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Upshur Schools receives Pallottine Grant

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools has received a 2020-2021 COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative Award in the amount of $20,900 for the Summer Feeding Program. Janell Ray, chief executive officer of the Pallottine Foundation, shares, “The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon and its ...

Justice delays schools opening to Sept. 8

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ...

Augusta summer sessions enter new era

ELKINS — The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College began its summer sessions this past Sunday in a virtual platform that offers greater access to classes, concerts and special events. In addition, participants will be able to enjoy programming from all genres and all three ...

D&E Upward Bound program goes virtual

ELKINS — Area high school students are continuing their education with participation in the Davis & Elkins College Upward Bound Classic Summer Program. Conducted in a virtual platform this year, the six-week session continues to offer standard programming that enhances students’ ...

Marstiller announces retirement

ELKINS — Citizens Bank of West Virginia announces the retirement of Sherri Marstiller, Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, after a banking career that has spanned 43 years. “I want to congratulate Sherri on her well-earned retirement and recognize her long and ...

Governor delays school start to Sept. 8

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced ...

Free testing for COVID-19 set in Upshur

BUCKHANNON — An additional COVID-19 case was announced in Upshur County Tuesday afternoon, making it the 21st case in Upshur County – nine of which are still active. According to a press release from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department, many of the nine are nearing the end of the ...

Arraignments held in Randolph

ELKINS — A total of 29 individuals were arraigned in Randolph County Circuit Court this week, after being indicted by a Randolph grand jury on June 29. ∫ Damien Austin Moore, 21, of French Creek, pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery in the first degree, one count of conspiracy, one ...

Take Me Home: Helping to stop homelessness in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Homelessness among school students, those transitioning from foster care and juvenile offenders re-entering society is a growing problem in West Virginia. But on the congressional level and by folks working the problem on the ground, these children and young adults are getting ...

Leaders combat coronavirus spike

After consistently moving toward flattening the curve, positive cases of COVID-19 have been climbing in the last two weeks across several states. Florida had the most dramatic increase of cases, jumping from 3,235 daily new cases per 100,000 people on June 22 to 9,019 daily new cases June 27, ...

Man charged with grand larceny

BUCKHANNON — One of two men who allegedly switched out tags on Apple Watches to cause them to ring up much cheaper at Walmart on Independence Day is now in jail. Danolvis Nunez, 19, of Port Jefferson Station, New York, was seen on camera by a loss prevention officer at Walmart switching ...

Pa. man admits to defrauding Pendleton Community Bank

WHEELING — Randall Joseph Smail, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, has admitted to bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Smail, age 23, pled guilty Tuesday to one count of bank fraud. Smail defrauded Pendleton Community Bank of approximately $552,533. Smail created a fictitious ...

McDaniel wins Community Service Award

PHILIPPI — Dr. Tim Barry, Alderson Broaddus University president and president of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, presented the chamber’s 2019 Community Service Award to Ira McDaniel, accompanied by his nominator, Optometrist Dr. Stanley Toompas. The award is in the form of an ...

Upshur Relay for Life to feature social distancing

BUCKHANNON — When Upshur County Relay for Life members chose “2020: Vision for a Cure” as the theme for the year, officials didn’t envision what would happen a few short months later. Not long after kick-off in February 2020, COVID-19 brought Relay activities to a halt. There were no ...

Finalists named in 13th annual scholar program

BUCKHANNON — Fifteen of the top rising seniors in West Virginia have been named West Virginia Scholar Finalists and remain in competition for a full scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. The finalists include local students: Abigail Hannan, Elkins High School and Alex Thompson, ...

Long-standing tradition

BEVERLY — A long-standing tradition in Randolph County will be a bit different this year, but the opportunity to have a great meal will remain. The annual Ox Roast is set for July 23 to help raise money to support 4-H Camp Pioneer. “It is a fantastic meal,” organizer Dawn ...

Randolph officials discuss COVID-19 number discrepancies

ELKINS — Randolph County officials discussed recent discrepancies in COVID-19 statistics reported by the state during Monday’s conference call among county leaders. “As of now, Randolph County has 171 confirmed cases, 154 have recovered or have been released from quarantine,” Cindy ...

Resident wants more fireworks regulation in Buckhanon

BUCKHANNON — After visiting the Upshur County Commission a week prior, local resident Jan Craig asked Buckhannon City Council to consider a stronger ordinance against fireworks for next year. “I’m here to ask city council to stop the fireworks for our vets and our pets,” she ...

Justice orders masks must be worn indoors

CHARLESTON — With coronavirus cases coming in higher the last five days than at any point during the worst of the outbreak, Gov. Jim Justice ordered Monday that masks be worn indoors. Justice, speaking during a coronavirus briefing Monday at the Capitol, said he will sign an executive ...