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Belington man faces burglary charge

ELKINS — A Barbour County man is facing a felony charge after allegedly being found in the residence of an Elkins woman. Christopher Don Bibey, 34, of Belington, is charged with one felony count of nighttime burglary. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash, ...

Marijuana possession leads to arrest

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly being found with several packages of marijuana. George Bennett Meek II, 60, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance — marijuana. He is incarcerated at Tygart ...

Woman admits to role in drug operation

ELKINS — A Buckhannon woman has admitted to maintaining a drug-involved place, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Cassandra Tahj Riffle, also known as “Cassie Hickman,” 31, pleaded guilty to one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises. Riffle admitted to using a place ...

W.Va. House bill would target cyberbullying

CHARLESTON — Cyberbullying is a problem for minors in West Virginia, which often leads to poor self-esteem, substance abuse and even suicide. The state Legislature is taking on the issue this session with House Bill 2655, which would define and establish the crime of cyberbullying to ...

Hotel renovations underway

ELKINS — Renovations are underway at the historic Tygart Hotel, with officials hoping to rebrand the downtown landmark as a boutique hotel with a restaurant. “Our plans really haven’t changed,” said Dave Clark, executive director of the Woodlands Development Group, the organization ...

Justice: Tourism must present W.Va. to world

WVPA Staff Report WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS — Calling on the tourism professionals attending the 8th Annual West Virginia Hospitality University to be “players” in making the state’s tourism industry more successful, Gov. Jim Justice said he is “passionate” about building the tourism ...

American Legion hosts contest

ELKINS —While just two students took part in Sunday’s Oratorical Scholarship Program presented by the American Legion, officials said they were impressed with the quality of the speeches. First place in the contest was awarded to Elkins High School senior Hayden Long, and second place went ...

Longtime Humane Society volunteers make ‘world of difference’

Editor’s note: This article is part of a weekly series that highlights volunteers in the region who help local organizations, churches and nonprofit agencies. To make a suggestion, please call The Inter-Mountain’s newsroom at 304-636-2124. ELKINS — Two local community members are doing ...

Playing Music at DardenFest Benefit

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Ben Quarles, from left, and Eduardo Canelon perform Saturday at The Arts Center in Elkins, as part of the second annual DardenFest to benefit ArtsBank. Several artists performed at the event to help raise money for the art-based organization.

Truck Fire in Elkins

The Inter-Mountain photo by Kristi Groves A FedEx truck sits in the Newlon International parking lot in Elkins after catching fire Saturday afternoon.

Two-Vehicle Collision

Photos courtesy of the Ellamore Volunteer Fire Deparment Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department firefighters responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries Friday on Old Elkins Road. Assisting on scene were the Buckhannon Fire Department, Upshur County EMS and the West Virginia State Police.

Learning is Fun at Randolph County Math Field Day

The Inter-Mountain photos by Brooke Binns Fifth-grade Randolph County Math Field Day winners are shown with organizer and teacher Stacie Friddle. From left are Friddle; Johnathan Dean, first place; Isaac Anger, second place; Marcus Rader, third place; and Levi Workman, alternate.

Space shuttle astronaut to lecture at WVU

MORGANTOWN — An astronaut who shares the record for most Space Shuttle missions will visit West Virginia University as a scholar-in-residence to meet with students as a continuation of the yearlong celebration of “Hidden Figures,” the 2017-18 Campus Read. Jerry L. Ross will also give a ...

Hall says Gov. Justice is a friend of natural gas

By Jim Workman West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON — Industry leaders in natural gas throughout West Virginia have “a friend” in the governor’s office. That was the message Mike Hall, chief of staff for Gov. Jim Justice, delivered to attendees of the 2018 Winter Meeting ...

Upshur ‘Whisker Wonderland’ fundraiser benefits dog park

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Dog Park and LUV 4 Animals recently hosted “A Whisker Wonderland” fundraiser to raise money and supplies for the Lewis-Upshur Animal Facility, for the dog park and for the rescue. “A Whisker Wonderland” was a first for both organizations, but they agree ...

D&E’s Gage leads workshops in China

ELKINS — Dr. Rick Gage, Davis & Elkins College assistant professor and director of the Outdoor Recreation Management program, recently completed an appointment as an invited scholar at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. As part of the program, Gage taught a two-credit ...

Youngsters test their math skills

ELKINS — Students from schools in Randolph County put on their thinking caps Friday as they took part in the county’s annual math field day. Throughout the day, students were challenged with various mathematics-related tasks, including finding perimeter, area, fluid ounces and ...

Animal group offers range of services

BUCKHANNON — A local organization called the Animal Outreach Project strives to change the lives of those in need — whether it’s a pet or a person. In 2015, Animal Outreach Project was recreated to help out animals and pet owners, primarily focusing on spay and neutering ...

New medical facility under construction near Elkins

ELKINS — Residents may have noticed construction taking place on U.S. 33 East near Elkins in recent months. That hard work will bring a state-of-the-art medical center to the area this spring. Valley Health Care, Inc. is slated to open an 8,000 square-foot facility — in the previous home ...

Officials discuss human trafficking

ELKINS — In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, law enforcement and social services officials took part in a special event Thursday evening. Local agencies and community leaders invited members of the public to participate in a panel discussion at the ...