Local News

Memorial Food Drive continues to grow

BUCKHANNON — Since 2013, donors of the Zach Post Memorial Food Drive have contributed to local food pantries, supplying those in need during the holiday season. Though the food drive has become a positive aspect to Upshur County, it has quite a tragic background. “In 2012, my ...

Resident asks Buckhannon Council for help with trails

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council voted Thursday to submit a proposal to Arch Coal to expand non-motorized public recreation trails. Several volunteers within Upshur County have dedicated hundreds of hours of skilled labor to establish a network of trails for non-motorized, public ...

Man charged following high-speed pursuit

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase. Jonathan William Streets, 22, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a ...

Blasting set at Barbour explosion site

PHILIPPI — A facility that was the site of two explosions earlier this year in which three people were killed will now undergo a clean-up operation this month that will include blasting, the Barbour County Office of Emergency Management announced Wednesday. The deadly explosions, at Midland ...

Final vote on new sales tax will be tonight

ELKINS — Elkins City Council plans to vote on the controversial proposed 1 percent sales tax ordinance tonight on its third and final reading. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Council Chambers at City Hall. The ordinance has drawn protest from downtown business owners, ...

Broadband progress tops RCDA discussion

ELKINS — Members of the Randolph County Development Authority discussed the progress of broadband in the area Wednesday. The project, which will benefit several counties in the region, is “going well” according to RCDA Executive Director Robbie Morris. “Now that everything has been ...

Lady Colts advance in tournament

GRAFTON — Philip Barbour jumped out to a 28-11 lead by halftime Wednesday, before powering ahead for a 60-44 win over Clay-Battelle in the opening round of the Sam Board tournament hosted at Grafton High School. The Colts (2-0) are now in the championship round, slated for Friday against ...

Traffic stop leads to multiple charges

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man is facing several misdemeanor charges after issues arose while the Buckhannon Detachment were conducting road patrol on WV Route 20 near Sheetz in Buckhannon. Samuel Thomas Workman, 29, of Buckhannon is facing multiple charges, including fleeing on foot from a ...

Elkins woman facing felony

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman has been charged after allegedly using another individual’s EBT card. Brenda Radcliff, 64, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of fraudulent use of access device. She is free on a $15,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate ...

Justice: China ‘deathly serious’ about deal

WHEELING — Although relatively short on specifics during a press conference, Gov. Jim Justice showed plenty of enthusiasm for what he termed a “deathly serious” $83.7 billion China Energy investment plan for shale natural gas and petrochemical projects in West Virginia. “China ...

Christmas is busy time for tree farm

FRENCH CREEK — Approaching the French Creek Christmas Tree Farm on a winding road, visitors see the hundreds of trees spread over hills at the Upshur County season attraction. Ron and Tillie Fowler planted their first Christmas tree seedlings in 1983, and sold their first batch of trees in ...

RTC students donate to Salvation Army

ELKINS — A group of students at the Randolph Technical Center are giving back to area children this Christmas. The SkillsUSA club at RTC joined together to make this holiday season cheerful for 10 area children by purchasing gifts to be given to them this Christmas. Club president Hali ...

Par Mar purchases Elkins mainstay Lynn’s Self-Serve

ELKINS — An Elkins convenience store that has served as a mainstay to many in the community has been purchased by Par Mar Stores. According to a press release from Par Mar Stores President Brian Waugh Tuesday, the chain “proudly announces” the acquisition of Lynn’s Self-Serve, ...