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Officers investigate shooting

ELKINS — Law enforcement officers are investigating a shooting incident that took place in Elkins Thursday evening. The City of Elkins released the following information Thursday night: “At 6:50 p.m. tonight, the Elkins Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies ...

Two killed in Route 33 wreck

ELKINS — Two people were pronounced dead on the scene after a head-on collision on Route 33 in Randolph County Wednesday evening, police said. According to a press release from Sheriff Mark Brady, deputies responded to the accident, about four miles east of Elkins, at 6:48 p.m. They arrived ...

EHS official responds to athletic concerns

ELKINS — In response to concerns recently raised regarding participation in local athletics, the Elkins High School athletic director addressed the Randolph County Board of Education this week. EHS athletic director Ross Ware told board members he believes the individuals who previously ...

Elkins Welcome Center reps explain affect on tourism

ELKINS — Representatives from a local Convention & Visitors Bureau detailed its affect on tourism at Thursday’s meeting of the Randolph County Commission Elkins Welcome Center Executive Director Anne Beardslee and Director of Marketing Taira Landavere presented their 2019 annual report ...

RCDA director details broadband access progress in Mountain State

ELKINS — Robbie Morris, the executive director for the Randolph County Development Authority, spoke about broadband progress at the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce’s bi-monthly meeting Thursday. “The RCDA believes that in order to achieve our mission to grow the economy, ...

Officials discuss future of Elkins Swinging Bridge

ELKINS — The future of the Elkins Swinging Bridge was discussed by Elkins City Council’s Municipal Properties Committee Wednesday in response to letters from residents demanding action. Elkins City Council has received two letters from local citizens concerning the bridge, and the letter ...

Work camp programs offering assistance

ELKINS — A local nonprofit is gearing up to give back to the community by providing Randolph County residents with necessary home repairs. The Elkins office of Catholic Charities West Virginia is now accepting applications for assistance by various work camp programs that are set to come to ...

Senate rejects bill eliminating greyhound fund

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund made it over the finish line Wednesday after a bill to eliminate the fund was rejected by the state Senate. Senate Bill 285 was rejected in a 23-11 vote with nine Republicans voting with Democrats to kill the bill. SB 285 ...

Upshur man charged with grand larceny

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man has been arrested for allegedly stealing items from storage units. John Anthony Lawrence, 32, of Rock Cave, was arrested for grand larceny, a felony, breaking and entering, and two counts of conspiracy, all felonies. Trooper J.S. Tonkin with the ...

Buckhannon man facing felony charge

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to steal a vehicle by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. Joseph Brian Kelley, 27, who was listed as homeless, was arrested for attempt to commit grand larceny, a felony. At approximately 8:30 p.m., a caller ...

Man charged with wanton endangerment

ELKINS— A Huttonsville man is facing a felony charge after an alleged domestic dispute involving a gun. Philip Richard Perrine, 53, is charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm. Perrine’s bond was set at $35,000 by Randolph County Magistrate Judge Mike Dyer. According to ...

Foster care bill of rights, reimbursement bill passes House

CHARLESTON — A bill helping to make improvements to the state’s overburdened foster care system and raise reimbursement rates for caregivers passed the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. House Bill 4092, which updates laws on foster care, passed the House 96-1 with three ...

Norton woman facing felony charge

ELKINS —A Norton woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly using a credit card without the owner’s consent. Catherine Alexis Briggs, 20, is charged with fraudulent use of an access device. Brigg’s bond was set at $9,000 by Randolph County Magistrate Mike Dyer. According to ...

Residents demand action on Elkins Swinging Bridge

ELKINS — A group of concerned residents are demanding action in regard to the Elkins Swinging Bridge, which was closed in 2016. The bridge crosses the Tygart River between the southern end of the Elkins Railyard and Baxter Street. Larry Warner, a resident of Chestnut Street, mailed a ...

Public Safety bill receives Senate support

CHARLESTON — The effort to reorganize and rename West Virginia’s top law enforcement and emergency services organization received support Tuesday from a Senate committee. The Government Organization Committee recommended to the full Senate its version of Senate Bill 586, which reorganizes ...

Food fundraiser set to benefit nonprofit

ELKINS — Ambassador Baptist Church in Elkins will be hosting a pepperoni roll and macaroni and cheese sale fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 24. Mike House, of Ambassador Ministries, says that this meal is “as good as school lunch.” Ambassador Ministries primarily provides clothing and ...

Elks Lodge 1135 donates supplies to four schools

ELKINS — Four schools in Randolph County have received donations from an area organization dedicated to giving back to youth in the community. Elks Lodge No. 1135 made a donation of school supplies to four schools in the county, including Harman School, George Ward Elementary School, ...

Defend the Guard Act gets vetting

CHARLESTON — A bill that remained trapped in the House Judiciary Committee last year until a discharge motion brought it to the floor finally made it to the committee’s agenda Monday The House Judiciary Committee rejected House Bill 2732, the Defend the Guard Act, Monday afternoon in a ...

AB program graduates achieve 100% pass rate

PHILIPPI — Alderson Broaddus University is proud to announce that 28 members from the Class of 2019 physician assistant studies program achieved a 100 percent overall pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The Alderson Broaddus University PA program pass rate ...