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The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean
Third Ward Elementary School students get cozy in their pajamas as they prepare to watch the movie ‘Captain Underpants’ Friday afternoon as part of a Positive Behavior Support program at the school. Each nine weeks, students who have good attendance, display good behavior, complete their homework, help other students and are responsible are rewarded with an activity.

Students Get Comfy Reward

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Third Ward Elementary School students get cozy in their pajamas as they prepare to watch the movie ‘Captain Underpants’ Friday afternoon as part of a Positive Behavior Support program at the school. Each nine weeks, students who have good ...

Council OKs contract changes for water plant

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ELKINS — Elkins City Council unanimously approved two change orders regarding the municipality’s $37 million water plant project. The first measure, resolution 1066, allows Triton Construction Inc., of St. Albans, 42 additional days for completion of the project because of weather delays ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns
Tucker County native Vincent DiBacco, shown here, served the United States Army during World War II. Now 96 years old, the veteran was on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day.

WWII vet DiBacco stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day

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Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series, which features veterans in our area and shares first-hand accounts of their military service. The series is published each Monday through Veterans Day. THOMAS — A local World War II veteran and native of ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns
Many people gave back to area communities by taking part in the Randolph County United Way Auction this weekend. Randolph County United Way Board of Directors President Kathy Leombruno, right, displays a piece of pottery crafted by Scottie Wiest, and Ron Phillips, left, prepares to begin auctioning off the item. The piece was sold for $55. All proceeds from the auction will be dispersed to 20 nonprofit organizations in the county.

United Way Auction

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Many people gave back to area communities by taking part in the Randolph County United Way Auction this weekend. Randolph County United Way Board of Directors President Kathy Leombruno, right, displays a piece of pottery crafted by Scottie Wiest, and ...

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Cavanaugh to deliver Phipps Lecture

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ELKINS — Dr. William T. Cavanaugh, director of Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and a professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, will deliver the William E. Phipps Religion & Philosophy Interdisciplinary Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday in The Joni and ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Bayli Helmick
The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library’s children’s programmer, Seanna Isenhart, reads ‘The Flatman’ by Rose Impey during Stella’s Story Hour for preschoolers. After the reading, children created their own flatman to take home with them. Stella’s Story Hour is open to the public and hosted every Friday at 10 a.m., featuring books that follow along with the library’s monthly theme. This Friday, Stella’s story hour will feature the reading of ‘The Monster Trap.’ During the hour children can play with the library mascot, Stella the guinea pig, listen to the selected book and participate in an activity or snack that follows the theme of the book. The library plans to add other story hours for a variety of age groups in the upcoming months.

Story Hour Offered at Library

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Bayli Helmick The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library’s children’s programmer, Seanna Isenhart, reads ‘The Flatman’ by Rose Impey during Stella’s Story Hour for preschoolers. After the reading, children created their own flatman to take home with them. ...

Bat week to be celebrated at YMCA

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ELKINS — The public is welcome to join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service West Virginia Field Office, the West Virginia Division of Natural resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and AFHA AmeriCorps for the fourth annual international celebration of Bat Week from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and ...

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Poet Maggie Anderson will read from her work at West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday.

Poet Anderson to present at Wesleyan

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BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Department of English will host poet Maggie Anderson for a reading and conversation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Greek Alumni Room in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Anderson will read from her new collection of poems, ...

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The Autumn on the Dryfork pageant took place Oct. 12 at the Harman School gymnasium. Winners include, first row, from left, Wee Miss Queen Lettyauna Nelson, Tiny Miss Queen Allison Cooper and Little Miss Queen McKenna Taylor; and back row, from left, are Junior Miss Queen Tessa Propst and Miss Autumn on the Dryfork Alison Warner.

Autumn on the Dryfork Pageant

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Submitted photo The Autumn on the Dryfork pageant took place Oct. 12 at the Harman School gymnasium. Winners include, first row, from left, Wee Miss Queen Lettyauna Nelson, Tiny Miss Queen Allison Cooper and Little Miss Queen McKenna Taylor; and back row, from left, are Junior Miss Queen ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance
Kaytlann Richards, a preschool student from George Ward Elementary School, decorates pumpkins Friday with help from her mother, Jessica Sampson. All Randolph County preschoolers were invited to the Randolph County Fair Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch near Beverly as part of a fall field trip sponsored by North Central West Virginia Head Start.


By Tim MacVean
Senior Staff Writer

ELKINS – The Elkins City Council received an annual report from the Randolph County Humane Society during their meeting this week.
Tina Hord Vial, president of the board of directors for the RCHS, described this year as “challenging,” citing an incident where the facility took in their second largest seizure case in its history.
“(The seizure) challenged our resources, our volunteers and our staff,” she said. “As we approach the final resolution for all 32 dogs and one cat; however, we can’t begin to express how supported we’ve felt by the community.”
Vial said the RCHS received a great deal of support once news broke of the seizure.
“The outpouring of supplies, donations, time and encouragement has been nothing short of phenomenal, without which we don’t know how we would have made it through,” Vial said.
To date, the RCHS has taken in 461 kittens, cats, puppies and dogs.
“This total number is down slightly from previous years but three months with the large legal case limited our ability to take in additional animals,” Vial said.
Vial said the shelter is looking into a microchipping program that would more easily reunite lost pets with their owners.
“We know that one of the most effective methods of reuniting lost pets with their families is through microchipping,” she said. “We are looking into launching a microchipping effort to help ensure more Randolph County pets are chipped so we can get them back home faster.”
The facility has also continued their “Compassion in Action” program, which has allowed them to assist 27 families with financial hardship by providing 300 pounds of cat food and 700 pounds of dog food, enabled them to provide 28 families with a total of 49 bales of straw for outdoor pets during extreme winter weather and allowed them to provide spay and neuter services to 77 families with 189 pets.
“We try to focus (the spay and neuter services) on hard-to-adopt breeds in order to reduce the number of puppies produced in unplanned litters,” Vial said. “Our largest population are pit bulls and we can’t transport them because there are already so many of them in other destination states. We just don’t have options for them so we do our best to try to reduce that population by providing spay and neuter services.”
Vial explained that fundraising is crucial to maintaining the shelter because their budget is $262,000 per year for operation expenses, veterinary costs, medical supplies, payroll and transports. They receive $80,000 from the Randolph County Commission as part of a partnership for stray, abused, neglected and legal case animals within the county. The remainder of the budget is funded by donors from individuals or local businesses, grants and fundraising.
In 2016, RCHS raised money through the Mountain State Forest Festival, Spay-ghetti Dinner, Ramps and Rail Festival, Woofstock, Wine, Spirits and Whiskers, Tails and Ales, Smoke on the Water Furry Friends Fundraiser, Uncle Sam’s Pet Parade, and Treasure on the Mountain ticket sales.
“Fundraising is an area where we will continue to focus this year,” Vial said.
For more information on the facility, to make a donation or to volunteer, contact the facility at 304-636-7844 or check them out online at www.rchswv.org.

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance Kaytlann Richards, a preschool student from George Ward Elementary School, decorates pumpkins Friday with help from her mother, Jessica Sampson. All Randolph County preschoolers were invited to the Randolph County Fair Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch ...

RCHS gives report to City Council

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ELKINS — The Elkins City Council received an annual report from the Randolph County Humane Society during their meeting this week. Tina Hord Vial, president of the board of directors for the RCHS, described this year as “challenging,” citing an incident where the facility took in their ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean
An antique ‘speeder’ is prominently displayed at the West Virginia Railroad Museum, located on the second floor of the Darden Mill building in Elkins. The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday throughout October.

W.Va. Railroad Museum shares history, seeks volunteers

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ELKINS — The West Virginia Railroad Museum is seeking volunteers to assist in operating the Elkins facility, which has themed exhibits annually and attracts a range of visitors. “Elkins has so many things that people come to visit, and we do get visitors,” said James “Jim” ...

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Officials reported a fire Friday afternoon in the woods by Route 219, approximately 5 miles south of Huttonsville.

Fire in the Woods

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Submitted photo Officials reported a fire Friday afternoon in the woods by Route 219, approximately 5 miles south of Huttonsville.

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns
Randolph County United Way Board of Directors President Kathy Leombruno, left, assists Yasmi Alvarado, center, and Delia Adonia, right, at United Way’s Rummage Sale Friday. United Way’s annual auction is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins. All proceeds will be dispersed to 20 non-profit organizations.

United Way Rummage Sale

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Randolph County United Way Board of Directors President Kathy Leombruno, left, assists Yasmi Alvarado, center, and Delia Adonia, right, at United Way’s Rummage Sale Friday. United Way’s annual auction is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. today at the ...

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ABU president to present report

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PHILIPPI — Dr. Tim Barry, president of Alderson Broaddus, will present his annual “State of the University” report during a public meeting to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 7, at the Medallion Restaurant in Philippi. The public is invited to the event. Sponsored by the Barbour ...

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Jennings Randolph Elementary students display baskets that will be raffled off Sunday at the school, where a cake walk will also be offered.

Basket raffle, cake walk offered

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ELKINS — Jennings Randolph Elementary School PTO is hosting a basket raffle and cake walk at 2 p.m. Sunday in the multi-purpose room of Jennings Randolph Elementary School. All community members are invited to attend. The baskets have items from Serendipity, S&T Bees, gift cards to eat ...

Local natives receive statewide awards

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WHEELING — The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) presented the 2017 “Our Legacy, Our Future” historic preservation awards Oct. 15 at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. The awards recognize individuals, historic sites and districts for outstanding ...

Fry celebrates 20-year anniversary in Elkins

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ELKINS — Chris Fry, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Elkins, still remembers the day he decided to join the financial services firm. That was 20 years ago. The fact that Chris Fry works in the same community in which he lives is unique among financial services firms, most of which ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns
Bryan Warner of the Elkins Fire Department assists Alexx, a sixth-grade student at Elkins Middle School, in a firefighter relay race this week. Students challenged one another to see who could equip themselves in turnout gear and carry fire equipment the fastest. EMS Assistant Principal Eric Lucas said more than 450 students took part in the nine-weeks reward activity for good behavior.

EMS Students Earn Reward Activity

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Bryan Warner of the Elkins Fire Department assists Alexx, a sixth-grade student at Elkins Middle School, in a firefighter relay race this week. Students challenged one another to see who could equip themselves in turnout gear and carry fire equipment ...