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Veterans Day events slated in Randolph County

ELKINS — Each year around Veterans Day, community groups host a variety of dinners and events designed to honor all veterans who served their country and thank them for their service. One such event is set for 2 p.m. today, as the fourth annual Veterans Day Parade will wind through downtown ...

Wheeling resident sees tiny homes as giant opportunity

WHEELING — Millennials, the elderly and those in between may soon have the opportunity to own a small, affordable home on Wheeling Island. Martin Wach of Wheeling has contributed much of his time to the area through the creation of several urban gardens, one of which specifically for the ...

Groundbreaking

ELKINS — Mon Health representatives, along with numerous local leaders, broke ground for a new state-of-the-art heart and vascular facility Thursday. Since 1994, Mon Health has served people with heath and vascular needs in Randolph County and other nearby communities at their location on ...

China plans $83.7B for W.Va. shale development

WHEELING — The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s shale natural gas resources exceeds the total value of all goods and services produced in the state each year. That investment also would be more than double the approximately $35 billion total that West ...

St. Joseph’s Hospital forming local advocacy group

BUCKHANNON — St. Joseph’s Hospital offered a presentation to the public Thursday focused on the advantages of forming a group advocating for rural hospitals. After working in Wisconsin with a man who had started an advocacy team on behalf of the area hospital, Skip Gjolberg, ...

George Ward Elementary School program honors veterans

MILL CREEK — More than 40 local veterans were honored Thursday morning by George Ward Elementary School students and staff, who shared songs, special readings, pictures and lots of applause with the hometown heroes. The students had invited family members who served in any branch of the ...

Weirton hoping for ethane cracker

WHEELING — Patrick Ford believes Weirton — roughly halfway between the Royal Dutch Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. and the planned PTT Global Chemical project at Dilles Bottom along the Ohio River — is ideally positioned for petrochemical development. Upon learning of China ...

Barbour man arrested in stolen car case

ELKINS — An area man is behind bars after allegedly being found in possession of a stolen vehicle. Vincent Gregory Baisi, 23, of Belington, is charged with one felony count of receiving or transferring stolen goods. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash or ...

Elkins man faces shoplifting charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after allegedly attempting to steal items from Walmart. John David Knight, 48, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of third-offense shoplifting. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond, ...

Manchin: Plan won’t help middle class

WHEELING — A proposed tax plan before the U.S. House would add nearly $1.7 trillion to a national debt that already exceeds $20 trillion, according to Sen. Joe Manchin. The Senate is expected to receive its version of a tax reform bill today, while the House votes on its legislation next ...

Elkins native wins teacher of the year honor

ELKINS — A local Spanish instructor and Elkins native recently earned teacher of the year honor. Leah Devine, an online Spanish teacher with the West Virginia Virtual School was named Outstanding West Virginia World Language Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia Foreign Language ...

Coffee business asks council for help in finding facility

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County based coffee distribution company has asked local officials for help in locating a new hub for its expanding business. After experiencing what freshly brewed coffee could taste like during a trip to Costa Rica in 2009, Sarah and Gene Wells decided to venture ...

GOP head stepping down to run for House of Representatives

PARKERSBURG — The chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party announced Wednesday morning he will step down in January and he’s running for the House of Representatives. Chairman Conrad Lucas, 36, in May 2012 was the youngest person to be elected GOP chairman in West ...

Randolph man faces five felony charges

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing five felony charges after allegedly failing to make changes to his sex offender registration. Wayne Scott Clemens, 38, of Elkins, is charged with five felony counts of failure to register as a sexual offender or provide notice of registration ...

State auditor meets with Elkins officials

ELKINS — The West Virginia state auditor took part in an informal meeting with Elkins officials Tuesday afternoon. John B. “JB” McCuskey, who was elected last November, discussed several items with city officials, including making audits of municipalities cheaper, making government at ...

Wesleyan lets 27 employees go

BUCKHANNON — Several members of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s work force have been let go due to a decrease in student enrollment resulting in budgetary concerns, officials said. Bob Skinner, vice president for Advancement, confirmed Wesleyan has eliminated 15 staff positions, and also ...

Buckhannon may see pipeline work next year

BUCKHANNON — Portions of Upshur County expected to be exposed to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline could see work beginning by early next year. Buckhannon Mayor David McCauley said project construction within the northwest to the southeast section of the county could begin in March, and ...

Parent shares concerns about Tygarts Valley gymnasium space

ELKINS — Concerns related to the lack of convenient gym space available for Tygarts Valley Middle School basketball students were raised during Tuesday’s Randolph County Board of Education meeting. Bill Swecker, a parent who spoke during the meeting’s public comment section, said the ...