Local News

Judge disappointed county didn’t beef up security

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission on Thursday received some pushback from one of the two 26th Judicial Circuit Court judges about its decision not to fully fund a courthouse security proposal recommended by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. ... more

Pipeline job fair scheduled for April 11 in Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON — Are you eager to learn more about when construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will commence in Upshur County? Now, you can save the date. ... more

Planning meals can save money, reduce food waste

TENNERTON — Over 70 billion pounds of food go into the trash each year.... more

Police searching for trailer stolen from Highland Nursery

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia State Police is investigating the theft of a dump trailer from Highland Nursery on Route 151.... more

Stockert rebrands to focus on people of all ages

BUCKHANNON — The Stockert Youth Center is no longer just for kids.... more

Man arrested for third degree sexual abuse

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been arrested after allegedly touching a 14-year-old girl inappropriately.... more

Missing man located

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Police Department says the man who was last seen Saturday has been found in Pennsylvania.... more

Lady Bobcats pick up split at Fairmont State

FAIRMONT – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats divided a Mountain East Conference doubleheader with Fairmont State’s Lady Falcons here Monday, claiming a 5-1 triumph in the opener, but falling by a 4-3 count in the second clash. ... more

Man hits tree in Rt. 119 wreck

BUCKHANNON — A Volga man who wrecked on the road to his house was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with an incapacitating injury Monday.... more

Celebrate clean water Thursday afternoon

BUCKHANNON — Members of the Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance will be celebrating water like their lives depend on it Thursday afternoon — because they do.... more

City council vows to continue supporting the arts

BUCKHANNON — City council on Thursday painted a clear picture of its vision for the future: going forward, the arts should be a vital part of public life in Buckhannon.... more


Angry? Don’t beat yourself over it

Humor — Hello and welcome to another edition of our special in-depth medical feature Health Yak, which has been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General as “extremely topical,” meaning that you should not attempt to ingest any portion of this column without first consulting your doctor.... more

County budget also up for 2018-19

BUCKHANNON — Following a week of day-long meetings, the Upshur County Commission is expected to approve an $8.5 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year at its weekly meeting Thursday, commission president Sam Nolte said Friday.... more

City budget up about $200,000 versus 2017-18

BUCKHANNON — With little discussion, Buckhannon City Council on Thursday approved a $4.4 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year — up about $200,000 from last year’s budget.... more

Boogieing for a cause

TENNERTON — A local teacher who became famous for dancing in the crowd at WVU football and basketball games has turned the attention directed at him into a fundraising success for the WVU Children’s Hospital.... more


BPD to join drug task force

BUCKHANNON — Better together. That’s the motto the Buckhannon Police Department has officially embraced after getting the go-ahead from city council on Thursday to join a new drug and violent crimes task force currently forming in Lewis, Gilmer and, of course, Upshur counties. ... more


’Cats earn split with Shepherd to begin MEC play

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan’s Bobcats dropped an 8-0 decision to Shepherd’s Rams in the first game of their Mountain East Conference twin bill here Sunday, but came back to record a 5-0 triumph in the second clash and halt a nine-game losing streak. ... more

Police say man had stolen license plate

BUCKHANNON — The man who was arrested following a recent “road rage” incident on Fishing Camp Road faces an additional unrelated charge.... more

Wesleyan class examining role of business in communities

BUCKHANNON — The second of two dialogues to discuss the role of business in communities will be held today in the Nellie Wilson Lounge in Benedum Hall on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. ... more

School jobs juggle begins

BUCKHANNON — Recommendations approved by the Upshur County Board of Education Monday will eliminate 10 professional positions and create nine new positions to better serve the needs of students. ... more

United Way funding drops as businesses leave

BUCKHANNON — The United Way of Gilmer, Upshur and Lewis counties could use your change to change the lives of people in the tri-county area.... more

Police ID more robbery suspects

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Police Department has identified two more people involved in the stabbing and attempted robbery incident that occurred at the Colonial Motel in February.... more

Carson Yeager passes away

BUCKHANNON — Arguably Buckhannon’s most colorful and controversial character has passed away, according to one of his closest confidantes. ... more

Red Cross event helps local groups prepare for disaster

BUCKHANNON — The American Red Cross hosted a free mass care boot camp in Buckhannon for volunteers from Upshur, Barbour and Webster counties in February.... more

Short police pursuit ends at hospital

BUCKHANNON — A man who allegedly stole a vehicle in Fairmont was apprehended Sunday night after leading law enforcement on a short chase and fleeing into St. Joseph’s Hospital. ... more

Man arrested for DUI after hitting Head Start bus

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested for first offense DUI after hitting a Head Start bus Tuesday morning.... more

Several counties look to form drug task force

BUCKHANNON — “We’re all in this together.”... more

Revised school calendar released

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County staff will be in school over spring break, but not students. Under calendar changes approved at Monday’s board of education meeting, everyone will have Good Friday and Easter Monday off and the last day of school for students will be June 1. ... more

As spring nears, icy roads still threaten area drivers

BUCKHANNON — Snowy weather contributed to several wrecks Wednesday morning in Upshur County.... more

Camp Kno-Koma offers fun summer experience for kids with diabetes

BUCKHANNON — A nonprofit organization provides a summer camp experience for children with diabetes in and around the state of West Virginia. ... more

County looks to balance budget amidst rising healthcare costs, dept. requests

BUCKHANNON ­— The Upshur County Commission expects a slight increase in revenue over the next fiscal year, but worries that rising healthcare costs will offset those gains led commissioners to take a cautious approach Monday and Tuesday as the first two days of budget hearings got under way.... more

Upshur County Board of Education considers policy to permit volunteer labor

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools is considering a new policy that would allow volunteer labor for certain projects with board and superintendent approval.... more

Schools drill for shooter situations

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools hold drills that may mimic an active shooter situation or other emergency throughout the year. ... more

Birthday parties at the fire dept?

BUCKHANNON — As the City of Buckhannon is flooded with more and more requests to hold baby showers and birthday parties at the Public Safety Complex’s training room, city officials are working to develop a policy that will stem the tide.... more

Local fire department upgrades lifesaving equipment

BUCKHANNON — Some local firefighters received some new tools to aid in emergency response recently.... more

Is jazz dead?

BUCKHANNON — Jazz died in 1959. Or did it?... more

Commissioners lead the way in Kicking Butts

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Tobacco Prevention Coalition’s efforts to reduce smoking and smokeless tobacco use is gaining ground in at least one arena — county government.... more

Beekeepers happily buzzing along in Upshur Co.

BUCKHANNON — Think twice before telling honeybees to buzz off. ... more

Group takes fight to the streets

BUCKHANNON — Wayne Worth was tired of watching everyone complain on Facebook about the drug addiction epidemic wreaking havoc on the Mountain State.... more

SUBA doles out annual awards

BUCKHANNON — The Southern Upshur Business Association honored a couple Wednesday who have given unselfishly of time, talent and money over the years to many different community, county and state organizations and efforts.... more

Police say man murdered his father

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man allegedly killed his father sometime early Thursday morning. ... more

Woman faces felony drug charge; two sentenced in federal court

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman was arrested for several offenses last week.... more

Finally, a deal!

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools are set to reopen this morning after Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill codifying his agreement with the state’s school employees exactly one week after it was first announced.... more

Wreck tears car into two pieces

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man is in good condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital following a single-vehicle wreck on the Hall Road at 2:20 a.m. Sunday. ... more

City honors hidden historic figure

BUCKHANNON — What is the difference between once well-known people who disappear from the annals of history and famous individuals whose legacies last lifetimes?... more

As one strike ends, another begins

BUCKHANNON — Questions swirling around job security — or lack thereof — lie at the root of a Frontier Communications workers strike throughout West Virginia and part of Virginia that began Sunday at 12:01 a.m.... more

Black balloons help bring awareness to overdose deaths

BUCKHANNON — A day born out of tragedy is now being used to bring awareness to overdose deaths around the world.... more

Lewis Co. grand jury indicts three Upshur residents

WESTON — Three Upshur County people were indicted by a Lewis County Grand Jury meeting this week.... more

Quick action by Good Samaritan helps man having a stroke

BUCKHANNON — Were you the person who stopped and alerted authorities to an accident last week?... more

Deputy arrests wrong-way driver on 33

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman was arrested after driving the wrong way on Route 33 Thursday night. ... more

Kimble named new fire chief

BUCKHANNON — You can scratch off the qualifier in front of his former title, “interim fire chief.”... more

Senate alters teacher deal

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools would be in session today if the West Virginia Senate had upheld its end of the bargain Gov. Jim Justice struck with union leaders Tuesday night, Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Roy Wager said Sunday afternoon.... more

Did you know?

Column — I find some interesting simple ideas on how to do things and I like to share them with you.... more

Lady ’Cats off to 1-3 start during season-opening spring trip

CLERMONT, Fla. – West Virginia Wesleyan’s Lady Bobcats got the softball season off to a winning start here Saturday morning, dealing the Mercyhurst (Pa.) Lady Lakers a 3-1 defeat in the opening game of their Spring Break schedule. ... more

City needs additional funding for stormwater projects

BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon is searching for new sources of revenue after city council learned that it needs at least another $100,000 to effectively manage its stormwater system.... more

Bobcat netters blank Roberts Wesleyan, 9-0

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia Wesleyan opened up its spring break slate with a 9-0 win over visiting Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) University here on Saturday evening.... more

Man fights with officers

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man allegedly under the influence of alcohol and meth was arrested for several offenses following an incident Monday.... more