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School costs up, student enrollment down

CHARLESTON — As state policy experts, teachers, parents, lawmakers and students continue to meet for regional roundtable groups in preparation of the May special session on education, numbers show an increase in education spending despite students leaving the system. According to a report ...

Buckhannon passes $4.5 million budget

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council has passed a $4,524,908 2019-2020 budget that includes merit-based wage increases for city employees that would not go into effect until December 2019. Director of finance and administration Amby Jenkins said at Thursday’s city council meeting that the ...

Local residents remember business leader Sam Price

ELKINS — Local residents are sharing fond memories of a noted Elkins businessman. Sam Price, 91, the longtime owner and operator of The Printcrafter’s in Elkins, passed away Saturday morning. A World War II veteran of the Navy, Price lived a life devoted to family, printing ...

Upshur man charged with domestic battery

BUCKHANNON — A man who allegedly put his girlfriend in a choke hold last week has been arrested for domestic battery third offense, a felony. On Monday, March 18, John Squires, 27, of French Creek, allegedly put the victim in a choke hold, taking her to the ground and causing a red mark ...

Elkins OKs $5.5M budget

ELKINS — Elkins City Council has approved a $5.5 million budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year for the city of Elkins. The budget total is $5,563,874, an increase of $949,550 over the current 2018-19 budget of $4,614,324. Much of the increase could be explained by the expectation of ...

McKinley taking district issues back to Congress

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s 1st District congressman has spent much of March traveling his district and state hearing about the issues important to citizens and state leaders. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., spent the beginning of March in Charleston meeting with Gov. Jim Justice ...

Town of Beverly looks at water board issues

BEVERLY — Tensions were high during a board meeting at Beverly Town Hall regarding the legitimacy of the town’s water and sewer boards. During the opening of the meeting, Mayor Cindy Karelis read a statement to board members and all town residents in attendance. “Mayor Karelis, as ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Roads and Letters

I don’t know what I was expecting last Tuesday when Gov. Jim Justice brought every Division of Highways district engineer and county supervisor to Charleston, but I expected a lot more than a 15-minute speech asking for a list of bad roads. It is clear Justice’s communications staff ...

Morrisey continues investigation

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is looking for witnesses and people who have information regarding sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church in the state of West Virginia. Morrisey was in Parkersburg on Sunday and spoke with The Parkersburg News and Sentinel ...

Cat in the Hat visits Youth Health Service

ELKINS — Youngsters at Youth Health Service in Elkins received a special visit from The Cat in the Hat this week. As part of an effort to promote literacy, pre-k students at YHS celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday throughout the week. Kali Elza, AmeriCorp VISTA for YHS, said students ...

HEPC starts new search for chancellor

CHARLESTON — The search is on for a new interim chancellor after the Higher Education Policy Commission accepted the resignation of Carolyn Long. The HEPC held an emergency meeting Friday morning with commissioners dialing in to the HEPC’s conference room in downtown Charleston. The ...

Buckhannon will have to wait before collecting sales tax

BUCKHANNON — The State Tax Commissioner has ruled the City of Buckhannon cannot begin collecting its municipal sales tax on Oct. 1, 2019, effectively ending the city’s quest to begin any collections in 2019. In a letter to city attorney Tom O’Neill dated March 5, State Tax ...

County budget includes raises for employees

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission approved a county budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year Thursday, which includes money for employee raises — although the details will be determined by the county’s elected officials and department heads, not the commissioners. “We determined as ...