Elkins in the running for 3 WV Living awards

The fourth annual Best of West Virginia awards sponsored by WV Living magazine are open to voting. Elkins is a contender in three categories this year:

  • Best Brewery – Big Timber Brewing
  • Best Festival – Mountain State Forest Festival
  • Best Adventure Town

Visit the WV Living website now and cast your vote for Elkins!

Opinions on Historic Preservation Sought by the Elkins Planning Commission

Should historic structures in Elkins be protected? Or should owners have the right to do whatever they want with their historic properties?

Elkins residents have two options for expressing opinions about these and related questions, the Elkins Planning Commission announced today. An online survey, designed to take only a few minutes to complete,  is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElkinsZoningUpdate through September 23rd. Input will also be accepted at an open house held in the Caboose Room at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center on Tuesday, October 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The commission is collecting this information as part of an ongoing project to update the city’s zoning laws, which have not been significantly amended since their initial adoption in the 1950s. The West Virginia College of Law Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic is assisting with this effort.


Paper copies of the survey are also available at Elkins City Hall.


Elkins PD announces new option for the receipt of public information


An email address has been set up exclusively for the public to report non-emergency information directly to the Elkins Police Department. Any tips, photos or videos submitted will be reviewed daily and may be used internally or externally in the resolution of criminal matters. Citizens should be advised that police officials will not be responding to those submitting emails as they will be busy following up on your tips. Email any crime-related, non-emergency information to elkinspolice@cityofelkinswv.com.

Kump Education Center Event

Fun for the Whole Family

Saturday, August 20 @ Kump Education Center (across from Kroger)

Open Studio Tour 2016 Artist Marcia MitchellKump House

Historic House Tours 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Vintage Restaurant Picnic 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Flash Mob at 12:00 pm

Croquet on the Lawn and Apple Picking in the Orchard

New Payment Option for City Customers

payment drop box 2016_08The City of Elkins has installed a secure payment drop box behind City Hall that may be accessed by pedestrian and vehicle traffic alike. The box will be checked multiple times throughout the day for any business, utility or municipal payments. The drop box formerly located on the front door of City Hall will no longer be in use.

Medicine Drop Off at City Hall

Medicine Drop Off boxDo you have expired or unused medicine at home? Keep reading to find out the risks and recommended methods of disposal.

Unused medications kept in the home may cause:

– Unintended exposure of children or pets to harmful medications

– Opportunity for illegal activity – More than 50% of prescription drug abusers obtain the drugs from family or friends (awarerx.pharmacy/dispose-safely)

Some things to consider before flushing unused medications:

– Water treatment plants are not designed to deal with pharmaceutical waste. Many medicines pass through the systems and are released into surface water sources

-Medicine in surface water may cause adverse effects in fish and other wildlife, as well as unintentional human exposure

Safe ways to dispose of unused medications include:

– Mixing the medication with an unpalatable substance (kitty litter, coffee grounds), placing the substance in a sealed plastic bag and putting it in your household trash.  Be sure to scratch out any personal information and dispose of the container separately.

– Drop medications in a secure box like the one located at Elkins City Hall (pictured above) or at a designated take-back event.


Car Wash Meth Bust

From Chief Cross:

“On the 21st of February, Senior Patrolman K.A. Shiflett along with Patrolman D.T. Sayre responded to the area of Super Splash Car Wash on Randolph Avenue Elkins WV, in reference to a suspicious male subject later identified as, namely Allen Lee White who had attempted to get into a vehicle not belonging to him. The officers located and made contact with White at the car wash.

During the contact the Officers performed an officer safety check of White’s person during which time Senior Patrolman Shiflett felt with his hand what he believed to be methamphetamine (rocks) in White’s left front pocket. S.P Shiflett then questioned White about the contents of his pocket to which White verbally responded with and expletive and then began removing  clear baggies containing a white crystalline like substance appearing to be methamphetamine from his front left pocket.

After removing the baggies from his pocket, White began attempting to rip them open and did not obey S.P. Shiflett’s and Ptlm Sayre’s commands to stop, at which point both officers attempted to take him into custody. White disobeyed the officers’ commands to place his hands behind his back and resisted the officers attempts to gain control of him. During the struggle White was able to rip open two of  the baggies and cause the contents to be strewn about the air and ground.

After gaining control of White and placing him in handcuffs, officers did observe the substance from the ripped open baggies lying about the ground as well as another baggy which still contained a large amount of the suspected methamphetamine. The officers did recover several grams of suspected methamphetamine from the ground and baggies. The substance did also test positive for methamphetamine using a preliminary field test. Allen Lee White was arrested for felony possession of narcotics and transported to the Tygart valley Regional Jail.”

Search Warrant Leads to Heroin Arrest

On February 15, 2016, Corporal G. L. Brown with the Elkins Police Department obtained a search warrant for apartment 2G at Allegheny Apartments  in reference to possession of narcotics. Corporal Brown, along with Corporal M. J. Sigley, Senior Patrolman K.S. Shiflett, and Patrolman A.M. Wyshyvanuk, assisted by troopers from the West Virginia State Police and deputies from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, executed the search warrant. Heroin and illegal mushrooms were found inside the apartment.  Brian Michael Barrack was arrested for possession. Chief Cross is extremely grateful to the WVSP and RCSD for all their assistance in executing these search warrants.

More than 100 Truck Loads of Snow Removed from Downtown

WS Jonas cleanupWe have gotten some questions about city snow-removal operations. Here’s what’s been going on and what we have planned.

As soon as flakes started to fly on Friday, plowing and road treatment commenced. Crews from not only the Street Department but also the Water Transmission Department, the Wastewater Collection and Transmission Department, and others worked around the clock until the snow ceased and it was clear that primary and secondary roads would remain open without constant attention. Crews were then sent home for some much-needed rest.

On Monday, the Street Department set to work clearing snow from the city’s central business district. You may have seen the barricades as loaders, graders, plows and dump trucks made their way block by block until today, when Davis Avenue was finally cleared from First Street to Fifth Street. In the process, more than 100 dump-truck loads of snow were transferred to Glendale Park.

The next, and final, phase of our response to Winter Storm Jonas will be to look for and clear additional intersections where piled snow could create traffic hazards. Unfortunately, because the arrival of winter weather does not reduce any of the usual, day-to-day demands on all city departments, we will not be able to mount clearing operations throughout the rest of the city similar to the one just concluded on Davis Avenue.

Once again, we thank those residents who complied with the requirement to clear sidewalks in front of their own houses and businesses, checked on neighbors, dug out each other’s cars, and in general behaved like the resourceful, resilient folks this state is known for. It’s fair to say we dodged a bullet where Jonas was concerned (imagine if that snow had been as wet as during Hurricane Sandy, for example), but it seems everyone did a great job rising to the occasion.

Let’s hope French Creek Freddie has some good news for us next Tuesday!

Elkins Man Shot after Pointing Shotgun at Police

On January 15, 2016 Elkins Police Department (EPD) Senior Patrolman K. A. Shiflett obtained a search warrant for a residence located at 1625 ½ Ward Avenue in reference to illegal narcotics. At approximately 9:45 p.m.,  a team consisting of EPD Senior Patrolman Shiflett, Corporal M.J. Sigley, Patrolman T. C. Bennett, and Patrolman D.T. Sayre; several West Virginia State Police troopers; and several Randolph County Sheriffs Department deputies executed said search warrant. While executing the search warrant, a male subject inside the residence pointed a shotgun at the officers, leaving the officers no choice but to use their firearms to defend themselves. The male subject was struck by bullets fired by the officers. The name of the male subject is not being released at this time. Two other male subjects who were located inside the residence were arrested.