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Two-Vehicle Wreck

A Pontiac Firebird sustained damage after being involved in a two-vehicle wreck shortly before 3 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Wilson Lane and Vernon Avenue in Elkins. No injuries were reported as a result of the collision. The Elkins Police Department, Elkins Fire Department and Randolph ...

Belington auctioning off retired police vehicle

BELINGTON — Belington City Council met this week to discuss the auctioning of a retired police vehicle. Bids for the vehicle were supposed to be due by Wednesday, but Council decided to extend the bidding for another month until March 16, in regard to tax returns. The 2003 Dodge Durango ...

Author Ronald C. White Jr. talks about Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address Wednesday at Wesley Chapel.

White takes audience into Lincoln’s thoughts

BUCKHANNON — Historians, scholars and students gathered in Wesley Chapel at West Virginia Wesleyan College Wednesday to study Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address with acclaimed author Ronald C. White Jr. The Wesleyan Abraham Lincoln collection was created by an alumnus, then grew ...

Chamber

City Hall Hosts Chamber After Hours

Tom Tesar, parks and recreation director, chats with Elkins Mayor Van Broughton during an After Hours social event Thursday evening at Elkins City Hall. It included refreshments, and musical entertainment was provided by local singer and musician Doug Van Gundy. After Hours events are hosted by ...

Officer testifies in DMC escape case

ELKINS — Testimony was heard Thursday from a correctional officer who was allegedly attacked by a Huttonsville Correctional Center inmate before he escaped from Davis Medical Center, where he was receiving treatment. Carson White, the alleged victim, testified in the case of Mark Duwayne ...

Randolph County Sheriff Mark T. Brady gives the Randolph County Commission a report on the activity of the Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task during their Thursday meeting.

Anti-drug efforts touted by sheriff

ELKINS — In the wake of recent public outcries regarding the drug problem in Randolph County, Sheriff Mark T. Brady gave statistics on what’s been done both by the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force as well as the Sheriff’s Office during Thursday’s Randolph County ...

Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton, right, administers the oath of office to Christopher Lowther, who was appointed to City Council Thursday night.

Ordinances pass first reading

ELKINS — Elkins City Council approved five ordinances on their first readings Thursday night utilizing authority granted by its participation in the West Virginia Home Rule Pilot Program. The five ordinances, if approved on a second reading, will then be included in the city’s amended ...

Upshur County Commission hears about proposed pipeline

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County leaders received updates Thursday on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, as well as heard concerns from the public. Members of the Upshur County Commission heard a presentation by consultant Ben Hardesty and Christine Mitchell, state and local affairs ...

BrownBag

Appalachian Ensemble Performs at Brown Bag

Members of the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble delight attendees with music and dance Wednesday afternoon during a Brown Bag concert at The Arts Center. The free concerts are offered at noon on the third Wednesday of each month.

City Council race changes announced

ELKINS — This week Elkins City Clerk Jessica R. Sutton announced several changes in the number of candidates seeking office in the upcoming municipal election, set for March 7. In the race for mayor, incumbent Van Broughton, who is running for his third two-year term, will face official ...

Shiflett

Bond is modified in felony case

ELKINS — A Randolph County man facing several charges after allegedly stealing items from convenience stores on two separate occasions and reportedly being found in possession of drugs had his bond modified Wednesday in Randolph County Magistrate Court. The bond for Mark Allen Shiflett, 47, ...

Man charged in attempted break-in

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after allegedly attempting to break into an area business. Joshua Norman Williams, 29, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of attempted breaking and entering. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash ...

Donald Ray Hamilton, 67, of Elkins, right, appears in court with his defense counsel, Jeremy Cooper, Wednesday. Hamilton entered into a plea agreement during the hearing.

Guilty plea entered in robbery case

ELKINS — A Randolph County man accused of robbing the Norton Mountaineer Mart at gunpoint on Oct. 9, 2015, entered into a plea agreement Wednesday. Donald Ray Hamilton, 67, of Elkins, pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree robbery, a lesser included offense of the original ...

Kenny McCall of Newell was struck by a pickup truck five years ago, and suffers lifelong injuries, including using a prosthetic leg. Legislators are working to get more legal recourse for victims of hit-and-runs who suffer injury or serious injury.

Bill seeks stiffer penalties for hit-and-run injuries

WHEELING — When a hit-and-run driver knowingly left motorcyclist Kenny McCall bleeding and broken on a Newell sidewalk, his family — and state lawmakers — later would discover the only recourse against the uninsured motorist was prosecution for a misdemeanor offense. “At the time and ...

McGeehan reintroduces bill to repeal Common Core

WHEELING — Delegate Pat McGeehan says West Virginia’s current method of educating its students is “confused and convoluted,” and taxpayers footing the bill should have more of a say in what is being taught in the state’s classrooms. McGeehan, R-Hancock, has reintroduced legislation ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance
A resident at Lavender Fields Assisted Living in Beverly takes a look at Valentine’s Day cards and gifts with Beverly Elementary students Haylie Doyle, left, and Karah Bennett during a holiday party at the facility on Tuesday afternoon.

Special Bond

BEVERLY — Fourth-graders from Beverly Elementary spent Tuesday afternoon singing songs and handing out Valentine’s Day gift bags to residents at a local assisted living facility. The students in Lucy Godwin’s class spent the past few weeks practicing the songs and ...

Officials respond to EMS

ELKINS — A possible gas leak was reported at Elkins Middle School Tuesday but officials found no cause for alarm. After investigation by fire and gas company officials, as well as Randolph County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Rich Carr, it was confirmed that there was no actual gas ...

BOE begins search for new superintendent

ELKINS — Randolph County Board of Education members met this week to begin the process of searching for a new superintendent of schools. The board had voted Jan. 26 to open a search for a new superintendent and to not renew the contract of Superintendent of Schools Pam Hewitt. The action ...

Bond modified in Randolph firearm case

ELKINS — A Randolph County man accused of firing a weapon at his father and juvenile brother had his bond modified Tuesday in Randolph County Circuit Court. Luke Alan Hempel, 19, of Dailey, had his bond modified from $25,000 cash-only to $75,000 cash, surety or property, $3,000 cash-only ...