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County clerks help clean up voting lists

BUCKHANNON — As a result of a statewide effort from the 55 county clerks, voter file clean-up in West Virginia has hit 100,000 names after 18 months. Secretary of State Mac Warner says more than 100,000 deceased, duplicate, outdated and convicted felon voter registrations have been removed ...

‘Blues & Barbecues’ planned in Elkins

ELKINS — Downtown Elkins will be packed with smooth sounds and savory flavors Sept. 7 as the town also welcomes back Davis & Elkins College students. In conjunction with their “First Friday” events, Elkins Main Street will also host the “D&E Night on the Town” from 5 to 7 ...

Upshur County to offer fall events

BUCKHANNON — As the summer festivities wind down and a briskness returns to the air, Upshur County is prepared to welcome the autumn months. With Festival Fridays and weekend family friendly activities made available since May, Laura Meadows, executive director for Upshur County’s ...

Sports betting debuts in W.Va.

CHARLES TOWN (AP) — Sports betting has debuted in West Virginia, just in time for college football season. West Virginia Lottery general managing counsel Danielle Boyd says in an email the first legal wager was accepted Thursday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. She says it’s the ...

County looking at equipment upgrade

BUCKHANNON — Officials have begun reviewing a proposal for upgraded equipment that would significantly impact the Upshur County Communications’ Emergency Operations Center. On Thursday, the Upshur County Commission met with Doyle Cutright, E-911 Communication Center director, and ...

Commissioners agree to reinstate company

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission has agreed to reinstate a local towing service to the E911 Communications Center rotation list. County administrator Carrie Wallace advised commissioners that Eric’s Towing and Recovery LLC was removed from the communication center’s rotation ...

B-UHS set to offer Chinese courses

BUCKHANNON — Through a sponsorship with West Virginia University’s Confucius Institute, several Buckhannon-Upshur High School students will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin. Debora Nicholson, coordinator of world languages, recently announced that a Confucius Institute guest teacher ...

Barbour woman admits to methamphetamine charge

ELKINS — Chelsey Farley, of Philippi, has admitted to a methamphetamine distribution charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Farley, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Farley admitted to possessing crystal methamphetamine, ...

Firefighters battle downtown blaze

ELKINS — Firefighters battled a downtown blaze for more than two hours late Wednesday afternoon. The fire began at 210 1/2 Kerens Ave. at about 4:40 p.m., an official with the Elkins Fire Department said. People were at home in the residence when the blaze erupted but no one was ...

Court denies Blankenship ballot access

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Wednesday denied a petition to order the Secretary of State to place Constitution Party candidate Don Blankenship on the November ballot for U.S. Senate. The high court heard arguments Wednesday morning between Blankenship’s ...

Afterschool program to launch today

ELKINS — The Phil Gainer Community Center will host a ribbon cutting and open house at 5:30 p.m. today to commemorate the launch of ENGAGE Afterschool. The program, which is free to attend for all middle school youth, is presented by Elkins Parks and Recreation, Davis & Elkins College, ...

Resident affected by medicine recall

ELKINS — An Elkins resident was stunned to discover that a medication she was prescribed to treat high blood pressure is currently on a nationwide voluntary recall list, and she is hoping to warn other patients. At the end of July, Solco Healthcare U.S. issued a notice to patients that a ...

Two arrested in drugs, firearm case

ELKINS — Two area men are behind bars after allegedly being found in possession of drugs and a firearm. David Louis Deshayes, 36, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and Aaron Carl Cale, 25, of Elkins, is charged ...

Rotary learns about Historical Society

BUCKHANNON — Offering an array of publications, photographs and old documents, the Upshur County Historical Society provides visitors and residents a history lesson on the many communities that form Upshur County. On Tuesday, Noel Tenney, special projects director for the organization, ...