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Maysville Elementary School principal, Megan DiBenedetto explains the new camera system recently installed at the school. The system features 16 cameras throughout the facility with the ability to add additional cameras in the future. This semester also marks the addition of a new entrance setup for the school which is designed to better control those admitted to the building.

After months of discussion, the Grant County Board of Education has officially voted to run the county’s first levy attempt in approximately 20 years.

The vote occurred in the regularly scheduled board meeting on Jan. 14 and is the culmination of several months of conversation, including an unofficial announcement of the goal late last year. The proposed 26% levy would raise approximately $11.2 million for the county’s school system over the next five years.

In September of last year, the board voted to move forward with the levy goal, announcing the initiative to appear on the May ballot. However, at the time, no official rate had been announced.

Superintendent Doug Lambert has stressed the need for additional funding, pointing to ongoing concerns with the school facilities and their goals of upgrading security and safety measures.

A Petersburg man is facing drug and driving charges following a traffic stop conducted in the Pizza Hut parking lot.

Late last month, a Hardy County man admitted in federal court to distributing drugs throughout the area, including in Grant County.

Thanks to a donation from a local company, the Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Company will be adding a new life saving piece of equipment to their trucks.

Enbridge recently made a $3,000 donation to the Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Company to help the purchase of a new LUCAS machine used for chest compressions.

The LUCAS is a CPR or Chest Compression System that is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate return of spontaneous circulation to a patient.

Butch Harvey, board of directors and Rusty Kitzmiller, chief, accept the donation from Josh Whitaker, plant manager and Cameron Kessel, operations coordinator of the New Creek Wind Farm.

Last week, two Hardy County residents were arrested in connection to a fire that burned down a storage unit building in Petersburg.

Virginia Avenue lost a unique feature late last month when the building that housed Third Base Sports Bar and Grille was demolished.

The building had suffered extensive damage from a fire earlier in 2019 and was no longer safe to house the business.

The small brick structure, which was owned by Tyler Kuhn, had caught fire early in the morning of Sept. 23. The fire was caught on film, and showed a container of recently dried laundry spontaneously combusting.

The city of Petersburg now has another police officer protecting its streets following the swearing in of D. Lambert during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Jan. 6.

Lambert was sworn in by Petersburg mayor Gary Michael in front of the city council, family, friends and Petersburg Police Chief D. Stark.

Lambert, who is also a member of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, is one of three county deputies to now also work for the city.

Also during the meeting, the council heard complaints from two local residents concerning two dogs often running at large in the city.

Allegheny Wood Products, a company based out of Petersburg, recently saw major damage at one of their locations in Pennsylvania.

The company’s sawmill in Marble, Pa. suffered loss from a fire that broke out in the early hours of Jan. 4.

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company 2020 officers (front) Steven Reel, Donald “Duke” Weasenforth, Ben Hanlin, Marshall Collins, Jeremy Hottinger, Craig Howard, Danny Lambert, Nathan Keen and Brian Westfall and (back) Kristy Rohrbaugh, Bobby Funk, Hunter Whetzel and Mike Crites.

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company 400 hosted their annual appreciation dinner Jan. 4, in the Welton Room at the firehouse, with West Virginia State Fire Marshal Joe Vacchio as guest speaker for the evening. He gave a presentation on the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s office including a brief history, its leadership and investigations.

According the Vacchio, the office, created in 1909, has 11 investigators for the state who looked into 668 fire/arson-related crimes in FY2019.

Maysville Volunteer Fire Company recently received a donation that will allow them to upgrade lighting on their engine rescue truck.

The upgrade, which will be made to the company’s scene lights, is a result of a $5,000 donation made by Enbridge.

The donation was pre- sented by Josh Whitaker, the Enbridge plant manager and Cameron Kessel, the operations coordinator at the New Creek Wind farm, to MVFC president Kyle Porter and chief, Chris Crites.

Tabatha Marie Watson of Elk Garden is facing drug charges following a suspicious vehicle call at the Patterson Creek Liberty Station.

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