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County considers iPads for health dept. workers

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission will consider the purchase of iPad tablets for the Elkins-Randolph County Health Department during its regular meeting on Thursday. The meeting will take place at the James Cain Randolph County Courthouse Annex, which was closed for a week until ...

Vaccination clinic set for Thursday

ELKINS — A mass vaccination clinic will be offered to those 65 and older at the Phil Gainer Community Center Thursday, officials reported. Randolph and five other area counties will receive just 65 doses each this week and they will be available by appointment only. The vaccinations will be ...

Tenney tapped to be president of Upshur Commission

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Commissioners elected Kristie Tenney to be their president for 2021 at the first meeting of the year. Tenney, who is beginning her third year of a six-year term, said she appreciated the opportunity to lead the commission in 2021. “I love to be able to serve ...

Officials concerned about delivery of COVID-19 vaccines slowing

CHARLESTON — West Virginia continues to lead the nation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, but state officials said Tuesday that the number of new vaccine doses from the federal government is slowing down. Gov. Jim Justice, speaking Tuesday during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol, ...

Justice comments on first day of in-person school in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday the first day of in-person school was going smoothly. Tuesday marked the first day of in-person public and private school for Pre-K, elementary and middle schools, as well as high schools as long as their county was not red on the Department of ...

Veterans advocate, cabinet secretary Dennis Davis dies

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday the death of Dennis Davis, a military veteran and retired teacher who spent the last four years as the cabinet secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance. Davis, 79, served as Veterans Assistance secretary under Justice since his ...

Mass vaccination clinic set for Thursday

ELKINS - A mass vaccination clinic will be offered to those 65 and older on Thursday, officials said. Randolph and five other area counties will receive just 65 doses each this week and they will be available by appointment only. The vaccinations will be given at the Phil Gainer Community ...

Courthouse set to reopen today

ELKINS — The Randolph County Courthouse will reopen today after closing for a week due to COVID-19 difficulties, an official said. “The courthouse will reopen to the public Tuesday morning for its regular hours of operation,” Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott told The ...

State COVID numbers are slightly down

CHARLESTON — It remains to be seen if the trend is a blip, but new COVID-19 cases, active cases and hospitalizations are showing signs of decreasing in West Virginia. According to an analysis of data released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Resources, the number of positive ...

Frontier agreement raises concerns

CHARLESTON — West Virginia became the 12th state to accept the bankruptcy reorganization plan from Frontier Communications, even though lawmakers still have concerns whether Frontier can live up to its promises to expand broadband service across the state. The state Public Service ...

Upshur BOE votes to resume blended model of instruction

TENNERTON — The Upshur County Board of Education voted 4-1 to resume the blended model of instruction beginning Jan. 19, but to re-examine this decision at the Feb. 23 board of education meeting. The vote came during a special meeting held Wednesday at Buckhannon-Upshur High School in ...

Pence honors Yeager

CHARLESTON — Chuck Yeager, the World War II ace fighter pilot who earned international fame for being the first person to break the sound barrier, was honored Friday with a memorial service attended by Vice President Mike Pence in Charleston. Yeager, a West Virginia native, died on Dec. ...

Randolph approves blended calendar

ELKINS — Following direction provided by the West Virginia State Board of Education, Randolph County Schools officials approved a blended calendar for students this week. Throughout the remainder of January and the entire month of February, students in Randolph County will follow a blended ...

Local attorney sees modern parallel to historic land battle

ELKINS — A longtime local attorney sees parallels between the current political situation in America and an important battle in the Revolutionary War in which one of his direct ancestors played a part. The Battle of Cowpens was fought Jan. 17, 1781 — 240 years ago on Sunday — near ...

W.Va. Secretary of State Warner sworn into office in Barbour

PHILIPPI — To commemorate his family’s history in Barbour County, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner took the ceremonial oath of office at the Barbour County Courthouse Friday morning. Warner was sworn in for his second term by Barbour County Sheriff Brett Carpenter at the ...

Justice stands by state BOE decision

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Friday that the West Virginia Board of Education was acting in the best interests of students by prohibiting counties from switching to remote learning when COVID-19 cases soar. Speaking Friday afternoon during his coronavirus briefing at the State Capitol ...

Beverly hires first police chief in decades

BEVERLY — For the first time in decades, the town of Beverly will be served by its own law enforcement officer. Beverly Mayor Andy Burns said hiring a chief of police was necessary for the enforcement of town ordinances and laws. Allen Vanscoy, newly appointed chief of police for the ...

New business coming to Elkins

ELKINS — Residents driving on the Beverly Five-lane may have noticed that a new business is moving into the former Rite Aid Pharmacy building, but company officials said this week it won’t be opening for several months. Last week O’Reilly Auto Parts placed its trademark signs on each ...

Teachers union to file injunction on school reentry

PARKERSBURG — A statewide teachers union is planning to file an injunction regarding the return of students to in-person schooling next week. The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia announced Thursday that it plans to file an injunctive action against the West Virginia Board of ...