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Lawmakers learn details of Justice’s proposed budget

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers got specifics on the budget Gov. Jim Justice presented during the State of the State for fiscal year 2020 budget. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow and State Budget Director Michael Cook took turns Thursday briefing the finance committees of the West Virginia ...

D&E to host gospel performances

ELKINS — The sounds of two well-known gospel groups will have a presence on the Davis & Elkins College campus Feb. 9 and 10 at the Augusta Heritage Center, in conjunction with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), presents a soulful dinner and an uplifting concert. The Soul Food ...

Loughry’s second appeal dismissed

CHARLESTON — A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the second of two appeals by former West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeal Justice Allen Loughry for acquittal and a new trial in an 11-count conviction, but did drop one of the charges. Judge John Copenhaver handed down the memorandum ...

Local agencies teaming up to help veterans

ELKINS — Local agencies are seeking assistance from the community for a project that will give back to those who have made sacrifices for the country. Youth Health Services, Inc., AmeriCorps Vistas, Warriors in the Field and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, ...

New DMC unit focuses on geriatric behavioral health

ELKINS — Davis Medical Center is letting local officials know about a new unit offering important services to senior citizens. Laurel Place, which focuses on development health care for seniors, opened at DMC on Jan. 2. Tracy Fath, vice president of marketing and development for Davis ...

Crime unit seizes heroin, meth, oxycodone and cash

BUCKHANNON — Charges are pending against two Buckhannon individuals after members of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit seized heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and a large sum of cash from a Hall Road residence Wednesday. Johnna Courtney, 37, and Garry William Moran, 38, ...

Pesky pigeons produce problems in Upshur County

BUCKHANNON — Pesky pigeons have become more than just a nuisance at the Upshur County Courthouse. Their droppings are causing problems with the most iconic feature of the 1899 structure — its dome and cupola. Commissioner Terry Cutright said, “They are damaging the dome. The feces ...

‘Community Table’ event planned

ELKINS — The community is invited to join together and share a table while enjoying a free warm meal. Elkins Main Street has announced “The Community Table,” a single, long line of tables that will run along Davis Avenue from Third Street to Fourth Street, and feature a meal sponsored ...

W.Va. leaders to defer salaries during shutdown

PARKERSBURG — At least six local members of Congress from West Virginia and Ohio aren’t taking a salary while the government is in partial shut down. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Bill Johnson, ...

Senate, House gavel in for 2019 legislative session

CHARLESTON — The first session of the 84th West Virginia Legislature kicked off at noon Wednesday with more than 300 bills introduced between the Senate and the House of Delegates. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, was elected to a second term as the leader of the upper ...

Pocahontas man facing felony charge

ELKINS — A Pocahontas County man is facing a felony charge after allegedly being found in possession of a vehicle that was reported stolen. Galen Lee Biggs, 46, of Marlinton, is charged with one felony count of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. He is incarcerated at Tygart ...

Justice delivers State of the State address

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice laid out his legislative priorities and proposed a budget that keeps spending to a minimum and projects additional revenue surpluses in his third State of the State address Wednesday night. “I hope tonight I’ll have a lot of good news for you,” Justice ...

Upshur Co. BOE honors two teachers

TENNERTON — The Upshur County Board of Education honored its two West Virginia art teachers of the year at this week’s regular meeting. Heidi Thompson teaches at Buckhannon-Upshur High School while Virginia Hicks teaches at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. Each were named art teacher of ...

Stalking Awareness Month observed in Randolph County

ELKINS — January marks the 15th National Stalking Awareness Month, an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. It is critical to raise the issue of stalking as its own form of gender-based violence as well as a crime that frequently predicts and ...

Traffic stop leads to meth charge

BUCKHANNON — A traffic stop led to a Buckhannon man allegedly being found with more than 12 grams of meth. Anthony Coleman Bryant, 22, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to delivery, a felony, by deputy Tyler Chidester with the Upshur ...

Report urges privatizing state hospitals

CHARLESTON — A new report said the state needs to consider a commission to look at partially or fully privatizing the state’s seven hospitals. The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia released a report Monday morning calling for the creation of a Hospital Facilities Authority to ...

Randolph BOE enters partnership

ELKINS — Schools in Randolph County will soon be seeing a mentor program introduced to their students and classrooms. The Randolph County Board of Education voted Tuesday to create a partnership with Appalachian Impact in hope of providing encouragement to students. Justin Bowers, founder ...