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Manchin talks infrastructure, P.R.O. Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke with West Virginia press Wednesday as details of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan came into focus and two days after Manchin came out in favor of a bill meant to help grow labor unions. Manchin held a virtual press conference ...

Elkins looks at uses for federal funds

ELKINS — Elkins City Council is developing a strategy plan about how to use the millions of dollars it is set to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. The plan, which was signed last month, will send $677 million to West Virginia’s municipal governments. The City of Elkins is set to ...

Webster hospital joining DHS

WEBSTER SPRINGS — Webster County Memorial Hospital is becoming part of the Davis Health System network. The Webster County Commission, the Webster County Building Commission, and the hospital have agreed to transition the operations of WCMH into the DHS network. Under the arrangement, a ...

Justice sets COVID-19 vaccine goal to remove mask mandates

CHARLESTON — To help encourage reluctant West Virginians to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Jim Justice set a vaccine goal Wednesday for the state, with elimination of indoor mask mandates as the prize. “We’ve still got a ways to go,” Justice said during his Wednesday ...

Decades of Service

ELKINS — After more than 40 years of volunteer and paid service at the Elkins Fire Department, Chief Tom Meader announced his retirement during Tuesday’s special call Elkins City Council meeting. “It’s just time,” Meader told The Inter-Mountain on Tuesday. “I’m going to ...

Recycling Center returns to normal

ELKINS — Any problems that the Randolph County Recycling Center was enduring during the rough months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been resolved. During the first couple months of 2021, cardboard and other materials began to pile up at the center, due in most part to problems arising from ...

Earth Day celebration slated Thursday in Elkins City Park

ELKINS — Several local groups will be coming together for an Earth Day celebration Thursday at the Elkins City Park. “We have about 14 groups that are helping out with the Earth Day celebration,” Jane Birdsong, one of the organizers for the event, told the Randolph County Commission at ...

Birds of Prey

ELKINS — Bird enthusiasts from around the area were treated to a special presentation by Jo Santiago Saturday afternoon at the Alliance Church parking lot. Santiago, who works for the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, has helped rescue hundreds of different kinds of birds during ...

Vaccination clinics to come to end

ELKINS — Local health officials announced Monday the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics that have been held weekly at the Phil Gainer Community Center would be coming to an end as the number of confirmed cases in Randolph County has increased from 11 last week to 15 currently. The regional ...

Justice cleans up executive orders

CHARLESTON — After 12 months of dozens of executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday he would issue a new executive order canceling outdated executive orders and providing clarity as the pandemic continues. “It can be confusing for the public ...

Manchin supports pro-union legislation, incentives to help coal communities

CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., sat Monday with United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts to discuss a path forward for coal states like West Virginia, including ways to put union members back to work and grow manufacturing opportunities in areas that benefited from ...

Flower Auction

ELKINS — The colorful trail of flowers that blossomed around Elkins’ downtown streets the past several weeks were taken down Saturday afternoon. The flowers, which were part of this year’s Sprout Into Spring celebration, were sold at a cost of $10 to help fund any future projects by ...

Elkins Tree Board, Friends of Trees organizing beautification efforts

ELKINS — Already in 2021, the Elkins Tree Board and Friends of Trees has helped organize a spate of beatification activities for the benefit of the community. In March, the organizations spearhead the planting of 14 trees in the new Outdoor Education Groves at Glendale Park. The ...

Half of U.S. adults have gotten first dose of vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their ...

Demand slowing for vaccinations

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials pleaded with the public Friday to get a COVID-19 vaccine as supply of the vaccines becomes greater than the demand. “There has never been a vaccine that is this productive and this successful. Never,” Justice said. “You would ...

Excursion trains set to ride the rails again this year

ELKINS — It’s time for train lovers and enthusiasts to toot that imaginary train whistle because the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RailRoad will soon be making a triumphant return to the tracks this season. After the railroad’s 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ...