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05 Jun 2020 @ 08:00AM - 04:00PM - Grandview Subdivison Community Yard Sale
06 Jun 2020 @ 08:00AM - 12:00PM - Grant County Farmers Market opening
13 Jun 2020 @ 10:00AM - 04:00PM - Covid-19 Testing

Last week, the Grant County Board of Education unveiled their plans for the upcoming 2020 graduation event.

Since the closure of schools earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Doug Lambert has repeatedly ensured the public the county still plans to host as traditional of a graduation ceremony as possible. This goal was outlined in a plan presented to the state for approval and includes ceremonies at both the Petersburg High School Viking Memorial Field and the Union Educational Complex gymnasium.

According to the plan, PHS will host their ceremony on June 26 at 7 p.m. (with weather make-up plans on June 27 and 28) at the football field and will adhere to all current social distancing, executive orders and health guidelines.

The Grant County Commission announced last week they will be following along with West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s guidelines and would be reopening the county’s parks this week.

This reopening will include the shooting range at Turner Park.

The county also announced they would be re-opening the courthouse to the public effective yesterday.

The guideline for the re-openings come from directives given by Justice earlier this month, in which he outlined a plan to gradually open previously shuttered businesses and agencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the state moves into the third week of the plan, Justice has advised counties to open all: office and government buildings, specialty retail stores, parks, gyms and recreational centers, dine-in restaurants, hotels, casinos, spas and any other remaining small business.

These businesses and agencies will be permitted to reopen over the next three weeks as long as the COVID-19 positive test rate stays below 3 percent.

This leaves the only locations without timelines for reopening as nursing homes and entertainment venues such as movie theaters, sporting events and concerts.

Justice has said entertainment venues will “remain closed for the foreseeable future.”

Included in this reopening is the Grant County Sheriff’s office, which will have regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There will be a limit of two people at a time in the office lobby, allowing for one person at each window. If it is at capacity, visitors are asked to wait outside.

“Please bring your tax statements with you for faster service,” the office advised. “With the DMV not opening their offices yet, the sheriff’s tax office will be doing DMV for Grant County residents only. Please have up to date insurance cards with you and registrations completed and filled out on the back. As usual it will be current month, only, Class A Registrations. No trailers, motorcycles, boats or large trucks.”

The ongoing goal of facility upgrades and improvements was addressed during last week’s Grant County Board of Education meeting.

This need was highlighted later by Suzanne Park, a Grant County resident and a member of the Grant County School Levy Committee.

Late last month, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals passed down an opinion concerning Josh Evans, a man who was convicted of first-degree murder in Grant County.

The petition was filed by Evans’ defense attorneys last year, asking the court to overturn his conviction and sentence.

The case revolved around the murder of Robert “Bobby” Lee Shoemaker of Petersburg, who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run perpetrated by Evans in 2017.

Shoemaker’s body was discovered days later over an embankment off Welton Orchard Road in Petersburg and an investigation quickly pointed to Evans, who was seen driving his damaged truck in the area following the incident. He was subsequently charged with first-degree murder.

A Petersburg man is facing charges after he was found passed out in his car in the parking lot of a local business.

On the morning of May 1, Chief Deputy S.L. Wratchford of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was conducting a routine patrol on Johnson Run Road when he noticed a silver car trespassing in the parking lot of a local business.

When the officer stopped, he noted that the hood of the vehicle was up. Upon investigation, the officer discovered a male driver slumped over and passed out in the vehicle as well as a methamphetamine smoking pipe in plain view.

Citizens in Petersburg received a bit of a surprise last week when several head of cattle decided to take a day exploring the city. Some witnesses reported seeing more than 15 cows around town. Over the course of their time free, the cows were spotted on Virginia Avenue, on Pierpont Street (pictured here) and even visiting a window outside of Petersburg High School before eventually being returned to their home.

Grant County may soon be home to the state’s first luxury campsite or “glamping resort.”

Jeff Raum of Maryland spoke virtually with the Petersburg City Council last week, explaining he was under contract to purchase property at 261 Hicks Drive with the intent to turn the site into a luxury get-away.

“The goal is to create a really nice, well manicured and well maintained campground with luxury tents for tourists,” Raum explained. “I would imagine most of our guests would come from the D.C. metro area looking to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of West Virginia.”

West Virginia Delegate John Paul Hott sat down for an interview earlier this month to discuss his thoughts on important bills this session, the COVID-19 situation and his hopes for the future of the state.

Hott was elected in 2018 to represent West Virginia’s 54th district, which includes Grant County and parts of Mineral and Pendleton counties.

Hott, whose platform includes a pro-gun, pro-life and pro-government employees stance, addressed two of the more controversial bills that made it to the floor this session.

One bill Hott said saw heavy confusion and misinformation was WVSB 583, which involved a slight electric rate increase for consumers.

A lawsuit filed by a former Grant Memorial Hospital employee claims she was wrongfully fired after attempting to speak up concerning sexual and emotional harassment at the hospital.

Kimberly Linville filed the complaint late last month in the Grant County Circuit Court against hospital chief executive officer (CEO) Robert “Bob” Milvet, the board of trustees of Grant Memorial Hospital and the Grant County Commission.

Prior to her termination, Linville served as the chief nursing officer at the hospital and had been employed at the hospital for more than 20 years. In this position, Linville reported directly to Milvet.

Linville’s suit claims that after being hired, Milvet began to make “comments about Linville’s and other female hospital employees’ physical appearances” and would take pictures of female employees without their knowledge.

An investigation into an alleged kidnapping ended in the arrest of two individuals on numerous drug charges and child neglect.

The charges stem from an incident on April 27, when officers from the Grant and Mineral County sheriff’s departments and West Virginia State Police assisted in a possible kidnapping case.

Trooper Bailey of the state police conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle allegedly involved in the kidnapping while it was traveling on Knobley Road.

 

A Maysville woman who confessed to intentionally setting an outbuilding on fire last week is now behind bars with a $100,000 bond.

Officers responded to a call early in the morning on April 27, that reported a small out-building on fire at 33 Grace Lane in the High Point Subdivision. When they arrived, they discovered a fully involved apartment-style shed was burning. The shed would eventually burn to the ground.

Over the course of the investigation, a representative from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office met with the shed’s owner and person who had initially reported the fire, Nancy Berg.

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