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Officials looks at creation of the Cybersecurity Office

CHARLESTON — The W.Va. House of Delegates’ Committee on Technology and Infrastructure held discussion Monday on HB 2452: Creation of the West Virginia Cybersecurity Office. The bill was introduced by House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, and involves the creation of the West Virginia ...

Senate committee passes governor’s court proposal

CHARLESTON — A senate committee passed Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal to add another layer to the state court system Monday. The Senate Judiciary Committee looked Senate Bill 266 Monday morning and afternoon, which creates the West Virginia Appellate Review Reorganization Act of 2019. SB ...

TipTop Coffee opens in Elkins

ELKINS — Something new is brewing in Elkins, and it isn’t just the weather. TipTop Coffee started in Thomas and has now opened a new location in downtown Elkins. “It is always exciting to train new staff,” said Grace Lawson manager of TipTop, located on Third Street. “It’s ...

House OKs broadband bill

CHARLESTON — The House speaker's signature broadband expansion legislation passed the House of Delegates Monday by a wide margin after amendments were added. House Bill 2005, the Broadband Expansion Act of 2019, passed the House 97-2 and now heads to the state Senate. "No matter what ...

Devono provides levy proposal details to Elkins Rotarians

ELKINS — Elkins Rotarians learned about the proposed Randolph County Schools levy during their meeting Monday. Superintendent Gabriel “Gabe” Devono provided an overview of the levy proposal’s details, aided by Randolph County Board of Education President Amanda Smith, Assistant ...

Elkins man admits to maintaining a drug house

ELKINS — Cory Dean Carpenter, of Elkins, has admitted to maintaining a house for drug distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Carpenter, age 24, pled guilty to one count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises.” Carpenter admitted to living at 98 Washington Street in ...

State attempts education reform

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate is taking a huge leap in its comprehensive education reform bill, an effort that has teachers and their unions concerned but has some parents anxious for any options that help their children succeed. The 137-page comprehensive education reform package ...

Police invite the public to attend event

ELKINS — The initial Community Watch meeting for First Ward in Elkins is set for Wednesday. Elkins Police Department officers will lead the meeting, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jennings Randolph Elementary School. “We’ll be waiting at the door,” Elkins Police Chief Glenn Galloway ...

Upshur Commission accepts grant to support PRO position

BUCKHANNON — Through building relationships with students and even starting a running club, the prevention resource officer position has been able to meaningfully impact students at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. That position has been held for all nine years by Cpl. C.J. Day with the ...

Education omnibus bill passes

CHARLESTON — After five hours of testimony, questions, discussion and demands to postpone the vote, the education omnibus passed out of the Senate Education Committee Friday evening along party lines. The education omnibus bill, an originating bill developed by the committee, passed 7-5 ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Week Three at the Capitol

The third week of the 2019 legislative session finally saw the debut of the education omnibus bill, and the roll out could have probably been handled better. Rumors had been flying about the bill since the beginning of January. No one was sure what was in it, but the rumors reached a fever ...

This Week in the House of Delegates

CHARLESTON — The House of Delegates this past week began work on two potential constitutional amendments that could provide substantial tax relief to veterans and seniors, while also encouraging business investment and job creation in the state. “These amendments are critical steps in our ...

At the Capitol: Massive omnibus bill unveiled

CHARLESTON — Week three of the 60-day regular session saw the unveiling of a massive, 144-page omnibus education bill, whose release had been anticipated since the start of the session. While it includes a second round of 5 percent on average pay raises for teachers and school service ...

Senate celebrates passage of college bill

CHARLESTON — A day after party-line votes against amendments from Democratic lawmakers, the West Virginia Senate voted out a community and technical college bill with unanimous support. Senate Bill 1 creates a last-dollar-in program to help high school graduates and adults fund their ...

B-UHS to receive pilot grant

CHARLESTON — The Education Alliance, in collaboration with the College Foundation of West Virginia, the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office, West Virginia Bankers Association, West Virginia University, Marshall University, and the West Virginia Department of Education is partnering with ...

Meals on Wheels serving with a smile

ELKINS — With assistance from the United Way of Randolph County, a local program dedicated to providing meals to the community is able to serve approximately 70 individuals on a day-to-day basis. Karrah Washington, executive director for the United Way of Randolph County, said United Way ...

Devono comments on lawsuits

ELKINS — Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Gabriel “Gabe” Devono commented Friday afternoon on the 13 lawsuits filed against the county Board of Education and a county schools employee on Thursday. The suits allege that Kimberly Smith, while a teacher in the pre-kindergarten ...

Medical marijuana banking fix introduced, though issues remain

CHARLESTON — One piece of the puzzle to get West Virginia’s medical marijuana program functional was introduced in the House of Delegates this week, but lack of funding for the agency that will oversee the program could still push back the implementation timeline. House Bill 2538 would ...

Gibbons to perform at benefit concert

ELKINS — Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church will present “A Musical Menagerie: Peter and The Wolf & Other Animal Tails” on Sunday, featuring famed British pianist and composer Jack Gibbons. The event will be a fundraiser for the Randolph County Humane Society. Donations will be ...