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Concert series brings live music to downtown Huntington

HUNTINGTON — Music could be heard throughout downtown Huntington on Friday evening during the latest installment of the 9th Street Live concert series.

The weekly concert series, which was organized following the successful initiative launched by the city of Huntington last summer with the temporary closing of part of 9th Street for outdoor dining for restaurants and bars during the peak of the pandemic, began May 21 and will continue through Labor Day weekend in September.

This week’s concert featured performances by pianist, songwriter and podcast host Brad Goodall and Charleston-based Marshall alumnus and rap artist Shelem.

The weekly concert series is hosted by Kindred Communications. Performances begin at 7 p.m. each Friday.

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Charleston lawyer Sean McGinley killed in crash

CHARLESTON — Widely respected Charleston lawyer Sean McGinley was killed Thursday afternoon in an Interstate 79 crash.

Returning from a hearing in Morgantown, McGinley was traveling slightly past 5 p.m. near the Frametown exit in Braxton County, roughly 55 miles northeast of Charleston, where the crash happened.

He long had served as counsel to The Charleston Gazette and later the Gazette-Mail during a legal career spanning 30 years. He was a partner at DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress PLLC in Charleston.

“Sean was a brilliant lawyer,” law partner Tim DiPiero said. “Just amazingly talented. Had a keen sense of right and wrong and seeking justice. He would always improve any draft of writing I did. He could always make it better. He was incredible at research and writing and just had a way with words.

“What’s more important than all that is that he loved his family and was a great family man.”

Word of his loss sent shockwaves through the legal community and among clients and many others throughout Charleston and across West Virginia.

“This is devastating news for everyone who knew Sean as an outstanding lawyer, a great friend and devoted husband and father,” said Doug Reynolds, managing partner of HD Media, publisher of the Gazette-Mail and Herald-Dispatch in Huntington. “His long association with the Charleston Gazette-Mail was based not only on his great skill as a lawyer but on the friendship he formed with all those with whom he worked, not only the leadership of our company but also many of our journalists now and over the years.

“We send our deepest condolences to his family, his law partners and all of the many people whose lives he touched.”

McGinley received his law degree from Keble College at Oxford University in 1990. He joined DiTrapano & Jackson in 1995 after serving as a law clerk in the state Supreme Court of Appeals and in U.S. District Court.

McGinley grew to become a highly respected personal injury lawyer. He also worked with many media companies on cases regarding the First Amendment and other issues.

He lived in Charleston with his wife, Ana, and their two sons Liam and Colin.

“It’s hard for me to grasp that he’s gone,” DiPiero said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Marshall AD Hamrick to step down at end of June

HUNTINGTON — Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick is stepping down after 12 years of leading the Thundering Herd’s athletic department, he confirmed Friday afternoon.

Hamrick, whose contract expires June 30, said he will transition to a new role as special assistant to university President Jerome Gilbert.

“The last 12 years have been some of the best years of my life, and I want to thank everyone who has helped make that possible,” Hamrick said. “It’s always such an honor to serve your university, especially as the director of athletics.”

Hamrick’s emphasis in his new fundraising role within the President’s Office will be on getting Marshall University an on-campus baseball stadium.

Jeff O’Malley, who is Marshall’s associate athletic director and chief of staff, will be the interim athletic director, according to a news release from the university.

O’Malley takes over for Hamrick with 19 years worth of experience as associate director and chief of staff for Marshall’s athletic department. O’Malley oversees Marshall’s men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s golf and baseball programs, while leading the academic and compliance offices as well.