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Driver Shortage

PHILIPPI — Barbour County Schools officials are continuing to hire substitute bus drivers in order to prevent the cancellation of future bus route runs. Several bus runs for Barbour County Schools have been canceled over the course of the current school year, said Jeff Woofter, ...

W.Va. Senate, House pass first set of bills

CHARLESTON — Just one week into the 2020 session, both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature Wednesday passed the first set of bills. The House passed five bills Wednesday while the Senate passed one piece of legislation. The bills will be sent to the opposite chambers for review, ...

Supreme Court hears Right to Work arguments

CHARLESTON — Nearly four years after it first passed the West Virginia Legislature, the state Supreme Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on the Right to Work law. Justices Margaret Workman, Beth Walker, Evan Jenkins and John Hutchison asked questions of attorneys representing the ...

Barbour officials planning a ‘Snow Day’

ELKINS — The Barbour County Commission has announced plans to host a free “Snow Day” at the Barbour County Fairgrounds offering winter fun activities for both children and adults. The date for the event has not yet been set, as organizers would like to wait for a six-inch snowfall. ...

Two residents speak against city annexation at county meeting

ELKINS — Two county residents spoke during Thursday’s Randolph County Commission meeting to oppose annexation efforts by the city of Elkins. During the public comment portion of the meeting, two county residents spoke against ordinances to annex three “donut hole” properties into ...

Corhart to lay off 53 employees from Buckhannon location

BUCKHANNON — St. Gobain SEFPRO is laying off approximately 53 employees at the Buckhannon location, according to a notice addressed to Mayor David McCauley from Buckhannon plant manager Benjamin Watkins. The letter provided in Thursday’s Buckhannon City Council packet states that the ...

Trump’s trial begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts ...

Official: Rail Trail Connector project complete

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority has announced that the Elkins Rail Trail Connector project is officially complete. The groundbreaking for the project took place in June 2018 and Robbie Morris, executive director of the RCDA, has been with the project since the ...

Manchin, Morrisey trade words

CHARLESTON — The 2018 U.S. Senate election might be over, but U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continue to fight over the Affordable Care Act, now focused on a proposal by Morrisey to protect coverage for people with pre-existing ...

MLK celebration set for Sunday

ELKINS — The Elkins Cultural Awareness and Enrichment Group will host its annual celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday. The traditional march begins at 3:45 p.m. at the Jennings Randolph Federal Building and will head toward Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church ...

Upshur County Commission making changes for 2020

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission has several changes in its line of sight for 2020. First, the commission selected Terry Cutright to be the commission president for the year. Cutright, who is beginning his last year of a full six-year term, also announced at the meeting he ...

Democrats criticize AG proposal

CHARLESTON — A plan from Republican state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to protect people with pre-existing medical conditions if the Affordable Care Act is overturned is drawing fire from legislative Democrats and candidates seeking to unseat Morrisey in November. Senate Bill 284, ...

WWII vet celebrates100th birthday

ELKINS — To the tune of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” an area World War II veteran was greeted by family and friends to celebrate his 100th birthday. Lloyd “Dabney” Kisner, originally from the town of Fank in Pocahontas County, celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday. His family ...

Carmichael responds to debate over Fairness Act

CHARLESTON — Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Tuesday that statements by advocates and opponents of an effort to protect West Virginia’s LGBTQ and transgender community have misrepresented his position. “Lately, I have been disappointed by both the advocates and the ...

Parish House requests blankets, quilts

BUCKHANNON — A warm blanket, quilt or sleeping bag can help keep the winter chill off of people in need in Upshur County. The Upshur Parish House is asking for donations of new or clean, gently used items to offer to its neighbors. “We used to have a local organization that provided ...

Elkins Middle School principal’s charge headed to bench trial

ELKINS — A misdemeanor battery charge against the Elkins Middle School principal will go to a bench trial, it was decided this week. Eric Lucas, 52, is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after an alleged altercation with former EMS math teacher Dana Losh at Elkins Fordland on Nov. 11. ...

Man facing drug charge after allegedly fleeing police

ELKINS — An allegedly homeless man is facing a felony charge after allegedly fleeing from officers on a bike trail. David Wayne Crites, 52, is charged with possession with intent to deliver. His bond was set at $50,000 cash or property by Randolph County Magistrate Judge Ben ...

3 charged with child neglect

ELKINS — Three are facing felony charges after parole officers allegedly observed a child in close proximity to dangerous items. Preston Lane Burrows, 30, of Montrose, Blake Hunter Carver, 32, of Elkins and Misty Jane Pritt, 32, of Fairmont, are each charged with child neglect. The bonds ...

Two charged with child concealment

ELKINS — Two Mabie residents are facing felony charges for allegedly fleeing through the woods with a child after an emergency custody order was issued in Randolph County Circuit Court. Bryant Michael Cummings, 30, and Summer Cheyenne Martin, 25, are each charged with child concealment. ...

New Year’s baby is welcomed

WESTON — Dr. Robert Harris delivered the Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital New Year’s Baby at 6:20 a.m. on Jan. 4, at the Weston healthcare facility. The little girl, Ameliyia Grace, is the first child of Logan Shannon and Emily Sinclair, of Buckhannon. She weighed in at six ...