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Randolph Housing Authority to receive $1.1 million grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Randolph County Housing Authority will receive a $1,095,117 grant to help at-risk youth finish high school or other equivalency programs through YouthBuild North Central. The U.S. Department of Labor grant was announced Tuesday by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member ...

Buckhannon man charged with fleeing, grand larceny

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to steel a Jeep Cherokee in January. Khori Wayne Simmons, 23, was arrested for attempt to commit grand larceny, a felony, and fleeing from an officer — no vehicle, a misdemeanor following an investigation by ...

Jan. state tax revenue numbers lower

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s streak of monthly revenue surpluses came to a halt in January, though officials remain optimistic about revenue projections going forward. Gov. Jim Justice and officials with the state Department of Revenue held a press conference Monday to announce the ...

African Art Exhibit on display

ELKINS — An exhibit of African art is currently on display at Davis & Elkins College. Later this week, the Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in the Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College will host an opening reception for the new African Art Exhibit on loan from the ...

Senate OKs education reform package

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate has passed signature education legislation that divided the body along mostly party lines. Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, passed out of the Senate Monday in a 18-16 vote. Two Senate Republicans — Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, and Bill Hamilton, ...

Elkins Council to meet on sales tax revenue

ELKINS — Elkins City Council will hold a special call meeting later this month to discuss how revenue from the new 1 percent sales tax will be spent. The decision to have the special call meeting was made Monday morning during a city Finance Committee meeting. The date for the special call ...

Decades later, ArtsBank still providing teaching artists

ELKINS — The Elkins Rotary Club learned about ArtsBank during Monday’s regular meeting. ArtsBank is a non-profit organization which has provided art to local schools for more than a quarter of a century. Art teachers in Randolph County Schools were eliminated in 1988, and ArtsBank was ...

Community Watch meeting rescheduled

ELKINS — The initial Community Watch meeting for First Ward in Elkins has been rescheduled. Wintry weather forced the postponement of the meeting on Jan. 30, but the meeting is now set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jennings Randolph Elementary School. Elkins Police Department officers will ...

Busy Beaver set to open new store in Elkins

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh-based Busy Beaver will open its newest home improvement store located at 731 Beverly Pike, Elkins, on April 10, with a Grand Opening event for the community scheduled for Saturday, April 27. The 33,000-square feet Elkins store will feature an outdoor lumber ...

School levy meetings rescheduled

ELKINS — The Randolph County Board of Education has rescheduled community meetings to provide levy information that were postponed last week due to the weather. A meeting will be offered at the Harman Volunteer Fire Department at 7 p.m. Feb. 25. Another will take place at Pickens Volunteer ...

French Creek Freddie sees shadow

FRENCH CREEK — The West Virginia Wildlife Center’s prognosticating groundhog saw his shadow Saturday, predicting more winter weather to a chorus of boos from the audience. “Looks like we are in for another six weeks of winter,” wildlife biologist Tyler Evans told the crowd. Despite ...

Hot Potato: Delegates to take up bill

CHARLESTON — As members of the West Virginia Senate met into the early evening Friday, voting amendments up and down for their sweeping education reform package, the speaker of the House of Delegates was watching and listening from the back of the Senate chambers. If Senate Bill 451, the ...

Coalition formed to fight substance abuse in Randolph

ELKINS — In an effort to combat substance abuse, community members in Randolph County have formed a team to raise awareness and offer support to those who have substance use disorders. Melissa Kisner, president of the Randolph County Substance Abuse Coalition, said she saw a need in the ...

D&E Student Art Exhibit

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brad Johnson Michael Doig, chair of the Davis & Elkins College Division of Creative Arts, views work by Marquis Allen, Nick Altman, Misty Rule and Issac Sams Friday during the opening reception for the annual D&E Student Art Show at the Randolph County ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Three at the Capitol

Here we are at the beginning of February and we're staring down a scenario similar to this time last year, with a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel being held up by Republicans in the West Virginia Senate, with a strike eminent. But is it really all the similar? There are ...

Mill Creek man allegedly found with guns, drugs

ELKINS — A Randolph County man was allegedly found with a stolen gun and illegal drugs after a pursuit on icy roads Friday morning. Nicholas James Currence, 27, of Mill Creek, was charged with possession with intent to deliver, a felony. According to the criminal complaint, on Friday, ...

Man facing new sex assault charges

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old is facing more charges related to two different juveniles. Kenneth Thompson, 36, has been arrested for two counts of sexual assault in the third degree, both felonies, according ...

Votes slated on work stoppage

CHARLESTON — Three unions representing teachers and school service personnel in West Virginia Friday said they’re the piece in place for a work stoppage in the future, but would not say what the triggers causing a work stoppage would be. Representatives of the West Virginia Education ...