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The Grant County Board of Education was asked to weigh in on a concern surrounding graduation speakers and their roles at the upcoming Petersburg High School class of 2024 graduation.
The conversation arose when community member Jason Sites attended the March 12 meeting of the board to discuss student speakers for the upcoming graduation.
“This class is remarkable,” Sites said. “They have tried to make a change at this school, not just for their class but for the entire student body. They were happy when this board started recognizing valedictorian and salutation again last year.” Sites, whose daughter is a PHS student, explained that the speakers at the school’s graduations for the past several years have been the student class president and the president of the National Honor Society. However, the 2024 class officers have expressed their desire to see the tradition return to allowing the valedictorian and salutation of the graduating class speak during the ceremony.

A Moorefield man charged with being directly involved in the death of a Grant County man who overdosed in 2022 has pleaded guilty to his involvement.
Luis Angel Flores, 34, of 212 3rd St., Moorefield, entered two Alford pleas of guilty, one for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and the second for drug delivery resulting in death. An Alford plea is a type guilty plea in which the person charged with a crime maintains their innocence but also admits that the prosecution’s evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict if the case would be brought to a trial.

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