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2016: The Year in Review

After turning the page on another year, The Inter-Mountain looks back at the biggest stories of 2016. While many of the events that dominated the headlines involved tragedy and controversy, there also was an abundance of success stories last year. As we move into a new year, we reflect on those ...

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Fun in the Snow

With the assistance of their mother, Jill Rabassa, 5-year-old Nicky Rabassa, left, and 6-year-old Zoe Rabassa prepare to zip down the Davis & Elkins College hill on their sleds Friday afternoon. Nicky and Zoe, along with 7-year-old Harrison Rabassa, not pictured, are visiting Elkins ...

Circuit Judge Alan D. Moats wishes Magistrate Tina Mouser a happy retirement. Mouser retired Friday after 34 years serving the people of Barbour County.

Mouser retires from post

PHILIPPI  —  Tina Mouser has seen a lot of changes in the Barbour County Magistrate Court during the 34 years she has worked in the judicial system. She’ll be the first to say she’s “proud of the court system in Barbour County” and will miss her colleagues upon her ...

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Man facing terroristic threats charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County man — previously arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a family — is facing an additional felony charge and accused of threatening law enforcement officials while being transported to jail. Vincent Fitzgerald Gibson, 53, of Valley Head, is charged with one ...

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Parsons man charged with drug offense

PARSONS — A Tucker County man is behind bars after being accused of selling marijuana to a juvenile on multiple occasions. David Joseph Crouch, 36, of Parsons, is charged with one felony count of distribution of marijuana. He is housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash-only ...

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Benavides Signs Books

Bobby Benavides, author of ‘MADE FOR MORE: A Journey of Discovery and Purpose,’ signs a copy of his book for Jensen Kenney, right, Friday afternoon at Holistic Housewife, located at 303 Davis Ave. in Elkins. Books are available for purchase on Amazon and other book retailer websites, as ...

Carol Mallow of Crystal Springs, front, was given a precious gift this Christmas — the gift of life — by Linda Kelley of Elkins.

Mallow receives liver donation, transplant

ELKINS — As thousands of West Virginians gathered around the Christmas tree last week to open gifts with family, or pulled baked turkey and ham from the oven for the early afternoon meal, Carol Mallow sat quietly in a living room chair in her home on Weaver Road in Crystal Springs. There ...

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Circuit Judge Alan D. Moats swears in new Barbour County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas B. Hoxie Thursday at the Barbour County Courthouse. Hoxie thanked his family for ‘putting up with a long campaign and long hours at the office.’ This is Hoxie’s first elected position

Taking the Oath

PHILIPPI — Circuit Judge Alan D. Moats presided over a swearing-in ceremony Thursday for newly elected and incumbent public officials to begin their jobs after Jan. 1. Twelve public officials and five Sheriff’s deputies were sworn in at the Barbour County Courthouse ...

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Local man charged in burglary

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly entered a home and got into a physical altercation with a woman and one of her children. Brandon Alan Sharp, 31, of Valley Bend, is charged with one felony count of burglary. He is housed at Tygart Valley ...

Mabie resident facing charges

ELKINS — A judge modified the bond of a Randolph County man accused of failing to provide the West Virginia State Police with information changes to his sexual offender registration entry. Brandon Gilbert Ramsey, 33, of Mabie, had his bond modified from $30,000 cash-only to $30,000 cash or ...

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Elkins Middle School students celebrate raising $462 for the Randolph County Humane Society and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital during the ‘Home Room Chain Link Challenge

Elkins Middle students raise funds for charity

ELKINS — A group of eighth-grade students at Elkins Middle School recently worked together to raise money for good causes. The green team at Elkins Middle School, consisting of four homerooms, raised a total of $462 that was donated to the Randolph County Humane Society and St. ...

Davisson Brothers to perform

SNOWSHOE — Local favorites the Davisson Brothers Band perform on Snowshoe Mountain as part of the ski resort’s “Beats on the Basin” winter series today and again for the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Connection nightclub Saturday. The “Beats on the Basin” concert ...

The Kmart store on Beverly Pike in Elkins will close its doors in March. Liquidation sales will begin Jan. 6.

Elkins Kmart to shut doors in March

ELKINS — Recent rumors regarding the possible closing of the Elkins Kmart were confirmed Wednesday by Sears Holdings officials. Director of Corporate Communications Howard Riefs said, “We can confirm that we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Kmart store at 731 ...

Smith named interim Upshur County Clerk

BUCKHANNON — After reviewing three letters of interest, the Upshur County Commission selected an interim county clerk on Wednesday. Carol Smith, a deputy clerk in the Upshur County Clerk’s office, was sworn into the position of county clerk on Wednesday afternoon after an early morning ...

Glenn Sweet, director/manager of the Office of Attendance, Facilities and Technology for Barbour County Schools, will retire Dec. 31 after 43 years of service in the public school system.

Sweet honored by Barbour Board of Education

PHILIPPI — During the last meeting of the 2016 calendar year, the Barbour County Board of Education said farewell to Glenn Sweet, director/manager of the Office of Attendance, Facilities and Technology for Barbour County Schools, who will retire Dec. 31 after 43 years of service in the public ...

Man accused of fleeing from police

BUCKHANNON — A French Creek man is behind bars and accused of fleeing from police after his arrest on a separate felony charge. Michael Ray Fitzwater, 36, is charged with one felony count of escape from custody and one felony count of persons prohibited from possessing a firearm. He is ...

Montrose man facing felony charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after allegedly stealing a baby monitor. Stanley Roy Watson Jr., 30, of Montrose, is charged with one felony count of third-offense shoplifting. He is housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $20,000 cash or surety bond, set by ...

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Junior Woman’s Club Donation

On behalf of the GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Elkins, President Angie Goff, center, and First Vice President of Membership Audrey Elmore, right, present a donation to Chief C.D. Cross of the Elkins Police Department to be used for the department’s Shop with a Cop program. Goff explained the ...

Gibson charged in gun incident

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly pointing a gun at a man, a woman and an 8-year-old on Christmas Eve. Vincent Fitzgerald Gibson, 53, of Valley Head, is charged with one felony count of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. He is housed at Tygart Valley ...

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Swearing-in Ceremony

Randolph County Chief Magistrate Rob Elbon, top,  Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman, center, and Magistrate Ben Shepler are sworn in Tuesday morning by Randolph County Circuit Judge David Wilmoth. All three Randolph County magistrates won re-election this year.