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Veterans honored at school

BUCKHANNON —Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School students invited family and friends who are veterans for a celebratory day of patriotism Friday. Principal Renee Warner greeted students and veterans to the annual Veterans Celebration, which has been offered at the middle school for the past five ...

Pipeline to bring influx of workers

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commissioners received an updated report this week on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in terms of expectancy and how the community will be affected by the project. During Thursday morning’s meeting, Mike Cozad, community liaison for the ACP, informed commissioners ...

$100K grant to repair roof of courthouse

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission announced they have received a $100,000 grant to repair the roof of the Randolph County Courthouse. Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor said there have been issues with leaking in the roof, causing damage to the structure. Taylor added ...

Ministerial association offering free Thanksgiving Day dinner

ELKINS — A local religious organization is again gearing up to provide free holiday meals for the community on a day dedicated to giving thanks and fellowship. All are welcome to attend the Randolph County Ministerial Association’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday ...

Elkins Department Hires Two Firemen

The Inter-Mountain photos by Brad Johnson Two new paid Elkins Fire Department firefighters were sworn in and pinned at Thursday’s Elkins City Council meeting. Above left, Mayor Van Broughton swears in Matthew Ogden, as Ogden’s mother looks on. Above right, Andrew Roth’s pin is applied by ...

Child advocacy centers see 11 percent increase in child victims

ELKINS — On Nov. 13, West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) released its State Aggregate Data for the 2017 fiscal year. The data in the report reflects service from West Virginia’s 21 Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) who provided official service to 40 of 55 counties in the ...

Business leaders rally against sales tax

ELKINS — More than 70 people packed the Elkins City Council chambers Thursday evening, as downtown business owners urged city officials to table the proposed 1 percent sales tax ordinance until a decision about how the revenue would be spent is made. One council member again made a ...

Tygart Hotel purchased by development group

ELKINS — A community development group has purchased the Tygart Hotel and plans to spend $11 million to restore the historic building and rebrand it as a boutique hotel. Dave Clark, executive director of Woodlands Development Group, told Elkins City Council about the project Thursday ...

County funds events

ELKINS — Two area organizations were allotted funding Thursday from the Randolph County Commission to assist in events that will bring food, fun and even Santa Claus to the region. The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce received $3,000 to put on their annual Christmas parade and ...

Veteran honored by Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — During Thursday evening’s meeting, Buckhannon City Council honored a Band of Brothers’ member with the Buckhannon Ambassador Award and a proclamation. Before being aware of his honor, Al Tucker had approached council to promote the Band of Brothers’ calendar project ...

More charges filed against former prosecutor

ELKINS — Additional charges have been filed against a former Randolph County prosecuting attorney after he allegedly failed to comply with requirements of a protective order filed against him. Richard Talbott Busch, 48, of Elkins, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of violation of a ...

United Way Donation

BEVERLY — The Randolph County United Way kicked off its annual fundraising effort with a donation from Armstrong Flooring. Each year, Armstrong Flooring contributes to United Way’s cause, which helps support a number of nonprofit agencies in Randolph County. Gary Clay, United Way ...

Former prosecutor facing charges

ELKINS — A former Randolph County prosecuting attorney is facing charges after allegedly being involved in a domestic altercation. Richard Talbott Busch, 48, of Elkins, is charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic battery and one misdemeanor count of domestic assault. He is free on a ...

Addiction crisis costing state millions

MORGANTOWN — Current medical and criminal justice costs incurred in fighting the national opioid crisis represent just the tip of the iceberg, says one research expert. In addition to health care costs, such as substance abuse treatment, and the costs incurred in processing an illegal drug ...

Christmas Scavenger Hunt set in Upshur County

BUCKHANNON — In conjunction with the Upshur County Chambers of Commerce, the Visitor’s Center is gearing up for the annual Christmas Scavenger Hunt. “It’s just a way that we wanted to encourage people to get into local businesses, and know about local events that are happening,” ...

Grant County man waives hearing

ELKINS — A Grant County man who escaped from police custody on Nov. 4 at the intersection of Rt. 92 and U.S. 33/48 in Randolph County, and was apprehended a day later, waived his preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Sampson Odell IV, 33, of Gormania, waived his ...

Pleas entered in animal cruelty cases

ELKINS — A Randolph County man who was charged after nearly three dozen animals were taken from his home entered into a plea agreement Wednesday. Randolph Stith Brent, 58, of Huttonsville, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals, one misdemeanor count of no rabies ...