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Brakes taken off permanent Home Rule bill

CHARLESTON — Even though the bill’s journey isn’t finished, mayors are breathing a sigh of relief now that legislation making the West Virginia’s Home Rule program permanent is on its way to the floor of the House of Delegates. The House Government Organization Committee Monday ...

House delays pay raise bill for county officials

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates Government Organization Committee voted Friday to postpone discussion of SB 615’s committee substitute, which would provide an ongoing mechanism for county commissioners to allow compensation increases for elected officials every two ...

Elkins Municipal Election results

ELKINS — Incumbent Elkins City Councilwoman Linda Vest will retain her Fifth Ward seat. Vest with 27 votes bested three challengers including Joe Sabatino, 25 votes, Howard Knapp, six votes, and Robin Spicer, 17 votes. Former Elkins Mayor Judy Guye will represent First Ward on city council. ...

Schools highlight family atmosphere

ELKINS — Three elementary schools offered Local School Improvement Council presentations to the Randolph County Board of Education this week. Coalton Elementary School Principal Alyssa Tallman said Coalton has a “family-type atmosphere.” “What makes a family? They come in all shapes ...

Speaker talks trauma in schools

TENNERTON — Seeking to help personnel relate to students who have experienced some form of trauma in their young lives, Upshur County Schools brought in a national speaker for training. Jim Sporleder, a retired principal from Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington, spoke during an ...

House passes balanced budget

CHARLESTON — The House of Delegates passed out a balanced budget Saturday with a week left in the 2019 legislative session. House Bill 2020, the governor’s budget bill, passed 92-5 and now heads to the state Senate. It is expected that the Senate will amend its version of the budget, ...

Delegate accused of injuring House staffer apologizes

CHARLESTON — A member of the House of Delegates accused of injuring a doorkeeper took time Saturday to apologize for his actions. House Minority Whip Mike Caputo, D-Marion, addressed the house during a Saturday morning floor session one week before the 60-day legislative session wraps ...

Marty Stuart to headline 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival

ELKINS — Five-time Grammy Award winning country music legend Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will bring pure classic country to the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival. The performance is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Nine at the Capitol

I picked a very interesting time to return to my statehouse reporting roots. I could never have predicted the things and controversies that have happened this session. For example, as I’ve written, a major controversy erupted over a table display with several posters and pamphlets that were ...

Tumultuous Week for the Legislature

A tumultuous week at the Capitol was marked by intense, emotional debate, and a 59-41 passage vote in the House of Delegates of a controversial measure to allow individuals with conceal carry permits to bring firearms onto state college campuses (HB2519). Long-simmering political tensions in ...

Upshur BOE honors staff, student

The Inter-Mountain photos by Amanda Hayes The Upshur County Board of Education recognized Sherri Hoover as the first Upshur Star staff award winner for facilitating a new Crazy 8s Math Club at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School. Pictured left to right, are superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus, ...

Competition

BUCKHANNON — They have spent all year in the classroom and this week it was time for students to take what they have learned and apply it in the local SkillsUSA contest at Fred W. Eberle Technical Center. Rebecca Bowers-Call, director of the center, said, “Each program area has at ...

Anti-Muslim display at Capitol upsets lawmakers

CHARLESTON — A lawmaker shouts down a House of Delegates staffer. Another pushes past doorkeepers in a fit of anger. Other delegates exchange words on the House floor. No, it wasn’t over a piece of legislation or a difference of opinion or public policy. Instead, the anger was over a ...

Miller named 2019 Mountain State Forest Festival Director General

ELKINS — The Board of Directors of the Mountain State Forest Festival is pleased to announce their appointment of Robin Miller as Director General of the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival, which is scheduled to take place from Sept. 28 – Oct. 6. Born and raised in Elkins, Miller is an ...

Manchin staff set to host Manchin Mobile Monday in Elkins

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced that a representative from his office will take part in Manchin Mobile Monday, bringing Manchin’s office to you from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday at the Randolph County Senior Center in Elkins. West Virginians are encouraged to stop by and ...

Timberline Resort closes early

DAVIS — Timberline Four Seasons Resort has closed its doors for the season, and questions are swirling about the resort’s future. According to Timberline’s Facebook page, the resort will be closed for the rest of 2019. The Herz family, which owns the resort, posted, “We thank you ...

Elkins looks at spending sales tax revenue

ELKINS — Elkins City Council discussed in more detail how it might spend the revenues from the new 1 percent sales tax during a special call meeting Thursday evening. Though nothing was finalized Thursday, council members have narrowed down which areas they feel the money should be spent in ...