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Justice: China ‘deathly serious’ about deal

WHEELING — Although relatively short on specifics during a press conference, Gov. Jim Justice showed plenty of enthusiasm for what he termed a “deathly serious” $83.7 billion China Energy investment plan for shale natural gas and petrochemical projects in West Virginia. “China ...

Christmas is busy time for tree farm

FRENCH CREEK — Approaching the French Creek Christmas Tree Farm on a winding road, visitors see the hundreds of trees spread over hills at the Upshur County season attraction. Ron and Tillie Fowler planted their first Christmas tree seedlings in 1983, and sold their first batch of trees in ...

RTC students donate to Salvation Army

ELKINS — A group of students at the Randolph Technical Center are giving back to area children this Christmas. The SkillsUSA club at RTC joined together to make this holiday season cheerful for 10 area children by purchasing gifts to be given to them this Christmas. Club president Hali ...

Par Mar purchases Elkins mainstay Lynn’s Self-Serve

ELKINS — An Elkins convenience store that has served as a mainstay to many in the community has been purchased by Par Mar Stores. According to a press release from Par Mar Stores President Brian Waugh Tuesday, the chain “proudly announces” the acquisition of Lynn’s Self-Serve, ...

BOE votes to close Homestead

DAILEY — Members of the Randolph County Board of Education voted unanimously to officially close Homestead Elementary School at a special meeting Monday, after voting to temporarily close the school in May. Board members voted 5-0, after a special closure hearing in which they heard ...

Elkins finance group discusses potential sales tax

ELKINS — With the third reading of a proposed 1 percent municipal sales tax on the horizon, the Elkins City Council Finance Committee convened Monday morning to discuss potential uses for the income if the measure were to pass. The Elkins City Council is set to convene at 7 p.m. Thursday at ...

Library offering holiday event

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is preparing for the first annual “Holiday Whoville at the Library Tour” which will begin immediately following the Elkins Christmas Parade Wednesday. The tour will feature special guests from Whoville, including the Grinch, his dog ...

New book details journey from Philippines to West Virginia

BUCKHANNON — In her first book, Dr. Araceli Ganan Almond’s “God’s Boot Camp” takes readers on a journey through her childhood in the Philippines to her life in Buckhannon. After years of being encouraged by her husband, Greenbrier, to write a book, she finally received the message ...

TCHS prepares for one-act play

HAMBLETON — The Tucker County High School’s Theater Department is preparing for its production of “The Other Room” by Ariadne Blayde. The play is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school. Its story follows an intelligent teenage astronomer named Austin who ...

Randolph woman faces felony charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly threatening a law enforcement officer. Brittany Rae Cave, 31, of Mill Creek, is charged with one felony count of terroristic threats. She is free on a $30,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Chief ...

Marion County woman pleads guilty to distribution

ELKINS — A Fairmont woman has admitted to distributing methamphetamines, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Cassie Chase Poland, age 18, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine — Aiding and Abetting.” Poland admitted to aiding ...

Gandy Dancer hosts special children’s show

ELKINS — For the second consecutive year, the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre brought joy to area children with a special Christmas celebration. The Gandy Dancer recently invited more than 220 children from across Randolph County to a special children’s show themed “The Gandy Dancer Helps ...

Firefighters come to rescue

ELKINS — Firefighters from Elkins came to the rescue Sunday, but it wasn’t for a fire. Volunteers from the Elkins Fire Department worked together to repair the holiday lights in downtown Elkins and hang them up in time for the Christmas season, following an announcement Friday that the ...

Relay For Life kicks off for 2018

ELKINS — Plans already are coming together for the 2018 Randolph County Relay For Life, as organizers recently hosted a kickoff event in Elkins. Set for the first Saturday in June, the Relay For Life event will serve as a fundraiser to support the fight against cancer. The 2018 theme ...

Parsons Christmas parade coming up Saturday

PARSONS — “Christmas in Candyland” is the theme for this year’s annual parade in Parsons, set for 5 p.m. Saturday. Presented by the City of Parsons, the Christmas parade will line up at 4 p.m. The grand marshals of the parade this year will be City of Parsons employees. Tammy ...