Jail employee allegedly exposed himself to inmate

ELKINS – A jail employee accused of engaging in improper sexual conduct with an inmate is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $50,000 cash or property bond after being arraigned in Randolph County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Mike Dyer Thursday.

Timothy James Watson, 21, of Buckhannon, is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate while he was an employee of TVRJ.

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Did you know Upshur County is home to the largest pick-your-own blueberry farm in the Mountain State?
Floral Acres owner Dinah Campi began planting blueberry bushes about 20 years ago, and now her pick-your-own blueberry farm is the largest in the state and features varieties such as Blue Ray, Blue Gold, Nelson, Jersey and many more.

Did you know Upshur County is home to the largest pick-your-own blueberry farm in the Mountain State?

FRENCH CREEK – What fruit is blue, bursting with flavor, low in calories, packed with nutrients, and available for you to pick from bushes right here in Upshur County and take home to enjoy?

Well, blueberries, of course!

And Floral Acres, located at 385 Bridal Ridge Road in French Creek, is starting their pick-your-own blueberries season at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. Owner Dinah Campi said she feels blessed that her soil possesses the correct acidity and drainage necessary to grow her beautiful berries.

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What can the USDA Rural Development Office do for you? Well, they’re glad you asked …
Kris Warner, state director for West Virginia with the USDA Rural Development office, speaks to the Upshur County Commission Thursday.

What can the USDA Rural Development Office do for you? Well, they’re glad you asked …

BUCKHANNON – What can the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office do for you?

Members of the agency’s office answered that question at Thursday’s Upshur County Commission meeting.

Kris Warner, state director of Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the USDA offers over 49 programs, with about 50 employees and 11 offices in West Virginia.

“The USDA Rural Development mission area represents three USDA agencies – the Rural Business and Cooperative Service, the Rural Utility service and the Rural Housing Service,” Warner said. “Together, these agencies comprise the USDA Rural Development mission … which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and economies of rural America.”

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Addiction response grant awarded to Opportunity House will be utilized to research intervention methods
Matt Kerner, executive director of the Opportunity House, Inc.

Addiction response grant awarded to Opportunity House will be utilized to research intervention methods

BUCKHANNON – Addiction is a multi-faceted epidemic in Appalachia – and anywhere else, for that matter.

So the executive director of the Opportunity House, Inc. hopes a $200,000 federal grant recently awarded to the agency will help it focus on putting a dent in the problem from one specific angle – intervention.

At Buckhannon City Council’s June 6 meeting, Matt Kerner elaborated on the details of the Rural Community Opioid Response Planning grant, made available through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Kerner said while Community Care of West Virginia has previously focused on treating and preventing addiction, the Opportunity House’s grant will fund research into best practices for addiction intervention.

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School board tackles personnel changes, other start-of-summer items
Eric Brand will be the new assistant principal at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School for the 2019-2020 academy year. Brand was welcomed during Tuesday’s BOE meeting by members and administration of the Upshur County School System.

School board tackles personnel changes, other start-of-summer items

BUCKHANNON – Members of the Upshur County BOE along with Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Debra Harrison welcomed Eric Brand as the new assistant principal at…

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Woman accused of murder in Randolph County sentenced on unrelated drug charges from 2017
Vanessa Logan

Woman accused of murder in Randolph County sentenced on unrelated drug charges from 2017

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman who has been arrested for second-degree murder in Randolph County related to a shooting that took place in November 2018 in the Crystal Springs area was recently sentenced on an unrelated drug charge stemming from 2017 in Upshur County Circuit Court.

On Tuesday, June 5, 26th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Kurt Hall sentenced Vanessa Logan, 32, of Buckhannon and Oakland, Md., to not less than one nor more than five years in the penitentiary on one felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

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‘This gives me hope’: Turnout for first meeting on Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan well-attended
Break-out groups of concerned residents discuss the ideal Upshur County School System and what that looks like as well as what is needed to reach that ideal situation.

‘This gives me hope’: Turnout for first meeting on Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan well-attended

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Board of Education hosted the first of many conversations with community partners to help form the CEFP – the Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan Thursday afternoon.

“This is a 10-year plan we are charged to do,” Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus explained. “Thank you for being here and thank you for caring about our students and their education.”

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Council adopts four of mayor’s health insurance policy recommendations in an effort to save money
Councilwoman Mary Albaugh and councilman Robbie Skinner prior to voting to adopt four of mayor David McCauley's recommendations regarding changes in employee health insurance.

Council adopts four of mayor’s health insurance policy recommendations in an effort to save money

BUCKHANNON – Buckhannon City Council on Thursday directed its attorney to craft an ordinance that would implement several changes to the city’s health insurance that could yield a sizable annual savings.

The cost-saving measures council considered are part of a larger proposal mayor David McCauley presented at city council’s special May 23 meeting. At that meeting, council voted to switch from a fully funded health insurance plan through Loudin Insurance and its carrier Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia to a partially self-funded plan.

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Sanders selected as city recorder in the wake of Reger’s resignation
Buckhannon City Council announced it had selected Randy Sanders to fill the unexpired term of former city recorder Colin Reger, who resigned last month.

Sanders selected as city recorder in the wake of Reger’s resignation

BUCKHANNON – And once again, there were seven.

Buckhannon City Council on Thursday announced it had selected Buckhannon native Randy Sanders, who moved back to the city in 2018, as the new city recorder.

Sanders will fill the vacancy left by former city recorder Colin Reger, who resigned in early May, citing health issues and the need to prioritize his family and his business.

Sanders’s appointment restores the municipal government from six to seven members.

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Woman who called Comm Center about aliens arrested on six charges Monday
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Woman who called Comm Center about aliens arrested on six charges Monday

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County woman was arrested on six charges Monday after she allegedly ingested a hallucinogenic drug and called the Upshur County E911 Communication Center claiming aliens were chasing her.

Christina Lynn Raschella, 33, of Buckhannon was arrested Monday, June 4, after two deputies with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to her residence because she called the Comm Center and stated aliens were pursuing her.

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