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New faces to appear on Elkins ballot

ELKINS — While the filing period for Elkins City Council seats and Elkins Mayor didn’t officially end until midnight, it was confirmed Friday afternoon that some new faces are taking their shot at council seats. As of the end of Elkins City Hall business hours Friday — approximately ...

State ready to tackle student absenteeism

CHARLESTON — The superintendent of West Virginia schools has a message for parents: make sure your students are in school. Superintendent Steven Paine this week delivered a report on chronic absenteeism in West Virginia public schools during a regular meeting of the state Board of ...

Wild Wednesday edition set to offer big holiday savings

ELKINS — Many potential savings will be available in The Inter-Mountain’s Wild Wednesday edition. Sale of the holiday edition — priced at $1.25 — will begin at 6 a.m. Wednesday, and run through the next two days, as supplies last. The Inter-Mountain’s Wild Wednesday edition ...

Gee pushing to eliminate HEPC

CHARLESTON — Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education are concerned that West Virginia University is wielding too much influence on a proposal to replace the Higher Education Policy Commission. Commission members met by conference call Thursday to discuss a ...

Armstrong wood flooring division sold

BEVERLY — Armstrong Flooring officials announced Thursday the wood flooring division of the company has been sold to a private equity firm. “Today, Armstrong Flooring announced a definitive agreement to sell its wood flooring business to an affiliate of American Industrial Partners (AIP), ...

Elkins approves 2 full-time firefighters

ELKINS — Elkins City Council approved full-time employee status for two Elkins Fire Department firefighters Thursday. Andrew Roth completed his one-year probationary period on Nov. 11, and Matthew Ogden completed his on Nov. 6. Under the city’s Compensation and Classification plan, each ...

Randolph County Commission to send complaint to Frontier

ELKINS — Randolph County Commissioners unanimously approved authorization for the commission president to sign a complaint form against an area phone service provider. During their Thursday meeting, commissioners decided extra action be taken against Frontier Communication after ...

Two women facing drug charges

CANTON, Ohio — Two area women are facing charges in Ohio after allegedly being found in possession of more than a pound of methamphetamine. News outlets in Canton, Ohio, are reporting that Donna M. Lanham, 42, of Norton, and Pansy L. Ray, 39, of Valley Bend, were found with 1.5 pounds of ...

Patriotic Ceremony

ELKINS — Local military veterans were honored during The Inter-Mountain’s 2018 Unsung Heroes Reception Wednesday afternoon at the Randolph County Senior Center. The Inter-Mountain’s “Unsung Heroes” series of articles — which just completed its second year — features area ...

Revenue up, but slowdown is expected

CHARLESTON — There was no press conference, no celebratory video and no Hawaiian leis handed out, but that doesn’t mean West Virginia’s October tax revenue numbers were bad. According to the most recent numbers from the governor’s office, October marked the seventh month in a row that ...

Randolph BOE takes a look at George Ward improvements

MILL CREEK — County school officials invited parents and community members to an open house at George Ward Elementary School to showcase the school’s improvements. The Board of Education held their regular meeting at George Ward Tuesday evening to allow people in the community to check ...

Carnegie helps students get scientific

ELKINS – Students at North Elementary School got an opportunity to learn about science with a hands-on approach Tuesday. Presenters from Carnegie Science Center, of Pittsburgh, visited the school Tuesday and, following a presentation about human anatomy, facilitated roughly 10 educational ...

Republican majorities still intact

CHARLESTON — In a year in which thousands of teachers descended on the State Capitol Building and the Republican legislative majority's first midterm election since taking both chambers in 2014, the party of Lincoln will maintain control of the statehouse for two more years. "From a ...

Leadsville PSD alerts water customers to violation

ELKINS — Leadsville Public Service District water customers are being informed about a drinking water contaminants violation. A letter contained in customers' water bills this month states, "Test results for 7/1/2018 and 9/30/2018 show that our system exceeds the standard or maximum ...

Woman accused of breaking into home with a knife

ELKINS – A Pocahontas County woman is behind bars after allegedly being found in a man's home with a knife. Amanda Luceille Bennett, 32, of Marlinton, is charged with one felony count of nighttime burglary. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash-only bond, set ...

State audits raise eyebrows

CHARLESTON — Two divisions of the state Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety received scrutiny by the West Virginia Legislature’s Post Audit Division for activities done without the knowledge of the department. Auditors briefed lawmakers on the reports during a Post Audits ...

Buckhannon hopes to implement new sales tax by July 1

BUCKHANNON — City of Buckhannon officials are working to craft a proposed ordinance creating a new sales tax, hoping to have it in effect by July 1. Buckhannon City Council voted on Nov. 1 to approve sending an application to the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board to create a 1 percent ...