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Elkins official responds to town hall criticisms

ELKINS — The city of Elkins’ operations manager has responded to criticism that residents directed at him and the town’s code enforcement officer/building inspector during a town hall meeting this week. Bob Pingley, who as the operations manager is the supervisor for Phil Isner, ...

Info sought in homicide investigation

MOOREFIELD — Officials with the West Virginia State Police are seeking information and assistance from the public in a murder case, after the state chief medical examiner’s office ruled that the death of a body found in a remote area of Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in November 2016 is a ...

PSD project receives $1.5 million grant funding

BUCKHANNON — While the Elkins Road Public Service District project is still very much in the early stages, the water improvement project has received the full Small Cities Block grant with $1.5 million in funding. Since 2008, Elkins Road PSD representatives have been applying for the Small ...

Longtime business closes

ELKINS — After four decades of operating in the Elkins community, Erickson’s Service Station, a full-service gas station along Harrison Avenue, has closed its pumps. Jonathan Kyle, the owner of Mountaineer Insurance who recently opened a second location along Harrison Avenue, said he ...

Name released in ATV fatality

HELVETIA — West Virginia State Police officials have confirmed the identity of an individual killed in an ATV crash over the weekend. Sgt. M.S. Horne, Elkins detachment commander, said Joseph Clyde Thompson III, 25, of Providence Forge, Virginia, was killed in the crash. Senior Trooper ...

Randolph BOE hosts RIF hearings

ELKINS — The Randolph County Board of Education voted to approve a number of staff cuts Wednesday. Reduction in force (RIF) hearings also were held Wednesday during a special meeting regarding three Randolph County Schools employees. All three motions, to either RIF or transfer, were ...

New director selected for United Way

ELKINS — A Randolph County native has been selected as the new leader of the Randolph County United Way. Karrah Washington is the newly appointed executive director of the organization, following an announcement by the United Way of Randolph County Board of Directors. “I am honored ...

EHS takes part in debate tourney

ELKINS — Elkins High School students recently took part in a debate tournament hosted at Davis & Elkins College. The two-day event took place over the weekend, when more than 200 high school students from across the state competed in the West Virginia High School Speech and Debate ...

Rotary hears from Division of Forestry

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Division of Forestry visited the Buckhannon Rotary Club this week to discuss the duties available through the local office. Jason Jones, regional forester for Region 3 at WV Division of Forestry’s Buckhannon District Office, said the division offers ...

High-speed chase leads to arrest

PHILIPPI — A Barbour County man is in custody after allegedly leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase before crashing into a Preston County Sheriff’s Office cruiser. Jonathan Andrew Swiger, 29, of Belington, is charged with one felony count of fleeing from an officer. He is ...

Officials discuss distressed properties

ELKINS — A town hall meeting Tuesday evening featured a Buckhannon City Council member providing details about how his town has dealt with distressed properties issues similar to those facing the city of Elkins. Meanwhile, residents expressed frustration with the job performance of ...

BOE hears about grants

ELKINS — The Randolph County Board of Education heard Tuesday about grant funding that will benefit two educational programs in the county. Superintendent Gabriel “Gabe” Devono said Randall Reid-Smith, West Virginia Division of Culture and History commissioner, confirmed $35,000 has ...

Board approves levy rates

ELKINS — The Randolph County Board of Education voted to approve the schedule of proposed levy rates in a special meeting Tuesday. The board voted unanimously to approve levy rates for fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, as recommended by Superintendent of Schools Gabriel “Gabe” ...

Panel looks at impact of drug addiction

ELKINS — The GFWC Woman’s Club of Elkins hosted a panel discussion regarding the local impact of teen and adult drug addiction Tuesday night at Halliehurst on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. Panel members included Glenn Galloway, Elkins Police Department chief; Anthony ...