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County budget includes raises for employees

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission approved a county budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year Thursday, which includes money for employee raises — although the details will be determined by the county’s elected officials and department heads, not the commissioners.


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Randolph County Commission releases next budget

ELKINS, W.Va. - The Randolph County Commission has released its budget for the coming fiscal year. Commissioners say the county has been spending more than its collecting in past years, and they wanted to fix that problem.


Belington mayoral race resolved after tie

BELINGTON, W.Va. - A city election in Barbour County that ended in a tie has finally been resolved. Belington Mayor Matt Ryan will stay in office after originally losing by two votes.


West Virginia man arrested for assault and robbery of Maryland man

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - A West Virginia man has been arrested in regards to the assault and robbery of a Middletown, Maryland man. Kenneth Dillow, a 24-year-old from Kearnysville, was arrested on February 26 and faces multiple charges including first-degree assault and second-degree robbery.


Rotary Fun Night set Saturday

ELKINS — The Rotary Club of Elkins will be hosting its annual Fun Night at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Phil Gainer Community Center. This year the fundraiser’s theme will be “The 80’s.” Participants are encouraged to dress for the occasion in their favorite 80’s patent leather, vibrant colors, big hair a


Smoke coming from controlled burn

ELKINS — Local residents may have noticed smoke in the air Wednesday evening which officials say is coming from a controlled burn counties away. The Randolph County Office of Emergency Services put out a notice on its NIXLE system Wednesday night about the smoke.


Cat in the Hat visits Youth Health Service

ELKINS — Youngsters at Youth Health Service in Elkins received a special visit from The Cat in the Hat this week. As part of an effort to promote literacy, pre-k students at YHS celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday throughout the week.


Statewide treatment group spreads gambling awareness in West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - March is 'National Problem Gambling Awareness Month' and a statewide treatment group is urging anyone who thinks their gambling activity may be out of control to seek a free, anonymous screening.


Trio of Lady Bucs receive honors

CHARLESTON — A trio of Buckhannon-Upshur High School girls basketball players have earned Class AAA all-state honors. Senior Alli Robinson is a third-team selection, while teammates Audrey Gaudet and Brooklyn Maxwell appear on the honorable mention list.


Philippi man charged with burglary

FAIRMONT —A 34-year-old Philippi man was charged with burglary following a March 20 incident in which he allegedly was found in the upstairs bedroom of a home in Fairmont, according to a criminal complaint.


Local teen tapped as one of ‘100 High School Students America Needs to Know About’ — and the only one from West Virginia

TENNERTON – On Thursday, Upshur County Schools and Buckhannon-Upshur High School administrators announced that a Buckhannon-High School senior was selected as one of the Class of 2019’s 100 High School Students America Needs to Know About by Workforce Career Readiness.


Woman killed in Upshur wreck

BUCKHANNON — The name of the woman who was killed in a Tuesday wreck on the Hall Road in Upshur County was released by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. April D. Riley, 39, of Barbour County, was traveling northeast on the Hall Road about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, when she ran her Jeep Cherokee off


EHS tennis teams best B-U

BUCKHANNON– The Elkins boys and girls tennis teams opened the season with wins over Buckhannon-Upshur Tuesday at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The Tigers claimed a 5-2 win, while the EHS girls took a 4-3 verdict.


Buckhannon will have to wait before collecting sales tax

BUCKHANNON — The State Tax Commissioner has ruled the City of Buckhannon cannot begin collecting its municipal sales tax on Oct. 1, 2019, effectively ending the city’s quest to begin any collections in 2019.


Maryland police say former W.Va. resident identified as suspect in cold cases

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WCHS/WVAH) — Decades after the crimes, detectives from Maryland have identified the suspect of rape and homicide cold cases as a former Upshur County, West Virginia, resident who died in 2017.


Local United Way chapter to host wing-eating contest

WESTON, W.Va. - A local chapter of the United Way is offering people a tasty way to help raise money for its annual campaign. Buffalo Wild Wings in Buckhannon will host a wing-eating contest on Monday to benefit the United Way of Gilmer, Lewis and Upshur Counties.


Barbour Co. woman admits to federal drug charge in Harrison Co.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - A Barbour County woman has admitted to a federal drug charge for distributing methamphetamine in Harrison County. Nicole Knotts, 25, of Philippi, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorne


Upshur Commission looks at salary increases

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission is considering an $8,923,042 budget that provides for 2 percent raises and another enhancement to court security in the next fiscal year.


East Fairmont baseball ends first week of season on high note

East Fairmont’s baseball team knows how to recover from a slow start. After taking a pair of season-opening losses, the Bees achieved back-to-back run-rule victories at home on Wednesday and Thursday against Keyser and Buckhannon-Upshur, respectively.