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For their 2018 graduation ceremonies, Union High School and Petersburg High School have selected a total of six student speakers to address their peers, family and friends.

Speaking during UHS’s ceremony, will be Alexis Sirk, Kristen Wolfe, Alexis Droppleman and Allison Hartman.

Wolfe is the daughter of Jeremy and Michelle Wolfe and is planning to attend West Virginia University this fall to study physics.

Her favorite courses in high school were math and science and she participated in cheer, track, student council and was a member of the National Honor Society.

“If I were to give advice to future graduates, it would be not let anything discourage them, to keep going.”

Hartman is the daughter of Scott and Laurie Hartman and is planning to attend either Davis and Elkins University or Potomac State College next semester.

She plans to study pre-occupational therapy and one days hopes to be an occupational therapist and work with veterans.

Her favorite course in high school was history and she was a member of the basketball, cheer and track teams.

“My advice would be to not let anything keep you down,” Hartman said. “Everything you are going through is an experience, even the bad things.”

Sirk is the daughter of Ben and Denise Sirk and plans to attend Glenville State College and study behavioral science. She hopes to someday work as a geriatric social worker.

Her favorite high school subject was English and she participated on both the track and basketball teams.

“I would really just tell future students to enjoy these four years because they go by faster than you can imagine.”

The final UHS speaker is Droppleman, the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Droppleman.

She plans to attend Potomac State College and study biology, with the goal of someday becoming an anesthesiologist.

Her favorite high school courses were math and science.

She was a member of the golf, basketball and track teams.

“I’m not sure if I would have any advice,” Droppleman said. “But I would like to wish them all good luck.”

Hartman, Wolfe and Droppleman are set to graduate with the three highest GPAs of UHS’s 2018 class.

Union’s graduation is scheduled for May 26 at 11 a.m.

Speaking at Petersburg High School’s graduation event will be Mariah Bennett and Raven Allen.

Bennett is the daughter of Terry and Lora Bennett and plans to attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in elementary education.

She hopes to someday work as an elementary school math teacher.

She was a member of the PHS volleyball team and a member of student council. “My advice would be to enjoy high school while you can and spend as much time with your loved ones while they’re still around,” Bennett said.

The final student speaker this weekend is Allen.

She is the daughter of Mitch and Loretha Allen and plans to attend West Virginia University to major in biology and to later attend medical school.

Her goal is to someday work as a pediatrician or a pediatric surgeon. Her favorite high school course was biology.

She is a member of the marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band, choir, National Honor Society and soccer team.

“My advice to the underclassmen, would be to always try your best in school,” Allen said. “It will benefit you in the long run. Also, always be as respectful as you can.”

PHS graduation will be May 25 at 7 p.m.

Grace Mallow
Grace Mallow

On March 31, Grant County’s Grace Catherine Mallow was crowned Miss West Virginia United States, Pre-Teen. Mallow participated in the statewide pageant at Fairmont State University.

Mallow is the daughter of Jeff and Mellissa Mallow and the granddaughter of Jack and Aileen Sharar of New Cumberland, Pa. and Roy and Judy Mallow of Maysville.

After winning her crown in the state, she will now travel to Orlando, Fla. this July to compete in the National Miss United States Pre-Teen Pageant.

She is a 12 year old student at Petersburg Elementary School, where she serves as student council president. She is the younger sister of Johnathan Mallow, who is an eighth grade student at Petersburg High School.

For more information on Mallow’s journey to the crown, follow her on Facebook through “MissPre-TeenWestVirginiaUnitedStates.”

photo courtesy of goodwin photography

Though not included in the primary elections, Grant County voters will see the County Clerk position listed on the general election ballots when they enter the polls this November.

The clerk position is currently being filled by Seymour “Bud” Fisher, who was selected for the role following the passing of long-time clerk, Harold Hiser.

Generally, when a clerk passes the county commission appoints a replacement to serve until the next election cycle.

In that cycle, the position is opened up to primaries where Democratic, Republican and third-party candidates can run for their spot on the general ballot.

However, due to Hiser’s passing being so close to the primary elections, there was not time for candidates to file and run in local primaries. Hiser passed away after the deadline for candidates to file for the primary ballot.

A woman was arrested on drug charges last week following a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the lime plant on Keplinger Road.

Responding to the call was Grant County Sheriff’s deputy S. Rohrbaugh with K9 Officer, Dino.

Upon further investigation, Rohrbaugh deployed Dino to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle where he ultimately alerted on the driver’s side door.

A later search revealed several glass smoking devices along with methamphetamine and marijuana.

The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Laura E. Sulser and Phillip M. Sites.

Sulser was charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.


Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe
This year’s Golden Horseshoe winners were Alyson Streets, Anna Goldizen and Ashlee Rohrbaugh.

Three local high school students brought home wins in the annual Golden Horseshoe competition.

The Golden Horseshoe is the longest running program of its kind in the country, starting in 1931.

The competition tests stu- dents knowledge of West Virginia history, with the top-scoring from each county receiving the Golden Horseshoe award and being inducted as “knights” and “ladies” of the Golden Horseshoe Society.

Grant County winners this year were Alyson Streets of Union High School and Anna Goldizen and Ashlee Rohrbaugh of Petersburg High School.

A vehicle accident last Tuesday resulted in the death of a Grant County resident and the hospitalization of a driver from Greensburg, Pa.

Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Knobley exit on Corridor H to respond to a reported accident involving a tractor trailer and a smaller vehicle. The tractor trailer was owned by Szakos Trucking and had been hauling salt for the Division of Highways in Petersburg.

When officers arrived at the scene, both the tractor trailer and a white Ford Edge had fallen over a nearby embankment. The driver of the Ford Edge was identified as Delvena Phares of Maysville.

According to the police report the driver of the tractor trailer, David Wilson, had been traveling east bound on Route 48 when Phares crossed into the lane of the oncoming truck causing the collision. Both vehicles then went through the guard rails and over the steep embankment.

Phares was pronounced dead at the scene and Wilson was airlifted out to a medical facility. The accident occurred at 10:40 a.m.

The collision was investigated by Chief Deputy S, Wratchford, Sheriff Brian Ours and Sgt. Krik Thorne.

Also responding were the Marysville Volunteer Fire Department, the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company, Grant County Ambulance Service and Med Star Medivac,

An early morning speeding stop resulted in a drug arrest after Austin Curtis Harman of Petersburg was pulled over going 60 mph in the city’s 25 mph zone. 

The stop occurred on April 27 at nearly 1 a.m.

Deputy S. Rohrbaugh conducted the stop after he observed Harman’s vehicle driving in a reckless manner.

Upon investigation, marijuana was detected inside of Harman’s vehicle. Deputy Rohrbaugh deployed K-9 officer Dino, who discovered methamphetmine, marijuana and schedule II pills. 

Curtis was charged with possession  with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of the other two substances as well as reckless driving, operating a vehicle without a motor vehicle inspection, driving without insurance and improper registration. 

Harman also possessed an outstanding warrant for violation of a domestic violence protective order. 

Deputy L.G. Greenwalt assisted in the arrest.

Terry Shobe
DEDICATION - Nan Kesner, a member of the Grant County Rehabilitation and Care Center board and independent living resident, Terry and Pam Shobe, board chairman Dick Longbon, director Kari Evans and Charlie and Nancy Heck, independent living residents, stand in front of the newly dedicated sign at the Terry Shobe Independent Housing and Retirement Campus in Petersburg.

A new sign was erected earlier this month to officially name the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center’s independent living community after the facility’s first and longest-serving director, Terry Shobe.

Shobe served as the director at the GRCC for more than 30 years before retiring in 2017.

While the name may be new, the independent housing community actually welcomed its first resident in 1997. It consists of five homes owned and operated by the GRCC.

“Our independent living community is a great asset to the community,” Evans said. “It allows residents to maintain a lot of independence while also participating in activities and receiving support from the care center.”

Evans also said that residents in the community are able to receive meals and be expedited to a nursing home bed if it becomes necessary.

"It is a great option for some people," Evans said. "But a lot of people do not know it is here, but it is here."

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