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Elkins man charged with felony

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly failing to register as a sexual offender after being released from jail. Jesse Wade Himes, 54, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of failure to register as a sexual offender. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional ...

Bids accepted for Armstrong expansion

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority has accepted bids for the upcoming Armstrong Flooring expansion project. Development authority officials received two bids for the project that would add 85,000 square feet and up to 50 jobs to the Beverly facility. The first bid was from ...

Chinese energy deal continues to move forward

CHARLESTON — Even with President Donald Trump firing back in the trade war with China, the West Virginia official working hands-on with the Chinese on a proposed investment in the state’s natural gas industry still believes the deal will come through. The Trump administration announced ...

Stormy Daniels’ tour hits W.Va.

MARTINSBURG — Thunderstorms are in the forecast for the next few days, but on Friday night a different type of phenomenon hit the Mountain State: Stormy Daniels. The adult film star and stripper, who is suing President Donald Trump over a nondisclosure agreement regarding a sexual encounter ...

Thayer put his career on hold to serve in Korea

BEVERLY — Despite having a college degree in hand and a goal in mind to work for the West Virginia Division of Forestry, John Thayer was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 24, and was soon serving in Korea. Thayer, who currently resides in Beverly, was raised in a small ...

Couple facing felony drug charges

ELKINS — A husband and wife are facing felony charges after allegedly being found with a variety of controlled substances. Christine Kay Woods, 57, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance — methamphetamine. She is incarcerated ...

Higher education equations don’t add up

CHARLESTON — The past two weeks have been very interesting if you pay attention to higher education in West Virginia. If you’re not paying attention, you should because it will likely affect your wallet when it comes time to send your kid out to get a degree. When rumors started spreading ...

Pipeline sites moving forward

ELKWATER — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is moving forward rapidly as staging areas and mobile offices are being set up. Denise Campbell, community liaison for the ACP, said the Elkwater staging area in Randolph County is working toward being completely up and running. “They ...

Loughry’s computer use detailed

CHARLESTON — The former director of technology for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals gave lawmakers an account Friday of state computers being used for personal use by a justice already under federal investigation. The House Judiciary Committee met for the second day of hearings ...

Residents argue over merits of needle program

BUCKHANNON — Community members addressed Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department’s board members regarding a controversial subject — the recently implemented needle access program. On Thursday evening, more than 60 people attended the health board meeting, which was relocated to The ...

Ground broken for new bank

BUCKHANNON — With a projected completion date of late fall, Citizens Bank of West Virginia will have a new branch office in Buckhannon by the end of the year. On Friday morning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held as officials and community members prepare for Citizens Bank of West ...

On Track

ELKINS — Work is underway on the new Elkins Rail Trail Connector project, which will link downtown to the current trail that stretches to Parsons. “They are under construction. That kicked off a couple of weeks ago now,” Robbie Morris, Randolph County Development Authority executive ...

Officials testify about flood funds

CHARLESTON — Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding heard testimony Thursday from several former officials with a controversial disaster relief program, including one official who was a no-show at an earlier committee meeting. Mary Jo Thompson, former director of community ...

Upshur leaders seek advice on needle program

BUCKHANNON — After the Upshur County Commission received a petition with hundreds of names requesting the new needle access program to be suspended until guidelines are in effect, officials sought legal advice regarding the commission’s authority over the Buckhannon-Upshur Health ...