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Marlinton council approves variance for new downtown building

Nationwide Insurance broker Jim Bialek told Marlinton Town Council Monday night that his business will have a new home on Main Street by July 1. The businessman plans to build a 24-by-50 foot office next to The Pocahontas Times. The office was formerly located in the Old Bank Building, which was destroyed by fire on November 10. Bialek currently...

Van Roberts

Van Roberts, age 73, of Renick, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014, at his home. Born September 20, 1940, at Leonard Cordova, he was a son of the late Boliver and Lennie Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Roberts; and a brother, Gail Kilrain Roberts. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Roberts,...

PSD requests higher Snowshoe sewage rates

Sewage rates in the Snowhoe area are projected to skyrocket so high - they’ll be the highest in the state for a public service district. Along with an application to the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) to build a new sewage plant, the Pocahontas Public Service District (PSD) requested approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) for...

Young Warriors gain experience in seesaw season

The Pocahontas County Warriors basketball season ended last Friday, when the team lost a second-round sectional game at Moorefield, 55-42. As usual, the young roundballers played a competitive game, but matched up against a more experienced team. Experience in high school sports means senior starters and juniors with lots of playing time. Even with a crop of highly talented juniors,...

“Middle mile” key to rural broadband

When it comes to broadband Internet, Pocahontas County is one of the least colorful places in West Virginia - and that's not a good thing. On a West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council (WVBDC) map of West Virginia, more color means more Internet service providers. On that map, the vast majority of Pocahontas County is a dull tan, indicating just...

Commission hears concerns with courthouse security

A quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin reads: “Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.” Since the inception of our nation, the balance between security and freedom has been hotly debated. Many believe that increased police powers are necessary to prevent crime and protect the public. Many believe the guarantee of liberty in the...

Eighth Grade students broaden knowledge at business luncheon

Pocahontas County eighth grade students from Marlinton Middle and Green Bank Middle schools traveled to Snowshoe Mountain Resort last week for the annual business luncheon hosted by the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Along with meeting future classmates, the students attended three breakout sessions which gave them insight into conducting business in Pocahontas County, tourism and the pros and...

BOE discusses proposed levy

As one of only 11 counties in the state without a levy, the Pocahontas County board of education discussed a proposed levy at the board meeting Monday night. The proposed levy, if passed, will provide $1.8 million a year for five years for school programs and school facilities. A levy committee has been organized to focus on priorities of the funding. “I...