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Hope soars through PALS

BUCKHANNON — A cancer diagnosis for one family led them to new heights and, in the process, to finding PALS who could provide hope and help when it was needed most. Patient Airlift Services Inc., a national 501 (c)(3), arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring ...

Depot director speaks to Rotary

ELKINS — Anne Beardslee, executive director of the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, made a presentation to the Elkins Rotary Club Monday. Beardslee spoke about several upcoming events, including the 11th annual Ramps and Rail Festival, set for April 27. The festival continues to grow each year ...

Carmichael: SB1 can change work force numbers

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s March unemployment rate dropped slightly since February, but the number of residents not in the work force remains the highest in the nation. Officials hope the new focus on two-year degrees and certificates can help grow a trained work force. The seasonally ...

Commission urges residents to join complaint

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission is urging affected residents to contribute to a formal complaint regarding Frontier Communications’ phone and internet service. “Back a few months ago, we had voted as a commission to lodge an informal complaint with the (state) Public Service ...

Mooney speaks of Cuba at Republican Women meeting

BUCKHANNON — On the day of the Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba, the speaker at Monday’s Central West Virginia Republican Women meeting saw militiamen surround her family’s home in Cuba and then enter the dwelling. “They said everybody go to the living room,” Lala Mooney, mother of ...

West Virginia Trout Fest scheduled May 3-5

FRANKLIN — In order to feature fishing, Spring Fest pulled on “big boy” waders to be rebranded as the West Virginia Trout Fest to be held May 3-5 throughout the town. This trout rodeo usually lures 300-500 fishermen who will bob bait this year for more than $2,400 in prizes for catching ...

Reporter’s Notebook: My millionaire can beat up your billionaire

Over the next 12 months, expect to see a pretty epic race between Gov. Jim Justice and former Department of Commerce secretary Woody Thrasher. I predicted in December that Thrasher was thinking about getting in, though I had no way of knowing which party he’d pick. I knew he was a Democrat ...

First Responders Gather at Downtown Fire

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley A fire in an apartment off South Randolph Avenue in Elkins at about 6 p.m. Sunday brought first responders from the Elkins Fire Department, the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department and Randolph County EMS to the scene.

BOE looks at Stop the Bleed

BUCKHANNON — A person can die from hemorrhaging in just eight to 10 minutes which is why a national campaign called Stop the Bleed was created to train citizens in how to help in an emergency. On Tuesday, Linda Smith, R.N. and trauma program manager at St. Joseph’s Hospital, told the ...

Council hears committee request

BUCKHANNON — A county resident requested that the City of Buckhannon send regular representatives to the Local Emergency Emergency Planning Committee. The Lewis-Upshur LEPC alternates meetings in Buckhannon and Weston each month and is charged by the federal Emergency Planning and ...

National Guard unveils new Black Hawk helicopters

WHEELING — For the past 34 years, every mission completed by the aviators at Company C, 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment based in Wheeling was done in an older-model, hand-me-down military helicopter — first the Bell UH-1 “Huey” and, starting in 2002, Sikorsky’s UH-60A/L Black ...

Squadron members attend development weekend

ELKINS — Seven senior members of the Elkins Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol attended the West Virginia Wing Professional Development Academy on April 12-14 at Camp Dawson in Kingwood. Held annually by the West Virginia Wing, these tiered courses are designed to support adult members ...

Randolph County man charged with burglary

ELKINS — A Randolph County man has been charged with burglary and grand larceny. Franklin J. Biggs, 56, of Monterville, was also charged with driving revoked for DUI third offense. According to a criminal report prepared by Deputy A.M. Channell of the Randolph County Sheriff’s ...

ERCC CNA Class Graduates

Submitted photo The Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) class graduated on April 10. The graduates received a certificate and an ERCC CNA graduation lapel pin. A reception was held following the graduation ceremony. Kelly Channell, RN, is the CNA class ...

Justice, Thrasher campaigns trade barbs

CHARLESTON — The political campaigns for Gov. Jim Justice and Woody Thrasher have traded attacks mere days after the former Department of Commerce secretary entered the 2020 Republican primary for governor. The Justice campaign issued a press release Thursday night, titled “Justice ...

City, county working to prevent wrecks

BUCKHANNON — Both the Upshur County Commission and Buckhannon City Council are asking the West Virginia Department of Highways to study what can be done along Route 33 to help prevent crashes, particularly at Childers Run and Kesling Mill intersections. During Thursday’s Upshur County ...

Upshur County Library fundraiser dinner celebrating 25 years

TENNERTON — Twenty-five years ago, a dinner marrying the Appalachian delicacy of ramps with raising funds for the local library was cooked up. Dale Hawkins, co-owner of Fish Hawk Acres, can’t remember exactly how it happened but he or then-director Beth Nicholson approached each other ...