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On May 13, 2021, The American Legion Riders of Post 78 will be welcoming American Legion Riders from all over the State for a benefit ride to raise money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. The goal is to raise $20,000. We are expecting a large number of Riders late afternoon on the 13th, as 2 groups will be converging at the American Legion around the same time. They will be visiting our Post for about an hour and then our American Legion Riders Chapter will be leading them over to the American Legion in Elkins.
Anyone wanting to participate in any portion of the Inaugural Legacy Run ride is welcome. The cost of the ride is free (however, gas, food & lodging is the responsibility of the participant). They will be traveling to all points of West Virginia (see flyer).
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship designed to fulfill a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships available to an eligible applicant have been utilized. It can provide up to $20,000 in aid for undergraduate or post-graduate college. To be considered an eligible applicant for the scholarship fund, 1) it is open to children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001; and 2) children of post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Anyone wanting to donate, may do so by dropping a donation off at the American Legion, Post 78, 2099 North Fork Highway, Petersburg, WV 26847 or they may mail a check to the American Legion Riders, Chapter 78, P.O. Box 537, Petersburg, WV 26847.

A Maryland man is facing charges following what was originally reported to law enforcement as a hostage situation in Petersburg.
Mark A. Toulton, 39, of 270 Fredrick St., Hagerstown, Md., has pleaded not guilty to providing false information to a state police officer, obstructing an officer and impersonating an officer.

Union High School teacher, coach and athletic director, Jamie Tallman, has been named as the 2020-21 Grant County teacher of the year.
Each year, the county names a high school, middle school and elementary school teacher of the year, as well as a service person of the year. One of the recognized teachers is then named county teacher of the year and is entered for consideration into the West Virginia Teacher of the Year competition.
“Jamie is very deserving, he fills so many roles here at Union,” said UHS principal Jenny Woy. “He steps up to make sure we can have the athletics that we have. He is such a huge part of this school.”
Tallman is also involved in the school’s athletic boosters, serves as the high school department chairman and is on the UHS Local School Improvement Council (LSIC).

The West Virginia Division of Highways has announced upcoming road work near the intersection of Routes 28 and 42, near Petersburg Blocks in Petersburg.
The work began yesterday and is set to run through Thursday, May 13.
During this time, this section of Route 28 will be reduced to one lane between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will be under the direction of flaggers.
During this time, motorists in the area are advised to stay alert and travel through the work zone with caution.
The delays are necessary for repair work to the right lane of the road.
For more information on upcoming projects and work being planned in the area by  the West Virginia Division Of Highways, visit www.transportation.wv.gov.

Right-of-way, zoning regulations and road maintenance cause confusion

A conversation about zoning permits and city restrictions dominated the recent Petersburg City Council meeting as two residents expressed their concerns about a zoning change proposed on a neighboring property.
The property in question, located on 261 Hicks Drive, has a zoning exemption request submitted by the owner to allow him to open an recreational outfitter’s shop, which would include kayak and canoe rentals, waterway access and similar services. During the meeting, the potential new business was compared to Eagle’s Nest Outfitters, which was located in Grant County prior to its closure.

West Virginia has reached a multistate settlement to resolve allegations that a pharmaceutical company falsely and aggressively marketed and promoted Suboxone, leading to improper use of state Medicaid funds.
The company, Indivior, will provide West Virginia more than $5.2 million. The state will keep more than $1.36 million, while the balance will reimburse federal Medicaid programs – a matter consistent with previous Medicaid settlements.

Following an update from the Grant County Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
and 911, the Grant County Commission is discussing plans to update the county’s emergency VHF (very high frequency) radio system.
The county’s VHF system is an response and alert system that notifies emergency responders around the county of ongoing emergencies. It sends out alerts to responders and centers (such as the local firehouses and ambulance buildings) via pagers and phones. Peggy Bobo-Alt, the director of the Grant County OEM and 911, appeared before the commission to provide an update on the project. Alt first brought the issue to the commission last year, where she expressed concern that the aged system could result in delays in alerting sections of the county.

Superintendent Doug Lambert provided an update to the board of education on the upcoming high school graduation plans for both Petersburg and Union High Schools.
Due to concerns surrounding Covid-19 regulations, Lambert clarified that both schools would be having in-person graduations. Both schools will host graduation on May 28, with PHS’s scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Viking Memorial Football Field in Petersburg and UHS’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Union Educational Complex gymnasium. Both events will observe social distancing regulations and attendees are asked to wear masks.
More information on traditional graduation events, such as baccalaureate and award ceremonies, will be determined for PHS if the weather does not permit the event to happen as scheduled.
Another important update included the approval of Dwayne “Bubba” Hedrick as the new Petersburg Elementary School principal.
Hedrick will fill the role vacated by the recently named superintendent, Mitch Webster.
The board also met with representatives from The Grant County Bank, to thank them for a donation that will provide  every student with a laptop sleeve for their school-provided Chromebooks.
Bank president George Ford and vice president Jeffrey Reedy, appeared before the board to present them with 1,700 black cloth sleeves to help students better transport the Chromebooks as well as protect them from damage.

Three Grant County residents are facing up to 20 years or more in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in a federal court.
According to an announcement by acting United States Attorney Randolph Bernard, Betty Arlene Chapman, Trampas Quint Wolford and Peter Sanford Layne, all of Cabins, pleaded guilty to distributing drugs. All three cases were the result of separate charges.

Visitors to Grant County’s Turner Park will likely notice several updates to the park’s signage as well as some new safety rules being enforced.
The decision to add the new written rules came as more and more safety concerns began to be voiced by visitors who said they witnessed unsafe, dangerous or damaging actions from other park-goers.
“We have had so many concerns come up lately from visitors,” said James Reel, director of the Grant County Parks department. “We have had people downrange while others were aiming down the barrels, we even had people running out to check targets just as people finished shooting. The maintenance crews have had to come out in the past to pick up pieces of toilet because people drug an old commode out here and shot it up.”

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