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Justice announces Downstream Jobs Task Force

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Wanting to focus the state on natural gas production and petrochemical manufacturing, Gov. Jim Justice announced the creation of a new task force to state business leaders on the first day of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Justice and ...

New Snowshoe Foundation executive director named

SNOWSHOE — Marlinton native and West Virginia University graduate Kristen Beverage-Doss has been named the new executive director of the Snowshoe Foundation. “My predecessor, Jessica Stump, she set the bar pretty high,” Beverage-Doss said this week. Beverage-Doss now leads a board ...

Randolph County Humane Society cuts ribbon on new building

ELKINS — The Randolph County Humane Society hosted a ribbon cutting for the organization’s new meet-and-greet building at the annual RCHS meeting this week. The building, named for the late Dick Earle, provides a home-like setting for potential adopters to meet animals. In addition to ...

Elkins man facing drug charge

ELKINS — An Elkins man was arrested on a warrant earlier this week. Justin Douglas Ward is facing one felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. According to the criminal complaint filed by Patrolman D.E. George of the Elkins Police Department, on ...

State senator charged with soliciting

GLEN DALE — A first-term Republican state senator from the Northern Panhandle is accused of soliciting sex from a woman after allegedly arranging at least two encounters with her in his hometown of Glen Dale. Marshall County Magistrate Mark Kerwood on Wednesday arraigned Sen. Michael J. ...

Legislators react to charges against Maroney

WHEELING — Some local Republicans expressed surprise Wednesday following the arrest of West Virginia Sen. Mike Maroney, while others had no comment on the prostitution charges against him. Maroney, R-Marshall, was arraigned Wednesday morning in Marshall County Magistrate Court on charges of ...

Elkins man charged with sexual assault

ELKINS — An Elkins man is facing felony charges after allegedly impregnating a 13-year-old girl. Martin Shane Roy, 42, is charged with sexual assault in the second degree and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian. His bond was set for $100,000 cash only. According to the criminal ...

Justice’s companies backtrack on where they do business in amended filing

CHARLESTON — Several companies owned by Gov. Jim Justice pushed back on assertions by federal officials that they’re headquartered in Virginia, but in court filings in a separate case Friday these companies filed an amended complaint claiming they listed the wrong state as their business ...

Element Federal Credit Unit to manage fees for medical cannabis program

By Steven Allen Adams For The Inter-Mountain CHARLESTON — After restarting the bidding process in June, the West Virginia state treasurer announced Monday the vendor chosen to handle the fees and penalties from the Medical Cannabis Program. Element Federal Credit Union of Charleston is ...

Republican governor candidates make stop

BUCKHANNON — Two of three Republican candidates for governor of West Virginia agree change is needed in the state but disagree over how those changes should occur. The Central West Virginia Republican Women invited all three Republican gubernatorial candidates to their meeting Monday ...

Veterans Affairs investigating deaths

PARKERSBURG — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is working with federal law enforcement agencies over the patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, the VA inspector general said on Tuesday. A notice of claim filed by Melanie Proctor of Ellenboro over the ...

RTC offering new robotics program

ELKINS — Students at the Randolph Technical Center now have an additional program available to them that will allow young learners to build a skill set that will better prepare them for the future. Shanna Parlock, robotics instructor for RTC, said the robotics program offered at the ...

Alumni Association cleans and renovates Wimer Memorial

ELKINS — When a neighbor complained about the state of disrepair of the Frank Wimer Memorial in Elkins City Park, the Elkins High School Alumni Association took it upon themselves to clean up this piece of history. Members of the class of 1951 took special interest in the clean-up project ...

Heater requests new attorney

WESTON — A man convicted for his role in killing Joshua Oberg in 2012 will have a new attorney in his habeas corpus case. Jessie Lee Heater, 35, will now be represented by David Fuellhart III after Judge Kurt Hall appointed Fuellhart to the case. The case was heard in Lewis County Tuesday ...

Barbour County Fair off and rolling

PHILIPPI — The Barbour County Fair Committee welcomed fair contributors and the press to a luncheon on Monday on the fairgrounds. The luncheon began with introductions all around as Ben Fancher, chairman of advertising for the fair, thanked sponsors such as The Lions Club, BC Bank and ...

Manchin: Person of interest no longer at VA Medical Center

PARKERSBURG — A person of interest in the suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg is no longer in contact with veterans there, a U.S. Senator from West Virginia said on Monday. Sen. Joe Manchin said he spoke with medical center Director Dr. Glenn Snider ...

Planning for annual Scarecrow Festival underway

ELKINS — The Scarecrow Festival planning committee, headed by Madalyn Humphrey, has been meeting to discuss the upcoming scarecrow-related festivities that occur each autumn in downtown Elkins. The meetings take place at Henry G’s Cafe, as the Seneca Mall is sponsoring the planning for ...

Local dance squad appearing on ‘Dance Moms’ tonight

ELKINS — A group of young dancers recently took part in the “Ignite Dance Live” competition as part of the reality television show “Dance Moms.” Members of a local group, Dance by Farrah, visited Pennsylvania to take part in a competition that will be aired this evening on ...

Police: Man claims meth is Epsom salt

BUCKHANNON — A man who told law enforcement a substance found in his vehicle was Epsom salt for a skin condition was arrested after it tested positive for methamphetamine. Christopher S. McBroom, 33, of Cookeville, Tennessee, was stopped by Trooper First Class Z.T. Cooper of the West ...