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Gov. Justice forms Census committee

CHARLESTON — After a think tank raised concerns, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday the creation of a committee to ensure all West Virginians are counted for the 2020 U.S. Census. Justice, in a press release Friday, said preparations are underway for creating a Complete Count Committee to ...

Barbour County novelist explores Mountain State’s past

PHILIPPI — A Barbour County author recently published the 10th book in her West Virginia-inspired series. “The Promise of Mondays,” the newest installment in author Carol Ervin’s Mountain Women Series, was recently released on Amazon. “I’ve always been a writer,” said Ervin ...

Two charged with breaking and entering

ELKINS — Two Elkins men are facing felony charges after an alleged breaking and entering incident. Gerald Paul Bennett, 37, is charged with breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit a felony. Bond was set at $30,000 cash only by Magistrate Ben Shepler. Gary David Smith, 41, is ...

Woman’s Club hosting charity event

ELKINS— The GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Elkins is set to host a cakewalk and auction in order to benefit the community. Scheduled for 6 p.m. today, with doors opening at 5 p.m., the event will take place at the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds from the event will raise ...

Justice unveils road equipment

BUCKHANNON — Surrounded by a fleet of brand-new dump trucks, Gov. Jim Justice and state transportation officials unveiled Thursday the latest in new equipment to help get West Virginia’s secondary roads in shape. Justice and Division of Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston showed off ...

Sheriff opposes measure

ELKINS — The first reading of the Unsafe Buildings and Land Ordinance passed at Thursday’s Randolph County Commission meeting despite objects from Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady. “I have never been consulted about the ordinance, and I believe that I should be consulted about that ...

Emergency agencies receive funds

BUCKHANNON — Local emergency responder agencies received several thousand dollars each in donations from the dissolving Buckhannon Rotary Club Wednesday night. The donations — distributed to all seven fire departments in Upshur County along with the Buckhannon Police Department, ...

Capito, Manchin on opposite sides of budget deal

CHARLESTON — A new two-year budget deal is now on its way to President Donald Trump after the U.S. Senate voted to approve the deal Thursday, though West Virginia’s delegation was on opposite sides of the vote. The U.S Senate voted 67-28 on a budget deal that raises discretionary spending ...

Treasure on The Mountain event set to benefit local communities

SNOWSHOE — On Saturday, ticket holders have a chance to win a variety of prizes at this year’s Treasure on the Mountain Raffle event presented by the Snowshoe Foundation. For years, the Snowshoe Foundation has hosted the Treasure on the Mountain raffle with the mission to raise funds for ...

Manchin says observatory to stay open

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) decision to keep the Green Bank Observatory in Pocahontas County open. In 2012, NSF recommended divesting the facility. In response, as a member of the Appropriations Committee overseeing ...

Elkins man sentenced for drug distribution

ELKINS — Jeffrey Lynn Woods, of Elkins, was sentenced to 121 months incarceration for distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Woods, age 58, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine in January 2019. He ...

Two Randolph County residents sentenced on drug charges

ELKINS — Gina Carol McCauley, of Beverly, was sentenced to 60 months incarceration for her role in a methamphetamine distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. McCauley, age 38, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine” and one ...

Maryland man sentenced in Elkins

ELKINS — Jarrud Michael Dixon, of New Market, Maryland, was sentenced today to one year probation for falsifying a record during a gun purchase, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Dixon, age 29, made a false statement on a firearms transaction record to purchase a .223 caliber ...

Upshur woman to serve probation

ELKINS — Angela Dawn White, of Buckhannon, was sentenced to five years probation for her participation in a methamphetamine distribution operation, United States Attorney William J. Powell announced. White, age 48, pled guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine in November ...

Moorefield man sentenced on charge

ELKINS — John Wayne Crites, of Moorefield, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $217,000 for his role in a methamphetamine distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Crites, age 48, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to ...

Tucker man sentenced for drug distribution

ELKINS — Donald Allen Poling, of Hambleton, was sentenced to 46 months incarceration for drug distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Poling, age 52, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” in March 2019. Poling admitted to selling ...

McGeehan to re-introduce Back the Guard Act

CHARLESTON — With the death of another soldier in the West Virginia National Guard, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates plans to keep pushing a bill meant to keep guard members out of foreign conflicts. Del. Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, said Thursday he plans to re-introduce House ...

Morrisey asking high court to overturn pipeline ruling

ELKINS — State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading a 16-state alliance asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the ruling that halted construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in order for West Virginia to “maintain its energy leadership.” “We believe that this is a ...