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Beverly Town Council hears request from RCDA

BEVERLY — The Beverly Town Council heard a formal presentation Tuesday about a request for monetary reimbursement from the Randolph County Development Authority. Robbie Morris, executive director of the RCDA, offered a presentation to council in an effort to explain the RCDA’s request for ...

Randolph Commissioners lay levy rates: ‘No tax increase’

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners met in a special session Tuesday afternoon to lay the levy rates, which they were happy to announce will remain the same as in recent years. “We learned a lot through this budget process,” Commission President Mark Scott said at the beginning of ...

Trump veterans join Justice’s re-election team

CHARLESTON — President Donald Trump is sending help to Gov. Jim Justice for the 2020 re-election effort which could see a new challenger. The Justice campaign announced Monday that Mike Lukach was joining the re-election team as campaign manager. Lukach was previously a part of Donald ...

Upshur BOE looks at birth, adoption leave

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools will have the second reading of a revised policy that makes it more inclusive for birth and adoption leave for both mothers and fathers at its regular meeting Tuesday. The previous policy 5006 included a paternity leave policy that said an employee ...

Tucker Community Foundation creates new volunteer center

ELKINS — Information on a new community volunteer center was shared with the Elkins Rotary Club Monday afternoon. The Tucker Community Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity serving eight counties in West Virginia and one in Maryland, has created the Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center, ...

Champions for Children honored

ELKINS — Two individuals and a local business were honored during the eighth annual Randolph-Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center’s Champions for Children event at Orchard Hall in Elkins Saturday evening. “We’re delighted to set aside this time each year to recognize a few of our ...

Justice’s business practices back in the spotlight

CHARLESTON — Recent articles and a federal investigation have returned to the forefront Gov. Jim Justice’s reputation for ignoring his tax debts, flouting mine safety fines and not paying vendors providing services to his businesses. An article in a nationally known business publication ...

Governor calls recent attacks ‘sad’

CHARLESTON — Responding to recent votes of no confidence by a handful of state Republican organizations and an article in a national publication, Gov. Jim Justice used one word to describe them. “Just to be real blunt, I think it’s really sad because this day and time people will do ...

Officials weigh in on requested payment

BEVERLY — Randolph County officials and the mayor of Beverly are weighing in on a request from the Randolph County Development Authority for Beverly to pay more than $18,000 for water system improvements done in connection with an expansion project at Armstrong Flooring. The ...

United Way planning special new fundraiser

ELKINS — Randolph County United Way is getting a jumpstart on next year’s campaign by offering a special event for Mother’s Day. People in the area are invited to attend a Mother’s Day “Paint for a Purpose” fundraiser event from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Midland ...

Reporter’s Notebook

The pressure is mounting for Gov. Jim Justice, who was dealt several blows over the last week or so. I wrote about most of these issues over the weekend, so I won’t re-hash them all in great detail. You already knew about the vote of no confidence by the Kanawha County Republican Executive ...

State tax revenue comes in below estimate

CHARLESTON — Citing the slowdown of construction activities during the winter season, March tax revenue collections came in 1.2 percent below the updated projections, the second month for lower-than-expected collections since fiscal 2019 started in July. According to the governor’s ...

EHS teacher earns award

ELKINS — One teacher from Elkins High School was recently recognized for his positive impact and outstanding efforts in the classroom. Andrew Carroll, an English instructor at EHS, received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the West Virginia Council of Teachers of ...

McWilliams enters plea to murder charge

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man behind bars since March 2018 pleaded guilty pursuant to Kennedy vs. Frazier to voluntary manslaughter this week in Upshur County Circuit Court. Timothy McWilliams had been arrested for the first-degree murder death of his father, Leo McWilliams, on March 8, ...

Company looking to bring biochar plant to area

BUCKHANNON — Biochar had been around for 4,000 years when it was first created by the Amazon River Indians to improve agricultural yields, but it’s only in the last 25 years that its popularity has began to spread again. Dr. Wil Spencer, a resident of Randolph County for five years, ...

Talking Politics

ELKINS — Two local lawmakers answered questions for an hour Thursday during the Legislative Luncheon offered by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, and Delegate Cody Thompson, D-Randolph, spoke before a crowd of more than 50 during the event ...

Upshur looks at floodplain permit fees

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission is exploring adding a fee for county floodplain permits that will help it recoup some of the costs associated with processing the permits. Upshur County is one of seven counties in the state that does not charge for floodplain permits, according ...