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JJ and Qatar
Gov. Jim Justice and Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the W.Va. National Guard, at left, hosted a delegation from Qatar last Monday at the state capitol. The Qatar delegation included Defense Attaché, Brig. Gen. Yousef Al Kuwari along with Qatar’s Air Force Attaché, Col. Mohamed Al Manai and Qatar’s Army Attaché, Col. Khalid Al Naimi.

By Jim Workman
For the West Virginia Press Association

An official partnership between the state of West Virginia and the country of Qatar could lead to economic development and much more, officials announced Monday, May 14.

Gov. Jim Justice and Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, hosted Qatar’s Defense Attaché, Brig. Gen. Yousef Al Kuwari along with Qatar’s Air Force Attaché, Col. Mohamed Al Manai and Qatar’s Army Attaché, Col. Khalid Al Naimi at the state capitol.

Justice said discussions have begun, “... in agriculture, of all things.”

“Their country is in its infancy of developing agriculture,” Justice said. “And we have talked about developing agriculture in West Virginia, where no one thought was possible. There are many things to come, beneficial to both sides, including infrastructure, airports, hospitality, natural gas and on and on and on.”

Good things are happening in the state, Justice said. “There’s hope in West Virginia,” he said. “(With) things that haven’t happened in a long, long time.”

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) last week co-sponsored the Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018 (PRINT Act) to address the crisis facing printers and publishers in the United States.

This bipartisan legislation, which has been endorsed by printers and publishers representing more than 600,000 American jobs, would suspend the import taxes on uncoated groundwood paper while the Department of Commerce examines the health of - and the effects on - the printing and publishing industry. The bill was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine).

“The tariffs imposed on uncoated groundwood paper are causing the printing and publishing industry - an already struggling sector - to face unnecessary hardships. This is affecting businesses across the state - such as local newspapers, recycling centers, and large-scale printers,” Capito said. “This new legislation will allow us to evaluate the potential economic consequences of these tariffs and determine the best way to move forward to make sure our businesses aren’t get left behind.”

“Publishers already face economic headwinds due to the migration of advertising from print to digital,” News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern said. “We simply cannot absorb extra costs from import taxes. Newspapers will close or be forced to raise prices for readers and advertisers. We are already seeing some papers cut back on news distribution and cut jobs. These tariffs are killing jobs and high-quality news in local communities. We are grateful that Senator King, Senator Collins and the original co-sponsors of the bill showed leadership and stepped up to protect small publishers in local communities across America.”

The Department of Commerce initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in late 2017 into the Canadian uncoated groundwood paper industry on behalf of a single domestic paper mill. This paper is used by newspapers, book publishers, and numer- ous other commercial printers in the United States. The import taxes are as high as 32 percent on some products, and that cost is passed on to printers, book publishers, and newspapers that are already under severe economic stress.

Nearly all of the U.S. paper industry opposes these import taxes, including the large trade association representing the entire industry, the American Forest and Paper Association, because the Department of Commerce’s action threatens to decimate the paper industry’s customers and injure printers and publishers.

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,

WorkForce West Virginia is warning job seekers about a fraudulent employer.

Earlier this month, a person posing as an employer posted 12 false positions on WorkForce West Virginia’s job seeker online database. When they became aware of the fraudulent activity, the person’s access was revoked immediately. The perpetrator also sent fake emails that appear to come from WorkForce West Virginia with job offers for vari-ous employers.

WorkForce West Virginia reminds jobs seekers of the following:

• Never pay a potential employer for an interview or meeting about possible employment.

• Research the employer before providing any personal information, a resume or any other data to potential employers.

• Visit the company’s website to ensure credibility.

Job seekers who believe they may be at risk should contact the WorkForce West Virginia main office at 1-800-252-JOBS.

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.

High school students can apply online now for 2018 Ohio West Virginia Youth Leadership Association Entrepreneurship Summit Horseshoe Leadership Center Summer Program Scholarships.

YLA’s entrepreneurship summit is open to high school students of all ages. Student participants will spend a week at the Horseshoe Leadership Center developing their entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication skills. The summit prepares teens to fulfill their potential as West Virginia’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

This year’s entrepreneurship summit is from June 10 - 16.

Here’s what 2017 campers had to say, “I love the fact that I made new friends and went on a field trip, which was one of my favorite things about this camp. We got to talk to small business owners and how they got involved or started their business.”

“After I leave camp all I think about is the next YLA event I can attend.”

“I have had an awesome time here. We did a lot of team building activities, a business start-up simulation to know what to expect when starting a business from scratch, and learned straight from the owners how local small businesses keep their doors open.”

For more information and to access the online application form, visit www.yla-youthleadership.org/Horseshoe

Leadership Center Applications are now being accepted. Additional information is available by calling 304-478-2481.

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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