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Audra State Park expanding electricity to more campsites

BUCKHANNON — Though winter is still in full force, Audra State Park officials are preparing for the upcoming season by installing electricity to several campsites. “We’ve slowly over the past three years been adding electric to our sites,” explained Jonathan Teets, Audra State ...

Man charged with daytime burglary

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars after allegedly being found inside an area residence not belonging to him. Jeffrey Scott Cooper, 27, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of daytime burglary. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash or ...

Randolph County woman waives hearing

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman allegedly found in possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine waived her preliminary hearing Monday in Randolph County Magistrate Court. Sandra Kay Clemens-Youtzy, 49, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver ...

Agency aims to preserve land

ELKINS — Leaders with a statewide land conservation agency are reaching out to the local community, seeking financial support to help permanently protect land near Bickle Knob. Located approximately 10 miles northeast of Elkins in the Monongahela National Forest, the Bickle Knob Observation ...

Elkins plant now pumping water

ELKINS — The new $37-million Elkins water plant has begun pumping water, although work remains to be done before the facility is fully operational, officials said. Bob Pingley, the city’s operations manager, said the new system appears to be working and “producing quality ...

Upshur BOE looks at snow day packets

BUCKHANNON — As several school districts around the state lean on so-called snow day packets to make up for lost hours in the classroom, the Upshur County Board of Education is still weighing the pros and cons. Snow packets are comprised of worksheets, reading materials and other homework ...

Volunteer’s love of books prompts service to local libraries

Editor’s note: This article is part of a weekly series that highlights volunteers in the region who help local organizations, churches and nonprofit agencies. To make a suggestion, please call The Inter-Mountain’s newsroom at 304-636-2124. ELKINS — Getting lost in a book, or even stacks ...

St. Joseph’s ‘goes red for women’

BUCKHANNON — St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon recognized American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” day by wearing red on Friday to help build awareness of heart disease in women. Awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women has increased over the past years. ...

Live readings at Elkins library begin Wednesday

ELKINS — Read Aloud Randolph County is announcing a live reading at the Elkins/Randolph Public Library on Wednesday evenings in February and March, starting Wednesday and going through mid-March. The readings will be in the Community Room downstairs at the library from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and ...

Bond modified in choking case

ELKINS — Bond was modified for a Barbour County man accused of choking a female victim and forcing her into an apartment. Joshua Matthew Hedrick, 30, of Belington, had his bond modified from $30,000 cash-only to $30,000 cash or surety. If bond is made, Hedrick will be required to be placed ...

Pair enter guilty pleas

ELKINS — Two Buckhannon residents admitted Friday to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Amanda Mae Bachman, also known as “AB,” 33, and Steven Larry Harper, also known as “Skip,” 40, each pleaded guilty to one count of ...

Highway projects may create jobs

CHARLESTON — Upcoming highway projects and opportunities in the energy sector have the potential to create many jobs and economic opportunities throughout the state, officials said. State officials and business leaders addressed the West Virginia Press Association’s 2018 Legislative ...

Drug epidemic prompting new approach

CHARLESTON — There is a need for treatment and different approaches in dealing with the state’s drug epidemic, experts said last week. Experts and professionals who deal with the state’s opioid epidemic addressed the West Virginia Press Association’s 2018 Legislative Breakfast at the ...

Officials: Amendment will improve economy

CHARLESTON — Industrial personal property tax is destructive to the economic health of the state of West Virginia, state officials said this week, adding that a recent West Virginia Forward report by West Virginia University and Marshall University with the Department of Commerce calls the ...

Freddie predicts more winter

FRENCH CREEK — Don’t put your winter coat away just yet. Like his colleague, Punxsutawney Phil, French Creek Freddie has predicted six more weeks of cold temperatures. Despite frigid temperatures and slick roads, Groundhog Day festivities kicked off at the West Virginia Wildlife Center ...

Tree felling underway for pipeline

BUCKHANNON — Atlantic Coast Pipeline officials are advising hunters and trail users that tree felling is underway in the area, ahead of planned construction for the multi-state project. Mike Cozad, community liaison for the ACP, explained tree felling is “nothing more than” cutting down ...

Tucker ballot set for primary

PARSONS — Voters in Tucker County are guaranteed to see a new board of education member following the upcoming election. Candidates for BOE include Chris Gross of Thomas and Cathy Hebb of Thomas, both running for a spot on the BOE for the Blackwater District. Both of the potential ...

Elkins High team to take part in business competition

ELKINS — A group of students from Elkins High School are traveling to Morgantown today to take part in a statewide competition. The team of EHS students, one of only 10 teams in the state to qualify for the competition, will be participating in the West Virginia Collegiate and High School ...

Commission hears funding request

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners heard from a representative of one of five county libraries asking for an increase in monetary allocations for the next fiscal year. “Today the libraries of Randolph County are here to request an increase in our yearly allocations for the fiscal ...