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DOJ review faults DEA for letting opioid crisis grow

CHARLESTON — The Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice took the Drug Enforcement Administration to task for not responding quick enough to limit the growth of opioid abuse. According to a review of the DEA’s opioid regulatory and enforcement efforts released Tuesday, ...

Randolph County Senior Center hosting annual Bazaar this week

ELKINS — The Randolph County Senior Center annually hosts the annual Randolph County Senior Bazaar the week of the Mountain State Forest Festival. At the bazaar, several senior community members sell handmade items to patrons. Elkins native Leonard Whritenour sold wooden bowls at the ...

Special Visit

ELKINS — The 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival’s Maid Silvia LXXXIII Kaitlin Marie Smith has been making her rounds this week, visiting schools to see the children of Randolph County before her official coronation on Friday. The Bridgeport native, attended by her royal court, ...

Tax revenue numbers above estimates

CHARLESTON — For the first time in fiscal year 2020, September tax revenue collections came in above estimates, though officials say that surplus is artificial. According to the governor’s office on Tuesday, September tax revenue collections came in at $477.2 million, $20 million above ...

Elkins native to highlight dinner

ELKINS — Elkins native Amy Shepler Smith will be the speaker for the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival’s Distinguished Guest Dinner Thursday evening. Smith has a history with the MSFF, as she’s been a crown bearer, a maid of honor, and was in the Elkins High School marching band. ...

Maid Silvia welcomed with luncheon at Graceland

ELKINS — The Mountain State Forest Festival hosted its annual Queen’s Welcome Dinner at Graceland on the campus of Davis & Elkins College Tuesday morning. Maid Silvia LXXXIII Kaitlin Marie Smith is the daughter of Paul and Donna Smith of Bridgeport and the granddaughter of Emilio ...

Police: Man attempts to strangle girlfriend

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man who allegedly attempted to strangle his girlfriend with an extension cord and threatened to kill her has been arrested for several offenses. On Friday, Sept. 27, Timothy Spangler Jr., 33, allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by her hair and threw her to the ground ...

Coalton man facing felony drug-related charge

ELKINS — A Coalton man is facing a felony charge after officers responded to a vehicle fire at his residence. Thomas Richard Withers, 47, is charged with manufacturing a schedule I, non-narcotic substance. Bond was set for $25,000 by Randolph County Magistrate Judge Mike Dyer. According to ...

Valley Head couple charged with child neglect

ELKINS — A Valley Head couple is facing felony child neglect charges in reference to their eight-month old baby. Brian K. Welch, 25, and Cheyenne E. Decker, 21, are both charged with child neglect causing bodily injury. Both bonds were set at $50,000 cash or property by Randolph County ...

Residents share MSFF favorites

ELKINS — As the week of the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival gets underway in Elkins, local residents are sharing their favorite parts of the annual celebration. “My favorite part of the Forest Festival is going to the city park. He loves to go on the rides!” said Kaelin White of ...

B-UMS put on lockdown

BUCKHANNON – Threats left on a Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School administrator’s voicemail were deemed not credible early Monday but the school remained on a precautionary lockdown for the duration of the school day. Close to 500 students were picked up at the school by parents and ...

Court to consider Legislature case

CHARLESTON — While Congress considers the impeachment process for President Donald Trump, justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will meet this morning in conference to vote on whether to allow the West Virginia Legislature’s appeal of a state-level halt to judicial impeachment to ...

Lawmaker behind Caputo criminal complaint dies

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County delegate who broke ground as a woman at the West Virginia Legislature and was also allegedly assaulted by the Minority Whip of the House of Delegates died over the weekend. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, confirmed that Del. Sharon Malcolm, R-Kanawha, ...

Afternoon fire at West Virginia Wesleyan displaces students

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College students living on the third and fourth floor of Agnes Howard Hall have been displaced following an electrical fire Monday afternoon. The Buckhannon Fire Department responded at 1:40 p.m. to a fire alarm call at the college’s oldest building, ...

Fifth person identified in VA med center deaths

PARKERSBURG — A fifth veteran who died under suspicious circumstances last year at the Veterans Administration hospital in Clarksburg was identified by USA Today. William Alfred “Sport” Holloway, 96, of Fairmont died on April 8, 2018, while at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, the ...

Man arrested in shooting incident

ELKINS — A man was arrested Sunday night after allegedly shooting a pistol at another person at the Gateway Apartments. Kyle Darnell Roberts-Robey, 19, is charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm, a felony. Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon set bond at $25,000 ...