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BOE learns more about Key Club

ELKINS — Representatives from Tygarts Valley High School’s Key Club offered a special presentation to the Randolph County Board of Education Tuesday. Tatum Wamsley, for TVHS Key Club, and Betty Newsom, club advisor, spoke to board members about the purpose and success of their ...

Carter honored as Service to Youth Champion

BUCKHANNON — Larry Carter thought he was coming to Stockert Youth and Community Center for a meeting last week, but the rest of the attendees did not show up and those who had gathered ventured outside at the suggestion of the mayor. Mayor David McCauley announced outside SYCC “This is ...

2019 Mountain State Forest Festival Minor Court announced

ELKINS — The Royal Minor Court of Queen Silvia LXXXIII has been selected and announced by Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Robin Miller and Queen’s Department Director Melanie Dempsey. Representing the 83rd royal court will be Crown Bearer Emma Rae Morgan; Scepter ...

Upshur residents share education ideas

TENNERTON — Prior to the West Virginia Legislature gathering in Charleston for a special session on education, a forum was held at Buckhannon-Upshur High School with local stakeholders and a few legislators. Increasing mental health services, drug counseling for students and families, ...

Commission to present unsafe buildings ordinance

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission is planning a series of public meetings to present a proposed unsafe buildings and lands ordinance. Commission President Mark Scott said the meetings will take place in June. He said no dates had yet been set but noted commissioners hoped to have four ...

Session provides additional funds for road projects

CHARLESTON — Monday’s resumption of the special session not only fixed some bill vetoed by Gov. Jim Justice in March, but also included nearly $100 million in additional funding for secondary roads in West Virginia. Three bills introduced by Justice Monday included supplemental ...

Randolph BOE honors retirees

ELKINS — A number of Randolph County Schools employees were honored for their many years of service to students during Tuesday’s regular Board of Education meeting. RCS Assistant Superintendent Debbie Schmidlen offered her thanks to each professional and service personnel employee who ...

EPD officers speak with residents during Community Watch meeting

ELKINS — Members of the Elkins Police Department spoke to residents during a Community Watch meeting in Second Ward on Tuesday. During the meeting the officers went over the basics of what residents can do to contribute to keeping the Elkins community safe. “A lot of times when you ...

Man faces charges for threatening DHHR employee

BUCKHANNON — A man who threatened to shoot a West Virginia Department of Human Resources employee was arrested Monday by the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Richard Warren Mealey, 48, of Buckhannon, called the Child Protective Services Centralized Child Abuse ...

Justice coal companies hit back

CHARLESTON — The coal companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice have been subject to a federal lawsuit, but the Justice companies are hitting back. According to a press release from Justice’s Bluestone Energy Group, the governor’s coal operations are seeking a declaratory judgement in federal ...

City tears down fire-damaged house

ELKINS — The city of Elkins has torn down the dilapidated property on Orchard Street that prompted an elderly resident to criticize city officials earlier this year. The house, at 108 Orchard Street, had caught fire twice in recent years. The city, which now owns the property, paid to ...

Work ongoing on education reform session

CHARLESTON — Much focus has been on what Gov. Jim Justice and Republican lawmakers are planning for the resumption of the education betterment special session likely next month, but Democratic lawmakers in the House of Delegates and Senate have ideas of their own. Monday’s resumption of ...

Two pedestrians struck by vehicles in Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — One woman was flown by Health Net to Ruby Memorial Hospital after being backed over by a vehicle and a man was treated at the scene in two separate pedestrian versus vehicle accidents outside Cook’s Store Monday. Brenda McCullough, 74, was lying on the ground under a silver ...

Upshur man facing multiple charges

BUCKHANNON — A man who allegedly abused his wife and then shot into the vehicle of a person who tried to intervene remains in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $175,000 bond. Phillip O. Pulliam II, 30, of Copen, allegedly dragged his wife around by the throat across the yard at a ...

Rotary learns more about drug abuse in the community

ELKINS — On Monday, the Elkins Rotary Club learned more about drug abuse in the community. Randolph County Family Resource Director Rebecca Vance, a representative of the Randolph County Substance Abuse Coalition, explained more about the coalition during a presentation to Rotarians. ...

Little sworn in to replace Hollen in W.Va. House

CHARLESTON — Chuck Little, an investigator with experience looking into public corruption and fraud, will get his chance to keep government accountable from the inside as the 9th District’s latest representative in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Little, a Republican from ...