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Justice: Bond would fund Corridor H section

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday passing the road bond initiative on Oct. 7 would help pay for new Corridor H construction, which he called “by far the most important road project to our state.” Justice, speaking during a conference call with state newspapers Thursday ...

Meeting looks at foster care and adoption

ELKINS — With West Virginia seeing high numbers of children in foster care, representatives from service agencies met in Elkins on Thursday to discuss how to get the word out and attract foster families to enable children to live the best lives possible. The summit meeting, which was open ...

Highlands Conservancy celebrating 50 years

CANAAN — The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy is celebrating its 50th anniversary with opening ceremony events starting today at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy is a non-profit group that focuses on the promotion of conservation preservation in ...

Buckhannon breaks ground for water tank

BUCKHANNON — As the city prepares for growth, Buckhannon celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for a new municipal water tank on Thursday. Over the course of the last two years, $3 million worth of improvements have been ongoing to upgrade Buckhannon’s Harley A. Brown Memorial Water Plant ...

Elkins police officer earns promotion

ELKINS — The longest active-serving officer with the Elkins Police Department earned a promotion this month. For eight years, officer Ronald W. Belt of the EPD has served the city of Elkins, most recently as a sergeant and dedicated member of the department. On Sept. 5, Belt’s fourth ...

Upshur County Board of Education honors personnel

ROCK CAVE — The Upshur County Board of Education met at Rock Cave Elementary School this week as part of the BOE’s visit to all schools in the county. During the Board’s regular meeting they recognized school service personnel for their hard work and dedication in conformity with Gov. ...

Buckhannon set to offer Truck Fest event for kids

BUCKHANNON — A free event is being offered this weekend that will give kids the chance to climb inside and learn about large trucks, emergency vehicles and construction equipment, and bring home free prizes as well. The 2017 Buckhannon Truck Fest will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday ...

Mill Creek woman sentenced to prison

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman previously convicted of felony shoplifting has been sentenced to the state penitentiary. Amanda Marie Jones, 33, of Mill Creek, was sentenced to one to 10 years. She must also pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the Randolph County Probation ...

Local man faces felony charge

ELKINS — A local man is behind bars after allegedly stealing items from an area garage. Victor Leon Taylor III, 26, is charged with one felony count of entry of a building other than a dwelling. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, set by ...

Firearm case going to grand jury

By Tim MacVean Senior Staff Writer ELKINS — Probable cause was ruled to have been met for the arrest of a Randolph County man accused of shooting a firearm in the vicinity of other individuals and a dog. Paul David Owens, 51, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of wanton ...

DOH truck stolen, set on fire

ELKINS — Law enforcement officials are investigating a Monday night theft from the Department of Highways that left a DOH truck on fire. Cpl. S.P. Miller, of the West Virginia State Police, said the investigation is in the “initial stages” but it appears a pair of buildings on the DOH ...

Commerce secretary shares plans

ELKINS — Touching on increasing economic development, tourism and broadband service to underserved areas of the state, West Virginia’s secretary of the Department of Commerce shared his plans Tuesday during a luncheon in Elkins. “I’m convinced that we can dramatically change the face ...

Baxter announces congressional run

WHEELING — Democrat Ralph Baxter stood outside the Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe Operations Center in Wheeling and looked into the future, and it wasn’t the first time he had done so from that spot. On Tuesday, the former CEO and chairman of the global law firm announced he was entering ...

Library to host Education Expo

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library will hold an informational exhibition Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. The Alternative Education Expo will feature multiple options for changing or supplementing education in Randolph County. Presenters at the exposition will display curriculums, ...

Davis House hosts ‘Blessing of the Bricks’ ceremony

ELKINS — Community members gathered Tuesday evening at the Davis House in Elkins for a “Blessing of the Bricks” ceremony and open house. The special event marked the fifth year the Davis House has been available to people receiving cancer treatment who live a great distance from ...