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Road closure

The Division of Highways has announced the temporary closure of traffic along County Route 32/18 in Tucker County, also known as Camp 70, beginning Monday, July 13, through Thursday, July 16, for roadway stabilization. The delay will occur daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning at milepost ...

City Hall News

ELKINS — Elkins City Hall closed Thursday because an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Reopening could occur as soon as Monday, July 13, but we cannot announce a firm reopening date until test results are received by employees who were in contact with that original employee. ...

Gov. Justice names Amjad as new state health officer to replace Slemp

CHARLESTON - Dr. Ayne Amjad, a Beckley-based physician, will replace Dr. Cathy Slemp as the state health officer and commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health. Gov. Jim Justice announced the appointment of Amjad Friday during his coronavirus briefing at the Capitol. Amjad, a ...

Mail carrier enters guilty plea to attempted election fraud

ELKINS — A local mail carrier admitted in federal court Thursday that he tampered with absentee ballot requests for the state primary election and switched several voters’ indicated party from “Democrat” to “Republican.” Thomas Cooper, a mail carrier in Pendleton County, ...

United Way fund helps Randolph EMS buy PPE system

ELKINS — The United Way of Randolph County is helping Randolph County EMS obtain personal protective equipment through the charitable organization’s Relief and Recovery Fund. “The United Way of Randolph County received $4,000 for the Relief and Recovery Fund from Huntington National ...

Justice: Mask penalties may be coming

CHARLESTON — Just days after Gov. Jim Justice signed a mandatory but toothless executive order requiring face masks inside offices and businesses, Justice said penalties for not wearing masks could be coming if coronavirus cases continue to spike. Justice signed an executive order Monday ...

Providing Nutrition

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College and Randolph County Schools have partnered to feed local children throughout the summer. The partnership, 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Simplified Summer Food Service Program, also addresses the additional challenges stemming from the pandemic. The Summer ...

Christmas in July slated for First Ward

ELKINS — The fourth installment of Roamin’ Randolph moves to Elkins First Ward on Monday. The public is invited to check out Christmas in July from dusk to 10 p.m. First Ward residents are hanging Christmas lights and decorations for the public to peruse during this special night-time ...

Christmas in July slated for First Ward

ELKINS — The fourth installment of Roamin’ Randolph moves to Elkins First Ward on Monday. The public is invited to check out Christmas in July from dusk to 10 p.m. First Ward residents are hanging Christmas lights and decorations for the public to peruse during this special night-time ...

Elkins offers info on City Hall services

ELKINS — During the current Elkins City Hall closure, the code enforcement and building inspection department remains in operation. Those wishing to submit building permit applications should email them to pisner@cityofelkinswv.com. If you have questions, please call 304-636-1414, ext. ...

Electronic, tire recycling events put on hold

ELKINS — The coronavirus as put a hold on everything, including recycling. The city of Elkins and the Randolph County Sold Waste Authority have been fielding phone calls as to when the electronic and tire recycling events will be held. Clark Martin, Chairman of the Randolph County ...

Capito, Manchin announce $10M for Head Start programs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $10,831,547 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start Programs across West Virginia. “Giving our young children the ...

Elkins City Hall closes after positive test

ELKINS — City officials announced Wednesday evening that Elkins City Hall is closing because a city employee has tested positive for COVID-19. A city press release Wednesday evening stated, “Elkins City Hall will be closed starting Thursday, July 9 because an employee has tested ...

Child, mother rescued after fall at Audra

AUDRA STATE PARK — First responders spent hours Tuesday night rescuing a 3-year-old child and the child’s mother who both fell from a walking trail at Audra State Park. Belington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Phil Hart said the pair had to be pulled up approximately 25 feet in the ...

Council OKs municipal court ordinance

ELKINS — Elkins City Council has passed the first reading of an ordinance that will implement administrative reinstatement fees to be collected by Elkins Municipal Court. “Last legislative session, the legislature passed House Bill 4958, which made substantial changes with regard to ...

Buckhannon adopts employee COVID-19 testing, mask policy

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council adopted an employee COVID-19 testing and mask policy at its latest meeting. City attorney Tom O’Neill said the recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in Upshur County as well as the number of positive tests that are getting closer and closer to ...

Upshur man facing child neglect, weapons charges

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man has been arrested for child neglect after one of his children allegedly started a structure fire at 11 1/2 E. Main St. earlier this month, and also faces a weapons charge from an earlier incident. Melvin Tyler Jr., 29, of Buckhannon, was arrested for ...