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Charles Froemel as Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz, the cartoonist who created the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip, will be portrayed by Charles Froemel, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Moomau Library in Petersburg.

This event is free and open to the public, and is presented by Grant County Arts Council Inc. and community underwriter Central Tie and Lumber Company.

Schulz’s best known work was his famous “Peanuts” comic strip, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and all the rest of the gang.

A veteran of World War II, Schulz’s first “Peanuts” strip was published in 1950 in seven newspapers. At the time of his death in 2000, it was appearing in 2,600 papers around the world.

Schulz recognized that comics were not just a medium for children. His ability to connect with people through a four-panel strip using dry humor, sarcasm, wit, and melancholy resulted in an ongoing daily narrative that lasted nearly 50 years.

The popularity of his characters worldwide put them in demand for television specials, merchandise, movies, books, theatrical productions and commercials, with NASA spacecraft named in their honor.

This presentation is a History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Froemel, like all West Virginia Humanities Council enactors, has extensively and carefully researched his character’s writings, speeches and biographies.

He will present his program in costume, with time at the end to take questions in character as Schulz. He will end the program answering questions from the audience, out of character.

For information call 304- 257-4891. Persons requiring accessibility assistance should contact GCAC in advance at P.O. Box 988, Petersburg, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Joshua Squires and Danielle Gray were united in marriage on July 27, at the White Barn at Lucas Farm, Oakland, Md.

The bride is the daughter of Greg and Deanna Wolford and the granddaughter of Wanda and Bobby Barkley. She is a 2017 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in physical activity and a 2019 graduate of WVU with a master’s degree in elementary education. She works in the Monongalia County school system.

The groom is the son of Matthew and Jodi Squires and the grandson of Skip and Dotty Squires and Joe and Karen Scarpelli. He is a 2015 graduate of Davis and Elkins College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a 2017 graduate of West Virginia University with a master’s degree in political science. He is currently studying for his Ph.D. in political science, while teaching classes at the university.

Attending the bride were Brittany Anderson, Natasha Smith, Hannah Squires, Morgan Fisher, Lexi Candela, Morgan Ruppenkamp, Ally Vance, Michelle Newhouse and Emily White.

The groomsmen were Mitch Doepker, Dalton Ingram, Col- by Ingram, Dylan Dunn, Zach Ruppenkamp, Dan Fisher, Mark Cordle, Andrew Trevey, and Adam Petersen. The flower girl was Laney Bowers and the ring bearers were Landon Bowers and Ridge Anderson.

Theme colors of the wedding were burgundy and gray.

The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia.

Stopping by the Press office last week was Louise Kessel with some interesting letters in regard to newspapers in Grant County.

In a roundabout way, through the late Harold Garber, Kessel was able to obtain letters and papers that belonged to her great-grandfather, P.F. Sions.

While looking through the boxes she found an envelope with the return address

Grant County Gazette
Maysville, W.Va.
Large Circulation
G.B. Harman - Editor
The letter is postmarked June, 1897 from Maysville.


The Grant County Gazette was printed in both Bayard and Maysville and was established in 1887. An old paper dated Fri- day, September 10, 1897 was marked volume XX and headed Grant County Gazette with Geo. B. Harman as editor.

In an account written by Ruth Cuppett Buchannan in 1959 and reprinted in a 1976 issue of the Grant County Press listing the history of newspaper publication in the county, Buchannan quotes Mr. W.C. Alt as informing her that Mr. Harman published a paper at Bayard in the late 1890s.

The letter shown here from July 7, 1904, is on notepaper from the Grant County Press. It gives the circulation at 1,650 and calls the Press “The People’s Paper. Devoted to Local News.” It also advertises its services: General advertising, commercial and fancy printing, stationery of all kinds.

The letter, addressed to Mr. P. F. Sions, was written by J. Ed Frye and discusses the sale of a farm. Frye was publisher of the Grant County Press along with D.P. Hendrickson, L.J. Forman and A.J. Welton.

Teens from 22 West Virginia counties participated in the 42nd annual high school Entrepreneurship Summit at Horseshoe Leadership Center this summer, including Petersburg High School students Cody Mitchell and Anna Goldizen.

During the week, students turned entrepreneurial ideas into businesses. Their efforts were coached and judged by a group of entrepreneurial professionals. Unique features of the week include Horseshoe’s focus on building leadership skills, volunteer service initiatives, and citizenship responsibilities.

Teens saw first-hand how Thomas and Davis are turning their towns around by visiting several entrepreneurial initiatives where owners shared stories of their successes and challenges.

The summit is a partnership of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association, the West Virginia Department of Education, local Schools, VISTA Volunteers, Dominion Resources, and others.

Business and industry leaders, local Chambers of Commerce, civic groups and others sponsor students to the summit.

Information is available at www.yla-youthleadership.org, or by calling Horseshoe at 304-478-2481 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rosanne H. Glover will be directing a community chorus for the Christmas season and also Veterans Day.

The choral group will be accompanied by Teddy Ketterman. Anyone who enjoys singing is encouraged to participate.

The rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings at 6:30 at Main Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg and will begin Thursday, Sept. 12.

The Christmas program will include both secular and sacred music and will be presented at the Landes Arts Center on the evening of Friday, Dec. 6.

The Veterans Day program will be presented the evening of Saturday, Nov. 9, in conjunction with the community Veterans Day celebration at the Landes Arts Center.

For additional information, call Glover at 304-257-4817 or 304-668-0716.

Attending graduation ceremonies were (front) Angie Smith, Lindsey Smith, Virginia Hedrick, Ryanne Michael, Drew Michael and Andrea Michael, and (back) Gary Michael and Kevin Smith.

Ryanne Michael of Petersburg, graduated with distinction from Liberty University on May 11, with a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing degrees.

She is a 2012 graduate of Petersburg High School and a 2016 graduate of West Virginia University. She is the daughter of Gary and Andrea Michael of Petersburg.

Michael attended Liberty University’s May commencement with her family where they watched the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, delivered the commencement address.

She completed her two master’s degrees while working full time at The Grant County Bank.

The Landis Arts Center recently hosted callbacks for their upcoming show, Frozen Junior.

The play, which is being directed by Tom Hencke, is a musical based around the Disney film "Frozen" and is designed to feature young performers, All the performers in the play are 18 or younger.

Hencke said the play had received a great deal of interest from the community and the callbacks allowed those involved with the play to see those who auditioned a second time before finding their official role in the play.

Show dates are for the Frozen Junior performance are scheduled for Dec. 13-15 at the arts center.

Curtis Hakala, department chair and Nelson Booth, associate wind site manager for the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center, pose in front of the nacelle.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College announces it is the recipient of a wind turbine nacelle from NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

Weighing approximately 63,000 pounds, the nacelle was delivered on July 22 and houses all the generating components of a wind turbine.

The nacelle will be incorporated into the Eastern’s Wind Energy Turbine Technology curriculum and provide students with the hands-on training they need to gain experience and be successful in their future careers.

“NextEra is a leader in clean energy and supports Eastern’s Wind Energy Turbine Technology program in a number of ways,” said Eric L. Putze, advanced technologies and wind technology faculty.

“Many of our students have obtained internships or employment at NextEra and this donation will allow us to provide students with additional experience on campus that they would have previously needed internships to obtain. We are grateful for our partnership with NextEra and are proud to be the recipient of their generous donation.”

Eastern offers an associate in applied science, certificate in applied science and skill set program in wind energy turbine technology to help meet the growing demand for qualified technicians.

The program complies with American Wind Energy Association certification standards and students learn the skills necessary to service and troubleshoot modern wind power generation equipment anywhere in the world while acquiring the background and knowledge to advance their careers in the power generation field.

Eastern’s curriculum provides instruction and practical application of a variety of technical concepts and practices, including those in electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical systems, computer control, data acquisition, periodic and predictive maintenance program usages.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College and contribute to their training programs for wind turbine technicians,” said Shanelle Wilson, NextEra Energy Resources project manager.

“Wind technician is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States, so the direct experience these students can receive from working with the equipment will help them as they progress in their journey to becoming a wind technician.”

Today, American wind power supports more than 100,000 jobs, and the field is expected to grow exponentially, as the U.S. Department of Energy outlined a strategy that will produce 20% of U.S. power from wind energy alone by 2030.

NextEra is currently developing the Mount Storm Wind project in Grant and Tucker counties. The project is expected to create an economic boost for the counties, including hundreds of construction jobs, as well as good-paying, full-time operations jobs.

CANNING 183 Exhibits

Best of Show: Adult Premium - Exhibitor, Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Helen Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best of Show: Junior Premium - Exhibitor, Kia Ketterman, Petersburg. Award in memory of Clarise Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Special Sweepstakes: Five jars - Exhibitor, Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Evelyn Parsons by Durgon CEOS Club.

Canning Sweepstakes: Exhibitor, Twila Berg, Maysville. Gift certificate by Petersburg Shop-n-Save.

Best of Show Jams and Preserves: Peach jam by Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Helen Sites by Landes CEOS Club

Best of Show Canned Vegetable: Tomatoes exhibited by Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Anna Mullenax by Landes CEOS Club.

Best of Show Meats: Pork exhibited by Bev Mathias, Old Fields.

Best Pickle Exhibit: Pickled beets exhibited by Bonnie Heavner, Petersburg. Award in memory of Juanita Mullenax by Landes CEOS.

BREADS, PIES AND CAKES 69 Exhibits

Baking Sweepstakes: Exhibitor, Judy Jenkins, Moorefield, having the most blue ribbons in the department. Award given in memory of Helen Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best Sweet Bread: Exhibitor, Thelma Rohrbaugh, Maysville. Award given in memory of Glona Stump by Landes CEOS Club.

Best Dinner Rolls: Exhibitor, Judy Jenkins, Moorefield. Award given in memory of Edna Sites by the family.

Best Bread: Exhibitor, Judy Jenkins, Moorefield. Award given in honor of Dorothy Harper by Julie Shobe.

Best Overall Breads: Exhibitor, Thelma Rohrbaugh, Maysville. Award in memory of Rella Mallow by Town and Country CEOS.

Best Pie: Berry pie exhibited by Ardella Thorne, Petersburg. Award in memory of Arvella Kimble by Landes CEOS Club.

Best Overall Cookies: Cherry cheesecake brownies exhibited by Jeanie Champ, Petersburg. Award in memory of Iona Bergdoll by the Bergdoll children.

Junior Baking Award: Peanut butter fudge exhibited by Jaimee Carr, Seneca Rocks. Award in memory of Clarise Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best Red Velvet Cake: Exhibited by Kia Ketterman, Petersburg. Award in memory of Edna Sites by the family.

FLOWERS 272 Exhibits

Best of Show: “Along Country Roads” arrangement exhibited by Emily Vetter, Moorefield. Award in memory of Thelma Harper by Durgon CEOS Club.

Best Dahlia: Exhibited by Mary Nesselrodt, Petersburg. Award in memory of Imogene Brake by flower committee members.

Best Rose: Miniature rose exhibited by Pam Boggs, Seneca Rocks. Award in memory of Sally Dunkle by Jordan Run CEOS.

Best Arrangement in Show: “Exhibitors Choice” exhibited by Robin Kile, Franklin. Award in memory of Thelma Harper by Sam and Ellen Harper.

Best Gladiolus: Two color exhibited by Lindsey Funkhouser, Baker. Award given in memory of Viola Porter by Jordan Run CEOS Club.

Special Award: Potted plant exhibited by Lindsey Funkhouser, Baker. Award in memory of Evelyn Boggs by family members.

Other Special Flower Awards: Sunflower by exhibitor, Randy Waldron, Petersburg.

APPLIED ART 135 Exhibits

Best of Show: Chairs, exhibited by Melissa Martin, Petersburg. Award in memory of Annie Shobe given by Durgon CEOS Club.

Best of Show Quilt: Exhibited by Jo Oliver, Moorefield. Award by Highland Star Quilter’s Guild.

People’s Choice Quilt Award: Quilt exhibited by Barb Umling, Petersburg. Award by Bean Settlement Friends in memory of Evelyn Bean.

Best Quilting Junior Exhibitor: Calendar exhibited by Kia Ketterman, Petersburg. Award in memory of Evelyn Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best Crocheting: Ladies vest exhibited by Angel Blizzard, Moorefield. Award in memory of Thelma Harper by Sam and Ellen Harper.

Best Sewing: Child’s dress exhibited by Laura Long, Petersburg. Award in memory of Jean Dove by Landes CEOS Club.

Special Hand Stitched Exhibit: Crochet rug exhibit of Bonnie Heavner, Petersburg. Award given in memory of Dorothy Miller by Jordan Run CEOS Club.

Best of Show Miscellaneous Sewing: Mice in a tin, exhibitor, Jane Wellons, Moorefield. Award given in memory of Emily Smith by Landes CEOS Club.

Outstanding Youth Exhibits - Awards by Lost River Educational Foundation:

Picture, exhibited by Sophia Harper, Sugar Grove

Bow and arrows, exhibited by Nevin Good, Baker

Pencil drawing, exhibited by Megan Good, Baker

These youth outstanding exhibits are now on display at the Lost River Museum for a couple of weeks. If you missed their exhibits at the fair, stop by the museum and see their work.

FARM PRODUCTS 265 Exhibits

Hay Sweepstakes: Max High, Lahmansville. Sponsored by Southern States, Moorefield.

Potato Sweepstakes: Billy Jenkins, Moorefield. Sponsored by Southern States, Petersburg.

Garden Exhibit: Jeremiah Ours, Dorcas. Sponsored by In- skeep Farm, Medley.

Slicing Tomato Sweepstakes: Isaac Martin, Petersburg. Sponsored by Creekside Greenhouse, Medley.

Cucumber Sweepstakes: Tia Heavner, Franklin. Sponsored by Doug’s Woodworking, Petersburg.

Onion Sweepstakes: Tia Heavner, Franklin. In memory of Iona Bergdoll by the Bergdoll children - Roscoe, Frances and Judy.

Vegetable in Disguise: Amber Riggleman, Moorefield. Award in memory of Emmett and June Inskeep by Inskeep Family.

Best of Fruit in Show: Darah See, Moorefield. Award given by South Branch Animal Hospital, Moorefield.

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY 94 EXHIBITS

The home and farm classes had 67 new exhibitors this year. Thanks to all exhibitors for coming on a hot Saturday with exhibits for others to enjoy.

Thanks to the judges for their efforts and CEOS clubs, individuals and businesses for providing monies for special awards. Thanks to all committee members who volunteered several hours entering and working with the exhibits and releasing exhibits the final night of the fair.

Kendra Lee Thorne, formerly of Petersburg, recently earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Florida State University.

While a graduate student she was awarded the West Virginia Rural Health Association Student Scholarship and authored seven published scientific journal articles on topics such as rural help-seeking and stigma, service dogs for PTSD and the interaction between rural residence and trauma.

After obtaining her doctorate, Kendra accepted a position as a staff psychologist in the Post-traumatic Stress Program at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Johnson City, Tenn.

Prior to her tenure at Florida State University, she obtained her Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling and Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, both from West Virginia University.

She is the daughter of Tonya Nesslerodt of Petersburg and Eddie Thorne of Dorcas and the granddaughter of the Rev. Bruce Cosner, Petersburg.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,547,379 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport improvement and construction throughout West Virginia. This funding will help remove obstructions, construct buildings, improve runways and enhance airport quality.

“It is crucial for all West Virginia airports to receive the proper resources and improvements needed to maintain the safety and efficiency of our airports. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for more funding for West Virginia to help continue to grow our economy by expanding and maintaining our airports,” said Senator Manchin.

“Investing in West Virginia airports not only keeps passengers and personnel safe, but it also fuels growth and boosts our economy. From runway rehabilitation to new buildings, these grants will help our airports better serve the needs of our state, ensuring West Virginia remains a competitive destination to fly,” said Senator Capito.

Awards were granted to 10 airports, including Grant County Airport for $85,000.

Kendra Watts was among the students who recently received their degrees from the WVU School of Nursing in Morgantown.

A pinning ceremony was held at the Okey Patteson Auditorium where she graduated magna cum laude from the BS/BA to BSN program, on Aug. 1.

Kendra has accepted a job in the Maternal Infant Care Center at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She is the daughter of Greg and Nancy Rotruck of Petersburg and resides in Morgantown with her husband, Casey, and their four daughters. She is the daughter-in-law of Donald and Ruthie Watts of Cabins.

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