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Celebrating Progress

PARSONS — Gov. Jim Justice visited Tucker County Monday afternoon to celebrate progress made on the ongoing Corridor H highway construction project. “Corridor H brings us jobs, it brings us opportunity, it brings us exposure, it brings us so much it’s unbelievable,” Justice told ...

Blankenship to file for president

CHARLESTON — Not yet done with being a candidate for office, retired coal operator Don Blankenship has set his sights on the highest office in the land. Ballot Access News reported Monday that Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy and a former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in ...

International Charity Fraud Awareness Week kicks off

CHARLESTON — Two state departments and groups representing seniors, charities and nonprofit groups Monday encouraged the public to know before they give. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, Attorney General Mac Warner, AARP-WV State President Rich Stonestreet and President Paul ...

‘Good behavior’ program coming to Randolph schools

ELKINS — With assistance from a local agency, a program that encourages good behavior and social and emotional learning will be expanding to all elementary schools in Randolph County. The PAX Good Behavior Game promotes social and emotional learning in young people by reinforcing desirable ...

Fugitive captured in Montrose

MONTROSE — A fugitive wanted on outstanding warrants from multiple counties was captured in Montrose over the weekend, police said. Richard Scott Connally, 31, was spotted in the Montrose area, prompting a call to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, according to a Monday ...

Man charged with burglary tells police he was sleepwalking

ELKINS — An Elkins man charged with burglary allegedly told police he was sleepwalking and woke up standing in his neighbor’s apartment. Ronald L. Thorne Jr., 52, is charged with burglary, a felony. Bond was set at $10,000 cash by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon. According to ...

Plea agreement reached in burglary case

BUCKHANNON — The man who stole a truck belonging to state Sen. Bill Hamilton reached a plea agreement in Upshur County Circuit Court. Justin D. White, 37, of French Creek, represented by attorney Ira Richardson, plead guilty to breaking and entering, a felony, and plead guilty through ...

Man arrested after high-speed chase

ELKINS — An Elkins man is accused of fleeing from officers at speeds of more than 100 mph, leading a chase from Elkins to Bemis. Clinton Dale McCauley, 28, has been charged with fleeing from an officer, a felony. Bond was set at $50,000 cash by Randolph County Magistrate Rob ...

McCuskey speaks at Lincoln Day Dinner

ELKINS — West Virginia’s 21st state auditor, John B. “JB” McCuskey, was the keynote speaker for the Randolph County Republican Executive Committee’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner Sunday afternoon. McCuskey was introduced by Sen. Bill Hamilton, R-11th District, who began by ...

Gov. Justice headed to region today

ELKINS — Gov. Jim Justice will appear at an event this afternoon celebrating Corridor H construction at a site near Parsons. The event will take place at 2 p.m. at a site approximately 1 mile north of Parsons along Route 72. Earlier in the day, Justice and officials with the West ...

Tourism numbers prompt discussion

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice praised the most recent tourism numbers for the state, though a Republican primary challenger disputes the rosy outlook. According to a 2018 Travel Impacts Study conducted by Dean Runyan and Associates, West Virginia’s tourism industry grew by 58 percent when ...

Varian balancing college studies with military service

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — It takes a disciplined and courageous individual to not only take on a career in the military, ...

Lawmakers hear flooding concerns

CHARLESTON — A state official warned legislators that many of West Virginia’s dams are in danger and the conditions of streams could lead to another major flood. The Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding met at the Capitol in Charleston. Lawmakers heard from Brian Farkas, executive ...

St. Joseph’s receives Gold Honors

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) recognized St. Joseph’s Hospital with the Gold Honors Achievement Award for their outstanding work in the Commitment to Excellence Honors Program and their commitment to the following topic areas: ∫ Antibiotic Stewardship ∫ ...

Morrisey, Warner file brief in W.Va. town election case

CHARLESTON — The attorney general and secretary of state of West Virginia have gotten involved in the recent town election in Harpers Ferry. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, as counsel for Secretary of State Mac Warner, filed a friend of the court brief with Jefferson County Circuit Court ...

School employees attend trauma training

ELKINS — Employees of Randolph County Schools received specialized training to educate them on how to be trauma sensitive in classrooms and schools. April Senic, director of special education for RCS, said teachers and staff encounter students who are impacted by trauma on a day-to-day ...

City of Elkins responds to petition effort

ELKINS — Elkins city officials responded Friday to a petition effort by a local grass-roots organization asking the Hamer Pellet Fuel Company to install noise abatement measures at its plant in South Elkins. The group, which calls itself “Elkins, Make It Quiet!,” has sent the petition ...

Manchin calls for action on miners’ pension

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and other senators called upon Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to put legislation up for a vote to protect the pensions of 1.5 million retired miners. Manchin held a press conference in front of a room filled with members of the United ...

Local pastor plans book signing

ELKINS — Local youth pastor and author Bobby Benavides will host a book reading and signing at the Delmonte Market on Nov. 2nd from 1-4 p.m. Benavides was born and raised in California but moved to West Virginia in 2003 to serve with World Vision in Philippi. “I fell in love with ...