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Community members show support for local law enforcement

A number of community members have come out to show their support for local law enforcement and former Elkins Police Chief Craig Cross, at a rally in front of Elkins City Hall. More than two dozen are already in attendance at the event, scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and several ...

Rally slated today for law enforcement

ELKINS — People who plan to show support for local law enforcement are set to gather today at a rally in front of Elkins City Hall. Rally organizer Carman Pennington applied Friday for an event permit to show support for law enforcement, and the event is scheduled from 3 to 5:30 p.m. ...

Elkins man charged with felony forgery

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing felony charges after allegedly forging a check and cashing it. Joshua Norman Williams, 29, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of forgery and one felony count of uttering. He is currently free on a $1,400 cash bond. According to a criminal ...

The Inter-Mountain photo by Katrina Duckworth
Commission President Terry Cutright, Commissioner Troy ‘Buddy’ Brady and Commissioner Sam Nolte cut the ribbon commemorating the opening of their new office space in Buckhannon along with county staff and community members.

Upshur County Commission cuts ribbon to new office

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission officially opened the doors of its new office to the public Friday afternoon. The Upshur County Administrative Annex, located at 91 W. Main St., shares a building with the West Virginia University Extension Office. The move was to ...

Upshur man facing gun charge

ELKINS — An Upshur County man is behind bars after allegedly being found in possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Shawn Phillip Lee Edwards Jr., 27, of Buckhannon, is charged with one felony count of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley ...

Strangulation case continued

ELKINS — A Randolph County man accused of choking a woman until she became unconscious had his preliminary hearing continued Friday in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Dewayne N. Hannah, 67, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of strangulation. He is free on a $35,000 cash, surety ...

Firefighters with the Elkins Fire Department and Beverly Volunteer Fire Department run a hose to the top of a building on the campus of the Hamer Pellet Mill in South Elkins Friday morning after a bearing going bad in a pellet press started a fire in the duct work of the facility.

Crews battle Hamer Pellet Mill fire

ELKINS — Fire crews responded to the Hamer Pellet Mill shortly before 9 a.m. Friday morning after a machine at the facility caught fire. “It started in, they call it a pellet press. What it does is they put the sawdust and chemicals — vegetable oil —and what it does is forms them into ...

Elkins man facing felony drug charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after he was allegedly found with more than an ounce of marijuana, some of it appearing to be pre-packaged for distribution, officials said. Nicholas Adam Owens, 21, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession with ...

City man charged in burglary

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after allegedly entering a home and initiating a physical altercation with the woman inside. Randy Gerald Bennett, 31, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of nighttime burglary. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional ...

An employee with the city of Elkins hangs a ‘Kindness Counts’ banner on the front facade of Elkins City Hall Friday morning. On Feb. 2, Elkins Mayor Van T. Broughton signed a proclamation naming the week of Feb. 12 through Feb. 18 ‘Kindness Counts Week.’ (The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean)

Kindness Counts Week event set

ELKINS — Valentine’s Day is associated with love, and Elkins city officials hope that will translate to expressions of love for one’s neighbors and community during Kindness Counts Week. A proclamation made by the city of Elkins has declared the week of Feb. 12-18 as Kindness Counts ...

Spaghetti dinner set for Sunday

HODGESVILLE — The Hodgesville Lions Club will host its annual spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Warren District Community Center in Hodgesville. The dinner is known as “Eat A Bite For Sight.” The Lion’s Club has been hosting this annual event for more than 10 years ...

Changes proposed to how delegates are elected

PARKERSBURG — Changes were proposed on how delegates are elected in multi-member districts in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 2124, introduced Wednesday when the Legislature reconvened, would require, beginning in 2018, in districts having two or more ...

Logan Nixon is one of the fourth-grade students taking part in Thursday’s Randolph County Social Studies Fair at the Beverly Fire Hall. Nixon earned first place in Division I in the ‘State and Local’ category.

Randolph County hosts social studies fair

BEVERLY — More than 100 students in fourth through 12th grade presented their social studies projects Thursday at Beverly Fire Hall, with topics ranging from Mountaineer football traditions to Yellowstone National Park. Students participating in the annual Randolph County Social Studies ...

Fugitive leads State Police on chase through Randolph, Barbour counties

ELKINS — A pursuit by West Virginia State Police officers that led from Elkins into Barbour County Thursday ended in the arrest of a man who was wanted in Marion County. Floyd Edward Roby, 39, of Buckhannon, was wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service on an armed robbery charge out of Marion ...

Drug case going to Randolph County grand jury

ELKINS — A Randolph County man who was allegedly found in possession of drugs, a gun and drug paraphernalia had his bond modified in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Bond for  Michael Bell, 27, of Elkins, was modified from $25,000 cash-only to $25,000 cash or surety. He is charged with ...

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W.Va. educators consider Gov. Jim Justice’s ACT proposal

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice’s idea to adopt the ACT as the only statewide assessment for West Virginia high school students leaves some educators questioning how it will be used and whether it’s the best idea for all graduates. Because the ACT assessment focuses on students who plan ...

Student proposes ‘Save the Bees’ bill

BUCKHANNON — A local student addressed the Upshur County Commission Thursday about a bill she has been working on through Buckhannon-Upshur Youth Leadership Association. Lindsay Bever presented a draft of the “Save the Bees” bill she hopes the state will adopt. Her idea is to fill ...

City water tank project moving ahead

BUCKHANNON — Representatives from Chapman Technical Group addressed the Buckhannon Water Board Thursday at their regular monthly meeting. Mike Johnson updated the Board on the status of a project that would place an upgraded water tank on Victoria Hill. The intention is to begin ...

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ACLU: Memo is ‘shocking’

ELKINS — A memorandum by former Elkins Police Chief Craig Cross that referred to drug dealers as “cockroaches” and urged officers to use force and intimidation tactics has not only divided the community, but it also has raised legal questions as to the status of cases moving ...

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Residents share support for Cross

ELKINS — Some local residents are showing support for former Elkins Police Chief Craig Cross in light of Wednesday’s breaking news about his resignation from the force and a recent memo he issued. Cross circulated a memorandum in which he compared drug dealers and users to ...