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Candidates share platforms at forum

ELKINS — Topics including job creation, the opioid crisis, abortion and PEIA funding were addressed Thursday as four candidates for state office took part in a public forum at Elkins High School. Republican Mike House and Democrats Bill Hartman and Cody Thompson took part as candidates in ...

Sponaugle responds to Justice filing

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice have filed a response to a petition filed by Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, asking the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to require the governor to abide by the state Constitution by residing in Charleston. When Sponaugle read the ...

Elkins sees first sales tax totals

ELKINS — City officials were pleased to learn Thursday that the amount of funds raised by the new 1 percent sales tax in its first two months was much higher than expected, even though the exact amounts aren’t yet official. During Thursday night’s Elkins City Council meeting, City ...

Randolph County Commission approves water project funding

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission unanimously approved contributing to a project that would assist in the flow of water to the Pickens area. During Thursday’s Randolph County Commission meeting, officials signed off on contributing $25,000 in funds, tentatively scheduled to be taken ...

The Arts & The Earth

ELKINS — For yet another year, area students have ventured into the wilderness for a unique learning experience. ArtsBank, in partnership with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, welcomed seventh-grade students from Elkins Middle School for the second part of their “The Arts and ...

Candidates turn in finance reports

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s races for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are gaining national attention and raking in thousands of dollars in campaign donations. Federal candidates had until Monday, Oct. 15, to file their October quarterly statements with the Federal ...

Pet oxygen masks donated to Randolph County EMS

ELKINS — In memory of her late aunt, an area woman has made a contribution to assist the Randolph County EMS. Surrounded by family, Randolph County EMS Paramedic Kathy Stalnaker donated two pet oxygen units to the EMS in memory of her aunt, Patty Muncy, who passed away from breast cancer ...

Elkins City Council to vote on support for effort

ELKINS — Elkins City Council will vote today on whether to support an effort to make the West Virginia Home Rule Program a permanent program. Currently, the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program is set to terminate on July 1. The proposed ordinance council will vote on today would urge the ...

Police searching for suspect in drug case

PARSONS — The Tucker County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance from the public after a large amount of drugs were found following a vehicle accident. Officers are searching for Dustin Bruce Moran, 32, after a two-vehicle accident was reported along U.S. 219 at approximately ...

Elkins residents indicted on methamphetamine charges

ELKINS — Three Elkins residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Jeffrey Lynn Woods, 57, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine, two counts of distribution of ...

Tucker County man enters guilty plea

CLARKSBURG — Michael Brooks Ketterman, of Hambleton, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Ketterman, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Ketterman admitted to possessing more than ...

Montrose man admits to heroin distribution

CLARKSBURG — Mark Jay Courtney, of Montrose, has admitted to distributing heroin, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Courtney, 39, pleaded guilty this week to one count of distribution of heroin. Courtney admitted to selling heroin in Randolph County in January 2018. Courtney ...

Randolph woman pleads to drug charge

CLARKSBURG — Sara Payge Gibson, of Elkins, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Gibson, 25, pleaded guilty this to one count of distribution of methamphetamine. Gibson admitted to selling methamphetamine, also known ‘Ice,” in ...

WORK HALTED

KERENS (AP) — A company working on the Corridor H highway in West Virginia has been ordered to stop by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Media reports the department’s Sept. 28 cease-and-desist order follows a series of violations in Randolph and Tucker counties where ...

Davis files for injunction to stop impeachment trial

CHARLESTON — Even while impeachment trials are on hiatus after a decision by an all-appointed panel of justices, the federal case brought by Robin Davis — the former justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — moves forward. Attorneys for Davis filed a reply in federal ...

Randolph County United Way Auction set for Saturday

ELKINS — The Randolph County United Way invites people to give back to area communities during the organization’s 56th annual kickoff auction. Doors will open Saturday morning at the First United Methodist Church in Elkins for the Kickoff Event at 9 a.m. The auction is set to begin at ...

Candidate forum scheduled for Thursday at Elkins High School

ELKINS — The public is invited to attend and submit questions to a candidate forum set for Thursday at Elkins High School. The forum, set to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Elkins High School auditorium, will be hosted by the Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club and ...