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Gasoline pumps removed from Beverly service station

BEVERLY — Customers of a well-known area service station may have noticed changes to the storefront. Throughout the day March 25, crews worked to remove gasoline pumps from Bobbie’s Service Station in Beverly. Bobbie Smith, owner of the station, said she plans to continue to “spoil” ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Signed, Sealed and Delivered

CHARLESTON — With Gov. Jim Justice’s signatures and vetoes, we can now truly tie a bow on the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. During the 60 days between Jan. 9 and March 9, 1,823 bills were introduced and 294 bills passed both the Senate and House of Delegates. ...

Garden Club learns about WV Land Trust

The 2018 Yard of the Month winners were welcomed by the Emma Scott Garden Club to their March 11 meeting. Winners were presented certificates as well as gift cards to Mary’s Greenhouse in recognition of their outstanding gardening efforts. Carol Losh and Shakeela Khan were winners for ...

Two new council members sworn in

ELKINS — Two new Elkins City Council members were sworn into office at City Hall Friday, surrounded by their friends and families. Incoming First Ward representative Judy Guye and new Second Ward Councilman G. Michael Hinchman were sworn in by City Clerk Jessica Sutton. Following the ...

WVWC students call for action

BUCKHANNON — A student-organized movement held a press conference on the steps of the West Virginia Wesleyan College administration building Friday after what they perceive is a lack of action by college officials to address alleged racist and misogynistic assertions and threats of ...

Annual Spring Bazaar scheduled to open Thursday

ELKINS — The annual First United Methodist Church Women’s Spring Bazaar will offer a luncheon, country store and more this week. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, a luncheon will be open to the public and feature hot dogs, pepperoni rolls, pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, cole ...

‘Good Behavior’

BUCKHANNON — School will end before Memorial Day this year after the Upshur County Board of Education voted to turn May 28 and May 29 from instructional days to Professional Learning Days. That means that the last day for students will be Friday, May 24 as of the decision made at this ...

DMV head retiring after misstatements

CHARLESTON — The commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles is on her way out after questions over her handling of the Motor Voter program and the rollout of automatic voter registration. In a statement Thursday, the Department of Transportation said the DMV Commissioner Pat Reed ...

Davis & Elkins College expanding Myles Center for the Arts

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College announced plans Thursday for a major renovation to Myles Center for the Arts. The approximate $5 million project calls for expansion of the building and enhancement to the outdoor gathering area, both of which will better serve the campus and local ...

Sentences are handed down in federal court

ELKINS — Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan were sentenced for charges related to the embezzlement and unlawful sale of government property, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Shane Morgan, age ...

Elkins officials, owners talk annexation

ELKINS — Elkins city officials met with commercial property and business owners Wednesday evening to discuss possible annexation along North Randolph Avenue. During the meeting, officials said the city is wanting to annex the properties — which are currently beyond city limits — before ...

Upshur BOE eliminates total of nine positions

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Board of Education voted Tuesday to eliminate nine professional and service personnel positions and place seven of those employees on the transfer list. More Reductions in Force and transfers are expected to be on the April 9 agenda and administrators said ...

Local Resident Survives Vehicle’s Plummet from Bridge

Submitted photo A vehicle was discovered Wednesday morning underneath the Michael A. ‘Mikey’ Hart Bridge on Corridor H in Barbour County that had fallen from the roadway. Emergency workers extricated the driver, Jason Michael Wickline, who had been trapped in the vehicle for approximately ...

Justice signs, vetoes legislation

CHARLESTON — Beating the buzzer by several hours, Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed and vetoed the remaining bills passed during the 2019 legislative session. According to the governor’s website, Justice signed 24 bills Wednesday and vetoed 27 bills. In total, Justice signed 266 bills ...

DOH submits road requests to state

CHARLESTON — With a four-day deadline from Gov. Jim Justice, district engineers and county supervisors with the Division of highways submitted more than 3,200 pages ranking secondary roads and requesting additional support and equipment. The Department of Transportation released the lists ...

Upshur, Lewis to install surveillance cameras at schools

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County’s Micrologic Inc. was the low bidder for the joint project between Upshur County Schools and Lewis County Schools to add surveillance cameras to schools in both counties. In October 2018, the Upshur County Commission – which applied for the grant on behalf ...

Beverly to amend water board ordinance

BEVERLY — Concerns regarding the town of Beverly’s water and sewer board will soon be resolved following advice from legal counsel. Following a recent opinion rendered by the town of Beverly’s attorney, Beverly Town Council requested a second opinion on their water and sewer ordinances, ...

Bills await governor signature or veto

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has until midnight tonight to sign or veto bills passed by the West Virginia Legislature, otherwise those bills become law automatically. The 2019 legislative session started Jan. 9 and ended March 9. During the 60-day session, the legislature passed 294 bills. ...

B-UHS senior is lone West Virginian recognized by career organization

TENNERTON — They are forward-thinking entrepreneurs, student leaders, activists, radio hosts and designers all selected as one of the 100 High School Students America Needs to Know About. And Buckhannon-Upshur High School senior Jayme Lantz is the only West Virginia student to be ...