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BFS to open doors in Parsons

PARSONS — City of Parsons officials say BFS Companies has purchased the former location of Sheetz in the town and plans to open a gas station/convenience store later this year. “As local leaders we are excited to see that BFS has decided to locate here in Parsons,” City Administrator ...

Randolph BOE named in 13 lawsuits

ELKINS — The Randolph County Board of Education and a school system teacher are the defendants in 13 lawsuits filed Thursday by local parents accusing the teacher of mistreating their children. The suits allege that Kimberly Smith, while a teacher in the pre-kindergarten program at Beverly ...

Upshur Schools pay tribute to employee

TENNERTON — Upshur County Schools paid tribute to a beloved custodian who spent 32 years working in the school system at this week’s board of education meeting. Kermit Pugh, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 2, worked at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, where principal Renee Warner ...

W.Va. Senate unveils massive education reform package

CHARLESTON — Republicans in the West Virginia Senate introduced an education package that gives teachers many of the things they’ve been seeking but ties those things to items Republicans and education reform advocates have longed wanted. The Senate Education Committee looked at a ...

Bill to ban LGBTQ teen conversion therapy being reworked

CHARLESTON — Legislation that would ban the controversial practice of using therapy to change the sexual orientation of children was pulled while a committee looks at improving the bill. Senate Bill 359 was introduced by Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Chairman Michael ...

Buckhannon man cited after vehicle strikes woman

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was cited after his SUV struck a woman who was in the crosswalk on Route 20 in front of Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Saturday evening. Gene O. Evans Jr., 61, was driving a 2015 Chevy Equinox, when he hit Linda Lee, 61, of Buckhannon, at 5:40 p.m. in the rain, ...

Community meetings set to offer levy info

ELKINS — A series of community meetings have been scheduled to provide information to residents about the levy proposed by Randolph County Schools. Superintendent Gabe Devono said he encourages community members across the county to attend one of the meetings to inform voters about what ...

Committee takes look at tax repeal

CHARLESTON — The legislative committee took up a possible amendment to the West Virginia Constitution paving the way for eliminating the business and inventory tax. The House Finance Committee took a look Wednesday morning at House Joint Resolution 17. The resolution proposes an amendment to ...

Bus drivers question BOE’s trips policy

TENNERTON — Last school year, a shortage of bus drivers prompted the Upshur County Board of Education to revise policy 9004 and allow parents to transport their students for extra-curricular activities. Now, bus drivers have approached the board of education saying they would like those ...

Prescription drug bill bottled up

CHARLESTON — An attempt to follow Vermont’s lead and allow lower-cost prescription drugs into West Virginia from Canada was halted after lawmakers decided to study the idea instead. House Bill 2319 — proposed by Delegate Mick Bates, D-Raleigh — would create a state-administered ...

Rotary learns about recovery home

ELKINS — This week the Elkins Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Stewart Strong of the Lighthouse Community Recovery Home. Strong was a drug abuse counselor at Huttonsville Correctional Center before retiring last year. It was at this time that Strong felt he needed to do more to reach ...

Tobacco policy prompts training

ELKINS — Staff within Randolph County Schools will soon receive training to prepare them to offer educational training to students who fail to adhere to the county’s new “Use of Tobacco by Students” policy. Principals and school counselors in Randolph County will receive the training ...

Music, dance event set in Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — Got cabin fever? Bring your friends and family and come to the Opera House in downtown Buckhannon this Thursday for the Mountain Music and Dance Series Kickoff. The monthly series is something owner C.J. Rylands wanted to bring to the Opera House for its ...

Town hall calls for use of ‘drug house’ ordinance

ELKINS — Elkins residents, including a Randolph County commissioner, asked at Tuesday’s town hall meeting why the city has not made use of the “drug house” ordinance Elkins City Council passed in 2016. More than 35 people attended Tuesday’s meeting at the Elkins Depot Welcome ...

Motorcycle helmet bill up for more discussion

CHARLESTON — After much discussion, the West Virginia House of Delegates’ Technology and Infrastructure Committee moved to lay over a decision on Bill 2070 until its next meeting. The bill — introduced on Jan. 9 by Delegates John Kelly, R-Wood, and Scott Cadle, R-Mason — would allow ...

Buckhannon residents facing charges

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman who allegedly tried to pass four cigarettes to an individual in custody at the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department was arrested for a misdemeanor Friday. Pamela S. Perrine, 37, came to the sheriff’s office to bring court papers for Howard Landers II, ...