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Justice backs state school board decision

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CHARLESTON — As West Virginia’s two teachers’ union file lawsuits to block a state Board of Education mandate for in-person school, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he applauded board members for holding their ground. “I am really happy our schools have reopened for in-person learning. ...

Space needed for food distribution

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ELKINS — A longtime community organizer is currently scouring the area in hopes of finding a location to distribute food to families in need. Mill Creek resident Harvey Taylor came before the Randolph County Commission in hopes of finding a place for the Feed America Food Bank to park a ...

Law enforcement officers given 24-hour access to Randolph schools

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ELKINS — In an effort to improve safety standards within schools, Randolph County Schools have partnered with local police agencies. Law enforcement officers with the West Virginia State Police, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and Elkins Police Department have been given 24 hour ...

Sea Shanties event coming to Augusta Heritage Center

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ELKINS — Insight to the biggest sensation on TikTok is coming to Augusta. “Sea Shanties: Adding Historical Context to the Hottest New TikTok Trend (+ singing along!)” will be presented on Facebook Live and via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The free event comes with support from the West ...

SBA proposes rule to eliminate regulations

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration invites public comment on a proposed rule designed to remove regulatory provisions that exclude certain faith-based organizations from seven business loan and disaster assistance programs. These programs include the Intermediary Lending ...

St. Joseph’s Hospital offering COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Center

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BUCKHANNON — St. Joseph’s Hospital has opened a Monoclonal Anti-Body Infusion Center that can provide relief to some patients with COVID-19. The drug Bamlanivimab, is a neutralizing antibody drug that can help to limit the amount of COVID-19 virus in your body. These antibodies help your ...

Stunned by Stand-off

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ELKINS — An hours-long standoff between law enforcement and a man barricaded inside his own home ended late Thursday evening with police entering the house and finding the man dead of an apparent suicide, officials said. Elkins City Police Chief Travis Bennett said the incident began when ...

Vaccination clinic set Thursday

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ELKINS — Another mass vaccination clinic will be offered at the Phil Gainer Community Center Thursday, officials said. As was the case with this week’s event, Thursday’s clinic will be a regional event focusing on providing COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 65 years old and older from ...

Commission approves paid leave change

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ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve paid leave for county employees affected by COVID-19 this week during their regular meeting at the James Cain Courthouse Annex. With the decision, the county will now provide paid sick leave for up to 80 days for any ...

Inauguration of Gov. Justice, state elected officials mark new era

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CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice laid out an optimistic future for West Virginia on Friday in an all-but-traditional Inaugural Day address as he was sworn in as the first elected Republican governor since 1997. “Over and over and over, we are showing the world just how great we really ...

SWAT team called in to Elkins incident

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ELKINS — Elkins residents were asked to stay at home Thursday evening after a man barricaded himself inside his home and the situation developed into a police SWAT team operation. At 8:08 p.m. Thursday, the City of Elkins released the following information: “Law enforcement officers ...

Online vaccine appointment system to roll out

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CHARLESTON — With county health departments being inundated with calls for COVID-19 vaccinations and growing waiting lists, West Virginia will have an online appointment and registration system to help get more people into the system. Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials announced ...

Commission OKs iPad purchase

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ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission unanimously voted to approve the purchase of iPad tablets for the Randolph-Elkins Health Department Thursday. The iPads will be used for on-site documentation of COVID-19 vaccinations per the state and CDC requirements. “We were approached by the ...

Local business gives to United Way’s Workplace Campaign

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ELKINS — As part of United Way of Randolph County’s annual fundraising efforts, businesses in the area are making contributions through United Way’s Workplace Campaign. Karrah Washington, executive director for United Way of Randolph County, said the workplace campaign gives ...

Upshur magistrate resigns

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BUCKHANNON — The same day that a new Upshur County magistrate was appointed, Upshur County’s Division 2 magistrate submitted her resignation. Kay Hurst, who was re-elected to a second term in the June primary and served nearly three weeks of that term, submitted her resignation to Judge ...

PSC accepts Frontier bankruptcy settlement

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CHARLESTON ­— Letters sent last Friday from state broadband officials and lawmakers urged the West Virginia Public Service Commission to scrutinize a proposed deal to approve Frontier Communication’s bankruptcy reorganization in anticipation of a Jan. 19 meeting. Instead, the PSC issued ...

Chocolate, books drive membership at library

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ELKINS — The Elkins Bookhounds, Friends of the Elkins Randolph County Library, are forging ahead this month with a special, more virtual approach to a membership drive. A Valentine’s themed basket raffle will incentivize memberships this year, replacing one of the groups’ favorite ...