Local News

Snakes Alive!

FRENCH CREEK — The West Virginia Wildlife Center celebrated West Virginia’s 155th birthday with a presentation entitled ‘Snakes Alive.” The program featured Roy Moose of the United States Department of Agriculture, who had live snakes on hand to educate attendees about the ...

Supreme Court justice indicted

CHARLESTON (AP) — In public, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry gave speeches about honesty and integrity in government. In private, federal prosecutors say, he was raking in money by defrauding others. FBI agents arrested Loughry on Wednesday morning and took him to the ...

Meet the candidates event set

ELKINS — An area Democratic women’s group that became chartered last month is hosting an event that will allow local residents to meet with candidates prior to the November general election. The Randolph County Democratic Women will be hosting a potluck picnic, auction and opportunity to ...

Residents respond to new needle exchange program

BUCKHANNON — More than 60 community members gathered in the public safety complex Tuesday evening for the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department’s educational presentation concerning a recently implemented harm reduction program. After residents, city and county officials questioned the ...

Traffic stop leads to arrests

ELKINS — Three people are in custody after a traffic stop allegedly led to the discovery of drugs and nearly $3,000. Michael Brooks Ketterman, 31, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley ...

Probable cause found in Randolph kidnapping case

ELKINS — A judge ruled that probable cause for the arrest of a Randolph County parolee accused of absconding and taking his girlfriend hostage had been met. Daniel Thomas Gray, 32, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping. He remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional ...

Felony charge going to grand jury

ELKINS — Probable cause was ruled to have been met in the arrest of a Randolph County man alleged to have struck a female with a two-by-four. Kyle Jordan Howard, 22, of Mill Creek, is charged with one felony count of malicious wounding. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a ...

Department of Defense employees face charges

ELKINS — Sgt. First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sgt. (retired) Russell Morgan were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the embezzlement and unlawful sale of government property, United States Attorney Bill Powell ...

Randolph man indicted in connection to destructive devices

ELKINS — Robert C. Ard, of Elkins, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to two homemade explosive devices found in his home, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Ard, 54, is charged with one count of making an unlawful firearm and one count of ...

Elkins officials mum on worker unrest

By Tim MacVean Senior Staff Writer ELKINS — After weeks of negotiations regarding pay increases — and a city of Elkins Finance Committee special call meeting Monday — it is alleged that an entire department of city employees walked out of work in protest over the wage situation. A ...

Residents, attorney plan to send City Hall a letter

ELKINS — After several years of discussing the dilapidated properties issue in a series of Town Hall meetings, area residents were looking for — and in some cases offering — potential solutions to the problem at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Once again, local property owners talked about ...

Buckhannon Council considering partnership

BUCKHANNON — The city of Buckhannon is considering an agreement with a company that claims it can find and collect sources of revenue the city may have overlooked. Bobby Monroe, revenue enhancement consultant, stopped by Buckhannon City Council’s June 7 meeting to discuss DataMax, a ...

Project teaches residents about gardening, healthy lifestyle

ELKINS — Residents of the First Ward School Apartments in Elkins got together to share recipes that incorporate vegetables they grow in their community garden Tuesday afternoon. The Healthy Home Program recently developed a project to encourage healthy living among residents of First ...

Elkins to ‘keep working’ on pay raises

ELKINS — On Monday morning, city of Elkins employees were once again present at a city council committee meeting regarding wages, this time receiving what some felt was disappointing news. Officials with the city of Elkins met with four supervisory employees during a June 5 special call ...

Officers share salary concerns

ELKINS — Members of the Elkins Police Department shared concerns regarding their pay and expressed a need for annexation of businesses along the Beverly Five-lane during a city of Elkins Public Safety Committee meeting Monday. Patrolman C.G. Boatwright said he could join a police force ...

Upshur to expand backpack program

BUCKHANNON — Through a non-traditional feeding program grant, Upshur County Schools will now have the opportunity to expand its backpack program. Cynthia Nesselroade, child nutrition director for Upshur County, announced that the county had received $20,000 to expand the backpack services ...

Officials discuss building’s future

ELKINS — The Elkins City Council Municipal Property Committee discussed a city building in need of repairs during a Monday meeting. Discussion centered on the Carriage House, which is part of the Darden House, a structure owned by the city of Elkins and which is located next door to City ...