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Senator pleads with Trump to not #ReleaseTheMemo

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump not to release a memo compiled by Republicans about alleged abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia investigation. The Democrat has occasionally voted to confirm Trump’s nominees and hails from ...

Several seats contested in Randolph County primary

ELKINS — Following the close of the candidate filing period over the weekend, many state and county races are going to be highly contested. While both incumbent 43rd District delegates are again running, two others will also be vying for the positions. Delegates William “Bill” Hartman ...

‘Smooch A Pooch’ event to benefit Humane Society

ELKINS — Fancy Paws Spa and Boutique is partnering with Wet Nose Photos to host a “Smooch A Pooch” fundraising event, with proceeds going to the Randolph County Humane Society. The “Smooch A Pooch” event will feature pet photography sessions with Jamie Queen, with $10 from each ...

Pence touts tax cuts, slams Sen. Manchin

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit Wednesday to a truck dealership in West Virginia, touting the tax cuts enacted by the Republican-controlled Congress while slamming the state’s Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who voted against the plan. Manchin faces ...

Conaway-Lunsford trial pushed back

WESTON — A judge approved a motion Wednesday to push back the trial of Lena Marie Conaway-Lunsford, who is accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah, six years ago. Lewis County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Reger approved the continuance Wednesday. Conaway-Lunsford’s attorneys ...

Residents at State of the Union concerned about miner pensions, drugs

WHEELING — Retired Wheeling coal miner Denny Pickens fears miners pension plans are in jeopardy, and he wants Washington, D.C. leaders to do something about it. Likewise, Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader said issues associated with opioid addiction continue to grow in her city, and ...

Trump delivers first State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a “new American moment” of unity in his first State of the Union address, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning ...

Student influx from pipeline not expected

ELKINS — Although Randolph County officials are expecting hundreds of people to move into the area this year to work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the leader of the county school system says education officials are not expecting to see a major influx of new students. Superintendent ...

Barbour County primary ballot set

PHILIPPI — Voters across the state can prepare for the upcoming election by getting to know their candidates as the ballot for the primary election in May is now official. In Barbour County, several candidates have filed to run for West Virginia House of Delegates. Running for Delegate ...

School’s food pantry accepting donations

BUCKHANNON — To continue to provide students with food options and personal hygiene items, the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School is seeking donation for its food pantry. With almost half — 41.6 percent — of BUMS students coming from low-income families, the school decided to begin a food ...

Manchin to host Town Hall at D&E

ELKINS — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will conduct a Community Town Hall Meeting in Elkins Thursday. The event will be hosted by Davis & Elkins College at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in the Myles Center for the Arts. Manchin was sworn into the United States ...

Two apprehended after police chase

BUCKHANNON — Two Upshur County men were arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase Monday and striking a deputy cruiser. Kaleb Allen Loudin, 23, of Adrian, is charged with one felony count of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle with reckless disregard and one felony ...

Stolen vehicle leads to one felony charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County man is facing a felony charge after allegedly selling a stolen vehicle. Raymond Lee Kirkpatrick, 38, of Norton, is charged with one felony count of transferring stolen property. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, ...

Upshur man admits to role in a firearms conspiracy

ELKINS — An Ellamore man admitted Tuesday to his role in a firearms theft and sale scheme, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Johnny Lee Riley, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen firearm. Riley admitted to receiving, possessing, bartering, concealing, or ...

STEM program to bear fruit, vegetables

WHEELING — Some Ohio County school children soon could be growing lettuce at their school, then consuming it in their cafeterias as part of a new program being offered through Grow Ohio Valley. The farming and environmental group that seeks to improve both the economy and nutrition in ...

Library director speaks to Rotary

ELKINS — With a new vision and enhanced services, leaders at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library are working to introduce new programs to foster increased community engagement. Library Executive Director Stephanie Murphy said the facility’s new vision focuses strongly on giving ...

Trump set to visit Mountain State

PARKERSBURG — Republicans are gearing up for a White House visit at the annual Republican congressional retreat this week at The Greenbrier Resort at White Sulphur Springs. The three-day meeting of House and Senate Republicans will focus on 2018 legislative strategies and include speeches ...

Names added to Upshur’s primary ballot

BUCKHANNON — Before the filing period closed Jan. 27, several names were added to the ballot for the upcoming primary election. For Buckhannon City Council, two seats and the city recorder position are available. Hoping to fill the council seats are incumbents Dave Taylor and Mary Albaugh, ...

W.Va. employees talk legislative concerns

BEVERLY — State workers and public education employees came together for an informational meeting to discuss legislative issues in Randolph County Monday. Thomas Bane, West Virginia Education Association region representative, said the main goal for Monday’s meeting in Beverly was to ...

Charleston Gazette-Mail set to file for bankruptcy

WHEELING — The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Monday announced it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that The Ogden Newspapers Inc. has emerged as the high bidder for the company. The Gazette-Mail plans to file for bankruptcy today, officials with the newspaper said. “We’re ...