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The Inter-Mountain photos by Brooke Binns
During Friday’s investiture ceremony, Gavin Appleby, chair of West Virginia Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees, back, places a medallion on President Joel Thierstein.

New Leader

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College welcomed the school’s 19th president with a special inauguration ceremony Friday afternoon. Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D., was inaugurated as president of WVWC in Wesley Chapel during the college’s Founders Day Convocation. “As we move ...

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Several scarecrows that have lined the downtown streets for the past month as part of the Elkins Main Street Scarecrow Festival were damaged earlier this week.

Downtown scarecrows damaged

ELKINS — Several scarecrows that have lined the downtown streets for the past month as part of the Elkins Main Street Scarecrow Festival were damaged earlier this week. Elkins Mayor Van T. Broughton confirmed the vandalism was done by a female from outside of the county. He said she told ...

Upshur man facing drug, gun charges

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man is behind bars after allegedly being found in possession of controlled substances and a concealed handgun. Christopher Lee Workman, 30, of Buckhannon, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver – alprazolam and one felony count ...

Harman School renovations nearly complete

HARMAN — While the bulk of years of renovation work has been complete at Harman School, a few “odds and ends” remain, such as painting exterior walls and replacing eaves. A range of local businesses and community members have supported ongoing renovations at the historic school, ...

The Inter-Mountain photos by Beth Henry-Vance
U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., speaks this week to female fifth-graders at Beverly Elementary School. The senator has created the Girls Rise Up program to empower West Virginia’s girls to reach their full potential through education, fitness and confidence-boosting activities.

Senator visits Beverly Elementary

BEVERLY — Female fifth-graders at Beverly Elementary School got encouragement this week from U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who hopes to reach the next generation of leaders. After becoming West Virginia’s first female U.S. senator, Capito created the Girls Rise Up program to empower ...

Randolph United Way to offer auction

ELKINS — The Randolph County United Way invites people to give back to area communities during the organization’s annual auction. JoBeth Johnston, executive director of Randolph County United Way, emphasized all proceeds from the auction will go to non-profit organizations within the ...

Salvation Army seeking bell ringers

ELKINS — The Salvation Army is seeking individuals to help with their annual “Red Kettle” campaign to raise money for those in need. “The more income we can bring in to help with the social services aspect of what we do is good for the community as a whole,” said Capt. Gary Stewart ...

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Valley Head man arrested on gun charge

ELKINS — Local law enforcement agencies worked together to arrest a Randolph County man after he allegedly pointed a gun at several juveniles. Charles Rusty Stanley, 34, of Valley Head, is charged with one felony count of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. He is incarcerated at ...

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Drug case going to grand jury

ELKINS — Probable cause was ruled to have been met in the arrest of a Barbour County man accused of being found in possession of roughly six grams of methamphetamine. Shawn Michael Watson, 27, of Belington, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with ...

The Inter-Mountain photos by Beth Henry-Vance
U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., left, speaks at Armstrong Flooring’s plant in Beverly Wednesday with Blaine Emery, center, plant manager, and Dominic Rice, Armstrong’s senior vice president of global operations and manufacturing.

Armstrong to Expand

BEVERLY — An expansion project to create a distribution center at Armstrong Flooring’s manufacturing plant in Beverly could bring up to 50 new jobs, officials announced Wednesday. The expansion will add 85,000 square feet to the local facility, which is the largest pre-finished hardwood ...

RCDA’s Friddle honored by state

ELKINS — A Randolph County Development Authority official has been recognized for his achievements. Charlie Friddle was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Leadership West Virginia. “At the West Virginia Economic Development Conference held in Glade Spring (Resort) the third ...

BOE will discuss turf replacement

FRENCH CREEK — Recent proposals regarding improvements needed at an Buckhannon-Upshur athletic facility will soon be voted on by the Upshur County Board of Education. Upshur County Schools Assistant Superintendent Jack Reger said the board and county officials discussed the need to replace ...

Davis & Elkins College hosts Fields of Faith event

ELKINS — Students from three local colleges gathered in Elkins Wednesday night as part of a national, faith-based initiative called Fields of Faith. Although a rainstorm moved the gathering indoors, the Fields of Faith event took place at Davis & Elkins College, in conjunction with ...

Official: VA issues limited to Clarksburg facility

PARKERSBURG — The intentional skewing of patient data at the Veterans Administration hospital in Harrison County only affected that facility, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Clinics in Wood County and elsewhere in the state were unaffected, Wesley Walls, public affairs officer for the Louis A. ...