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Justice, Thrasher campaigns trade barbs

CHARLESTON — The political campaigns for Gov. Jim Justice and Woody Thrasher have traded attacks mere days after the former Department of Commerce secretary entered the 2020 Republican primary for governor. The Justice campaign issued a press release Thursday night, titled “Justice ...

City, county working to prevent wrecks

BUCKHANNON — Both the Upshur County Commission and Buckhannon City Council are asking the West Virginia Department of Highways to study what can be done along Route 33 to help prevent crashes, particularly at Childers Run and Kesling Mill intersections. During Thursday’s Upshur County ...

Upshur County Library fundraiser dinner celebrating 25 years

TENNERTON — Twenty-five years ago, a dinner marrying the Appalachian delicacy of ramps with raising funds for the local library was cooked up. Dale Hawkins, co-owner of Fish Hawk Acres, can’t remember exactly how it happened but he or then-director Beth Nicholson approached each other ...

Warner, Mueller Report explain election interference

CHARLESTON — With Russian election interference a big part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report released Thursday, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner wants the public to know the signs of misinformation. The Secretary of State’s Office released a PowerPoint presentation ...

Timberline court hearing is continued

PARSONS — A judge was prepared to hear arguments about entities connected to Timberline Four Seasons Resort possibly going into a receivership on Thursday, but the owners of the company did not have an attorney present and the hearing was continued. The hearing was scheduled to address the ...

Final cost of levy election announced

ELKINS — Randolph County officials announced Thursday the final cost of the Randolph County Schools levy proposal election in March. County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said the total cost of the election was $45,383.90 during Thursday’s Randolph County Commission meeting. “We originally ...

D&E establishes the Robin Price Award for Staff Excellence

ELKINS — For 46 years, Robin Galford Price has made Davis & Elkins College her second home, and the students, faculty and staff have been her second family. On Thursday, just months before her retirement, she was honored with the inaugural award that will continue her namesake and ...

Reese receives D&E Award for Teaching Excellence

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College Professor of Nursing Dr. Denice Reese was honored Thursday with the College’s top faculty recognition, the Lois Latham Award for Teaching Excellence. The award, along with more than 60 others, was presented during the annual Academic Awards and ...

Dead body found in Barbour County

SAND RUN — Police say the dead body of a man was found in Barbour County Thursday morning, and state officials will be investigating the death. The Barbour County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at approximately 7:15 a.m. “in the area of Sand Run, Barbour County,” according ...

Man facing first-degree murder charge wanted

CLARKSBURG — The West Virginia State Police are looking for a man last seen in Elkins who is facing a first-degree murder charge and failed to appear for a court hearing. Troopers said they are searching for Christopher Shawver Dotson, 34, who was last seen in Elkins but has ties to ...

Session may affect BOE budget

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools is in the midst of making a 2019-2020 budget despite not knowing what could happen in the June special legislative session. Director of finance George Carver said what happens in the upcoming special legislative session in June may affect the budget set ...

Beverly votes on amended ordinances

BEVERLY — The Beverly Town Council voted to approve the first reading of two recently amended town ordinances this week. Following concerns raised regarding the town’s water and sanitary board ordinances, the Beverly Town Council voted in a March meeting to amend the two ordinances — ...

Man drops petition in murder case

BUCKHANNON — A man who had filed a petition for habeas corpus in 2018 over his 2014 second-degree murder conviction has now dropped his application. Rodolfo “Chino” Villagomez Correa, now 38 years old, reached a plea agreement for the 2012 murder of Joshua Oberg in which he ...

Elkins Council OKs changes to street name, several addresses

ELKINS — Elkins City Council has voted to change the addresses of residences on North Washington Avenue to distinguish them from Washington Avenue addresses, despite the protests of a resident attending the meeting. North Washington Avenue resident Carol Reams spoke during the public ...

Update given on road maintenance

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and officials with the state Department of Transportation and Division of Highways want the public to know that work has started on repairing West Virginia’s secondary roads. Justice, DOT Secretary Byrd White, and DOH Acting Commissioner Jimmy Wriston, ...

Thrasher to enter race for governor

CHARLESTON — Woody Thrasher, a professional engineer who started a successful construction firm nearly 40 years ago and went on to become the state’s commerce secretary, announced his campaign for governor to challenge the very man who appointed him then forced him out. Thrasher ...