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Back Fork of Elk River

The Back Fork of Elk River falls through a small rapid on its journey to the Elk River above Webster Springs, West Virginia, in Webster County in the Allegheny Highlands Region. Photo by Rick Burgess.
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Allegheny Arts Calendar for June 29 – July 4th, 2022

Here are some of the art and cultural events happening in our area this week. First Friday, July 1st at the Discovery Junction in downtown Marlinton offers fun and activities for children of all ages and adults too! The Jesse Milnes band will provide a musical back drop with music that’s a mix of county and old-time with a little rock and roll. Roy Moose will have a live demonstration of snakes native to WV. Marlinton UMC and Pocahontas County libraries will have various hands-on crafts for the kiddies and artist Peggy Owens will demonstrate her unique painting and jewelry making skills. The event is at the outdoor pavilion next to the Opera House Friday from 5 to 8pm.
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Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Nettie, Mill Creek, and Thomas

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammography unit will visit Nicholas, Randolph, and Tucker counties offering three-dimensional (3D) digital screening mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals and the WVU Cancer Institute, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:. • Panther Creek Elementary...


The Highland County Solid Waste Burning Pit located at the Solid Waste Center in Monterey will be closed for maintenance and cleaning for two weeks on the following dates:. Friday, July 1 through Friday, July 15th. No burnable materials will be accepted at the site during the dates specified above.


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Melvin W. Cochran “Papaw”

Melvin W. Cochran “Papaw”, 87 of Webster Springs peacefully entered into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Webster County Memorial Hospital. He was born November 9, 1934 down Elk River in Howell Run Hollow to the late Leslie William Cochran and Vergie Clutter Cochran. Melvin went to work, at the age of 16, in the coal mines for Bert Clutter. Melvin, along with Bill and Rab Cool, started Cool Motors of Webster Springs in 1964. He then, along with his son Max, went on to become owner of Cool Motors. Melvin was a member of Emmanuel Assembly of God; liked to hunt, fish, go camping, and ride around. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Waldo and Bobby Cochran and two sisters, Jean Harrison and June Powell. Melvin is survived by his loving wife of close to 55 years, B. Caroline Gillespie Cochran; son Max (wife Sandra) Cochran of Webster Springs; four grandchildren, Eddie Cochran, Max (wife Christina) Cochran, Jr., Matthew (wife Vicky) Cochran, and Jessica Cochran; along with four great-grandchildren, Desirae, Matthew Jr., Grace, and Lauren; a great-great-granddaughter, Elena; brothers and sisters, Bonnie (Eddie) Garvin of Parkersburg, Juanita (Bob) Chaney of Buckhannon, Terry (Cheryl) Cochran of Elderton, PA, and Tommy (Judy) Cochran of Buckhannon; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 12:00 noon at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Cowger officiating and Eulogy given by Jack Alsop. Friends may join the family for visitation two hours prior to service time. Please join the family for Graveside Services at 3:00 PM at Big Run Cemetery, Diana. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Assembly of God, PO Box 839 Cowen, WV 26206. Online condolences may be made to the family at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Cochran family.

Highland EDA’s June Meeting

The Highland County EDA held its monthly meeting on June 20. EDA Economic Development Officer Betty Mitchell discussed the possibility of renting office space for the EDA to share with the Blue Grass Resource Center. The Recorder has purchased the Dancon building on Main Street in Monterey and plans to move it’s offices there. The building has space for a separate office, with it’s own entrance and restroom. The rent would be $400 a month including utilities, which would be $200 per organization. Mitchell said she felt both organizations would benefit with having a public facing space. Mitchell added that, in lieu of the space, she would give up the $40 she is paid monthly from the EDA budget for accounting work. She also pointed out that the EDA has $8,800 in it’s budget that has been carried over. EDA Chair George Hogshead said he understood why the Blue Grass Resource Center would like to be located there during the Highland Inn renovation, but he said $200 a month would use almost all of the EDA’s annual operational budget of $2,500. He said Mitchell typically spends ten hours a week on EDA work, so he could support a lesser amount, which would not take so much out of the budget and which would be more representative of her time on EDA work. EDA member Patti Hrovat said that currently there are three grants being juggled, with Mitchell putting in a lot of extra time. EDA member Bryan Obaugh said he was not in favor of a long-term rental and asked if there might be county space available. EDA member Kirk Billingsley said the EDA should talk with the Board of Supervisors to be sure there isn’t other space available, possibly through the county, since taxpayer money funds the EDA. He also questioned the use of taxpayer funds for paying rent. EDA member Jamie Collins agreed that for transparency, the EDA should talk with the Board of Supervisors. The EDA voted to table action on this item, with member Patti Hrovat opposed.