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Late last month, the Grant County Commission reviewed a request from the Grant County Department of Health seeking the commission’s position on medical cannabis in the county.

The request stemmed from updated information shared by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources concerning the release of applications for those interested in opening businesses in the medical marijuana field.

The Bureau for Public Health issued a press release on Nov. 19, announcing that applications for growers, processors, dispensaries and laboratories will be available beginning Dec. 19 and closing Feb. 18, 2020.

Miranda Claire Mongold, 30, of Petersburg, was arrested late last month on an outstanding felony drug warrant for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

An upcoming Christmas event hosted at the White House will be featuring some outstanding Grant County talent.

Melinda “Mindy” Cookman Ratcliff and Rosanne Glover will be traveling to Washington, D.C. later this month to perform during the Holiday Open House, a private event hosted by the executive office of the president.

For the 23rd year, Denver Riggleman the Elf took to the roof of Petersburg Electronics to help collect toys for those in need.

Toys for Happiness is a local program that collects and distributes toys for Grant County children.

This year, the program collected over 800 toys, including more than $4,175 in monetary donations.

“It’s a great way to put a smile on a child’s face,” said Riggleman.

The 2019 collection goal was set at 650 toys, a goal they reached in less than an hour.

Toys for Happiness is sponsored by Petersburg Electronics, the Grant County Press and WELD. The collection was assisted by Grant County Little League representatives Buddy Alt and Bob Smith.

Those interested in donating to the program can continue to give by dropping of toys or monetary donations at the Grant County Press in Petersburg until the end of this week.

Community members from all over the county gathered last week at the Petersburg City Park to celebrate the Hometown Christmas event, which includes the decoration of the city’s Christmas tree.

The event is hosted by the city of Petersburg as well as the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Along with allowing community members to hang ornaments on the tree in the Petersburg City Park, the event also featured a performance by the Petersburg High School band, a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus as well as characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

The event also featured the auction of 18 wooden snowmen created by the community with the funds going to support Toys for Happiness, and a live nativity scene.

During their December meeting, the Petersburg City Council reminded residents of two ordinances that have recently been a topic of concern for the city.

The first involves the implementation of the sidewalk ordinance, which requires anyone selling a home in the city to include the installation of a sidewalk (if the home does not already have one) in the sale contract. This does not apply to homes being passed from family members. Local realtors and brokers have been notified of the ordinance and owners of houses listed on the market will be notified when the house is placed on the market.

Dennis James Miller, 50, of Moorefield, has been sentenced to 108 months incarceration for his involvement in a fentanyl and methamphetamine distribution operation.

Firefighters are still working to combat a wildfire near Upper Tract that has seen more than 2,000 acres of forest set ablaze.

The fire began on Thanksgiving Day in the Dry Hollow and Upper Tract areas.

In a release from the Monongahela National Forest Service, public affairs officer Kelly Bridges explained that firefighters are working to prepare the North Fork Mountain Trail as a control line for the fire to spread to the west.

A Pendleton County woman is facing charges after being discovered in the Petersburg McDonald’s parking lot with multiple illegal substances.

Young people feeling lonely or in need of a friend will now have a creative way to communicate that with the installation of the “Buddy Bench” in the Petersburg City Park.

The bench was donated through Petersburg High School student, Molly Kuykendall, who made the initiative part of her platform as she competed for and won Miss West Virginia Junior High America earlier this year.

While many families have heirlooms they pass from generation to generation, for one Grant County family that unique heirloom is a cactus.

The holiday cactus, which is currently owned by Janie and Larry Berg, has lived and grown alongside six generations and, according to the family’s estimations, is likely more than 100 years old.

Janie received the cactus from Nellie Carr, Larry’s grandmother, who had owned the cactus for decades.

Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs is occuring now through Dec. 7, in 51 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

All 51 counties that are open to buck firearms hunting will be open to concurrent bear hunting on private and public land during the buck season. Buck firearms season is closed in Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties.

“Counties that will be open for bear hunting during the buck gun season are above their management objective and need additional bears harvested to achieve their goal,” Carpenter said. “Timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the concurrent buck gun bear season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods.

“Mast conditions in 2019 vary widely based on location. In many areas of the state, abundant red oak group mast will have bears dispersed across the landscape. These special seasons offer a unique opportunity for hunters who may have never bear hunted before to harvest a bear and we hope that they take advantage of this additional chance.”

Bear hunting opportunities continue after the buck firearms season as well. All or parts of 24 counties will be open for bear hunting with or without dogs from Dec. 9-31. In addition, all or parts of 37 counties will be open for bear hunting without dogs from Dec. 9-31.

Successful hunters are required to submit a first premolar tooth from each harvested bear. Information on how to collect and submit a black bear first premolar tooth can be found on page 37 of the 2019–2020 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

In addition, hunters who harvest a female black bear are encouraged to save the reproductive tract or all the entrails.

The DNR will offer hunters who submit a complete reproductive tract a $20 gift card for their effort.

Hunters gathering reproductive tracts or entrails should keep them cool or freeze them and contact their nearest district wildlife office or Elkins Operations Center to arrange drop-off. Hunters can get a bear tooth envelope and information on what a complete reproductive tract consists of at all district offices or the Elkins Operations Center. Data obtained from tooth samples and reproductive tracts are used for black bear population monitoring.

Hunters are reminded to purchase their bear damage stamp, as well as an appropriate hunting license. Details concerning bear hunting seasons can be found on pages 35-40 of the 2019–2020 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which is available at DNR offices, license vendors across West Virginia and wvhunt.com.

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