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Pancake Breakfast Benefit

Submitted photo The Tygart Valley Scottish Rite Masons held their fall benefit pancake breakfast at Applebees on Nov. 2. Proceeds from this event are used for the club’s local charity events. The club thanks all who patronized the event.

General speaks about veterans’ mental health

ELKINS — Brigadier General Christopher Walker, Assistant Adjutant General and Commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard, spoke to veterans and their families about the importance of mental health in the military at the Veterans Day Dinner hosted by H.W. Daniels American Legion Post 29 ...

Man arrested in theft incident

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Police Department has made an arrest in a theft from West Virginia Split Rail in April. Michael S. Brugnoli, 48, of Hepzibah, was arrested for entering without breaking, a felony. On April 21, Sgt. Tom Posey responded to West Virginia Split Rail in reference ...

Reporter’s Notebook: Lessons from Kentucky

Can we extrapolate any lessons for West Virginia from the recent elections in Kentucky? Yes and no. According to unofficial election results, incumbent Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin lost re-election to state Attorney General Andy Beshear in a close race. Beshear had 49.2 percent ...

Commission defunds Randolph Co. CVB

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission voted this week to completely defund the Randolph County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Randolph County Convention & Visitors Bureau is the oldest of the three CVBs in the county, the other two being the Elkins Depot Welcome Center in ...

AG Morrisey’s lawsuit against diocese stayed

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he welcomes guidance from the West Virginia Supreme Court after a judge issued an order to dismiss Morrisey’s suit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Wood County Circuit Judge J.D. Beane granted a motion brought by the diocese to ...

Midland Elementary students gather garments for homeless

ELKINS — The recently elected Midland Elementary Student Council gathered socks to donate to the Randolph County Homeless Shelter during the month of “Socktober.” Leah Shepler, teacher and Student Council advisor for Midland, helped organize the first-year fundraiser. “It was a ...

Upshur teacher earns state award

TENNERTON — From simulating mustard gas to show students what soldiers experienced in World War I, setting up an assembly line to teach about the Industrial Revolution, reviving the school’s social studies fair and much more, West Virginia’s 2019-20 Milken Educator engages students in ...

Seven speak out against rate increase

ELKINS — Seven residents spoke in protest against a proposed sewer rate increase during a public hearing before Thursday’s Elkins City Council meeting. Council approved on first reading Oct. 17 a proposed 21.5% increase in the rates for sewage and sewage disposal services. The second and ...

Inmate charged with murder

ELKINS — A preliminary hearing was held in reference to a murder case in Randolph County Circuit Court this week. Earl Jerrod Click, 33, an inmate at Huttonsville Correctional Center, is charged with first degree murder, a felony, after the death of inmate Allen Eugene Longwell on Oct. ...

EHS honors local veterans during special ceremony

ELKINS — Dozens of local veterans attended a Veterans Day Assembly at Elkins High School for all students and their veteran guests on Thursday morning. Principal Carla Lambert began the assembly by thanking the veterans in attendance for their service. “On the 11th hour of the 11th ...

City pushes back sewer increase vote

ELKINS — Elkins City Council’s second and final vote on a proposed sewer rate increase has been pushed back for two weeks, although a public hearing on the proposed increase will still take place today. Council approved on first reading Oct. 17 a proposed 21.5% increase in the rates for ...

Deal reached to preserve miners’ pensions

CHARLESTON — A bipartisan agreement has been reached on a bill to help shore up the pension plan for miners, West Virginia’s two U.S. senators announced Wednesday. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said there was bipartisan support for the Bipartisan American ...

Veteran’s Day parades planned in region

ELKINS — Parades, dinners and receptions are planned across the area to celebrate Veterans Day and salute our local veterans. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Elkins Veterans Day Parade will begin with the line-up at noon at Southern States. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and end at the Railroad ...

Barbour County’s Smith is honored with national award

PHILIPPI — Barbour County native Barbara Smith, the cofounder of Mountain Hospice, Inc., has been honored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization with the Organizational Support Award. “On behalf of NHPCO, our membership, and the patients and families served, I want to ...