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Special session on education reform set

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CHARLESTON — About 12 hours after Gov. Jim Justice called a special session for lawmakers to consider a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel, the chairs of the education committees in the Senate and House of Delegates say it is needed. The governor announced late Wednesday ...

Early levy voting heavy

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ELKINS — Early voting turnout in the Randolph County Schools excess levy election was heavy, officials said. A total of 2,588 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period which ended earlier this week, Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said Thursday during a Randolph County ...

Buckhannon sales tax may be delayed

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BUCKHANNON — A bill to allow the City of Buckhannon to begin collecting its municipal sales tax July 1, 2019 instead of January 1, 2020 is now in danger of not passing before the session ends at midnight Saturday. On Wednesday, March 6, the House Rules Committee moved Senate Bill 535 ...

Upshur looks at Community Corrections, 2020 census

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BUCKHANNON — The 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections program saved Upshur County $1.2 million in regional jail fees alone and a combined $2.7 million in regional jail fees for Upshur and Lewis counties. Cheyenne Troxell, director of the program, presented the year-end report ...

Total of 3 votes separate Belington mayor candidates

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BELINGTON — Just three votes separate the incumbent mayor and his challenger in preliminary results from the Belington municipal election. According to figures obtained from Belington City Hall, incumbent Mayor Matthew Ryan tallied 122 votes in this week’s election. The challenger, Jean ...

Finance Committee tackles two bills

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CHARLESTON — Two bills that would put a financial hole in the tax revenue starting next fiscal year were taken up by the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday afternoon. House Bill 2673 would exempt low-producing oil and natural gas wells from paying severance taxes, with that money instead ...

Cannabis banking fix passes Senate

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CHARLESTON — The bill fixing the banking issue for medical marijuana could be on the governor’s desk this week. The West Virginia Senate Tuesday passed House Bill 2538, providing banking services to medical cannabis, in a 29-4 vote with no debate. The bill’s next stop is the desk of ...

Event spotlights world of cyber warfare

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ELKINS — Have you ever wondered where cyber warfare originates? Why one day, your data is secure and the next day it’s been compromised? Founder and CEO of @RISK Technologies, Inc, Sean O’ Brien, an active consultant working with Fortune 500 companies nationwide, delivered a telling ...

Upshur CVB’s campaign wins award

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ELKINS — LMC & Associates, an Elkins based full-service integrated marketing agency, was awarded a 2018 Gold ADDY Award in Integrated Campaign for the Promotional/Branding efforts of Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (UCCVB) “Small Town Getaway, Big Time Charm” ...

Traffic delay announced

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The Division of Highways has announced the temporary delay of traffic along Tucker County Route 13, also known as Bull Run Road, beginning Monday, March 11, through March 29. The delay will occur daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at milepost 3.29, located between County Route 11/2, Relief Hill ...

Museum to host renowned C&O historian

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ELKINS — As part of its annual membership meeting, the West Virginia Railroad Museum is proud to welcome author and historian Thomas W. Dixon Jr. of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Historical Society. Dixon will give a presentation on the importance of transportation history, especially ...

Eighteenth annual Valley District Health Fair set

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West Virginia Caring invites the community to attend the 18th annual Valley District Health Fair from 7 - 11 a.m. March 23 at the Reedsville Fire Department. This health fair will provide everyone an opportunity to take advantage of screenings and advice to assess their medical health and ...

Farnsworth graduates basic training

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U.S. Air Force Airman Emily G. Farnsworth graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, ...

Commission looking closely at budgets

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ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission is asking the county’s elected officials to turn in proposed budgets that include no pay raises, saying that once a “clear picture” of the county’s finances comes together, raises can be considered before the next fiscal year’s budget is ...

House passes tuition measure

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CHARLESTON — At least one education reform bill — meant to get more West Virginians into the workforce — has passed the House of Delegates Wednesday. Senate Bill 1, creating a last-dollar-in community and technical college program, passed the House 85-13 with no discussion. If the ...

SUBA dinner presents annual awards

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ROCK CAVE — From 1948 to 1998, automation in the coal industry allowed companies to mine more coal with fewer workers. More coal was mined with roughly 17,000 workers in 1998 than was mined in 1948 with 125,000 miners. In the oil and gas industry, one horizontal marcellus well ...

Tumble Time competes in Pittsburgh

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Tumble Time Gymnastics LLC competed in the Hollywood Nights Gymnastics Meet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Feb. 16-17. Bronze level gymnasts Eva Collier placed fifth all-around, Kinley Koch fifth vault, fourth bars, fifth beam, fifth all-around, Kelsie Hill fifth floor, eighth all-around, ...

Randolph County Senior Center Menu

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The following is next week’s noon meals menu at the Randolph County Senior Center: Monday: Spaghetti with meatballs, tossed salad, garlic bread, pineapple and mandarian oranges and milk. Tuesday: Baked steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, whole wheat roll, peaches, ice cream ...

Teachers honored for earning certification

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) and the West Virginia Department of Education recognized 83 educators as part of the 2018 National Board Certification Recognition Celebration this week. The honorees represent 51 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 32 ...