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More inmate cases reported at HCC; 700 results pending

HUTTONSVILLE — A Randolph County official said Tuesday there are now 70 inmate cases of COVID-19 at Huttonsville Correctional Center, after testing was ramped up at the facility on the orders of Gov. Jim Justice. “We had our first cases break out in our correctional facilities,” ...

Dry Fork man charged with tampering with absentee ballot applications

CHARLESTON — A plot to change the primary party ballot preferences of people filing requests for absentee ballots was uncovered by state and federal investigators with a mail carrier facing charges. According to Bill Powell, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, and ...

Air conditioning installation underway at Phil Gainer Center

ELKINS — A crew was at work Tuesday on the roof of the Phil Gainer Community Center, installing new equipment as part of a renovation project involving an air conditioning system for the facility, officials said. Renovations to the center began in mid-March and are currently following ...

Justice: Cases coming down after spike in the Eastern Panhandle

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday that everything is under control after a spike in coronavirus cases last week centered on the Eastern Panhandle. “As far as our comeback and our reopening, that seems to be going very very well,” Justice said. “We’re trying to do that while ...

High-speed chase leads to arrest

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Upshur, Randolph and Lewis counties was arrested for a felony Saturday. Joshua Alden Tenney, 31, of Buckhannon, was arrested for fleeing from an officer in a vehicle with reckless disregard and driving while ...

Woman accused of stealing car

ELKINS — A Fairmont woman is facing two felony charges after allegedly stealing a vehicle. Michelle Kaye Belton, 31, of 632 Spring St. Fairmont, is facing a felony charge of grand larceny and a felony count of possesion of a stolen vehicle. Two criminal complaints were filed in Randolph ...

Upshur couple charged with child neglect

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon couple has been arrested after emergency responders found an overdose patient with a 1-year-old child. Tristonia Rynea McCartney, 19, was unconscious on the couch of her apartment when Patrolman Sam Kraemer and Sgt. Tom Posey with the Buckhannon Police ...

Angel’s Arsenal recognized by Chamber

PHILIPPI — Attorney Hunter Mullens, vice president of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Chamber’s First Dollar Award recently to owners Angel and Christian Stull at Angel’s Arsenal located at 4 N. Walnut St. behind the county courthouse in Philippi. The award ...

Poison Center warns of wild mushrooms

CHARLESTON — Warmth, rain and spring means wild mushrooms and snakes in the Mountain State. With the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, more people are out enjoying nature. Wild mushrooms may look like the ones enjoyed on salads and pizzas, but they are not guaranteed safe to eat. ...

Elkins celebrates Memorial Day

ELKINS — A crowd gathered at the All-Veterans Memorial in Elkins, while keeping social distancing guidelines, to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who paid the ultimate price in service of their country. American Legion District of West Virginia 9th District Commander Donald ...

Dem governor candidates navigate new campaign waters

CHARLESTON — The winner of the Democratic primary for governor of West Virginia will not only have to face a Republican opponent in November, but the victor will have to rebuild the state’s economy and deal with the medical crisis started by COVID-19. Five Democratic candidates are on the ...

Buckhannon City Hall, parks slated to open June 1

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon City Council approved a number of measures aimed at slowly opening up city facilities in the coming weeks after their closure in March due to COVID-19. Buckhannon City Hall will reopen to the public June 1 with additional preventive safety measures including the ...

27 inmates, 8 employees positive at HCC

HUTTONSVILLE — The number of positive COVID-19 cases has jumped at Huttonsville Correctional Center among prisoners and staff, officials said Friday afternoon. Gov. Jim Justice ordered testing at the facility this week, which has confirmed 25 additional inmate cases, and that four ...

City transfers empty property to the RCDA

ELKINS—The City of Elkins announced the transfer of the 11th Street property that previously housed the Street Department garage to the Randolph County Development Authority during a city council meeting held virtually via Zoom this week. The property in question sits on the corner of ...

Armentrout’s company’s trailblazing work focus of ABC show

ELKINS — A Randolph County native is using cutting-edge science to help law enforcement develop leads in crimes and identify potential criminals. The use of his company’s snapshot genetic genealogy analysis will be featured in the ABC News series “The Genetic Detective” on Tuesday at ...

Justice declines to beef up rules in hotspots

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday declined to strengthen coronavirus restrictions in two eastern panhandle counties where cases spiked this week. The Republican governor said his administration discussed the hot spots in Berkeley and Jefferson counties with local ...