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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 ...

No march due to COVID, but MLK to be honored in Elkins

ELKINS — As has been the case with so many annual events during the past 11 months, the Martin Luther King celebration and march will not be offered in downtown Elkins this year due to COVID-19 concerns. However, organizers have put together an alternative form of celebration. “Every ...

State BOE passes remote learning motion

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education school board unanimously passed a motion Wednesday that would prevent county school systems from opting for remote learning after Jan. 19 and adopted in-person instructions for West Virginia schools. Virtual learning through the ...

Delegates sponsor resolution condemning social media purges

CHARLESTON — Two members of the House of Delegates announced plan to introduce a resolution this legislative session condemning tech companies they say are censoring conservative voices in their efforts to remove violent and threatening posts and social media tools spreading those ...

W.Va. Senate, House of Delegates meet for first time in 2021

CHARLESTON — Members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates gaveled in for the first time in 2021 on Wednesday — the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. Wednesday’s first day of session was mostly ceremonial, with lawmakers adjourning until Wednesday, Feb ...

Police Training

VALLEY BEND — It’s something no one likes to think about, but if an active shooter situation ever happens in a Randolph County school, local law enforcement officers want to be prepared. That’s why the Elkins Police Department has been hosting a series of Solo Officer Emergency ...

School sports overlap may cause issues

ELKINS — Gov. Jim Justice’s recent decisions regarding the start of winter and spring sports has created a dilemma for high school athletic directors and coaches around the state. Unfortunately, the student-athletes could now face tough choices as well in the spring when their respective ...

Randolph receives emergency food, shelter funding

ELKINS — Randolph County has received nearly $14,000 in federal funds for emergency food and shelter . Several local counties have been awarded Phase 38 Emergency Food and Shelter funding through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through the ...

Justice makes vaccine available to residents 70 and older

CHARLESTON — Two major announcements came out of Gov. Jim Justice’s pandemic briefing Wednesday morning. The governor announced effective Wednesday the age for vaccinations will drop from 80 and older to 70 and older with the goal to get to 65 and older as soon as possible, maybe next ...

200 vaccinated in Elkins Wednesday, 300 set for today

ELKINS — Residents lined up for COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday at the Phil Gainer Community Center. A total of 200 vaccinations were done Wednesday, and another 300 are scheduled for today at the center. All appointments for today are now filled, but another vaccination event is ...

Kirk: No credible threats at this time in Charleston

CHARLESTON — No credible threats of violence exist at this time against activities of the Legislature and the inauguration in Charleston, the deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday. “Right now to say that we have no credible threats in our ...

Justice: State to start vaccinating 70 and up residents

Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday morning that West Virginia will start vaccinating residents age 70 and up starting Wednesday, with the hopes of lowering the age for vaccinations to 65 sometime next week. The state has been extremely active in vaccinating residents age 80 and older. ...

Randolph receives more vaccine

ELKINS — The Randolph-Elkins Health Department has received 150 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine and the Randolph County Senior Center is making appointments for senior citizens 80 years and older to be vaccinated on Thursday. The doses will be administered — by appointment only — by the ...

Upshur grand jury hands down 28 indictments

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County grand jury indicted a total of 28 individuals this week, including a Virginia man who allegedly gave police a false name when accused of shooting another man in the leg. Lavar Anthony ONeal, 39, of Newport News, Virginia, originally gave the name of Marvin ...

Railyard won’t allow drive-thru businesses

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority’s plan to change the Elkins Railyard Land Covenant has been overruled due to the objections of a property owner. The proposed change, which was approved by the RCDA last month, would have allowed businesses with drive-thru services to buy ...