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Scarecrows to decorate downtown

ELKINS — For the first year since the event began in 2015, Elkins Main Street has added a variety of activities to the annual Downtown Elkins Scarecrow Festival. From 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22, following the scarecrows being set up throughout downtown, there will be live entertainment, games, ...

Upshur BOE sets goals for school year

ROCK CAVE — The Upshur County Board of Education has approved its goals for the 2018-19 school year, as per West Virginia State Board of Education Policy. Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus explained the goals were developed from a work session with all county administrators and ...

Tucker may build a new EMS facility

DAVIS — The Tucker County Commission and the Tucker County Building Commission recently discussed plans to build a County Emergency Services Support Facility. The county is holding working sessions to gather community input on the proposed construction of the building, which would be ...

Families take part in special ‘Blessing of the Bricks’ ceremony

ELKINS — Community members gathered Wednesday evening at the Davis House in Elkins for a “Blessing of the Bricks” ceremony and open house. The special event marked the sixth year that the Davis House has been available to people receiving cancer treatment who live a great distance ...

Philippi man charged with fleeing

PHILIPPI — A Barbour County man is behind bars after allegedly fleeing from police while under the influence of methamphetamine. Matthew Scott Upton, 39, of Philippi, is charged with one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference and one felony count of fleeing while DIU ...

Montrose man charged with sex abuse

ELKINS — A Randolph County man was arrested after allegedly admitting to having inappropriate sexual contact with a toddler. James Thomas Miller, 38, of Montrose, is charged with one felony count of sexual abuse by a guardian. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a ...

Preliminary hearing waived in felony DUI case

ELKINS — A man charged with a felony during a DUI checkpoint in Elkins waived his preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court. James Floyd Loane, 52, of Sutton, is charged with one felony count of DUI, third offense. He is free on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph ...

Office of Drug Control Policy losing leaders and experience

CHARLESTON — In a very quick and quiet move, a senior official with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources was granted approval to begin looking for another job, leaving an oversight position for a state agency charged with the state’s drug response leaderless. Last ...

Elkins ceremony honors first responders

ELKINS — To honor the roughly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, first responders, and area officials and residents gathered Tuesday morning. Elkins Mayor Van Broughton led the more than 30 individuals gathered around the Elkins City Hall ...

Never Forget

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Thousands of visitors sat in near silence Tuesday morning in Somerset County, as a pair of bells rang out with dramatic chimes. They rang 40 times, sounding to honor the passengers and crew members, who died when United Flight 93 plummeted into a vacant reclaimed strip ...

Senate sets trial dates for impeachment

CHARLESTON — Despite an attempt by House members to propose a deal to let two justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals off the hook, all sitting justices will face trial in October and November, as well as a justice who resigned last month. The West Virginia Senate met as a ...

Art Center set to host annual Gala

ELKINS — The Arts Center is offering individuals an evening of music, food and fun this weekend as they host their largest fundraiser of the year. The organization’s 17th annual gala fundraiser will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday. The theme of this year’s gala is “Caribbean Island ...

Beverly Elementary School students take to the polls

BEVERLY —Young leaders at a local elementary school hope to create a positive impact on their classmates, school and community throughout this school year. Ten students at Beverly Elementary School were selected by their peers to lead and represent their Wildcat community. Kara ...

Upshur grand jury hands down indictments

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man accused of six counts of sexual assault in the first degree is one of 41 indictments handed down by an Upshur County grand jury. Joshua Brown, 35, was indicted for six counts of sexual assault in the first degree, 10 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree ...

Probable cause found in child neglect case

ELKINS — Probable cause was ruled to have been met for the arrest of an Elkins man who was allegedly discovered asleep in a hot car containing a small child. Ian Carey McElroy, 32, is charged with one felony count of child neglect with risk of serious injury or death. He is free on a ...

Petition seeks to remove candidate from ballot

PARKERSBURG — An attorney from Clay County is seeking to remove a candidate from the ballot in a special election for the West Virginia Supreme Court. In a petition to the state Supreme Court, Wayne King said Evan Jenkins’ law license was voluntarily made inactive from Dec. 2, 2014, until ...

Pitmaster Contest winners announced

PARSONS — The Kingsford Manufacturing Plant of Parsons is reflecting on their successful second annual Pitmaster Contest, which was held during the Tucker County Fair. Competitors enjoyed a sunny day at the fair, with fierce competition, as participation doubled this year with 10 different ...

Suicide Prevention Day event set

PHILIPPI — With suicide being defined as the 10th leading cause of death in the Unites States, a number of organizations and individuals paused Monday in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day. Among the many that participated, a public event sponsored by Senior Life Solutions was held at ...

Motions filed in impeachment hearing

CHARLESTON — As members of the West Virginia Senate prepare to meet as a jury during the judicial impeachment pre-trial hearing today, two of three justices of the state Supreme Court of Appeals have filed motions for the acting chief justice to hear. On Friday, lawyers for Chief Justice ...