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Country music star Aaron Tippin interacts with the crowd at the Barbour County Fair Friday night.

Rain can’t dampen Barbour Fair

PHILIPPI — Despite persistant rain showers, the 2017 Barbour County Fair wrapped up Saturday with a concert by the country band Runaway June, following on the heels of a concert Friday night by country star Aaron Tippin. Preston County’s Moonlight Drive band opened for Tippin, whose show ...

Woman fatally shot near Kerens

KERENS — A woman was fatally shot in the Kerens area early Sunday morning, and police were continuing their investigation Monday. The woman was shot in her right upper chest area inside a residence at 905 Pheasant Run Road near Kerens in Tucker County, a West Virginia State Police press ...

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Those attending the FreeFall Festival enjoyed a Pro BMX bike demonstration featuring high-flying tricks.

Free music festival rocks Snowshoe

SNOWSHOE — Snowshoe Resort offered free family fun over the weekend as the FreeFall Festival closed out the resort’s summer activities schedule. Several free events were offered including live music, art workshops and yoga classes, a professional BMX bicycle demonstration and a mountain ...

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Roy White, of Elkins, is shown here following a recent interview about his service as a field medical officer during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Elkins High School in 1964, and he had experience with the Army National Guard before deciding to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1966.

Veteran shares experiences from Vietnam medic service

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series, which features veterans in our area and shares first-hand accounts of their military service. The series is published each Monday through Veterans Day. To suggest an Unsung Hero, call 304-636-2121, ext. ...

Three arrested in Barbour Co.

PHILIPPI — A search warrant was executed at the 100 block of Locust Avenue in Philippi Saturday by members of the Philippi Police Department, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police’s Philippi detachment, police said. An amount of methamphetamine and ...

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Ginger Elmore, store manager of Cato Fashions of Elkins, presents Sara Fincham, Woman’s Aid In Crisis victim advocate of Randolph County, with a check for $100 to purchase items needed for residents at the WAIC shelter along with six boxes of clothing.

Store donates clothing, funds to WAIC

ELKINS — Cato Fashions of Elkins is helping to give back to the community by donating clothing to local nonprofit group Women’s Aid In Crisis. Shoes, sunglasses, scarves, jewelry and more are all being donated monthly to local women and children in need through WAIC. Often, victims of ...

Area’s first dog park opens to public in Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — The city of Buckhannon opened the area’s first park dedicated to the dogs at the Buckhannon Dog Park, located near the boat ramp on the Riverwalk trail, on Friday. The fenced-in park, which is a little over one acre in size, broke ground earlier last month, and city ...

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Deloris Wilfong, right, president of the Elkins High School Alumni Association, presents a donation to Penny Crawford, secretary of the Randolph County Hall of Fame.

Alumni group donates to HOF

ELKINS — Each year the Randolph County Hall of Fame honors athletes and coaches of the past years for their dedication, strength, honor and humility. The 24th annual Induction Ceremony was recently conducted. The Elkins High School Alumni Association was incorporated in the 1990s with ...

Woman fatally shot in Kerens

KERENS — A woman was fatally shot in the Kerens area early Sunday morning, police said. The woman was shot in her right upper chest area inside a residence at 905 Pheasant Run Road near Kerens in Tucker County, a West Virginia State Police press release states. The 911 call came in at ...

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Youngsters participate in the Kids Power Wheels Demolition Derby during the Barbour County Fair.

Big Finish

PHILIPPI — The Barbour County Fair will wrap up with an array of activities and entertainment today, culminating in a concert by the country band Runaway June. Gracie & The Gang will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by the all-female Runaway June at 9 p.m. The winners have been ...

Labor Day pig roast to benefit Elkins skate park

ELKINS — A local organization is offering a fundraiser Monday to help pay for improvements to an Elkins skate park. Youth Empowered Solutions (Y.E.S.) will offer a pig roast from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to purchase new ramps and parts for the Randolph ...

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Many area Civil War re-enactment groups have cannons available they shoot off for demonstrations. Carlin’s Battery D in Wood County is one of them. This picture was taken during a Veterans Day Ceremony in 2015 at Fort Boreman Park outside of Parkersburg, where Carlin’s Battery D loaded and shot the cannon during a ceremony to honor veterans.

Civil War re-enactors respond to criticism

PARKERSBURG — Most Civil War re-enactors say their effort is about heritage and history, not bigotry and hate. With the debate on removing Confederate monuments and whether people should fly the Confederate flag taking up a lot of attention across the country, in West Virginia, for the ...

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Tasha Hamilton, of Evansville, takes care of ‘Charlie,’ a 2,200-pound Belgian horse that belongs to her father, Delmer Hershman, also of Evansville, this week at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. Hamilton said the 5-year-old horse is 6 feet, 4 inches tall at the withers, or 19 hands tall in horse lingo.

Horse events on tap at fair

PHILIPPI — Farm animals are a big attraction at many country fairs, and that’s certainly the case in Barbour County — where a Belgian horse named “Charlie” and many other large, friendly creatures greet visitors at the horse barn. “Charlie” is about 2,200 pounds and 6 feet, 4 ...

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Arts Center annual Gala set Sept. 8

ELKINS — As The Arts Center’s 16th annual Gala approaches, the agency’s new board president is trying to spread the word about the fundraiser as well as the tremendous amount of activities, classes and events offered year-round. Judy Van Gundy was elected president of The Arts ...

FreeFall Festival offers live music

SNOWSHOE — Snowshoe Mountain Resort will come alive this weekend as the FreeFall Festival closes out the summer with loads of free live music, family activities and a fireworks display. The festival kicks off today and runs throughout the weekend. Among the free concerts, the Robert ...

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Constantine ‘C.J.’ Pappas, a longtime Rotarian, helps barbecue the chicken during the Randolph County Humane Society ‘Woofstock’ event.

Elkins Rotarians have busy summer

ELKINS — A new Rotary International year began July 1 and the Rotary Club of Elkins was ready for a new year of community service with the installation of new officers and Board members to serve during the 2017-2018 year. The installation took place June 26 at the Randolph County Arts ...

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Randolph man facing felony charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly being found in possession of firearms as a previously convicted felon. Jack David Raines Jr., 44, of Monterville, is charged with one felony count of being a person prohibited from possessing firearms. He is incarcerated at ...