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Elkins celebrates Memorial Day

ELKINS — A crowd gathered at the All-Veterans Memorial in Elkins, while keeping social distancing guidelines, to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who paid the ultimate price in service of their country. American Legion District of West Virginia 9th District Commander Donald ...

Dem governor candidates navigate new campaign waters

CHARLESTON — The winner of the Democratic primary for governor of West Virginia will not only have to face a Republican opponent in November, but the victor will have to rebuild the state’s economy and deal with the medical crisis started by COVID-19. Five Democratic candidates are on the ...

Buckhannon City Hall, parks slated to open June 1

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council approved a number of measures aimed at slowly opening up city facilities in the coming weeks after their closure in March due to COVID-19. Buckhannon City Hall will reopen to the public June 1 with additional preventive safety measures including the ...

27 inmates, 8 employees positive at HCC

HUTTONSVILLE — The number of positive COVID-19 cases has jumped at Huttonsville Correctional Center among prisoners and staff, officials said Friday afternoon. Gov. Jim Justice ordered testing at the facility this week, which has confirmed 25 additional inmate cases, and that four ...

City transfers empty property to the RCDA

ELKINS—The City of Elkins announced the transfer of the 11th Street property that previously housed the Street Department garage to the Randolph County Development Authority during a city council meeting held virtually via Zoom this week. The property in question sits on the corner of ...

Armentrout’s company’s trailblazing work focus of ABC show

ELKINS — A Randolph County native is using cutting-edge science to help law enforcement develop leads in crimes and identify potential criminals. The use of his company’s snapshot genetic genealogy analysis will be featured in the ABC News series “The Genetic Detective” on Tuesday at ...

Justice declines to beef up rules in hotspots

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday declined to strengthen coronavirus restrictions in two eastern panhandle counties where cases spiked this week. The Republican governor said his administration discussed the hot spots in Berkeley and Jefferson counties with local ...

Goff Street Church of Christ meeting place reopening

ELKINS — Goff Street Church of Christ is happy to announce the reopening of its meeting place for Bible classes and worship assemblies. Goff Street, like other places of worship, found itself closed from mid-March until last Sunday because of the pandemic in compliance with the ...

Boil water advisory lifted in Elkins

A boil water advisory for part of Elkins has been lifted. A Friday afternoon press release from the City of Elkins reads, "Lab testing has found no contamination from Tuesday’s water-main break. The boil-water advisory has been cancelled immediately." Water department crews from the City ...

Two more positive tests at HCC

HUTTONSVILLE — Two more employees at Huttonsville Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. In total, four employees and two inmates have tested positive, and testing at the facility continued on Thursday. “I’m told all four are doing well and are ...

Randolph County commissioners hear election update

ELKINS — Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman gave County Commissioners an update on the upcoming primary election on Thursday. Wiseman explained during the County Commission’s regular meeting that her office has seen an increase in absentee ballot requests. The county sent ...

Justice sends National Guard to 2 counties

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said a surge this week in COVID-19 infections in the Eastern Panhandle has led him to dispatch the National Guard to Jefferson and Berkeley counties. In Justice’s daily briefing Thursday, the governor reported another death due to coronavirus ...

Officials hopeful as unemployment rises

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice continues to remain positive about using federal coronavirus money to backfill cratering tax revenues or a new bailout by Congress, while the state unemployment jumps to an all-time high. According to Workforce West Virginia, the state’s seasonally ...

Mill Creek woman arrested

ELKINS — A Mill Creek woman was arrested for allegedly stealing items from Walmart in Elkins. Haley Brooke Fincham, 27, of Mill Creek, is being charged with third offense shoplifting, a felony, for allegedly stealing several containers of makeup from the store. According to the criminal ...

Elkins man faces felony charge

ELKINS — An Elkins man is behind bars for allegedly stealing a flashlight from Walgreens on Wednesday. Russell Shane Crites, 31, of Elkins, is being charged with felony third offense shoplifting. According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, Elkins Police ...

SJMH announces Employee of Year

WESTON — Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital announced Melissa Meluzio Edwards had been named the annual ICARE Employee of the Year on Monday, May 11 at an award ceremony in the SJMH Boardroom. Chief Administrative Officer Avah Stalnaker, opened the event with a thank you to ...

Art contest deadline for high school seniors approaching

The Mountain Arts District announces its first art contest for 2020 High School Seniors. This contest is open to the 2020 graduating class in Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Upshur, Pocahontas and Nicholas counties. Cash prizes will be awarded. Students may submit up to three individual pieces ...