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 The WV Community Development Hub announces the launch of the Downtown Appalachia: Revitalizing Recreation Economies (DARRE), a strategic three-year initiative to build local economies. Eight communities in the Monongahela National Forest region in West Virginia will participate: Cowen, Elkins, Franklin, Marlinton, Parsons, Petersburg, Richwood and White Sulphur Springs.

 The central partners of the program, the WV Community Development Hub, the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU and Partner Community Capital (formerly Natural Capital Investment Fund), combined bring more than 30 years of experience in community engagement, property redevelopment technical services, financial investment and lending, and strategic planning.

The Petersburg Interfaith Food Pantry has updated its procedures in an effort to better help those in the community who may be facing difficult times. 

The pantry began out of a church closet in the 1980s and has grown over the years as more and more local churches banded together to help address hunger in the area. 

“We are fully volunteer ran and run fully on donations,” explained Melissa Collins. “We are a nonprofit with no paid staff. We have so many great community partners, including Wal-Mart, Shop-N-Save, Pilgrim’s Pride, American Woodmark, the Mount Storm Power Plant, all of these places that have stepped-up to help. We are so grateful for not only our volunteers and donors, but also our clients. This is a community group.”

Three Grant County residents appeared before a federal court last week in response to multiple drug and gun violations. 

Melissa Dawn Bailey, 42, of Cabins, was sentenced to 41 months of incarceration after pleading guilty to distributing methampheratmines in the county. Bailey pleaded to the charge in April and admitted to selling “crystal meth” in June 2020. 

Along with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the case was investigated by the Moorefield Police Department, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, the Keyser Police Department and the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department. 

 Issues of race and politics dominated the recent Grant County Board of Education meeting, with several parents and community members coming to express their concerns with the Community in Schools (CIS) program, which was introduced into the county this year.

The program was approved by the board in April and came with a $380,000 allotment, which includes the salary of four additional employees for the county to serve in a social services role. 

The goal of these new site coordinators would be to work directly with students who are showing signs of struggling, address service learning enrichment, family engagement and life skills as well as building programs to help with mental, social and emotional health. They would also be able to provide for the needs of students who may be facing problems with bullying, abuse or similar issues that could potentially be overlooked when they are not being helped on an individual level.

 This year’s West Virginia Press Association newspaper contest netted the Grant County Press several awards in both the advertising and editorial divisions.

 All entries were from the 2020 publication year and newspapers were divided into classes for dailies and weeklies as well as publication size.

 Because of the range of entries and different styles of content, coverage and entry format, there were multiple first-place winners in the Covid-19 classes, including those by the Grant County Press staff.

 In Division 3 advertising, the Press also took three first-place awards, two second-place awards and two third-place awards, attributed to Tara Pratt and Camille

 The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in a partnership with the Wheeling Police Department and the YWCA, is launching a gun awareness campaign, highlighting the risks of purchasing firearms for someone who is banned from having firearms.

“Too many times in West Virginia, someone is charged with a federal crime for purchasing a gun for someone who can’t. Federal prison isn’t worth it. We want everyone to think twice before helping someone commit a gun crime,” Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.

 The three-month campaign kicks off this month with a commercial highlighting the consequences of making an illegal gun purchase. The spot shows a young woman

 Degrading mental health among the nation’s K-12 students over the past year and a half has alarmed health professionals. Experts say West Virginia could use federal funding to help address students’ needs, at a time when the novel coronavirus crisis shows no signs of letting up.

 Tamicah Owens is a summer research associate at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and a doctoral student in educational theory and practice at West Virginia University. She said the state will receive more than $761 million to ensure they can reopen safely and meet students’ needs.

“So school districts, for example, could hire more teachers,” said Owens. “They could hire counselors, they could hire nurses, they could also hire additional social

 The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted during its monthly meeting, Sept. 8, to further modify provisions to Policy 2436.10 Participation in Extracurricular Activities.

 The change will evaluate the grades of student-golfers at the three-week mark in the semester and allow them to participate in regional competitions if they have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). All other sports and extracurricular activities will be governed by the waiver approved previously.

 Last month, the WVBE voted to waive the 2.0 requirement and permit students to practice/rehearse with their teams and with extracurricular activities if their GPA falls below a 2.0.

 The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will increase the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate at airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation, including passenger railroads, intercity bus services, and other public transportation.

 The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on Feb. 2, will remain in effect until Jan. 18, 2022.

 The new range of penalties, which are now in effect, will be $500-$1,000 for first offenders and $1,000-$3,000 for second offenders.

 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Secretary of State Mac Warner announced a major win last week in an elections case about how parties and their candidates are listed on state ballots.

 The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Wednesday that not only was West Virginia’s law governing the listing of candidates on election ballots constitutional, it did not present an unfair advantage to one party or the other.

“It’s good to see the court’s recognition that this is not a partisan law,” Morrisey said. “In fact, it’s the opposite of partisan in that it treats all political parties equally. If a party’s presidential candidate gets the most votes in one election, that party’s candidates are listed first in the next one.”

 Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a West Virginia State University female athlete filed a motion Friday that asks a federal district court to allow her to intervene to defend the state’s Save Women’s Sports Act, HB 3293.

 The law is currently under challenge in a lawsuit that would undermine women’s sports by allowing males who identify as female to compete with females in girls’ and women’s sports.

 West Virginia recently enacted the law to ensure equal opportunities for women in sports. One of those women is female athlete Lainey Armistead, a soccer player at WVSU.

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