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Amsterdam journalist re-visits Elkins

ELKINS — A man who was born and lives half a world away has been keeping up with news coming out of Elkins and the surrounding areas for the majority of his life. Mark Lievisse Adriaanse, a native of the Netherlands, visited The Inter-Mountain offices recently and said he reads this ...

Commission process selects acting justices

CHARLESTON — This week could be the final week on the bench for Justices Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins, who were appointed to the court by Gov. Jim Justice. Whoever wins the division 1 and 2 special election on Tuesday for West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will take office and be sworn ...

Two arrested after high-speed pursuit

ELKINS — Two Randolph County individuals are behind bars after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit. Joshua Jessie White, 38, of Montrose, is charged with one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference. Emily Katherine Seel, 24, of Elkins, is charged with one felony ...

Randolph man charged with counterfeiting

ELKINS — A Huttonsville man has been charged with a pair of felonies after allegedly passing counterfeit bills. Austin Blaine Lanham, 18, is charged with two felony counts of counterfeiting. He is free on a $20,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. ...

Teaching Safety

ELKINS — Fire companies across Randolph County met with young students in the area to emphasize the importance of fire safety during the month of October. “We teach fire prevention to young students because it is important for them to understand what to do in case of a fire,” Elkins ...

Justice Loughry seeks re-do of federal trial

CHARLESTON — The conviction earlier this month of state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry on 11 federal charges might not be the last word on the matter. On Oct. 26, Loughry filed a motion for a new trial in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston. The ...

City shares details of $4M sewer project

ELKINS — The city of Elkins held a public meeting this week to share details on Phase 2 of a multi-million-dollar sewage system improvement project. Mike Davis, of the Burgess & Niple engineering and architecture firm based in Parkersburg, was on hand at City Hall Monday evening to ...

PEIA Task Force looks at issues

CHARLESTON — A subcommittee of the task force looking at how to reform the Public Employees Insurance Agency has the unenviable job of looking at ways to improve health plans to save money but also deliver the services public employees expect. The Coverage and Plan Subcommittee of the PEIA ...

Super Speaker

MILL CREEK — An area super hero made a stop at Tygarts Valley Middle-High School Monday afternoon. “Batman,” portrayed by John Buckland as part of the Heroes-4-Higher program, talked to students about being heroes fighting against drugs, bullying, suicide and school violence. The ...

Walker set to become chief justice

CHARLESTON — The only justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to face an impeachment trial will be the new chief justice starting next year. Justice Beth Walker will take over as chief justice of the state’s highest court starting Jan. 1, 2019. She was chosen by her fellow ...

Wood appointed as Chamber’s executive director

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa B. Messinger Wood as its new executive director, effective Nov. 7. A native of Huntington, Wood holds a bachelor of arts in general business from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a ...

Candidates file on first day for municipal election

ELKINS — Monday served as the first day for candidate filing for the Elkins municipal election, with the mayor’s position as well as a seat in each of the five city council wards to be on the ballot. Elkins Mayor Van Broughton was the first person to file Monday morning, seeking his ...

Randolph grand jury hands down 34 indictments

ELKINS — A Randolph County man accused of having inappropriate contact with two children in his care was among individuals named in 34 indictments handed down Monday by a Randolph County grand jury. Antoine Stevens Johnson, 42, of Elkins, was indicted on two felony counts of sexual abuse in ...

Pa. shooting victim was WVWC grad

PITTSBURGH — One of those killed in the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh Saturday was a West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate. Daniel Stein, 71, was a 1969 graduate of WVWC. He and seven other men and three women were killed inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill ...

Effort to remove high court justice thrown into limbo

CHARLESTON — Allen Loughry, a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, is suspended without pay, impeached, and now convicted. But he is still a justice on the state’s highest court, with a picture hanging outside the chambers, an office costing $363,000 in renovations and ...

Sharing Stories of the Season

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Youngsters visiting the ‘Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular’ Friday night at The Arts Center in Elkins listen intently as volunteer Lynne Serba, dressed as a witch, reads spooky stories. For more photos from the event, turn to page A6.

Voters to decide budget oversight

CHARLESTON — Voters concerned with the level of spending by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will get their say thanks to a constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Amendment 2 will give the West Virginia Legislature oversight of the judicial branch’s budget. West ...

Arlington Cemetery organist performed at 35,000 funerals

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. DAVIS — An army veteran and former organist at Fort Myer Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery, who ...