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Coronavirus

Randolph leaders discuss COVID-19

ELKINS — Randolph County officials discussed the current state of COVID-19 on the local level in a Friday afternoon phone conference. Bonnie Woodrum, an infectious disease specialist with the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, said that as of Friday afternoon, the county had three confirmed ...

Buckhannon closing parks

BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon has closed almost all city parks and their parking lots, with the exception of Jawbone Park and the Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone Memorial River Walk Trail, and limited employees from traveling further than a 30-mile radius of Buckhannon. During an ...

Riverbend shuttered to the public until further notice

ELKINS — Riverbend Park in Elkins will be closed to the public until further notice, City of Elkins and Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission officials announced Friday. The reason is the park’s proximity to the city’s wastewater treatment plant amid concerns related to transmission of ...

Fundraising effort underway for arts facility

ELKINS — A fundraising effort is underway to help support a local arts facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cheryl Jacko, principal of the Highland Adventist School, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise $22,000 for the Randolph County Community Arts Center while classes and events are ...

Officials: Coronavirus cases clustering in Eastern Panhandle

CHARLESTON — As the number of positive coronavirus cases jumped in the Eastern Panhandle, Gov. Jim Justice and state officials Friday sought to calm the nerves of the public. According to numbers released by the Department of Health and Human Resources Friday morning, there are now 237 ...

Elkins changing garbage pickup

ELKINS — To reduce infection risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elkins Sanitation Department will no longer accept any items not contained in a tied trash bag. Also, the Elkins Street Department is suspending most special pickups of bulky solid waste items, and the City of Elkins Spring ...

Counties confirm new coronavirus cases

ELKINS — Local counties are compiling new confirmed cases of coronavirus, including the first in Barbour County and the third in Randolph County. As of Thursday evening, Randolph County had three confirmed cases, according to the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, while Barbour County had ...

United Way Day of Action canceled

ELKINS — United Way of Randolph County has canceled its Day of Action due to COVID-19 concerns. Initially scheduled for April 18, United Way’s first-ever Day of Action has been canceled until 2021. “It’s a day where a group of volunteers get together, and we do a variety of service ...

Superintendent, lawmakers at odds on re-opening schools

CHARLESTON — Leaders of the West Virginia Legislature and the acting state superintendent of schools were at odds Thursday about whether to re-open school April 30 or close school for the remainder of the school year while the coronavirus spreads. During Gov. Jim Justice’s daily COVID-19 ...

Federal judge accepts deal with Justice-owned companies over mine safety fines

CHARLESTON — A judge Thursday accepted a deal between companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice and federal prosecutors over unpaid mine safety fines and penalties. Senior U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad issued an order accepting the agreement between 23 Justice-owned companies and Thomas Cullen, ...

Springtime During the Pandemic

As multiples of spring flowers are pushing skyward from their warmer soils, it could never have happened at a better time. People have their minds focused on a virus called “corona” and events yet to unfold. And we would be wise to continue to pay attention to anything safe we can do ...

Justice moves primary election to June 9

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases expected to peak beginning in May, Gov. Jim Justice ordered the May 12 primary moved to June 9 during a briefing Wednesday. “I was absolutely hopeful and supportive of trying to do our election on May 12,” Justice said during his daily coronavirus ...

Jackson county resident second W.Va. coronavirus death

CHARLESTON — A Jackson County resident died Wednesday due to complications from the coronavirus, West Virginia’s second death linked to the respiratory virus. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Jackson County Health Department, the Jackson County resident ...

Second case confirmed in Randolph County

The Randolph-Elkins Health Department (REHD) reports that a second confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified in Randolph County. Unlike the first, this case is not associated with travel outside West Virginia or known contact with a positive case. The source of the infection is unknown ...