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Upshur couple arrested on child neglect charges

FRENCH CREEK — An Upshur County couple was arrested Monday after their young children were allegedly discovered wedged on the floorboard between their mother’s legs on top of trash instead of being in child restraint seats during a traffic stop. Bradley Bennett, 32, and Laura Smith, ...

Chamber offers ‘Magical Evening’

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce presented “A Magical Evening” with its Annual Dinner & Awards event Monday at the Phil Gainer Community Center. The entertainment for the event was provided by the Old Brick Playhouse, offering a preview of the Alpine School ...

BOE votes on RIFs, transfers

ELKINS — A number of personnel transfer and termination recommendations were approved during Monday’s Randolph County Board of Education meeting. Last week, Randolph County Schools Superintendent Gabriel “Gabe” Devono recommended numerous reduction in force (RIF) and transfers of ...

House Dems demand resignation of Natural Resources director

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice is standing with Stephen McDaniel, director of the Division of Natural Resources, with pressure mounting on the official to resign after it was revealed he was charged in a domestic violence case in Florida at the beginning of April. In joint statement released ...

Buckhannon firefighters train in abandoned house

BUCKHANNON — Old houses scheduled to be torn down in Buckhannon fueled more training opportunities for Buckhannon firefighters this week. The houses in the 50 block of Randolph Street — located directly behind Camden Apartments — were to be demolished today. That left Sunday and ...

Logan asks for continuance in Upshur court

BUCKHANNON — A woman being held for second-degree murder in Randolph County was in Upshur County Circuit Court Monday for a scheduled sentencing hearing in a drug case. But Vanessa Fay Logan, who skipped out on her sentencing in fall 2018, asked for a continuance through her attorney ...

11th Annual Ramps and Rail Festival

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Three royal young ladies pose for a picture with 2019 Ramps and Rail Festival officials in front of a Durbin & Greenbrier Valley excursion train Saturday morning during the 11th annual festival. Pictured, from left, are Anne Beardslee, Elkins Depot ...

Upshur hires a new deputy

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Sheriff’s Department newest deputy will be able to hit the road sooner than most as he is already a certified police officer. The Upshur County Commission approved the hire of Deputy Joseph Daniel Barcus Thursday. Barcus comes to the sheriff’s department ...

Folk takes on Justice, Thrasher

PARKERSBURG — He may not have the wealth of Gov. Jim Justice or former Department of Commerce secretary Woody Thrasher, but former Berkeley County delegate Mike Folk believes he has what it takes to earn the votes of West Virginia’s Republicans and non-affiliated voters next year. Folk ...

Beautification Day at D&E College

Submitted photo The Davis & Elkins College community came together Friday to spruce up the grounds during the annual Beautification Day. Flower beds were cleaned, weeded and mulched. President Chris A. Wood was part of a crew that spread mulch at the entrance of Graceland. Teams gathered ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Re-taking the Test

The return of lawmakers for Gov. Jim Justice’s special session for “education betterment” is right around the corner. Or is it? Of course, we’ve technically been in special session since midnight March 9 as soon as the regular session ended. Lawmakers adjourned until a day and time ...

Oglebay Foundation honors Hess family, Friend

WHEELING — At its second annual donor recognition and awards breakfast on April 24 the Oglebay Foundation honored the Hess Family and Hydie Friend for exemplary contributions to Oglebay and Wheeling Parks. The Gary and Flip West Leadership in Philanthropy Award was presented by the Wests to ...

Tourism CVB launches website

ELKINS — For decades, Randolph County has been a premier tourist destination in the Mountain State due to the combination of beautiful scenery, an extensive history and a vivid art, music and food culture. Elkins-Randolph County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau is ecstatic to announce ...

Tribble is named a McMurran Scholar

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Forty-five Shepherd University students were named McMurran Scholars, Shepherd’s highest academic honor, during the 58th McMurran Scholar Convocation April 26 at the Frank Center Theater. Nevada Gail Tribble of Elkins was among those named as McMurran Scholars. McMurran ...

WVU’s Lyons headlines Upshur banquet

BUCKHANNON — The sport West Virginia University Athletic Director Shane Lyons is most often asked to consider adding at the state’s flagship university? Softball. “I love women’s softball,” he said at Thursday’s Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. “It’s a ...

Commission taps new chancellor

SOUTH CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission met Friday and selected its second interim chancellor since July. Commission members met at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston, where commission Chairman Michael Farrell remarked on the ...

Riggleman retiring after 18 years

ELKINS — After 18 years of service, a longtime Randolph County magistrate is retiring at the end of the month. George M. “Mike” Riggleman took office Jan. 1, 2001 and has been re-elected four times. “It’s been humbling to be elected to five terms,” he said this week. “I ...

Dozens of collection sites set for W.Va. drug take back event

CHARLESTON (AP) — The public can drop off unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs at more than 150 collection sites across West Virginia today. Law enforcement officials are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Science lesson that will bear fruit

ELKINS — Students at North Elementary School were presented with an opportunity Thursday to learn about the benefits of learning to grow food, as opposed to only growing flora that doesn’t produce food. With guidance from Tracey Valach, health educator with the WVU Randolph County ...

Catholic diocese seeks to dismiss Morrisey lawsuit

PARKERSBURG — The attorney general of West Virginia lacks the authority to bring a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, according to a motion from the church to dismiss a lawsuit against it. The lawsuit by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was filed in March in ...