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YouthBuild grads enter workforce

ELKINS — The journey completed by eight young adults was celebrated during the 2019 graduation of the YouthBuild of North Central West Virginia program. Officials, family and friends gathered at the Phil Gainer Community Center on Feb. 14 to celebrate the accomplishments of the students ...

Teachers set to begin strike

CHARLESTON — The heads of the three unions representing teachers and school service personnel announced the start of a statewide strike starting today. Representatives from West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Education Association, and the West ...

Local schools to close

ELKINS — Schools in Randolph, Upshur, Barbour and Tucker counties will be closed today as part of a statewide strike of teachers and service personnel. Officials in Randolph made the decision to close at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, after learning of the statewide strike earlier in the ...

Upshur BOE learns more about program to battle student apathy

BUCKHANNON — “Every student completes every assignment” is part of the mission of The Power of ICU, a program that Buckhannon-Uphsur High School is using to battle student apathy. There have been almost 8,520 assignments completed this year Almost mid-way through the second semester ...

W.Va. Senate amends education reform package

CHARLESTON — Remaining defiant until the end in the face of an impending teacher strike, the West Virginia Senate amended back into their education reform package controversial items the house specifically removed or decreased. The senate amended Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, ...

Voting machines tested for levy election

ELKINS — Voting machines have been tested in preparation for the March 9 special election for the Randolph County Schools levy proposal. Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman put several of the machines through their paces last week, assisted by Randolph County Commission President Mark ...

Upshur looking at extracurricular trips procedures

BUCKHANNON — A request to give Upshur County Schools’ bus drivers a chance at extracurricular trips again will be handled through new practices being developed and not by revising a policy. Assistant superintendent Dr. Debra Harrison told the Upshur County Board of Education Tuesday that ...

Suspect taken into custody by officials after hours-long situation

ELKINS — Police officers arrested a suspect after the search for the man led to streets being blocked off Friday night, residents being warned to stay away from the area and a tactical response unit arriving on the scene. Steven James Phares, 30, is charged with possession of a controlled ...

Lawmakers keep high court in check

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, under new management, has worked hard to put rules and policies in place to fight the perceptions of corruption that plagued justices over the last year. But the recent sentencing of former chief justice Allen Loughry on Wednesday to ...

Elkins man is arrested after high-speed pursuit

ELKINS — An Elkins man was arrested Friday after a high-speed pursuit, with drugs, cash and a gun allegedly found in the vehicle. Scott Jackson Hamrick, 38, was charged with fleeing with reckless indifference, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Six at the Capitol

As of Sunday, there are 20 days left in the 60-day 2019 legislative session. While we are still not close to concluding this year’s attempt at education reform, I believe the drama has peaked. I expect the West Virginia Senate will make an attempt today to amend the version of Senate Bill ...

Delivering Valentines to Seniors

Submitted photo 4-H Hi-Fi club delivers Valentines Day cards to to Nellas Nursing Home. Members of the 4-H Hi-Fi club met at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Nellas Nursing Home to give valentines card to residents.

Two Harman students win First Lady’s contest

CHARLESTON — First Lady Cathy Justice is happy to announce the winners of her Valentines to West Virginia Contest. The First Lady received 613 entries and was excited and impressed with the young artistic talent in West Virginia. “Our Artist Series has gained momentum and I’m ...

Poultry Litter Cost Share sign up set

PHILIPPI — The Tygarts Valley Conservation District will be accepting applications for their Poultry Litter Program beginning Feb. 25 through March 7. Applications will be available on Feb. 25 at the district office in Philippi and on the district’s website at wvca.us/districts The ...

Elkins looks at spending sales tax revenue

ELKINS — City officials began work on determining how to spend the revenue from the city’s new 1 percent sales tax during a special call Finance Committee meeting Friday morning. Elkins leaders looked at projects that are included in the five-year strategic plan the city passed last ...

House OKs banking fix for medical marijuana

CHARLESTON — With wide bipartisan support, a bill that will help the state’s new medical marijuana program get off the ground is on its way to the West Virginia Senate. The House of Delegates Friday passed House Bill 2538, providing banking services for medical cannabis, with 89 members ...

Forest Heritage Area receives designation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is praising federal legislative action this week for protecting the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, which is part of 18 counties including Randolph County. Manchin, a ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, ...

Library shares plans with Upshur County Commissioners

BROOKS HILL — What’s happening at Brooks Hill? It’s a question librarian Judith Williams wants people to ask more and more when it comes to the James W. Curry Public Library and Park. She updated the Upshur County Commission Thursday on what happened in 2018 and plans for 2019. ...

DMC offers tours of Laurel Place

ELKINS — Davis Medical Center offered an open house for its new geriatric behavioral health unit Thursday afternoon. Laurel Place, which focuses on developmental health care for seniors, opened at DMC on Jan. 2. On Thursday, members of the public were given guided tours of the ...