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Forest Festival

ELKINS — The costume for the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival’s mascot, Woodly the Elf, has been unveiled. The 2018 costume design for Woodly the Elf was inspired by a classic woodland scene of knights and peasants all congregated for feasting, said designer Connie Linger of Miss ...

MSFF’s ‘Takin’ it to the Streets’ set for Saturday

ELKINS — Come one, come all to the Mountain State Forest Festival’s “Takin’ it to the Streets” event in downtown Elkins Saturday. Jodie Varner, MSFF assistant director, said she hopes Saturday’s event will bring people together to enjoy different recipes and the company of ...

Senate responds to petition

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for the West Virginia Senate are pushing back hard against an effort by Chief Justice Margaret Workman to put a stop to her Oct. 15 impeachment trial, as well as raising questions about the impartiality of one of the acting justices. The senate, represented by the ...

Tree Board completes Elkins City Hall beautification project

ELKINS — Area residents and visitors alike may have noticed a new look outside of Elkins City Hall, located along Davis Avenue in downtown Elkins. The Elkins Tree Board, with the help of several other city departments and organizations, have completed a project to beautify the ...

Former judge sues Justice, Legislature

CHARLESTON — Adding another wrinkle to the impeachment process against members of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, a justice who resigned is taking those who initiated the impeachment process and voted for her impeachment to federal court. Robin Jean Davis, who resigned Aug. 13 ...

Project set to go out to bid

ELKINS — During this week’s Elkins Rotary Club meeting, members heard an update on a fundraising effort to place an amphitheater stage at the Elkins Town Square. Hoy Ferguson, amphitheater project chairman, explained some changes have been made to the original plan for the structure; ...

‘Food For All’ invites West Virginians to challenge hunger

BUCKHANNON — A public summit is planned in Buckhannon to address the problem of hunger in West Virginia. A coalition of individuals and organizations is coming together to host Food For All: 5 Bold Ideas to Challenge Hunger in West Virginia from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Event ...

Open house addresses Elkins’ zoning ordinance update efforts

ELKINS — About 20 people attended an open house this week about the Elkins Planning Commission’s efforts to update the city’s zoning ordinance in regard to the Wees Historic District. Christy DeMuth, the land use planner from the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable ...

Coalton woman charged with child neglect

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman has been charged after a 1-year-old who was allegedly in her care had to be taken to the hospital. Thelma Lou Asbury, 44, of Coalton, is charged with one felony count of child neglect creating serious bodily injury. She is free on a $5,000 cash or surety ...

Assault case to be heard by grand jury

ELKINS — A Randolph County man accused of striking another man with a car jack waived his preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Scott Jackson Hamrick, 38, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of malicious or unlawful assault. He is free on a $25,000 cash or ...

Hearing waived in car theft case

ELKINS — A Randolph County man charged with stealing a vehicle from a local car dealership waived his preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Thomas Corey Miller, 27, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of grand larceny. He remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley ...

Elkins man facing felony drug charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after drugs were allegedly found in his possession during his intake into jail. Michael Anthony Hatfield, 40, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance inside a regional jail. He is ...

Philippi man charged with sexual abuse

PHILIPPI — A Barbour County man is facing a pair of felony charges after allegedly having inappropriate contact with a juvenile. Keith Jason Walker, 33, of Philippi, is charged with one felony count of sexual abuse in the first degree and one felony count of sexual abuse by parent, ...

Justices at odds over impeachment

CHARLESTON — The two remaining women on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals who are facing impeachment disagree on whether the process needs stopped. Justice Beth Walker’s attorneys filed a brief with the Supreme Court Wednesday in the case brought by Chief Justice Margaret Workman ...

Upshur man sentenced for drug conviction

WHEELING — Steven Larry Harper, of Buckhannon, was sentenced Tuesday to 135 months incarceration for conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Harper, also known as “Skip,” 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to ...