Health officials stress importance of receiving flu vaccine before October’s end

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County health official is speaking out about the importance of flu vaccination after collecting roughly seven years of data that shows only a portion of Upshur County residents receive the vaccine each year. For the last six or seven years, Dr. Joseph Reed, medical director for the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department, has […]

City council resubmits AML grant application to extend Riverwalk trail

BUCKHANNON – The City of Buckhannon is hoping that the third time’s a charm with its latest grant application to extend the Riverwalk trail system. Buckhannon City Council at its Thursday, July 16 meeting agreed to revise and resubmit its […]

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SYCC’s new ‘Tiny Ninjas’ karate class to cater to four- and five-year-olds

BUCKHANNON — Through Sensei Larry Carter’s new Tiny Ninjas class, children ages 4 to 5 years old now have the opportunity to learn a traditional form of karate. The class, which begins on Monday, June 15 at the Stockert Youth & Community Center, will be taught by sixth-degree black belt Sensei Larry, a man who […]

If you’re struggling with your mental health right now, one local organization wants you to know you’re not alone

BUCKHANNON – While thousands of individuals and families are challenged with burdens connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are also wrestling with the effects of mental health disorders and stress that may exacerbate them. According to Andi Cartier, director of the Upshur County Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance, fear, worry, anxiety, irritability, anger, depression, despair and addictive […]

You can still adopt a shelter pet from LUAC — but by appointment only

BUCKHANNON – Despite the closure of multiple businesses due to the novel coronavirus, local animal organizations are staying proactive in efforts to keep the county’s four-legged friends safe and fed. In March, the Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility closed its doors to the public and volunteers to help flatten the curve – or slow the spread […]

Cohen: Influenza affecting pediatric patients, youth at higher rates this flu season

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon-Upshur community and surrounding counties are facing a string of influenza-positive cases and a high volume of student absences leading to school cancellations. More than a 100 Buckhannon-Uphur Middle School students were absent from school this week due to the spread of influenza — a virus that has been on the rise […]