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Phone trouble plagues vaccination plans

ELKINS — Officials were working Tuesday to resolve issues with the phone lines being used to make appointments for Thursday’s mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Phil Gainer Community Center. All of the phone lines at Davis Medical Center, which is scheduling the vaccination ...

Suder appointed to fill Upshur magistrate slot

BUCKHANNON — The second open magistrate position has been filled by an Upshur County native. Alan Suder was appointed Tuesday by 26th Judicial Circuit Judges Jake Reger and Kurt Hall, according to a joint press release. Suder will fill the term of Kay Hurst, who resigned Jan. 20, ...

French Creek Freddie event canceled

FRENCH CREEK — Due to COVID-19 concerns, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that West Virginia’s Groundhog Day Celebration has been canceled. The annual event that draws visitors from throughout the Mountain State is held annually on Feb. 2 at the state ...

Audit knocks state agency for losing track of $25M loan program

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Economic Development Authority lost track of a $25 million venture capital loan program and has little to show for success according to a new report. The West Virginia Post Audit Division released a report Tuesday highlighting the failures of the EDA’s $25 ...

Cases challenging Gov. Justice pandemic orders continue

CHARLESTON — A group of Morgantown bars that closed during the summer and fall by order of Gov. Jim Justice is appealing an order granting a motion to dismiss while a case filed by a Putnam County couple is on track for trial in 16 months. Both cases challenge executive orders issued by ...

Restraining order against W.Va. school re-opening plans blocked

CHARLESTON — An attempt by West Virginia’s two teachers’ unions to block the current school re-entry plans for public schools was blocked by a judge Tuesday. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ruled Tuesday against a request for a temporary restraining order against the West ...

Bipartisan progress among Manchin’s goals

WHEELING — United States Sen. Joe Manchin takes over as Senate Energy Committee chairman today — a post that could empower West Virginia’s voice as the new Biden administration sets forth its energy policies. The moderate Manchin, D-W.Va., also could provide deciding votes in an evenly ...

Phone lines down at DMC

ELKINS -- The Randolph Elkins Health Department is reporting that the phone lines at Davis Medical Center are currently down and being repaired by Frontier Communications. This is affecting those attempting to make an appointment for Thursday's mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Phil ...

500 doses set for vaccination clinic

ELKINS — Local health care officials are releasing further information and instructions to the public as they prepare to administer 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. “The Elkins Randolph County Health Department is receiving 500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week ...

New vaccination registration system going smoothly

CHARLESTON — Monday’s rollout of a new pre-registration system to notify West Virginians when vaccines are available is working, state officials said. “This morning we became the first state in the nation to launch a COVID vaccine pre-registration system,” said Gov. Jim Justice during ...

Elbon details department activities

ELKINS — Sheriff Rob Elbon presented his department’s year-end report to the Randolph County Commission meeting and on Monday offered a warning to motorists around the area. Elbon, who took over for incumbent Mark Brady on Jan. 1 after winning the general election this past November, said ...

Study says development won’t impact potential flooding

BUCKHANNON — Development on Brushy Fork Road around the Event Center at Brushy Fork should have zero impact on potential flooding of neighboring properties with the addition of ponds was the results of a hydrologic and hydraulic study presented Thursday at Upshur County Commission. ...

W.Va. COVID-19 cases continue decline

CHARLESTON — Total and active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia are on the decline for the second straight week, according to an analysis of data released Monday by the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The total numbers of positive COVID-19 cases over a 14-day period between ...

Randolph County Clerk’s office closed

ELKINS — It was announced Monday that the Randolph County Clerk’s office will be closed until Feb. 3. The office, which is located at the James Cain Courthouse Annex, was shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, officials said. No other staff members in ...

Elkins man charged with embezzlement

ELKINS — The Magistrate Court of Randolph County announced that Philip James Merriman, of Elkins, is facing a felony embezzlement charge. Merriman, of 210 Teaberry Hills, is accused of stealing and giving away items from his then employer AutoZone, which is located at 1404 Harrison ...

Justice backs state school board decision

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

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 ...