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Street sweeping starts Monday in Elkins

ELKINS — As another sign that spring is on its way, the City of Elkins’ street sweeper will begin making its rounds on Monday. The street sweeper will visit each street once per week through this fall. Street sweeping cuts down on litter and debris on the streets, while also beautifying ...

Housing Authority offering financial, educational help

ELKINS — A Randolph County Housing Authority official is getting the word out that financial and educational help is available to local residents. Speaking to the Randolph County Commission during its regular meeting Thursday, Jennifer Griggs, the grants manager for the RCHA, said ...

Beverly man facing sexual abuse charge

ELKINS — A Beverly man has been arrested after being accused of inappropriately touching a juvenile. Donald Erdman, 36, has been charged with sexual abuse by a parent or guardian. He is lodged in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond. According to the criminal ...

State vaccinations nearing 500K

CHARLESTON — A total of 675,344 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 480,324 people in the state have been fully vaccinated, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Thursday. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 in the Mountain ...

Summer concert series planned in downtown Elkins

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission voted unanimously at its regular meeting Thursday to help fund a host of events planned this summer in downtown Elkins. Our Town Inc. made a presentation at the meeting to announce it has booked an entire concert series for the summer at the Rotary ...

Department of Education settles lawsuit brought by lobbyist

CHARLESTON — A lawsuit brought by a lobbyist against a former state schools superintendent and a current Department of Education official was dismissed Wednesday after a settlement between the parties was reached. According to a document filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for ...

Barbour man charged with soliciting a minor

PHILIPPI — A Barbour County man is behind bars and accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl. On Tuesday, April 14, West Virginia State Police arrested Chad McLean 50, of Belington, who is facing felony counts of soliciting a minor and displaying obscene matter to a minor. He is being held ...

Bowden Fish Hatchery

BOWDEN — Officials are hoping that, if all goes well, the extensive expansion project at the Bowden National Fish Hatchery will be completed sometime in November. The project, which broke ground in 2020, had been in the planning stages for quite some time, and is expected to come in at a ...

Pause of one-shot vaccine not affecting W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Health officials in West Virginia stressed Wednesday the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts are largely unaffected by the pause in the use of the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Dr. Clay Marsh, the state coronavirus czar, said the number of Johnson and Johnson ...

Justice stands by bill despite NCAA threat

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice stood by statements made over the weekend that he would not veto a bill aimed at transgender student-athletes wishing to play women’s sports even as the NCAA made clear it would avoid states that discriminate. Speaking Wednesday during his COVID-19 virtual ...

City of Elkins showing support for pair of charitable causes

ELKINS — Newly elected City of Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco signed his first two proclamations Wednesday at City Hall. Marco, who took over as mayor on April 1, showed his support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month early in the morning on Tuesday, then in the afternoon signed his ...

Marco to ink first proclamation

ELKINS — The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and City of Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco will sign a proclamation in support of the cause today at City Hall. It will be the newly elected mayor’s first proclamation since taking office on April 1 and covers a subject that is near ...

W.Va. pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine

CHARLESTON — Use of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine will be paused in West Virginia until a federal review takes place, Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration issued a statement Tuesday ...

Elkins collects 78 tons during Spring Cleanup

ELKINS — Spring Cleanup is wrapping up as City of Elkins Street Department crews put the finishing touches on the project that began on April 5 and ends on Friday. “We are still working on the cleanup this week and we’re going to finish it up on Friday,” said Elkins Operations Manager ...

Unemployment rate below 6 percent for first time since pandemic

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped down below 6 percent for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last March. According to WorkForce West Virginia, the state’s unemployment rate for March was 5.9 percent. West Virginia’s ...

McKinley leads forum on protecting pipeline jobs

CHARLESTON — While President Joe Biden is pitching a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package to Congress, First District Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., reminded people one of Biden’s first acts as president was canceling an infrastructure project with possible repercussions for ...

Work ongoing on Elkins project

ELKINS — Residents can continue to expect delays on South Davis Avenue in Elkins as work on Phase II of the sewer/stormwater project will continue to slow traffic during the upcoming weeks. Last week, workers completed part of the project that closed off a portion of South Davis Avenue ...

COVID-19 variant found in Randolph

ELKINS — Local health officials announced during Monday’s Randolph County Office of Emergency Management COVID-19 update conference call that one of the coronavirus variants has made its way into the area. The variant that has been identified in Randolph County is that of the ...