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Officials urge faith-based community to encourage vaccinations

CHARLESTON — The faith-based community can take a leadership role in encouraging residents to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 coronavirus, state officials said Monday. “Many parishioners are watching the heads of the parishes, whether it’s the pastors or the reverends or the ...

CDC, FDA recommend pause in J&J virus shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has paused all Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration according to the recommendation today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Clinics scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson ...

‘Hidden Spaces’

BEVERLY — Visitors to the The Beverly Heritage Center’s “Hidden Space Tour” on Saturday had the unique opportunity to see historic sites around the Randolph County town and a second tour is slated for later this month. The second date for the special tour is Saturday, April 24. The ...

Drive-thru screening unit closing

ELKINS — On Friday, Davis Medical Center’s Alternative Drive-Thru Screening Unit (ASU) will be closing. Originally the ASU was designed for COVID-19 testing and other screenings such as flu, strep throat, and RSV to reduce the amount of exposure in Davis Medical Center’s indoor ...

House, Senate wrap up the 2021 legislative session

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature completed work on the 2021 legislative session Saturday night, gaveling out at midnight after 60 days operating under the cloud of COVID-19. Lawmakers gaveled in at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, working to complete remaining legislation and the ...

Leaders look back at bills, actions

CHARLESTON — Despite the crash-and-burn of the personal income tax phase-out bill, Gov. Jim Justice and leaders of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates called the 2021 legislative session a success. The Legislature adjourned Saturday night at midnight, ending 60 days operating ...

Legislature adopts compromise amendment to natural gas property tax bill

CHARLESTON — A compromise was reached between the West Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates on a bill creating a better property tax valuation system for oil and natural gas wells and effect tax revenue for counties House Bill 2581, providing for the valuation of natural resources ...

Senate passes House’s major broadband expansion bill

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Legislature’s major broadband regulatory and expansion package made it out of the Senate Friday, a day before the end of the 2021 legislative session. House Bill 2002 passed the Senate 32-2 with Sens. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, and Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, the ...

House rejects Justice 4 All tax plan

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice vowed to keep fighting for a compromise personal income tax plan between himself and the West Virginia Senate, while the House of Delegates opted to table the plan. The House voted unanimously against a motion to concur with the Senate’s changes to House ...

Marco creates new task force

ELKINS — Newly elected Mayor Jerry Marco has created a new task force to deal with drug addiction and homelessness in the City of Elkins. The Addiction and Homeless Resources Task Force will include one Elkins City Council member, Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett and Randolph County ...

Governor signs intermediate appeals court bill

CHARLESTON — After more than 20 years of recommendations and attempts, West Virginia is finally getting an intermediate court of appeals. Gov. Jim Justice formally signed Senate Bill 275 creating the West Virginia Appellate Reorganization Act, according to a letter sent to the Senate ...

Elkins Depot Welcome Center discussing hosting new events

ELKINS — Although the doors of the Elkins Depot Welcome Center are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the center’s staff is still helping people through a window and is hard at working trying to map out future plans for the downtown facility. “We are open right now, but only ...

Personal income tax phase-out still alive

CHARLESTON — A day after the West Virginia Senate passed a hybrid version of a personal income tax phase-out incorporating new ideas from Gov. Jim Justice, pressure is on the House of Delegates to keep the bill moving. House Bill 3300, the bill being used to phase out the personal income ...

Missing boy’s mother charged with child neglect

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is facing a felony charge after her 4-year-old son was reported missing Wednesday. Amanda Pingley, 24, was charged with child neglect causing serious risk of injury. She is currently being held in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $35,000 cash-only ...

10 firms vying to design event center

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority announced that 10 different architecture and engineering firms have expressed interest in the proposed strategic plan for the Elkins Railyard. The RCDA recently put out a request for proposals for the construction of a commercial building ...