATV, dirt-biking and utility vehicle enthusiasts to the state. Today, the trail system, a public entity, manages 600 miles of trails on private property, operating seven trail systems in Boone, Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming counties. Officials in Wayne County are hoping their county, too, can get in step with this trail-fueled economic development tool, which brings tens of thousands people to region annually. But they have some obstacles to overcome before they can. Read more on today's front page.

PARKING WOES AT MARSHALL: Marshall University’s chief of police and head of public safety said he is taking recommendations from members of the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee about parking. See what faculty members have to say on our Local page.

AYERS ANIMAL HOSPITAL: As a physician at the Huntington VA Medical Center, Dr. Sandra Joseph knows a little something about bedside manner. She also knows that it’s just as important for a veterinarian as it is for a family doctor to make pet owners feel at ease, and she knows that’s one reason that she continues to take her dogs to Dr. Mark Ayers of Ayers Animal Hospital. Read more about the facility and its planned expansion which will double the size of the current hospital in our Sunday Business spotlight.

PERSONNEL: Keep up with the latest hirings across the Tri-State with our weekly Personnel column.

BIZ IN BRIEF: Check out our weekly roundup of regional business wheelings and dealings.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP ENJOYING SUCCESS: Dianne Bady said the Appalachian region of the country might be the most difficult place to sustain a grassroots environmental group. And it was even tougher 25 years ago when she started the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. Read more about OVEC's successes on our Commumity page.

MARSHALL ROTC PROGRAM PLACES AT RANGER CHALLENGE: The Marshall University ROTC recently competed in the annual Ranger Challenge at Fort Pickett in Virginia, earning the group’s best finish with third place within its division and seventh overall out of 38 ROTC squads. Read more on our Herd on Campus page, our Sunday page devoted to news from Marshall University.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Our Sunday Life section is filled with the types of community announcements that keep the newspaper connected to you, including birth announcements, wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements, upcoming reunions, group meetings and more.

HOLIDAY NOSTALGIA:  It is obvious that Teresa Abraham loves Christmas and the nostalgia factor it generates.Her Christmas décor is a story of family and how much they have enjoyed it over the years. This year she and her husband Charlie will be sharing their festive decorations as one of the hosting families on the Arts Resources Holiday Candlelight House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 2. Read more on our Sunday Homes page. Also in the section every week is a look at trends in home decorating, tips and tricks from home decor and repair specialists, and more.

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