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Justice-owned companies push back

CHARLESTON — A spokesperson for companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement critical of a story published Wednesday about a lawsuit filed against Justice-owned Bluestone Energy Sales by the owners of Pleasants Power Station, which just received a tax break pushed by the ...

Augusta Festival set for Saturday

ELKINS — The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College is celebrating the conclusion of its season Saturday on a high note with the annual Augusta Festival in Elkins City Park, the West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest and the return of Mountain Stage Concert with Larry ...

Koch jailed after failing drug test

ELKINS — A man charged with accessory after the fact to murder was incarcerated after testing positive for methamphetamine after his arraignment Thursday. Christopher Warren Koch, 32, of Elkins was indicted on one count for his alleged involvement in helping Vanessa Logan flee law ...

Revamped DARE program may offer kids way out

BUCKHANNON — Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the hallmark drug education program known as DARE,will be returning to Upshur County next year after a 20-year absence. The Upshur County Board of Education gave its approval for the program to be taught in schools by the Upshur County ...

Eight arrested on drug charges

LEWIS COUNTY — On Thursday, deputies charged multiple individuals with drug-associated offenses. The arrest warrants were distributed for individuals from Lewis and Harrison counties. “I graciously ask members of the community to continue to report suspicious activity in their ...

Tri-County Fair begins Saturday

PETERSBURG — For the 99th year, the Tri-County Fair in Petersburg will showcase the “best in summer” for Grant, Hardy and Pendleton counties. This 2019 fair will feature homemade, homegrown and farm-raised items in agriculture/horticulture and display youthful showmanship of carefully ...

Trump visits Wheeling

WHEELING — President Donald Trump sounded familiar themes — among them economic growth, foreign policy, immigration and health care — during his speech to a friendly crowd in Wheeling on Wednesday. But his biggest applause lines were when he talked about coal, natural gas and ...

Officials say Harman School will be ready

HARMAN — Randolph County Schools officials say Harman School will be ready for the return of students in August. Debbie Schmidlen, superintendent of schools for Randolph County, offered an update to members of the Randolph County Board of Education during their regular meeting Tuesday ...

New director leading EHS band camp

ELKINS— Band camp is well under way at Elkins High School under the guidance of a new band director. Newly hired EHS Band Director Seth Blake graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in December 2017 with a degree in music education. During his time at WVWC, he participated in a ...

Legislature passes second round of Roads to Prosperity bonds

CHARLESTON — One of the last actions by the West Virginia Legislature during the resumption of the first special session of 2019 was approving $800 million in a second round of bonds for the Roads to Prosperity program. The House of Delegates approved two resolutions Monday authorizing the ...

Annual Ox Roast slated today

BEVERLY — The Ox Roast is Camp Pioneer’s annual fundraiser, held each summer since 1963. This year’s feast will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Camp Pioneer. During today’s event, 4-H projects will be on display for the public. “We have volunteers come and help us with the entire ...

Tax break for power plant passes

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature passed Tuesday a $12 million tax break for the Pleasants Power Station, allowing it to potentially stay open past its 2022 closing date. The House of Delegates passed House Bill 207, granting Pleasants Power Station an exemption from state business ...

FirstEnergy Solutions in court battle with Justice-owned company

CHARLESTON — As a $12 million tax break requested by Gov. Jim Justice to save the Pleasants Power Station passed the Legislature Tuesday, the plant’s owner and a Justice-owned coal company are in a legal battle. FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., the operators of Pleasants Power Station, filed ...

Brennan introduced as new bishop

WHEELING — The Most Rev. Mark Brennan said his highest priority as the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s new bishop is to work for “true reform” and “to open our minds and hearts to the healing power of Christ’s unconditional love.” Pope Francis on Tuesday named Brennan, 72, ...

Committee drama brings up concerns over Justice

PARKERSBURG — Months before the start of the candidate filing period for the May 2020 primary, fractures among state and county Republican leaders have begun to appear, all centered around Gov. Jim Justice, a Democrat who switched to Republican. Nowhere have these fractures been more ...

New director takes lead of Parish House

BUCKHANNON — As a member of the Upshur County Board of Education, Kristi Wilkerson learned more about the needs of children and their families in the area. That along with a tug on her heart to explore other church-related work, led her to seek the position as director of Upshur Parish ...

Former teacher appointed as minister

ELKINS — A former high school Spanish teacher has recently been appointed to serve as the minister of a local church. Julie Dean was appointed to be the minister of Otterbein United Methodist Church on July 1 after 15 years of working as a Spanish teacher. She additionally ministers at ...

Exchange student tells Elkins Rotary Club about Czech Republic journey

ELKINS — On Monday, the Elkins Rotary club welcomed a returning exchange student. Aiden Miney, a rotary youth exchange student, went to the Czech Republic for a year. There, he learned a new language, learned the proper etiquette, made international friendships and experienced the ...

DREAM ROLE

BUCKHANNON – Mary Poppins was a dream for rising West Virginia Wesleyan College senior Olivia Insani, but this week that dream comes true as Insani plays the title character in Buckhannon Community Theatre’s production. “Mary has always been a dream role of mine,” Insani said. “I ...