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Upshur students to receive iPads next school year

BUCKHANNON — Every Upshur County Schools student will receive an iPad to use at home during the next school year under a $2.1 million lease agreement the Upshur County Board of Education approved this week with Apple. The $2,131,661.75 lease agreement is for four years and will fit within ...

Elkins working to limit city employee interaction

ELKINS — The City of Elkins Operations Department has begun to limit employee interaction by dividing various work crews into smaller groups in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Bob Pingley, Operations Manager for the city, stated that this is one of many steps that are being taken ...

Officer shot in downtown Elkins

ELKINS — An Elkins police officer was shot in downtown Elkins and a suspect was taken into custody Thursday evening. A press release from the City of Elkins at 8:49 p.m. Thursday reads, "An Elkins police officer received non-life-threatening injuries while effecting an arrest tonight ...

Nursing homes adapting to pandemic

ELKINS — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elkins community’s nursing homes are changing policies and adding new services in an effort to keep their residents healthy and safe. At Valentine Personal Care Inc., officials have set up an alternative plan of visitation for family members to ...

Justice’s stay-home order goes into effect

BCHARLESTON — Hours before a stay-home order and the closure on non-essential businesses took effect Tuesday evening, Gov. Jim Justice briefed the press and public on the latest on the state’s coronavirus response. Justice was joined by state officials Tuesday afternoon in a virtual ...

Elkins testing software for online meetings

ELKINS — On Tuesday, the City of Elkins tested tele-communication software in preparation for hosting city council and committee meetings virtually to practice social distancing in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday’s test consisted of a panel discussion including Mayor Van ...

Buckhannon to purchase former bank’s drive-thru

BUCKHANNON —- Buckhannon City Council has voted to purchase the former Chase Bank drive-thru at 15 Madison St. from current deed holder Citizens Bank of West Virginia for $200,000. The second and final reading of Ordinance 443, a formality required for the municipality to purchase the ...

New Store Construction Underway

The Inter-Mountain photo by Virginia Collins Construction of a new Dollar General store is underway in Valley Head. The company is currently advertising for employees at the new location.

Upshur County responding to COVID-19 crisis

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County did not have a positive confirmed case of COVID-19 as of late afternoon Tuesday, according to a press release from the Upshur County Commission. The commission, Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Community Care of WV, City of ...

Wesleyan grad working at NASA

BUCKHANNON — An alumni connection has resulted in an exciting career opportunity for one recent Wesleyan graduating alumna. Olivia Rycroft ’19, a native of Elkins, has joined NASA in Huntsville, Alabama as a software systems engineer. Two years ago, Rycroft listened to a talk at an ...

Hospital implements new visitation policy

BUCKHANNON — St. Joseph’s Hospital has implemented a no visitor policy in the hospital and in their clinics beginning this week. Limited exceptions will be made for end-of-life cases, pediatrics and OB patients. Those patients will be limited to one visitor. OB patients will be ...

AHF employees back on the job

BEVERLY — Union employees of AHF Products hardwood flooring plant in Beverly are back at work, although no new contract has yet been reached. The plant’s union workers went on strike on March 13 after 93% of them voted against AHF’s proposed contract renewal on Feb. 23. The Beverly ...

Justice issues ‘stay-at-home’ order

CHARLESTON — With most of West Virginia’s surrounding states ordering non-essential businesses to close or ordering residents to shelter in place, Gov. Jim Justice said Monday that he would order residents to stay home and close non-essential businesses starting tonight due to the ...

Commission closes Randolph courthouse

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners voted during an emergency meeting Monday to close the courthouse and its annexes to the public in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Commissioners voted to suspend general public access to the courthouse and its annex buildings ...

Elkins to begin virtual meetings

ELKINS — The City of Elkins will begin having governmental meetings using online streaming technology this week. A special call Elkins City Council meeting — which officials are describing as a “virtual meeting” — has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. Due to policy changes ...

Capito concerned about community spread

WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito said there are signs of community spread in West Virginia, a development she sees as “troubling.” As the Senate on Monday discussed a third round of coronavirus relief packages to assist the nation in combating the COVID-19 threat, Capito, R-West ...

Snowshoe Foundation helps fund EMS purchases

ELKINS — Students at Elkins Middle School will benefit from recent purchases made by the school, with funding assistance from the Snowshoe Foundation. Nick Alfred, assistant principal at EMS, said grant funding — in combination with funds raised by the school or county funds — ...

Justice not ready to close W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Citing the example of New York, Gov. Jim Justice said Saturday West Virginians need to stay home as much as possible but didn’t announce any further shutdown of businesses in the state as the number of positive coronavirus tests grew to 12. “I hate to alarm you, but we’ve ...

Valley Health Care offering outdoor services

ELKINS — Valley Health Care locations in both Mill Creek and Elkins are offering triage services outside the buildings to sick patients to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Jordan Godwin, CEO of Valley Health Care, spoke with The Inter-Mountain about the organization’s current ...

Randolph Commissioner: 2020 primary will not be delayed

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners said they are confident the West Virginia 2020 primary election in May will not be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The election will proceed as normal,” Commissioner Mark Scott said at last week’s commission meeting on behalf of ...