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Buckhannon votes to help fund fireworks

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon City Council member expressed concern about finding funding for the city’s Fourth of July event during Thursday’s meeting, leading to council voting to provide $3,000 toward the cause. Council member Pam Cuppari, who leads the committee that organizes the ...

Elkins Middle receives new medical equipment

ELKINS — Thanks to grant funding received from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other community donations, Elkins Middle School will have three Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on site in case of medical emergencies. EMS athletic director John Lawson said he believes it is important ...

Tucker man facing 40 felony counts

PARSONS — A Tucker County man was indicted on more than 40 felony counts by a Tucker County grand jury after it was alleged he had inappropriate contact with a juvenile staying at his residence. Thomas Ray Harsh, 68, of Parsons, was indicted on 17 felony counts of sexual abuse by parent, ...

Randolph County man charged with kidnapping

ELKINS — A Randolph County parolee is back behind bars after allegedly absconding and taking his girlfriend hostage. Daniel Thomas Gray, 32, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond, set by ...

Students marvel at science show

ELKINS — A collaboration between Carnegie Science Center and an area grocer has given students an opportunity to expand their education. Shop ‘n Save stores teamed up with Carnegie Science Center, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to bring previews of Students Extra Education ...

Barbour man dies after mine accident

RANDOLPH COUNTY — A Barbour County man succumbed to injuries he sustained Tuesday during an accident while working in a Randolph County coal mine. Ronald R. Taylor, of Belington, was injured during the incident and flown from the mine to Ruby Memorial Hospital, according to the West ...

Suspension of Loughry sought from high court

PARKERSBURG — The Judicial Disciplinary Counsel on Wednesday moved to suspend a West Virginia Supreme Court justice for alleged violations of the codes of conduct. The counsel asked the court to suspend without pay Justice Allen H. Loughry II, who has been under scrutiny for excessive ...

Bidding authorized for Town Square amphitheater project

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority voted Wednesday to authorize bidding for a pavilion project in the Elkins Town Square. The Rotary Club of Elkins has worked for several months to raise funds for the construction of an amphitheater project that will be used for live ...

Event to raise funds to fight Angelman Syndrome

FRENCH CREEK — In an effort to raise funds for the Foundation of Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST), the French Creek community will be hosting “Water Fun for a Cure.” For French Creek resident Crystal Fassett, finding a cure for the rare genetic disorder is extremely important. ...

Circus coming to Parsons Friday

PARSONS —The Tucker County Fair Board is preparing for their upcoming fundraiser, bringing the Kelly Miller Circus, set to perform in downtown Parsons Friday. The Kelly Miller Circus is a traveling circus that is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, offering new performances and ...

Parsons offering summer events schedule

PARSONS — The city of Parsons is offering the surrounding area and local community with numerous events this summer for all ages. Events will begin on Saturday, starting with the Big Mountain Run Bike Rally Parade through downtown Parsons. Community members are encouraged to come watch the ...

Lawyer provides update on oil, gas bill

BUCKHANNON — An oil and gas industry lawyer provided an update on the oil and gas industry and its relationship with the state Legislature Tuesday. Kyle Nuttall owns Nuttall Legal, LLC in downtown Buckhannon. He spoke to his fellow Buckhannon Rotary Club members about the legislative ...

Beverly students create ocean mural

ELKINS — As the school year wrapped up, students at Beverly Elementary School spent more than a week feeling like they were under the sea thanks to a school-wide project hosted by ArtsBank. Each student in the school contributed artwork to an ocean-themed mural that was installed along a ...

Elkins officials look at city pay raise issue

ELKINS — After nearly an hour of discussion with city of Elkins department supervisors during a special call meeting Tuesday, members of Elkins City Council’s Personnel Committee unanimously voted to move forward with plans to implement a “step and grade” pay program for ...

Jesters for 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival announced

ELKINS — The 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival has announced the selection of royal court jesters Kennedy Laine Hart, Kendra Kay Lambert, Lilly Ann Leggett and Macie Elizabeth Romero to the court of Maid Silvia LXXXII. The four Randolph County students, having earned the distinction ...

Two arrested on drug charges

ELKINS — Two Randolph County residents were arrested after allegedly being found in possession of a gun and drugs. William Alan Chandler, 28, of Beverly, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Patricia Ann Noel, 36, of Norton, ...

Woman accused of having drugs in jail

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly being found in possession of controlled substances at an area jail. Jennifer Lea Howell, 32, of Montrose, is charged with one felony count of inmate in possession of a controlled substance. She is incarcerated at ...

Elkins man charged with sexual abuse

ELKINS — A Randolph County man has been charged with a felony and is accused of having inappropriate contact with two children in his care. Antoine Stevens Johnson, 42, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of sexual abuse by parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of ...

Library to begin Summer Reading Program Monday

ELKINS — The Randolph County Public Library is preparing to hold their annual Summer Reading Program starting Monday. This year’s theme for the program will be “Libraries Rock,” focusing on science and discovery for the first two weeks, then later focused on West Virginia music. The ...