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Randolph BOE to revise tobacco policy

ELKINS — Randolph County Schools officials are preparing to make adjustments to the school system’s current “Use of Tobacco by Students” policy. RCS Superintendent Gabe Devono said there is a “very serious” issue regarding the use of tobacco-derived products, alternative nicotine ...

Taylor honored by Randolph County Development Authority

ELKINS — A long-time Randolph County Commissioner and Randolph County Development Authority board member was honored this week. During the December Randolph County Development Authority meeting, current Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor — who has served as a commissioner ...

Nation bids goodbye to Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents ...

Gaunch named Commerce Secretary

CHARLESTON — After nearly six months without a permanent cabinet secretary, the state agency at the forefront of recruiting businesses to West Virginia has a new leader. Gov. Jim Justice announced that state Sen. Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha, will be the new secretary of the Department of Commerce. ...

Gov. Justice provides PEIA recommendations

CHARLESTON — With the end of December just 26 days away, the task force looking at making the state’s public employee health insurance program more affordable will have some decisions to make next week. The Coverage and Plan Subcommittee for the Public Employee Insurance Agency Task Force ...

Groups work to spread holiday cheer

ELKINS — Two area organizations are partnering together for the second straight year to bring Christmas cheer to local youth. In an effort to make Christmas a little brighter for youngsters, the Randolph County Family Resource Network, with the support of the Snowshoe Foundation, are ...

New ‘Crunch Time’ event set at library

Bayli Rhodes Staff Writer ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is going to host their first-ever teen-only night on Sunday. The new “Crunch Time” event is slated for 5-8 p.m. and will allow local high schoolers to have their own time at the library to focus on finals ...

Magic of Christmas

ELKINS — The magic of Christmas comes alive for youngsters who board the Polar Express train during the holiday season. For eight years, people from across West Virginia and surrounding states have visited Elkins to take a special Christmas ride on the Polar Express. Missy McCollam, ...

Justice appoints drug control policy director

HUNTINGTON — Huntington, a city that saw a record number of overdoses from drug abuse in 2017, has seen a substantial decrease in overdoses this year. Now, the experts who have helped provide advice that led to those overdose decreases will be helping guide policy statewide. During a ...

Local music duo performs for Elkins Rotary Club

ELKINS — The Elkins Rotary Club enjoyed a tuneful treat Monday afternoon, as a local musical duo played the club members some Christmas music and the unofficial West Virginia state song. Key to Adam, a group based in Upshur County, performed during Monday’s Elkins Rotary Club meeting, ...

Four arrested during traffic stop

ELKINS — Four individuals are facing charges after a traffic stop led to the alleged discovery of drugs and firearms. Robert Michael Junkins, 50, of Shinnston, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one felony count of persons ...

Hardy County man admits to firearms charge

ELKINS — Joshua A. Parker, of Baker, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Parker, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Parker, having been convicted of four previous felonies, admitted to possessing a 9mm pistol in ...

Kids Enjoy Cookies with Santa

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson David Huffman, 6, of Elkins tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas while elf Jammie Tincher prepares a bag of goodies during the Cookies with Santa event Saturday at Youth Health Service in Elkins Saturday.

George H.W. Bush mourned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness. Bush, who died late Friday at his ...

Women make an impact on W.Va. politics

CHARLESTON — The Friday before election day, Carol Miller — soon to be elected as the next U.S. representative for the 3rd Congressional District — took the stage after being introduced by President Donald Trump to the crowd at Huntington Tri-State Airport for one final rally. Standing ...

Shopping at the Christmas Bazaar

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Chris Smith, left, and Marie Larick, both of Elkins, share a laugh as they browse bath sets and quilts, created and sold by Jody Evans, of Buckhannon, during the annual Christmas Bazaar at the Phil Gainer Community Center Saturday.

Elkins Police offer winter driving tips

ELKINS — As winter begins to set in around the region, the Elkins Police Department is offering safety tips to drivers Elkins Police Chief Glenn Galloway said before attempting to travel in wintry weather conditions, drivers should make sure their vehicle has a good battery and be sure to ...

Reporter’s Notebook: ‘Tis the election season again

Much like Christmas seems to start before October even ends, the next election seems to start as soon as the last one ends. The 2018 election was Nov. 6 and we're just barely into December. Yet, people are either announcing their pre-candidacies or are starting to make the rounds across the ...