Mineral County, WVCumberland Times-News

Mineral commission approves purchase changes, precinct consolidation

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County commissioners voted to make several different operational changes during their meeting Tuesday. The commission voted unanimously for the consolidation of the county’s third and eighth voting precincts. Beginning with the next primary election in May 2022, voters from Cross will vote in Elk Garden. The commission began the consolidation process in April.
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Mineral County, WVTimes West Virginian

Mineral County to dedicate trees to Gold Star families

BURLINGTON — Fifty-five young apple trees of different varieties have recently been planted in a cleared-off area at Larenim Park near Burlington, Mineral County. These are not just any apple trees, however. Each one of them represents one of West Virginia’s 55 counties. But even that isn’t what really makes...
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New Creek, WVCumberland Times-News

Storms prompt water rescue near New Creek

NEW CREEK, W.Va. — A flood watch remained in effect Friday, a day after thunderstorms prompted a water rescue in the southern end of Mineral County. A line of thunderstorms that dumped more than 2 inches of rain just before 8 p.m. Thursday forced New Creek out of its banks along U.S. Route 50 and state Route 93.
Preston County, WVWDTV

Preston County man charged with strangulation, allegedly threatens to kill woman

TUNNELTON, W.Va (WDTV) - A Tunnelton man was arrested after a woman called Preston County 911 saying that he was going to kill her. 57-year-old John Joseph Greaser allegedly hit the woman multiple times and punched her in the back of the head. The woman said she locked the door and tried to call 911 when Greaser stepped outside. Greaser kicked in the door, took the phone and put his elbow in the woman’s neck until she couldn’t breathe, according to the criminal complaint.
Mineral County, WVMineral Daily News-Tribune

Downpour puts sections of Mineral County underwater

MINERAL COUNTY - Isolated areas of Mineral County got hit with a lot of rain in a short period of time Thursday evening, and some residents found themselves stranded in the middle of flash flooding practically before they knew what was happening. One person in the Halterman’s Trailer Court near...
Kingwood, WVWVNews

Kingwood Transfer Station robbed

KINGWOOD — The Kingwood Transfer Station was targeted by a thief last week, prompting city officials to buy more security cameras for several city properties. City Supervisor Bruce Pyles said that about 9:15 p.m. June 2, a man driving a dark-colored Jeep entered the garbage transfer station and spent about three hours there. He entered from the rear of the station, which is located on Shower Bath Road, which is not heavily traveled and outside city limits.
Preston County, WVWVNews

County receives American Rescue Plan funds

KINGWOOD — The Preston County Commission has received the first payment of American Rescue Plan funds, but is still deciding how to allocate the money. The commission received $3,246,887 on Monday. The second half of the funds is expected in 2022. Commission President Don Smith noted many of the nation’s...
Preston County, WVWVNews

DeLauder requests jury trial in magistrate court

KINGWOOD — Terra Alta Mayor Robert DeLauder was back in Preston County Magistrate Court on Wednesday for a hearing on misdemeanor charges. DeLauder declined a plea agreement on charges of assault of a government official, destruction of a public document, false swearing, destruction of property and procuring water by device with intent to defraud.
Newburg, WVWVNews

Albright and Newburg voters favor incumbent mayors

KINGWOOD — Albright residents voted to keep Roger Titchenell as mayor, and Edgar Fortney remains mayor of Newburg. Two other municipalities did not have candidates for mayor, so Jason Titus of Reedsville and Brian Harris of Tunnelton will remain until replacements are found or voted into office. Albright did not...
Preston County, WVWVNews

Preston County hunters take 343 turkeys in spring season

SOUTH CHARLESTON — According to preliminary data released by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, hunters claimed 10,134 turkeys during the state’s spring gobbler season. The 2021 harvest is 10.43 percent lower than the 2020 harvest, when hunters took 11,320 birds. The 2021 harvest is 10.32 percent below the...
Preston County, WVWVNews

Commissioners say regional jail fee hike poorly timed

KINGWOOD — Preston County commissioners say that a proposed raise of about 14% in the per-diem costs at West Virginia regional jails will be hard to find in a tight budget that’s been impacted by rising incarceration costs for years. Commission President Don Smith also said it would have been...
Kingwood, WVWVNews

State of the County speakers discuss Preston's future

KINGWOOD — More than 20 people discussed Preston County from different points of view at the 2021 State of the County, presented by the Preston County Chamber of Commerce. The event was held Thursday at the Kingwood Community Building. Chamber Board Member Kerry Gnik said the first state of the county, in 2019, led to the creation of a task force that began prioritizing issues in the county and begin tackling them. Hopefully this year's event inspires others to do the same, Gnik said.