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Upshur grand jury indicts 23

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County grand jury returned indictments against 23 individuals Monday, including a woman accused of embezzling from the Upshur County Special Olympics. Charliena Jane Helmick Gilmore, 44, was indicted on one count of embezzlement, a felony; one count of falsifying ...

CommUnity Table event canceled

ELKINS - The annual CommUnity Table event, organized by Beander's Bar and Tavern and Elkins Main Street, has been canceled due to projected rain. The event was originally scheduled for Jan. 7, but an unexpected snow storm caused dangerous driving conditions. Organizers agreed to reschedule ...

Official: Defunded Randolph CVB hopes to continue

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series about the relationships between the Randolph County CVB, the Randolph County Commission and Elkins City Council. ELKINS — Although both the Randolph County Commission and the city of Elkins have completely defunded the Randolph County ...

CommUnity Table event set

ELKINS — The annual CommUnity Table dinner, organized by Beander’s Restaurant and Tavern and Elkins Main Street, will take place on Davis Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Large tables are placed along Davis Avenue and Beander’s provides soup and bread at no cost to members of the ...

Candidates for governor bring in fundraising hauls

CHARLESTON — Several Republican and Democratic candidates for governor of West Virginia ended 2019 with thousands of dollars in campaign contributions going into the candidate filing period starting Monday. Campaign finance reports for the 4th quarter of 2019 - covering campaign ...

Federal suit filed to try to recover wages

WHEELING — Six state employees are claiming their wages were shorted when West Virginia changed to a biweekly pay schedule. Heather Morris, Pamela Stumpf, Stacey Facemire, Lula V. Dickerson, Lisa Wilkinson and Kathryn A. Bradley filed the federal lawsuit seeking class-action certification in ...

Fairness Act could already be dead in water

CHARLESTON — A much-anticipated bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s housing and employment non-discrimination statutes was introduced in the state Senate Friday, but the bill could already be in trouble. Senate Bill 270 - creating the Fairness Act - was ...

Colts topple Liberty

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour is now on a four- game win streak after handing Big 10 Conference opponent Liberty an 83-49 setback on Friday night. The Colts improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in league play. Opening the first quarter with a 21-10 effort, PB continued to mount an increasing lead ...

Election filing period begins on Monday

ELKINS — The filing period to run for office in the 2020 election in West Virginia is set to begin Monday. The candidate filing period for county offices starts at 8 a.m. Monday and will end Jan. 25, while write-in candidate deadlines are March 20 for the primary election and Sept. 25 for ...

Volunteers in Police Service working to help the community

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Volunteers in Police Service continue to assist the community and the Buckhannon Police Department with everything from traffic management to business security checks. Chief Matt Gregory presented the year-end report for VIPS at a Buckhannon City Council ...

Dems, candidates respond to Justice speech

CHARLESTON — Members of the Democratic minority in the West Virginia Legislature and candidates looking to unseat the governor in the May primary and November general elections were critical of Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night. Sen. William Ihlenfeld, D-Ohio, and ...

Increased space at new 911 center a benefit

ELKINS — The increased workspace at the new Randolph County 911 Center has already offered many benefits and advantages, a county official said. The scheduled grand opening in August was canceled, but the new center, which is located on the grounds of the Elkins-Randolph County Airport, was ...

Officials considering updating Elkins city code

ELKINS — Elkins city officials continued codification discussions at the most recent Elkins City Council Rules and Ordinances Committee meeting on Thursday afternoon. City Clerk Jessica Sutton described the need for codification during a meeting last year. “The published charter ...

AG, lawmakers announce bill

CHARLESTON — Joined by members of the state Senate and House of Delegates, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced new legislation this week to protect residents with pre-existing medical conditions from having their healthcare taken away should the federal courts rules against the ...

Joint committee recommends proposal

CHARLESTON — A legislative interim committee recommended a bill to lawmakers Tuesday for a new agency to oversee policy planning for state emergency responses. The Joint Select Committee on Flooding met Tuesday on the last day of January legislative interim meetings before the start of the ...

Latest health care drama highlights Certificate of Need repeal

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers need to take another look at Certificate of Need laws after a failed merger of two of West Virginia’s largest health care companies, a member of the House of Delegates said. House Majority Leader Amy Summer, R-Taylor, said the Legislature should discuss reforming or ...