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Increased space at new 911 center a benefit

ELKINS — The increased workspace at the new Randolph County 911 Center has already offered many benefits and advantages, a county official said. The scheduled grand opening in August was canceled, but the new center, which is located on the grounds of the Elkins-Randolph County Airport, was ...

Officials considering updating Elkins city code

ELKINS — Elkins city officials continued codification discussions at the most recent Elkins City Council Rules and Ordinances Committee meeting on Thursday afternoon. City Clerk Jessica Sutton described the need for codification during a meeting last year. “The published charter ...

AG, lawmakers announce bill

CHARLESTON — Joined by members of the state Senate and House of Delegates, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced new legislation this week to protect residents with pre-existing medical conditions from having their healthcare taken away should the federal courts rules against the ...

Joint committee recommends proposal

CHARLESTON — A legislative interim committee recommended a bill to lawmakers Tuesday for a new agency to oversee policy planning for state emergency responses. The Joint Select Committee on Flooding met Tuesday on the last day of January legislative interim meetings before the start of the ...

Latest health care drama highlights Certificate of Need repeal

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers need to take another look at Certificate of Need laws after a failed merger of two of West Virginia’s largest health care companies, a member of the House of Delegates said. House Majority Leader Amy Summer, R-Taylor, said the Legislature should discuss reforming or ...

WVU briefs lawmakers on outlook

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers Wednesday morning received an economic outlook for the state from the director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. “We expect the economy to continue to grow out of the ...

Justice presents fourth State of the State

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice took the podium in the House of Delegates chamber Wednesday night to give his fourth and possibly final State of the State address before facing a primary election in May. Justice took time Wednesday to compare the state in 2020 to what he inherited in 2017. ...

Buckhannon city recorder pay raise voted on

BUCKHANNON — An ordinance to increase the salary of the city recorder by just over $5,000 passed its first reading Thursday night and council will explore increasing other elected officials’ salaries. The second reading of Ordinance 440 will be heard at the Jan. 16 meeting, and if passed ...

Elkins Strategic plan discussed during Town Hall meeting

ELKINS — The City of Elkins’ five-year strategic plan received praise from several individuals at a Town Hall meeting this week. At the meeting in the Caboose Room of the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, City Clerk Jessica Sutton presented a review and update of the strategic plan, which ...

Buckhannon man is facing felony sexual abuse charges

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia State Police have arrested a man for allegedly sexually abusing a minor in his family on at least six different occasions since she was in kindergarten including a recent incident in the parking lot at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Robert Elbie Harper, 75, of ...

W.Va. Legislature gavels in for 2020 session

CHARLESTON — The wooden gavels hammered down in the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate Wednesday, signaling the start of the first legislative session in the new decade. Both chambers of the Legislature gaveled in at noon Wednesday, starting the 60-day session that ends in ...

Elkins man faces drug charges

ELKINS — An Elkins man is facing multiple felony charges after police allegedly found drugs in his possession. Douglas Alan Hinkle, 59, is charged with possession with intent to deliver a narcotic, possession with intent to deliver a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance and driving ...

Shoveling in a Snow Storm

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Hinzman Roger Holliday sweeps the snow off the sidewalk in front of American Legion Post 29 in Elkins in the midst of a snow storm on Tuesday morning.

Iran strikes at U.S. bases

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops in a major escalation that brought the two longtime foes closer to war. Iranian state TV said it ...

Storm dumps snow on local area

From staff reports ELKINS — Traffic accidents were reported in multiple counties Tuesday after a winter storm dumped snow across the region. Randolph County was placed under a winter weather advisory from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, with the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management ...

Attorney: Justice, family cleared of wrongdoing

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and his family have been cleared of wrongdoing in a probe launched last year by the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, the governor’s personal attorney announced Tuesday morning. “I’m pleased to announce that yesterday we were informed by ...

Local community leaders share New Year’s resolutions

ELKINS — For many, the New Year is an opportunity to make lifestyle changes and set new goals, approaching the upcoming months as a fresh new start. A group of local community leaders were willing to share their New Year’s resolutions for 2020. Rosemary Thomas, vice president for ...

Court tosses permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline station

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A permit needed to build a natural gas compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia was thrown out Tuesday by a federal court that found the state failed to adequately consider the potential health effects on a historic African American community. The ...