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GOP strives to keep control of state Senate

CHARLESTON — The first in what is expected to be several Republican candidates announced his intention to run for the West Virginia Senate this week. Eric Nelson, a Republican representing the 35th District in the House of Delegates, announced his 2020 candidacy Tuesday for the Senate’s ...

Buckhannon Water Plant says E. coli levels not a concern

BUCKHANNON — Although E. coli levels are monitored and the bacteria exists in the Buckhannon River Watershed like other watersheds, the City of Buckhannon’s water treatment processes do their job to make the water safe, officials said. The issue of E. coli came up at a recent City of ...

Mountain State Forest Festival assistant directors announced

ELKINS — The assistant directors of the 2019 Mountain State Forest Festival have been announced. Jon Morgan will begin his seventh year as an assistant director for the 83rd Festival. He works for the USDA, Forest Service and is the Deputy District Ranger on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger ...

Midland parents express concern to BOE

ELKINS — Dozens of students, parents, staff and supporters from Midland Elementary School filled the Randolph County Schools board room this week when individuals presented concerns to Randolph County Board of Education members. During a past board meeting, Midland parents had offered ...

10 arrested in task force drug sweep

BUCKHANNON — Ten people were arrested Thursday without incident and five people are still wanted in conjunction with a Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit task force investigation initiated earlier this year. Officers seized 53 heroin stamps, 62 grams of methamphetamine, 100 dosage ...

HOFNOD slated at new home Saturday

ELKINS — Phil Gainer Community Center officials are hoping to reel in new visitors as the annual Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs event moves to a new “fishing hole” this weekend. This year’s event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Phil Gainer Community ...

Cary, governor’s chief adviser, leaves EQT board

CHARLESTON — A senior adviser to Gov. Jim Justice will not be returning to the board of one of the largest natural gas companies in the country, a position that raised concerns about conflicts of interest. According to a press release, Bray Cary is one of three directors for EQT Corp who ...

Health department to host epidemic response practice

ELKINS — The Randolph-Elkins Health Department is set to host a tabletop meeting next week in order for emergency services officials to practice enacting plans of response for a pan flu epidemic. Pandemic influenza refers to new, highly contagious strains of the influenza virus for which ...

B-UMS student captures first place in annual essay contest

BUCKHANNON — How does county government make the lives of students in the community better? It’s a question that was posed to eighth-grade students at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School as part of the annual County Commissioners Association of West Virginia essay contest. Eighth-grader ...

Artists at Work fighting for survival

ELKINS — Artists at Work, located downtown on South Davis Avenue, is one of the oldest artist cooperatives in West Virginia. It was established in 1993, has never been closed and has even been used as a model for other artist cooperatives. The gallery features 18 artists, including ...

Resort owners file bankruptcy papers

DAVIS — A court hearing related to Timberline Four Seasons Resort possibly going into a receivership has been delayed as the owners have filed bankruptcy paperwork in federal court. A representative in the office of Circuit Judge James W. Courrier Jr. told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday that ...

GOP considers moving event from Greenbrier

PARKERSBURG — Citing investigations and the appearance of favoring a candidate, the chairman of the Wood County Republican Executive Committee proposed moving the state party’s summer meeting site away from The Greenrbrier Resort. The resort is owned by the Republican Gov. Jim Justice, ...

New mayor elected in Beverly

BEVERLY — With several newly elected town officials, individuals are looking to bring fresh ideas to the town of Beverly. Beverly residents elected a new mayor and three new town council members in the town election this week. Andy Burns, the lone registered candidate for mayor, received ...

Fostering Hope open house connects families with agencies

BUCKHANNON — With more than 7,000 children in foster care around the Mountain State, events like Fostering Hope to connect interested foster parents with agencies are important, officials said this week. Kylie Hassan, communications outreach director with Mission WV, said, “Mission ...

Feds file civil suit over unpaid safety fines at Justice mines

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are going after 23 companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice and managed by his family for unpaid mine safety fines. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen and Assistant Secretary ...

Devono announces retirement

ELKINS — Randolph County Schools will be seeing changes to administration in the upcoming school year. RCS Superintendent Gabriel “Gabe” Devono announced his retirement during the Randolph County Board of Education’s regular meeting Tuesday. “After careful deliberation and ...

State releases education report to public

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education made a report available to the public Tuesday detailing the results from eight regional roundtables, which lawmakers and Gov. Jim Justice will use when crafting legislation for the resumption of the special session on education ...

EHS students to present ‘Addams Family’

ELKINS — Elkins High School students are preparing to perform the play “The Addams Family,” which will be presented to the public on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. The play includes humor, as it is a comedy, along with an irreverent ...