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Judgment entered in WVWC lawsuit

BUCKHANNON — Court records indicate a judgment has been entered against West Virginia Wesleyan College, after a former WVWC employee filed a lawsuit alleging gender and age discrimination. The lawsuit was filed in October 2016, claiming Julia A. Keehner was paid significantly less in her ...

Generation Randolph gearing up for new year

ELKINS — Leaders with Generation Randolph have high hopes for the new year, as the organization promotes events that highlight the beauty and vibrancy of the local community as well as the state. Members of the Rotary Club of Elkins heard a presentation Monday about Generation Randolph ...

Business man remembered for service to community

ELKINS — A local businessman who played a significant role in the Elkins community is being remembered fondly this week by family and friends. Carroll Martin, a prominent member of the Elkins community for many years, passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 93. Martin, along with John ...

Second person charged in ATV theft

ELKINS — A second person has been charged after two four-wheelers were allegedly stolen from an area property. Brian Keith Vance, 43, of Beverly, is charged with one felony count of receiving or transferring stolen goods. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 ...

Upshur grand jury hands down indictments

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County grand jury handed down 21 indictments Monday, including charges of sexual assault, drug delivery and burglary. • James R. Wamsley, 20, of Buckhannon, was indicted on one felony count of sexual assault in the third degree. • William Michael Thomas, 32, of ...

Delegates eye FCC concerns

ELKINS — After passing a broadband enhancement bill last year, West Virginia may face new obstacles because of the repeal of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission voted in December to repeal net neutrality regulations, which prohibited broadband providers from blocking ...

Commission OKs funds for annual tourney

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission unanimously approved a funding request from Hillbilly Hardball Classics Inc. for this year’s baseball tournament. Commissioners voted to donate $6,000 — to be taken from the hotel/motel tax budget line item — for this year’s event, which ...

Sen. Capito says Trump needs to focus on issues

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says the biggest challenge facing Congress is keeping President Donald Trump focused on issues at hand. Capito, R-W.Va., surprised state media with an unscheduled stop at the annual Legislative Lookahead gathering of reporters in Charleston. ...

Leaders confident going into session

CHARLESTON — Leaders in the West Virginia Legislature say they’re confident there just might be money in the state budget to move West Virginia forward this year. A discussion about the state’s budget, and the “West Virginia Forward” study commissioned by West Virginia University, ...

Volunteer firefighter strives to help others

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series that highlights volunteers in the region who help local organizations, churches and nonprofit agencies. To make a suggestion, please call The Inter-Mountain’s newsroom at 304-636-2124. ELKINS — For around two decades, a local individual ...

Tucker man charged with kidnapping

PARSONS — A Tucker County man accused of holding a woman at gunpoint is facing a pair of felony charges. Dustin Bruce Moran, 31, of Parsons, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of wanton endangerment. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a ...

Two plead guilty to drug charges

CLARKSBURG — A Monongalia County woman and an Upshur County man have admitted to their roles in distributing oxycodone, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced recently. Marjorie Sue Webster, 24, of Maidsville, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of communication facility, according to a ...

Legislature to focus on inventory tax

CHARLESTON — Finance leaders in the West Virginia Legislature told state media there will be an emphasis on eliminating the state’s inventory tax during lawmakers’ annual session, which begins this week. Tax and financial issues were among those addressed Friday by panelists ...

State leaders eye education concerns

CHARLESTON — Teacher salaries and accountability, the opioid crisis and school funding took the forefront as top education issues facing the state during the 2018 Legislative Lookahead in Charleston. The daylong event, hosted Friday by the West Virginia Press Association, featured panels ...

Legislative Lookahead

CHARLESTON — With a massive reserve of natural gas underground, an anticipated $84 billion investment by a Chinese company and continued questions over how resources will be extracted, oil and natural gas will likely be a significant topic in the West Virginia Legislature’s 2018 ...

Delegate: Cracker plant in W.Va. ‘wasn’t to be’

CHARLESTON —While the minority chairman of the House Finance Committee said he hasn’t heard the planned cracker plant in Wood County is dead, he said Friday morning that the project “wasn’t to be.” “I went to the announcement in Parkersburg … several years ago,” said Delegate ...

Rec center planned in Upshur County

BUCKHANNON — A non-profit corporation is in the process of potentially developing a recreational complex with the concept of housing various sports and recreational facilities in Upshur County. The vision for the recreational complex came to mind in early 2017, when Shawn Tucker, president ...

Kids ‘Making Money’

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Children in the school-age class at Youth Health Services in Elkins created their own convenience store Friday afternoon. Neriah Moore, 6, left, and Chloe Tolson cut and color currency for customers of the store to purchase goods.