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County OKs welcome-sign improvements

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission allotted money Thursday to upgrade welcome signs on major roadways leading into the county. A total of $12,000, to be taken out of the county’s hotel/motel budget line, will be used to upgrade one existing sign and add five additional signs on major ...

Belington to install new fishing dock

BELINGTON — Belington City Council discussed the installation of a handicapped accessible floating fishing dock on the city reservoir at Laurel Mountain Thursday. The new dock will be built and assembled by American Muscle Docks & Fabrication of Wellsburg. Council will fund some of ...

End of Summer Carnival scheduled Saturday in Job

JOB — As students head back to school and summer comes to an end, the Job Church of God is preparing for its first End of Summer Carnival Saturday. The event will feature various booths for children, games for adults, food for sale and live music,; with all of the funds raised going to ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance
Tisha Gardner comes to school Wednesday to pick up her daughter, Olivia Gardner, and nephew, Luke Thompson, after their first day back to Third Ward Elementary for the new school year.

Back in Session

ELKINS — From learning classroom rules to getting their locker assignments, students in Randolph County Schools headed back to class Wednesday. One of the students returning to Third Ward Elementary School in Elkins was Olivia Gardner, who began fourth grade. The Inter-Mountain has ...

Search continues for missing person

PHILIPPI — Officials in Barbour County continue to search for a missing man. Chief Deputy B.M. Carpenter, of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed that a search has been ongoing since Tuesday morning for Michael Anthony Johnson. Johnson was allegedly last seen around 6 p.m. ...

Annual corn roast set Saturday

ELKINS — The Elkins Area Bands Auxiliary will offer its annual corn roast this weekend in the Elkins City Park. As tradition holds, the Elkins High School marching band and Elkins Middle School bands will be showcased this Saturday during the annual corn roast event. Dinners will be ...

Randolph County teacher arrested

ELKINS — A Randolph Technical Center teacher has been arrested and is accused of having inappropriate relationships with several of his students. Albert Robert Chewning, 37, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of soliciting a minor via computer and two felony counts of distribution ...

Randolph BOE hears updates

ELKINS — Back-to-back meetings and work sessions took place Monday and Tuesday for the Randolph County Board of Education, as leaders outlined goals, took part in training for open meetings laws and heard updates as the new school year gets underway. One update provided to board members was ...

Barbour board looks at new phone system

PHILIPPI — The Barbour County Board of Education are considering the implementation of a new phone system in the county school system. West Side Telecommunications representatives Georgette Adams and Anthony Maholic spoke before the BOE this week, proposing that the school system’s ...

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Davis Health System Foundation plans community picnic

ELKINS — A free picnic this Saturday has been designed as a celebration for the community, as the Davis Health System Foundation marks its 10th anniversary. Foundation Director Mike Bell said the picnic will feature music by local artist Seth Maynard; rock painting and other children’s ...

Mill Creek man charged with fleeing

ELKINS — A Mill Creek man is facing a felony charge after allegedly leading police on a chase before crashing into a gate. Franklin Bayard Gibson, 38, is charged with one felony count of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a ...

Burglary case going to grand jury

ELKINS — A Randolph County magistrate ruled Tuesday there was probable cause for the arrest of a man accused of robbing a home, but not for accusations about him trying to ram the homeowners with his vehicle. Eric Robin Currence, 37, of Mill Creek, had his case bound over to the Randolph ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Blankenship
The West Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Corridor H Monday. The crash involved a van and a truck.

One killed in Corridor H crash

NORTON — Law enforcement officials confirmed that one person is dead after a crash on Corridor H Monday morning. A wreck involving two vehicles led to the death of one person just after 9 a.m., at the intersection of U.S. 48 East and Route 250 North near Junior, officials with the ...

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Students in Randolph County Schools are set to begin class this Wednesday, and some schools have new principals in place. Laura Hawkins, shown here, is the new principal at Harman School.

New principals take the helm at local schools

ELKINS — As students and staff in Randolph County Schools prepare for the new school year, which begins Wednesday, some local schools will have new leaders. Six schools have new principals, and three of the people selected to fill the positions are brand new to being principals. One ...