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House sends reform bill back to Senate

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a shrunken-down education reform package Thursday, sending the bill back to the Senate and a likely conference committee to iron out differences. The House passed Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, 71-29 during its Thursday ...

North School closed due to flu outbreak

ELKINS — North Elementary School will be closed on Friday due to an outbreak of influenza at the school, officials said. Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Gabriel “Gabe” Devono said Thursday afternoon the decision had been made to close North Elementary for the day on ...

Upshur County Commission takes close look at Juuling

BUCKHANNON — Juuling has become an epidemic among young people who are getting hooked on nicotine without puffing on a traditional cigarette. There are different name brands but JUUL is one of the best sellers of e-cigarettes which do not produce the vapor of other devices and makes it ...

Arch Coal plans to open W.Va. mine, add nearly 600 jobs

CHARLESTON (AP) — Arch Coal Inc. says it plans to open a longwall mine in northcentral West Virginia and employ nearly 600 employees when it’s fully operational. The St. Louis-based coal producer announced the plans in a news release Thursday. The Leer South mine in Barbour County is ...

Delegates wade through amendments

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates spent all day and into the night Wednesday debating amendments to the state Senate’s proposal for education reform. More than 30 amendments to Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, awaited members of the House of Delegates at 11 ...

Loughry sentenced to 2 years in prison

CHARLESTON (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. “I have not seen evidence of remorse,” U.S. District ...

Threat found inside B-UHS

TENNERTON — A threat found on a bathroom wall at Buckhannon-Upshur High School Wednesday morning caused school officials and law enforcement to spring into action and resulted in a quick resolution. “We had an issue with a student who made a threat on a bathroom wall,” principal Eddie ...

Randolph Sheriff’s Office saw increased calls in 2018

ELKINS — Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady has announced his office responded to 7,357 calls in 2018. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office totaled 1,203 traffic stops and responded to 340 collisions last year, Brady said. During 2018, the Sheriff’s Office issued 364 citations on ...

Capito, Manchin announce flood funding for Tucker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, have announced $350,000 for the city of Parsons through the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Funding will support infrastructure improvements ...

RTC students display skills

ELKINS — Randolph Technical Center students took part in a skills competition hosted by SkillsUSA Tuesday afternoon. RTC students displayed their abilities in fields including Crime Scene Investigation, Electrical Construction-wiring, Commercial Baking & Culinary Arts, Health ...

Reform package on the move

CHARLESTON — The massive education omnibus bill has survived the committee process and could be passed by the House of Delegates by Thursday. Senate Bill 451 passed out of the House Finance Committee Tuesday morning with the House Education Committee’s Friday strike-and-insert amendment ...

Elkins Depot Welcome Center, Tourism CVB request funding

ELKINS — Officials with the Elkins Depot Welcome Center and the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB are requesting additional funding from Randolph County and the city of Elkins in the upcoming fiscal year. The two entities joined into one in May 2018 to focus on “the things we know are ...

WVWC student facing felonies

BUCKHANNON — A West Virginia Wesleyan College student was arrested after the smell of marijuana emitting from a residence hall room led to the discovery of marijuana and a pistol. On Monday, the Buckhannon Police Department responded to the campus after security officers received ...

Elkins man charged with felony burglary

ELKINS — An Elkins man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly entering a residence and removing his clothes. Charles Berton Lanham, 39, has been charged with burglary. At approximately 6:15 a.m., deputies responded to a burglary in progress on Hart Ranch Road outside of Elkins, a Tuesday ...

Kindergarten registration is beginning

Randolph County Schools is beginning the kindergarten registration process for the 2019-2020 school year. Kindergarten application days are scheduled at each elementary school throughout the county. Children who will be 5 years old on or before June 30 and who are not currently enrolled in ...

ACP presents grants to Upshur Schools

The Inter-Mountain photo by Amanda Hayes Atlantic Coast Pipeline presented nearly $10,000 worth of grants to Upshur County Schools Tuesday. Buckhannon-Upshur High School received $6,000 for safety and security upgrades, Rock Cave Elementary received $2,000 for its school garden and B-UHS also ...

WVSF planning underway

BUCKHANNON — The clip-clop of hooves will echo on city streets on May 11 as horse equestrian teams, carts, carriages and individual riders proceed along the 2.5 mile route for the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Horse and Carriage Parade. Set for Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m., this year’s ...

Buckhannon man facing felony charge

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man who was allegedly overheard saying he wanted to get revenge against a magistrate has additional charges pending in the court system from January in which he allegedly choked his girlfriend and violated a protective order against a different individual. ...

Fourth annual Green Bean Celebration planning underway

BUCKHANNON — The organizers of the fourth annual Green Bean Celebration hosted the first planning meeting of 2019 on Feb. 5 at the First Presbyterian Church in Buckhannon. Organized in 2016 by Dr. Joseph Reed, the events leading up to the celebration are designed to promote volunteerism, ...

DMC offering unit open house

ELKINS — Davis Medical Center is inviting the public to see the facility’s new geriatric behavioral health unit this week. Laurel Place will be hosting a ribbon cutting and open house from 1-3 p.m. Thursday. The new unit is located on the second floor of DMC, located at 812 Gorman Avenue ...