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Buckhannon mayor proposes employee raises

BUCKHANNON — Mayor David McCauley will propose a 50-cent pay raise for full-time city employees in the 2019-2020 budget for the City of Buckhannon. McCauley alluded to the proposal during his annual state of the city remarks he delivered during Thursday’s Buckhannon City Council meeting. ...

New judge sworn in for 19th Circuit

PHILIPPI — A second judge was recently appointed to help with the case load in the 19th Judicial Circuit, which serves Barbour and Taylor counties. On Dec. 11, Shawn D. Nines, Taylor County assistant prosecuting attorney, was appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to the position of Circuit ...

Elkins woman charged with child neglect

ELKINS — An Elkins woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly being under the influence when a juvenile in her care left the home. Martha Monique English, 48, is charged with one felony count of child neglect creating risk of injury. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional ...

High-speed chase leads to arrest

ELKINS — A Virginia man is behind bars after allegedly leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Randolph County. Joshua Mark Schoolcraft, 27, of Port Republic, Virginia, is charged with one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley ...

Elkins man accused of breaking and entering

ELKINS — A Randolph County man has been charged after allegedly breaking into two storage units. Timothy Paul Satterfield, 38, of Elkins, is charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering. He is free on a $25,000 cash, property or surety bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob ...

Buckhannon man charged in sexual assault case

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been arrested after allegedly admitting to sexually assaulting an 8-year-old 13 times over a two-year period. Kenneth William Thompson, 36, was arrested for sexual assault in the first degree, a felony, and arraigned Friday before Magistrate Mike ...

Close Vote

BUCKHANNON – Four council members voted against a proposed non-discrimination ordinance at Thursday’s Buckhannon City Council meeting, with one council member saying the item should never have been placed on the agenda. Ordinance 434, promoting a city-wide policy of all-inclusiveness ...

Leaders brief WV press on session issues

CHARLESTON — While it appears Republican and Democratic lawmakers have more in common than not, there will still be some areas of disagreement when the Legislature meets for the 2019 general session next week. Lawmakers from across the state will travel to Charleston for the first session ...

Wood has goals for Chamber of Commerce in new year

ELKINS — With the start of the new year and a new director at the helm, a local agency has high hopes to boost economic development in the area. Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Wood began her tenure with the organization on Nov. 7 and is proud of the ...

New Gymnastics Academy Opens in Elkins

The Inter-Mountain photos by Brad Johnson Cutting the ribbon for the grand opening of Mountain Gymnastics Academy on Grant Street in Elkins Saturday are, from left, co-owner Gail Hayes, her daughter Hannah Hayes, Makenzie White, co-owner Michael Hayes and gymnastics director Allison White.

Reporter’s Notebook: Calm before the legislative storm

On Wednesday, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, reporters, and members of the public will descend upon Charleston to exchange germs for 60 days as the first session of the 84th Legislature begins. It sounds like most expect this year's legislative session to be calm. After last year's teacher ...

Education officials, teachers unions prepare for session

CHARLESTON — Education is sure to be a topic of great interest for lawmakers during the 60-day legislative session starting Wednesday. Members of the press heard from the Department of Education and the state’s two teachers unions during the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative ...

Telephone Pioneers Meet for Christmas Luncheon

Submitted photo The Elkins Chapter of Telephone Pioneers recently met for its Christmas luncheon at the Steer Steakhouse. Attending are from left, seated, Charlene Snodgrass, Zan White, Deloris Wilfong, Linda Hosey and Tom Williams; standing, Sylvia Hammonds, Jim Hammonds, Marg Shields, ...

Foundation launches a new way to volunteer

The Tucker Community Foundation is launching a New Year, New Ways to Give campaign to make it easier for people to get involved with volunteer opportunities in their local community. Every person who registers as a volunteer on the Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center website, ...

Hutchison sworn in to W.Va. Supreme Court

CHARLESTON — On Friday Judge John Hutchison of Beckley was sworn in as the newest member of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. Gov. Jim Justice issued the following statement: “I have known John Hutchison nearly all my life and as a Judge for many years now he has proven to be a very ...

Jan. is Blood Donor Month

The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January — National Blood Donor Month. Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was ...

Shutdown Stress

PARKERSBURG — As the federal government sputters by as of day 13 with no funding, West Virginians are calling on both sides to come together and turn the lights back on. In Parkersburg Thursday, members of Wood County Indivisible marched from Bicentennial Park to the offices of U.S. Rep. ...

Marijuana panel looks at logistics

CHARLESTON — In a discussion delving into health questions and legal quandaries, West Virginia’s plans to implement medical marijuana supplied the first panel discussion topic of the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead Friday at the Culture Center in Charleston. As ...

Panelists note cluster of state needs in budget panel

CHARLESTON — Grappling with the salient needs for social services, education, infrastructure and other aspects of residents’ lives, panelists contemplated challenges faced by legislators regarding the coming budget at the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead Friday at ...

Baby Casey the first birth of the new year

ELKINS — The new year brought a new bundle of joy for one area couple. Contrara and Chad Harlan welcomed their daughter Casey to the world at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday morning at Davis Medical Center — the hospital’s first birth of 2019. Casey is the first child of the couple and weighed ...