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Early in the morning on Jan. 28, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a burglary in progress at a home on North Fork Highway.

Chief Deputy S. Wratchford and Sr. Deputy D. Lambert responded to the incident where they found an unexpected scene.

The alleged burglar, later identified as Christopher Burns, 34, of Route 220 North, in Petersburg, was laying face down on the ground.

After months of being closed for renovations, the Petersburg Sheetz reopened last week.

The store’s employees were joined by members from the Grant County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the business’ reopening with a ribbon cutting and the replacement of the location’s flags.

Following last week’s reopening, the newly remodeled store has now returned to their regular schedule.

During their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 28, the Grant County Board of Education heard a report from Suzanne Park and Monica Fitzwater concerning the rebuilding of the Petersburg High School field house. 

Park and Fitzwater were chosen to head up a community driven effort to rebuild the structure, which was destroyed in a fire late last year.

During their report, Park explained the building was in relatively poor condition at the time of the fire and that if funds are raised, the improved building would allow the school to better use the space.

“The field house was good at the time it was built because there was nothing else here,” Park said. “But over time it just didn’t hold up.”

Community Enrichment Network founder Tammy Kitzmiller, volunteer Amanda Kitzmiller, Mount Storm Power Plant manager Ken Lazarro and Dominion Energy external affairs manager, Christine Mitchell at the Allegheny Mountaintop Public Library in Mount Storm.

The Community Enrichment Network, a nonprofit created by Grant County resident Tammy Kitzmiller, received a $5,000 donation last week to continue their efforts of giving back to those in need throughout the community.

The Mount Storm-based program was created in 2016 to work directly with the state supported Child and Adult Care Food Program. While in the role, the network worked with daycare centers throughout the region.

“While in these daycare centers, we started to see a lot of other needs that weren’t being met,” Kitzmiller explained. “So we started to expand our efforts to provide for those being left out.”

One big project the network provides is their “comfort kits” which include multiple items, such as gloves, socks, food and hygiene products. These kits are available to families, specifically those with young children or elderly members.

“We try to be wherever the need is in the community,” Kitzmiller said. “Last year, we set out with a goal of meeting the needs of 250 with last year’s grant and we ended up being able to help over 1,400.”

For more information on the network, how to get involved or for questions about donations, contact the Community Enrichment Network at communityenrichmentnetwork@gmail. com.

The window to register as a candidate in the upcoming 2020 primary election came to a close last weekend, with only one seat in Grant County being contested. 

The only position that will see a primary race in the county is the commission seat currently held by incumbent Doug Swick. Swick, as well as two fellow republican challengers, will vie for the seat in May. 

Swick, Tyson Riggleman and Jill Long are all republicans from Petersburg. Currently, Swick serves as commission president. 

Earlier this month, the Grant County Commission received a response to multiple letters they wrote concerning safety issues on a section of U.S. Highway 48 going through Grant County. The section stretches from the scenic overlook at mile marker 81.5 to beyond the county line into Tucker County.

“The problem is due to extremely dense fog accumulating on the highway making it tremendously difficult for travelers to see,” the commission wrote in their letter. The letters, which were sent in November, were addressed to multiple agencies, including the governor’s office, the division of highways and local senators and representatives. 

The letter also pointed to multiple accidents that had occurred at the site, including two that resulted in fatalities. 

Maysville Elementary School principal, Megan DiBenedetto explains the new camera system recently installed at the school. The system features 16 cameras throughout the facility with the ability to add additional cameras in the future. This semester also marks the addition of a new entrance setup for the school which is designed to better control those admitted to the building.

After months of discussion, the Grant County Board of Education has officially voted to run the county’s first levy attempt in approximately 20 years.

The vote occurred in the regularly scheduled board meeting on Jan. 14 and is the culmination of several months of conversation, including an unofficial announcement of the goal late last year. The proposed 26% levy would raise approximately $11.2 million for the county’s school system over the next five years.

In September of last year, the board voted to move forward with the levy goal, announcing the initiative to appear on the May ballot. However, at the time, no official rate had been announced.

Superintendent Doug Lambert has stressed the need for additional funding, pointing to ongoing concerns with the school facilities and their goals of upgrading security and safety measures.

A Petersburg man is facing drug and driving charges following a traffic stop conducted in the Pizza Hut parking lot.

Late last month, a Hardy County man admitted in federal court to distributing drugs throughout the area, including in Grant County.

Last week, two Hardy County residents were arrested in connection to a fire that burned down a storage unit building in Petersburg.

Thanks to a donation from a local company, the Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Company will be adding a new life saving piece of equipment to their trucks.

Enbridge recently made a $3,000 donation to the Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Company to help the purchase of a new LUCAS machine used for chest compressions.

The LUCAS is a CPR or Chest Compression System that is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate return of spontaneous circulation to a patient.

Butch Harvey, board of directors and Rusty Kitzmiller, chief, accept the donation from Josh Whitaker, plant manager and Cameron Kessel, operations coordinator of the New Creek Wind Farm.

Virginia Avenue lost a unique feature late last month when the building that housed Third Base Sports Bar and Grille was demolished.

The building had suffered extensive damage from a fire earlier in 2019 and was no longer safe to house the business.

The small brick structure, which was owned by Tyler Kuhn, had caught fire early in the morning of Sept. 23. The fire was caught on film, and showed a container of recently dried laundry spontaneously combusting.

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