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Last week, West Virginia State Police responded to an accident on Route 42 involving a Maysville resident and a FedEx delivery driver from Cumberland, Md,

The incident occurred on Jan. 15, when West Virginia State Police from the Moorefield/Petersburg Detachment responded to a two vehicle traffic accident along W.Va. Route 42.

According to report released by the department, the accident occurred in the afternoon and was approximately 0.2 miles west of the intersection of W.Va. Route 42 and Buckbee Hollow Road.

During the course of the investigation, Corporal E.V. Vaubel discovered that a 2004 FedEx Chevrolet van, driven by Timothy Hewlin of Cumberland., had traveled across the center line of Route 42 and struck a 1993 Geo Tracker, driven by Danny Ketterman of Maysville in the west- bound lane. The incident resulted in a head-on collision.

Ketterman was flown to Winchester Medical Center and Hewlin was cited for left of center and failure to maintain control.

The South Branch Career and Technical Center in Petersburg was recently one of only three facilities in the state to take part in a financial fact-finding program to determine exactly how much communities get back from the money invested in career centers.

Director of SBCTC Tracy Chenoweth explained the project set out to determine the center’s return on investment (ROI).

“The West Virginia Legislature wanted to do an experiment to see what return the state and communities were seeing from, specifically the money being spent on, career and technical centers,” explained Chenoweth. “The money that is being invested in the tech centers for the equipment and the technical expertise, how is that coming back into the community, or more broadly, the state.”

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Governor Jim Justice during the 2019 State of the State Address at the West Virginia State Capitol on the first day of the regular session Jan. 9, 2019

By Phil Kabler Charleston Gazette-Mail

Taking a turn for a decidedly more conventional speech, Gov. Jim Justice, in his third State of the State address, unveiled plans for an ambitious new West Virginia drug treatment and job training program, pledged a new round of 5 percent pay raises for teachers, service personnel and other state employees, and upped a pledge of new funding for PEIA from $100 million to $150 million.

He also endorsed a repeal of the state property tax on business inventory, drawing the loudest cheer of the evening, as well as a partial repeal of the state income tax on Social Security retirement benefits.

Justice also voiced his support for creation of an intermediate appeals court, long sought by state business interests, saying, “It’s another step forward to restoring honor and integrity to the court system.”

Bob Milvet, who was named chief executive officer of Grant Memorial Hospital approximately four months ago, appeared before the Grant County Commission last week to go over some important updates ongoing at the hospital.

During his presentation, Milvet spoke about multiple new programs we planned to implement to increase the hospital’s bottom line.

One of the main new programs Milvet spoke on was a more comprehensive service he planned to offer local doctors’ offices concerning laboratory work.

Milvet explained that GMH is currently not processing lab work for medical offices in the community with these offices using other lab services.

He said this service was a missed opportunity for GMH to both be more involved with other offices in the community and increase revenue.

Bullying

Two local citizens spoke on bullying and similar topics last week during the Grant County Board of Education meeting.

The meeting, which was held at Petersburg Elementary School, also featured an update from PES principal Mitch Webster.

The first community member speaker was Cheryl Bergdoll, who spoke before the board in previous meetings concerning bullying in the schools.

In her address, Bergdoll questioned why students who were participating in Optional Pathway programs at South Branch Career and Technical Center or students who had been expelled, were permitted to eat lunch at Petersburg High School. She said the issue was especially concerning when it came to students expelled for threats of violence. Bergdoll also addressed issues of bullying in the schools, referencing a series of articles that ran in the Cumberland Times-News concerning bullying issues currently being faced by Mineral County schools.

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