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Public makes voice heard on education omnibus bill

CHARLESTON — More than 100 parents, teachers, administrators, unions, and interest groups signed up to speak Monday in two public hearings on the now-amended senate education reform package. The House Finance Committee held two public hearings Monday — one in the morning and one in the ...

D&E Highland Dancers offering free classes

ELKINS— Davis & Elkins College Highland Dancers Eliana McCutcheon and Charlotte Layman want to share with others their dancing skills and love for the Scottish arts. The two will conduct a free, five-week Highland dance class session beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Creative Commons ...

RTC students attend Hospitality University

The Greenbrier was the venue for four students from the Randolph Technical Center are the recipients of scholarships from the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association to attend The Hospitality University at the Greenbrier Jan. 26-28. Gov. Jim Justice kicked of the program Sunday ...

New Randolph 911 Center Work Continuing

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson A crew works to renovate the future home of the Randolph County 911 Center near the Elkins-Randolph County Airport last week. Officials said the $3 million project has an anticipated completion date of March 15, and after vendors are able to install ...

Committee passes watered-down package

CHARLESTON — Vowing to meet past midnight, the House Education Committee passed out the West Virginia Senate education reform package and removed more of the provisions that teachers, unions and county school boards found controversial. The committee passed Senate Bill 451, the education ...

RCDA offers details about expansions

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority was provided information about two construction projects — the Armstrong Flooring expansion and the enhancement of the West Virginia Wood Technology Center’s Wood Shop. “The Armstrong project has started the foundation work, with much ...

Buckhannon approves project funding

BUCKHANNON —Buckhannon City Council approved a large budget revision that allows extra funding for some special projects. Amberle Jenkins, director of finance and administration, said budget revisions are for council to approve further expenditures and to adjust line items where more ...

Elks Lodge No. 1135 donates to four Randolph County schools

ELKINS — Several schools in Randolph County received a special donation from an area organization that is dedicated to giving back to the community. Stanley Teets, chairman of trustees for Elks Lodge No. 1135, said the Elks have long been dedicated to giving to youth in the ...

Manchin: Green New Deal a bust

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s senior U.S. senator has a lot to say about coal and natural gas, and his new committee position will give him a platform to have his voice heard. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke to attendees by video chat at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual ...

Rabies case confirmed in Elkins

ELKINS — Officials announced Friday that a cat with “a severe case of rabies” was found on Weese Street in Elkins, and warned residents that other animals may have been infected. A press release from the Randolph County Health Department Friday afternoon stated, “A diagnosis of rabies ...

Buckhannon City Council approves 1 percent sales tax

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council unanimously approved the final reading to establish a 1 percent municipal sales tax at this week’s meeting. When the sales tax might begin being collected remains the question. Under Ordinance 433 approved Thursday the tax cannot begin being ...

Tucker County residents plead to meth charges

ELKINS — Two Parsons residents have admitted to their roles in a methamphetamine distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. John Luther Boyles, age 62, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Boyles admitted to conspiring with others ...

Delay Growing, Cost Rising

ELKINS — The work stoppage caused by legal delays is raising the cost of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, and pushing its projected completion date back by a year, Randolph County officials learned Thursday. Denise Campbell, community outreach liaison for Dominion Energy, the lead ...

Comments offend W.Va. lawmakers

CHARLESTON — Comments in a committee meeting by a freshman lawmaker sent shockwaves through the House of Delegates, culminating with a showdown Thursday. During remarks on the floor of the House of Delegates Thursday morning, Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, was singled out by several house ...

Upshur Commission funds water infrastructure project

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission approved $90,000 from the Coal Allocation Fund to go towards a water infrastructure project at the Upshur County Industrial Park during its regular meeting Thursday. Upshur County Development Authority executive director Rob Hinton said funds ...

Wiretap measure rejected

CHARLESTON — Delegate Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, urged the rest of the W.Va. House Judiciary Committee to agree to his proposed amendment this morning, but noted that he “always maintains low expectations in the legislature.” McGeehan presented his amendment to the Committee Substitute to ...

Timberline founder facing federal drug charges

PHILADELPHIA — The founder of Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Tucker County is facing federal charges for allegedly illegally prescribing opiods to patients who didn’t need the drugs in exchange for cash. Dr. Frederick Reichle, 83, of Warrington, Pennsylvania, was one of 14 people named ...

Elkins woman facing charge

ELKINS — An Elkins woman was arrested after she allegedly spoke to a police officer while she had baggies of drugs in her mouth. Patricia Ann Noel, 37, of Elkins, has been charged with possession with intent to deliver. On Tuesday, Noel was a passenger in a silver Saturn Ion on Railroad ...