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Town Hall meeting is set for Tuesday

ELKINS — The latest town hall meeting focusing on dilapidated properties is set for Tuesday. The meeting, which will take place at 5:15 p.m. at the Caboose Room of the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, will feature Randolph County Commissioner Mark Scott and Fifth Ward Elkins City Councilwoman ...

Manchin, Capito speak at Girls State

ELKINS — Both of West Virginia’s senators, Joe Manchin III and Shelley Moore Capito, spoke before attendees of Rhododendron Girls State at Davis & Elkins College on Friday morning. “These girls are dynamite,” Capito said after speaking to the participants first thing Friday ...

Trump looms large as W.Va. GOP leaders squabble

CHARLESTON (AP) — In a state where President Donald Trump’s name is still gold, Republican leaders are fighting in a public and caustic way over who’s his best friend. On one side, Gov. Jim Justice says he and Trump are “bound at the hip.” On the other, Senate Republican leaders ...

Student looks at America with fresh eyes

BUCKHANNON — While in the United States for six weeks, The Upshur Cooperative Parish’s latest German exchange student hopes to become more fluent in English and to make an impact through service. Meet Anna-Lena Lump, a 17-year-old student from Burkhardsfelden near Frankfurt, ...

Royal court jesters selected for 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival

ELKINS — The 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival has announced the selection of royal court jesters Hazel Lauren Jackson, Layla Denise Fletcher, Madison Grace Bender and Kendall Rayann Corley to the court of Maid Silvia LXXXIII. The four Randolph County students, having earned the ...

TVRJ employee charged with felony

ELKINS — A Tygart Valley Regional Jail employee has been charged with a felony count of imposition of sexual acts on an incarcerated person. Timothy James Watson, 21, of Buckhannon, was the subject of an investigation by the TVRJ. He is currently being held at TVRJ on a $50,000 cash or ...

Broadband expansion project moving along

ELKINS — Broadband internet expansion began to lay its foundation in East Dailey this week. During the most recent Randolph County Development Authority meeting, progress on the current broadband expansion project was discussed. The project would bring broadband internet access to outlying ...

25th Coalton Days culminates on Saturday

COALTON — Coalton Days is celebrating its 25th year this week, with events culminating in an all-day celebration Saturday. Mayor Jim Rossi spoke about the annual event during the most recent Randolph County Commission meeting. “You know, the annual Coalton Days celebration is an ...

Upshur BOE awards bid for Hodgesville improvements

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Board of Education awarded the low bidder, Huffman Corporation, the Hodgesville Elementary project at Tuesday’s meeting. In December, Upshur County Schools received a needs grant of $2,208,389 from the School Building Authority to construct a new pre-K ...

W.Va. governor’s companies faced with tax issues

BEAVER (AP) — A real estate company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family has avoided a tax sale in Virginia by paying more than $400,000, while a county attorney in Kentucky says he’s planning to sue the family’s coal company for unpaid taxes. Floyd County Attorney Keith ...

A Show of Love

ELKINS — The 350 rising high school seniors taking part in the 77th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State participated in a parade Wednesday morning on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. This annual parade showcases leadership, patriotism and ...

Coalton residents learn about ordinance

COALTON — About 50 residents attended the Randolph County Commission’s second town hall meeting Wednesday night to learn about a proposed unsafe buildings and lands ordinance. “What you have before you is actually the fifth ordinance that we have looked at as a commission,” ...

Rep. McKinley responds to Bloomberg’s plans

PARKERSBURG — A former New York City mayor’s pledge to spend $500 million on the Beyond Carbon initiative would be better spent on research into cleaner-burning fuels, a West Virginia congressman said. Michael Bloomberg Friday said he’ll spend the half billion dollars on the Beyond ...

Highland Dancers heading to national competition in Las Vegas

ELKINS — Four local dancers will be competing in Las Vegas at a national Highland Dancing championship in July. On May 4, six West Virginia Highland Dancers competed in their regional competition in Savannah, Georgia. After preparing intensively year-round for this event, the girls ...

House Dems call for end of session

CHARLESTON — Citing the repeat of mistakes made during the regular session and the growing feud between Gov. Jim Justice and Republicans in the Senate, Democrats in the House of Delegates called Tuesday for an end to the special session on education betterment. House Minority Leader Tim ...

Buckhannon moves forward with changes

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council will move ahead with the rest of the insurance changes following a vote at a recent meeting in a move that will lead to the city saving $150,000 in insurance premiums. The city already voted to go with a semi self-funded insurance pool and eliminate ...

Perdue speaks at Girls State

ELKINS — West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue stressed the importance of education to Rhododendron Girls State participants on Tuesday on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. Elected to the position in 1996, Perdue is currently serving his sixth term in office, making him the ...

Upshur deputy one of top DUI enforcers in West Virginia

BUCKHANNON — He’s one of the top 52 DUI enforcers in the state and he spends his shifts patrolling Upshur County roadways. Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Gordon was recently recognized at the Governor’s Highway Safety Program Highway 2 Enforcement Conference held in May. ...