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Maid Silvia honored at reception

ELKINS — The Mountain State Forest Festival welcomed Maid Silvia LXXXIII and her maids of honor to Elkins on Sunday. A reception was held in honor of these three women who will be representing the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival. Maid Silvia LXXXIII Kaitlin Marie Smith and her maids ...

Workman tells U.S. Supreme Court her side of impeachment

CHARLESTON — Margaret Workman, a justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals impeached last summer by the House of Delegates, gave her side of the story in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday. The nation’s highest court is considering hearing two challenges to an ...

NBA luminary speaks at B-UHS graduation

BUCKHANNON — The 2019 Buckhannon-Upshur High School commencement speaker said he has had his share of ups and downs. But former general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies Chris Wallace shared with graduates some words of wisdom he has learned on the long and winding road of life since his ...

Memorial Day observed in Upshur

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County residents came together Sunday at Heavener Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day and recognize the service of those veterans who gave all for their country. Sen. Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, said, “We are here today to honor our men and women, to remember your ...

Reporter’s Notebook: We Remember

On Memorial Day we take time to honor those members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice and laid their lives down in combat or who have later died as a veteran. I have a lot of fond memories on Memorial Day weekend growing up in St. Marys. Military service is a rich ...

Class of 2019

ELKINS — More than 200 Elkins High School students crossed the stage Friday evening, sharing in their accomplishments during their graduation commencement ceremony. The 207 graduates of the Elkins High School class of 2019 gathered in the packed gymnasium to celebrate, alongside friends ...

Maid Silvia LXXXIII

ELKINS — Bridgeport resident Kaitlin Marie Smith has been selected as Maid Silvia for the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival by Director General Robin Miller. The selection of Maid Silvia has been kept a secret for months. She, along with her family, will visit Elkins on Sunday to ...

Buckhannon votes to change insurance plan

BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon will move to a partially self-insured insurance plan with a new agent instead of maintaining its policy with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of West Virginia through Loudin Insurance. Mayor David McCauley proposed keeping the insurance through Loudin ...

Senate unveils new education reform package

CHARLESTON — Giving the citizens of West Virginia the start of the three-day weekend to review, the state Senate released their much-anticipated education reform package late Friday afternoon. The 144-page document includes the senate’s answer to the controversial Senate Bill 451 that ...

Couple relieved dilapidated property demolished in Elkins

ELKINS — After voicing his concerns to City Council in February, Orchard Street resident and Vietnam veteran George Martin Kniley was relieved when the dilapidated property next to his home was finally torn down last week. After stating that he had “no faith” that anything would be ...

Special Moment

MILL CREEK — Members of the 2019 Tygarts Valley High School graduating class shared one final special moment together Thursday evening during the school’s 96th commencement ceremony. Sixty five graduating seniors joined together to sing their alma mater which states, “Nestled in a ...

Committee votes down Robert E. Lee Ave. name change

ELKINS — The Elkins Municipal Properties Committee shot down a measure that would have changed the name of Robert E. Lee Avenue on Thursday. Several residents spoke out during the meeting before the committee took action. Fourth Ward Council Member Marley Hazen previously proposed ...

MAIDS OF HONOR

ELKINS — Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Robin Miller has announced the appointments of Christine Paige Zurbuch and Susan Elizabeth Riggleman as Maids of Honor to Queen Silvia LXXXIII. Zurbuch and Riggleman are bestowed with the highest Randolph County honors in the Forest ...

Upshur Commission OKs more improvements to schools’ security

BUCKHANNON — After two rounds of site inspections at schools in Upshur County and Lewis County, Micrologic, Inc. is making additional changes to improve safety and security at schools. The company received the bid award from the project earlier this year after the Upshur County ...

Vintage Rides

ELKINS — A summer tradition in downtown Elkins had some welcomed guests on Wednesday evening. With approximately 180 members of the Model “A” Restorers Club (MARC) visiting the Elkins area, the Mountain State Street Machines car club hosted their weekly cruise-in a day ...

State pays for broadband grant failures

CHARLESTON — Another part of Monday’s special session involved the state paying for a mistake made nearly a decade earlier during the flawed implementation of broadband grant funding. On Monday, the West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 1026, one of 18 bills passed during a one-day ...