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Town Hall meeting set to sign letter

ELKINS — A special Town Hall meeting will be held Tuesday to present a letter for signing which will be sent to Elkins City Hall to demand action on the town’s dilapidated properties issue. At last week’s Town Hall meeting, local attorney Ty Nestor volunteered to draft a “blanket ...

Hartman still using many of the skills he learned in the service

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published each Monday through Veterans Day. ELKINS — Elkins native Bill Hartman spent ...

Man charged with kidnapping, sex assault

PHILIPPI — A Grafton man is facing felony charges and accused of taking a woman into the woods, holding her at gun point and forcing her to have sex. Randall Lewis Utt, 54, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping, one felony count of sexual assault in the first degree and one felony ...

Probable cause found in pair of drug arrests

ELKINS — Preliminary hearings were held for two area residents allegedly involved in a a traffic stop that netted police nearly 60 grams of methamphetamine and upwards of $2,000. Shanna Marie Arman, 38, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a ...

Arson case going to grand jury

ELKINS — Probable cause for the arrest of a Randolph County man accused of setting fire to a camper belonging to his family was ruled to have been met. Marty Ray Price, 35, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of first-degree arson. He remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional ...

Elkins woman charged with domestic battery

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman has been charged with domestic battery. Danielle Marie Smith, 40, of Elkins, is charged with domestic battery, third offense. She is free on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman. According to ...

Beverly Heritage Days to celebrate history

BEVERLY — It’s dusk, the end of a long day. Men of the Augusta County Militia are camped near the waters of the Tygart Valley River. A campfire is blazing, even in July. It isn’t cold, but they need a cooking fire nonetheless. The year is not 1790. It’s 2018, and this is Beverly ...

Davis Medical Center to host communication group

ELKINS — Davis Medical Center’s Speech and Swallowing Department have created a social communication group for people with aphasia, dysarthria or other communication deficits related to stroke or neurological disorders. “Now We’re Talking,” hosted by speech-language pathologists, ...

WVWC professor’s book wins award

ASHEVILLE, NC — Orison Books is pleased to announce “The Long Weeping Portrait Essays” by Jessie van Eerden has been named the winner of the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year in the essay category. Van Eerden is an assistant professor of English and director of the Master of ...

Local students learn about space

ELKINS — While “traveling through space” this week, students in the Reading and Early Literacy Camp at North Elementary School got to visit the sun with the help of a special guest from the Green Bank Observatory. On Friday morning, Sophie Knudsen, education assistant at the Green ...

Justice facing challenges from both sides

PARKERSBURG — They’re going at West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice at different angles. The Republican Party in Wood County this week formalized its call for impeachment. A petition seeking a writ of mandamus to order the governor to comply with the West Virginia Constitution and reside in ...

Randolph County gives funding to Special Olympics

ELKINS — On the heels of a successful Special Olympics summer games performance, officials with the group made a funding request to the Randolph County Commission for future events. Commissioners unanimously approved a $3,000 donation, to be taken from the courthouse contractual budget line, ...

Supervisor sought for after-school program

ELKINS — A free after-school program that will serve middle school students in Randolph County in the upcoming school year is in search of a program supervisor. The Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission, in partnership with the Randolph County Family Resource Network and Davis and Elkins ...

Mountain State Forest Festival announces assistant directors

ELKINS — The assistant directors of the 2018 Mountain State Forest Festival have been announced. Jon Morgan will begin his sixth year as an assistant director for the 82nd Festival. He works for the USDA, Forest Service and is the Deputy District Ranger on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District ...

‘Secure the Future’

ELKINS — As Davis & Elkins College reaches a milestone of a lifetime with the successful completion of the 10-year $100 million Secure the Future campaign, the entire community is invited to help celebrate. The largest ever fundraising effort undertaken by the college concludes on June ...

Former D&E president began campaign

ELKINS — When G.T. ‘Buck’ Smith arrived on the Davis & Elkins College campus to take the reins as the 12th president in 2008, the institution was on shaky financial ground. However, he had a plan — an intricate one that unfolded over a 10-year period designed to build the ...

Ground broken on rail trail connector

ELKINS — Individuals from a variety of supporting agencies came together Thursday to “turn some dirt” on an area project that has been years in the making. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning for the Elkins Rail Trail Connector for the Allegheny Highlands Trail at the ...

Mayor: Dept. duties covered

ELKINS — Elkins city officials had little to say about worker unrest at Thursday’s Elkins City Council meeting, except to note that all the duties of the city water department are being covered. There was no mention during Thursday’s meeting of an alleged walkout by city water department ...

Kittle returns to lead local sports coverage

ELKINS — Joey Kittle has been introduced as the new sports editor of The Inter-Mountain, returning to the newspaper where he covered sports for more than 20 years. A Barbour County native, Kittle worked for The Inter-Mountain from 1992 to 2014, serving as the sports editor for much of ...