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Lawyer provides update on oil, gas bill

BUCKHANNON — An oil and gas industry lawyer provided an update on the oil and gas industry and its relationship with the state Legislature Tuesday. Kyle Nuttall owns Nuttall Legal, LLC in downtown Buckhannon. He spoke to his fellow Buckhannon Rotary Club members about the legislative ...

Beverly students create ocean mural

ELKINS — As the school year wrapped up, students at Beverly Elementary School spent more than a week feeling like they were under the sea thanks to a school-wide project hosted by ArtsBank. Each student in the school contributed artwork to an ocean-themed mural that was installed along a ...

Elkins officials look at city pay raise issue

ELKINS — After nearly an hour of discussion with city of Elkins department supervisors during a special call meeting Tuesday, members of Elkins City Council’s Personnel Committee unanimously voted to move forward with plans to implement a “step and grade” pay program for ...

Jesters for 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival announced

ELKINS — The 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival has announced the selection of royal court jesters Kennedy Laine Hart, Kendra Kay Lambert, Lilly Ann Leggett and Macie Elizabeth Romero to the court of Maid Silvia LXXXII. The four Randolph County students, having earned the distinction ...

Two arrested on drug charges

ELKINS — Two Randolph County residents were arrested after allegedly being found in possession of a gun and drugs. William Alan Chandler, 28, of Beverly, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Patricia Ann Noel, 36, of Norton, ...

Woman accused of having drugs in jail

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly being found in possession of controlled substances at an area jail. Jennifer Lea Howell, 32, of Montrose, is charged with one felony count of inmate in possession of a controlled substance. She is incarcerated at ...

Elkins man charged with sexual abuse

ELKINS — A Randolph County man has been charged with a felony and is accused of having inappropriate contact with two children in his care. Antoine Stevens Johnson, 42, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of sexual abuse by parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of ...

Library to begin Summer Reading Program Monday

ELKINS — The Randolph County Public Library is preparing to hold their annual Summer Reading Program starting Monday. This year’s theme for the program will be “Libraries Rock,” focusing on science and discovery for the first two weeks, then later focused on West Virginia music. The ...

Elkins Physical Therapy opens new location

BELINGTON — Elkins Physical Therapy owners David and Matt Lee, along with their staff, hosted an open house on Friday at their new location in Belington. “We recognized, at our clinic in Elkins, that a large population of our clients are from Barbour County, “ said Matt Lee. ...

New Buckhannon gym offers crossfit training

BUCKHANNON — A new, healthy addition has joined downtown Buckhannon’s Traders Alley. Co-owner Taylor Foster recently stopped by a Buckhannon City Council meeting to discuss the new business she and Rob Cress own, Almost Heaven Crossfit, located at 6 Traders Alley. Unlike a conventional ...

$10K donated to schools, libraries

ELKINS — The Rotary Club of Elkins made several thousand dollars worth of grant donations to area schools and libraries Monday. Rotary contributed $6,000 total in grants to five schools in Randolph County; in addition, the club contributed $4,000 total in grants to four area ...

Buckhannon rededicates Riverfront park

BUCKHANNON — The city of Buckhannon held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the rededication of North Buckhannon Riverfront Park. New inclusive playground features, including the new ADA accessible play structures, were added to the park, located along Cleveland Avenue. The North Buckhannon park ...

4-H animals weighed in for fair

BEVERLY — In preparation for the upcoming Randolph County Fair, 4-H’ers from across the county visited Camp Pioneer to have their livestock weighed in Monday evening. Sister-brother pair Sommer and Landon McAtee said they are looking forward to the fair and are working hard as a team ...

Broughton takes to the streets to debut ‘Mayor’s Mobile Office’

ELKINS — Mayor Van Broughton took it to the streets Monday afternoon to get feedback from area citizens. Broughton will present “The Mayor’s Mobile Office” outside Elkins City Hall from noon to 1 p.m. each Monday. On Monday he spoke with residents while seated at a table set up on ...

Planning underway for Scarecrow Festival

ELKINS — While gearing up for the fourth annual Scarecrow Festival in downtown Elkins, a local organization is looking for help from businesses and the public. Elkins Main Street Design Committee member Bobbi Trimboli said the festival is continuing to expand and many businesses have ...

Manchin secures Canaan Valley Refuge funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., secured $7 million for a new visitors center at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Tucker County. Manchin secured a one-time increase of funds for deferred maintenance for the Fish and Wildlife Service in the Fiscal Year 2018 ...

Relief program under scrutiny

PARKERSBURG — A realignment with terminations is under way at the Department of Commerce while the commander of the West Virginia National Guard will oversee a flood relief program that is under scrutiny, the governor announced Monday. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer will assume control of RISE West ...