Local News

Call prompts lockdown at Elkins Middle

ELKINS — Elkins Middle School operated on a precautionary lockdown throughout the day Wednesday. Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Gabriel “Gabe” Devono said around 9 a.m. the school called a “code yellow,” meaning the school would be on a “precautionary lockdown.” ...

EHS Lady Tigers stumble against North Marion

FARMINGTON — Freshman Baylee Shiflett recorded the lone hit for the Lady Tigers Wednesday, as Elkins fell to North Marion, 10-0, in five innings of softball action. “Obviously, the game didn’t go very well,” EHS coach Sona Delawder said. “I’m not sure what happened. The girls’ ...

Upshur BOE reviews school safety plans

TALLMANSVILLE — With school safety a concern throughout the nation, the Upshur County Board of Education addressed the county’s crisis and emergency response effort. During the Tuesday evening meeting, the board went into a lengthy executive session with Jodie Akers, director of student ...

Candidates gather for Harman event

HARMAN — Candidates running for political office in the upcoming May 8 primary election met in Harman this week to speak before voters. The event was sponsored by the Randolph County Democratic Executive Committee and took place at the Harman Fire Hall Tuesday evening. Mike Taylor, ...

Two face charges in alleged thefts

BUCKHANNON — On Monday at around 5:30 p.m., two individuals were arrested for allegedly stealing items from the Buckhannon Walmart and Lowe’s stores, officials with the Buckhannon Police Department said. Buckhannon Police Chief Matthew Gregory said Derek Anthony White was charged in the ...

City plans ‘Spring Cleanup’ next week

ELKINS — The city of Elkins will begin its annual “Spring Cleanup” initiative next week, which will allow city residents to discard large items and furniture. Elkins Assistant Operations Manager Melody Himes said the city will take furniture and appliances such as microwaves, ...

Library hosts new program for students

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is allowing middle school-aged children to explore, develop and create their own science- and technology-related projects in the new Makerspace Mondays program. The after-school program will allow children to create and express themselves ...

Rotary learns about medication safety

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon Rotary Club members this week learned the importance of being involved in your own healthcare, including focusing on medication safety. Annamarie Chidester, vice president of patient care services at WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital, spoke to the group Tuesday. ...

Raffety nominated to serve as United States marshal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former Elkins interim police chief has been nominated to serve as a United States marshal for the second time in his illustrious career. J.C. Raffety, who spent much of 2017 serving as both interim chief and special investigator for the city of Elkins, has been ...

Possession case moves forward

ELKINS — A Randolph County man accused of texting a law enforcement officer about setting up a drug transaction and later being found with marijuana in his possession waived his preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Hunter Miller Howell, 48, of Elkins, is charged with one ...

Tucker 4-H club prepares for fundraiser

PARSONS — Members of the Tucker County 4-H Club called The Clover Crusaders are preparing to host a Sip and Dip fundraiser slated for April 21. Participants can choose from one of three paintings to create, while snacks and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to ...

Royal Visit

ELKINS — Area crown holders assisted Catholic Charities in Randolph County as they took part in Miss America Serves Day over the weekend. Miss America Serves Day, held April 7, serves as a day for “Miss America” contestants and volunteers to join forces with friends, families and ...

Property issues spark complaints

ELKINS — Three local residents expressed concerns they have about distressed properties during the public comment portion of the monthly City of Elkins Public Safety Committee meeting Monday. The three residences include 101 N. Washington St., 108 Orchard St. and 204 Second St., all located ...

Artistry on Main plans spring show

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia artists, brewers and vintners will gather this weekend for the Spring Into Arts and Crafts Festival, where attendees can purchase handcrafted items and taste local brews and wines. Though this is the sixth year for an arts and crafts festival, Christine Keller, of ...

Judge shares importance of mentoring with Rotary

ELKINS — Senior Status Judge John Henning spoke during Monday’s Elkins Rotary Club meeting and shared stories of mentoring he’s both given and received. Henning, who served as judge of the 20th judicial circuit before becoming a senior status judge, said when he came to Elkins, he ...

Upshur OEM changes name

BUCKHANNON — To increase the likelihood of eligibility for additional grants, the Upshur County Office of Emergency Management has changed its name to the Upshur County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The Upshur County Commission approved the request at its regular ...

WVSOS shares voter information

CHARLESTON — With the deadline to register to vote just a week away and a new voter identification law on the books, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s staff is working to get residents registered and informed for the upcoming primary election. Warner said April 17 is the last ...

Having a Ball in the Jungle Gym

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Laura Bell, a kindergarten student at Jennings Randolph Elementary School, lounges on the jungle gym at the Elkins City Park on a windy afternoon. Bell visited the park with the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA Day Camp.